September 23, 2016, 6:26 pm
Kevin Garnett announced his retirement from the NBA on Friday.
Garnett was terrifying from the jump as he was one of the better, early high school players to make the leap to the pros. Once he added range to his shot he became a championship caliber player and that would end up paying off once the Big Three collided in Boston. He will be remembered for his tenacity, his commitment to defense and his versatility to put it all together — ushering in the stretch four and stretch five era — all while being a throwback to the past. Hopefully he will continue on with the league in some capacity, whether it’s coaching or on TV.
September 23, 2016, 1:06 pm
Pelicans GM Dell Demps says point guard Jrue Holiday has no timetable to return.
Holiday will be absent from the team as he plays caregiver to his newborn daughter and wife Lauren, who will be undergoing brain surgery. Demps also says that Tyreke Evans wouldn’t be expected back until November. Tim Frazier, Langston Galloway, Buddy Hield, E’Twaun Moore and Lance Stephenson will be looking to help fill the void until Evans or Holiday returns.
Demps says they don't have a timetable when Jrue Holiday will return.
— John Reid (@JohnReid64) September 23, 2016
September 23, 2016, 8:57 am
Aaron Gordon tweaked his ankle during workouts and he might be limited when training camp opens on Tuesday.
“It’s not serious, but he may be a partial participant in the early goings,” GM Rob Hennigan said. “But we’re not quite sure yet.” This isn’t something that should knock him off of his draft trajectory as a late-middle round selection.
September 23, 2016, 8:48 am
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on Friday that Chris Bosh had another blood clotting issue and that he will not be pushing to play anytime soon.
This bombshell report isn’t surprising but it is franchise-altering and it was the risk scenario that dogged Bosh throughout early drafts in September — one that we admittedly were pretty aggressive in partaking in — but at least now for owners there is certainty here. He’s not playing anytime soon and Jackson writes that it probably won’t be this year. Medical tests revealed trouble but both the Heat and Bosh had expected him to play this year according to the report, and to that degree it actually was a surprise for all involved.
The trio of Derrick Williams, Luke Babbitt and Josh McRoberts (when he recovers from his foot injury) are going to attempt to piece-meal some power forward minutes, but Justise Winslow will get all he can eat and sometimes at the PF position. Dion Waiters is the favorite to start at shooting guard and along with Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson they will all also get as many minutes as they can handle. This is going to be a lean and fast Heat squad with all of the main fantasy guys playing as many minutes as they can handle.
Heat announces that it "remains unable to clear Chris [Bosh] to return to basketball activities and there is no timetable for his return"
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 23, 2016
Update: Woj lays the framework for what could be the end of Bosh’s time with the Heat. The interesting question from there is if he doesn’t return to the Heat — can he return and play the 25 games necessary to put the cap hit for 2017-18 back on their books. The Heat can more or less get out from under that if he can’t play this season, but again, he’d have to not return and play those 25 games.
Sources: Miami Heat increasingly believe Chris Bosh's career with franchise is over. For months, Bosh hasn't wanted to speak with Pat Riley.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2016
Update II: The Heat released an official statement basically saying there is no timetable for his return and that they’re not going to talk about it due to a clause in the CBA.
September 22, 2016, 8:12 pm
Kevin Looney (hip surgery) will be ready for training camp according to GM Bob Myers.
Looney is “good to go” and it’s possible his name gets called at some point during the season on a top-heavy Warriors squad, but even in Dynasty leagues it’s very optimistic to have him on a roster to start the year.
September 22, 2016, 7:33 pm
According to Chris Vivlamore from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hawks guard Jarrett Jack will be limited when training camp starts as he continues to recover from a torn ACL injury.
Jack tore his ACL in January and was expected to be ready for the start of the season. While this may still be the case, he will be limited when training camp starts. If his recovery continues like expected he would have the inside track to be Dennis Schroder’s back-up to start the season. Jack will have minimal fantasy value to start the season.
September 22, 2016, 7:20 pm
According to Warriors beat writer Anthony Slater reported that Warriors General Manager Bob Myers hinted that players could be rested as the season progresses to ensure that they remain fresh for the playoffs.
With the Warriors playing in 17 back-to-back games this season, it seems inevitable that along the way some of their star players will be rested. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are locked in as first round picks in upcoming drafts, but as the season progresses, there may be nights where owners are disappointed. File this under “something to keep in mind” as draft day approaches.
September 22, 2016, 7:17 pm
According to Christopher Dempsey from the Denver Post, Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur will be brought along slowly in training camp as he recovers from a knee scope.
Despite the fact that coach Malone seems to like Arthur, the Nuggets have a fair deal of depth in their frontcourt. Arthur will have minimal fantasy value this upcoming season.
September 22, 2016, 6:21 pm
Dorell Wright will sign a training camp deal with the Clippers according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Wright played 48 games for the Heat last season, but was not a major part of the rotation. While the Clippers could use an upgrade at the SF position, Wright likely isn’t the answer.
September 22, 2016, 6:06 pm
Dahntay Jones is expected to sign a non-guaranteed deal with the Cavs for this upcoming season.
File this under irrelevant for fantasy purposes, for the time being at least. Jones had a fantastic regular season finale last season, but was otherwise invisible on a strong Cavs team. Assuming J.R. Smith re-signs with the Cavs, Jones will battle it out in camp for the final roster spot.
September 22, 2016, 3:17 pm
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Thursday that Paul Millsap will miss three weeks after undergoing a procedure on his knee.
The procedure was non-surgical and it shouldn’t impact his ability to start the season, but it underscores some of the concerns we’ve had about his durability over the past year or two. He didn’t show any issues with his performance or durability this season, but he has played through a lot of injuries and had a lot of mileage so it should at least be something that owners consider on draft day.
Quote from Mike Budenholzer with respect to Paul Millsap's knee. Will miss at least 1st two preseason games. pic.twitter.com/j8TmaRyvyA
— KL Chouinard (@KLChouinard) September 22, 2016
September 22, 2016, 1:28 pm
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Bucks have traded Tyler Ennis to the Rockets in exchange for Michael Beasley.
It’s a curious move because Michael Carter-Williams and Greg Monroe have been in the rumor mill seemingly forever and Beasley hardly addresses their need at the position. At the same time, by dealing Ennis they now can’t really trade MCW unless there is another shoe to drop, because Matthew Dellavedova as a full-time starter would be an optimistic move on their part. It’s possible they don’t like the deals they’re seeing, or that they intend to create the impression of leverage at the small forward position while also pursuing another deal. Regardless, Beasley has no real fantasy value in Milwaukee in standard leagues and Ennis needs to show us something before we pencil him in for any real value, himself.
September 22, 2016, 8:39 am
The Jazz have signed Henry Sims to a camp deal.
Sims could make the final roster but faces an uphill battle as he will have to beat out Jeff Withey. DFS players will remember Withey’s small week of fantasy relevance when Gobert and Favors sat out. Withey averaged one block per game in just 13 minutes per game so it would be pretty shocking if Sims won the job.
September 22, 2016, 8:12 am
The Pelicans have signed Robert Sacre.
The Pelicans also signed Chris Copeland, but Sacre has a better chance at making the team considering the team’s lack of frontcourt depth. The Pelicans big men include Davis, Asik, Cheick Diallo (rookie) and Ajinca. Davis, Ajinca and Asik all played less than 70 games last season so adding a third center wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
September 22, 2016, 8:06 am
The Pelicans have signed Chris Copeland but the details of the contract have not been released.
Copeland has been on quite a few teams now and this is likely just a camp deal. He has range and had a decent rookie year with the Knicks. If Copeland balls out, he has a chance to make the final roster though it’s unlikely.