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Jerami Grant is expected to decline his player option for 2020-2021 and will become a free agent, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. (Source: Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Grant is likely to decline his player option for $9 million and become a free agent. “Like you said, I feel like I definitely outplayed the $9 million that I’m making each year right now," Grant said. "But at the same time, I’d love to come to a conclusion or something like that with Denver, it just depends what we discuss and negotiate when the time comes.” The 26-year-old should draw interest in the free agent market. Before the NBA season was suspended, Grant was posting top-75 numbers in category leagues. He averaged 11.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.4 triples across 64 games. Grant will look to latch onto another team this off-season and pending on where he lands, could see an increase in fantasy value.

Reflecting on his rookie season in Atlanta, Hawks rookie G/F Cam Reddish told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “I definitely want to be known as one of the best two-way players [in the NBA].” (Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: These words come just over a month after Reddish received praise from Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk who said, “he’s got a really bright future [in Atlanta].” Reddish has already obtained an identity as a great defender in the NBA, a trait that normally takes many years for young players to develop. He admittedly struggled on offense in the early part of the season, which helped him focus on the defensive side of the ball. “I think that’s why it was so tough at the beginning of the season, just trying to get my rhythm and my flow and stuff like that,” Reddish said. “It was a pain in the butt for a little bit, but I think everything happens for a reason, so I thank God for it. I think it made me a better defender, a better athlete. So it worked out for me.” Reddish started in 34 of the 58 games he played in 2019, averaging 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 26.7 minutes per game. He shot a lackluster 38.4% from the field this season, but his shot improved in February, when he shot 44.1% from the field. The offense will come for Reddish, but he prides himself on his defensive prowess. At this rate, he’ll become a fantastic player for the Hawks and a tremendous 9-cat fantasy asset moving forward in his career.

Gabe Vincent dealt with a knee injury before the NBA season was shortened. He is reportedly "good to go," per Heat's Assistant GM Adam Simon. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Vincent signed a two-way contract with the Heat in January. He is reportedly "good to go" despite sustaining a knee injury prior to the NBA shutdown. “He was fighting through it, wanted to show he’s ready and an NBA player,” Simon said of Vincent’s time so far with the Heat. “He was determined to not use it as an excuse. He has the qualities we looked for — being a real gym rat, a real hard working kid with great character, well liked wherever he’s been, good teammate, unselfish," Simon added. Vincent averaged 2.0 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.7 triples across six games for the Heat this season. The 23-year-old guard will be available once the NBA 2019-2020 season resumes, but could have a hard time breaking into Miami's rotation.

Category: Injury Updates

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Nets superstar F Kevin Durant will not play this season, despite rumors that he’s healthy and could technically play if and when the NBA season resumes. (Source: Anthony Puccio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The record has been set straight after months of speculation regarding whether or not Durant might return to the court for Brooklyn following the suspension of the NBA season. Look for KD to be fully healed and ready to roll come the 2020-21 regular season, which will likely start around the Holidays later this year.

Category: Rumors

"KZ Okpala's defense is NBA-ready and his offensive game is steadily improving," said Heat's Assistant GM Adam Simon. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: “Once mid-January came around, we saw the strides. He was feeling more comfortable with the ball in his hands. The game was slowing down for him. The greatest things he was doing were on the defensive end, making an impact guarding multiple positions. At times, he was switched onto [centers], guarding both forward positions, being versatile, doing a great job on the glass. All those things were positives," Simon added. Okpala averaged 1.4 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks across five games for the Heat this season. The 21-year-old dealt with an Achilles injury earlier in the year and was sent to the G-League in December. Based on these recent comments, the Heat anticipate keeping Okpala on the roster once the 2019-2020 NBA season resumes.

According to 76ers beat writer Derek Bodner, PG Shake Milton is expected to remain in the starting lineup for Philadelphia when the NBA season resumes. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Milton took the place of injured Sixers G/F Ben Simmons when he went down with a lower back injury in February. In his last seven starts prior to the suspension of the season, Milton was averaging a very respectable 19.4 points per contest. While he may not put up 20 points per game when Simmons is healthy, Milton offers the Sixers more floor spacing and an extra playmaker when he’s running with the starting five. Al Horford proved to be an odd fit with Joel Embiid, so it’s makes more sense for Milton to retain his spot in the starting lineup alongside Simmons, Embiid, Josh Richardson, and Tobias Harris, and have Horford lead the way for the Sixers second unit. With high usage scorers around him, Milton likely won’t have much fantasy appeal, but his assists numbers could see a slight uptick with the increased run.

According to ESPN NBA Insider Brian Windhorst, the Boston Celtics will “most likely” offer F Jayson Tatum a max contract during the upcoming offseason. (Source: Brian Windhorst on ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Tatum has enjoyed a breakout season with the Celtics in 2019, averaging 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 35 minutes per game. This after averaging just 14.8 points per game in his previous two seasons combined. Make no mistake about it, Tatum became a superstar in this league once Kyrie Irving left for Brooklyn in free agency in the summer of 2019. He’s the missing piece to the puzzle that Boston has been trying to solve since the days of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. Tatum is currently in the 3rd year of his rookie deal of four years, $30M, but the Celtics will likely reward the former 2017 third-overall pick with a max contract that could be upwards of $200M for his efforts this season. Look for Tatum to take the reigns of this Boston Celtics squad and become a cornerstone of their team for years to come.

According to NBA scouts, two conclusions have been reached on Magic F Aaron Gordon: One - he plays out of position as a Small Forward, and Two - he tries too many things outside of his skillset. (Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As Magic beat writer for The Athletic Josh Robbins writes, “when Gordon tries to do too much, such as over-dribbling or taking high-difficulty shots, his efficiency and the team’s efficiency suffer. But when Gordon plays under control, his value to the team increases.” He’s a very solid player, but NBA scouts don’t see him as a superstar or even a second-fiddle to a superstar. “Would I like him on my team?” asked a second NBA scout. “Yeah, if you have three other guys who are better than him. That’s my big picture on him.” Gordon is also somewhat position-less. At 6-foot-9, he’s got the size and body type to be a PF, but all too often he tries to handle the rock like a guard or small forward. He spends too much time dribbling and trying to create when he could be better suited working off the ball, cutting, setting screens, and operating as a bigger, more athletic 4-man. One scout said, “he’s an around-the-basket guy. He’s a very good defender. He can put the ball on the floor and do some things. He just can’t make a shot consistently.” On the season, Gordon has averaged 14.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 33 minutes per game. The Orlando Magic are currently cemented as the eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference and could be playing on their home turf in Walt Disney World should the NBA decide to resume play at ESPN Wide World of Sports, as has been widely reported.

"Eric Gordon has already lost 12 pounds off his frame by way of track sprints and diet. There’s a hope that with the weight that has come off him, he’ll be able to prevent further injury to his knees," per Kelly Iko of the Athletic. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: “I think Eric Gordon’s a big key for us,” Rockets' HC Mike D’Antoni said on KHOU’s SportsExtra last week. “He has the potential to put us over the top.” The 31-year-old guard has had knee injuries throughout his career and hopes the lighter weight will keep him healthier in the long run. He is a solid producer off the Rockets bench, but will continue to split time in the rotation with Austin Rivers, Ben McLemore and Jeff Green. Gordon is averaging 14.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.7 triples across 34 games this season.

Category: Injury Updates

SG Bradley Beal views the trade rumors as a “sign of respect.” (Source: Jackie MacMullan of ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It’s not the first time I’ve heard this kind of talk,” Beal said. It’s interesting. To me, I look at it as a sign of respect, that I’ve been doing good things and guys want to play with me. That’s an unbelievable feeling. When you hear that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant want you, that’s amazing.” With rumors swirling around that the Wizards could move Beal this off-season, his agent Mark Bartelstein does not expect him to be dealt. Beal is under contract until 2022-2023 and the team is looking to retain their star player. The 26-year-old is having another fantastic season for the Wizards, averaging 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 triples across 57 games.

Category: Rumors

The Knicks are focused on building around SF RJ Barrett and reportedly looking for players to complement the rookie. (Source: Ian Begley of SNY)

Fantasy Impact: “If you want to complement Barrett, that’s where I’d go, one opposing front office member said. Adding (a guard and big man who can shoot the perimeter), you space the floor and make things easier for him. The floor was so crowded for him this year.” The Knicks have an obvious need of shooters to spread the court as the team shot 33.7 percent from downtown this season. New York will focus on bringing in players to compliment Barrett, which should only increase in fantasy value. Barrett is averaging 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 triples across 56 games this year.

In compliance with NBA safety protocol, Kris Dunn has been receiving treatment on his right knee MCL sprain, at the Advocate Center. (Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dunn initially sustained the injury when his knee collided with Thaddeus Young in a game versus the Nets on January 31st. In March, he was officially ruled out for the season. Dunn averaged 7.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and two steals per contest. The point guard could be a nice streamer in 2020, for fantasy owners looking for an edge in steals.

Category: Injury Updates

The NBA Board of Governors were notified by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA league office that the NBA is targeting July 31 to resume play this season. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The resumption of the NBA season is picking up steam with this latest development and alerting the Board of Governors is a critical step in the NBA's intention to restart the league on July 31. Players continue to voice their want to finish out the remainder of the season and crown an official champion, but many of the logisitics have yet to be determined. The NBA still has a bit of work to do in finalizing the medical and security protocols, location, which teams will be participating, and the schedule to close out the season. More to come, but this is certainly good news for NBA fans everywhere.

Category: Rumors

Kelsey Russo, who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers for The Athletic, believes the team will let F/C Tristan Thomson walk at the end of this season, the last of his five-year, $82M deal. (Source: Kelsey Russo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cavaliers traded for C Andre Drummond in February ahead of the NBA trade deadline likely to replace Thompson as the Center of the future in Cleveland. Drummond is expected to opt-in to the final year of his contract, which will allow the Cavaliers a year to see if he’s a good fit in their system. Thompson, a former fourth-overall pick in 2011, has played nine seasons in Cleveland, averaging 9.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 28 minutes per game for his career. Still only 29 years old, Thompson will likely find a home in the NBA with another team if Cleveland were to let him walk in free agency.

Damian Lillard believes a play-in tournament for teams on the outside of the playoff picture "would be perfect" if the 2019-2020 NBA season resumes. (Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: "I feel like a play-in tournament would be perfect, just because we actually were in striking distance and also had enough games to get in the playoffs," Lillard said Wednesday on ESPN's Jalen & Jacoby. "But to that point, if they did decide that we're just gonna go straight to the playoffs, obviously, we would all be disappointed," Lillard added. He recently stated that he would not be participating in the 2019-2020 NBA season if the Trail Blazers don't have a chance to make the playoffs. Portland were 3½ games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference before the campaign was suspended due to the corona-virus pandemic. Lillard is having another incredible year, averaging 28.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.9 triples across 58 games.

Fred VanVleet said "everybody" involved with the Raptors wants the 2019-2020 season to resume to defend their NBA Championship. (Source: Youtube)

Fantasy Impact: Before the NBA season was suspended in March, VanVleet hasn't played a contest since February 25th due to a shoulder injury. “We knew we had a good chance, as good a chance as anybody," VanVleet said. "To come back after losing Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to have the team that we had this year. Hey we still have the same group, our chances are good, everybody’s well-rested. So whatever basketball looks like when we get back, I think we’ll have a good chance.” VanVleet should be all systems go once the NBA season resumes. He is having a career-year for the Raptors, averaging 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.7 triples across 48 games.

Jason Jones of the Athletic believes Harry Giles III's "best opportunity will likely come with another team." (Source: Jason Jones of the Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: "Marvin Bagley will be the starting power forward with Richaun Holmes at center. Nemanja Bjelica will be in the rotation and Bagley will play minutes at center, too," Jones said. With a loaded front-court, it doesn't leave many minutes to go around in the rotation. "I’m not sure how the Kings sell him (Giles) on returning if there is a team willing to give him a bigger role," Jones added. Before the season was suspended due to the corona-virus pandemic, the 22-year-old center did flash some upside. Giles averaged 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists while shooting 58.2 percent from the floor in his last 10 games. A change of scenery would only help Giles fantasy value.

Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk told ESPN, "Clint says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court. Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Traded by the Houston Rockets at the deadline, Clint Capela has yet to suit up for the Atlanta Hawks. As the NBA continues to work out the logistics on which teams will be participating in the NBA Bubble, the Hawks are interested in making sure they are taking part, even if its for only five games. The Hawks youth movement and rebuild is underway and the nucleus of Trae Young, John Collins, Cam Reddish, DeAndre Hunter, and Kevin Huerter have yet to play with Capela. Fantasy owners should expect some regression from Capela as he makes his way back from injury and its unclear how he will fit with a new system and team. One thing is for sure, the pick-and-roll lobs will be there with Trae Young and Capela remains one of the better rebounders and shot blockers in the NBA. Fantasy owners will have to hang tight for more information about whether teams out of contention will still be involved in the restart of the NBA season.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

Magic C Mo Bamba held a virtual event with Orlando Magic season ticket holders where he explained his recent muscle gain. "This is going to sound weird, but I put on probably about 28 pounds since quarantine (started) and I’ve only added about 2.5 percent body fat. So, a lot of it is muscle and I can’t wait to get back out there and work.’’ Bamba said. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Bamba shared that he's been using quarantine to "really recover as far as getting rest and changing up my diet." Still only 22 years old, Bamba has already shown a knack for defending the paint and the added weight should help his post positioning and physicality when hitting the glass. Bamba and his teammates have been FaceTiming to maintain their chemistry and are excited to be able to workout together at the Amway Center prior to the NBA season resuming. Entrenched behind former All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, the second-year center is averaging a mere 5.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 0.4 steals in 14.5 minutes per contest.

Category: Rumors

Wizards PG John Wall (achilles) told reporters on a Zoom call Tuesday that he is “110 percent” healthy. (Source: Fred Katz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wall hasn’t played since the 2018-19 season, when he suffered a season-ending achilles tear 32 games into the season. With a recovery timeline set at 12 months, Wall has missed the entirety of the 2019-20 season. In the past three years, Wall has only played in 73 games. He may have been forgotten by the fantasy community, but he’s still one of the best true point guards in the NBA when healthy. Even though he deems himself fully healthy, Wall was quick to squash any rumors that he could return to the court this season when the NBA resumes.

Category: Injury Updates

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