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.
January 24, 2020, 8:42 pmGrayson AllenSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Grayson Allen experienced left hip soreness in Friday's game and will not return.
Allen managed to see just six minutes of action and missed his only attempt from the field to finish the game with one rebound and one turnover. He's not fantasy-relevant at this time,
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 7:29 pmJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Despite dealing with left ankle soreness, Josh Hart will be out there to face the Nuggets on Friday.
Hart is worth a look in 16-team formats, but his role in New Orleans is taking a hit as the team reorients itself around Zion Williamson. Until we see some more injuries arise to open up a larger role, Hart is nothing more than a streaming option that can give you 3-pointers and rebounds.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 7:26 pmJJ RedickSG, New Orleans Pelicans
J.J. Redick (left hamstring strain) is available to play against the Nuggets on Friday.
Redick's upside is capped surrounded by many healthy teammates on the Pelicans nowadays, but we all know he is going to nail 3-pointers when he is on the floor anyway. As long as you realize he is nothing more than a late-round play in standard leagues there is nothing wrong with having him around to fill out your roster.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 7:23 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris will be out there when the Nuggets face the Pelicans on Friday.
It has been a roller coaster owning Harris this year, but now that Jamal Murray is out of the lineup we have another opportunity to see if Harris can live up to the hype. If nothing else he'll be useful for steals and 3-pointers, and if his shooting from the field finally turns around you will have a great asset on your hands.
Source: Nuggets PR on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 7:14 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. (back tightness) will be active against the Pelicans on Friday.
The back flair up cost him one game. Gary Harris is returning on Friday and that is likely going to squeeze Porter out of a few minutes, but he still has a fair opportunity for standard league value while Paul Millsap remains out. MPJ's upside is tantalizing, and while the odds are against him on this loaded roster, he is still a worthwhile roll of the dice.
Source: Mike Singer on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 7:06 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dealing with a left ankle sprain, Steven Adams will not take part in the Thunder-Hawks matchup on Friday.
While Adams is out Nerlens Noel will be in for an excellent opportunity to produce. Don't be afraid to have him in your DFS lineups. Adams should be ready to return in the near future, and had been playing well before the ankle sprain, but whether it's because of the competition or the injuries he has been unable to reach mid-round value this season.
Source: Steve McGehee on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 7:04 pmGeorge HillPG, Milwaukee Bucks
George Hill scored 16 points (6-of-10 shooting) and two threes in only 24 minutes.
Hill has ceded some minutes to Eric Bledsoe–and deservedly so–but today he was able to make the most of his limited role. We can't trust Hill to be this efficient now that the Bucks are at full strength, but he's always someone to keep on watch lists in case injures strike.
January 24, 2020, 7:03 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young is no longer on the injury report with a right thigh contusion, and he is all set to face the Thunder on Friday.
Young should be well-rested and ready to go in this one. Before sitting out Wednesday he looked as good as ever with a 42-point and 15-assist effort on Monday. Activate him with confidence.
Source: Peachtree Hoops on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 7:01 pmDonte DiVincenzoSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Donte DiVincenzo continued his low-end way, putting up eight points, seven rebounds, two steals, a block and a three-pointer.
We normally wouldn't blurb about DiVincenzo, but this is just to emphasize how much he's improved as a fantasy asset this season. He has one of the highest steal rates in the league and can contribute across the board when he isn't scoring. The Bucks have shown no indication that they're willing to unleash him, but DiVincenzo is rosterable in standard leagues even if his production may appear minimal on first impression.
January 24, 2020, 7:00 pmAlex LenC, Atlanta Hawks
Alex Len is no longer on the injury report for his lower back strain and will participate in the Hawks-Thunder game on Friday.
Len was able to successfully return on Wednesday and will get another run on Friday now. He received 20 minutes on Wednesday, and if you are in need of a center with 3-point shooting skills in deep leagues he is a solid pickup.
Source: Peachtree Hoops on Twitter