March 10, 2019, 2:51 pmLuke KennardG, Detroit Pistons
Luke Kennard tallied nine points, nine rebounds and four assists in Sunday's win over the Bulls.
Kennard played 31 minutes and also hit a 3-pointer. The Pistons really seem to be letting him play after a season and a half of keeping him under wraps, and Kennard has responded with standard-league value over the last couple of weeks. He should already be rostered in all competitive leagues but is worth picking up if he's available. We're expecting him to slow down a bit but he's worth using at the moment.
July 16, 2019, 10:24 amDragan BenderPF, Phoenix Suns
As Dragan Bender continues to explore the NBA market, the Cavs and the Raptors are among the teams that have inquired about the former lottery pick.
The European market also remains an option for the Croatian forward as CSKA Moscow and Fenerbache are monitoring his situation. Bender is still only 21 years old and teams around the NBA could still take a chance on him after what has been a disappointing NBA career so far with averages of 5.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 131 career games.
July 16, 2019, 9:36 amRaul NetoPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Raul Neto could end up being Ben Simmons' backup to begin the 2019-20 season.
Right now, the two candidates to be the backup to starter Ben Simmons are Neto and former two-way player Shake Milton, a second-year combo guard who earned a lot of minutes at the point in the NBA Summer League. Neto started 53 of the 81 games in which he appeared as a rookie in 2015-16, but only started once over the past three seasons. He has averages of 4.8 points, 1.9 assists and 37.7 percent shooting from 3-point range in 14.2 minutes and it’s highly unlikely that he gains fantasy value even if he earns the backup job.
Source: Bucks County Courier Times
July 16, 2019, 9:27 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that the Heat are open to the idea of teaming up Chris Paul with Jimmy Butler, but what has hung the entire negotiation up is the discussion of picks.
The Thunder holds two of Miami’s future first round draft picks, an unprotected selection in 2021 and a protected one in 2023. The Heat want those included in a potential deal and Oklahoma City has no shortage of assets as, since draft night, Sam Presti has acquired a remarkable eight first-round picks. Windhorst also added that the Heat seem to be CP3’s preferred destination and if he actually ends up in South Beach, he could retain his strong fantasy value.
July 16, 2019, 8:53 amKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Josh Lewenberg of TSN is hearing that the Raptors have no intention of moving Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka, at least not before the season.
All three veterans are on expiring deals and Masai Ujiri will give this group an opportunity to sink or swim before choosing a path and deciding what comes next. With those three and Fred VanVleet hitting the open market next summer, the Raptors will have over $90 million coming off their books and plenty of flexibility. It’s clear that there won’t be a fire sale in Toronto anytime soon while this group has proved that it is capable of winning games even without Kawhi Leonard. Things could change quickly though and Ujiri has never been shy of pulling the trigger so the future looks murky for the veteran champions.
July 16, 2019, 12:38 amDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have rescinded their qualifying offer to big man Daniel Theis, making him an unrestricted free agent.
This is move is to maximize the team's remaining cap space. Theis will eventually be signed to a deal using his Early Bird Rights. Theis will have value as a deep-league source of blocks. He will be competing with Robert Williams to backup starting center, Enes Kanter.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 10:52 pmKelan MartinSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Kelan Martin led the Wolves in their 92-95 loss against the Grizzlies on Monday with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting while adding three 3-pointers, five rebounds and an assist.
Martin helped the Wolves claw back into the game with a big third quarter, but the team just fell flat. He was by far the best player on the Wolves tonight, but it's still uncertain as to whether or not tonight's performance was enough to push him onto an NBA team to start next season.
July 15, 2019, 10:51 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, an assist and a 3-pointer in Monday's loss to the Wolves.
Bates-Diop was outplayed by his fellow benchmates in this one, but nailed a clutch 3-pointer to bring the Wolves within a single possession late in the fourth. He's struggled with consistency which is why it'll be hard to envision him having an impactful role to start next season.
July 15, 2019, 10:50 pmNaz ReidC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Naz Reid scored eight points on 3-of-13 shooting while adding 10 rebounds, two dimes, a steal and a block in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.
Reid has been fairly impressive throughout the Summer League, but tonight he just couldn't buy a bucket. The silver lining is that he had the best plus-minus (plus-0) out of all the starters.
July 15, 2019, 10:49 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke led the Grizzlies to their 95-92 Summer League championship win over the Wolves on Monday with 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting while chipping in a 3-pointer, a game-high 16 rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks.
What a monster stat line. Clarke was named Summer League MVP prior to tonight and he lived up to the name. He's hyper athletic with a high motor and has a great feel for the game on both ends of the floor and it looks like his talent should win out and earn him a regular spot in the rotation alongside Jaren Jackson Jr. Keep an eye out for him in the later rounds on draft day, especially in dynasty leagues.
July 15, 2019, 10:49 pmBruno CabocloSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Bruno Caboclo scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting while adding three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two blocks in Monday's win over the Wolves.
Caboclo looked great tonight on both ends of the floor and even hit his stride from beyond the arc tonight. There's some optimism for him heading into this season as the Grizzlies are fielding a lengthy roster like Milwaukee and a rebuild situation is perfect for him.