October 27, 2018, 11:04 pmKyle KuzmaF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma started in place of the suspended Brandon Ingram in Saturday's game against the Spurs, scoring 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting with four rebounds, an assist and three 3-pointers.
Kuzma's run might be over next game with Brandon Ingram coming back into the mix and his performance tonight wasn't anything that'll make Coach Walton change his mind about the starting lineup. Although Kuzma looks like a much better fit next to LeBron James, Ingram will most likely take his starting spot back which will reduce much of Kuzma's fantasy appeal.
October 21, 2019, 4:15 pmRajon RondoPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo (calf soreness) is questionable for Tuesday's opener against the Clippers.
Rondo managed to avoid injury in the preseason but was a last-minute addition to the list on the eve of the opener. He's an assists specialist and only works in certain fantasy builds, and his absence could open up more time for the more-interesting Alex Caruso. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Source: Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 4:05 pmWilliam HowardF, Utah Jazz
The Jazz have waived William Howard.
Howard, a 25-year-old out of France, lost the 15th roster spot to Stanton Kidd. He was a solid 3-point shooter in France's LNB Pro A and is still a worthwhile developmental prospect.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 3:51 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
The Celtics and Jaylen Brown have agreed to a four-year, $115 million contract extension, per Adrian Wojnarowksi.
Despite some speculation otherwise, the Celtics never wavered in their confidence that they could reach a deal with Brown before the deadline. He's now locked in as a core piece for Boston, and though he's never really played at a level that matches this new contract the expectation is that he'll blossom in an expanded role moving forward. He's a late-round fantasy target, but you'll have to be banking on some improvement in a few areas.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 3:47 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
According to Omari Sankofa II, Jonas Valanciunas (foot soreness) says he will play during Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat.
Valanciunas sat out all of preseason with foot soreness, resulting in some fear that he wouldn't be ready in time for the season opener. Valanciunas is primed for a big year in Memphis and makes sense as high floor target with plenty of upside left in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: Omari Sankofa II
October 21, 2019, 3:46 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard won't have any sort of minutes restriction in Tuesday's opener against the Lakers.
Leonard wasn't expected to have any kind of limits in the first game of the year, but given his track record it's nice to know for sure. He's a solid first-round pick in all formats, with potential missed games the only thing to scare people off an elite valuation.
Source: Tomer Azarly on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 3:36 pmJoe JohnsonSG, Detroit Pistons
Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pistons are waiving Joe Johnson, finalizing their roster for the 2019-2020 season.
Johnson had joined the Pistons preseason roster on a non-guaranteed deal. This deal makes sense as the Pistons decided to use their last roster spots for Christian Wood guard Khryi Thomas. This was a short-lived return to the NBA for Johnson, and chances are we won't see him again.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 3:30 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell (left hamstring) will not suit up for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Wizards.
According to Brad Townsend, Powell said that his hamstring is “doing good, but doesn’t want to rush return." The Mavs play again on Friday and given that he hasn't practiced in full since October 5, fantasy owners should prepare for his absence to extend to the first week of the season.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 3:23 pmOshae BrissettPF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors announced they converted Oshae Brissett to a two-way contract, per Tim Bontemps.
That means the Raptors have cut down their roster to 15 players, including Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller. Brissett, a Toronto native, will have a chance to prove himself in the G League. This move has no fantasy relevance at this point in time.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 3:13 pmTaj GibsonPF, New York Knicks
Taj Gibson (right calf) did not practice Monday and is questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Spurs.
Gibson has been dealing with a sore right calf for a few days now and missed the final preseason game against the Pelicans last Friday. If he is unable to suit up for the season opener in San Antonio on Wednesday, Bobby Portis and Kevin Knox will be more than eager to divide his minutes in the Knicks' crowded frontcourt.
Source: Steve Popper on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 3:07 pmJordan BellPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jordan Bell (calf) said he's still not going "full blast" in practices, but he expects to be available for Wednesday's season opener.
Bell also admitted that he is still learning some of the Timberwolves "reads and coverages" by watching from the sidelines. Bell came into the preseason with some sleeper appeal for his per-minute upside in defensive stats. For now, he is best left on the waiver wire until he can collect consistent minutes off the bench.
Source: Dane Moore on Twitter