• Dave Joerger said he may need to rest some players for Saturday’s game against the Warriors.

    Prime candidates for rest are Zach Randolph (13 points, 6-of-20 FGs, six boards, 32 minutes), Chris Andersen (21 minutes), Matt Barnes (11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, three treys, 38 minutes) and Tony Allen (25 points, seven boards, three steals, one block, 9-of-9 FTs, 37 minutes).  The prime beneficiaries of those absences will be JaMychal Green (seven points, three boards, one steal, 14 minutes), who usually gets more minutes but might have lost them because Joerger went with a playoff rotation. 

    Lance Stephenson (10 points, six boards, five assists, 25 minutes) is good for situations like these where the team lacks firepower and Joerger just wants to roll the ball out there.  Jordan Farmar could shoulder more of the offensive burden and be a nice bet to produce top-125 value.  Of course, on the other side the Warriors are there to crush them into inefficient outings that at best devolve into garbage time stats. 

Fantasy News

  • Luc Mbah a Moute
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Luc Mbah a Moute has officially signed his deal with the Rockets, per Shams Charania.

    And with that, Houston has its replacement for Thabo Sefolosha. Mbah a Moute may find minutes as a defensive specialist in certain matchups, especially with the Rockets going all-in on small ball, but there probably won't be enough for any sort of fantasy value. He missed 78 games last season due to knee troubles.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Amir Johnson
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Marc Stein is reporting that the Nets have made Amir Johnson a prime target in their search for frontcourt depth.

    The Nets are down DeAndre Jordan and Nicolas Claxton, so some help up front is much needed, even if the Nets have slim odds of doing any postseason damage. Johnson is a quality veteran who can bring some energy and set nasty screens, though we're not expecting him to play much if he ends up signing with Brooklyn. He's been out of the league all season.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets’ team doctors have decided to have guard Spencer Dinwiddie sit the NBA restart out of an abundance of caution, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Dinwiddie tested positive for COVID-19 and has also experienced symptoms of the virus so the team is obviously treating his situation with extreme caution. The Nets have been decimated and they are expected to be in the bubble without Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Nic Claxton and of course Kevin Durant. We just really hope Dinwiddie is able to recover soon.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that Bradley Beal will not play in the restarted NBA season due to his shoulder injury.

    Beal was reportedly torn about whether he would play but he is making the smart decision here in order to avoid the risk of further injury. The Wizards will now be without Beal and starting forward Davis Bertans when the season resumes at the end of the month, making their presence in Orlando even more meaningless.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 2.4 triples to go with 4.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks in 53 games for the Celtics, good for 51/44 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.

    Smart missed a few games throughout the year and also tested positive for COVID-19 but he was definitely one of the good stories of the season, surpassing his ADP. His percentages remained brutal but he took advantage of the extra playing time due to the injury Kemba Walker sustained and solidified his role as a dynamic guard who contributes on both ends of the floor. The steals have always given him late-round appeal but the rising 3-pointers and assists push him into the middle-round conversation with ease.

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    First round pick Romeo Langford appeared in just 27 games in his rookie year in Boston, battling an assortment of injuries and showing only glimpses of his talent while generating 449/448 value in 8/9-cat formats.

    Langford averaged just 11.0 minutes per game and while Brad Stevens was very encouraging of his young guard, he struggled to remain healthy and failed to gain any momentum during the season. The Celtics will absolutely be patient with their rookie and he is someone to buy-low in dynasty leagues after a disastrous first year.

  • Javonte Green
    PF, Boston Celtics

    Undrafted forward Javonte Green played in 44 games for the Celtics in his rookie year, showing flashes of his potential as a 3-and-D wing and averaging 2.9 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 steals in 9.4 minutes per game and returning just 400/387 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.

    Green was able to impress the Celtics after an outstanding Las Vegas Summer League that helped him secure their final roster spot. He didn’t have much fantasy value this year and his salary is not guaranteed beyond this season so it remains to be seen whether he has a place in the NBA.

  • Tremont Waters
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Rookie Tremont Waters played in just 10 games with the Celtics failing to make much difference, but he was impressive in the G League where he was named the Rookie of the Year for the 2019-20 season.

    Waters averaged 18.0 points, 7.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 triples and 1.9 steals per game in 36 games with the Maine Red Claws. The Celtics had to sign him to a two-way contract due to roster limitations last year but the rookie has made his case for a more prominent role and he is a name to keep an eye on in dynasty formats.

  • Vincent Poirier
    C, Boston Celtics

    Vincent Poirier appeared in just 20 games for the Celtics in his first year in the NBA, averaging only 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 5.7 minutes per game, good for 434/431 value in 8/9-cat scoring formats.

    The French big missed six weeks due to a fractured right pinkie but even when he was healthy he couldn’t secure any playing time and remained buried on the depth chart behind Robert Williams and Grant Williams. The Celtics signed him as insurance last year and it’s obvious that they didn’t have high expectations for him in his first year playing away from home.

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Talking to the Miami Herald, Meyers Leonard said that his ankle has healed correctly and he is ready to play in Orlando and make a case for his next contract in the NBA.

    Leonard, who started the first 49 games of the season before the injury, averaged 6.1 points while shooting 52 percent from the field and 42.9 from the 3-point line. He is an impending free agent, and even though he wants to remain in Miami, he is expected to have plenty of suitors after a productive year with the Heat.

    Source: Miami Herald