March 23, 2016, 7:55 pm
Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley fought hard to avoid the season-sweep against the Raptors on Wednesday.
IT2 scored 23 points with three treys and Avery Bradley scored 16 with two threes and eight rebounds. These two have been getting it done all year long and are an underrated backcourt. They did do their damage without Kyle Lowry on the opposing end but this wasn’t a fluke as Bradley is in the top-60 for the year while Isaiah Thomas is in the top-30 in standard leagues.
September 16, 2019, 4:28 pmSemi OjeleyePF, Boston Celtics
Semi Ojeleye could compete with Grant Williams for more minutes at forward for the Celtics, according to Jay King of The Athletic.
Ojeleye only played 10 minutes per game for the Celtics last season but improved his field-goal shooting to 42 percent. He has shown some defensive prowess but could use more consistency in his perimeter shooting. Ojeleye is unlikely to contribute much for standard league owners.
Source: Jay King of The Athletic
September 16, 2019, 4:06 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
The Magic exercised their team option on Mo Bamba, signing him through 2020-21.
Bamba averaged 1.4 blocked shots during his rookie season in just 16 minutes per game. However, the #6 overall pick in 2018 is firmly behind starting center Nikola Vucevic on the Magic's depth chart.
Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter
September 16, 2019, 3:49 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
The Magic exercised their team option on Jonathan Isaac, signing him through 2020-21.
Isaac started 64 games in his second season, scoring 9.6 points per game to go with 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Isaac also improved his free-throw shooting, finishing at 81.5 percent. He certainly has the potential to do even more going forward if he can stay healthy.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
September 16, 2019, 3:41 pmJames Ennis IIISF, Philadelphia Sixers
James Ennis should be the first wing off the bench for the Sixers, according to Rich Hofmann of The Athletic.
Ennis, who averaged 6.7 points in 21 minutes per game last season, will provide depth behind Tobias Harris. His fantasy value isn't terribly high, but head coach Brett Brown trusts his defensive game. This report could mean a slight uptick in playing time for Ennis.
Source: Rich Hofmann of The Athletic
September 16, 2019, 3:16 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
The Magic have exercised their team option on Markelle Fultz.
That will keep Fultz under control through the 2020-21 season. While Fultz is a former No. 1 overall pick, this was not a slam-dunk decision for the Magic given his health record and all the mystery that's clouded the first couple years of his career. With current starter D.J. Augustin set to hit free agency following the upcoming season, Orlando could be preparing to hand Fultz the reins. We want to know that he's healthy before endorsing him as a fantasy selection but the upside is enough to at least consider a deep-league flier.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 16, 2019, 1:56 pmKristaps PorzingisPF, Dallas Mavericks
Kristaps Porzingis participated in some scrimmage sessions with his Mavs teammates in Miami.
Porzingis was reportedly able to get into some full practices at the end of last season but it's still good to hear that he's fully active. While the Mavs will do some load management, look for KP to be taken off draft boards in the early-middle rounds.
Source: Dallas Morning News
September 16, 2019, 1:50 pmDevin HarrisPG, Dallas Mavericks
Free agent Devin Harris continues to weigh his options for next season but said that any signing "needs to be the right opportunity."
That could mean that Harris is aiming for a larger role, or he's trying to land with a specific set of teams. Either way it sounds like he's at peace if no such offer comes along, which means that Harris could simply decide to retire. We'll keep you posted on his next steps.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
September 16, 2019, 1:48 pmHasheem ThabeetC, Free Agent
Hasheem Thabeet will work out for the Knicks this week, marking at least his second session with the team.
Thabeet had previously been participating in informal scrimmages with the team. The frontcourt depth chart is fairly full but Thabeet could earn a look in training camp. There won't be any fantasy value if he does complete his NBA comeback.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
September 15, 2019, 2:49 pmJared TerrellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jared Terrell has signed a contract with Israel's Hapoel Eilat.
Terrell appeared in 14 games with the Wolves last season. Perhaps he'll surface on the mid-season market when his Israeli season ends.
Source: Dane Moore on Twitter
September 15, 2019, 2:45 pmJ.J. BareaPG, Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Barea (torn right Achilles) has been fully cleared for the start of training camp.
Barea has also been participating in 5-on-5 work. He'll be in the mix for reserve PG minutes, though he'll be competing with Seth Curry and Jalen Brunson for primary backup work behind Delon Wright.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter