• Dwight Howard played a team-high 36 minutes in a loss to the Warriors on Monday, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-8 from the field to go along with 4-of-8 from the line, 16 boards, one steal, one block and three turnovers.

    Howard played well, as did most of the Hawks. His free throw shooting hurt quite a bit tonight, but you should already be punting free throws if you own him. Dwight was efficient from the field and his big double double did the job for your fantasy team. He’s looking healthy out there compared to his time with the Lakers and Rockets so that’s encouraging for his outlook this year.

Fantasy News

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Sam Amick and John Hollinger of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni are likely to part ways if the team does not win the NBA championship this season.

    D’Antoni is currently in the final year of the four-year contract he signed in 2016, going 188-80 (.701) in 268 regular-season games and 23-16 (.590) in 39 postseason games. Both winning percentages are the highest by any coach in Rockets’ franchise history but that might not be enough for him to remain in Houston. The coach and the team tried multiple times during the 2019 offseason to secure a contract extension, but they were unable to come to terms. D’Antoni’s potential availability could have a ripple effect on coaching situations elsewhere in the league, with other NBA teams possibly making a plan to pursue him once his current deal expires.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Pascal Siakam
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    Masai Ujiri turned down a massive contract extension offer from the Raptors last offseason, according to sources that spoke with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

    The contract of Ujiri is believed to run through the 2020-21 season, but has an out clause under certain circumstances. It is believed that Ujiri declined since he would like to keep his options open at this time and the Knicks are likely to knock on his door pretty soon.

    Source: The Athletic

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets are willing to give up future assets in order to boost their 2019-20 roster, with a likely emphasis on wing players, according to a report published on Monday by Shams Charania of the Athletic.

    The timing of the report is significant since December 15th is the date that most players who signed last offseason are eligible to be dealt. The team’s best future assets would likely be first-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft and/or the 2022 NBA Draft. No names were mentioned by Shams but look for trade rumors to intensify in the next couple weeks.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Nicolas Claxton
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Nicolas Claxtont suffered another hamstring injury in Monday’s loss of the Long Island Nets to the Raptors 905.

    There is currently no update on the severity of the injury but the rookie was again bothered by his hamstring earlier this season. He had four points, one rebound and one assist in six first quarter minutes of play before leaving the game early.

    Source: Nets Daily

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Interim head coach Mike Miller said on Monday that Frank Ntilikina will remain the starting point guard and that each game will dictate his minutes.

    Miller seems determined to continue with the same recipe so the point guard committee will remain intact in New York. Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr. haven’t done anything to separate themselves and it’s simply impossible to trust any of the Knicks point guards right now.

    Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell struggled in Monday's 102-110 loss to the Grizzlies, scoring 18 points on 6-of-22 shooting to go with three boards, seven assists, a steal and four triples.

    Russell is going through one of his patented cold spells again, but he should pick it back up soon. There's really no alternative for this Warriors team as Alec Burks (18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers) was tied with D-Lo as a leading scorer tonight.

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green was solid again on Monday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with three rebounds, five assists, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer.

    Green got his numbers across the board and the main talking point should be the fact that he played. As long as he can stay on the floor he should give late-mid round value, but there's so much risk involved with him being shut down with load management days that it's best to sell-high when given the chance. Whenever Green misses time we can expect Eric Paschall (five points, two rebounds and one block) to see an uptick in usage.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
    C, Golden State Warriors

    Willie Cauley-Stein scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go with eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks on Monday.

    Cauley-Stein racked up the defensive numbers tonight and he's maintained a 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals average in 21 games so far this year. He's been better than Kevon Looney (10 minutes, zero points, three rebounds and one steal) this year and is the guy to own until further notice.

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant returned to action on Monday from back spasms and led the Grizzlies in scoring with 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Morant was on a hot streak before suffering from back spasms and it's good to see him pick back up where he left off. The minutes limit is only temporary and we're looking at an easily achievable top-50 floor with him.

  • Dillon Brooks
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dillon Brooks scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on Monday against the Warriors.

    Brooks has been providing steady value for owners in need of triples and points. Grayson Allen (15 points, two rebounds, one block and three triples) had a solid game, but can be left on the wire as Brooks is the better of the two to own in Memphis.