October 21, 2018, 6:59 pmRajon RondoG, Los Angeles Lakers
Rajon Rondo has been suspended by the NBA for three games for "instigating a physical altercation with, and spitting and throwing multiple punches at, (Chris) Paul."
Rondo is a piece of work and we don't mean that in any good way. His absence opens up a nice ramp for Lonzo Ball to try and take charge of the position battle, and it will ease the rotation's logjams in general during a four-game week.
July 6, 2020, 2:55 pmDeAndre' BembrySF, Atlanta Hawks
DeAndre' Bembry (abdominal pain/right hand surgery) missed the final 23 games of the 2019-20 season, finishing with top-225/240 (8/9-cat) fantasy value.
Bembry has always been a player we've liked as a deep-league option and potential flier in shallower formats, but between injuries and the rise of younger forwards in Atlanta it looks like he might need a change of scenery to maximize his output. There was still some things to like about Bembry's campaign — 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocks in 21.3 mpg — but his poor free throw shooting (.542) and inability to stretch the floor (.231) really hurt his case for more minutes, despite a sneakily versatile skillset. Bembry should always maintain steals specialist appeal but he's only a deep-league target going forward unless something changes.
July 6, 2020, 2:51 pmBrandon GoodwinPG, Atlanta Hawks
Brandon Goodwin finished the 2019-20 campaign as a top-340/350 player (8/9-cat), averaging 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.8 triples in 12.7 minutes per contest.
Goodwin did manage to have a career-best performance with 21 points against the Celtics in early February, but his fantasy appeal really only existed when Trae Young suffered a sprained ankle. Goodwin belongs in the league as a solid depth option but doesn't have a place on your fantasy rosters.
July 6, 2020, 2:49 pmTreveon GrahamSF, Atlanta Hawks
Treveon Graham wrapped up the 2019-20 campaign outside the top-400.
Graham started the season off as a starter for the Wolves, averaging 20.1 minutes across 33 games, but eventually missed time with some minor injuries and then fell out of favor with Minnesota reshaping its roster and leaning towards its youth. A trade to Atlanta was the end of his already-modest fantasy value, as he averaged just 12.1 minutes in his 22 games with the Hawks. Formerly viewed as a 3-and-D bench piece, Graham shot just .275 from beyond the arc after going .297 last season with Brooklyn. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radars for next year.
July 6, 2020, 2:44 pmSkal LabissierePF, Atlanta Hawks
Skal Labissiere never suited up for the Hawks after a deadline trade.
Labissiere was actually getting minutes for a banged up Blazers squad but was felled by a cartilage issue in his left knee and didn't play after December 28. Although his 3-point shooting tanked (23.1%), Skal did have a solid showing in limited minutes with 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and a .551 mark from the field in 17.2 minutes per contest. He finished right around the top-250 and will not be a consideration in most fantasy formats going forward, despite the modest bounce-back campaign.
July 6, 2020, 2:41 pmCam ReddishG-F, Atlanta Hawks
Cam Reddish offered up a mixed bag in his first NBA season, finishing as a top-180/200 (8/9-cat) player despite a strong finish to the year.
Reddish really struggled out of the gates but found his footing as the year progressed, holding top-100 value for about a month beginning in late January. Unsurprisingly, that came when his scoring numbers ballooned and his percentages crawled out of the gutter. All told, Reddish averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers per game while shooting .384 from the field. The Hawks are pretty crowded on the wing so Reddish will need to establish himself both in the rotation and as a more efficient scorer if he's to be viewed as more than a late-round flier type next season.
July 6, 2020, 2:37 pmCharlie Brown Jr.PF, Atlanta Hawks
Charlie Brown ended up logging 10 appearances in his first NBA campaign.
Brown only played 40 minutes in total, and finished with the sort of fantasy value you'd expect: right around the top-450. There's little fantasy appeal here.
July 6, 2020, 2:33 pmSindarius ThornwellSG, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have signed Sindarius Thornwell as a replacement player for the rest of the season.
Thornwell was waived by the Cavs right before the season began and has yet to appear in the NBA this season. He does have 137 career games under his belt, including 17 starts, across two seasons with the Clippers. Thornwell should only function as emergency depth for the Pels in Orlando.
Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter
July 6, 2020, 2:27 pmTim Hardaway Jr.SF, Dallas Mavericks
Tim Hardaway Jr. said he's "up in the air" in terms of playing in Orlando when the season resumes.
While THJ is weighing his options, it does sound like he's leaning towards playing. "I’m still up in the air right now, but I love the game of basketball … When you have the opportunity to do the one thing you love, you just go for it." If he does play he'll be a shaky fantasy option, as his potential for explosive scoring games comes along with the likelihood of terrible shooting nights. Plenty of players are going through the same decision-making process as Hardaway right now.
Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter
July 6, 2020, 2:14 pmKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Speaking to the media on Monday, James Jones left the door open for Kelly Oubre (right knee) to play during the Orlando restart.
Oubre has previously been reported as done for the year, which makes sense given the Suns' slim playoff odds despite their inclusion in the Orlando bubble. It would still be surprising if he suited up, but considering his right knee surgery came with a four-week reevaluation date as of March 3, he's had plenty of time to rest up. Perhaps the Suns want to get their core players more reps together. Anyone playing fantasy games from here on out will want to keep a close eye on Oubre's status.
Source: Duane Rankin
July 6, 2020, 12:08 pmDe'Andre HunterSF, Atlanta Hawks
De'Andre Hunter finished his rookie season with top-220 value in 8/9-cat formats.
Hunter started 62 of his 63 games played and averaged 32 minutes in those appearances, giving him an ample opportunity to prove what kind of player he can be in the league. The rookie posted an uninspiring 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Touted as a quality defender coming out of college, Hunter only averaged 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks per game. On a team with multiple other ball dominant players Hunter is probably suited best in a three-and-D role on the wing. If the defensive numbers can slightly increase we could see Hunter play closer to a top-120 value player next season.