• Kristaps Porzingis
    F/C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis sat out the entire 2018-19 season as he recovers from a torn left ACL.

    Porzingis was dealt to Dallas in a blockbuster deal that seemed to formulate out of thin air, and he'll be facing restricted free agency with the Mavs after it looked like he asked his way out of New York with concerns over the direction of the team. He'll form one of the most lethal young duos (at least on paper) with Luka Doncic, and the fact that he's expected to be ready for the season should mean we're looking at a high ADP even after the layoff. Far more pressing, however, are the rape allegations that Porzingis is facing in New York. All parties have been told not to comment and we will have more on that story as it unfolds.

Fantasy News

  • Zak Irvin
    PG, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have signed guard Zak Irvin.

    Irvin played with the Knicks' G League affiliate in Westchester last season and was with New York for Summer League, but he's not going to make the final roster with the big club. Expect another transaction that sends him down to the G League before the season starts.

    Source: Zak Irvin on Twitter

  • Matt Morgan
    G, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have signed guard Matt Morgan.

    The Raptors are now back at the full 20-man roster limit, but this is going to be a move with the G League team in mind. Morgan should be waived in short order, and head down to Raptors 905. There is no fantasy impact here.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, 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

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, 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

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, 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

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, 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

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, 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

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, 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

  • Devaughn Akoon-Purcell
    PG, 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.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, 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