• LeBron James
    F, Los Angeles Lakers

    The 2018-19 Lakers roster ranks as one of the weakest teams assembled around LeBron James since his rookie season 16 years ago.

    Win Shares per 48 minutes is a metric that attempts to give players credit for how much they each contributed to a win. WS/48 has an average of about .100, and LeBron had at least three teammates above .100 each season he advanced to the playoffs and five teammates above that mark during his NBA Finals appearances with the Heat and the Cavs. This season however, out of his teammates who played in at least 40 games, only Javale McGee and Tyson Chandler broke that mark, while most of them saw their contributions decrease. The questions about the roster construction were there since the beginning of the year and the advanced stats seem to validate the lack of talent around LeBron but we shouldn’t underestimate the Anthony Davis drama that torpedoed the team’s locker room chemistry in the middle of the season.

    Source: LA Times

Fantasy News

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Celtics' GM Danny Ainge expressed confidence that the team will reach an extension with Jaylen Brown before the Oct. 21 deadline.

    Brown was previously offered a four-year, $80 million extension, which he turned down. If no deal is reached by Monday's deadline, Brown will become a restricted free agent next offseason and should be able to break the bank in what figures to be a weak free agent class. Regardless of the outcome of these negotiations, Brown's statistical profile hasn't translated into fantasy production during his young career and he remains a fringe fantasy option in the very last rounds.

    Source: Chris Forsber on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Coach Steve Clifford says Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross are expected to play in the preseason finale against the Heat on Thursday.

    The two were dealing with mild ankle sprains, but should be good to go for tonight's final preseason game. A final determination hasn't been made on Evan Fournier, who's been dealing with back spasms. Continue to draft Vucevic and Ross as you normally would.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Devaughn Akoon-Purcell
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Thunder have waived DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Abdul Gaddy, Myke Henry and Eric Moreland.

    The moves put OKC's roster down to 16 players. None of these players are on the fantasy radar.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley has stated reducing the number of technical fouls as one of his goals for the upcoming season.

    The 31-year-old journeyman sees the development as a sign of his maturity. Beverley had the fifth-most technical fouls in the league with 14 last season, just two away from triggering an automatic suspension. Already a safe bet to miss games throughout the year, any hint that he's dedicated to staying on the court when he actually is healthy is a good sign. Beverley is a solid, if low upside option in the late rounds.

    Source: Los Angeles Times

  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    Goran Dragić has stated that he plans to wear a brace on his right knee this season.

    Normally, this wouldn't be news, but Dragić missed a total of 46 games last season and underwent midseason surgery on his right knee in December 2018. The cumbersome brace may not hinder Dragić too much this season, but it serves as a reminder that last year saw Dragić's legendary efficiency from the field crater, in part due to injuries and the resulting lack of explosiveness. These concerns may pop up again this season, but he's still a safe bet for decent minutes and modest PG production in the late rounds.

    Source: Sun-Sentinel

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield expressed his frustration with his ongoing contract negotiations with the Kings and hinted that he may have to play elsewhere.

    When asked about his contract talks, Hield responded that if a deal doesn’t get done by Monday’s deadline, he’ll “look for somewhere else to go.” Hield is playing on a $6.5 million Qualifying Offer in 2019-21 and considers himself a maximum or near-max contract player, but referred to the present offer an “insult.” This could get ugly, considering this wouldn’t be the first time the Kings’ front office mismanaged its relationship with a star player. It’s too early to speculate on a trade, but if the situation deteriorates any further, drafting Buddy Hield in the early rounds may come with a bit of uncertainty. One would think the Kings would be tripping over themselves to sign the player who has become the centerpiece of the DeMarcus Cousins trade from two years ago.

    Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal has agreed to a two-year, $72 million max extension with the Wizards.

    The Wizards lock up their star shooting guard through the 2021-22 season amidst trade rumors, with a player option for Beal in the final year of his deal. Beal would be eligible to sign a five-year, $266 million supermax with the Wizards should he decline his player option in 2022-23. This news comes as a bit of a surprise and removes one of the most coveted players from the 2021 free agency pool. The new deal should allay concerns of a potential Beal shutdown or his being traded to a team for which he would serve as a secondary option, as he cannot be moved until after the season concludes. Target him in the late first and early second rounds of drafts with confidence.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James scored 18 points with 11 dimes, four rebounds, a triple and a steal in Wednesday's 126-93 win over the Warriors.

    James might have played his last preseason game tonight, but he delivered for the fans in his 25 minutes of action. He bullied the Warriors tonight and dished out some beautiful dimes, including a backwards overhead toss straight into Danny Green's shooting pocket which ended up with a bucket. The King has his help this year with Davis so the numbers will come, but we can expect him to take a bit of a backseat and more rest days as he saves his body for the playoffs.

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Avery Bradley scored 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting with four triples against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Bradley did nothing but score the ball tonight and if he isn't red-hot from deep, he isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues. Danny Green (eight points, two triples, two assists and a steal) isn't a sexy option, but provides more for fantasy owners and Quinn Cook (16 points, four triples, two rebounds and three assists) is going to have to prove he can produce when the Lakers play their full rotation.

  • JaVale McGee
    C, Los Angeles Lakers

    JaVale McGee scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, a steal and a block vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

    McGee looks solid in short spurts and the Lakers look like they have a solid rotation at center between he and Dwight Howard (13 points and seven rebounds). McGee is the man to own here, but both are decent options at the end of your drafts.