• Devin Harris
    G, Dallas Mavericks

    Devin Harris (hamstring) might be able to return on Wednesday.

    The Mavs will take it easy on their veteran guard, however, and they don't exactly need him as they're playing well at the moment and have a lot of capable playmakers. Harris is a good veteran presence but not a fantasy option.

    Source: Dwain Price on Twitter

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  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    With Blake Griffin out for at least two weeks, James L. Edwards of the Athletic is speculating that it would make sense for Luke Kennard to begin the season as a starter.

    When Griffin missed the first two playoff games last season, Dwane Casey inserted Kennard into the starting lineup in order to generate more offense and he was the team’s best offensive players in those two games, averaging 20.0 points. Detroit’s second unit this season was supposed to have some offensive firepower with Kennard and Derrick Rose running things, but that could change drastically with Griffin now sidelined. Bruce Brown. would be the odd man out in this scenario, while Kennard could play his way into standard-league value if he can deliver consistently for a Pistons team that will have a hard time scoring.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Ivan Rabb
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Forward Ivan Rabb is finalizing a two-way contract with the Knicks, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.

    Rabb had some nice moments with the Grizzlies last year but he became the odd man out after the team drafted Brandon Clarke this summer. The Knicks are actually smart to take a flier on the young forward, while David Fizdale is familiar with him from his days as a head coach in Memphis and he will probably give him a chance sooner than later.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said that Robert Williams will have no restrictions when the Celtics face the Sixers for the season opener tonight.

    Williams had an underwhelming preseason and he missed some action due to a concussion, so his role is unclear going forward. The Celtics will need big bodies to defend Joel Embiid so it’s likely that he sees some action tonight but it’s hard to trust him in fantasy for now.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo told a Harvard University professor that if the Bucks underperform this season, it would make his decision on whether to stick with the team "a lot more difficult."

    The unusually pointed language came in a spring 2019 interview with Anita Elberse, a Harvard Business School professor who was researching a case study on the Bucks' turnaround and the challenges a small-market NBA team faces in retaining a superstar-level player. "I want the Bucks to build a winning culture," Elberse and her co-author, master's student Melcolm Ruffin, quoted Antetokounmpo as saying. "So far, we have been doing great, and, if this lasts, there's no other place I want to be. But if we're underperforming in the NBA next year, deciding whether to sign becomes a lot more difficult." The Greek Freak will likely be eligible to sign a five-year, $253 million contract extension with the Bucks next summer, or to opt out and potentially become a free agent in 2021. Giannis has been adamant about not wanting to discuss his free agency this year but we should expect to hear more noise and more rumors for the league’s MVP.

    Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

  • Andre Iguodala
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Marc Stein of the NY Times is reporting that, although Andre Iguodala won't get a chance to play for the Warriors this year, he is expected to return to Golden State next year.

    The Warriors traded the veteran to the Grizzlies in order to clear his $17.2 million salary for the 2019-20 season, but he will be a free agent again next offseason. Iggy isn't with Memphis to begin the year and he has already been announced as out for the team's season opener against the Heat. According to Stein, the organization will remain patient looking for something in return in a trade rather than letting him go for nothing. The Lakers, Clippers, Rockets and Sixers could be among the interested teams if a deal goes down during the season.

    Source: NY Times

  • De'Anthony Melton
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    De'Anthony Melton, who missed all of the preseason with a back strain, is available to play on Wednesday against the Heat.

    Melton was initially ruled out for 4-8 weeks after suffering a stress reaction in his back but he is way ahead of schedule. It’s unlikely that he gets much, if any, playing time tonight but he should be in your radar in deep leagues as the Grizzlies are expected to give plenty of time to their young players this season.

    Source: Chris Herrington on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans will exercise the fourth-year options on newcomers Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, according to Andrew Lopez of ESPN.

    Both players are entering their third season and were obtained by the Pelicans from the Lakers as part of the Anthony Davis trade. Ball started last night next to Jrue Holiday while Josh Hart was impressive coming off the bench. The Pelicans clearly view both guys as integral pieces in their rebuilding plan and picking up their option is a mere formality.

    Source: Andrew Lopez of ESPN

  • Lou Williams
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams efficiently provided 21 points (8-for-14 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs) along with five rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a three in 37 minutes off the bench in a win over the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Williams has averaged over 30 minutes per game in a season just once in his career. That season (2017-18) he ranked 34th/44th (8-cat/9-cat) because the team needed his offense. There's a decent chance that Williams can at least get close to that mark for the period of time that Paul George is out. The starting backcourt of Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet was less impressive as Beverley had little besides 10 rebounds and six assists and while Shamet hit two treys, he wasn't anything more than a threes streamer overall.

  • Montrezl Harrell
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell played 38 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Tuesday, and he turned that into 17 points (7-for-11 FGs, 3-for-8 FTs), seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.

    It's a strong start to Harrell's season, as he appears ready for another year of great field goal percentage and good points, boards and blocks with scary free throw numbers. Ivica Zubac started, but just played the other 10 minutes at center in this one. It's possible that this allotment of minutes was mostly based on the matchup, but Zubac owners should have their eyes on his role in the next game.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers to a 112-102 victory over the Lakers on Tuesday by posting 30 points (10-of-19 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), six rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    It appears that the NBA Finals MVP is still good. There had been some concern that the injuries that hobbled Leonard in the playoffs were still lingering, but he looks like he's ready to carry a new team into championship contention already. We all know the story with Leonard. If he plays over 70 games, he'll almost certainly have been a steal in fantasy drafts.