July 12, 2017, 9:10 pm
The Mavs have signed 25-year-old German forward Maxi Kleber to a two-year deal according to Tim McMahon of ESPN.
It’s a partially-guaranteed deal and Kleber shares a hometown with Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki. He averaged 9.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.3 threes with Bayern Munich last season and will be battling for a spot in camp.
July 8, 2020, 10:18 amChandler HutchisonSF, Chicago Bulls
Chandler Hutchison played in just 28 games, averaging 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 steal, good for 308/315 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats, before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic surgery in March.
Hutchison had a few good games throughout the year but constant injuries didn’t help him secure a more prominent role. It’s really unfortunate because the Bulls were also missing Otto Porter Jr. and Denzel Valentine for the majority of the season, forcing Jim Boylen to go with Kris Dunn as the starting small forward. Hutchison is hopefully progressing well with his recovery and he should be a part of the rotation once he puts all the injuries woes in the past.
July 8, 2020, 10:04 amAdam MokokaG, Chicago Bulls
In his first year with the Bulls, French guard Adam Mokoka appeared in just 11 contests, scoring 2.9 points in 10.2 minutes per game, good for 436/424 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
The 21-year-old guard signed a two-way contract last summer and spent most of his 2019-20 campaign with the Windy City Bulls in G League, averaging 10.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 triples and 1.4 steals. He is someone the Bulls really liked since the 2019 Draft and he proved he can be a defensive minded guard who can shoot from long range. It’s likely that he remains with the Bulls next year as well, but we’ll have to wait and see whether he has impressed the coaching staff enough to get a promotion to the first team.
July 8, 2020, 9:45 amCristiano FelicioC, Chicago Bulls
Christiano Felicio failed to crack the rotation consistently and had another underwhelming season for the Bulls, averaging just 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17.5 minutes and 22 games, returning 316/317 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Felicio missed about a month due to a right wrist fracture but even when he was healthy he failed to capitalize on the opportunity presented due to the injuries of Wendell Carter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen. His stat set is very limited and even though he shot a career-high .783 percent from the charity line his fantasy impact is always going to be limited.
July 8, 2020, 9:21 amTomas SatoranskyPG, Chicago Bulls
Tomas Satoransky established himself as the starter in Chicago while averaging 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 triples in 65 games with the Bulls, good for 105/128 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Sato beat Kris Dunn and Coby White for the starting job and had an excellent year up until after the All-Star break when he struggled with his shot and eventually moved to the bench. The Czech guard was coming off a summer where he played with his national team in the China World Cup and it’s certain that the COVID-19 unfortunate pause, as well as the upcoming offseason, will help him be ready for next year. The Bulls seem to be turning the page and it’s unclear what his role is going to be moving forward, but Sato proved to be a valuable Swiss army knife posting career highs in points, assists, steals and triples this season.
July 8, 2020, 8:54 amLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen struggled in his third year with the Bulls scoring only 14.7 points to go with 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 triples, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocks on .425/.344/.824 splits, returning 100/104 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.
Markkanen missed 15 games due to a pelvis injury but the truth of the matter is that he never seemed to be confortable in Jim Boylen’s system becoming one of the most frustrating and inconsistent fantasy players of the year. The Finnish forward was reportedly unhappy with the Bulls management but the recent reshuffle in their front office, with Arturas Karnisovas as the new VP of Basketball Operations, is only good news for him. The Bulls have not made a decision about their head coach position yet but it’s possible that they move on from Boylen and managers in dynasty leagues should try to buy-low Markkanen if they can.
July 8, 2020, 8:36 amKris DunnPG, Chicago Bulls
Even though Kris Dunn forfeited his starting job at the point for the Bulls, he still managed to average 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals, good for 98/88 value in 8/9-cat formats.
Dunn filled in the void at the small forward position after Otto Porter Jr. and Denzel Valentine went down with injuries. He made 32 starts and was a key piece of a young Bulls team that tried to make a push for the playoffs. Still, the defensive minded guard struggled with his 3-point shot making just 0.6 triples per game on a career-low .259 percent and it’s uncertain where he ends up next year as he is a restricted free agent.
July 8, 2020, 12:12 amMiles BridgesSF, Charlotte Hornets
Miles Bridges, the second-year forward out of Michigan State, had a decent season for the Hornets, but he wasn't too kind to fantasy owners who were high on him in drafts last fall.
Bridges' ADP was inside the top-100 in both Yahoo (83) and ESPN (94) after draft season concluded last October. At the current juncture, he ranks 162 in 9-cat and 148 in 8-cat; not the jump forward many thought, fantasy GMs and analysts alike, Bridges would take in this his second season in the league. The Hornets obviously still have reason for optimism and have far from given up on him, but there's also reason to believe the 2020-21 campaign could be a pivotal one for Bridges in terms of showcasing the progress he's making in getting fully adjusted to the NBA.
July 7, 2020, 11:42 pmDwayne BaconSF, Charlotte Hornets
Third-year guard Dwayne Bacon, the 10th pick of the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, did little to improve his game during the 2019-20 season, finishing the year with very underwhelming numbers.
Bacon has always torn it up in the G League but has never been able to translate his production to the NBA. He averaged just 17.6 minutes in 39 games, his fewest games played in three NBA seasons, although this one got cut short by the on-going coronavirus pandemic. His biggest problem seems to be his shot, as his averages from the floor this year were paltry, at best. After shooting 47.5 percent from the floor in 2018-19, Bacon took a big step back (34.8 percent) this season. He was also pitiful from beyond the arc (28.4 percent) and from the free throw stripe (66.0 percent). It seems unlikely that the Hornets will extend the $2 million qualifying offer lined up for Bacon this offseason, so there's a decent chance he suits up elsewhere in his next NBA appearance.
July 7, 2020, 11:29 pmNicolas BatumSG, Charlotte Hornets
Nicolas Batum played only 22 games during the 2019-20 regular season (the last of which came on January 24), finishing the year ranked outside the top-225 in categories formats.
The veteran swingman had an injury-riddled campaign, Batum's fifth with the Hornets. He averaged just 3.6 points, 4.5 boards and 3.0 assists in 23.0 minutes per night. A longtime threat from deep, Batum shot 28.6 percent from three, which was also a disappointing development. He only has one year remaining on the gigantic, $120 million deal he inked prior to the 2016-17 season, and the Hornets are probably wishing it wrapped up after this season. They have no use for Batum moving forward, but they owe him $27 million next year. Yikes.
July 7, 2020, 10:54 pmCody MartinPF, Charlotte Hornets
Cody Martin, the sixth pick of the second round of the 2019 NBA draft out of the University of Nevada, showed signs of productivity during his rookie campaign with the Hornets, averaging 5.0 PTS, 3.3 REB, 2.0 AST and 0.8 STL in 18.8 minutes per game (48 games).
Those per-game numbers actually put him below his twin brother, Caleb (who was not drafted), despite Cody playing in 30 more games. Cody ranked right around 300 in 8 and 9-cat leagues on the season but was playing well to close out the year. He snuck inside the top-230 over the final two weeks prior to the COVID-19 pause, and was a streamable player in March due to his versatility and consistency.