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Shaun Livingston announced his retirement from the NBA on Friday morning. He played a major role on Golden State, helping the team win three titles in five straight appearances. Livingston had the great pleasure of making the Finals every year as a Warrior, and was well-regarded as a role model in the locker room. (Source: Shaun Livingston on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Livingston suffered a gruesome knee injury back in 2007. Nearly every part of the knee was affected, including the ACL, PCL, lateral meniscus, MCL, patella, and tibiofibular joint. He needed three months of rehabilitation to even be able to walk again, and his career appeared to be over. But Livingston made a remarkable comeback to the NBA, hopping around many different teams, before finally joining the Warriors, where he helped end their 40-year title drought. Coach Steve Kerr stated in August that he hopes Livingston "can be involved with our organization for many years to come".


Michael Beasley has been released by Detroit in order to bring in newly-signed Joe Johnson. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Beasley should eventually be able to find a new home, though may have a more difficult time doing so with his five-game suspension kicking in after he signs a new deal.

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Joe Johnson has agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with Detroit. After winning the MVP award in the BIG3 league, he will make his return to the NBA to add some scoring depth for the Pistons. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The 38 year-old should serve as a solid reserve and mentor for the team, though will highly unlikely be able to translate his performances to fantasy value.

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Bam Adebayo has had his fourth-year, $5.1 million option exercised by the Heat for the 2020-21 season. This was a widely expected move, especially with Hassan Whiteside now out of the picture. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Now locked in as the starting center, Adebayo could be in for a breakout year. He is certainly worth a look in the earlier rounds of drafts.

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Marcus Smart has reportedly been shut down for Team USA's final two games at the FIBA World Cup. He underwent X-rays on a left knuckle injury that came back negative. However, Smart is dealing with hand soreness as well as a calf strain, which effectively led to him ending his participation for Team USA. (Source: NESN.com)

Fantasy Impact: This is most likely the right path for Smart to take, as he should be fully prepared for training camp in a few weeks.

Category: Injury Updates


According to the Associated Press, Boston Celtics and Team USA forward Jayson Tatum returned to practice on Monday for the first time since spraining his left ankle in Team USA's win last week against Turkey in the FIBA World Cup. (Source: Associated Press)

Fantasy Impact: Tatum was injured with one-tenth of a second left in regulation in the win against Turkey. Luckily, it appears as though he avoided a major injury. He even has a chance to play in Team USA's upcoming game against France on Wednesday in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals. While this appears to be a minor, passing injury, those who own Tatum in a dynasty or keeper league will have to hope that there is no re-injury as he returns to action for Team USA.

Category: Injury Updates


According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have converted rookie guard William McDowell-White’s training camp contract into a two-way deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Australian guard has spent the past few years playing professionally in Australia and Germany after being ruled academically ineligible to attend Fresno State University in 2016. There is little doubt that McDowell-White will be assigned to the Rockets’ G-League affiliate, where the team will hope that he develops. As it stands, McDowell-White is irrelevant for fantasy purposes.

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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have converted rookie point guard Shamorie Ponds’ training camp contract into a two-way deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite being the recipient of the 2018 Haggerty Award (for being the top college basketball player in the New York City metro area), former St. John’s point guard Ponds went undrafted during the 2019 NBA Draft. Presumably, the Rockets' plan for Ponds is to spend time in the G-League developing his game. For now, however, he is completely off the radar in all fantasy leagues.

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In a statement released yesterday by the Japanese Basketball Association, through the Washington Wizards, it was announced that Rui Hachimura would miss the final two games of the FIBA World Cup. The statement cited, “knee discomfort and general fatigue,” as the reason for the decision (in light of NBA training camp beginning in a few weeks). (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Hachimura is quickly becoming the face of Japanese basketball since being chosen by the Wizards in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft. Although there have been conflicting reports regarding Hachimura’s role at the start of the season, there is little doubt that he is being groomed for a starting role (and could seize it sooner rather than later). He is a worthy sleeper pick in the later rounds of redraft leagues and even more so in dynasty and keeper leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Paul George tweeted an image of himself playing basketball on Thursday. While it is currently unknown as to what the on-court work was, this is still positive news nonetheless. (Source: Paul George on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: PG13 could still miss the beginning of the season after surgeries to both shoulders, so there should be more and more updates as we drift closer to October. He is locked in as a top two round pick, and offers mid-first round upside provided he can stay on the court.

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North Carolina point guard Coby White was selected by the Chicago Bulls seventh overall in the 2019 NBA draft. Kris Dunn and Tomas Satoransky are the favorites to start opening night. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: White's shooting range and draft pedigree should help him gradually take over the starting point guard role. He can score off the ball as well, which may result in some minutes at shooting guard. Consider him a late-round flier/second-half of season trade target.

Category: Rumors


Davon Reed signs with Miami

Wed, Sep 4th 9:39pm EDT
By Shaan Hoda

Davon Reed, who last played for the Pacers, has signed with the Miami Heat. He will be back in Miami where he played for the Hurricanes in his collegiate career. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: Reed could certainly crack the roster if he puts up strong numbers in preseason, but is well off the fantasy radar.

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Rodions Kurucs was arrested Tuesday for allegedly choking his then-girlfriend in June. (Source: NY Daily News)

Fantasy Impact: According to reports, the incident came about after an intense argument that “spiraled out of control.” Kurucs is due back in court October 21, and it’s unclear how this will affect his playing time with the Nets. If he misses time, Taurean Prince may have to step up as the starting power forward, with Wilson Chandler already suspended for the first 25 games on a PED violation.

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Bol Bol has agreed to a two-way deal with the Denver Nuggets, Shams Charania reports. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The big man fell to the 44th pick in this year’s draft and wasn’t able to secure a true deal with Denver. Instead, he’ll play most of his rookie season in the G-League, leaving him irrelevant in redraft formats and merely a dynasty bench stash at this time.

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According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, JR Smith has turned down a $1.6 million contract offer from the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. (Source: Emiliano Carchia on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After publicly accusing the Cleveland Cavaliers front office of tanking, Smith spent the remainder of the 2018-2019 season away from the team. Smith was subsequently waived in July. While Smith will be turning 34 next week, he still offers scoring ability that could especially benefit a team’s second unit. The dismissal of Jiangsu’s contract offer may signal confidence that other NBA suitors will come calling as the season nears.

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Lauri Markkanen was on the floor for 257 minutes at center during the 2018-2019 season. This year the Chicago Bulls want that number to rise. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Being matched up against slower players will bode well for Markkanen's outside game. His efficiency should also be better with the help of Otto Porter Jr. for a full season and a bevy of new role players. The Finnisher is a solid third-round pick.

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski, free agent center Eric Moreland has agreed to join the Oklahoma City Thunder on a training camp deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, Moreland was signed by the Sacramento Kings. Over the past few years Moreland has bounced around the league, but notably won the 2019 NBA Championship as a member of the Toronto Raptors. However, Moreland has never received significant playing time at the NBA level. Even if Moreland signs with another NBA team, it’s difficult to envision him offering any sort of meaningful fantasy value.

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Eric Gordon has signed a four-year, $76 million max extension with the Houston Rockets, Shams Charania reports. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rockets have decided to keep the band together and will bring back the core of James Harden, Clint Capela, and Gordon to team with new addition Russell Westbrook. An integral part of Houston’s aerial assault offense, Gordon averaged 16.2 points and 3.2 triples on 36.0 percent shooting from downtown last season. He’s a reliable source of threes and scoring for fantasy purposes and should continue to see quality looks this year.


Darius Miller suffers torn ACL

Fri, Aug 30th 11:01pm EDT
By Brad Camara

Darius Miller underwent surgery Thursday to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The forward is expected to be sidelined for 7-to-8 months. (Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Miller presumably suffered the injury during a recent workout. There's a chance Miller misses the entire 2019-2020 season. His injury opens up more minutes for Brandon Ingram, Nicolo Melli and Josh Hart.

Category: Injury Updates


Wilson Chandler's 25-game suspension has been confirmed, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 25-game suspension was confirmed for use of Ipamorelin. The forward appeared in 51 games for the Clippers and 76ers last season, averaging 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists across 23.1 minutes per tilt. His absence won’t cause a huge impact, as he was signed as a depth piece behind Rodions Kurucs, Taurean Prince, and Caris LeVert.

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