Fantasy Blurbs

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard remains in his Atlanta-area home and the Lakers hope he will eventually join them in Orlando.

    The Lakers do not plan to replace Howard on the roster. They are being patient with Howard, but if he decides to not play in Orlando the Lakers will likely look to sign another center.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Luc Mbah a Moute
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Shams Charania reported that the Houston Rockets plan to sign Luc Mbah a Moute for the Orlando restart.

    Thabo Sefolosha announced on Wednesday that he will not participate in the Orlando restart, leaving the Rockets with a need for an additional three-and-D wing. Mbah a Moute played 61 games for the Rockets in 2017-18 and averaged 25.6 minutes per game, so he is familiar with their system. Mbah a Moute will be a low-usage player that the Rockets can plug in at the end of their rotation and will provide them more depth, which could be imperative for teams given the COVID-19 concerns surrounding this Orlando restart.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Head coach Taylor Jenkins told the media that they are "looking good, feeling good" in regards to the health of Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), Brandon Clarke (right quad) and Justise Winslow (back soreness).

    Jackson and Clarke missed nine and eight games respectively prior to the shutdown while Winslow has yet to play a game for the Grizzlies due to an ongoing back injury. This appears to be great news for the young team as they will be at full strength when the league does resume. Clarke and Jackson definitely have fantasy appeal as they both finished inside the top-80 on the season. Winslow has potential but he is the riskiest of the three based on a brand new situation and the back injury that has caused him to miss 53 games so far this season. It is probably best to avoid Winslow for the league resumption and re-evaluate his fantasy value prior to the 2020-21 campaign.

    Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Wizards center Thomas Bryant told the media that he is "100 percent healed" from a stress fracture in his foot and is doing everything on the basketball court ahead of the NBA resumption in Orlando.

    Bryant struggled to stay healthy prior to the league suspension as he played in 38 out of 64 games while the team also had him on a strict minutes limit for several of the contests that he was able to play. He is an intriguing fantasy option for the NBA restart but his recent injury history should be considered at draft time.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Caleb Swanigan
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazers forward, Caleb Swanigan, has opted out of the resumption of the NBA season in Orlando.

    Swanigan averaged 13.3 mpg for the Blazers across 20 contests and is off the radar from a fantasy perspective. He will join Trevor Ariza who will also be sitting out the NBA restart. There was very little likelihood that Swanigan would have been part of the rotation in Orlando with Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins returning from injury.

    Source: NBC Sports Northwest

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Thabo Sefolosha will not participate in Orlando when the league resumes.

    Sefolosha was a deep rotation piece for the Rockets as he only eclipsed the 20 minute mark once this season. There isn't much of a fantasy impact here as Sefolosha played in just two of the team's final nine games.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    In regards to the health of Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins, head coach Terry Stotts said that "they both look great" and will be available for the restart of the NBA season in Orlando.

    Nurkić was close to returning when the league was suspended while Collins was further away from playing basketball in March. However, the additional three months allowed Collins to recover as he has no limitations heading into the restart in Orlando. It is likely that they will find themselves in the starting unit while Nurkić is the more proven player in terms of fantasy production.

    Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nuggets coach Mike Malone said that Nikola Jokic "feels great" after suffering from the coronavirus and is expected to join the team in Orlando.

    It was reported in late June that Jokic tested positive for COVID-19. However, he was said to be feeling fine and could potentially play in games when they resume. The center has averaged 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.2 steals in 2019-20. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee would see more playing time if Jokic is held out of action.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal has not yet decided about whether he will participate when the Wizards resume play in Orlando.

    The Wizards are something of a long shot to make the playoffs, so it's understandable that Beal is taking his time. The veteran has filled the stat sheet in averaging 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.2 steals this season.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday said that he plans on joining his teammates in Orlando for the restart.

    Holiday was a nightly triple-double threat back in March, so he's obviously a key player for the Pelicans if they hope to advance in the playoffs. He won't be cheap in daily leagues, though.

    Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter

  • Lou Williams
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Doc Rivers told the media that "all indications" point to Lou Williams joining the team in Orlando for the league's restart.

    Rivers added that he doesn't expect anyone on the team to opt out of playing. While anything can still potentially happen, this is positive news for anyone expecting to use Williams in fantasy. The point guard has averaged 18.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game in 2019-20.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Kevin Durant
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Kevin Durant (right Achilles tear), who already announced that he wouldn't return to game action this season, also will not travel with his teammates to Orlando for the NBA's restart at the Walt Disney World campus.

    Durant continues to progress in the rehab of his right Achilles that he tore over a year ago in the NBA Finals. It makes sense for him and any other player who is injured or unable to take the floor to not make the trip to Florida, especially with the drastic spike in COVID-19 cases across the United States. Teams are limited to travel parties of 35 so there's no reason for an inactive player to take up one of those slots. Furthermore, Durant recently indicated that he isn't sure he would participate in the league's restart plan even if he were fully healthy. Look for Durant to try to be ready for next season's training camp as a full participant.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Justin Holiday
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Justin Holiday penned a supremely powerful essay and relayed his decision of opting into playing the remainder of the NBA season.

    Earlier today Head of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard mentioned that one player was still uncertain to play when the NBA season resumes, and that may have been Holiday. With Holiday opting in, the Pacers have a full roster ready to go assuming health stays on their side. If you haven't read what Holiday wrote in the Players' Tribune, we highly encourage you to do so at the link below.

    Source: The Players' Tribune

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Rob Pelinka said that Dwight Howard has yet to come to a decision on his playing status for the resumption of the NBA season, but he and the team are in frequent contact.

    Howard was one of the coalition of players who had been outspoken in spotlighting the importance of social injustice and police brutality. Teammate, and another player in the coalition, Avery Bradley, has opted to sit the remainder of the season, but the team is still waiting on Howard to make his. Whatever Howard ultimately decides to do, the organization, the fans and all of us here at HoopBall fully support.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said that it doesn't appear there are any home-court advantages outside of the hotel accommodations.

    As of now, there doesn't seem to be any extra in-game play for higher-seeded teams, and it is going to be hard to come up with something inside the bubble. While playing on a crowd-less court at a neutral site is going to change the dynamic of pretty much everything, this information is something to keep an eye on for DFS players as home splits especially can be thrown out the window.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter