October 10, 2019, 1:31 pmDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
Dennis Smith Jr. (strained lower back) is doubtful to face the Wizards on Friday.
Smith and Elfrid Payton are competing for the Knicks starting PG spot. While Smith is expected to win, the missed time is not ideal, with the regular season approaching. Smith is a late-round option in drafts this season.
Source: Knicks PR on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 1:34 pmFrank NtilikinaPG, New York Knicks
Per Shams Charania, the New York Knicks are picking up former No. 8 overall pick Frank Ntilikina’s 2020-21 option worth $6.3 million.
Ntilikina's name has been part of trade rumors since joining the league. He should his upside during the FIBA tournament earlier this summer. However, to start the season, he is in competition for the starting point guard role with Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton, and more of a deep-league stash.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 12:53 pmMalcolm MillerSF, Toronto Raptors
Nick Nurse said that Malcolm Miller is close to being in the rotation.
Miller was treated as an afterthought for much of camp and preseason but fought his way onto the roster. He's a capable 3-point shooter and can switch across a couple positions defensively, so don't forget his name if you're in a 30-teamer.
Source: Eric Koreen on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 12:50 pmTroy Brown Jr.SF, Washington Wizards
Injured Wizards Troy Brown (left calf strain) and C.J. Miles (left foot stress fracture) were able to practice "a little bit" on Monday.
Brown was expected to be out for four weeks as of September 24, so he's trending in the right direction and could be back on the court soon. He's a nice deep-league target and could even get on the standard-league radar if he takes hold of a starting job. The Wizards haven't provided many updates on Miles, so his timeline is far murkier. Even when healthy, he'll only be a 3-point specialist.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 12:46 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell (left hamstring strain) went through the non-contact portions of Monday's practice, per Rick Carlisle.
Fantasy managers should prepare to be without Powell for the season opener, though it's possible that he plays before going through a full practice. Assuming he isn't out for much longer, Powell makes for a quality late-middle round selection in any remaining fantasy drafts. Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic will fill his minutes in the meantime, with Kleber already worth a late-round selection on his own merit.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 12:44 pmTacko FallC, Boston Celtics
Tacko Fall has been placed in the league's concussion protocol.
Fall got hit in the head on Saturday. His absence won't change Boston's rotation at all but we'll keep you posted on his recovery.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 12:33 pmPJ WashingtonPF, Charlotte Hornets
Mitch Kupchak called PJ Washington the player who stuck out most positively in preseason.
That's big praise from the team brass, especially considering Washington was initially expected to spend a little time in the G League this season. Now a candidate to start on opening night, the rookie is worth a flier in most drafts. He's not our favorite late-round dart but you could certainly do worse.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 12:29 pmCody MartinPF, Charlotte Hornets
Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak said that Cody Martin, Jalen McDaniels, Robert Franks and Kobi Simmons will play primarily in the G League this season.
No surprise here, as Charlotte has been diligent about making its rookies log time with the Greensboro Swarm in recent seasons. This group is not worth monitoring in fantasy leagues.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 12:23 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick is reporting that the Kings have agreed to a four-year extension with Buddy Hield that will pay him $86 million guaranteed and up to $20 million in possible incentives.
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that $12 million of those bonuses are "exceedingly reachable," like landing top-10 in 3-point percentage. Hield had started to indicate that he'd look to play elsewhere if the Kings weren't willing to pay up, and Sacramento came through with a big offer for one of their core pieces. He's in line for a big season and is worth taking in the third round of most fantasy formats, and still has upside to burn. Though the Kings could've waited this one out since Hield was headed for restricted free agency, they likely felt that it would be worth the effort to get this done as soon as possible. Chalk it up as another positive development, and one that should earn goodwill, for an organization that's moving in the right direction.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 12:15 pmJoe JohnsonSG, Detroit Pistons
Yahoo's Chris Haynes is reporting that Joe Johnson is dealing with some swelling in his Achilles but that tests have come back clean.
Johnson is apparently responding well to treatment. He's still not a lock to make the final roster but it seems to be trending that way. Even so, there's no need to monitor Johnson in fantasy leagues.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
October 21, 2019, 12:12 pmChris ChiozzaPG, Washington Wizards
Chris Chiozza has signed a two-way contract with the Wizards.
With Isaiah Thomas on the mend it's not surprising to see Washington use a two-way slot on another point guard. Chiozza probably won't see much playing time this season but the Wizards are thin at the position, so it's not impossible.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter