• It has been announced that Darius Miller ruptured his right Achilles, meaning that he is likely out for the entire NBA season.  Miller had a brief hiatus from the NBA after his first stint with New Orleans, but has spent his entire NBA career playing for the Pelicans.  This offseason, he signed to a two-year deal with the second year non-guaranteed.

    The structure of the contract seemed to indicate a few things, namely that they wanted to reward a dutiful player with money they didn’t need to spend elsewhere.  Miller is a decent NBA rotation player, knows the system, and isn’t going to complain if his playing time fluctuates.  But it also was likely set up with non-guaranteed money in order to have salary to aggregate for a future trade.  So all parties won — Miller got more than he would’ve gotten on the open market, and at worst, the Pelicans were going to pay him to be a rotation piece and good example for a year.

    The injury has clear ramifications for the Pelicans, as Miller is no longer a trade piece that offers anything this season on the court.  My guess is that the Pelicans are still hoping to aggregate salary for a top-tier player in the next season or two and that Miller would have spent a lot of the season playing the four. There is a big of a logjam at the perimeter positions if no one else gets hurt and Miller was one of the natural candidates to slide up a position to open up minutes.  In my mind, there are two players who will fight for the minutes that Miller would’ve occupied: Nicolo Melli and Kenrich Williams.

    For my part, Miller as always one of my favorite players here.  Once he overcame the fluctuations in his shooting confidence, he was someone you could depend upon for 3 point shooting at a solid volume/conversion rate.  He was a decent passer and, by all appearances, a pretty great human being.  Achilles injuries are pretty nasty, and I think I can comfortably say that Pelicans fans will be rooting for Miller no matter where he winds up long-term.

Fantasy News

  • Ray Spalding
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Rockets forward Ray Spalding will miss Wednesday's game with the Spurs due to a left calf strain.

    Spalding was recently claimed off waivers by the Rockets but now finds himself on the injury report. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Hollis Thompson
    SF, Sacramento Kings

    Hollis Thompson will miss Wednesday's game against the Suns due to right hip bursitis.

    Tyler Lydon (right hip inflammation) and Tyler Ulis (right groin strain) will also be held out. None of them are recommended fantasy options at this point.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Justin Anderson
    SF, Washington Wizards

    The Wizards have waived forward Justin Anderson.

    The team also waived Jemerrio Jones and Phil Booth. Booth will head to training camp with the Go-Go of the G League.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    According to Marcus Thompson II, the Warriors are not expecting to engage in much load management with Stephen Curry.

    Curry will be even more vital to the success of the Warriors this season. As a result, the team is being proactive in managing his fatigue and soreness but does not plan to rest him for full games too often. This appears to be good news for Curry's already high fantasy value.

    Source: Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum will miss the Hornets' matchup with the Pistons on Wednesday due to right Achilles soreness.

    The Hornets are hopeful that Batum will be ready for the regular season. Batum could have some value in the late rounds, but he was held to 9.3 points per game last season.

    Source: Charlotte Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Anzejs Pasecniks
    C, Washington Wizards

    The Wizards have signed center Anzejs Pasecniks to an Exhibit 10 deal.

    It's likely that Pasecniks will end up in the G League. However, with Ian Mahinmi injured it makes sense for the Wizards to add some depth.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Cody Martin
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Martin (right ankle sprain) is now probable to face the Pistons on Wednesday.

    The rookie out of Nevada has missed most of the preseason action but he should get some run tonight. He is someone to monitor in deep (dynasty) leagues, as Charlotte is looking to give plenty of minutes to their young guys this year.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Marvin Williams
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Marvin Williams is doubtful to face the Pistons on Wednesday due to an illness.

    This is a the preseason finale at home for the Hornets who are expected to use this season as an opportunity to develop their young players. Williams will most likely come off the bench and his fantasy value shall remain limited unless he gets traded at some point during the season.

    Source: Jack Duffy on Twitter

  • Jaylen Adams
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks requested waivers on guard Jaylen Adams and forward Luke Maye on Monday.

    Signed as a free agent on August 20th, Adams appeared in two games for the Bucks this preseason and averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 13.0 minutes per game. Meanwhile, Maye, undrafted out of the University of North Carolina, appeared in three games and averaged just 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game.

    Source: RealGM.com

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, David Fizdale said that the next two games will be 'huge' in determining his opening night starter at point guard.

    Frank Ntilikina is competing with Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton but no one seems to have the edge right now. DSJ will play on Wednesday night against the Hawks, after missing the first two preseason games with a back strain, and he will get the chance to impress his coach. Fizdale also mentioned that he wants to put the ball to RJ Barrett’s hands, while he sees Julius Randle and Marcus Morris as potential non-point guard ball-handlers in his offense, so this is definitely a situation to avoid for now.

    Source: SNY.tv