January 23, 2020, 3:28 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown Jr. is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.
Brown missed Wednesday's game with the illness, which coincided with Reggie Jackson returning to the lineup. Jackson went off for 22 points in limited minutes, and the roles and usage od the Pistons backcourt is something to monitor closely moving forward.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 9:01 amDion WaitersSG, Free Agent
Dion Waiters will have a meeting with the Lakers on March 2nd, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
After missing out on Reggie Jackson and failing to convince Darren Collison to come out of retirement, Los Angeles is still interested in bringing in another playmaker guard. As long as any player is a free agent as of March 1st, they are playoff eligible with their next team if they sign before the final day of the regular season. Waiters was waived by the Grizzlies after the trade deadline and he has been working out in the Los Angeles area.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 8:52 amJeff GreenSF, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have signed Jeff Green for the rest of the season.
Green is averaging 9.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game since joining the Rockets and both parties seem content with the fit. He has been playing backup center minutes and deserves consideration in deeper leagues.
Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 8:40 amMitchell RobinsonC, New York Knicks
Tom Thibodeau is the front runner to become the next coach of the Knicks, according to Jonathan Macri of SI.com.
In seven full seasons as coach with Chicago and Minnesota, Thibodeau has compiled a 352-246 record, while he has missed the playoffs just once, his first season with the Wolves. His serious demeanor and no-nonsense approach have earned him respect among team executives and stars like Jimmy Butler, but he has struggled to earn the trust of young and upcoming players. Leon Rose is also nearing his starting date as the team's president of basketball operations in what seems to be a busy offseason for the Knicks.
Source: Sports Illustrated
February 26, 2020, 8:33 amDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
Dennis Smith Jr.’s starting stint is over, as Elfrid Payton is expected to return after a two-game absence from an ankle injury on Wednesday when the Knicks face the Hornets.
DSJ had a strong game in Houston on Monday, putting up 15 points, five assists, seven steals and seven rebounds, but there were some defensive missteps and he committed three turnovers. With Frank Ntilikina still dealing with groin soreness Smith will likely get his minutes as the primary backup point guard and he deserves consideration in deeper leagues.
Source: NY Post
February 26, 2020, 3:09 amDragan BenderPF, Golden State Warriors
Dragan Bender put up a goose egg (0-for-4 FGs) in 25 minutes vs. the Kings on Tuesday, adding just five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Bender once again played an encouraging amount of minutes in just his second game with Golden State. And while he shouldn't be expected to go crazy this early on a new team, this performance is disappointing. For a young player still thought to have decent upside, it's looking like he won't be able to make nearly as much of his opportunity as Marquese Chriss has.
February 26, 2020, 2:58 amAndrew WigginsSF, Golden State Warriors
Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points (6-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) but did little else (one assist) in a 94-112 loss to the Kings on Tuesday.
Wiggins' Warriors six-game tenure has been a mixed bag to this point. Unfortunately, that may be the case for the rest of the season, as the Warriors will likely have inconsistent rosters with Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) and Draymond Green (right pelvic contusion) in and out of the lineup. Hold onto Wiggins and hope we see more of those early-season performances.
February 26, 2020, 2:51 amDamion LeeSG, Golden State Warriors
Damion Lee contributed across the board in Tuesday's loss to the Kings as he posted 14 points (4-of-9 FGs), six rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.
Lee has been a solid fantasy option in 12-team leagues for a while now, but a recent surge in steals has him sitting as a four-round player in 8-cat leagues and a third-round player in 9-cat leagues over the last two weeks. Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) returns in three games, so Lee's production will likely take a small hit.
February 26, 2020, 2:44 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield hit five 3-pointers as part of a 19-point (6-of-15 FGs), six-rebound, two-assist, one-steal performance in a 112-94 road victory over the Warriors on Tuesday.
Hield, since exiting the starting lineup, has easily been an early-round player. He may not keep up such high shooting percentages and therefore will likely see a drop in threes and points as well. However, regardless of his role, Hield has solidified himself as a reliable top-35 player going forward.
February 26, 2020, 2:36 amKent BazemoreSG, Sacramento Kings
Kent Bazemore provided a little of everything, including nine points (2-of-4 FGs, 3-of-8 FTs), 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes in a win over the Warriors on Tuesday.
Bazemore's role appears to be growing. And if he's given the 28 minutes per game like he's played over his last four games, he's worth an add. In that small sample, Bazemore easily ranks in the fourth round (fifth round in 8-cat leagues). Harrison Barnes continued his hot stretch with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
February 26, 2020, 2:26 amHarry Giles IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles nearly double-doubled again, this time with 13 points (5-of-9 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 24 minutes in a win over the Warriors on Tuesday.
Giles has put together two solid games in a row now. It's hard to get too excited about his prospects this season, though. Giles will likely lose his starting role and meaningful minutes once the Kings' frontcourt gets healthier or even as Alex Len gets more comfortable in Sacramento. Nemanja Bjelica struggled in this one, providing just one point (0-of-5 FGs), three rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. He should bounce back on Thursday against the Thunder.