• Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Danny Ainge said that Jaylen Brown handled the difficult situation with the Celtics last season better than anyone else on the team.

    Brown was a pivotal player in the 2018 playoff push, so it must have been troubling for him to take a backseat last season. He handled it much better than Terry Rozier did, who had a similar dip in minutes and usage. Brown could make a leap this season as he enters the season as the starting shooting guard and there are more opportunities headed his way.

    Source: NBC Sports Boston

Fantasy News

  • Kenny Gabriel
    F, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have signed forward Kenny Gabriel.

    Gabriel, a 30-year-old who spent last season in Turkey, will not make the final roster.

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    On Friday, Nate McMillan announced that Victor Oladipo (ruptured right quad tendon) will be able to play half-court 5-on-5 in the next couple of days.

    Oladipo has been able to do just about everything besides scrimmage in Pacers' practices lately, and this is a nice step in his recovery. Optimistic estimates have Oladipo returning around the end of the calendar year but there's no word on whether this adjusts his timeline at all. Still, this is a great development and Oladipo is starting to look slightly more appealing in the middle-rounds of drafts — even if he's not generally a recommended pick just yet.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter

  • James Ennis III
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    James Ennis (strained right calf) has been upgraded as available for Friday's preseason finale.

    Ennis is looking like one of the first players off the bench for Philly this season, and he should land in the top-250 neighborhood as someone who can chip in rebounds, threes and the occasional steal.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Raul Neto
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Raul Neto (left hamstring) is questionable for Friday's preseason game.

    Neto is competing with Trey Burke for the backup PG work in Philly, so this isn't good timing. Neither player holds fantasy value outside of serving as Ben Simmons' handcuff in extremely deep leagues.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Marquese Chriss
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have converted Marquese Chriss' Exhibit 9 deal to a non-guaranteed contract.

    Chriss is set to make the final roster, though the team will still have some flexibility in case it doesn't work out. There will definitely be minutes available while Willie Cauley-Stein is out but Chriss could fade to the background if he fails to impress while the team is shorthanded. He's worth a shot in deeper formats, at least for a short-term boost.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Kevin Knox
    SF, New York Knicks

    As David Fizdale continues to tinker with his rotations, SNY's Ian Begley is hearing that there is already some grumbling about minutes and roles.

    With the way the Knicks have assembled their roster, this could be coming from almost anywhere. At shooting guard you have Wayne Ellington, Damyean Dotson, Allonzo Trier and eventually Reggie Bullock behind R.J. Barrett. Kevin Knox is playing behind Marcus Morris, and Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis are battling for time up front, with rookie Iggy Brazdeikis lurking in the background too. And Fizdale still hasn't settled on a starter at point guard between Dennis Smith Jr., Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina. Fantasy managers in 12-team leagues will probably want to steer clear of everyone besides Randle and Mitchell Robinson, simply to avoid this major headache.

    Source: SNY

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors will waive Alfonzo McKinnie, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    It's been quite a fall from grace for McKinnie, who was initially projected as the opening night starter at small forward after playing a solid role for the Warriors last season. Ultimately he was undone by having a non-guaranteed contract. He figures to land on his feet, while Golden State's wing rotation gets even thinner. Jacob Evans, Jordan Poole and Glenn Robinson III are going to get more minutes, while this move also means that Marquese Chriss has almost surely made the final roster.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Romeo Langford (right knee sprain) did non-contact work at Friday's practice and could return to full practice on Monday.

    Langford appears to have dodged a bullet with his latest injury, though this may cost him a rotation spot to start the season. He's still a late-round dynasty target but redraft players can take a wait-and-see approach.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said that Robert Williams wasn't feeling great after Thursday's light work and has re-started the league's concussion protocol from step one.

    Williams was riding a stationary bike at Thursday's practice and today he was spotted getting some treadmill work in. There's no set timeline for a return from a concussion, so fantasy managers will just have to hope for the best. Williams is going to be one of the league's top block specialists this season but isn't necessarily someone that must be drafted in standard-sized formats.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Zak Irvin
    PG, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have waived Zak Irvin.

    The team just signed Irvin yesterday but he was always destined for the G League.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter