April 10, 2019, 11:53 pmKevin HuerterG, Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Huerter finished his rookie year in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers, scoring 17 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers.
The first-year guard out of Maryland got a lot of burn in his rookie season. He assumed a starting role in early December and wound up playing more total minutes than all but seven rookies. In that time frame he averaged 11.1 points (.420 shooting from the floor), 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.0 three-pointers a game. As a fantasy asset, he was never able to emerge as anything more than a 3-point specialist, limiting him to just being a top-150/160 (8-cat/9-cat) over his span as a starter. That being said, he should only get better, and showed flashes of being both a capable passer and defender. Assuming the Hawks don’t make any additions that could force him out of the starting lineup Huerter could be a guy owners take a flier on at the end of drafts next season.
October 17, 2019, 12:24 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Mike D'Antoni revealed that Russell Westbrook has "a couple" dislocated fingers.
Westbrook was sporting a wrap on his right pinky and the injury isn't expected to affect his availability at all. Though news of an injury like this isn't what fantasy players want to hear, it doesn't sound like Westbrook is concerned about it. "It’s all right. I learned a long time ago when I first got in the league, point guard fingers are always going to be f—ed up. That’s just what it is." Continue drafting Westbrook as usual in the lead up to the season.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 12:15 pmKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Kelly Olynyk (right knee bone bruise) is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale.
Olynyk had been out of action since injuring his knee in Team Canada's game against Nigeria in the World Cup in August. He returns just in time to experiment with his fit as the starting power forward on this new-look Miami offense. Olynyk is an intriguing big man in the last rounds due to his all-around skillset and Miami's lack of frontcourt depth. Keep an eye on him.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 12:08 pmEvan FournierSF, Orlando Magic
Coach Steve Clifford hasn't decided whether Evan Fournier (back spams) will play in the preseason finale Thursday night.
He adds that even if Fournier plays, he'll be on limited minutes. Back spasms are always a concern because they tend to linger, but it looks like the Magic are just exercising caution with their starting shooting guard. Fournier is a low-ceiling option who should provide serviceable scoring, threes, and assists numbers in the back end of drafts.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 11:55 amPatrick McCawSG, Toronto Raptors
An MRI revealed no structural damage in Patrick McCaw's knee and there is no timeline for his return.
At one point thought to be competing for one of the starting wing spots in Toronto, McCaw has clearly fallen behind Norman Powell and OG Anunoby, and perhaps even Stanley Johnson and Terence Davis. The injury is a clear setback for the three-time champion and he remains without a firm return date. He may make some noise later in the season, but he's off the redraft radar with this news.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 11:43 amJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Celtics' GM Danny Ainge expressed confidence that the team will reach an extension with Jaylen Brown before the Oct. 21 deadline.
Brown was previously offered a four-year, $80 million extension, which he turned down. If no deal is reached by Monday's deadline, Brown will become a restricted free agent next offseason and should be able to break the bank in what figures to be a weak free agent class. Regardless of the outcome of these negotiations, Brown's statistical profile hasn't translated into fantasy production during his young career and he remains a fringe fantasy option in the very last rounds.
Source: Chris Forsber on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 11:17 amNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Coach Steve Clifford says Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross are expected to play in the preseason finale against the Heat on Thursday.
The two were dealing with mild ankle sprains, but should be good to go for tonight's final preseason game. Continue to draft Vucevic and Ross as you normally would.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
October 17, 2019, 11:10 amDevaughn Akoon-PurcellPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder have waived DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Abdul Gaddy, Myke Henry and Eric Moreland.
The moves put OKC's roster down to 16 players. None of these players are on the fantasy radar.
October 17, 2019, 11:04 amPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley has stated reducing the number of technical fouls as one of his goals for the upcoming season.
The 31-year-old journeyman sees the development as a sign of his maturity. Beverley had the fifth-most technical fouls in the league with 14 last season, just two away from triggering an automatic suspension. Already a safe bet to miss games throughout the year, any hint that he's dedicated to staying on the court when he actually is healthy is a good sign. Beverley is a solid, if low upside option in the late rounds.
Source: Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2019, 10:41 amGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragić has stated that he plans to wear a brace on his right knee this season.
Normally, this wouldn't be news, but Dragić missed a total of 46 games last season and underwent midseason surgery on his right knee in December 2018. The cumbersome brace may not hinder Dragić too much this season, but it serves as a reminder that last year saw Dragić's legendary efficiency from the field crater, in part due to injuries and the resulting lack of explosiveness. These concerns may pop up again this season, but he's still a safe bet for decent minutes and modest PG production in the late rounds.
October 17, 2019, 9:57 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield expressed his frustration with his ongoing contract negotiations with the Kings and hinted that he may have to play elsewhere.
When asked about his contract talks, Hield responded that if a deal doesn’t get done by Monday’s deadline, he’ll “look for somewhere else to go.” Hield is playing on a $6.5 million Qualifying Offer in 2019-21 and considers himself a maximum or near-max contract player, but referred to the present offer an “insult.” This could get ugly, considering this wouldn’t be the first time the Kings’ front office mismanaged its relationship with a star player. It’s too early to speculate on a trade, but if the situation deteriorates any further, drafting Buddy Hield in the early rounds may come with a bit of uncertainty. One would think the Kings would be tripping over themselves to sign the player who has become the centerpiece of the DeMarcus Cousins trade from two years ago.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter