• Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and two threes in the Bulls' 127-125 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Markkanen produced well on offense in this game but had zero blocks. Markkanen has top-40 upside but is an injury risk and because of his lack of defensive stats it's hard to reach for him in the middle rounds.

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  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    In a recent mailbag, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee said that the Kings are willing to sign Bogdan Bogdanovic to a max-length contract extension, but Bogdanovic may head to free agency in hopes of a bigger payday.

    Anderson threw out $12.85 million as the salary at which the Kings would happily sign the dotted line, but Bogdanovic is coming off an excellent performance in the World Cup and would offer one of the best blends of current production and upside in what's set to be a weak free agent class. Unfortunately for Bogdanovic, he could be facing a playing time crunch this year. The Kings have locked in their backcourt of the future and went out of the way to re-sign Harrison Barnes and add Trevor Ariza at the small forward spot. It will be tough for BB8 to repeat last season's 27.8 mpg so he's shaping up as a late-round selection in the 14-16-team range. There is upside for more, at least.

    Source: Sacramento Bee

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Although Buddy Hield wants to sign an extension with the Kings, the two sides do not appear all that close to an agreement.

    "They’re talking, but nothing is moving yet. Nothing has moved," Hield said. The 26-year-old is headed for restricted free agency if no deal is worked out, so it's possible that the Kings let the market determine Hield's next salary if the current gap is too wide to bridge. Either way, it seems unlikely that the Kings would let Hield go following his breakout season. Hield is adamant about wanting to stay in Sacramento but did say, "I want to be here and if it doesn’t happen, then things can go the other way." We wouldn't expect this contract talk to affect Hield's play, and he looks like a viable selection in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.

    Source: Sacramento Bee

  • Dedric Lawson
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have waived Dedric Lawson.

    Lawson, a UDFA out of Kansas, was signed to an Exhibit 10 contract. He averaged 12.3 minutes across three preseason games and will likely spend his year in the G-League.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    In the wake of Gerald Green's broken left foot, the Rockets will take a closer look at Ben McLemore.

    The team has been happy with McLemore's work so far, with Mike D'Antoni saying, "He has played well and we'll keep looking at him." The Rockets have a thin bench and Green was shaping up as the primary backup at shooting guard, so his minutes and shots are now up for grabs. McLemore will have to compete with guys like Danuel House and Thabo Sefolosha for wing minutes but if he was ever going to reestablish himself in the league, this looks like his best chance. Managers in 30-team leagues can consider McLemore a late-round pick, though he may be able to get himself on the radar shallower formats over time.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter

  • Dante Exum
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Dante Exum (patellar tendon rehab) is still not ready to roll and will miss the Jazz's preseason game vs. the Kings on Monday.

    Exum has been plagued with injuries his whole career, making him hard to trust in fantasy, even in the deepest of leagues.

    Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier put up 11 points with four rebounds and three assists on 4-of-7 shooting in a win over Maccabi Haifa on Sunday.

    Napier should have a pretty solid shot at the backup point guard spot, but that will likely not translate into fantasy value in standard leagues. He could have value in points and 3-pointers in deep leagues, but could be left on draft boards otherwise.

  • Jarrett Culver
    G-F, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jarrett Culver put up 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting in a 131-101 win over Maccabi Haifa on Sunday.

    He added three rebounds and four assists to the box score. Culver should have a solid role in the Wolves' rotation, but he might not have fantasy value in standard leagues. He could be a triples and steals specialist in deeper leagues.

  • Treveon Graham
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Treveon Graham played well in a win over Maccabi Haifa as he put up 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 12 minutes.

    He made both of his attempts from beyond the arc and added two steals . The former Net will likely not have a key role in the Wolves' rotation, so he is not worth drafting in most formats.

  • Moritz Wagner
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Moritz Wagner did it all in 24 minutes vs. the Bucks, registering 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Wagner was productive in his last game vs. the Knicks as a starter, but this time he was great coming off the bench. The Wizards are going to lose a lot of games and Wagner will have opportunities to earn himself minutes on this rebuilding roster. After not getting many opportunities during his rookie campaign, keep Wagner in mind as you approach the last rounds of your draft.

  • Rui Hachimura
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Against the Bucks on Sunday, Rui Hachimura produced 10 points (4-of-13 FGs, 1-of-8 FTs), 12 rebounds and three steals.

    It was a mixed bag for Hachimura overall. While it is great to see the counting stats, Hachimura would be a real drain on fantasy rosters if he shot this poorly throughout the season. He is still slated for a starting role on the Wizards, and is well worth a late-round flier to see if he can continue to deliver numbers without the inefficient shooting.