July 19, 2019, 11:34 amKosta KoufosC, Sacramento Kings
Kosta Koufos has reached an agreement with CSKA Moscow according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo.
Haynes goes on to say that Koufos' deal will make him the highest paid American in all of Europe next season, so it's safe to say that it was an easy sell for Koufos who appeared to be facing a rather tepid market. His deal will also include an NBA option that will allow him to opt out of his contract should he decide to return to the States.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
October 18, 2019, 1:28 pmVictor OladipoSG, 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
October 18, 2019, 1:25 pmJames Ennis IIISF, 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
October 18, 2019, 1:23 pmRaul NetoPG, 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
October 18, 2019, 1:18 pmMarquese ChrissPF, 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
October 18, 2019, 1:06 pmKevin KnoxSF, 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.
October 18, 2019, 12:26 pmAlfonzo McKinnieSF, 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
October 18, 2019, 12:23 pmRomeo LangfordSG, 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
October 18, 2019, 12:19 pmRobert Williams IIIC-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
October 18, 2019, 12:16 pmZak IrvinPG, 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
October 18, 2019, 12:15 pmChandler HutchisonSF, Chicago Bulls
Chandler Hutchison, already on the mend from a hamstring injury, sustained another hamstring strain and will miss more time.
Hutchison returned to a full practice on Monday but was scratched from Thursday's preseason game, and now we know why. His continued absence will give Denzel Valentine more ramp to recapture his old form after a year on the shelf.
Source: The Athletic