• Lonzo Ball
    G, Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including four threes) with six rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

    With Rajon Rondo looking at a suspension, as well as Brandon Ingram, it's a big chance for Ball to establish true starter's minutes. How the whole incident plays with LeBron James, who is Chris Paul's good friend, is a fun little subplot. Regardless, Ball's value gets a little push from behind by tonight's events.

Fantasy News

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, 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

  • Quinn Cook
    PG, 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

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, 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

  • William Howard
    F, 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

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, 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

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, 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

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, 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

  • Joe Johnson
    SG, 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

  • Dwight Powell
    PF, 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

  • Oshae Brissett
    PF, 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