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P.J. Tucker apparently rolled his ankle during Thursday's practice, and decided to drop out of the FIBA World Cup in order to focus on getting ready for training camp. He should have sufficient time to heal up, as the Rockets training camp does not open until September 28th at the earliest. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: P.J. Tucker is generally more useful in real life than he is in fantasy basketball. Especially with Russell Westbrook now in the picture, Tucker should mostly be relied on for his grittiness and defense.

Category: Injury Updates

Patrick Patterson has decided to mount up with the Clippers on a one-year, $2.3 million deal. The move comes after the Oklahoma City Thunder bought out Patterson's contract earlier this month, allowing him to become a free agent. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a solid move for the Clips as they sign a productive veteran to add to their already deep front court. Patterson is coming off an underwhelming two years in OKC, where he only averaged 3.6 points in 13.7 minutes played per game last season. He'll be fighting for meaningful minutes in Los Angeles as well but a move to the championship contending Clips could help revitalize his career. He won't hold any fantasy value, however.

Category: Transactions

Anfernee Simons has been one of the more impressive young guards coming directly into the NBA, averaging 22 points per game in summer league this year. (Source: NBA)

Fantasy Impact: Playing time should increase from seven minutes per game now that one of the primary backup ball handlers in Evan Turner has left the team. Look for Anfernee Simons to make a name for himself every time he spells Damian Lillard.

With Dewayne Dedmon now on Sacramento, the only other centers on the roster are newly acquired Damian Jones and rookie Bruce Fernando. Alex Len claims that he has focused this summer on securing the starting role. He averaged nearly two three-point shots per game in the final two months of last season, and is now looking to further improve his jump shot. (Source: The Athletic )

Fantasy Impact: The center position could possibly be a fluid situation to monitor in Atlanta this season. But with Len being a solid source for field goals, he should be a safe late-rounder to take in drafts.

Category: Rumors

Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr referred to Kevon Looney as one of the team's most important players, and that he is ready to take on his largest role yet. In addition, Kerr believes that Looney could start expanding his range and firing up some corner threes. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: While Looney is only 5-for-26 from beyond the arc in his NBA career, we could certainly envision a significant improvement in his offensive output this upcoming season. He is worth considering as a late round gem on draft day.

DeMarcus Cousins has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, Shams Charania reports. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Updating a prior note, Cousins’ knee injury is a torn ACL — a worst case scenario. Given the lengthy recovery time and his recent injury history, he’s unlikely to play in the regular season. Signed to a one-year deal, he may never take the court for the Lakers.

Category: Injury Updates

The Warriors Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel, Larry Harris, asserted that Eric Paschall should have a role in the 2019-20 season. Paschall averaged 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in his senior year at Villanova. Though known for his defensive play, assistant coach Mike Brown believes that he can be a solid source of offense at power forward. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Paschall has often been referred to as "Mini Draymond" for his defense and versatility. This should certainly excite the Warriors organization, and he will undoubtedly be a player to watch down the road. But for now, he should not be considered in any drafts.

Unrestricted Free Agent Jodie Meeks is drawing interest from the Los Angeles Clippers and the Charlotte Hornets. (Source: David McMenamin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Meeks is a journeyman having played with seven teams over 10 years in the pros. He's shot 37.3 percent from beyond the arc for his career and could provide some nice bench depth wherever he ends up signing. He won't be counted on to log many minutes, though, and should therefore remain off the fantasy radar.

Category: Rumors

Kyle Lowry has withdrawn from team USA and will not compete in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. He is still recovering from surgery to repair a tendon in his left thumb. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lowry had the procedure back in July on the same thumb that had nagged him in the latter half of the 2019 NBA season. The hope was that he would be ready to suit up for the World Cup but he had yet to be cleared for basketball activities. Lowry will take the rest of the summer to rehab and prepare for the 2020 season.

Category: Injury Updates

Michael Beasley signed a one-year deal with the Pistons on Saturday. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beasley will have to sit the first five games of the season after being handed a five-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy. He figures join the front court mix in Detroit and serve as the main backup to Blake Griffin. Beasley averaged 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 10.7 minutes across 26 games for the Lakers last season.

Category: Transactions

Klay Thompson has been reported to be targeting a return from his ACL injury sometime after the 2020 All-Star break, Arash Markazi of the LA Times reports. (Source: Arash Markazi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The five-time All-Star has been recovering this offseason after sustaining a torn ACL injury during game six of the NBA Finals. Thompson finished the 2019 season averaging 21.5 points per game with a field goal percentage of 46.7 and three-point percentage of 40.2, the second-lowest mark of his career. Despite this slight decline in his three-point shot, Klay figures to be a key contributor to an offensively depleted Golden State squad when activated. The arrival of guard D'Angelo Russell should also provide more scoring opportunities for Klay, but owners should remain cautious as an ACL injury is no easy feat to overcome.

Category: Injury Updates

Draymond Green has agreed to a four-year/$100 million max extension to remain with the Golden State Warriors. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Green averaged his fewest points per game (7.4) since 2013, but he still found ways to stay heavily involved in the offense and fantasy relevant, going for at least 7.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 2.5 combined blocks/steals per contest for the fourth straight season. He was a huge contributor in this year’s Finals, falling just one assist shy of a triple-double average across 41.3 minutes in the six-game series loss to Toronto. Golden State now has all of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, D’Angelo Russell and Green under contract through at least 2022.

Category: Transactions

Lance Stephenson is leaving the NBA to play for Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association. He signed a one-year contract is worth $4M. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stephenson is packing his luggage for China, as apparently no team in North America was willing to offer him a deal. While he has occasionally flashed his handling and scoring ability, his inconsistent play was frustrating enough for every single club to bypass him. In Stephenson's lone season with the Purple and Gold, he averaged 7.2 PPG and 3.2 RPG in 68 games. Perhaps he can parlay a successful year abroad into a new NBA contract in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Burke will join the Sixers on a one-year deal, joining Ben Simmons and new addition Raul Neto at the point guard position. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Burke will likely assume a backup scorer role, and he will help fill the void left behind by sniper JJ Redick. An efficient scorer, the former Michigan standout averaged 10.9 ppg in just 19.4 mpg. He'll contribute scoring and some three-pointers, but otherwise doesn't hold much fantasy value.

Category: Transactions

Kyle Korver agreed to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Korver averaged 19.1 minutes per game between playing for the Cavs and the Jazz last season. Moving to a title contending team like the Bucks will mean Korver will have to compete for fantasy relevant minutes. On top of that, last season was his worst season percentage-wise in terms of three-point shooting. If he is able to establish a role and bring his shooting numbers back up, he historically has been able to give your team around 10 points per game, but not much in other categories.

Category: Transactions

Memphis F Brandon Clarke has been named the 2019 Summer League MVP. (Source: Memphis Grizzlies on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: One of the premier big men in college basketball last season at Gonzaga, Clarke fell into Memphis’ lap when they traded up two spots to select him 21st overall in this year’s draft. He led the eight-seed Grizzlies to a Summer League Finals appearance behind 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. Summer league play should always be taken with a grain of salt given the reduced level of competition, but Clarke already looks like a capable young rim protector and a player who could contribute in his first season.

Category: Transactions

JR Smith waived by Cavaliers

Mon, Jul 15th 5:55pm EDT
By Omar Abushaib

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard JR Smith after failing to reach a buyout or find a willing trade partner. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Smith will be a free agent after spending five years with the Cavaliers. While many might suspect he would join the Lakers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that's "unlikely". At this point in his career Smith won't play a huge role with whatever team he ends up on leaving him with limited fantasy value.

Category: Transactions

Ben Simmons has agreed to a 5-year/$170M contract extension to remain with the Philadelphia 76ers. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: As expected. Retaining Simmons was always a priority for the 76ers, who have a dynamic core made up of Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Al Horford and Simmons. Those four players are now on huge contracts, making Philadelphia’s cap situation a bit perilous in the next two years. Expect Simmons to remain a nightly triple-double threat who could elevate his game further by improving his jump shot.

Category: Transactions

Tyson Chandler is signing a one-year contract to play for the Houston Rockets. Chandler scored 3.1 PPG and grabbed 5.6 RPG for the Suns and Lakers last year. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rockets continue their reconstruction of the roster, as they add the 7'1" center to the bench. Chandler played the fewest minutes per game in his career this past season, and his stats took a hit as a result. Chandler is unlikely to produce the double-double numbers that he once averaged, though the Rockets tend to utilize their centers well, e.g., Nene and Kenneth Faried.

Category: Transactions

The Houston Rockets have dealt Chris Paul and first-round picks in the 2024 and 2026 draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. The two teams are swapping picks in 2021 and 2025 as well. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Houston has finally given up on the James Harden and Chris Paul pairing by getting rid of the 34-year-old point guard. While the future Hall-of-Famer had a decent season last year, the Rockets felt that they needed to acquire Westbrook to prolong their championship window. Paul will join a depleted Thunder roster with very few pieces outside of Steven Adams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Category: Transactions