• Matt Barnes scored five points on 1-of-4 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes off the bench on Sunday against the Suns.

    Barnes has slowed down a bit this week but he has a two-week stretch with serviceable late-round value.  The only question is he’ll be more of a 14-team guy as Zach Randolph gets back up to speed.

Fantasy News

  • Brandon Goodwin
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have signed Brandon Goodwin to a 2-way contract.

    Goodwin played in 16 games in his first season with the Nuggets and had a very impressive Summer League showing in July. He will be joining a very youthful roster in Atlanta. Goodwin is off the radar from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Cheick Diallo
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Cheick Diallo has officially signed a two-year contract with the Suns.

    Diallo has always had intrigue but he has never seen enough minutes to provide consistent value. He is off the radar heading into the season, but could be a cheap option in DFS depending on the matchup.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard has withdrawn from Team USA training camp and will not play in this summer's World Cup.

    Lillard is the latest star to sit this one out, and we can't imagine that USA Basketball will hold it against him when it comes time to pick the Olympic roster. Dame's locked in as a first-round fantasy talent as usual, and the extra time off should ensure that he's fully fresh to kick off the season.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal will not participate in Team USA training camp or play in the World Cup as he's expecting the birth of his child in late August or early September.

    Amidst a wave of players withdrawing to focus on the upcoming season, Beal brings a far more legitimate reason to the table. It's widely expected that the Wizards will offer up a three-year, $111 million extension the second they can, though whether Beal wants to sign up for a long-ish term future in Washington remains to be seen. With John Wall out of the picture for next season, Beal is looking at another monstrous fantasy season and will be a surefire early-round pick.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Julius Randle
    PF, New York Knicks

    Julius Randle and Jaylen Brown have been added to the Team USA training camp roster.

    The superstars on the original invite list are dropping out rapidly these days, so Team USA is replacing them with younger players who might not have otherwise had a shot at representing their nation on the largest stage. Both Randle and Brown figure to take on larger roles for their teams this season, and hopefully this selection will be a good first step to what is hopefully a big season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Free agent Ben McLemore has agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Rockets.

    McLemore was selected by the Kings with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft and he has also spent time with the Grizzlies. The Rockets have limited financial options and they are taking a flier with McLemore who is still just 26 years old. It’s not a lock that he makes the final roster though.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • John Wall
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said that John Wall “probably won’t play at all” next year as he is recovering from a torn Achilles.

    Nothing new here, Wall ruptured his left Achilles in a slip-and-fall incident at home and he is not expected to resume any basketball activity until at least February of 2020. The Wizards are not expected to be very competitive this year and it makes sense to take it slow with Wall’s rehab. Owners should only stash him in dynasty leagues.

    Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter

  • Dedric Lawson
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    Jabari Young of the Athletic is reporting that the Spurs are expected to sign forward Dedric Lawson to an Exhibit 10 deal.

    A 6’9″ forward out of Kansas, Lawson entered the 2019 draft following his junior season. In 36 games for the Jayhawks he averaged 19.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 block while making 39.3 percent of his three-pointers. He will join San Antonio after playing for the Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League where he recorded 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four games.

    Source: Jabari Young on Twitter

  • Luke Maye
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have signed forward Luke Maye to an Exhibit 10 deal.

    A 6’8″ forward, Maye played his college ball at North Carolina, winning a national championship with the Tar Heels in 2017. He went undrafted last month after a senior season in which he was named the ACC’s Most Improved Player, averaging 14.9 points and 10.5 rebounds in 36 games. He struggled in the Summer League with the Bucks, averaging just 3.0 points on 18.8 percent shooting and he is expected to spend time with the Wisconsin Herd.

    Source: Keith Smith on Twitter

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    Marcus Morris stated that he didn't expect another offer after he verbally agreed to the Spurs' two-year, $20 million contract.

    We've seen players renege a contract offer before, so this isn't unprecedented, but it's still not a good look for the Knicks and Morris. He took more money and will join a weaker free agency class in 2020, but he joins an insanely crowded Knicks frontcourt which will now have to find playing time for Morris, Bobby Portis, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Mitchell Robinson.

    Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter