July 20, 2016, 7:27 am
With Summer League over (when is that baby Bulls championship parade?), we have officially entered the NBA’s offseason purgatory. The Olympic games in Rio begin in a little over two weeks, so basketball action is taking a small grace period. That doesn’t mean the party stops! Teams are still picking up the leftover pieces from free agency and making under the table moves to improve rosters. Let’s take a look at what’s happening this hump day:
AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
After Kevin Durant‘s decision to bolt from the Thunder and join the 73-win Golden State Warriors, he stayed in bed and played X-Box for two straight days with his brother Rayvonne. “I didn’t leave my bed, because I was like, ‘Man, if I walk outside somebody might just try to hit me with their car or say anything negative to me,'” Durant said. “I just stayed in. I was trying to process it all. I wanted to be around family, and positive support. It felt different.”
Durant eventually came out of the house he rented in the Hamptons and decided to finally face his criticism. “Life moves on, and I can’t hide forever,’ so I just had to face it.”
That’s right KD. You can’t hide forever. Something tells me this story will have a dark happy ending.
In non-Warriors news, Marc Gasol (foot) has opted not to play for Spain in Rio for the Olympic games. Normally, I would shout ZIKA VIRUS but he has a legitimate excuse due to his broken right foot. There is no clear timetable for Marc Gasol’s return to the court. He certainly falls in to the high-risk high-reward bucket in redraft leagues. Just like Chris Bosh, I urge you to stay away from a 30-something with health issues. Let that be someone else’s problem.
With the Bucks’ recent re-signing of Miles Plumlee, the tea leaves are suggesting that Greg Monroe is still available via trade. Plumlee recently agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract, which is a boatload of cash for a back up center. The Bucks drafted Thon Maker and still employ Monroe, which is why the rumors continue to fly. Come on Milwaukee, just make it happen already.
The L.A. Clippers signed Brandon Bass to a one-year deal. This is convenient for the big man, as he played in the Staples Center last season for the L.A. Lakers so all he has to do is switch jerseys and probably play a lot less. The Clippers are stacked in the frontcourt with the likes of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Brice Johnson, Mo Speights and Diamond Stone. The move reunites Bass with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, as Bass spent two seasons with Doc in Boston.
The Denver Nuggets signed Mike Miller to a two-year, $5 million deal to bring him back. While he won’t have any fantasy relevance, he brings solid veteran experience to the locker room. I’m sure the Nuggets have told Miller that playing with his left shoe is optional.
Jodie Meeks underwent surgery on his right foot in order to stabilize the fifth metatarsal. Meeks broke the same foot last season and only played three games. He is out indefinitely while he rehabs. Meeks is not worth considering in even the deepest of fantasy re-draft leagues. It also looks like he won’t be playing Pokemon Go anytime soon.
The 76ers liked what they saw in Brandon Paul from summer league and offered him a partially guaranteed deal. Paul has come a long way from shooting hoops with Hoop-Ball’s own Zain Dhanani in the University of Illinois’ ARC. The 76ers hold the D-League rights to Paul if he doesn’t make the regular season roster. He averaged 10.7 points and 1.7 steals in Vegas.
July 17, 2019, 4:12 pmReggie BullockSG-SF, New York Knicks
Newly signed wing Reggie Bullock (back) underwent successful surgery for a cervical disc herniation on Wednesday.
Bullock signed a two-year contract with the Knicks a day before undergoing a special surgery in New York. The Knicks will update the media regarding Bullock's timetable around the start of training camp. With the rotation unknown and the lack of knowledge regarding his timetable, Bullock is best left undrafted in standard leagues.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 3:55 pmTyler LydonPF, Sacramento Kings
Tyler Lydon has officially signed with the Kings.
Lydon was a 2017 first-round pick of the Nuggets but failed to show value in his time in Denver. The Kings will take a chance on Lydon who has only played 96 minutes in his first two seasons. For now, he can be ignored from a fantasy perspective.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 3:25 pmJulian WashburnSF, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have waived Julian Washburn.
Washburn was acquired in the Andre Iguodala trade. Last season he appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies, making three starts, while averaging 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 14.1 minutes per night. Expect him to land in some team's training camp.
Source: Warriors PR on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 3:08 pmTacko FallC, Boston Celtics
Danny Ainge said that Tacko Fall's development is a "high priority" for the Celtics.
Fall is on an Exhibit 10 contract and figures to spend his time in the G-League this season. With an 8'2" wingspan and 10'3" standing reach, it's not hard to see why Boston is going to try and coax everything they can out of Fall's game. There's definitely some serious upside as a shot-blocker if he ever cracks the NBA, but until that happens he's not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 2:50 pmJared HarperPG, Phoenix Suns
Jared Harper has agreed to a two-way contract with the Suns, per The Athletic's Gina Mizell.
Harper was a standout with Auburn last season and averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in four Summer League tilts with Phoenix. There's minimal fantasy impact here as the Suns already have four point guards on the roster.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 2:06 pmDevin RobinsonSF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have signed Devin Robinson to an Exhibit 10 contract.
The Raptors are filling out their training camp group, and Robinson will be among a number of players fighting it out for the final spot on the roster. The Florida product has only appeared in eight NBA games in his first two seasons, and the Wizards chose not to extend him a qualifying offer for this season after he was arrested over a fight with pro football player Jalen Mills. Robinson played with the Blazers in Summer League, putting up 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in five games. The owner of some historic combine numbers, Robinson is yet another interesting, raw product for Toronto's development staff to work with.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 2:02 pmEnes KanterC, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have officially inked Enes Kanter to a contract.
Danny Ainge referred to Kanter as part of the team's Plan A this summer, and the Celtics picked him up on an affordable two-year deal worth $10 million. The second year is a player option so we should see a very motivated Kanter this season. He's going to start at center for the Celtics, and while his defensive deficiencies may limit his minutes, we're expecting 25 mpg or more. That's more than enough for the big man to deliver middle-round value.
Source: Boston Celtics
July 17, 2019, 1:59 pmCameron PaynePG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors and Cameron Payne have agreed to a two-year deal, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
There are partial guarantees on the first season, and Payne will be looking to carve out work as the third-string point guard. This now puts the Raptors at 16 guaranteed contracts with Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller set to join the group in the near future. Payne averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals in three Summer League games with the Mavs.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 1:55 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have re-signed Austin Rivers and Danuel House.
Houston looked to be running it back with the same group but instead has simply swapped one star guard for another, which means that Rivers and House still figure to play important roles off the bench. There's standard-league potential in the case of injury, but neither should be expected to exceed top-200 value. Rivers probably has more upside should he come into a starting role while House's ability to chip in a wider variety of stats might make him the more appealing deep-league play over the long run.
Source: Houston Rockets
July 17, 2019, 11:51 amDragan BenderPF, Phoenix Suns
Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops is reporting that Dragan Bender has a verbal commitment to join EuroLeague champions CSKA Moscow on a multiyear deal.
The report adds that the former No. 4 pick will take the offer unless there is an intriguing offer to him from an NBA team in the 11th hour. Bender was linked to the Cavs and the Raptors but he hasn’t been able to generate much interest in the market and the move to Europe might be the optimal choice for him now.