October 2, 2020, 12:55 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Mike Singer of the Denver Post is reporting that the Hawks, Pistons and Suns are all expected to have interest in Jerami Grant.
It's believed that staying in Denver is Grant's top choice but he may follow the money. There aren't a lot of teams with cap space to burn and many organizations are trying to keep the books clean for the 2021 offseason, but Grant will be one of the top players available. It's also entirely possible that teams make other trades to open up space, so the list of potential suitors is almost certainly longer than three. Grant fills a lot of holes on any roster and would certainly help the three listed here, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of salary he commands after putting together a strong run of play in the postseason.
Source: Denver Post
August 13, 2020, 7:14 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Šarić and Cameron Payne were the best bench players for the Suns during Thursday's victory over the Mavs, playing 26 and 30 minutes respectively.
Šarić finished the contest with 16 points (6-of-10), six rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers and two turnovers. We expected Šarić to play a sizable role in the restart and he finished the seeding games with standard league value. Payne, on the other hand, was not expected to play as large of a role as he had in the eight games. Payne finished with standard league value and Thursday was no exception as he had 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, three treys and one turnover. The journeyman has played for four teams over his first five seasons in the league but may have finally found a home in Phoenix. He has a non-guaranteed contract for next season and it is likely that the Suns retain his services.
August 13, 2020, 7:05 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton was impressive in the Suns' final contest of the season, providing fantasy GMs with 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 27 minutes.
Ayton and the Suns were a perfect 8-0 in the restart but still need a Blazers loss in order to finish ninth in the Western Conference. Ayton finished the resumption campaign with sixth/fifth-round value (8/9-cat).
August 13, 2020, 7:01 pmDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
In a 128-102 victory over the Mavs, Devin Booker scored 27 points with seven rebounds and five dimes while he was a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.
The Suns went undefeated in the Orlando bubble but still need a Portland loss in order to have a chance at making the NBA Playoffs. Booker was excellent in the Bubble, returning first-round value. Even if the Suns don't make the postseason, they have a promising future that was on full display during the restart.
August 13, 2020, 2:32 pmCameron JohnsonSF, Phoenix Suns
Cam Johnson (left patella tendinopathy) has been upgraded to available for Thursday's game against the Mavs.
Johnson has played well in the bubble and will suit up for the Suns' final contest against the Mavs. It's a must-win game in order to stay in the playoffs so we expected him to get upgraded from his probable tag.
Source: Gerald Bourguet on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 7:36 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes (right knee contusion) is available to play for the Suns on Thursday.
Baynes has been out for quite a while and the Suns have been scorching hot without him in the mix, so it's unlikely that they won't fix what isn't broken and will continue using their current rotation of guys. If anything, Baynes could see just limited minutes, if the game goes into garbage time.
Source: John Gambadoro on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 6:15 pmKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
The Suns have continued to list Kelly Oubre as doubtful for Thursday's tilt vs. the Mavs as he works his way back from a right knee injury.
Oubre has been listed as doubtful for some time and has yet to take the court. We can assume that he will be out until we receive word that he has been upgraded. The Suns will look to go a perfect 8-0 in the bubble and still have an outside shot at the play-in game.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 12, 2020, 6:12 pmCameron JohnsonSF, Phoenix Suns
Cam Johnson (left patella tendinopathy) is probable to face the Mavs on Thursday.
The Suns have exceeded expectations in the seeding games and Johnson is no exception, returning sixth-round value thus far. We can pencil him into lineups but monitor the news as we should learn more prior to Thursday's 1:00 PM PST tip-off.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 11, 2020, 7:25 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric continues to put together a strong resumption period, barely missing a double-double in 24 minutes on Tuesday, tallying 18 points and nine rebounds to go with four assists.
Saric is quietly chugging along at top-80 pace and has now scored in double-digits in all seven of the Suns' seeding games. Over that period, he is averaging 14.6 points and 8.0 rebounds. He offers next to nothing on the defensive end which does cap his overall value, however, he is still worth adding across all formats for the final seeding game.
August 11, 2020, 7:10 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio was instrumental for the Suns on Tuesday, recording a double-double in just 28 minutes, ending with 16 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and one block.
The Suns' amazing winning streak continued thanks, in part, to the stellar guard play of Rubio. While Devin Booker typically gets all the attention, Rubio continues to put together his best season in a while. A valuable source of assists and steals, and an elite free throw shooter, Rubio should be able to continue putting up top-60 numbers at the very worst.
August 11, 2020, 7:05 pmMikal BridgesSF, Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges brought his offensive game on Tuesday as the Suns won their seventh straight game, compiling 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting, chipping in two rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist in 33 minutes.
Bridges continues to prove himself as one of the most promising two-way players in the league. He delivered on both ends of the floor on Tuesday and has now scored in double-digits in four straight games. He did suffer a nose injury during the game but appeared untroubled and should be fine for the Suns' final seeding game against the Mavs on Thursday.
August 11, 2020, 7:00 pmDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker led the Suns to their seventh straight victory on Tuesday, putting up 35 points to go with nine rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 41 minutes.
Booker dropped at least 30 points for the fifth time in his last seven games. He has been simply outstanding for the Suns who still have a very real chance of forcing their way into the playoffs. Booker has to be considered one of the favorites for the MVP of the seeding games and based on what we have seen over the past two weeks, he is going to be highly sought after in drafts next season.
August 11, 2020, 3:26 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Monty Williams informed the media that despite being upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's matchup against the Sixers, Aron Baynes (right knee contusion) and Elie Okobo (right ankle sprain) are unlikely to play as Williams will stay with the same rotation.
Okobo was unlikely to play regardless as he is very low on the totem pole in the backcourt. Baynes could have seen some minutes off the bench but it appears like the Suns will stick with Deandre Ayton, Dario Šarić, Frank Kaminsky and Cheick Diallo in the frontcourt.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
August 11, 2020, 12:37 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Both Aron Baynes (right knee contusion) and Elie Okobo (right ankle sprain) have both been upgraded from out to questionable ahead of Tuesday's must-win game over the Sixers while Kelly Oubre Jr. (right knee rehab) remains doubtful.
It is a big step in the right direction for both Baynes and Okobo as they have not had the questionable tag heading into game-day for quite some time. Baynes has an opportunity to see some back-up center minutes as soon as he is ready to go while Okobo will struggle to crack the rotation. Neither make for a good fantasy play right out of the gates and we should get an update prior to the 1:30 PM PST tip-off.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 5:15 pmCameron PaynePG, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Payne played a season-high 33 minutes during Monday's win, ending with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and a pair of 3-pointers.
Payne continues to carve out meaningful minutes for the Suns, turning in his best all-around performance of the bubble so far. He has played at least 19 minutes in every game and thanks to his improved production, he is certainly making a case to be rostered in all fantasy formats. The Suns are playing their best basketball of the season and so Payne should continue to function at a similar level moving forward.