July 1, 2016, 1:04 am
Nicolas Batum will stay with the Hornets after agreeing to a five-year, $120 million deal early Friday morning.
Batum was going to have a hard time leaving the money and he’ll face serious challenges living up to the back-end of this deal, but we had him as the No. 3 small forward in our free agency rankings and for a position so shallow this is big news for the Hornets. Steve Clifford is probably smoking a cigar if he does that sort of thing.
Nicolas Batum holds a player option in the fifth season of his new Hornets deal, sources tell The Vertical. $120M.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2016
October 18, 2019, 12:12 pmIman ShumpertSG, 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
October 18, 2019, 12:09 pmJavonte GreenPF, 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
October 18, 2019, 11:59 amBennie BoatwrightF, 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
October 18, 2019, 11:51 amRondae Hollis-JeffersonSF, 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
October 18, 2019, 11:43 amZion WilliamsonPF, 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
October 18, 2019, 10:34 amArmoni BrooksPG, 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.
October 18, 2019, 10:28 amKelly 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
October 18, 2019, 9:43 amMatisse ThybulleSG-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
October 18, 2019, 9:27 amDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
Duncan Robinson has played himself into the Miami Heat's regular rotation, and may be a candidate to start at small forward.
Duncan Robinson has started three of the last four preseason games at SF for the Heat, putting up a line of 17 points (5-of-10 shooting), four threes, and a block while remaining perfect from the line in the preseason finale. Spoelstra typically runs a deep rotation and he said that he wanted to play his best ten guys on Thursday. Robinson will need to remain efficient to be worth monitoring, but his insertion into Spoelstra's rotation likely means that the Heat will employ a committee at the three, complicating the minutes situation for late-round flier Derrick Jones, Jr. Robinson is more of a three-point stream option to put on watch lists in deeper leagues while Jones remains a worthy late-round dart throw.
October 18, 2019, 2:04 amKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard checked in for Thursday's preseason finale against the Mavs and put up 13 points, three rebounds, four steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
Leonard took full advantage of some sloppy play from Luka Doncic to help make up for his poor 5-of-19 shooting performance. Kawhi's inching up closer to the middle points of the first round in fantasy drafts, and where you select him depends entirely on your tolerance for potential nights off.