March 29, 2017, 10:06 pm
Willie Cauley-Stein was quiet in his 29 minutes of action as the Kings got torched by the visiting Jazz on Wednesday.
Cauley-Stein managed seven points, eight rebounds and a steal on just 3-of-9 shooting. WCS has been a top-80 guy over the last month and clearly struggled going up against Rudy Gobert tonight. That makes him no different than a swath of other terrific players, so keep Willie in your lineups. He’ll have even more opportunities to feast as the Kings gear towards development over the last handful of games. Elsewhere, Darren Collison scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting with a pair of steals while Georgios Papagiannis added eight points, three boards and two assists in 20 minutes of work. And yes, those two are some of the positive notes.
September 18, 2019, 3:16 pmNerlens NoelC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Brett Dawson of The Athletic believes that Nerlens Noel could see a slight bump in minutes if the Thunder limit Steven Adams' usage.
Noel is a great per-minute producer of steals and blocks but only appeared in 13.7 minutes per contest last season. Additional playing time would make him more useful in deeper leagues.
Source: Brett Dawson of The Athletic
September 18, 2019, 2:23 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
In a video, Joel Embiid announced that he lost about 25 pounds over the summer.
Embiid is one of the best fantasy players around but has struggled at times with conditioning. The Sixers will gladly accept any improvements from last season's averages of 27.5 points and 13.6 rebounds.
Source: NBC Sports
September 18, 2019, 2:04 pmTJ WarrenSF, Indiana Pacers
According to Pacers beat writer Scott Agness, Pacers forward T.J. Warren has no injury worries heading into the season.
Warren has missed 56 games during the last two seasons, but he hopes to stay healthy for all of 2019-20. Warren is likely to start for the Pacers and could hold top-100 value if he can stay on the court.
Source: Scott Agness on Twitter
September 18, 2019, 1:37 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard expects to play for Team USA during next year's Summer Olympics.
Lillard skipped this year's World Cup but is planning to play in Tokyo. He should be a late first-round or early second-round fantasy pick this year.
September 18, 2019, 1:20 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Warriors guard Stephen Curry expects to play at next year's Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Curry will have a busy year ahead of him. Still, it's no surprise that many potential members of Team USA skipped this year's FIBA World Cup in favor of an Olympics appearance. Curry will be a popular early first-round pick in fantasy drafts.
September 18, 2019, 1:03 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left thumb.
This is rough news for the Wizards, who already have John Wall on the shelf. Thomas was a candidate to start at point guard, but instead he'll have to recover from yet another injury. Thomas averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 assists in limited action for the Nuggets last campaign.
Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter
September 18, 2019, 12:54 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Free Agent
According to Ian Begley, several Nets players are pushing for the team to sign Carmelo Anthony but it's unknown whether the front office will go forward.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have already been reported as being among Anthony's supporters. Still, Melo could end up with a team other than the Nets or nowhere at all in the NBA. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds before the Rockets parted ways with him last November.
Source: Ian Begley on SNY
September 18, 2019, 12:39 pmJustin AndersonSF, Washington Wizards
The Wizards signed forward Justin Anderson.
The Wizards could use depth, but Anderson's deal is non-guaranteed and he is unlikely to make a major fantasy impact. He averaged 3.7 points last season in limited action for the Hawks.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
September 18, 2019, 12:25 pmIsaiah TaylorPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have signed guard Isaiah Taylor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
It's a partially guaranteed deal for Taylor, who missed last season due to injury. The Celtics, Nuggets, and Suns had also shown interest. Taylor averaged 6.6 points and 1.3 assists in 2017-18 with the Hawks. He's unlikely to put up big numbers with the Raptors.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 18, 2019, 9:39 amDarius MillerSF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have applied for a disabled player exception worth $3.625 million, after losing forward Darius Miller for the season with an Achilles injury.
Miller became a reliable perimeter threat for the Pelicans last year averaging career-highs in points (8.2) and assists (2.5) in 69 games. He then signed a two-year deal worth $14 million early in the summer. Without Miller, the Pelicans will likely give more minutes to Kenrich Williams and Nicolo Melli.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter