• Lonzo Ball
    G, Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball has been "the one constant" piece that would be moving to Cleveland in a sign-and-trade deal for LeBron James, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

    If the Cavs are going to trade LeBron they're going to need a big piece back in return and Ball might be the Lakers' biggest. Since the Spurs are unlikely to take him due to the all the media attention his family entices, then the next best thing for the Lakers would be shipping him off to Cleveland for James. It's been reported that the Lakers' front office sat down with Ball and fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma and told them to tone it down with the social media antics so maybe they're fed up with the circus that Ball brings along with him.

    Source: ESPN LA on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield hit five 3-pointers as part of a 19-point (6-of-15 FGs), six-rebound, two-assist, one-steal performance in a 112-94 road victory over the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Hield, since exiting the starting lineup, has easily been an early-round player. He may not keep up such high shooting percentages and therefore will likely see a drop in threes and points as well. However, regardless of his role, Hield has solidified himself as a reliable fantasy option.

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Kent Bazemore provided a little of everything, including nine points (2-of-4 FGs, 3-of-8 FTs), 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes in a win over the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Bazemore's role appears to be growing. And if he's given the 28 minutes per game that he's played over his last four games, he's worth an add. In that small sample, Bazemore easily ranks in the fourth round (fifth round in 8-cat leagues). Harrison Barnes continued his hot stretch with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

  • Harry Giles III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Harry Giles nearly double-doubled again, this time with 13 points (5-of-9 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 24 minutes in a win over the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Giles has put together two solid games in a row now. It's hard to get too excited about his prospects this season, though. Giles will likely lose his starting role and meaningful minutes once the Kings' frontcourt gets healthier or even as Alex Len gets more comfortable in Sacramento. Nemanja Bjelica struggled in this one, providing just one point (0-of-5 FGs), three rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. He should bounce back on Thursday against the Thunder.

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James was looking spry on Tuesday in putting up a season-high 40 points on 17-of-27 shooting with eight rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes in a win over the Pelicans on Tuesday.

    James looked like he had something extra in his step as Zion Williamson visited the Lakers in Staples Center for the first time. LeBron's defensive stats and free throw percentage have dipped lately, but there's little reason to think that he won't be a top-20 player for the rest of the season. Anthony Davis also came up big in this one despite banging his arm late in the game. He produced 21 points, 14 boards, three dimes, a steal and six blocks in 36 minutes.

  • Danny Green
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    After an early trip to the locker room, Danny Green (laceration) returned and had a true throwback performance with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 31 minutes as the Lakers beat the Pelicans 118-109 on Tuesday.

    If only Green could do this consistently again, he'd be an early-round draft pick once more. Alas, he struggles to do enough across the board to earn a spot on most fantasy teams. Green is worth a dart throw whenever you need a little bit of everything.

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Markieff Morris came off the bench to play 15 minutes in his Lakers debut on Tuesday, recording four points (1-of-3 shooting), one rebound and one block.

    Morris' value will likely take a big hit with the Lakers, but he's certainly capable of putting up standard league value if he can regularly exceed 20 minutes per game. Keep an eye on how his role unfolds.

  • Brandon Ingram
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 34 points (12-of-20 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with seven boards, four dimes, two swipes and three triples in 37 minutes in a 109-118 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.

    There was valid concern that Ingram's production would drop off once Zion entered the rotation. But to this point, Ingram's overall value has stayed largely the same, as his improved efficiency has helped to offset a small decline in counting stats.

  • Nicolo Melli
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Nicolo Melli came off the bench to score 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting against the Lakers on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, two assists, a block and a three in 27 minutes.

    Melli started his rookie season slowly, even with some extra minutes due to injuries to the Pelicans frontcourt. But even with a healthy squad, Melli has now scored in double figures in five of the last seven games. He's mainly good for threes on a high field goal percentage, but Melli can contribute some boards and blocks when he gets enough minutes as well. If he continues to play about 23 minutes per game, he's worth a look in standard leagues.

  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday struggled to get his shots to fall in a road loss to the Lakers on Tuesday, going for just 11 points on 5-of-19 shooting with five rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a three in 38 minutes.

    Holiday was tasked with guarding LeBron James for much of this game, so he could be forgiven for not being at his best on the other side of the floor. He should bounce back on Friday against the Cavs with no problem.

  • Trevor Ariza
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Trevor Ariza had a well-rounded game on Tuesday, turning out 17 points (5-of-6 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes in a 106-118 home loss to the Celtics.

    Ariza now has at least two steals in six straight games. That's not the only unsustainable number helping him put up middle-round value recently. Ariza's shooting percentages this month are miles above where they normally sit, so expect a drop in production. Treat him as a steals streamer in standard leagues.