October 17, 2019, 11:43 amJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Celtics' GM Danny Ainge expressed confidence that the team will reach an extension with Jaylen Brown before the Oct. 21 deadline.
Brown was previously offered a four-year, $80 million extension, which he turned down. If no deal is reached by Monday's deadline, Brown will become a restricted free agent next offseason and should be able to break the bank in what figures to be a weak free agent class. Regardless of the outcome of these negotiations, Brown's statistical profile hasn't translated into fantasy production during his young career and he remains a fringe fantasy option in the very last rounds.
Source: Chris Forsber on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 11:04 amPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley has stated reducing the number of technical fouls as one of his goals for the upcoming season.
The 31-year-old journeyman sees the development as a sign of his maturity. Beverley had the fifth-most technical fouls in the league with 14 last season, just two away from triggering an automatic suspension. Already a safe bet to miss games throughout the year, any hint that he's dedicated to staying on the court when he actually is healthy is a good sign. Beverley is a solid, if low upside option in the late rounds.
Source: Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2019, 9:57 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield expressed his frustration with his ongoing contract negotiations with the Kings and hinted that he may have to play elsewhere.
When asked about his contract talks, Hield responded that if a deal doesn’t get done by Monday’s deadline, he’ll “look for somewhere else to go.” Hield is playing on a $6.5 million Qualifying Offer in 2019-21 and considers himself a maximum or near-max contract player, but referred to the present offer an “insult.” This could get ugly, considering this wouldn’t be the first time the Kings’ front office mismanaged its relationship with a star player. It’s too early to speculate on a trade, but if the situation deteriorates any further, drafting Buddy Hield in the early rounds may come with a bit of uncertainty. One would think the Kings would be tripping over themselves to sign the player who has become the centerpiece of the DeMarcus Cousins trade from two years ago.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
October 8, 2019, 8:25 pmLuka DoncicPG, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic (rest) will join Kristaps Porzingis (rest) on the bench Tuesday in preseason action against the Thunder.
Porzingis was ruled out earlier in the day, but Luka sitting out was more of a last-minute scratch. The Mavs are sitting their young duo while they play on ESPN, something the NBA is probably not too happy about.
Source: Dallas Mavericks on Twitter
August 27, 2019, 7:50 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio scored 25 points with eight assists for Spain in Tuesday's exhibition win over Argentina.
Rubio's 25 points were an international career-high for him. Spain will play the second leg of a back-to-back with their final exhibition game on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Marc Gasol sat this one out. Spain will begin their FIBA World Cup games on Saturday.
August 20, 2019, 10:33 pmTyronn LuePG, Los Angeles Clippers
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.
The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 23, 2019, 8:55 pmKawhi LeonardTeam, Los Angeles Clippers
Sopan Deb of The New York Times is reporting the NBA has begun an investigation centered around whether "improper inducements" were offered to players in order to circumvent the salary cap.
This follows Stephen A. Smith's reporting on Kawhi Leonard's team demands for his uncle, as well as other rumors suggesting the courtship of free agency went out of bounds in the summer of 2019. It will be interesting to see how deep this matter goes and what sort of penalties will be handed out, if any at all.
Source: Sopan Deb on Twitter
April 10, 2018, 10:33 amMarc GasolC, Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies’ owner Robert Pera sent an email to season ticket holders on Monday informing them of his decision to keep the team.
Under a buy/sell arrangement, Pera had to commit to either buying the shares of minority owners Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus at a valuation price set by them, or Pera could have decided to sell his shares of the team at that price. It wasn’t immediately known what valuation Kaplan or Straus set but Forbes recently published a valuation of the Grizzlies at roughly $1 billion. Pera’s percentage of ownership, if the deal is as cut-and-dry as it seems, will increase from roughly 26 percent to roughly 54 percent. He was already the franchise’s controlling owner and will now remain so, with an even higher stake which is good news for the fans in Memphis as the team will most likely stay put.
Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal
March 26, 2018, 9:32 amDavid StocktonPG, Utah Jazz
The Jazz are expected to sign David Stockton to a second 10-day contract.
Stockton saw his first NBA minutes the other night after in a blowout versus the Warriors and managed two points in three minutes. Stockton will provide extra depth behind Rubio and could finish the season with the Jazz as Raul Neto recovers from a fracture wrist.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 24, 2018, 12:54 pmSean KilpatrickSG, Boston Celtics
The Celtics to sign Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day deal.
Kilpatrick may actually get some decent minutes for the Celtics until Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving return. They are so strapped for guard depth, they have resorted to starting Jayson Tatum at shooting guard, with Shane Larkin playing big minutes lately as well. The Celtics would be the fourth team Kilpatrick makes an appearance for this season. There is likely not enough time left for him to tie Bobby Jones’ record of five teams in the 2007-08 season.
Source: Mark Murphy on Twitter
March 23, 2018, 3:19 pmAlex LenC, Phoenix Suns
Alex Len said that he’ll most likely be with another team next season as he heads for free agency.
It’s far from surprising, as the team has shown now inclinations towards developing him properly. If anything, the frankness of both sides is the jarring element to this story. Len is still just 24 years old but hasn’t impressed much in his five seasons in the league though a lot of that falls on the dysfunctional organization he’s been working with. Len has the looks of a decent big man play down the stretch with Alan Williams still out and Tyson Chandler possibly done for the year, but Len has burned us too many times in the past under similar circumstances to warrant a full-throated endorsement. The Suns play Cleveland tonight — the last time that happened, Len was the only center on the roster and played six minutes.
March 22, 2018, 11:09 pmTravis WearSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Travis Wear will remain on the Lakers roster for the remainder of the season.
Wear has been playing around 14 minutes per game recently and his role seems to sit in that range. It’s not an exciting fantasy skill set in such limited minutes so he’s probably not worth adding in standard leagues. He may be worth a look in very deep leagues in an emergency, but that’s hopefully avoidable.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 21, 2018, 7:59 pmJason TerrySG, Milwaukee Bucks
Jason Terry will start Wednesday’s game against the Clippers.
He will start in place Tony Snell in this contest. It’s not a big deal-breaker in fantasy, as both of these are low on the fantasy totem pole.
Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter
March 20, 2018, 5:56 pmAaron HarrisonPG/SG, Charlotte Hornets
The Mavs are likely to sign guard Aaron Harrison to a 10-day deal in the coming days.
The brother of Memphis’ Andrew, Harrison has been with G-League Reno this season but played for the Hornets in each of the previous two campaigns. He’ll take the place of Jameel Warney, who apparently will not receive another contract from the Mavs. Harrison is worth keeping an eye on in extremely deep leagues as they’re dealing with some backcourt injuries at the moment.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
March 19, 2018, 11:10 amTyronn LueHC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tyronn Lue is taking a leave of absence away from the team due to health concerns.
Lue has been having trouble sleeping and dealing with chest pains. The plan is for Lue to be on a one-week plan to address the concerns and return to the bench next week, but for now assistant head coach Larry Drew will serve as interim head coach in his absence. The coaching change should not influence the Cavs injury depleted rotation much, if at all. We wish Lue the best of luck in hopes of a speedy and healthy return.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter