March 18, 2016, 3:55 pm
Kyle Lowry will not be rested against the Celtics on Friday.
We’re going to take all reports of rest with a healthy dose of skepticism with the Raptors chasing down the No. 1 seed. They can legitimately battle with the Cavs so home court is pretty important.
July 13, 2020, 5:39 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard struggled to produce top-280 value in 8-category leagues while playing just 20.1 minutes per game in 2019-20.
Leonard averaged 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists but didn't receive enough playing time to merit a roster spot in most leagues. A talented Heat frontcourt featuring Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk, and Derrick Jones Jr. did not help his cause. While Leonard sank nearly 43 percent of his 3-point attempts, his free-throw shooting plummeted to 65.4 percent. Leonard didn't contribute much in the way of defensive stats, either.
July 13, 2020, 5:25 pmDuncan RobinsonF, Miami Heat
After a quiet rookie season, Duncan Robinson held top-120 value in 8-category leagues while scorching the nets from long range during 2019-20.
Robinson made nearly four triples per contest while hitting 44.8 percent of his 3-point attempts. He averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 0.5 steals per game in his sophomore campaign. What's more, Robinson was a top-90 player for owners who grabbed him in 9-category formats. The 90.6 percent free-throw shooting doesn't hurt, either.
July 13, 2020, 5:07 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder's February trade to the Heat helped him finish the 2019-20 fantasy season with top-120 value in 8-category leagues.
Crowder actually cracked the top 100 in 9-category formats. He shot just 29.3 percent from deep in 45 games with the Grizzlies, but that jumped to 39.3 percent during 13 contests in a Heat uniform. Overall, Crowder averaged 10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. However, don't bank on him producing massive numbers if he plays for another contender next season.
July 13, 2020, 4:48 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Sacramento Kings
Richaun Holmes had to begin a 10-day quarantine period after leaving the Orlando bubble to pick up food.
Holmes was apparently expecting a delivery but left the Disney campus to get it. According to Shams Charania, there are eight days left in his quarantine. The Kings are slated to begin their schedule on July 31.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 4:30 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
According to Goran Dragic, teammates Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn are not practicing with the Heat on Monday.
Adebayo and Nunn missed practice on Friday as well. Derrick Jones Jr. previously tested positive for COVID-19 before being cleared for action. However, it's unknown why Adebayo and Nunn have still not appeared on the court.
Source: NBC Sports
July 13, 2020, 3:58 pmGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic bounced back nicely from an injury-plagued season to deliver top-140 value in 8-category leagues during 2019-20.
Dragic averaged 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.6 assists, and 2.5 turnovers in 28.4 minutes per game while backing up Kendrick Nunn. Dragic only provided top-190 value for 9-category owners, but it's still a solid showing overall. 37.7 percent shooting from long range is a marked improvement from the 34.8 percent figure posted during his previous campaign.
July 13, 2020, 3:42 pmJustise WinslowSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Justise Winslow could only appear in 11 games all season as back issues prevented him from taking the court.
Winslow emerged as a viable point guard in 2018-19, finally finding a position that suited his strengths when the Heat were missing some bodies. Unfortunately he couldn't build on that momentum, as his numbers were down nearly across the board even when he was able to suit up. Winslow was a dreadful .388 from the field and .222 from deep, losing a full 3-pointer per game (1.5 to 0.5) despite an increase in minutes per game overall. Winslow's assists also took a slight dip with the Heat operating at full strength and his steals plummeted from 1.1 to 0.6. Winslow was unable to play with the Grizzlies after being traded, and he certainly won't be the team's starting PG, but we should find out his new fit in the Orlando session. The percentages have always been terrible, however, which likely caps him as a late-round type.
July 13, 2020, 3:38 pmTyus JonesPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Despite getting out of Minnesota, Tyus Jones was unable to carve out a larger role for himself this season, finishing with top-215 value.
Jones has always had the profile of someone who could chip in enough assists and steals to crack the top-150, even as a backup, but his minutes were limited with the Wolves. The Grizzlies were supposed to be a better spot for him to get minutes, but Jones actually saw his minutes cut from 22.9 to 19.0 this year. He still averaged 4.4 assists and 1.9 steals (as well as 0.7 triples and a low 0.8 turnovers for a PG) but De'Anthony Melton and his defensive prowess quickly got him above Jones on the depth chart. Jones is still a viable deep-league specialist but failed to capitalize on his new opportunity, limiting his overall fantasy appeal.
July 13, 2020, 3:32 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Steve Clifford has been pleased by Jonathan Isaac's progress in his rehab from a knee injury, but doesn't think the team will know whether Isaac can play for "2-to-3 weeks"
Isaac still can't play 5-on-5, though the Magic have barely started to play that with their healthy group anyway — they ran one quarter of full 5-on-5 in Monday's practice and did some halfcourt work, but that's been it so far. It's possible that Isaac is able to play in the league's restart but it sounds like he'll be cutting it close to the actual start date, and a return may come with minutes restrictions. We should get a better sense of a timeline once Isaac is able to go through full practices with his teammates.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 3:28 pmKyle AndersonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Kyle Anderson finished the 2019-20 fantasy season with top-230 value, averaging 5.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.3 3-pointers in 19.3 mpg.
You can see SloMo's roto-friendly game, but there just wasn't enough to justify serious fantasy ownership this year. This was a far cry from last year's 29.8 mpg, and while Anderson did see his minutes increase after Jae Crowder was traded, it wasn't enough to undo the damage of a very slow start. Fantasy GMs should consider Anderson a potential late-round selection going forward, though it will largely depend on what the Grizzlies' forward rotation looks like around him.