• Terrence Ross
    G/F, Orlando Magic

    According to Marc Stein, word is that the Magic prefer to move Jonathon Simmons rather than part with Terrence Ross, who not only has an expiring contract but is in the midst of a career-best season.

    Simmons isn’t the shooter Ross is but sports his own cap-friendly contract at $6 million this season and only $1 million of next season’s guaranteed $5.7 million. The Magic are looking to make the playoffs but would also like to open up more minutes for Jonathan Isaac, so it makes sense to try and deal Simmons who has failed to crack the top-250 this year.

    Source: Marc Stein

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  • Cody Zeller
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Zeller took a step backward during the 2019-20 season, finishing the year ranked 178 in 8-cat and 185 in 9-cat.

    The emergence and immediate productivity of rookie PJ Washington was a key reason for Zeller's rather disappointing year. He played in all but seven of the Hornets' games but had a rough stretch in February that included three straight DNP-CD's to close out the month. Zeller, as one might expect, came back strong after that absence, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 blocks in five games to close out his 2019-20 campaign. Zeller will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.

  • Caleb Martin
    SG-SF, Charlotte Hornets

    Caleb Martin, twin brother of Cody Martin, closed out the 2019-20 season playing his best basketball of the season for the Hornets after spending the majority of the year in the G League.

    Martin played over 35 minutes in both of the Hornets' final two games in March. He finished inside the top-270 in both 8 and 9-cat leagues and was ranked inside the top-125 during the final two weeks before the season was suspended. In 21.7 minutes per game over the course of those two weeks at the end of February and into March, Martin put up per-game averages of 8.9 PTS, 2.5 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.5 BLK and 1.8 3PT. In addition, he went 20-for-37 from beyond the arc (in 18 games played), good for 54 percent. That is a very promising number, albeit in a fairly small sample size, so the Hornets are obviously hoping he can maintain his prowess from deep next season.

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Despite the departure of Kemba Walker, Malik Monk remained mostly unimpressive in 2019-20 with averages of 10.3 PPG, 1.1 3PG, 2.9 RPG and 2.1 APG to finish ranked 257/277 in 8/9-cat per-game value.

    Monk logged 55 games for the Hornets this season but could not hold any real momentum, except in February where he was able to string together an eight-game streak of double-digit scoring. His strong run came to a screeching halt when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's anti-drug program. Monk was eventually reinstated during the hiatus brought about by the coronavirus.

  • Jalen McDaniels
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Jalen McDaniels, who was on the Hornets roster when the league went on pause in March, played only 16 games for the team in 2019-2020, all but two of which came in succession to close out the year.

    The plan all along, per GM Mitch Kupchak prior to the season, was for McDaniels to spend most of the season in the G League with Greensboro. A 6-foot-10, 195 pound power forward out of San Diego State, who was drafted 52nd overall in the 2019 draft, McDaniels played well in limited action (18.3 minutes per game) with the big club. He averaged 5.6 points, 4.1 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers per game and will look to carve out a role with the Hornets in 2020-21.

  • Bismack Biyombo
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Thanks to injuries that sidelined Cody Zeller in 2019-20, Bismack Biyombo managed to serve as a streamable shot-blocking specialist for fantasy teams, finishing the season with averages of 7.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG and 0.9 BPG on .543 shooting in 19.4 minutes per game.

    Through 53 games, Biyombo managed to produce total value just outside of the top-250. However, his per-game value at 299/306 in 8/9-cat formats. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of his stat line and the drawback of his .603 free throw shooting, Biyombo was not able to contribute more than his rim protection during his run as a starter.

  • Willy Hernangomez
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Second-year Hornets big man Willy Hernangomez finished the 2019-20 season ranked 345/364 in 8/9-cat in Per Game value and 347/353 in 8/9-cat total value in 31 games played.

    Despite the Hornets' thin frontcourt, Hernangomez was unable to earn any significant minutes. The team's decision to go "ultra-small" as a playstyle didn't help his cause either as Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombo came away with most of the minutes at center. In just 12.1 minutes per game, Hernangomez recorded averages of 6.1 PPG and 4.4 RPG on .529 shooting from the field. Until a team finds a way to feed this young Spaniard some quality time, he's not going to be a fantasy-relevant any time soon.

  • Taurean Prince
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Taurean Prince has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not participate in the NBA restart, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Nets lose yet another rotation player and will now head to Orlando, and likely the playoffs, without Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, Prince, DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler (as well as Kevin Durant and Nicolas Claxton). Look for Garrett Temple to pick up some extra minutes on the wing, with Justin Anderson and Rodions Kurucs potentially getting into the mix at power forward. Deep bench players like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Dzanan Musa may also benefit. Joe Harris and Tyler Johnson may log a few extra minutes as a ripple effect, while Caris LeVert's fantasy price keeps going up as the primary scorer by default.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum put it all together as the new top dog in Boston, posting top-20/12 value (8/9-cat) in an outstanding season.

    A reshuffled roster led to a much clearer pecking order, and Tatum thrived as the primary option. There was a two-month stretch towards the end of the year where he was a comfortable top-10 option. The third-year forward put up career-bests all over the board, including 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.8 3-pointers. Tatum added 3.5 minutes to his nightly average this season but saw an increase of nearly six shots per game as the main beneficiary of Kyrie Irving's departure. While Tatum's percentages actually dipped (from .450 to .448 FG% and .855 to .806 FT%), the volume gains were too great to be dragged down. As Tatum continues to improve, he should be in the group of players that gets selected around the first round turn in fantasy drafts.

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown finished the fantasy regular season as a top-55/70 player (8/9-cat), blossoming with a new-look Celtics roster.

    With all of the changes Boston went through last summer, Brown was empowered to carry a larger share of the load and responded in a big way. He averaged 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.1 3-pointers while shooting .490 from the field and .736 from the line — all career-highs besides blocks. Brown took full advantage of an increase in nearly eight minutes per contest and an additional five shots, becoming a vital two-way part both on the court and in the box score. Brown made incremental improvements across the board, and the volume numbers carried his rise in the rankings, but don't sleep on his improved efficiency — particularly at the free throw line, where he had been under 66 percent in each of the previous two seasons. That could be the difference between a top-60 and a top-90 player moving forward, but Brown's new prominent role should secure him at least middle-round value for years to come.

  • Daniel Theis
    PF, Boston Celtics

    Daniel Theis emerged as a key contributor for the Celtics this season, finishing with top-110/80 value (8/9-cat) thanks to averages of 9.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.3 blocks and 0.4 3-pointers per contest.

    An injury to Enes Kanter opened the door and Theis burst right through, never looking back. Theis also made 57 starts in 58 games this year after making just five starts combined over his first two campaigns. He set career-highs across the board, including a .565 mark from the field despite increased volume. A heady defender and versatile offensive threat, Theis was the missing piece at center for Boston between his rim protection and modest floor-spacing ability. Despite a handful of absences, Theis was even better by total value standards with top-90/75 rankings. He rarely wows you, but tends to check multiple boxes on any given nights and should remain a nice depth piece for fantasy purposes moving forward. With extended stretches as a top-75 player, there may still be some untapped upside if Theis can get more than the 23.8 mpg he received this season.