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Free agent forward Juancho Hernangomez is finalizing a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, sources tell ESPN per Senior NBA Insider, Adrian Wojnarowski. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hernangomez jumped around the league last season, playing for three different teams before being waived by the Utah Jazz in June. He now lands in Toronto on what looks to be a one-year deal where he will more than likely serve as primarily a depth piece in a bench role, which doesn’t give him much fantasy appeal.

Category: Transactions

Donovan Mitchell is reportedly drawing trade interest from the Wizards, Raptors, Hornets, Kings, Heat, Hawks and the previously-rumored Knicks. (Source: Shams Charania)

Fantasy Impact: After Mitchell was announced to be on the trading block, the only team that was originally rumored was the Knicks, but now plenty of other suitors have made themselves known. Although there has been no traction in terms of trade proposals, it is clear that the All-Star guard has a legitimate chance to be traded if Utah finds the right return. The Jazz will likely look for a few solid players along with a package of draft picks if they were to move on from the face of their franchise.

Category: Rumors

The Boston Celtics have emerged in talks with the Nets surrounding trading for Kevin Durant. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Celtics reportedly offered a Jaylen Brown package to the Nets for Kevin Durant, which Brooklyn turned down and countered. The talks around Durant have quieted down as of late to where some thought he might be staying in Brooklyn at least one more season. This remains a situation to monitor.

Category: Rumors

Mac McClung and the Golden State Warriors have agreed to a non-guaranteed one-year deal as reported by The Athletic’s Sham Charania. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McClung averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 assists for the Warriors in summer league. McClung’s contract is not guaranteed but he will have a chance to make the Warriors roster out of training camp. McClung averaged 4 points and 1.5 rebounds in two games for the Lakers last season. McClung’s athleticism, explosiveness and ability to score in bunches could make him a big asset off the bench for the defending champs.

Category: Transactions

Guard Jeff Dowtin Jr has signed a two-way contract with Toronto. The Raptors now have both of their two-way contract spots filled with Dowtin and Ron Harper Jr. (Source: Shams Charania via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dowtin flashed in the NBA Summer League, going for 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists across four games for Toronto, shooting 57% from the field and 36% from downtown. While he’s buried on the depth chart, Toronto lacked any sort of depth last season. That showed in the playoffs series against the Sixers when only 7 players played any meaningful minutes. If he can prove himself to be an impactful player, Dowtin could get a shot at extended minutes sooner rather than later.

Category: Transactions

Austin Rivers has agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves as reported by ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Fantasy Impact: Rivers averaged 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 22.1 minutes across 67 games for Denver last season. Rivers made 18 starts for the Nuggets a year ago and will be a veteran presence in the back court rotation on a suddenly legitimate contender in Minnesota these days. Minnesota’s new president of basketball operations Tim Connelly signed Rivera to his last two contracts in Denver and made it three in a row on this deal with the Timberwolves.

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Suns C DeAndre Ayton agreed to and signed a $133 million offer sheet from the Indiana Pacers. However, as was expected, the Suns matched almost immediately, and Ayton will stay in Phoenix. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ayton will continue his role as one of the Suns young stars. After falling short in an upset loss against the Mavericks in the playoffs, Phoenix is gearing up for another potential Finals run with Ayton, Chris Paul, and Devin Booker. Expect Ayton to continue giving you strong fantasy performances throughout next season.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has signed a two-year, $30 million extension with the Denver Nuggets. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)

Fantasy Impact: After the recent trade that sent KCP from Washington to Denver, the veteran has decided to make a home for himself in Denver, inking a two-year, $30 million contract extension. During his days with the Wizards last season, the veteran averaged 13.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game on 56.9 true shooting. His role with the team this season is likely a sixth-man scoring option off the bench in wake of the trade of Will Barton. He ranks just inside my top 160 in category redraft leagues.

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Pat Connaughton has signed a 3 year, $30 million deal to stay in Milwaukee through the 2025-26 season. (Source: Shams Charania via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Connaughton has been a vital role player for the Bucks the past few seasons as a defender and shooter. He shot 39% from 3 and averaged nearly 10 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 26 minutes per game last season and should continue to be a solid contributor for the Bucks.

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Middleton had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist in early July. This injury dates back to March and is not the same injury that kept him out of the Bucks playoff run, which was an MCL sprain. (Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Middleton is expected back by the beginning of the regular season. Hopefully he is able to heal fully and have some ramp up time before the season. If that’s the case, fantasy players shouldn’t expect a drop off in his production outside of the first couple of games.

Category: Injury Updates

E.J. Liddell suffers torn ACL

Wed, Jul 13th 7:49am EDT
By Garrett Ball

The rookie second round pick out of Ohio State suffered a torn ACL playing against the Hawks in Summer League. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It’s an unfortunate injury for Liddell, who slid into the second round after many graded him a first round prospect. Liddell had an uphill battle to make the team in New Orleans with the Pelicans already maxing out their guaranteed contract roster spots. Now with his injury, the path to an NBA roster has just become that much harder for him.

Category: Injury Updates

Paolo Banchero is expected to sit out the rest of the Summer League for the Magic. (Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Magic saw all they needed to see from the No. 1 pick and want other players to get opportunities now. Banchero will now get ready for training camp before his rookie campaign begins.

Taj Gibson has agreed to what is expected to be a veteran an minimum, one year deal with with the Washington Wizards. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Washington wanted to add some experience and depth after Thomas Bryant left for the Lakers. Gibson gives them a low cost way to achieve both of those goals. As he’ll likely be behind both Prozingis and Gafford, the move helps the Wizards more than fantasy owners.

Category: Transactions

Gallinari signed a two year, $13 million deal with the Boston Celtics after clearing waivers. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Celtics added more shooting depth to their roster in Gallinari, a career 38% 3-point shooter. Trending towards being a role player at this stage of his career, he nevertheless finds himself in a good situation in Boston.

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Jaden Ivey suffered a right ankle injury in Saturday's Summer League game against the Wizards. (Source: Mike Curtis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ivey appeared to have his ankle stepped on by Isaiah Todd on a three-point attempt early in the opening quarter. Ivey hit all three throws before leaving the game and was later ruled out for the afternoon. The rookie was on pace for a huge showing already having scored 11 points with two assists in just five minutes of play. The Pistons will likely take a very cautious approach with Ivey the rest of Summer League.

Category: Injury Updates

The Boston Celtics have officially re-signed Luke Kornet to a two-year deal worth $4,546,582 according to Spotrac’s Keith Smith.

Fantasy Impact: The contract is totally guaranteed with his 2022-23 base salary set to be $2,133,276. Luke Kornet has averaged 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.3 points over his five-year NBA career. He made 12 appearances for Boston last year, averaging 2.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 7.1 minutes after being promoted from the Maine Celtics.

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Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers are finalizing a two-year extension worth $120 million, which would keep him under contract until the 2026-27 season. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lillard will now become one of the top earners in NBA history with his new extension, as the team is now clearly set on building around him going forward. The 32-year-old is coming off a season where he averaged 24 points, 7.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds in just 29 games played due to an abdominal injury. Once a player that was the subject of many trade rumors, it seems like the point guard is staying in Portland for the near future.

Kaminsky signed a one year deal with the Hawks and will join the rotation at the 4 and 5 positions according to Wojnarowski. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Spending his last three years with the Suns, Kaminsky was a fairly productive role player when on the floor, averaging 8 points, 4 rebounds and nearly 2 assists per game. His problem has been staying healthy, as he only managed 9 games last season and 86 in the previous two seasons. However since Atlanta already has Clint Capela and Onyeka Okongwu on the roster, they’re not depending on him for anything more than 15-20 minutes per game, if that.

Category: Transactions

James Harden will be taking a $15 million pay cut on a team friendly deal with Philadelphia. Harden has a player option in year two and the pay cut it to provide the team resources to improve the Sixers roster. (Source: Shams Charania via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Philadelphia spent a massive amount to trade for Harden, who did not deliver has hoped. The time for the Sixers (and Harden himself) to win a title is growing short, so Harden has taken a pay cut to make it happen. He’ll be a focal point on the team next season, and while he’ll be useful for fantasy, it’s doubtful he returns to fantasy dominance as in years past.

Category: Transactions

According to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, Boston Celtics F Al Horford is expected to face several workload restrictions during the 2022-23 season. (Source: Jared Weiss of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: After a deep playoff run that saw Horford play a grueling 35.4 minutes per game, the team has expressed interest in having the veteran face workload restrictions next season. According to Jared Weiss, Horford, 36, is expected to not play on most back-to-backs, if any this season. With a thin rotation at the forward position, the Celtics will take a cautious approach as they aim to head back to the NBA finals this season. With a minutes restriction, Horford's stock will likely shrink in redraft leagues but his upside in category leagues remains elite as a rebound, shot blocker, and three-point shooter at the PF position.

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