• Jimmy Butler - G/F - Minnesota Timberwolves

    It's expected that Jimmy Butler and the Sixers will agree to a long-term contract this summer, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    You'd hope so after the Sixers gave up both Robert Covington and Dario Saric. They now have an incredible roster foundation of Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons. We're not expecting anyone's fantasy value to change substantially, though there might be some growing pains as the Sixers integrate a high-usage, high-minute player.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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  • Caris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert has been diagnosed with a dislocated right foot and will not need surgery.

    Tests performed this morning revealed no fractures and only moderate ligament damage. LeVert will not need surgery and will return to play again this season. Whew! What a sigh of relief of his owners. The 24-year-old was in the midst of a career year averaging 18.4 points, 4.3 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Stash him if you can or at least until an injury timetable is revealed.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard - G - Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard (shoulder) will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    His shoulder has responded well to treatment according to the medical staff, but we are looking at a minimum two week absence, possibly longer. Only deep dynasty leagues are still carrying the 22-year-old but in the meantime Langston Galloway and Glenn Robinson III will pick up the slack.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Talking to reporters this morning, Elton Brand said that the Sixers are not in a rush to fill out the roster spot created by the Jimmy Butler trade.

    The team got Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala back on Monday while Jimmy Butler should make his debut on Wednesday, so the depth chart is beginning to look better in Philadelphia. The Sixers might look to make an addition later this season when veterans complete their buyouts but for now Chandler and Muscala are worth a look in case one of them emerges with a consistent role in the rotation.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball is still learning how to play with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, two ball handlers who have impacted his numbers the most.

    “This year is a little different than it was last year, still trying to figure out what I can do out there, just try to play my spots,” said Lonzo. Rondo’s minutes have meant less time for Ball with the ball in his hands. In four of the last five games, Rondo has also played more minutes than Ball while sometimes they share the court too, which means adjusting to each other. Ball’s assists, like most of his stats, are down to 4.9 per game this year (compared to 7.2 in his rookie season) but he is still returning top-125 value in just 25.7 minutes. It’s highly unlikely that the Lakers go away from Rondo anytime soon but Lonzo should be getting the bulk of the minutes as the season progresses.

    Source: LA Times

  • Carmelo Anthony - F - Houston Rockets

    Longtime NBA report Chris Sheridan is hearing that the Sixers are kicking the tires on the idea of claiming Carmelo Anthony off waivers if the Rockets let him go.

    The Sixers do have a glaring need for a power forward after trading Dario Saric to Minnesota in the Jimmy Butler deal. Anthony was brought in by the Rockets to replace some of the scoring production provided last season by Trevor Ariza, but things are clearly not working out the way the team intended. He cannot be traded until December 15th, so the most likely move for the Rockets is placing him on waivers. Expect the MeloDrama to keep us entertained in the next couple days.

    Source: Chris Sheridan on Twitter

  • Carmelo Anthony - F - Houston Rockets

    While Rockets’ players and coaches think Carmelo Anthony will not return to team, the Lakers are rumored to not have an interest in case the All-Star forward becomes a free agent soon.

    The team has a lot of scoring options in their forward positions with LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram so the addition of Melo would not really make sense. It’s still unclear when and if the Rockets release him while his agents are reportently looking for another NBA franchise to sign with. Still, not many suitors will be knocking on his door anytime soon and Carmelo might actually be on his way out of the league.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • John Collins - F/C - Atlanta Hawks

    John Collins will miss another game tonight as the Hawks visit the Warriors.

    Collins is yet to play this season as he works his way back from an ankle injury but there is no clear timetable for his return. Even though he has traveled with the team on their west coast trip, nothing suggests that he will play in any of the upcoming games, especially since he hasn’t been able to practice with the team yet. He is worth a hold though while Alex Len and Omari Spellman should be busy tonight with Dewayne Dedmon away from the team.

    Source: NBA Official Injury Report

  • Patrick Beverley - G - Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley logged just 24 minutes in Monday's 121-116 overtime win against the Warriors, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting with two rebounds, five assists and one steal.

    Beverley might be inconsistent this season but he has a very good chance of finishing with late-round value when on the floor. He flashed some good upside in a small sample size last season but owners should probably just roll with a late-round evaluation roll with him as long as he's upright.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - G - Los Angeles Clippers

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting (0-for-3 3PTs, 2-of-2 FTs) with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block over 38 minutes in Monday's overtime win against the Warriors.

    Gilgeous-Alexander is bringing back top-120 value in 28 mpg so far this season and has numbers that could very well be his normal range of production. He's averaging 10.2 points with 0.5 treys, 3.3 boards, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 48.5 percent shooting from the field (85.7% from the line). If you want to treat him like a late mid-round asset because of the minutes he's about to accumulate that's probably fair.

  • Montrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points off the bench in Monday's overtime win over the Warriors, hitting 10-of-13 shots (3-of-5 FTs) with eight rebounds, one steal and four blocks in 32 minutes.

    Harrell is returning top-50 value right now and is fully breaking out. He has percentages that could regress, but it's also possible that he's getting into a better rhythm at the foul line as he gets more looks (5.1 FTA/gm). He's doing this damage in just 23.3 mpg and his blocks (1.9) are probably coming back to earth a bit, but he could just as easily earn more minutes and push higher. We'd evaluate him as a top-50 player going forward in trades.