March 14, 2016, 6:42 pm
Jonas Valanciunas has suffered a left hand contusion and he will be treated symptomatically, and coach Dwane Casey said after the game that though his hand is sore the injury is not serious.
Valanciunas will travel with the team and we’re guessing he’ll be day-to-day with this diagnosis. Owners may want to scale back their expectations of Bismack Biyombo to simply include this current five-game week.
July 13, 2020, 2:15 pmYuta WatanabePG, Memphis Grizzlies
Yuta Watanabe's minutes declined, but he showed some improvement in several key statistics in his second NBA season.
Watanabe averaged 11.6 mpg in 15 games for a shorthanded Grizzlies team down the stretch in 2018-19, but he slipped to 6.2 mpg in 16 games for a more competitive outfit this year. He did shoot .375 from deep, a vast improvement over last season's .125 mark, and his steals and blocks remained the same despite losing almost half of his playing time. Watanabe finished as a top-470 player in fantasy and there's no reason to track his game, despite the modest steps forward.
July 13, 2020, 2:12 pmJarrod UthoffSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jarrod Uthoff was a top-490 fantasy player in 2019-20, playing in only four contests.
Uthoff was on a 10-day deal with the Grizzlies so this isn't surprising. He's been around the NBA for a few years now but this was his first appearance at the top level since a 2017 stint with the Mavs. The fantasy appeal here is non-existent.
July 13, 2020, 2:10 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Chris Haynes is reporting that Gary Harris, Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig did not travel to Disney World with the rest of the Nuggets.
A number of healthy players have chosen to head to Orlando on their own time rather than go with their teams' traveling parties, but any absences are sure to generate speculation. Hopefully this is a case of the former, as Harris and Craig are critical to Denver's perimeter defense, while Mike Malone was talking Porter up as a potential member of the playoff rotation thanks to his rebounding, offensive touch and energy. This trio of Nuggets will be subject to quarantine whenever they do arrive in Orlando, assuming they're all still planning on making the trip at some point.
July 13, 2020, 1:45 pmShake MiltonSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Shake Milton has been starting at point guard in the Sixers' Orlando practices, with Ben Simmons working as a power forward.
Simmons will still do a ton of playmaking, but the big news here is Milton's likely full-time promotion into the starting five. It shouldn't come as a surprise considering his outstanding play prior to the NBA shutdown. In 16 starts with the Sixers, Milton averaged 14.1 points, 2.2 3-pointers, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals and was rolling along as a surprising standard-league asset. Feel free to upgrade Milton in any short-season fantasy games, though be aware that much of Milton's output came when the Sixers were missing important players. Simmons, Joel Embiid and Josh Richardson were all dinged up when Shake really broke out.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
July 13, 2020, 1:02 pmRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined.
Westbrook had yet to join the Rockets in Orlando, though Mike D'Antoni has recently been optimistic that he can join the rest of the team shortly. Westbrook also said that he's feeling well, which is good news.
Source: Russell Westbrook on Twitter
Nickeil Alexander-WalkerSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (right wrist fracture) will be able to play in the Pelicans' Orlando games.
Source: Christian Clark on Twitter
Bruno CabocloSF, Houston Rockets
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
Josh JacksonSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
July 13, 2020, 11:09 amJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. finished his second season ranked 65/66 in 8/9-cat leagues, averaging 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
After an impressive rookie campaign, expectations were high for Jackson, as he came into the year with an ADP just inside the top-40. Although he did not quite live up to those standards he did manage to improve on his overall rankings and jumped from top-90 to top-70. The long, 6'11" forward provides a combination of shooting and defense no other player in the league can. Jackson is the only player in the NBA to average over 2.5 3PM and 1.6 blocks per game on at least 46% shooting from the field. The substantial increase from 2.4 3PA last year to 6.3 this year, while shooting just under 40% from deep has made him an unique offensive threat. While his block numbers already have him in an elite category we would like to see the big man assert himself more often on the glass and increase his rebound stats from his 4.7 per game career average. The tools are there, we just hope JJJ can continue to improve and solidify himself as a superior fantasy option.