July 7, 2019, 4:01 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Per Sam Amick and Brett Dawson of The Athletic, the Thunder and Russell Westbrook will meet to discuss his future with the organization and the Heat, Pistons and Rockets are all potential suitors should the Thunder test the trade market.
Oklahoma City is positioning itself for a rebuild and likely don't want Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to be playing off the ball or off the bench, and Westbrook is unlikely to want to waste the final elite seasons of his career shepherding a young team. The Heat and Pistons seem like the easier landing spots here considering their obvious needs at point guard, while any transaction with the Rockets would be a complex multi-team deal. Any team acquiring the 30-year-old Westbrook must be prepared to deal with four more seasons at an average annual value north of $40 million.
Source: The Athletic
November 18, 2019, 11:46 pmDanuel HousePF, Houston Rockets
Danuel House returned from a three-game absence and had three steals and three 3-pointers, supplemented by 11 points (4-for-9 FGs), six rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes in a sizable win over the Blazers.
House is right back to putting up middle-round value. With the shallow roster the Rockets have, House should continue to play a big role.
November 18, 2019, 11:43 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was extraordinary in Monday's win over the Spurs, scoring a career-high 42 points (14-of-27 shooting) to go with 12 assists, 11 rebounds, five triples and five turnovers in 35 minutes.
The Legend of Luka added it's latest chapter in this spectacular performance against the in-state rival Spurs. The top-10 level that he is playing at has passed the flukey stage a while ago, and this year could very well be the first step in a decade of dominance that Doncic is set to embark on both in fantasy and in real life. There is not much more to add here other than to enjoy the ride if you have him and stew in anger if you passed him up in the second round.
November 18, 2019, 11:36 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen was off all night, shooting just 2-of-12 as part of a nine-point, eight-rebound performance in a loss to the Bucks on Monday.
Since Markkanen's 35-point, 17-board season opener, he hasn't cracked 20 points or had more than 11 rebounds and he's shooting just 36.2 percent for the season. It's a good time to buy low, but he's unlikely to come anywhere close to the ceiling that many predicted him to hit this season. Zach LaVine also had a bad night, shooting just 4-of-16 in defeat.
November 18, 2019, 11:34 pmTaurean PrinceSF, Brooklyn Nets
Taurean Prince was off again on Monday, finishing his night with seven points (3-of-11 shooting), four rebounds, an assist and a block in 23 minutes.
Prince has had three poor shooting games in a row, and his inefficiencies are slowley starting to bump him out of the top-120 ranks in 9-cat. The absence of Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is also clearly been a real drag to his game, and it isn't a terrible idea to bench him until he finds his stroke again.
November 18, 2019, 11:27 pmJarrett AllenC, Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen played well in 24 minutes in Monday's 86-115 loss to the Pacers, finishing with 10 points, 12 rebounds, an assists and a block in 24 minutes.
Allen's fantasy prospects would be so much better if DeAndre Jordan (18 min, six points, three rebounds) wasn't around absorbing as much playing time as he is. If one is ever out of the way the other becomes a must-own, must-start type of player, but Allen is the clear guy to own between the two.
November 18, 2019, 11:21 pmSpencer DinwiddiePG, Brooklyn Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie did all he could in Monday's blowout loss to the the Pacers, scoring 28 points (9-of-21 shooting) to go with eight assists, five rebounds, four triples, a steal and a block in 33 minutes.
Dinwiddie looks like he's just going to absorb all of Kyrie Irving's (shoulder) usage while he's out and is definitely a guy worth starting while he's got the leading role. He will butcher your FG% on a night-to-night though so hopefully you have anice buffer to offset that.
November 18, 2019, 11:21 pmDaniel GaffordPF, Chicago Bulls
Daniel Gafford played his first competitive NBA minutes on Monday and immediately exploded for 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting in 20 minutes in a loss to the Bucks.
Gafford added five boards, one assist and two blocks to his night of dunks, as well. The Bulls are now missing their other backup centers, so the rookie could get regular minutes for a while. If you're feeling lucky and in need of big-man stats, Gafford could be worth an add.
November 18, 2019, 11:13 pmDonte DiVincenzoSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Donte Divincenzo started and put up a nice line with 15 points (5-of-9 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), four boards, four dimes, three swipes and three treys in 29 minutes in a victory over the Bulls on Monday.
Divincenzo has started three straight games while Khris Middleton has been out, and while he hasn't blown the fantasy community's socks off, Divincenzo is showing that he's worth a look for streaming and deep leagues. He can rack up steals and threes quickly.
November 18, 2019, 11:09 pmJustin HolidaySG, Indiana Pacers
Justin Holiday was great on Monday, finishing his night with 20 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and four triples in 32 minutes.
Holidayhas gotten starters minutes over his last three games but that could come back to earth sooner than later with Malcolm Brogdon (back) and Jeremy Lamb (sprained ankled) both expected back soon. He floated himself to usuable fantasy value last year due to his high steals numbers in decent run. He's not seeing enough run this year to see those totals again, and should be left on your waiver wire as a result.
November 18, 2019, 11:05 pmTJ WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
T.J Warren struggled from the field again in Monday's win over the Nets, scoring 19 points (6-of-17 shooting), to go with six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a 3-pointer in 38 minutes.
Warren has really struggled with his shot over the last three ball games, which is typically an area he thrives in. Consider this stretch a low-point for him and hope that he starts putting things back together in his next one.