NBA Player News and Fantasy Analysis

  • Pascal Siakam
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Raptors and Pascal Siakam have agreed to a new, four-year maximum contract extension.

    The deal is for four years, $130 million and does not include any player or team options. With this move the Raptors lock up their franchise cornerstone for the foreseeable future. Siakam, last season's Most Improved Player, was on the books for a paltry $2.3 million this season, but will now presumably be paid a per-year average closer to the top of his position. While early summer valuations of Siakam as a top 20 player are unrealistic, Spicy P remains a solid fantasy bet in the 3rd round, with some room to grow in the scoring categories. Those likely improvements offset concerns about decreased efficiency from the field and a lack of defensive stats in his new alpha role.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum was able to fully participate in practice and is a candidate to start for Wedneday's opener.

    This throws a bit of cold water on the P.J. Washington hype train. The Hornets' rotation figures to be messy with so many young players vying for minutes on the wing. Nevertheless, if you must target Hornets, the safe play is to avoid veterans like Batum since they will be subject to periodic rest days and minutes restrictions. Both Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington figure to be prominent pieces in the rotation sooner rather than later given their age and positional versatility. Draft Bridges confidently in the middle rounds and target Washington toward the later rounds as an upside flier.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Dwight Powell
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Coach Rick Carlisle has said that Dwight Powell's (hamstring) status for the season opener is still undetermined.

    His status will be updated on Monday. It's unclear when Powell was initially injured, but he was slated to miss only two games two weeks ago before being ruled out for the entire preseason. We're not ready to sound the alarm since he will provide decent big man value in the later rounds, particularly when Kristaps Porzingis rests. Powell may not need to be bumped down draft boards, but Maxi Kleber should be targeted toward the end of drafts with this news.

    Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter

  • Daquan Jeffries
    SG, Orlando Magic

    The Magic waived DaQuan Jeffries, Jon Davis, Isaac Humphries, B.J. Johnson and Vic Law.

    The Magic's roster now stands at 15 players as we head into the regular season. Jeffries had some appeal as a defensive specialist coming out of Tulsa, but otherwise, none of these moves are relevant to fantasy.


  • Tacko Fall
    C, Boston Celtics

    Tacko Fall was hit in the head in Saturday's practice and may be subject to the league's concussion protocol.

    Either Fall was diving for a loose ball or someone on the Celtics has a serious vertical. Fall won't be a standard league option this year and will likely spend most of his time with the Maine Red Claws.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Romeo Langford is progressing well from his knee sprain and is targeting next week for a return to practice.

    Langford hurt his knee about a week ago and has missed significant preseason reps. In the mean time, rookies Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters have stolen the rookie spotlight in the Boston backcourt. He's still a late dynasty option, but he's off the standard league radar.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Robert Williams was seen putting up shots during Saturday's practice and may be able to participate in full contact practice on Tuesday.

    Williams fantasy stock has crashed with the news that the Celtics will employ a platoon at the center position. That said, it's good to see that his head injury wasn't serious. Williams is perpetually on the fantasy radar for his ability to rack up elite block numbers in limited minutes, but he's difficult to roster given the logjam at center.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Cameron Payne
    PG, Free Agent

    The Raptors reportedly waived Cameron Payne and Devin Robinson.

    This transaction gets the Raptors roster to 15 players. Cameron Payne has always had an interesting statistical profile for fantasy, but he just can't string good games together when they actually count. Maybe he gets another shot, but the former lottery pick is running out of chances.

    Source: Doug Smith on Twitter

  • Jared Cunningham
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors signed Jared Cunningham and Nick Zeisloft.

    There are no fantasy implications here and these two may not find themselves on the roster for too long.

    Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter

  • Mark Ogden Jr.
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks announced that they have signed Mark Ogden Jr.

    They likely want the forward to get minutes on their G League affiliates. There are no immediate fantasy repercussions here, but it's useful to pay attention to end-of-roster moves on rebuilding squads later in the season.

    Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter

  • Stephan Hicks
    G, Free Agent

    The Pacers waived Stephan Hicks on Saturday, two days after signing him to an Exhibit 10 deal.

    Life comes at you fast. The Pacers have rounded out their roster and are keeping two players on two-way contracts. Hicks is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Andrew Harrison
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors waived Andrew Harrison, Kavion Pippen and Juan Toscano-Anderson.

    These three we longshots to make the team even in its current depleted state. With these moves it appears that the Warriors will start the season with an open roster spot to maintain flexibility which was their intention from the beginning. No fantasy implications here.


  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Free Agent

    The Cavaliers have reportedly discussed the possibility of signing Alfonzo McKinnie off of waivers.

    McKinnie was just let go by the Cavs to make room for Marquese Chriss. Currently, the Cavs have Cedi Osman at the three with no direct backup at the position. Cleveland would be an ideal landing spot for McKinnie to re-establish himself as an NBA player, but the presence of high usage players in the backcourt as well as John Beilein's focus on player development are two factors working against him. Even if he's ultimately signed, he's off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter

  • Vincent Edwards
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Thunder signed Vincent Edwards, Sedrick Barefield and Kadeem Jack.

    These three will likely spend most of their time with the Oklahoma City Blue. They're not on the fantasy radar.


  • John Collins
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have picked up the 2020-21 options on John Collins, Trae Young and Kevin Huerter.

    Obvious move here maintaining three talented players on rookie-scale contracts. Collins and Young are ready to role to start the season while we are still monitoring Kevin Huerter’s situation. After missing the entire preseason, the Hawks still maintain they expect him to be ready for opening night.

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter