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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.


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.


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.


The Nets are reportedly considering the idea of signing Carmelo Anthony. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have apparently been advocating for the team to bring him on board. While Melo is scheduled to work out with some Knicks players, it appears that the Nets are front-runners to take on the future Hall of Famer. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Should they choose to sign Melo, the Nets will have to release a player since they already have 15 guaranteed contracts. Melo could become a decent source for points with KD expected to be out for the year, though we'll probably need to see it before he's worth using in fantasy.


Former NBA center Spencer Hawes will work out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hawes has played ten years in the NBA, most recently in the 2016-17 season for the Hornets and Bucks. He played for the South Bay Lakers in the G League last season. Hawes played three years for the 76ers from 2010-2013 and averaged 9.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks across 24.4 minutes per tilt. If Hawes indeed re-joins his former team, he'll scrap for backup minutes at center with Jonah Bolden and Kyle O'Quinn.


The Big 3 MVP Joe Johnson is working out with the 76ers, Clippers, Bucks, Nuggets and Pelicans. (Source: Marc J Spears on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The seven-time All-Star played 17 seasons in the NBA with seven different teams -- most recently with the Jazz and Rockets in the 2017-18 season. He won the Big 3 MVP award this season and will play in its title game Sunday. Known for his clutch shooting and penchant for big shots, Johnson could be a veteran leader in the locker room and a spark off the bench for a playoff contender. His workout with Philadelphia will be Thursday, with other team workouts coming later.


DeMarcus Cousins is being investigated by the NBA for a domestic abuse allegation after audio was released by TMZ on Tuesday. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The audio is of a man and woman --allegedly Cousins and his ex-girlfriend --arguing over a child attending a wedding. When the woman says the child can't go, the man threatens to "put a bullet in her (expletive) head." Cousins is under investigation by the league, and NBA spokesman Mike Bass said, "We are aware of the report regarding DeMarcus Cousins and are investigating the allegations." Obviously nothing has been proven yet, and the situation is very much fluid. If there is any truth to these allegations, Cousins' days as a Laker could be numbered, even if he recovers from his torn ACL in time for the 2020 postseason.


The Lakers are reportedly eyeing free-agent Marcin Gortat. After losing DeMarcus Cousins to a torn ACL, they are now in need of another center to help fill the void. Gortat appeared in 43 games for the Clippers last season, averaging 5.0 points and 5.6 boards. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: The Lakers are additionally considering Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah, and Marreese Speights. Regardless of who the newly-signed center will be for Los Angeles, JaVale McGee's fantasy arrow is pointing up.


Jeremy Lin is reportedly in advanced discussions to join the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association. (Source: Sportando)

Fantasy Impact: Lin has had trouble generating much interest from NBA teams this off-season, but it appears that he may be headed to China to extend his professional career.


In addition to interest in Joakim Noah the Lakers are also being linked to Dwight Howard as they look to fill the void left behind by Demarcus Cousins' ACL injury. Negotiations could progress sooner with Noah as he is currently a free agent and Howard is still technically on the Memphis roster. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While Noah wouldn't provide much fantasy value were he to sign with Los Angeles, he would boost their front court depth and provide his patented high energy off the bench. He's one of the more accomplished big men currently available.


Dwight Howard is currenty a member of the Grizzlies after being traded from the Wizards for C.J. Miles earlier this summer. The Lakers will request permission to speak with Howard and go from there. Although, talks won't heat up until he is waived by Memphis, which is expected to happen. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news comes as no surprise after DeMarcus Cousins was diagnosed with a torn ACL earlier this month. The Lakers are very thin at center after JaVale McGee so they're likely exploring all of their options. Howard's 2018-19 season with the Wizards was cut short after only appearing in nine games and undergoing spinal surgery. His last healthy season occurred in 2017-18 with Charlotte Hornets, where he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.


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.


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.


Ben Simmons has been offered a five-year, $170M contract by the Philadelphia 76ers. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Simmons, the former Rookie of the Year, has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.9 assists in his two years in the NBA. He still has a lot of room for growth in his shooting, but Simmons is a unique talent as a 6’10 point guard who hasn’t yet reached his ceiling. The contract hasn’t been signed yet, but Simmons and his agent Rich Paul are expected to hammer out the details and get the deal done in short order.


Andre Iguodala is likely to pursue a buyout from the Memphis Grizzlies and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. (Source: NBC Sports )

Fantasy Impact: Iguodala was traded to Memphis in a salary-clearing move for the Warriors, and he is likely to be bought out before playing for the Grizzlies. He’s scheduled to make $17.2M in 2019, but he will certainly take less than that in the buyout to become an unrestricted free agent. Lakers GM Rob Pelinka is Iguodala’s former agent, and Lakers forward LeBron James has had a strong interest in playing with Iguodala for years. The former Finals MVP and three-time champ with Golden State could provide a smart and professional veteran presence in the locker room, most likely at the low cost of the veteran’s minimum.


Derrick Rose to meet with the Pistons on Sunday, in hopes of agreeing on a two-year contract. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rose was having a strong 2018-2019 campaign, before an elbow injury cut his season short. He bounced back after a disastrous 2017-2018 season, and if healthy should provide the Pistons another solid option on offense. He has missed a number of games with various different injuries over the years. Rose averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 0.6 steals in 51 games for the Timberwolves last season.


Klay Thompson could be offered a five-year, 190 million maximum contract from the Warriors. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Warriors are looking to sign Thompson to a max deal deal, despite his ACL tear. He is expected to return to the floor around February or March 2020. Thompson is coming off five straight seasons of averaging at least 20 points per game. A key integral part of the offense, look for Thompson to remain with the Warriors for the foreseeable future.


According to Stephen A Smith, Kawhi Leonard is “seriously considering” joining the Lakers this offseason. (Source: Get Up on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith gave an update on Leonard’s free agency on ESPN’s Get Up on Friday morning. The Lakers have the cap space to make the move, having just sent Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones to the Wizards. Los Angeles now has $32M in cap space to sign a max player to team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.


The Boston Celtics have emerged as the front-runner to sign Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker. Walker and the Hornets contract talks have reportedly stalled. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Walker recorded a career-high 25.6 points a game in the 2018-2019 season. He is seen by many as a better fit for the Celtics than Kyrie Irving.