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Nets will waive Earl Clark as the stretch-forward pursues a deal elsewhere.
Fantasy Impact: Earl Clarke's NBA career could be near its end, as his next contract will probably be a more lucrative one overseas.
Tue, Aug 4th 9:46pm EDT
By Patrick Cole
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo starred in the NBA Africa exhibition game. He finished with 22 points (10-16 FG, 1-4 3Pt), eight rebounds, and three steals.
Fantasy Impact: While this game was only an exhibition and does not carry heavy weight, it's a good sign to see Antetokounmpo playing well in the off-season. He is poised for another big year and should be one of the Bucks offensive leaders in just his third year in the league.
Category: Game Recaps
Jazz point guard Dante Exum went down with a knee injury during an exhibition game with Team Australia. The second-year point guard went down on a non-contact play and did not return to the game. He will return to Salt Lake City for further evaluation. (Source: John Schuhmann on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Does not look good for the second-year guard as it appears to be a serious knee injury. Exum was in line to start in the backcourt alongside Trey Burke after a somewhat disappointing rookie season. If Exum is out long-term, Alec Burks likely gets a fantasy boost as he would assume the starting point guard role for Utah.
Category: Injury Updates
Kincks and free agent center Kevin Seraphin have agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.8M. Seraphin played 79 games last season with Washington. (Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Seraphin will provide New York with a quality big man to back up Robin Lopez, Derrick Williams and Kyle O'Quinn. If he can establish himself in the rotation, Seraphin can be useful in deep fantasy leagues.
Josh Richardson has been signed by the Miami Heat. (Source: NBA.com)
Fantasy Impact: Richardson was a second-round pick who was taken 40th overall. He'll be too buried on the depth chart to actually step on the court when the season starts.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe speculates that Amir Johnson and David Lee will start in the frontcourt for the Celtics next season. (Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: There will be some competition for starting spots in the Celtic front court. Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller and Kelly Olynk all played big roles with the team last season and will be looking to get minutes. If Lee can nail down a starting spot it should give him good fantasy value and should be looked at on draft day.
Knicks have signed veteran sharp-shooter Sasha Vujacic, who was with the Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson on the Lakers, to a veteran-minimum deal. (Source: Arash Markazi on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It's hard to imagine Vujacic averaging more than 20 minutes of playing time per game, but he could be valuable in potential spot starts in daily leagues at some point in the season.
Henry Walker has officially been waived by the Heat. (Source: NBA.com)
Fantasy Impact: He started 13 of his 24 games with the Heat last season, averaging just 7.3 points, 3.4 boards and 1.2 assists. He'll now search for a new team after missing the summer league because of an ankle injury.
Mike Scott was charged with felony possession of ecstasy and marijuana on Thursday. (Source: Chris Vivlamore on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Both he and his brother were arrested in Bank County, GA. Both men led cops on a high-speed chase, going up to 98 mph, after fleeing a traffic stop. They eventually stopped two miles down the road and were both sent to jail after admitting to possessing drugs. The Hawks have yet to release a comment at this time. However, both the league or the Hawks could punish Scott before a verdict is reached.
Recently acquired forward Gerald Wallace has been traded by Golden State to Philadelphia in exchange for Jason Thompson. Just three weeks ago Wallace was sent to the Warriors from Boston in the David Lee trade. The 33-year-old played in only 32 games for the Celtics last season, averaging less than nine minutes per game. (Source: John Schuhmann on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Wallace most likely will be waived by the 76ers and it may be the end of the road for his NBA playing career. The 6'7" forward ended his run as fantasy material a few years back anyways.
The Warriors have announced they have acquired forward Jason Thompson from Philadelphia for Gerald Wallace plus cash and draft considerations. Thompson was traded to Philadelphia only three weeks ago from Sacramento. Thompson had started 60 plus games a year the last three seasons with the Kings. (Source: John Schuhmann on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The 6'11" Thompson will provide rotational depth to the Warriors frontcourt, specifically behind Draymond Green at power forward. Thompson will bring length and solid rebounding, 6.9 per game in his career, to the Golden State bench. Not much value in fantasy leagues unless Green misses time for any reason.
Free agent Jeremy Evans has officially signed a two-year deal with Dallas. The 6'9" forward will make the veteran's minimum the next two seasons. Evans has spent his first five years in the league with Utah. (Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Evans has played very little in Utah, averaging under 11 minutes per game in his career. The extremely athletic Evans will battle youngsters Dwight Powell and Justin Anderson for minutes at the 3 and 4 spot. He is not relevant in fantasy leagues at the moment.
The New York Knicks have waived guard Ricky Ledo on Thursday. (Source: Knicks PR on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Knicks' offseason acquisitions (Arron Afflalo & Jerian Grant) have made Ledo the odd man out in the rotation. The 6'7" guard will have to look to other teams for another shot in the big league.
The Knicks have signed their first round pick, and look to start the process on building the kind of future their fans can get excited for. Obviously, this will take time.
Fantasy Impact: Porzingis has a chance to crack the 30-minute mark on the Knicks, but that will not be for a while.The teenager will have a pretty long leash in regards to getting his body and skill level up to NBA standards (due to the high amount of upside NY believes he possesses) . Owners in 10-team league's or less should probably look elsewhere on draft day.
Hummel looks to be on his way to Italy, signing with Olimpia Milano. No reports are certain, as of yet, though it looks as if Robbie will not be returning to the NBA.
Fantasy Impact: If this deal does go through there will be no reason to draft Hummel in your upcoming drafts.
You can tell there is not much to report. The show starts on Aug. 5, and can be seen on Mark Cuban's network,AXS TV. For those looking to DVR the program, it is called 'Exploring Kaman'.
Fantasy Impact: You can safely pass on drafting Kaman in all but the very deepest of formats.
Andre Miller has signed with the Timberwolves after a long free agency. He will be entering his 17th season in the NBA. (Source: RealGM)
Fantasy Impact: Miller finished last season with the Sacramento Kings where he averaged 5.7 points and 4.7 assists in 20.7 minutes per game. Miller will most likely be a mentor to Ricky Rubio and Tyus Jones in a role similar to Kevin Garnett as veteran player who can mentor members of the Timberwolves' young core.
The Sacramento Kings are waiving Forward Eric Moreland. He has a contract guarantee coming up and the Kings want to waive him before that date. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Moreland missed most of last season with a shoulder injury and then surgery. He is well off the fantasy radar.
Restricted free agent Matthew Dellavedova has accepted Cleveland's qualifying offer and will return to Cleveland for one more year. The point guard will make $1.2M for the 2015-16 season. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: The 25-year-old averaged only 4.8 points and 3.0 assists per game during the regular season but his play in the NBA Finals filling in for Kyrie Irving made the Australian a hero in Cleveland. With the signing of Mo Williams to back up both guard spots, Dellavedova will only see any significant minutes if an injury would happen to the Cavs backcourt. He only provides quality rotational depth and no fantasy value at the moment.
Jae Crowder (knee) said his knee feels 100 percent. (Source: Jay King on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jae Crowder sprained his knee on April 26 and did not need surgery. It sounds like he is fully recovered and ready to go for the season. Crowder had some fantasy value late last season after the Celtics picked him up. He probably will once again have value this year in deeper leagues.
Category: Injury Updates