January 16, 2020, 3:23 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
The trade market for Robert Covington is starting to heat up with the Rockets, Mavs and Sixers as known suitors, per Shams Charania.
Despite some knee concerns lingering in the background, Covington is an occasionally elite wing defender and a fantastic floor-spacer who can lift a team without dominating touches. It's no surprise that contending teams are interested, and fantasy GMs should feel relatively safe that RoCo's value will hold steady wherever he may end up. It's also not a pure salary dump situation, as the Wolves like what Covington does and aren't so much looking to trade him as they are exploring offers, which are sure to improve as the deadline approaches.
Source: The Athletic
January 16, 2020, 3:19 pmD'Angelo RussellPG, Golden State Warriors
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that the Wolves are intensifying their pursuit of D'Angelo Russell.
To this point, the Warriors have been inclined to keep Russell, though the Wolves have had obvious and reported interest in the guard dating back to last summer. His shooting and playmaking would be a big lift to a Minnesota team that's looking to find complements for Karl-Anthony Towns, though Golden State may wait until the summer when they can trade Russell without being hard-capped. Expect the Wolves to be a popular name during trade season.
Source: The Athletic
January 16, 2020, 3:09 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Hawks have Steven Adams on their radar as the trade deadline approaches.
The Hawks have cut off talks with the Pistons about Andre Drummond and Adams is a worthy alternative, at a much more reasonable price as well. Atlanta is in dire need of center help but are also willing to wait for free agency rather than give up too much in any trade. We'll see what happens over the next few weeks. Adams, who left Wednesday's game with a right knee contusion, will be re-evaluated on Friday per Thunder reporter Maddie Lee.
Source: Yahoo Sports
January 16, 2020, 2:55 pmAndre DrummondC, Detroit Pistons
The Hawks and Pistons have ceased trade discussions surrounding Andre Drummond, per Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.
Goodwill says the proposed deal would have seen Drummond traded to Atlanta in exchange for Damian Jones, Chandler Parsons or Allen Crabbe (since dealt to Minnesota) and a first-rounder. That's not a huge return but Drummond plans to opt out and test free agency, and there simply won't be a lot of real value available to the Pistons because of the need to match salaries. The vibe is that Drummond gets traded before this February's deadline, but it looks like it won't be to Atlanta. Goodwill adds that the Hawks figure to go after Drummond in free agency.
Source: Yahoo Sports
January 16, 2020, 12:26 pmKristaps PorzingisPF-C, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis was scratched from Wednesday's game after feeling some pain and discomfort during the pregame warmups.
Porzingis was initially cleared to play after getting through a workout without any of those symptoms on Tuesday, but the Mavs decided to shut it down after he reported the issue last night. Obviously Dallas will take extreme caution with one of their core pieces, though it is definitely troubling that this was initially called a "minor issue" and has now snowballed into a two-week absence.
Source: Dallas Morning News
January 16, 2020, 12:07 pmJeff TeaguePG, Atlanta Hawks
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Hawks and Wolves have agreed to a swap of Allen Crabbe for Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham.
Teague returns to Atlanta, where he'll ride out the year as Trae Young's backup. It's a big get for the Hawks, as even though they're unlikely to make the playoffs, having Teague around should stabilize the second unit considerably and give Young a smart veteran to learn from over the next few months. Neither Crabbe nor Graham figure to see their roles change much, though Graham's days of occasional starts are probably done. Teague has been trending down and this deal makes him safe to drop in 12-team leagues if you hadn't already. He's not getting a starting gig back this season. For the forward thinkers, all players involved here are on expiring deals and the Hawks are now down to $2.6 million in cape space.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
January 16, 2020, 1:19 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James did his best to keep the Lakers in Wednesday's 119-118 loss to the Magic, tying his career high with 19 assists, while also scoring 19 on 7-of-19 from the field.
James did his best to keep the Anthony Davis-less Lakers in this one, and showed us again why he is one of the best passers in the league. He was a little light on the boards with Dwight Howard seeing extended minutes, but James is still a top-10 player halfway through the season.
January 16, 2020, 1:04 amDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox collected his third straight double-double in Wednesday's 127-123 loss to the Mavs, ending with 27 points, seven boards, 12 assists and one steal.
Fox keeps his roll going. He had a slow start to the season, but has been a top-25 player of the last two weeks. This could be the turn that people were hoping for after drafting him in the early rounds.
January 16, 2020, 1:02 amMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz recorded his first triple-double of the season, notching 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds, 10 dimes and one steal in 33 minutes in Wednesday's 119-118 upset over the Lakers.
Fultz is rising and his ceiling is not something anyone is familiar with. There's no buying low after this explosion, but it could all just as well be a tip-of-the-iceberg prelude to a post-ASB breakout bonanza.
January 16, 2020, 12:42 amLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic had a triple-double before the end of the third quarter on Wednesday, ending with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists.
Doncic had an incredible line tonight. So strong, that it was good enough to hide some blemishes that we'll mention just because you need the full story. Despite the popcorn numbers he put up, Doncic was 0-for-5 from deep and turned the ball over six times. Still, Doncic is a top-10 player and clearly one of the leagues most promising young talents.
January 16, 2020, 12:25 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook did all he could on Wednesday night, finishing with 31 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists and a steal, but came up short in the 117-107 loss to the Blazers.
Westbrook has the talent to post a triple-double at any moment. It was refreshing to see him up to his old tricks, as it had been over a month since his last triple-double. It's been a bumpy transition to the new team and Russ is only a top-60 player with half the season behind us.
January 15, 2020, 11:20 pmGorgui DiengC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Gorgui Dieng continued his best Karl-Anthony Towns impression in Wednesday's 104-99 loss to the Pacers, dropping 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
While Dieng is clearly no Karl-Anthony Towns, he continues to be a very serviceable option in the big man's absence. As long as KAT is out of the lineup, he is someone that can be deployed with relative confidence.
January 15, 2020, 11:07 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis had a huge night for the Pacers, dropping 29 points (13-for-17 from the field) and tacking on 13 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block on Wednesday night.
Sabonis has dealt with the injury bug recently, but shows that when he takes the court, he has the ability to dominate. Currently a fourth-round value, Sabonis is well outplaying his ADP and looks the be the favored frontcourt option when healthy.
January 15, 2020, 10:51 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine took control of Wednesday night's 106-115 victory over the Wizards, leading the way with 30 points (including six 3-pointers), seven rebounds, seven assists and a steal.
LaVine is on a tear right now and has been a top-10 player over the last two weeks. There's a clear path for him to return early-round value on the year, but it may be worth seeing if you can turn this hot streak into a top-25 player.
January 15, 2020, 10:24 pmKendrick NunnPG, Miami Heat
Kendrick Nunn led the Heat to a 100-106 victory over the Spurs on Wednesday, scoring a team-high 33 points and collecting three boards, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.
Nunn is largely dependent on his scoring and tonight he showed why owners need to be aware of him. He is likely someone that is at the end of benches or on the wire in standard leagues. If you need points, there are worse options to take a chance on as a streamer.