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Nikola Jokic is still in Serbia, nearly three weeks since testing positive for coronavirus, due to travel issues. The plan is to have Jokic fly directly to Orlando to avoid having to do any other testing. Once in Orlando, he will still need to test negative twice and quarantine before being able to resume activities. The timeline for when this is to occur remains unclear. (Source: Mike Singer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As of now, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that Jokic is in jeopardy of missing any action come late July. It can, however, be concerning that he has not returned to the states despite testing negative for coronavirus. Although Jokic could lose valuable time to prepare for the restart, his consistency and productivity while on the floor should remain intact. He is a must-start in all formats.

Category: Injury Updates

According to sources, veteran G/F Gerald Green drew interest from multiple teams including the Houston Rockets ahead of the June 30th transaction window cut-off. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ultimately, Green decided it was in his and his family’s best interest for him to not play in the 2019-20 season restart. Green’s partner is expected to give birth in August and he didn’t want to risk anything heading into the bubble in Disney World. The 34-year old has received medical clearance to play again after a broken foot, and will become a free agent ahead of the 2020-21 season.

The Denver Nuggets are signing two-way guard P.J. Dozier to a full NBA contract, per Shams Charania. (Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It’s a multi-year deal for Dozier who has been a two-way player for the Nuggets over the past year. He’s also been in and out of the NBA G League, but now he gets his opportunity for multiple years with the Nuggets. He could be a nice rotational piece for a Denver team that runs 8-9 deep at any given time. Dozier has only played a total of 29 games in the NBA after going undrafted out of South Carolina.

Category: Transactions

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.

Paul Millsap is expected to become a free agent after this season. He reportedly would like to remain in Denver as his three-year, $90 million deal signed in 2017 expires this year. (Source: Nick Kosmider of the Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Millsap would finish his career in the same city he was born. Denver is 57 games over .500 (143-86) in nearly three full seasons since Millsap joined the Nuggets. Millsap will become a free agent after this year and will weigh out his options, including staying in Denver. The 35-year-old is a great presence in the locker room and has had a solid year for the Nuggets in 2019-2020. Millsap is averaging 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.1 triples across 44 games.

Will Barton scored 23 points (9-17 FG, 4-9 3PT, 1-2 FT), with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and no turnovers in 37 minutes in Wednesday night’s 113-97 loss to the Mavericks.

Fantasy Impact: Barton shot the ball well tonight for Denver, but most importantly, took care of the ball, not committing a single turnover. He’s been fantastic in his last seven games, averaging 17.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 0.9 steals in 33 minutes per game. His hot streak will come to an abrupt halt however, as the NBA has suspended its season indefinitely after Jazz C Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 tonight.

Category: Game Recaps

Jamal Murray scored a team-high 25 points (10-22 FG, 3-11 3PT, 2-2 FT), with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and four turnovers in 38 minutes in 113-97 loss to the Mavericks.

Fantasy Impact: Murray has been posting some very well-rounded lines of late for his fantasy owners. On the year, he’s averaging 18.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.2 steals in 32 minutes per game. Unfortunately, Murray won’t have the opportunity to continue his string of strong performances after tonight, as the NBA has suspended the season indefinitely after Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

Category: Game Recaps

Monte Morris registered seven points (2-9 FG, 0-2 3PT, 3-3 FT), five assists, and two blocks over 24 minutes in Monday's 109-95 win over the first-place Bucks.

Fantasy Impact: Morris's production has been erratic and tough to predict this season as he's scored 12, 4, 15, 7, and 7 over his last five games while averaging 3.2 assists, 1.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, and 0.6 steals over the same span. The third year point guard has seen a bump in minutes every month so far this season, but the stellar play of Jamaal Murray will keep a tight lid on that. As of now, he only has fantasy relevance in the deepest of leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Michael Porter, Jr. was held scoreless on Monday night, playing 12 minutes off the bench and missing both of his field goal attempts (0-2 FG, 0-1 3PT). The rookie "added" one rebound and didn't register any other statistics in a 109-95 Nuggets' victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Fantasy Impact: Another game, same story for MPJ. Without consistent playing time or a sizable role on a deep and talented Nuggets team, the rookie simply does not have a clear path to fantasy value for the remainder of this season. Porter, Jr. should be dropped in all re-draft formats at this point but remains a priority stash in dynasty/keeper leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Gary Harris continued his recent hot stretch on Monday, scoring 15 points on only nine shots (5-9 FG, 3-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) in a win over the short-handed Bucks. Harris added four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two turnovers in 32 minutes of action.

Fantasy Impact: After a mostly lost fantasy season, Harris has played much better since the All-Star break and has particularly turned it on over the past five games. Harris has notched 2+ steals in four consecutive games while knocking down three triples in three of the past five games. Harris has also shot a scorching-hot 64.3% (27-42 FG) from the field and 71.4% (10-14 3PT) from long-distance over that five-game stretch. If Harris was dropped and is still available in your league, grab him now and hope the resurgence continues.

Category: Game Recaps

Noah Vonleh (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game against the Hornets. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Vonleh will now have missed three consecutive games due to a sprained ankle. Fantasy owners should monitor his status closer to tip-off. Vonleh has only appeared in three games since January 15th.

Category: Injury Updates

Jordan McRae will be available to make his debut with the Pistons Wednesday night against the Thunder. (Source: Keith Langlois)

Fantasy Impact: McRae has averaged 11.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game this season between Washington and Denver. he was bought out by the Nuggets earlier in the week and signed be Detroit Wednesday. He may be needed immediately as the Pistons are shorthanded in the backcourt with Derrick Rose and Bruce Brown sidelined.

Torrey Craig collected 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt), three rebounds and one steal in 17 minutes from the bench in a win over Toronto.

Fantasy Impact: Craig posted his highest point total of the season in just 16 minutes of action against the Raptors. He shot 63 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three-point range. Even though this was a highly efficient showing from Craig, it's hard to see value stemming from this performance. He's averaging just 5.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists this season. You don't need to ponder his place on your roster anytime soon.

Category: Game Recaps

Miles Plumlee totaled nine points (4-5 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists across 15 minutes in the Nuggets’ 128-116 win over the Timberwolves on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: It was a typical night for Plumlee, who maintained his backup center role while playing a smattering of minutes behind Nikola Jokic. Plumlee has been very efficient on a per-minute basis this season, but barring an absence from Jokic, the former is best reserved for deeper leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Shabazz Napier was traded from the Nuggets to the Wizards in exchange for Jordan McRae.

Fantasy Impact: Napier should emerge as the starting point guard for the Wizards, now that Isaiah Thomas was shipped to the Clippers. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.2 steals across 22 games as a starter for the Timberwolves. Napier should be owned in all standard leagues.

Category: Transactions

Malik Beasley supplied 10 points (3-8 FG, 1-4 3 Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, three assists, one block, and three steals across 18 minutes in the Nuggets' win over New Orleans on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Beasley has received much more playing time amidst some injuries on Denver. The guard offered a modest statline on Friday, and has been offering modest statlines all season. He's not a dependable fantasy player.

Category: Game Recaps