Fantasy News

  • Bucks sign Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon

    The Milwaukee Bucks announced the signings of rookies Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon on Monday.

    Thon Maker will make $2.57 million as the 10th pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

  • Warriors sign veteran guard Elliot Williams to a one-year deal

    Elliot Williams has agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to The Vertical sources.

    Williams will join the Warriors gravy train. The veteran guard got picked up by the Memphis Grizzlies for a 10-day contract back in January, but the Grizzlies didn’t renew his deal. Most recently, Williams signed with the Greek team Panathinaikos.

  • Jerry Stackhouse expected to be named head coach of D-League’s Raptors 905

    Jerry Stackhouse is expected to be named the head coach of the Raptors 905, the D-League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, according to reports.

    Stackhouse was an assistant coach under Dwane Casey for the Raptors. Former Raptors 905 coach Jesse Mermuys left after one season to take an assistant coach gig with the LA Lakers. Stackhouse was a two-time NBA All-Star and spent 18 seasons in the NBA.

     

  • Paul George (calf) and Kyrie Irving (bruised thigh) out on Monday vs. Nigeria

    Paul George (left calf) and Kyrie Irving (bruised left thigh) will miss Team USA’s exhibition game against Nigeria on Monday.

    Both injuries are not considered serious. This is Team USA’s final exhibition game so the rest is precautionary. This is George’s second time sitting since the small tweak last week. Both are expected to be ready for Team USA’s first Olympic game.

     

  • Fred VanVleet is the favorite to make the 15-man roster

    VanVleet is the favorite to make the 15-man roster following the news of Delon Wright’s shoulder surgery according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.

    VanVleet would be the third string point guard replacing Wright until he is healthy, likely December. The Raptors are looking to win now so VanVleet won’t be in the rotation and will likely be sent down to the D-League. 

  • Knicks sign guard Ron Baker

    The Knicks have signed Summer League guard Ron Baker to a contract, some guaranteed money but terms are still unclear.

    Baker has a smooth shot and can be an instant offence kind of player off the bench for the Knicks. He can spread the floor and hit a three-pointer every now and then. Should be a great fit for the team. 

  • Delon Wright undergoes arthroscopic surgery

    Wright had arthroscopic surgery to fix a labral tear in right shoulder and is expected to be out at least 4 months.

    His injury came during a Summer League game in Las Vegas where he dislocated his shoulder. Wright was the third-string point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Corey Joseph but would’ve needed to play spectacularly to take minutes away from Joseph. Looks like his time to shine will have to wait a little long as he recovers. 

  • Kevin Garnett meets with Wolves owner Glen Taylor

    According to Darren Wolfson, Garnett had another meeting with Wolves owner Glen Taylor but nothing has been finalized yet.

    Garnett is on the books for $8 million this season but seems to be undecided on his future with the Wolves. He is now 40 years-old and there are questions about his knees and if he should retire. If he decides to come back for another season look for him to continue being the leader on the bench and have a limited role in the rotation. He will not have any fantasy value. 

  • Amar’e Stoudemire signs a two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem

    Stoudemire says he’s agreed to a 2-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem, the Israeli team he co-owns and is looking to help the team compete for titles.

    Looks as though STAT will continue to play basketball but not in the NBA. This is apparently more about his spiritual journey rather than collecting a paycheque and he seems happy about his decision. One of the best power forwards to play the game will be taking his talents overseas. 

  • Dion Waiters could be a starter in Miami

    The Heat are looking at Waiters as a potential starter at shooting guard according to the Miami Herald.

    With Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel also reporting this last week, it seems as though Waiters being the starter on opening day is a strong possibility. Despite playing nearly 28 minutes per game last season, he was not worth owning in standard leagues averaging 9.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting in OKC. With the Heat looking to develop their young core, look for Josh Richardson to be a stronger fantasy asset even if Waiters is starting. 

  • Al-Farouq Aminu will not play for Nigeria in the Olympics

    According to Casey Holdahl, Aminu will not participate “due to continued and unresolved organizational challenges with the Nigerian Basketball Federation”.

    Aminu will have more time to rest and get ready for training camp with the Blazers. He will be playing more power forward and will likely compete for minutes against Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless. Look for his fantasy value to take a dip after the Blazers added some new pieces to the rotation. 

  • Beno Udrih has standing offer from Heat

    Udrih with a standing invitation at the veteran minimum with the Heat if he cannot find more elsewhere in the NBA.

    Udrih sacrificed $90,000 to get the Heat under the luxury-tax line last season and many teams were not happy with his team-friendly buyout. The Heat plan to repay the veteran guard with this offer but he will not have any fantasy value regardless of where he signs. 

  • Michael Beasley’s contract with Rockets now guaranteed

    As of August 1st, Beasley’s $1.4 million contract for next season became fully guaranteed and he will remain in Houston.

    He averaged 12.8 points a game on 52.2 percent shooting overall in 20 games and is a cheap option for the Rockets to keep. He should fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system well and will be Trevor Ariza’s main backup. Look for him to contribute more for the team than for fantasy. 

  • Bucks sign Thon Maker, Malcolm Brogdon

    The Bucks signed rookies Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon on Sunday.

    Maker piqued a lot of folks’ interest by having some big Summer League games and not nearly looking like the project a lot of folks made him out to be.  That’s not to say he didn’t show his warts, but it was definitely a win for him in Vegas.  Both he and Brogdon will compete for minimal rotation slots to start the season. 

  • Beat writer believes Tyler Zeller’s minutes will be ‘infrequent’

    Tyler Zeller’s minutes will be “infrequent” according to beat writer A. Sherrod Blakley of CSNNE.

    Zeller is stuck in the Celtics’ frontcourt minutes crunch and though he’ll probably be pressed into action sooner rather than later on an every-night basis, even in deep leagues this is still too much uncertainty for draft day.