October 24, 2018, 11:18 amLance ThomasF, New York Knicks
Despite dealing with a sore left knee, Lance Thomas is expected to play tonight as the Knicks face the Heat.
Dave Fizdale said that he is giving his current starting lineup one more game to prove themselves and Thomas could soon find himself out of the rotation. Mario Hezonja and Noah Vonleh have been playing well after Kevin Knox went down and one of them might enter the lineup soon. Super Mario should be owned in all formats as he has top-75 potential when given the minutes.
Source: Chris Iseman on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 4:59 pmZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss 6-8 weeks.
The Pelicans had already announced that Williamson would be out for several weeks, but this clarifies the timetable. He's a risky pick at this point but certainly possesses a great deal of talent for those who grab him at a reduced draft slot. In the meantime, Brandon Ingram looks to benefit the most from the available playing time.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 4:48 pmDomantas SabonisC, Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis signed a four-year extension with the Pacers worth $74.9 million.
The deal does not include a team or player option. There had been rumors that Sabonis would be traded, but the Pacers managed to retain him instead. Sabonis averaged 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists last season. Now that he should be starting nightly, fantasy owners can expect even better things this season.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 4:17 pmQuinn CookPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Quinn Cook (calf) will be available to play in Tuesday's matchup against the Lakers.
He had been dealing with a sore left calf. Cook is a marginal piece in the Lakers' rotation, but with injuries to Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso, the backup PG spot in LA has thinned out some in recent days. Cook can be a useful fantasy player when given starter's minutes, as we saw with him in Golden State. Keep an eye on this situation in case one of these three emerges as LeBron's backup.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
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