• Willy Hernangomez
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Willy Hernangomez didn't play in Wednesday night's season finale vs. the Magic.

    Hernangomez showed flashes of greatness but could never really break into the lineup, starting in only three games out of the 58 he played. Hernangomez also only averaged 14.0 minutes per game this season and was behind both Cody Zeller and Marvin Williams in the rotation. Hernangomez finished this season just outside of the top-300 in 9-cat leagues but barely squeaked his way in when it comes to 8-cat. He's still only 24-years old and maybe the Hornets will look to unleash him next season but that's still yet to be seen. He's got potential, but barring an injury to Cody Zeller or a ton of preseason hype, he shouldn't be drafted in most leagues come next season.

Fantasy News

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk (right knee bone bruise) is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale.

    Olynyk had been out of action since injuring his knee in Team Canada's game against Nigeria in the World Cup in August. He returns just in time to experiment with his fit as the starting power forward on this new-look Miami offense. Olynyk is an intriguing big man in the last rounds due to his all-around skillset and Miami's lack of frontcourt depth. Keep an eye on him.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Coach Steve Clifford hasn't decided whether Evan Fournier (back spams) will play in the preseason finale Thursday night.

    He adds that even if Fournier plays, he'll be on limited minutes. Back spasms are always a concern because they tend to linger, but it looks like the Magic are just exercising caution with their starting shooting guard. Fournier is a low-ceiling option who should provide serviceable scoring, threes, and assists numbers in the back end of drafts.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    An MRI revealed no structural damage in Patrick McCaw's knee and there is no timeline for his return.

    At one point thought to be competing for one of the starting wing spots in Toronto, McCaw has clearly fallen behind Norman Powell and OG Anunoby, and perhaps even Stanley Johnson and Terence Davis. The injury is a clear setback for the three-time champion and he remains without a firm return date. He may make some noise later in the season, but he's off the redraft radar with this news.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Celtics' GM Danny Ainge expressed confidence that the team will reach an extension with Jaylen Brown before the Oct. 21 deadline.

    Brown was previously offered a four-year, $80 million extension, which he turned down. If no deal is reached by Monday's deadline, Brown will become a restricted free agent next offseason and should be able to break the bank in what figures to be a weak free agent class. Regardless of the outcome of these negotiations, Brown's statistical profile hasn't translated into fantasy production during his young career and he remains a fringe fantasy option in the very last rounds.

    Source: Chris Forsber on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Coach Steve Clifford says Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross are expected to play in the preseason finale against the Heat on Thursday.

    The two were dealing with mild ankle sprains, but should be good to go for tonight's final preseason game. Continue to draft Vucevic and Ross as you normally would.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Devaughn Akoon-Purcell
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Thunder have waived DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Abdul Gaddy, Myke Henry and Eric Moreland.

    The moves put OKC's roster down to 16 players. None of these players are on the fantasy radar.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley has stated reducing the number of technical fouls as one of his goals for the upcoming season.

    The 31-year-old journeyman sees the development as a sign of his maturity. Beverley had the fifth-most technical fouls in the league with 14 last season, just two away from triggering an automatic suspension. Already a safe bet to miss games throughout the year, any hint that he's dedicated to staying on the court when he actually is healthy is a good sign. Beverley is a solid, if low upside option in the late rounds.

    Source: Los Angeles Times

  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    Goran Dragić has stated that he plans to wear a brace on his right knee this season.

    Normally, this wouldn't be news, but Dragić missed a total of 46 games last season and underwent midseason surgery on his right knee in December 2018. The cumbersome brace may not hinder Dragić too much this season, but it serves as a reminder that last year saw Dragić's legendary efficiency from the field crater, in part due to injuries and the resulting lack of explosiveness. These concerns may pop up again this season, but he's still a safe bet for decent minutes and modest PG production in the late rounds.

    Source: Sun-Sentinel

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield expressed his frustration with his ongoing contract negotiations with the Kings and hinted that he may have to play elsewhere.

    When asked about his contract talks, Hield responded that if a deal doesn’t get done by Monday’s deadline, he’ll “look for somewhere else to go.” Hield is playing on a $6.5 million Qualifying Offer in 2019-21 and considers himself a maximum or near-max contract player, but referred to the present offer an “insult.” This could get ugly, considering this wouldn’t be the first time the Kings’ front office mismanaged its relationship with a star player. It’s too early to speculate on a trade, but if the situation deteriorates any further, drafting Buddy Hield in the early rounds may come with a bit of uncertainty. One would think the Kings would be tripping over themselves to sign the player who has become the centerpiece of the DeMarcus Cousins trade from two years ago.

    Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal has agreed to a two-year, $72 million max extension with the Wizards.

    The Wizards lock up their star shooting guard through the 2021-22 season amidst trade rumors, with a player option for Beal in the final year of his deal. Beal would be eligible to sign a five-year, $266 million supermax with the Wizards should he decline his player option in 2022-23. This news comes as a bit of a surprise and removes one of the most coveted players from the 2021 free agency pool. The new deal should allay concerns of a potential Beal shutdown or his being traded to a team for which he would serve as a secondary option, as he cannot be moved until after the season concludes. Target him in the late first and early second rounds of drafts with confidence.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter