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Dion Waiters has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Heat. (Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This was well below the deal Waiters was seeking entering the offseason, and he'll try to make good in 16-17 before re-entering the free agent market next summer. It will be interesting to see what role he carries with his new team. Until that's established, his value is hard to determine, though it's not likely to be great.
Tue, Jul 26th 9:59am EDT
By Blaine Blontz
Meyers Leonard hopes to be healthy enough to start the regular season with the Trail Blazers. He's recovering from season-ending shoulder surgery. (Source: NBA.com)
Fantasy Impact: Leonard will likely be brought along slowly in his return. His role with the team is unclear, so considering his significant injury owners should take a wait-and-see approach with Leonard for now.
Category: Injury Updates
Tue, Jul 26th 9:57am EDT
By Blaine Blontz
Deron Williams told reporters that he expects to be ready for training camp. He's recovering from a sports hernia. (Source: Dallas News)
Fantasy Impact: Williams is back with the Mavericks and should be the team's regular floor general once again. While he should see solid minutes once again in 2016, at this stage in his career he doesn't provide a ton of fantasy upside.
Category: Injury Updates
Portland shooting guard CJ McCollum has reached an agreement on a four-year, $106M maximum contract extension. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McCollum is coming off a career year in which he averaged 20 points per game to go along with 2.5 three's per game and shot 45% from the field. Is a great deal for Portland as well locking up their backcourt for the next four year's. McCollum should be one of the first shooting guards drafted this upcoming fantasy basketball season.
Tyler Zeller re-signed Saturday with the Celtics on a two-year, $16 million contract, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Steve Bulpett on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Zeller struggled to find minutes in a crowded Celtics front court last season finishing the year with 6.1 points per game, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks over 11.8 minutes per game. He will fill a similar role with the club this season as Boston lost Jared Sullinger but was able to add Al Horford in free agency.
Gerald Green agreed Saturday with the Celtics on a one-year guaranteed contract for the veteran's minimum, Sean Deveney of Sporting News reports.
Fantasy Impact: Green who started his career with the Celtics in 2005-06 has bounced around the NBA before finally landing back in Boston. Last season he was with the Heat where he averaged 8.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.8 assists over 22.6 minutes per game. Expect similar numbers with the Celtics as he will fill the backup swingman role for the club.
Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has signed a plea deal in an assault case in which he punched a Michigan State football player in the jaw. (Source: clickondetroit.com)
Fantasy Impact: It is comforting to know that Green is taking a plea deal and avoiding jail time. Green should be a top-20 pick in the upcoming fantasy season. This past season Draymond averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 7.4 assists in 81 games for the Warriors.
Fri, Jul 22nd 10:19am EDT
By Chad Satterfield
Willie Cauley-Stein is part of the USA Select Team that gets to practice against the Men's Olympic team. He is playing against our nation's best and is learning a lot in his time with them. (Source: SacBee.com)
Fantasy Impact: WCS started to come alive at the end of the year. He is an athletic freak and can only get better. He seems to really put the time into his craft. It will be exciting to see how he produces this upcoming season with more playing time.
Steph Curry was quoted as saying "I know how much that would have meant" in regards to the NBA All-Star game being moved out of his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. (Source: ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: It is nice to see that the NBA is not catering to it's most popular and best players. Any business should be run in the proper way and not because one person would be upset about it. This has zero effect on anything fantasy. Curry is still a top-3 pick the upcoming fantasy NBA season.
The Kings are making it no secret that Rudy Gay is available for trade. He may have played his last games in Sacramento. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Rudy Gay is a proven vet and any team would be lucky to have him on their team. His fantasy value depends on what team he lands on if he's traded.
Fri, Jul 22nd 9:48am EDT
By Chad Satterfield
DeMarcus Cousins has started taking hot yoga classes to prepare him for the Olympics this year. He is noticeably slimmer and he says he's lighter on his feet because of it. (Source: ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: Big Cousins or Slim Cousins, it doesn't matter, he will be the most dominate center in the league when the season rolls around.
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reports that the Milwaukee Bucks are interested in trading center Greg Monroe one year after signing him to a max contract. One of the teams that are interested in Monroe are the New York Knicks. This doesn’t come as a surprise since the Knicks aggressively pursued Monroe in free agency last season. (Source: Amico Hoops)
Fantasy Impact: I’m not really sure what the Knicks have to offer in a trade, but if it happens I can see Monroe fitting in very well with the Knicks. Monroe is a better player when used as a role player rather than the focal point of an offense. With Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Prozingis around, there would be less pressure on Monroe. I could easily see Monroe averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds on the Knicks.
Thu, Jul 21st 4:18pm EDT
By John Aubin
Jae Crowder is no longer experiencing pain in his ankle, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports. Crowder struggled with a sprained ankle at the end of the 2015-16 regular season and into the playoffs but was never forced to undergo offseason surgery. (Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Crowder should come into 2016-17 fully healthy and ready to continue the great improvement he showed last year. Crowder finished last season averaging 14.2 points per game along with 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.7 steals. He has become one of the leaders on the Celtics and should be a fantasy asset and a top 75 player.
Category: Injury Updates
Thu, Jul 21st 4:09pm EDT
By John Aubin
Guerschon Yabusele signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports. (Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is not a complete surprise that the first round draft pick for the Celtics is playing in China. Boston has a limited amount of roster spots available and is looking to stash players overseas. Yabusele will be back over in the NBA probably next season and could make an impact as he made a good impression in summer league.
Thu, Jul 21st 1:26pm EDT
By Israel Katz
Undrafted Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff has agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Fantasy Impact: Uthoff does not have much, if any, fantasy value this season. Do not even consider him when looking at the upcoming NBA fantasy season.
LeBron James has told the Cleveland Cavaliers that he will re-sign but has not given a timetable. (Source: ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: Everyone knew and wanted this to happen. No matter what team LeBron plays on, they will always have a chance to win- including against the new formed Warriors. Fantasy wise, LeBron should still be considered a top-5 pick as he will have the summer off to recuperate from a long, hard fought season.
Sun, Jul 17th 8:42am EDT
By R. A. Beltran
According to NBA.com, the Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Randy Foye.
Fantasy Impact: With Jarrett Jack leaving Brooklyn, the Nets wanted more depth at the guard spot. The 32-year old combo guard joins the Nets after splitting time with the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder. The 32 year old averaged 5.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He's not worth drafting, but could see significant playing time if Donald Sloan, Greivis Vasquez or Shane Larkin get injured.
Category: Game Recaps
Things might finally be going right for the Philadelphia 76ers after three straight seasons with less than 20 wins and four straight seasons without a playoff appearance. CBS Philly reporter Ray Boyd reports that the Sixers are on the verge of signing European superstar Dario Saric. Saric was drafted 12th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic and was then traded to the Sixers. The 6’10” 225 pound Croatian has played his entire career in Europe and has yet to suit up for an NBA game. (Source: CBS Philly)
Fantasy Impact: While the signing of Saric is a great sign for the Sixers franchise, I don’t think Saric has much fantasy value this season. At 6’10”, Saric has the size to play PF and the athletic ability to play on the wing. The problem is that the Sixers have a log jam at the front court positions. Unless a trade is made, the Sixers starting front court will probably be C Jahlil Okafor, PF Nerlens Noel, and SF Ben Simmons. Coming off the bench, I don’t see Saric as anything more than a streaming option.
Lamar Patterson was released by the Atlanta Hawks and just claimed by the Kings. (Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Fantasy Impact: Who knows what Lamar will bring to the Kings. The Kings are depleted at the guard position, so maybe he will actually get some playing time.
Quincy Acy has signed a 2-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks. (Source: ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: Q was a fan favorite in Sacramento and will be missed dearly. He isn't much of a fantasy asset, but he can rack up the rebounds if he gets some playing time.