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DeAndre Ayton totaled 20 points (7-12 FG, 6-6 FT), ten rebounds, one assist, two blocks, and one steal in the Suns’ 123-119 loss to the Bucks on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Ayton “stuffed” the stat-sheet in the Suns’ home loss against the Bucks, leading to another double-double for the big-man. It will be a big night for the Suns star, and it will be interesting to see if he will be able to do what it takes to keep the team's championship hopes alive. He has been sensational in his first playoffs, and we have significantly benefited from his efforts from a fantasy perspective. Will he be the best player on the floor? It is possible, but we will see.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Paul totaled 21 points (9-15 FG, 3-3 3PT), two rebounds, eleven assists, and one block in the Suns’ 123-119 loss to the Bucks on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Paul double-doubled in the Suns’ home loss against the Bucks, as he had 11.0 assists to go along with 21.0 points. After two games of underwhelming fantasy performances, he was able to bounce back. Even though this game resulted in a loss, Paul was able to break out of his slump, which in some ways could be seen as a better outcome for the Suns’ championship run than the instant gratification of a win, especially if the Suns win this Game Six. The thought of a revitalized Paul, an empowered Sun's squad after stealing Game Six, and the roars of a home crowd in a Game Seven sounds like a recipe for final's success. Tuesday's game could showcase an excellent effort from the future Hall-of-Famer.

Category: Game Recaps

Devin Booker totaled 40 points (17-33 FG, 2-4 3PT, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, three assists, one block, and two steals in the Suns’ 123-119 loss to the Bucks on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Booker had another stellar scoring night in the Suns’ home loss against the Bucks, as he scored 40.0 points making it his second consecutive effort of having 40.0 points or more in a game. He even contributed to every category of the stat-sheet, further adding to his excellent night that unfortunately ended in a crucial loss. Booker posted his highest fantasy-point total of the series and has seemed to have been able to have his way with the Bucks from a scoring perspective. He is without a doubt “THE” primary scoring asset of the team and will look to continue his tear come this Tuesday. It will be a very special night in this man's young career if he can have the performance of his "life" in this elimination game to force a Game Seven in Phoenix.

Category: Game Recaps

Team USA G Zach LaVine has entered health and safety protocols and will not travel to Tokyo. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: USA Basketball hopes that LaVine can rejoin Team USA later this week. Bradley Beal and Kevin Love have already been replaced by Keldon Johnson and Javale McGee so Team USA is running low on replacements this close to the Olympics. We'll see if Team USA calls up another member of the Select Team to replace him.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors

Denver Nuggets G/F Will Barton declined his $14.7M player option and will become a free agent ahead of the 2021-2022 season. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barton has been a fixture of the Nuggets rotation for the past 6.5 years. Denver is loaded with depth, but the Nuggets are still rumored to be interested in retaining his services. Barton could fetch more than his $14.7M annually, but the former second-round pick is likely looking for a long-term deal. He finished the 2021 season, averaging 12.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists across 56 games.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

According to NBA insider Henry Abbott of TrueHoop, Blazers G Damian Lillard will request a trade out of Portland "in days to come." (Source: Henry Abbott on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lillard chopped it up with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports and indicated he would address the trade rumors after Team USA's practice on Friday. With no clear confirmation from Dame, this stays in the rumor category, for now. The superstar guard will send shockwaves through the NBA world if he truly wants out, so stay tuned.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Sources tell ESPN that "significant support and momentum" is building for Spurs F Keldon Johnson to join Team USA. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bradley Beal and Kevin Love are out. Meanwhile, Devin Booker, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday are still playing in the NBA Finals. Keldon Johnson has impressed as a member of the USA Select group, and there's a good chance Johnson will be added to the Olympic roster with so many gaps to fill.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA

Fri, Jul 16th 12:13pm EDT
By Dan Titus

According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, F/C Kevin Love is withdrawing from Team USA and will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: News of Love's absence leaves another vacancy for Team USA. Love only appeared in 25 games for the Cavs this season as he battled a lingering calf injury throughout the year. Love has two years left on a hefty 4-yr/$120M contract, so getting back to full strength ahead of next season is a priority for the 13-year pro.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Team USA forward Jerami Grant entered health and safety protocols at Team USA's camp in Las Vegas. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: News just broke that Bradley Beal will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics after entering health and safety protocols. Jerami Grant did not test positive for coronavirus, but it's not a good sign with the Olympics a week away. His status for the Olympics remains up in the air, and Team USA could be in the hunt for another forward before leaving for Tokyo.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

According to USA Basketball, Bradley Beal will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics for Team USA. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beal entered the health and safety protocols on Wednesday, and he is officially out from participating in the Tokyo Olympics. Beal delivered 17 points in Tuesday's win over Argentina and his absence leaves a noticeable vacancy in the backcourt for Team USA. USA Basketball has yet who will be replacing Beal on the active roster.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Los Angeles Clippers SF Kawhi Leonard (knee) underwent surgery to repair a partially torn ACL in his right knee, per Shams Charania. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leonard missed all of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns with a partially torn ACL in his right knee, which he finally addressed via surgery on Tuesday. The perennial All-Star averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game for the Clippers across 52 games during the 2020-21 regular season.

Category: Injury Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton is rumored to be a trade target of the New York Knicks, per Shams Charania. (Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Sexton averaged 24.3 points and 4.4 assists in his third season with the Cavaliers, showcasing impressive ability as an offensive playmaker. The Knicks are coming off of their first playoff appearance in a long time and could boost their backcourt that currently consists of veteran players Derrick Rose and Reggie Bullock. Sexton is eligible for his rookie extension this offseason and the move could allow the Cavs to gain additional roster options. Continue monitoring Sexton's status in the next few days.

Category: Rumors

Sources have told The Athletic that the Philadelphia 76ers have engaged in conversations with multiple teams surrounding three-time All-Star G/F Ben Simmons. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “(The 76ers) want an All-Star-caliber player in return,” one source with knowledge of the ongoing talks said. This makes sense, as Simmons is a three-time All-Star, a Rookie of the Year award winner, and a two-time All-Defensive first-team member. It's unknown at this time which teams have shown the most interest in Simmons, however, it is clear interest in him across the league remains "robust."

Category: Rumors

Australian C Aron Baynes (knee) banged into Bradley Beal during a USA vs. Australia friendly on Monday night and had to exit the game early. (Source: Brian Windhorst on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Baynes, who most recently played for the Raptors this season, appeared to be in a good deal of pain just 4 minutes into the game when he collided with Beal. After a short stint in the locker room, Baynes returned back to the bench, although it remains to be seen how severe the injury is.

Category: Injury Updates

Despite leaving Game 2 early with a knee injury, Suns F Torrey Craig intends to play in Game 3 after the MRI came back clean. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Craig played just seven minutes in Game 2 after playing 16 minutes off the bench in Game 1. He'll give it a go tonight despite the injury that forced him to leave Thursday night's game early. Craig has been a defensive menace off the bench for the Suns of late, and his presence will be felt in trying to defend the Bucks' big three in Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton in Game 3.

Category: Injury Updates

Mikal Bridges totaled 27 points (8-15 FG, 3-9 3PT, 8-8 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal in the Suns’ 118-108 win over the Bucks on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Bridges came alive in the Suns’ Game Two victory over the Bucks, as he put together his best scoring performance since his 34.0-point regular-season effort on January 9th when the Suns battled the Pacers. Bridges is capable of these kinds of high-floor games any given night; however, he tends to sustain high productivity levels in small bursts. After an underwhelming offensive performance in the Clippers series, he has managed to pull together two strong scoring performances that could signal a turn-around for the Villanova product. Yes, banking on him to tap into this kind of upside night-in and night-out is a risk; however, that risk could also be just the opportunity you need to set yourself apart from the pack. The natural tendency could be to pivot away from Bridges due to the risk of a let-down game, an untimely price increase despite his suspect production tendencies, and the perceived yet real disadvantages of an away game environment. However, those things could also be the very reasons why it could pay off to invest in a couple of shares of Bridges for your lineups.

Category: Game Recaps

Jae Crowder totaled 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3PT), ten rebounds, three assists, and one steal in the Suns’ 118-108 win over the Bucks on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Crowder had a stronger performance in the Suns’ Game Two victory over the Bucks, as he put together his first double-double performance of the regular and post-season. He is a solid real-life basketball player who, unfortunately, does not always produce fantasy-friendly stat-lines. The need for his fantasy production and lack of fantasy production could create an uncomfortable task of potentially having to play under-optimized lineups to hedge against the risk of missing out on a double-double effort. It could be easier to accept the risk of his sporadic production. Still, his tendency to put up floor games doesn't justify his hefty price tag, seemingly based on a promising upside that he sparingly reaches. Be sure to offset the gaps of his production with unique, cost-effective assets that can open more opportunities to better position the stars of the slate in your lineup.

Category: Game Recaps

Milwaukee Bucks PF Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) will play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday after suffering a hyperextended left knee during the Eastern Conference Finals, per Shams Charania. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Giannis will play in Game 1 on Tuesday after progressing from doubtful to questionable earlier in the day. Milwaukee will need his size and aggressiveness in the paint to counter Phoenix Suns C De'Andre Ayton and PF Jae Crowder. Antetokounmpo has not played since a Game 4 loss against the Atlanta Hawks, where he yielded 14 points, eight rebounds, and three assists across 24 minutes.

Category: Injury Updates

Atlanta Hawks G Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) will be available to play against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday. (Source: Atlanta Hawks on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bogdanovic already was a featured offensive weapon before Trae Young's foot injury, so he will likely see increased usage in shot volume on Thursday, including assists and rebounds. The 28-year old Serbian guard is coming off of an impressive 20-point outing where he converted six triples in a pivotal Game 4 win over the Bucks. Bogdanovic should continue playing at a high level without Young during Game 5 on Thursday night.

Category: Injury Updates

Atlanta Hawks C Clint Capela (eye) will play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, per Chris Haynes. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Capela caught an elbow to the face causing him to exit Game 4 a bit early due to inflammation in his right eye. Capela produced quality minutes during the win over Milwaukee on Tuesday, scoring 15 points and securing seven rebounds across 28 minutes. He will continue to be a key piece of the Hawks offense with Trae Young (foot) ruled out again on Thursday due to a bone bruise in his right foot.

Category: Injury Updates