March 18, 2017, 9:09 pm
Bobby Portis played 30 minutes on Saturday against the jazz for 22 points, a triple and five rebounds.
Portis did shoot 10-of-13 so it’s not a sign of things to come. He has not been the player that the “Free Portis” movement said he would be but he is consistently getting rebounds. He hasn’t been doing much else and isn’t worth a roster spot despite playing 30 minutes. It’s also noteworthy that Nikola Mirotic started over Portis this game. Mirotic only scored five points in just 17 minutes, and while we still like his potential to close the year this was an inauspicious start for the newest member of Chicago’s starting lineup.
July 13, 2020, 8:34 pmKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Kelly Olynyk averaged 7.7 points, 1.4 3s, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocks on .476 shooting for 192/188 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
Olynyk was stuck in another up-and-down season with the carousel of forwards the Heat were playing. He had to compete with even more bodies this season and the emergence of Bam Adebayo meant even less minutes for Olynyk. His stat set and skills are there, but the opportunity wasn't,
July 13, 2020, 8:32 pmAndre IguodalaSF, Miami Heat
Andre Iguodala averaged 4.4 points, 0.6 3s, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.1 blocks on .490 shooting in 14 games for 237/257 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
Iguodala's holdout on the Grizzlies caused some controversy, but it worked out for him in the end as Pat Riley saved his season by trading for him and getting him on a contending team. His fantasy value was fringe on the Warriors so it was unlikely he would hold any on the Heat, but his real life impact was the big headline on the day he was traded. Expect to see Iggy play some real playoff minutes guarding the opposing team's best scorers as he can still defend with the best of them.
July 13, 2020, 8:30 pmSolomon HillSF, Miami Heat
Solomon Hill averaged 5.4 points, 1.1 3s, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks on .403 shooting for 289/284 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
Hill only played in six out of the 11 games for the Heat since being traded in a package with Jae Crowder and was an afterthought in the rotation. The Heat traded for Crowder and Hill was thrown in so it makes sense to see his playing time dip.
July 13, 2020, 8:25 pmKz OkpalaF, Miami Heat
Kz Okpala averaged 1.4 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks on .600 shooting in five games for 438/428 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
Okpala spent most of his season in the G-league to develop his skills as the second round pick only played in five games this year.
July 13, 2020, 8:23 pmGabe VincentPG, Miami Heat
Gabe Vincent averaged 2.0 points, 0.7 3s, 0.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.2 steals on .211 shooting in six games for 484/474 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
Vincent was signed for his sharpshooting skills and although the averages don't show it, he has the ability to hit the deep ball which is why he remains on the Heat roster. He won't get any real minutes unless those ahead of him in the rotation sit or get hurt.
July 13, 2020, 8:22 pmUdonis HaslemPF, Miami Heat
Udonis Haslem averaged 1.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in three games of action for 490/484 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.
The most useful information from this blurb will be the fact that Haslem actually got off the bench for three games this season. Other than that, he was a veteran signing to help mentor the Heat and we wouldn't be surprised if he sticks around the organization even after he retires as a player.
July 13, 2020, 7:15 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
Shams Charania is reporting that there's growing optimism around Victor Oladipo's playing status for the Orlando restart.
Oladipo's mind may have been swayed by "multiple strong team practices" inside the bubble, and he has been able to play full 5-on-5 scrimmages. He previously decided to sit out so he could continue to rehab his quad tendon to full strength. Expect another update on Oladipo's status in the coming days. His choice could have a major effect on the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 6:32 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
The NBA has tested 322 players for COVID-19 inside their Disney World bubble, with two positive results.
Those two players never cleared quarantine and have left the Orlando bubble to self-isolate and quarantine. Any spread of the virus inside Disney World would likely signal the end of the entire NBA season, so expect them to act swiftly if anyone tests positive.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 6:03 pmAndre RobersonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Roberson managed a full practice session on Monday as he attempts to return from a surgically repaired left knee.
Roberson could see some action for the Thunder as the NBA restarts if he continues to progress well. While Roberson hasn't played an NBA game for more than two years, his defense can still be an asset if he can stay on the court. He's still not a recommended play even as a cheap DFS flier.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 5:58 pmKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
While Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said that nothing is certain, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is expected to start in the spot vacated by Avery Bradley.
Because Bradley opted out of the NBA restart, KCP could see an expanded role going forward. Caldwell-Pope shot 39.4 percent from 3-point range on a high volume of shots, but his game is not especially well-rounded for fantasy purposes. He should see more than his season average of 25.4 minutes per game, though.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter