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    Tuesday’s Action

    Kevin Seraphin will work out for the Pacers. While the Pacers have a relatively crowded frontcourt, there’s room for competition. Myles Turner and Al Jefferson are locked in as centers while Thaddeus Young and LaVoy Allen seem to have the four spot locked down. Seraphin could very well find himself as the third-string PF or C. His per-36 numbers have always been intriguing from a fantasy perspective but he’s never been able to keep his fouls down when given the opportunity.

    Chris Bosh returning? It’s possible. He tweeted “Yes, I’m hooping”. Take that as you will but the fact that he’s on the court is a step in the right direction. Despite the blood clots being deemed as life-threatening, Bosh refuses to go down without a fight. We at HB wish him the best during his recovery. Scary stuff.

    Julius Randle suffered a hand laceration today. Lacerations rarely are a cause for concern but it’s still worth noting. Randle will be fine for the start of the season but his fantasy value is questionable. With Deng, Ingram, and Mozgov all being added into the mix, Randle will struggle to significantly improve from a statistical standpoint. Randle is strictly considered a late round asset because of his low output of steals and blocks (1.1 combined per game).

    Joffrey Lauvergne has been traded to the OKC Thunder in exchange for two 2017 second-round draft picks. The Thunder continue to bolster their young core with even more talented, young players. With Ibaka in Orlando, Lauvergne seems to be the perfect addition while losing very little value. He may not be there defensively, but his offensive game is impressive. With per-36 numbers of 16 points and 10 rebounds, he has the chance to produce in OKC. For now, he’s strictly a DFS option if Kanter/Adams or Ilyasova were to miss time. Feel the Lauvergne! No? I’ll stop.

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Fantasy News

  • Markelle Fultz - PG - Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) will not play at Summer League, according to GM John Hammond.

    Fultz has reportedly been making good progress and the Magic are excited about what he's been able to do since coming over at the trade deadline, but this is not great news. Hopefully Fultz will be ready to contribute in the preseason so we can get a look at how he'll fit in Orlando. The upside is immense but it would take a strong showing to confidently draft Fultz in redraft formats as his shoulder issues have completely derailed the first few years of his career.

    Source: 96.9 The Game on Twitter

  • Haywood Highsmith - PF - Philadelphia Sixers

    The Sixers have waived Haywood Highsmith.

    Highsmith joined the Sixers on a two-way deal last season but only appeared in five games. Expect them to use that spot on a more established G-League player or a rookie with some upside.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Nando De Colo - G - Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have extended a qualifying offer to Nando De Colo, making him a restricted free agent.

    De Colo has spent the last five seasons out of the NBA but has been fantastic for CSKA Moscow, earning a reputation as one of the strongest players currently not in the Association. The Raptors have been doing the proper paperwork since he left and will now have the right to match any other offers that come his way as he prepares for a comeback. It’s entirely possible that they keep him around as a third point guard if the price is right.

    Source: Keith Smith on Twitter

  • Bol Bol - C - Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets will send Miami $1.2 million and a second-round pick in 2022, either their own or Philadelphia's, to complete the Bol Bol trade.

    The Nuggets will be sending whichever pick is lower, and the Sixers pick will be whichever is higher between Philly's and Minnesota's thanks to a separate pick swap. Bol says his left foot is fully healed, but there's too many obstacles in terms of playing time to count on the intriguing center for redraft leagues.

    Source: Eric Pincus on Twitter

  • Jimmer Fredette - PG - Phoenix Suns

    The Suns will decline Jimmer Fredette's team option, allowing the guard to play for the Warriors in Summer League.

    Fredette was a non-factor for the Suns in limited action last season, but he'll try to find a foothold in the league with a strong showing in Vegas. If worse comes to worse, Jimmer can always go back to dropping huge lines in China.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Evan Turner - SG - Atlanta Hawks

    Evan Turner will be traded to the Hawks in exchange for Kent Bazemore.

    Turner will give the Hawks some added playmaking in the second unit, though he is unlikely to play a big-minute role with all of the youth that Atlanta wants to develop. He's set to make $18.6 million in the final year of his deal, while Bazemore was slated for $19.3 million, so the Hawks will open up a little more room to spend in the upcoming year — at least in terms of real dollars. This opens up minutes for players like Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish while giving the Hawks someone who can capably give them backup PG minutes.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Kent Bazemore - SG - Trail Blazers

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Hawks and Blazers have agreed to a deal that will send Kent Bazemore to Portland and Evan Turner to Atlanta.

    Bazemore has been on the block for a while now, and he'll play a big role in Portland's wing rotation. It's entirely possible that he starts at small forward, though we're a long way from the start of the season. Bazemore brings a level of length and shooting that Turner could not and will give Portland some additional versatility. We'll wait for all the dust to settle before going too in depth, but late-round value should be attainable for Bazemore. He also gives the Blazers more depth in case they can't re-sign Rodney Hood.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Wayne Selden - SG - Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls will not extend a qualifying offer to Wayne Selden, making him an unrestricted free agent.

    Selden got a lot of playing time towards the end of the year given Chicago's injuries and shutdowns, and his showing there might get him some interest on the open market. Teams could do a lot worse as far as cheap wing depth goes.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard - SF - Toronto Raptors

    According to Chris Sheridan of the Daily News, the Mavs expect that they'll get a meeting with Kawhi Leonard in free agency.

    To this point it's been the Raptors, Clippers, Lakers, Knicks and Nets as the main candidates in the Leonard race but Dallas would be a very interesting landing spot considering their wealth of young talent. The Mavs are never afraid to throw their hat in the ring when it comes to free agents, and while they're not likely to actually sign Leonard, who knows what happens if they do get a meeting? There are a lot of teams that are probably hoping to talk to Kawhi when free agency opens, and you can add the Mavs to that list of confirmed suitors.

    Source: Chris Sheridan on Twitter

  • Ryan Arcidiacono - PG - Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls will make Ryan Arcidiacono a restricted free agent by extending him a qualifying offer.

    Arcidiacono is coming off a season where he finished around the top-200 in terms of fantasy value, though that largely occurred as a result of injuries to Chicago's other guards. With Coby White and Kris Dunn ahead of him on the depth chart, Arcidiacono has some serious impediments to minutes. A new home might be the best for his fantasy outlook, but the Bulls obviously value having him around as insurance.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter