• We delve into the depths, as we explore the deep-league additions as we come closer to the end of the fantasy season. We’ve got plenty to chatter about, so let’s get this started. Follow me on Twitter for the latest hoops talk.

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    Guards

    Kris Dunn (35% Owned) – Dunn is doing a little of everything, averaging 10.5 points, 0.8 threes, 3.8 boards, 2.8 steals and 1.3 blocks on 58.1 percent from the field in his last four games. He should be owned in all standard formats as he can provide the defensive stats from the point guard slot. He’s recorded a steal in seven straight games and should be able to keep up this sort of pace until season’s end.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues/Must-own in 14-team leagues

     

    Ish Smith (33% Owned) – Even before Reggie Jackson (knee) went down, Ish was promoted to starting duties. We all know what he can do as the starting point guard, with the ability to rack up easy points and assists. He is, what he is.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

     

    Cory Joseph (27% Owned) – Cojo has been much better lately as the Raps have strung together seven wins out of their last eight games. He had a double-double on Monday and followed it up with a brilliant 18 point, seven board, five assist, two steal, two block and two three performance on Wednesday. He’ll continue to draw the starts as Kyle Lowry (right wrist) has just started shooting with his right side.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

     

    Jordan Crawford (25% Owned) – Same story since coming back to the league – consistent scoring punch off the bench for the Pelicans. Carwford’s scored in double-figures every game, except one this season. He’s also hit a three in every single game he’s played this season.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

     

    Yogi Ferrell (21% Owned) – Even with Seth Curry (shoulder) returning to the lineup, Yogi (10 points, one steal, one block and four treys) had a solid game against the Pelicans on Wednesday. He’s put up enough value in limited minutes to be owned in deep leagues.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

     

    Jameer Nelson (21% Owned) – Nelson turned back the clock on Tuesday (23 points, three boards, four assists and four threes) with his best outing of the season. That came out of nowhere, but he’s been providing above average assist numbers with the occasional steal and three. He’s holding down low-end value at the point guard spot if that’s of interest to you.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

     

    J.J. Barea (15% Owned) – Uncle Barea’s game won’t fade into the night, evidenced by his return to fantasy relevance in the past couple games. He has the ability to provide some offense with good assists numbers. The only downfall is the crowded backcourt and the inconsistent playing time. This limits him to deep leagues only.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Spencer Dinwiddie (6% Owned) – With Jeremy Lin taking back his starting job, Dinwiddie has been limited to a backup bench role. Still, he’s putting up serviceable numbers behind Lin, scoring in double-figures and recording a steal and three in his last two games. You never know how the Nets are going to handle Lin (or Brook Lopez) down the stretch in terms of shut-down or additional rest. In any case, Dinwiddie is next in line should Lin sit some games.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

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    Forwards

    Josh Richardson (30% Owned) – J-Rich has been picking it up lately, recording at least a three, steal and block his last three games. He’s hitting his stride at the perfect time as Dion Waiters (ankle) is still without a timetable. Richardson should be a nice addition with his ability to contribute in multiple-cats moving forward.

    Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

     

    Taurean Prince (12% Owned) – Taurean Prince continues to hold down the fort as the Hawks are slowly recovering from injury. He’s provided low-end value for his multi-cat skillset, averaging 11.0 points, 4.6 boards, 1.3 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 triples in his last eight games. Kent Bazemore (knee) made his return on Wednesday, but Thabo Sefolosha (groin) remains out for Atlanta. He has at least short-term value in deeper formats.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Andre Roberson (9% Owned) – Roberson has provided the much needed defence for Billy Donovan and company all season. He’s holding down value for the block and steal combo from the wing. Don’t expect much offense from his end though.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Jared Dudley (7% Owned) – Dudley’s averaged 24-plus minutes in his last three games, posting 8.0 points, 4.7 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.3 triples in his last three games. Of course, he could just as easily disappear in the next game, but for now he’s at least worth monitoring. He’s a deep league add in my opinion.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (2% Owned) – TLC has pieced together a few good games, posting 11.0 points, 9.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.0 block and 2.5 threes over his last two games. Consistency has been a real issue, but if you’re on your last leg and willing to take a chance, he could be a good gamble.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Centers

    Shawn Long (10% Owned) – Long has stepped in (out of nowhere) since the Sixers have been hurting for big men as they deal with plenty of injuries to their frontcourt. He’s effective, even in limited minutes, but is just as likely to post a dud. There’s risk, but if you’re willing to roll the dice then he’s not the worst option.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

     

    Brandan Wright (2% Owned) – Wright has gotten a major boost with both JaMychal Green (shoulder) and Marc Gasol (foot) dealing with their respective injuries at the moment. He could be a cheap source of blocks while adding a slight uptick to the field goal percentage in the short-term.

    Recommendation: Worth a look in 14-team leagues

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Fantasy News

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks have shut down their practice facility after receiving results from the latest round of COVID-19 tests, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    That batch of tests was conducted on Friday. Woj adds that the facility will likely be shut through Thursday, when the team's traveling party is supposed to head to Orlando. No word on who or how many of the team's staff tested positive, but as always, the pandemic is in charge of the NBA's attempted restart, no matter how much effort the league puts into its plans.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley, like several others, is expected to leave the NBA's Orlando bubble when his wife gives birth to a child.

    Conley's third child is due in late August, so any departure will likely affect the Jazz's playoff roster to some extent. Utah will already be missing Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist surgery), though they still figure to be one of the best teams in the West's second tier of contenders. It was a frustrating first season with the Jazz for Conley and fantasy GMs, but he can flip the narrative with a strong postseason.

    Source: Salt Lake Tribune

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania, the NBA has informed players that they will not be able to travel with their respective teams to Orlando, should they fail to be tested on one of two days before the scheduled travel date.

    The report also says that if the player does indeed miss the said window to be tested, he will need to register three consecutive tests before traveling. This is a strict protocol, but one the league needs to enforce in order to ensure the safety of all of the players and staff who will be entering the "bubble" in Walt Disney World in preparation for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. There has been a lot of concern, especially with the growing number of cases being recorded in Florida.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting that a third Heat player has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Derrick Jones Jr. is the only known player, though Jackson adds that the two latest cases are both rotation players. Florida is in terrible shape at the moment and the Heat may need to enter the bubble without three of their rotation options — those players may still join the team later but will miss out on valuable practice time. The NBA is going full steam ahead on their restart plans but the virus is going to determine whether or not things actually unfold according to plan.

    Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter

  • Landry Shamet
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Shams Charania reports that Landry Shamet has tested positive for COVID-19 and is unlikely to join the Clippers for their trip to Orlando this week.

    That leaves the door open for Shamet to rejoin the team closer to the season's restart, assuming he is feeling okay. Just yesterday it was announced that the Clippers closed their facilities after a positive test, so it appears Shamet's case was the culprit. The sharpshooter is averaging 27.5 minutes per game this season so if he's forced to sit out the Orlando restart it could have big ramifications on LA's backcourt rotation.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has released its schedule of scrimmages for the Orlando restart, with games beginning on July 22.

    The league has tried to match up teams that are unlikely opponents for these scrimmages so nobody gets a really good look at what a potential playoff matchup might want to run. For example, the first day of scrimmages will see the Nuggets face the Wizards, the Nets take on the Pelicans, the Clippers against the Magic and the Kings vs. the Heat. Scrimmages will run through July 28.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Caris LeVert
    PG-SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert embraces challenge of being a leader.

    LeVert has been an active participant in the racial inequality protests and admitted that basketball is very minor right now compared to everything else going on in the world but is ready for the NBA restart saying, "For me, it’s just taking on that challenge of being a leader, being the leader of that group, going down there with some of the most experience on the team, playoff experience." In the 16 games since rejoining the starting lineup, LeVert has put up All-Star numbers with 24.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists, while shooting 41.7 percent from three-point range and leading the Nets to a 9-7 record over that span. The upward trajectory continues for the Nets' 20th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

    Source: Newsday

  • Jordan Crawford
    SG, Free Agent

    Jordan Crawford has agreed to a deal with Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban.

    Crawford last played in the NBA for the Pelicans in 2018 with career averages of 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 24.4 minutes. The career journeyman has played for five NBA teams since 2010 with a few stints with China in between. Since the beginning of 2019, he has played in Israel, China, Germany and now we can add Russia to that list.

    Source: Sportando

  • Lance Stephenson
    SG, Free Agent

    Lance Stephenson is ineligible to sign with the Pacers according to Scott Agness.

    Stephenson to the Pacers was being discussed in early March and made sense now with Victor Oladipo choosing to sit out the remainder of the season but this move apparently will not happen. The 29-year old Stephenson spent this past season in China where he averaged 26.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the CBA's Flying Leopards.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis has high expectations for the Lakers when they resume play later in July in Orlando, citing the long layoff as a favorable development for his squad.

    As if the Lakers weren't already squarely in the hunt for an NBA championship. When speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Davis said that he believes their "chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go.” Depth seems to be the most glaring issue potentially facing the Lakers as they prepare to make the trip to Disney World, as defensive stalwart Avery Bradley recently opted out of the remainder of the season. Bradley was subsequently replaced by well-traveled veteran guard J.R. Smith (who has a long history of playoff runs alongside LeBron James with the Cavs), but the team is still unsure of veteran center Dwight Howard's status the rest of the way. Other than Howard, the Lakers' roster is seemingly set for Orlando. Davis sounds like he's ready to rock, however.

    Source: ESPN