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Nets guard Caris LeVert told reporters on Thursday that he looks forward to showing his off-ball skills this season, noting it was a strength of his in his college days at Michigan. (Source: Matt Brooks via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old guard averaged a very healthy 22.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.4 steals during his 31 games as a starter last season and had some very impressive performances both down the stretch and in the NBA bubble for a depleted Nets team, including a 51-point explosion against the Celtics in early March. The big question this season, however, is what type of role LeVert will have with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving doing all the heavy lifting for the Nets. Levert has shown a lot of promise in his young career and is a player to be targeted in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts, although the current lack of clarity about his role on the team adds some risk to his fantasy value and his ceiling isn't nearly as high with Irving and Durant in the lineup.

Category: Rumors

The Bulls signed free agent SG Garrett Temple to a one-year, $5 million contract on Friday. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Temple will provide the Bulls a veteran presence and backcourt depth behind Bulls star G Zach LaVine. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 assists with the Nets in 2019-20. Temple’s fantasy value should remain relatively the same with his new ball club.

Category: Transactions

Free-agent G/F Joe Harris has agreed to a 4-year, $75M deal to remain with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell ESPN. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Re-signing Harris was a priority for the Nets this offseason, and he'll likely remain in the starting lineup at shooting guard this season alongside Kyrie Irving. Harris is one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and will be a valuable fantasy asset in H2H and roto formats for his efficient shooting percentages and three-pointers.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

The Brooklyn Nets are trading Dzanan Musa and a 2021 second-round pick via Toronto in exchange for Pistons guard Bruce Brown. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Musa was buried on the Nets' depth chart and will now have a better opportunity to see additional playing time. He will compete for a spot off the Pistons' bench. Musa averaged 4.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.4 steals across 12.2 minutes in 40 games for the Nets last season.

Category: Transactions

Nets PG Kyrie Irving says he's fully recovered from the shoulder procedure that sidelined him for much of the 2019-20 campaign. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Irving appeared in just 20 games in his first season with the Nets. He played well during his time on the floor, however, and the polarizing 28-year-old could wind up returning first-round fantasy value if he stays healthy during the upcoming season. Of course, playing alongside a healthy Kevin Durant should do wonders for Irving's efficiency.

Category: Injury Updates

Kevin Durant playing 3-on-3

Wed, Aug 26th 8:55am EDT
By Leonard Grandio

Kevin Durant said that he has been playing 3-on-3 roughly four times per week for the last three months. (Source: Billy Reinhardt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Durant also mentioned the next step for him will be fitting in more 5-on-5 in, but it’s been difficult getting 10 players together with COVID and players still in the bubble. Great to see Durant continually staying in shape and ramping up rehab for his return next year for Nets.

Category: Injury Updates

Tyler Johnson earned the start in place of Joe Harris (personal) and put up a team-high 23 points (8-15 FG, 2-2 FT) and contributed three assists, one rebound, five triples, and one turnover across 24 minutes in a 117-92 loss on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson set a couple of new playoff career-highs in points (23) and three's (5) in Game 3. With Joe Harris unlikely for Game 4, Johnson could have an increased role again on Sunday. Through three games in the NBA playoffs, Johnson is averaging 14.0 points, 2.7 assists, and 1.3 rebounds and is likely not a good target for DFS.

Category: Game Recaps

Jarrett Allen pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds while scoring four points (0-0 FG, 4-4 FT) and adding three assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 33 minutes of play.

Fantasy Impact: Allen corralled a new playoff career-high in rebounds (17), including five coming on the offensive end. While he didn't attempt a field-goal attempt in today's loss, he was able to collect a few assists and a couple of defensive stats to round out his day. Allen is averaging 11.0 points, 14.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 blocks, and 0.7 steals through three games of the Nets first-round matchup versus the Raptors. He'll have to be more aggressive on offense in Game 4 if the Nets are going to avoid a sweep.

Category: Game Recaps

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot put up 26 points (9-13 FG, 6-9 3PT, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists in 33 minutes off the bench Monday against the Raptors.

Fantasy Impact: Luwawu-Cabarrot continues to put up strong numbers in the bubble, though he isn't likely to be a big part of the Nets' long-term plans. He will, however, continue to present value for playoff fantasy lineups.

Category: Game Recaps

Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said that Jamal Crawford will "probably miss the first few games of this series for sure." (Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Crawford missed the Nets' first two seeding games as he was getting into game shape but then sustained a hamstring injury in his first game back that sidelined him for the remaining five games of the season. He is still working his way back from injury and will miss at least the first three games of the first-round series versus Toronto. He'll be re-evaluated thereafter, and DFS players should look to Chris Chiozza and Donta Hall to get more minutes off the bench in Crawford's absence.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors

Chris Chiozza exited Tuesday’s 108-96 win early with right adductor tightness. (Source: Alec Schiffer on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Chiozza started for Caris LeVert (rest) and provided three points (1-6 FG, 1-3 3PT), three rebounds, five assists and four steals across 21 minutes before exiting with injury. Nets Head Coach Jacque Vaughn told the media after the game he “believes Chiozza will be ready for the postseason.”

Category: Injury Updates

Jeremiah Martin scored a career-high 24 points Tuesday on 8-of-15 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He added two rebounds and six assists across 26 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has had the green light during the re-start, putting up more than eight shots in four of the five games he has played. The Nets have one more seeding game before the playoffs start, so look for Martin to get at least one more opportunity at respectable minutes off the bench. Once the playoffs start, he'll likely be relegated to a minimal role as a deep reserve.

Category: Game Recaps

Nets F Rodions Kurucs will start today at the 5 against Milwaukee. (Source: Anthony Puccio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Nets are extremely short-handed today as they take on the best team in the NBA. Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Joe Harris are all listed as out due to various injuries/rest. DraftKings did raise his price to $4,300 from $3,100 last game, so they may have seen this coming. In what should be a blowout with a -18.5 line in favor of Milwaukee, Kurucs could see a bunch of minutes, but this whole game will probably be a mess with a variety of rotations from both coaches.

Lance Thomas will start for the Nets again on Sunday against the Washington Wizards. Thomas got the start for the Nets on Friday as well, playing 18 minutes. (Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas did not have much of an impact in his first start, scoring just six points and adding two rebounds. Thomas is not a great fantasy option, but a starting spot against a weak Nets team could provide potential as a value pick in daily fantasy. Thomas is a risk, as he is not a top offensive option for the Nets, but there is some upside in the starting position.

Justin Anderson, who joined the Nets on Tuesday for practice, revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19. Anderson was asymptomatic and has been fully cleared to participate in the NBA restart. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson has only played three games for the Nets this season and has only averaged one point across those three games. In previous seasons, Anderson has played a significant role for both Philadelphia and Dallas, but hasn't had much success in the 2019-2020 season. With the amount of players who are absent for the Nets, it is hard to predict what their lineups will look like. Anderson may have a solid role with the Nets, but it will be a position battle worth monitoring as the season resumes.

Taurean Prince has tested positive for the coronavirus and will now sit out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The losing of Prince is yet another severe blow to an already lowly Nets team that will be without many of their key players heading into the NBA restart. On the season, he has averaged 29.0 minutes of playing time, 12.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and .9 steals per game. With Prince out, look for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Rodions Kurucs to get the chance to step-up for the team in a major way. With all the personnel losses suffered by the Nets, it will be interesting to see what this team will look like come competition time. For fantasy purposes, there may be a lot of available value; however, the chances of realizing it may present more of a challenge than merely identifying the next man up. It would be best to take a wait-and-see approach when trying to take advantage of this unfortunate circumstance.

Category: Injury Updates

According to The Athletic, Brooklyn Nets G Spencer Dinwiddie will not participate in the Orlando restart after testing positive for coronavirus last week. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a major blow for the Brooklyn Nets who are currently the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Caris LeVert will likely be the greatest beneficiary to Dinwiddie's absence but the Nets chances of making it through the playoffs are looking bleak. Dinwiddie's season will end averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.7 rebounds, which are all career-highs for the six-year guard.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

DeAndre Jordan tests positive for Coronavirus, and will not be joining the Nets in Orlando for the restart. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jordan becomes the latest memberof the Nets to test positive for COVID-19 and has decided to sit out the restart in Orlando. "Found out last night and confirmed again today that I’ve tested positive for Covid while being back in market. As a result of this, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season," said Jordan. He will finish the 2019-2020 campaign, averaging 8.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 blocks across 56 games. Look for Jarrett Allen to see additional minutes and increased role with Jordan sidelined. The 31-year-old center will look to fully recover and prepare for the 2020-2021 season.

Category: Injury Updates

In speaking with ESPN, Wilson Chandler told them of his decision to opt-out of playing in Orlando this July.

Fantasy Impact: Citing family and health reasons for his decision, Chandler joins a handful of peers who have decided to opt-out of participating in the NBA restart. The Nets are now able to sign a replacement in his absence. In result of his decision, he will forfeit a minimum of $1.2 million of his $2.3 million salary this year. Chandler has played 35 games this season and averaged 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. This move creates more opportunities in the Net’s front-court. An obvious candidate to see an uptick in time and potential usage is Taurean Prince; however, Kurucs and Luwawu-Cabarrot could also get a chance to increase their contribution to the team. There may be some sneaky value here for deep-league play, but it would be best to take a wait-and-see approach at this time.

Category: Transactions

After being released by the Brooklyn Nets, G Theo Pinson has been claimed off waivers by the New York Knicks. (Source: Bobby Marks on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In a subsequent move, the Knicks have waived G Allonzo Trier. Pinson has a $1.7M team option for the 2020-21 season. Trier on the other hand has an expiring $3.6M contract that could potentially be picked up by a playoff contender this season. Trier has averaged 9.7 points per game in two seasons with the Knicks. He could provide a team with another threat from long-distance.

Category: Transactions