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Jon Leuer traded to Milwaukee

Wed, Jun 19th 11:19pm EDT
By Brad Camara

Jon Leuer was traded to Milwaukee on Wednesday in exchange for Tony Snell and the 30th pick in the 2019 draft. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leuer had a disappointing 2018-2019 campaign as he struggled to find a role in the Pistons' front court. He will likely struggle to find playing time for Milwaukee with a crowded frontcourt. Leuer averaged 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 41 games for the Pistons last season. He has little to no fantasy value.

Category: Transactions

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has opted into his $13 million player option for the 2019-20 season. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kidd-Gilchrist is recovering from groin surgery, but is expected to be ready for training camp. His role was reduced last season, as he averaged less than 25 minutes minutes per game for the first time in his seven-year career. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 6.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.5 steal, and 0.5 block in 64 games last season. He is proven to be a solid defender, but is a non-factor in fantasy.

Category: Transactions

Steven Adams has been made available for trade per Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated. (Source: Jake Fischer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Thunder are looking to avoid paying the luxury tax, and Adams, Dennis Schroder, and Andre Roberson have all been put on the trading block. The No. 21 pick is also in play as a trade chip for Oklahoma City. Adams has played his entire six-year career for the Thunder, where he’s been known for his tenacious defense and offensive rebounding. He came into his own over the last two seasons, averaging 13.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Category: Rumors

Mike Conley traded to Jazz

Wed, Jun 19th 12:21pm EDT
By Zachary Hanshew

Mike Conley has been traded to the Utah Jazz for Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder, 2019 No. 23 pick, and a future first-round pick. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Conley’s name has been linked to the Jazz in trade rumors for some time, and the move has finally been consummated. Utah didn’t have to give up much to land their new starting point guard, and Conley’s addition gives the Jazz a formidable projected starting lineup of Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors, and Rudy Gobert. Conley averaged 21.1 points and 6.4 assists in 70 games last season, and his arrival likely means Ricky Rubio will be on a new team next season.

Category: Transactions

Khris Middleton is declining his $13 million player option. He is expected to command either a five-year max from the Bucks or a four-year max from another team on the open market. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Middleton's fantasy relevance next year hinges on if he stays with the Bucks or if he leaves for a new team. He has the opportunity for more fantasy output if he signs with a team that has a less solidified lineup than the Bucks. If he re-signs, he should put up similar numbers from last season.

Category: Transactions

Al Horford is no longer discussing a new three-year deal with the Celtics and is expected to sign a four-year free agent contract somewhere else. (Source: Steven Bulpett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Horford declined his player option for the 2019-20 season, and appears to be moving on from the Boston Celtics. He has been a cornerstone of the franchise since 2016-17. Horford averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 68 games for the Celtics last season.

Category: Rumors

Two-time NBA finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is reportedly only focused on two teams. Leonard will entertain joining the Los Angeles Clippers over the Lakers despite reports he could join Lebron James and Anthony Davis. Creating a super team is said not be in Leonard’s interest if he leaves the Toronto Raptors. (Source: Bleacher Report on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leonard joining the core of the Clippers will make them an instant title contender. The Clippers have one of the best coaches in basketball in Doc Rivers and it could be said that the Clippers are the last team to give the fully-healthy Warriors a run for their money. Adding The Klaw to the equation will bring up the Clippers value.

Category: Rumors

Blake Griffin (knee) is continuing to make progress in his recovery from an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. (Source: Vincent Ellis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Griffin has been around the team facility and going through light drills nearly two months after undergoing the procedure. He had surgery to repair damage to his left knee which hampered him at the end of the regular season. Griffin should be back fully healthy before the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates

Patrick Beverley is meeting with multiple teams including the Lakers and Bulls as the free agent tries to determine where he'll play next season. According to multiple sources he's meeting with up to 5 teams before following up with the Clippers in two weeks time. (Source: Sean Deveney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A better real life player than a fantasy one, Beverley seems to be highly coveted this off-season. He's long been linked to his hometown Chicago Bulls but the Lakers have emerged as a landing spot after they acquired Anthony Davis via trade. The heady guard should fit in nicely wherever he ends up but he's nothing more than a mid-round fantasy prospect.

Category: Rumors

Josh Hart has been sent to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Anthony Davis trade which also included Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and three first-round picks. Hart is an upgrade over Dairis Bertans and Stanley Johnson on the offensive end. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hart will be a solid rotational player in NOLA as the team lacks depth behind starters Jrue Holiday and now Brandon Ingram. Hart could be a decent late-round flier in re-draft leagues especially if the Pelicans move E'Twaun Moore.

Category: Transactions

Lonzo Ball has been traded to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis. The Pelicans get Ingram, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram plus three future first-round picks. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ball will be the first guard off the bench in NOLA behind Elfrid Payton and Jrue Holiday. Ball certainly could be worth a look late in re-draft leagues as Payton has a long injury history.

Category: Transactions

Brandon Ingram has been traded to the Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis. The Pelicans get Ingram, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball plus three future first-round picks. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ingram will settle into a three role with the Pelicans which is certainly filling a void. E'Twaun Moore and Solomon Hill will take a major hit in value with the arrival of Ingram. Moore and Hill are pieces the Pelicans could trade or buyout.

Category: Transactions

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a clear sign that the Lakers are in a win-now mode while they still have LeBron James. Pairing Davis with LeBron doesn't hurt either player's value for fantasy. It remains to be seen what the surrounding cast will look like in the 2019-20 season, but both players should continue to be near the top of draft boards in fantasy. Per agent Rich Paul, Davis plans to go into free agency in 2020, but a potential championship run could certainly play a role in keeping the All-Star in Los Angeles.

Category: Transactions

Golden State Warriors all-star guard, Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL on an awkward fall after he was fouled by Raptors Danny Green on a dunk attempt. Thompson headed into the locker room but returned to shoot his free throws or else he would have not been allowed to return to the game. Before his injury, Thompson had the Warriors on his back with 30 points scored. (Source: Yahoo)

Fantasy Impact: This was yet another brutal loss for the Warriors from a injury standpoint. With forward Kevin Durant already out with a torn Achilles, Thompson’s injury left the Warriors with one true shooter, Steph Curry.

Category: Injury Updates

Pascal Siakam put up a line of 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 46 minutes against the Warriors. He tied Kyle Lowry for the team lead in scoring.

Fantasy Impact: Siakam's struggles from three-point range in The Finals were well documented but he silenced that narrative with a 3-for-6 performance when it mattered most. A G-League Champion and Finals MVP back in 2017, Spicy P also looks like the odds-on favourite to be the NBA's most improved player of the year. You can now add NBA Champion to that list. What an amazing progression - a great career surely lies ahead for the 25-year-old.

Category: Game Recaps

Fred VanVleet broke through for 22 points, his highest total of the playoffs, on 6-for-14 shooting, including 5-for-11 from three-point range. He added two rebounds and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: VanVleet came up big with 12 fourth quarter points, seemingly carrying the Raptors with his shot-making at a crucial stretch of the game. VanVleet goes from undrafted free agent signing in 2016 to a NBA champion that received a vote for Finals MVP. What an incredible story.

Category: Game Recaps

The Toronto Raptors won their first ever NBA Championship on Thursday night, beating the Warriors 114-110 in a drama filled affair. Kyle Lowry started out scorching hot from the get-go, scoring the Raptors first 11 points of the ball game. Lowry finished with 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 10 assists to lead his team to their first ever championship.

Fantasy Impact: It took a full 48 minutes for the Raptors to finish the series out, as the Warriors fought hard but ultimately fell short. Klay Thompson left the game early in the third quarter with a knee injury and the Raptors were able to take advantage. This was a feel good story for Toronto and the country of Canada and this year will go down in history.

Draymond Green filled it up Thursday night recording his second triple-double of the finals as the Warriors lost the series to the Raptors. He scored 11 points to pair with a game-high 19 rebounds, and 13 assists. He also recorded three steals and two blocks. He had some head-scratching turnovers, especially down the stretch, logging a team-high eight on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Green was playing his usual role while Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry did most of the heavy lifting on offense. Thompson injured his knee late in the third quarter and never returned. As a result, Green was forced to step up on offense and pressed a little too hard at times, hence the high turnover mark. Even with the turnovers he played with a ton of heart and was solid on defense, per usual. The season ends on a sour note for Green and the Dubs after falling short of achieving their fourth title in five years.

Category: Game Recaps

All-star point guard Kyrie Irving has been linked to the Brooklyn Nets for weeks. Irving is also expected to opt-out of his deal with his current team, the Boston Celtics. With this news, Steve Bullpit from the Boston Herald reported that Irving is prepared to sign with the Nets when he becomes a free agent in July. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: This would be a huge signing for the Nets. Brooklyn is also expected to try and keep guard D’Angelo Russell. This would form one the most dangerous backcourts in basketball while allowing Irving to play his natural style of basketball.

Category: Rumors

Marvin Williams has exercised his player option. His salary will be $15 million for the 2019-2020 season. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was the logical decision for Williams, as he would not have gotten more on the open market. Williams likely will not make much of a fantasy impact next season unless multiple injuries occur. He can remain off draft boards in re-draft leagues.

Category: Transactions