August 30, 2016, 8:59 pm
Normally a boring day, we basketball fans have been saved. Let’s get into the day’s news and don’t settle for less in fantasy this season — buy the HB draft guide and laugh all the way to championship.
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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