• Zhou Qi
    C, International

    Zhou Qi has signed a deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the CBA.

    Qi played sparringly with the Rockets in 2017-2018 and saw all of one minute of court time in 2018-2019. He has an interesting skillset but is too unpolished to see reps at the NBA level. He will get opportunities to develop his game in the CBA, and could potentially find his way back into the league down the road.

    Source: Zhang Duo on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Zak Irvin
    PG, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have waived Zak Irvin.

    The team just signed Irvin yesterday but he was always destined for the G League.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchison, already on the mend from a hamstring injury, sustained another hamstring strain and will miss more time.

    Hutchison returned to a full practice on Monday but was scratched from Thursday's preseason game, and now we know why. His continued absence will give Denzel Valentine more ramp to recapture his old form after a year on the shelf.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Iman Shumpert
    SG, Free Agent

    The Bulls and Grizzlies are among teams that have spoken with Iman Shumpert, per Shams Charania.

    Shumpert is still one of the more notable players left on the market, though fantasy owners would probably want him to stay away from already-crowded spots in Chicago and Memphis. Wherever he signs, Shumpert is unlikely to impact the fantasy landscape.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Javonte Green
    PF, Boston Celtics

    Shams Charania reports that Javonte Green is likely the frontrunner for the Celtics' final roster spot.

    Boston converted Max Strus to a partially-guaranteed two-year deal last week, but he may still end up getting cut. Whoever wins the gig shouldn't be expected to play much this season.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Bennie Boatwright
    F, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies have signed forward Bennie Boatwright and waived Shaq Buchanan.

    While Boatwright will also soon be waived and sent to the G League, we do have a new contender for best name in the league.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will miss Friday's preseason finale with a sore groin.

    This news comes a day after Nick Nurse blasted the team's new acquisitions for not playing hard enough, so with RHJ missing his last chance to make an impression it's possible that he starts the year out of the rotation. There's no reason to target Hollis-Jefferson in the vast majority of formats, at least when the Raps are healthy.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson has avoided a serious injury to his right knee but is expected to miss "a period of weeks" according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    This is a massive blow to basketball fans, as Zion has been the story around the league during preseason. While a full recovery is expected, this will likely scare some fantasy managers off the rookies second-round draft price, and those of you who are betting on a speedy recovery may be able to snag Zion at a discount. He's looked unstoppable and wouldn't have a problem meeting that draft position, but he's carrying far more risk than he was 24 hours ago. As far as his replacements, this will open up more usage for everyone, and among the forward core we'll probably see more time for Brandon Ingram, Kenrich Williams and Nicolo Melli, with Ingram-at-PF minutes opening things up for the guards in smaller lineups.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Armoni Brooks
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have waived Armoni Brooks, Marcus Derrickson, Tahjere McCall and Jordan Sibert.

    The Hawks' roster now stands at 16. None of these players will be on the fantasy radar this season.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre may come off the bench behind Mikal Bridges this season.

    Between January and March of last season, Kelly Oubre ranked in the top 40 by averaging 19 points, 1.8 threes, 5.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1 block on 46% shooting from the field, encouragingly sporting a mid-20s usage rate in 31 minutes per game. However, as good as Oubre has been, Mikal Bridges is a better defensive specialist both in reality and in fantasy, so it makes sense to pair him next to Booker and Ayton. This news is far from a death knell on Oubre's fantasy value, as the expectation had been that he'd serve as the team's best player off the bench. The bump in usage may offset lower minutes, so target him confidently in the middle rounds and keep Bridges on your radar a few rounds after Oubre comes off the board.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Brett Brown suggests rookie Matisse Thybulle could be the first player off the bench for the Sixers this season.

    When asked whether he'd be comfortable having the rookie in the opening night rotation, Brett Brown said that that's the direction he's leaning in. Given Philadelphia's lack of depth, having a versatile player like Thybulle on the wings makes sense in Brown's second unit. Thybulle would only need minutes in the mid-20s to hit value for fantasy managers, so he's quickly become a name to target in the back end fantasy drafts with this news for his upside in the defensive categories alone.

    Source: Bucks County Courier Times