September 25, 2018, 5:24 pmAlan WilliamsF/C, Brooklyn Nets
Alan Williams is the latest big man to spend his summer working on a 3-point shot.
"There's no way that you go into this league now without having a 3-point shot. I'm not going to say I'm an elite shooter, but I definitely have improved there, and it's also something else I want to show." Williams also said that the Nets want the bigs to play like guards, but we'll believe he's got the deep ball down when we see it in action. On a two-way deal, Big Sauce offers minimal appeal.
August 20, 2019, 4:49 pmEric MikaC, Sacramento Kings
The Kings announced on Tuesday that they signed summer league standout C Eric Mika to an exhibit 10 contract.
The former BYU big man is now set up to play for the Stockton Kings of the G-League. The Kings have a deep big man rotation, and it's unlikely that we'll see much, if any, of Mika on the roster this season.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 4:44 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant (right knee) said that he is completely healed from the minor knee surgery earlier this summer, saying he is "100 percent right now."
Morant will look to get back into the swing of things in the coming weeks as he prepares for his rookie season. Morant has the talent and the role on rebuilding team and is undoubtedly going to cost a pretty penny in fantasy drafts.
Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 2:17 pmDerrick AlstonTeam, New York Knicks
The Westchester Knicks have named Derrick Alston as the new head coach, replacing Mike Miller who was promoted to join David Fizdale’s staff.
Alston, a former NBA player, has been an assistant for Westchester for four years. Before that, Alston was a player development coach with the Rockets. This will be Alston’s first head coaching gig as he continues to move up the ladder.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 1:21 pmCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Cory Joseph is not expected to play for Team Canada in the FIBA World Cup.
Team Canada has been taking a beating the last few weeks with NBA guys continuing to pull out. This news won't have any effects on Joseph's role heading into the season, but it does create another dent in Team Canada's chances of making noise in the World Cup.
Source: Doug Smith: Raptors on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 1:08 pmMarcus Georges-HuntSG, Free Agent
Jay King of The Athletic is hearing that Marcus Georges-Hunt is in Boston working out with the Celtics for the next few days.
Hunt last played in the NBA for the WOlves in the 2017-18 season. Last season Hunt was waived from the Celtics in mid-October and played nine games for the Red Claws. Hunt is a longshot to make the team and carries no fantasy relevance regardless of the outcome.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 11:55 amDwight HowardC, Memphis Grizzlies
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Lakers are planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles.
Marcin Gortat is also in the Lakers’ radar as the team is actively looking to sign another big after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL last week. Speights spent the last season in China after 10 years in the NBA while Gortat remains overseas and it’s unclear whether he will be back to Los Angeles for a workout with the team.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 11:37 amAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon is re-embracing his inner big man by spending a part of his offseason trying to refine his post-game.
Gordon certainly has room for growth as a post-up player. Last season, he got the ball on the post 219 times, the rub however, was that he shot just 40.4 percent on his 114 shot attempts out of the post, while handing out just 13 assists and turning the ball over 12 times. AG’s greatest weapon defensively has always been his versatility and now with a more firm offensive understanding beneath him, it appears the next step for him is to expand that versatility on both ends of the floor. When guarded by lighter small forwards, he wants to be able to use his chiseled body as a battering ram in the post to create point-blank looks, and when he’s being checked by slower power forwards, he thinks he will have major advantages with his quickness and footwork to get to the rim for easy opportunities. Gordon added that the Magic are welcoming raised expectations for next year due to the group’s collective will to improve this offseason and his work ethic is something that should make fantasy owners excited for next season.
August 20, 2019, 11:12 amDwight HowardC, Memphis Grizzlies
Appearing on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Brian Windhorst said that he thinks Dwight Howard coming back to the Lakers is probably not going to happen.
“I don’t think it’s a very likely marriage,” Windhorst said. “I think the Lakers right now are doing their due diligence and Joakim Noah is another guy they have looked at.” Howard is still under contract with the Grizzlies and the Lakers were granted permission to talk to the former All-Star but health issues might be the reason they are hesitant to make a move for him right now. With DeMarcus Cousins likely out for the entire year the Lakers are in need of somebody who can be healthy and give them a few minutes off the bench, but neither Howard nor Noah have been able to avoid injuries the last few seasons. Howard only played in nine games last year with the Wizards before undergoing a lumbar microdiscotemy in November while Noah has struggled to stick on a roster after leaving the Bulls in 2016 and playing in just 53 games with the Knicks.
August 20, 2019, 9:10 amKyle AlexanderC, Miami Heat
While the Heat looks to be done offering standard contracts this offseason barring a trade, it still has room to sign two players to two-way deals.
Miami’s roster currently includes 17 players, with three of them, Kyle Alexander, Chris Silva and Jeremiah Martin eligible for two-way contracts. Because the Heat has no room under the hard cap to sign any more players to a standard contract, it’s trying to entice players to sign Exhibit 10 contracts with the expectation that they will have a legitimate chance to earn a two-way contract during training camp. The trio will be among those competing in September for a two-way contract, but even if they make the team, they are far away from having any fantasy value.
Source: Miami Herald
August 20, 2019, 8:58 amTacko FallC, Boston Celtics
Tacko Fall’s agent, Justin Haynes, said that if the Celtics cut his client, he believes another NBA team will give the big man an opportunity.
“If the Celtics release him, I don’t think he goes unclaimed,” said Haynes. “I think somebody will take a shot on him because he’s done enough to show he can find a place in the NBA.” Fall was arguably the most popular player at Las Vegas Summer League and he signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics, which is essentially a training camp invite. It’s probably unlikely that Boston keeps him past the preseason though as Fall’s game still needs a lot of development while the team has already filled their two-way contracts. And while his agent is doing all the due diligence, he is probably right saying that another team could potentially take a flier on the Senegalese center.
Source: Boston Globe