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The Denver Nuggets have traded C Joffrey Lauvergne to the Oklahoma City Thunder for two 2nd-round draft picks. (Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lauvergne last season averaged eight points and five rebounds in in 17.6 minutes per game last season. If Lauvergne can earn a starting role he is worth drafting in mid-to-late rounds otherwise, he is an injury waiver add come fantasy basketball season.

Category: Transactions


Joel Embiid feels 100% healthy

Mon, Aug 29th 11:30am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

PHI

Joel Embiid told reporters that he feels 100% healthy in his recovery from a foot injury. (Source: Jessica Camerato on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Embiid admitted that he'll likely be limited, at least in the early going. Some consider him a Rookie of the Year candidate, though that will likely have a lot to do with how much court time the 76ers allow. He certainly carries upside, but his value is relatively unknown due to the questions surrounding his role with the team.

Category: Injury Updates


Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year deal with the kings, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. (Source: Adrian Wokjnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Darren Collison is still the projected starter in Sacramento, with Lawson running the second unit, and draft pick Isaiah Cousins isn't guaranteed a spot on the roster. This signing reminds me of Rondo last year. Lawson's off-court indiscretions have tainted his reputation. However, he has an opportunity to change that in Sacramento. He could yield a long-term contract next summer if all goes well. He's worth a gamble in deep leagues.


Jeff Withey played so well last season that the Jazz promoted him to be their third center. (Source: Tony Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Withey is still behind centers Rudy Gobert and Trey Lyles but it does put him one injury away from fantasy relevance. Though Withey should not be drafted he should be on your "watchlist" in case an injury does occur.

Category: Transactions


The Pistons are asking Andre Drummond to do a better job of preparing mentally on a game-by-game basis to increase his consistency moving forward. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: Head coach Stan Van Gundy offered the challenge, and it will be interesting to see how it's received by Drummond. Drummond was one of the best rebounders in the league last season, and he averaged a very strong double-double. Hopefully this is a sign of even further growth from the 23-year-old big.


Marc Gasol told reporters that his recovery from a foot injury that ended his 2015-16 season is going as expected. He's hopeful to be ready for training camp. (Source: Hoops Hype)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for the Grizzlies and hopeful owners of Gasol. He was a force when healthy last season, but he was limited to 52 games by injuries. His teammates were also impacted by multiple injuries, which impacted Gasol's production. His progress should continue to be monitored to ensure that he is good to go for the start of the regular season.

Category: Injury Updates


DeMarcus Cousins scored 13 points with 15 rebounds in 17 minutes of play in the win over Serbia.

Fantasy Impact: Cousins was a huge part of Team USA's win over Serbia. No-one on Serbia had a chance against Cousins, and he was able to get to the foul line several times. Cousins looks good and better than ever for this upcoming season.


Kwame Brown eyeing a comeback

Tue, Aug 23rd 5:17pm EDT
By Israel Katz

Former numbers overall pick Kwame Brown is attempting to make an NBA comeback after signing with a new agency. (Source: foxsports.com)

Fantasy Impact: Brown, since being drafted in 2001, spent 12 years in the NBA bouncing around from team to team. For his career, Brown averaged 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. In regards to fantasy basketball, Kwame is not relevant but it will be fun to watch.

Category: Rumors


The Los Angeles Lakers officially sign number two overall pick Brandon Ingram. (Source: Dan Duangdao on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Ingram and DeAngelo Russell are now the foundations on the Lakers rebuild and both will have an impact fantasy wise. Ingram, coming from Duke, will be more of a stretch four while Russell will be handling the ball. Both players are worth late round picks as there is higher reward than there is a risk.

Category: Transactions


Hassan Whiteside could be in store for a minutes increase in 2016-17, according to Heat head coach Eric Spoelstra. (Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: This makes sense considering some of the team's moves this offseason. Whiteside registered start minutes, but he was used off the bench initially. He made the most of his time, becoming one of the best big men in the game. More minutes should mean even more production from the talented big.


John Wall is hoping to return from knee surgery in time to start the regular season with the Wizards. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Wall turned in another impressive campaign in 2015-16, but his start to the new season is questionable considering the offseason procedure that was more serious than initially thought. Owners will want to monitor Wall to see how he's recovering and if he'll need to be limited early as a result of the operation.

Category: Injury Updates


The Sacramento Kings have expressed interest in trading for Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio. (Source: Sportingnews.com)

Fantasy Impact: After the Wolves drafted Kris Dunn with the fifth pick overall it seems they are shopping Ricky Rubio and the Kings are the team to watch. Rajon Rondo left a vacancy at the position and Rubio would be a comparable replacement. No matter what team Rubio plays for you can draft him knowing you will get assists and steals.

Category: Rumors


Hawks Center Tiago Splitter plans to be ready for start of training camp after hip surgery. (Source: Chris Vivlamore on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Splitter has played more than 60 games just once and never in the past three seasons. Splitter would be, at best, a stream play come fantasy season. It is important to note that if Splitter gets signficant time, he could add value late in the draft.

Category: Injury Updates


There seems to be mutual interest between Rudy Gay and the Miami Heat. The Heat lost a weapon with the departure of Dwyane Wade, so they're looking for some fire power, and Rudy fits that bill. (Source: The Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Rudy would see a nice boost in usage if he gets trade to Miami. Even if he stays on the Kings, he's always a good forward play throughout the year.


LeBron James agrees to a 3-year $100M deal to resigns with the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Source: Brian Windhorst on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: LeBron is coming off one of the most improbable runs in NBA history and it only makes sense that he is the highest paid player in the NBA. James is coming of a season in which he averaged 25.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assits. Expect Lebron to be one of the first seven players picked in this years fantasy draft.

Category: Transactions


Emeka Okafor reportedly plans to attempt NBA comeback with contending team. (Source: cbssports.com)

Fantasy Impact: Okafor last played in the NBA in 2013 and averaged 9.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in 26 minutes. It will be nice to Okafor back in the NBA but he has zero fantasy relevance.


Russell Westbrook has agreed to extend his contract with the Thunder, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. (Source: Ramona Shelburne on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Westbrook is expected to sign on Thursday. The new deal is worth $85 million over three years, according to The Vertical, with the third year as a player option. He had a 39.0 percent usage rate with Kevin Durant off the court last season. Westbrook is going to be a top 5 pick in drafts this fall. He will stuff the stat sheet for both season long and DFS.


David Lee signs with the Spurs

Thu, Jul 28th 10:05pm EDT
By Steve Maro

SAS

ESPN writer Marc Stein reports that the San Antonio Spurs have signed veteran forward David Lee to a two-year / $ 3.2 million deal with a player option in his second year. Lee is an 11-year veteran who has previously played for the Knicks, Warriors, Celtics, and Mavericks. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lee will give the Spurs some depth in their frontcourt, but unless a major injury occurs to either Pau Gasol or LaMarcus Aldridge, Lee doesn’t have much fantasy value. The Spurs do like to rest their veteran players more than most teams do, so Lee could be a very valuable in daily leagues and as a streaming option on those rest nights.

Category: Transactions


The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a contract with veteran forward Maurice Harkless. Harkless started for the Blazers during the playoffs, but will come off the bench with the signing of forward Evan Turner. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2016, Harkless showed that he can be a reliable starter if called upon. However, the Blazers have a ton of depth. Evan Turner, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Myers Leonard should all see plenty of time in the rotation with Harkless. At this point, I would consider Harkless a streaming option and I would only draft him late in deep leagues.

Category: Transactions


Dion Waiters signs with Heat

Tue, Jul 26th 10:01am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

MIA

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.

Category: Transactions