July 13, 2016, 8:21 am
It’s the end of an era in the NBA, kids. Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant combined for 10 championships since 1999 and now they will leave their legacies behind. That’s all she wrote. It’s very fitting that Duncan chose one of the quietest days of the summer to retire. No hooplah. What a great career for The Big Fundamental. Enjoy retirement Timmy D. While it won’t be the same without these two, the NBA moves along.
AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
The NBA attempted to get rid of the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ rules, but it only modified the rules slightly. Instead of banning off-ball intentional fouls in the last two minutes of each half, the NBA extended the previous last-two minute protocol to all four quarters. Now, teams will only have 40 minutes per game to foul the crap out of DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond. Guys, work on your free throws in the offseason. Seriously.
You can’t, however, jump on their backs anymore. The NBA implemented a rule where flagrant fouls are assessed for opponents who jump on the back of a player to foul him. That’s a monkey off their backs and music LeBron James‘ ears.
Udonis Haslem, the lone wolf from the 2006 Miami Heat
fixedchampionship, is preparing as if Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be ready for the 2016-17 season. “I don’t really know,” Haslem said. “Nobody knows what the situation is going to be with Chris (Bosh). I’m preparing that he’s going to be healthy.” Bosh has had the last two seasons cut short by blood clots, making him a high-risk high-reward pick in fantasy drafts. I’m staying away from Boshasaurus, unless it’s in Pokemon Go.
The Chicago Bulls have reportedly taken Jimmy Butler off the trade market. We can’t be really sure that Butler was ever really on the trade market, but with the way the Bulls are structured lately, you can bet that this won’t put an end to the trade rumors on Butler come the NBA trade deadline. No one really understands what the Bulls’ plan is currently. If I had to place a finger on it, I’d say it’s “sound relevant but stay average.” Enjoy Rajon Rondo, Bulls fans.
The other 430 roster spots not on the Golden State Warriors has seen a lot of movement recently. Sasha Vujacic re-signed with the New York Knicks on a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. Luis Scola went to the Brooklyn Nets on a one-year deal, in case you scratch your head late one night when the Nets are on. That’s right folks. Summer news gets a little slow after the rush of free agency.
Meanwhile, a few useful Tony’s were dropped. Toney Douglas was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans. He is best known for a nice stretch of play during the fantasy playoffs late in the season after the Pelicans were decimated by injuries. We love our random fantasy playoff heroes here at Hoop Ball. Douglas is good enough to get another NBA contract. Tony Wroten was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies after spending just 11 days on the roster. Why the Grizzlies claimed him and dropped him makes no sense, but I’m sure it does to someone. Seems like the moves you see in fantasy leagues.
In summer league news, a lot of teams are realizing that their younger veteran studs deserve a hall pass and don’t need to play summer league any more. The Phoenix Suns finally realized that Devin Booker is too good for summer league. I’m not sure what took so long.
The Philadelphia 76ers put an end to the summer league stints of Nik Stauskas and Jerami Grant. Both are entering their third NBA seasons, so there is no need for them to spend time playing this summer. Grant can be a useful fantasy asset in defensive cats if given the chance, as he averaged 1.6 blocks per game in 26 minutes per game. He will be buried on the 76ers roster to start the season, but he is a name to keep in mind if he has an opportunity.
That will do it for a summer edition of Wednesday’s Daily Dish. Follow @HoopBallTweets for summer league news and all things NBA. I’m @RiazD on Twitter. Enjoy the heat, unless you are a Heat fan. Until next time, suckers!
July 17, 2019, 4:12 pmReggie BullockSG-SF, New York Knicks
Newly signed wing Reggie Bullock (back) underwent successful surgery for a cervical disc herniation on Wednesday.
Bullock signed a two-year contract with the Knicks a day before undergoing a special surgery in New York. The Knicks will update the media regarding Bullock's timetable around the start of training camp. With the rotation unknown and the lack of knowledge regarding his timetable, Bullock is best left undrafted in standard leagues.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 3:55 pmTyler LydonPF, Sacramento Kings
Tyler Lydon has officially signed with the Kings.
Lydon was a 2017 first-round pick of the Nuggets but failed to show value in his time in Denver. The Kings will take a chance on Lydon who has only played 96 minutes in his first two seasons. For now, he can be ignored from a fantasy perspective.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 3:25 pmJulian WashburnSF, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have waived Julian Washburn.
Washburn was acquired in the Andre Iguodala trade. Last season he appeared in 18 games with the Grizzlies, making three starts, while averaging 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 14.1 minutes per night. Expect him to land in some team's training camp.
Source: Warriors PR on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 3:08 pmTacko FallC, Boston Celtics
Danny Ainge said that Tacko Fall's development is a "high priority" for the Celtics.
Fall is on an Exhibit 10 contract and figures to spend his time in the G-League this season. With an 8'2" wingspan and 10'3" standing reach, it's not hard to see why Boston is going to try and coax everything they can out of Fall's game. There's definitely some serious upside as a shot-blocker if he ever cracks the NBA, but until that happens he's not on the fantasy radar.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 2:50 pmJared HarperPG, Phoenix Suns
Jared Harper has agreed to a two-way contract with the Suns, per The Athletic's Gina Mizell.
Harper was a standout with Auburn last season and averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in four Summer League tilts with Phoenix. There's minimal fantasy impact here as the Suns already have four point guards on the roster.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 2:06 pmDevin RobinsonSF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have signed Devin Robinson to an Exhibit 10 contract.
The Raptors are filling out their training camp group, and Robinson will be among a number of players fighting it out for the final spot on the roster. The Florida product has only appeared in eight NBA games in his first two seasons, and the Wizards chose not to extend him a qualifying offer for this season after he was arrested over a fight with pro football player Jalen Mills. Robinson played with the Blazers in Summer League, putting up 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in five games. The owner of some historic combine numbers, Robinson is yet another interesting, raw product for Toronto's development staff to work with.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 2:02 pmEnes KanterC, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have officially inked Enes Kanter to a contract.
Danny Ainge referred to Kanter as part of the team's Plan A this summer, and the Celtics picked him up on an affordable two-year deal worth $10 million. The second year is a player option so we should see a very motivated Kanter this season. He's going to start at center for the Celtics, and while his defensive deficiencies may limit his minutes, we're expecting 25 mpg or more. That's more than enough for the big man to deliver middle-round value.
Source: Boston Celtics
July 17, 2019, 1:59 pmCameron PaynePG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors and Cameron Payne have agreed to a two-year deal, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
There are partial guarantees on the first season, and Payne will be looking to carve out work as the third-string point guard. This now puts the Raptors at 16 guaranteed contracts with Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller set to join the group in the near future. Payne averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals in three Summer League games with the Mavs.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 17, 2019, 1:55 pmAustin RiversPG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have re-signed Austin Rivers and Danuel House.
Houston looked to be running it back with the same group but instead has simply swapped one star guard for another, which means that Rivers and House still figure to play important roles off the bench. There's standard-league potential in the case of injury, but neither should be expected to exceed top-200 value. Rivers probably has more upside should he come into a starting role while House's ability to chip in a wider variety of stats might make him the more appealing deep-league play over the long run.
Source: Houston Rockets
July 17, 2019, 11:51 amDragan BenderPF, Phoenix Suns
Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops is reporting that Dragan Bender has a verbal commitment to join EuroLeague champions CSKA Moscow on a multiyear deal.
The report adds that the former No. 4 pick will take the offer unless there is an intriguing offer to him from an NBA team in the 11th hour. Bender was linked to the Cavs and the Raptors but he hasn’t been able to generate much interest in the market and the move to Europe might be the optimal choice for him now.