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Ricky Rubio traded to Cleveland

Thu, Jul 29th 6:09pm EDT
By Ari Koslow

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Ricky Rubio, a 2022 second-round pick and cash from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Taurean Prince. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rubio is a bit of an odd fit with a Cavaliers team that already has Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, but they might not be done making moves. Prince will likely play with the Timberwolves second unit. This move should provide more minutes to D'Angelo Russell moving forward in Minnesota's rotation.

Category: Transactions

Anthony Edwards will headline the list of participants on the USA Select Team for the Tokyo Olympics this summer. He and the rest of the participants will compete against Team USA in Las Vegas prior to the Olympics. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Edwards is coming off a remarkable season, averaging 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game finishing as the runner-up for the Rookie of the Year. This experience with Team USA should only boost his value going into next season.

Category: Rumors

D'Angelo Russell registered 23 points (8-19 FG, 3-9 3PT, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and two turnovers in Sunday's win against Dallas.

Fantasy Impact: Russell ended the season on a strong note, scoring a healthy 23 points and dishing out 10 dimes. It was unfortunate that his knee surgery costed him 30 games this season, so hopefully his health cooperates far better next year. It would be ideal if Russell could get back to averaging at least 20 points with higher efficiency and more assists per contest. After all, his playmaking skills could really come in handy with the rise of Anthony Edwards.

Category: Game Recaps

Karl-Anthony Towns produced 23 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3PT, 10-11 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one turnover in Sunday night's victory over the Mavericks.

Fantasy Impact: Towns was looking like an early draft bust for fantasy owners, as he ended up missing 20 of his first 24 contests of the season. Fortunately, he appeared in all of the next 48 games aside from two in mid-April. Towns had a bit of a down year, as he averaged less points than last season, and pulled down his fewest boards per game since his rookie year. However, he's so supremely talented that his numbers were still excellent anyway. Towns should remain a first-round pick in all formats next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Naz Reid pitched in 10 points (4-9 FG, 0-4 3PT, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, one steal, one block, and two turnovers in Thursday's defeat to the Nuggets.

Fantasy Impact: Reid has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games now. His stock undoubtedly would've skyrocketed if Karl-Anthony Towns was given the final few weeks off, but head coach Chris Finch has remained adamant in not shutting any players down.

Category: Game Recaps

Jarred Vanderbilt pitched in eight points (4-5 FG), 11 rebounds, one assist, five steals, and two blocks in Friday night's loss to the Heat.

Fantasy Impact: Vanderbilt saw a season-high 35 minutes of action in tonight's contest, where he pulled down 11 rebounds and registered a career-high five steals. All five of his steals actually came in the first half alone. Vanderbilt could become fantasy relevant next season if his playing time is ramped up.

Category: Game Recaps

Juancho Hernangomez tallied 22 points (8-12 FG, 3-6 3PT, 3-8 FT), seven boards, one assist, and two blocks in Tuesday's win against the Rockets.

Fantasy Impact: Hernangomez's 22 points were the most he's recorded in a contest since January 5th. He has produced a handful of double-digit scoring games throughout the year, seven of them in the month of April. Due to his inconsistency, however, he remains too difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.

Category: Game Recaps

Jaden McDaniels pitched in 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3PT), four rebounds, and two turnovers in Wednesday's loss to the Bucks.

Fantasy Impact: McDaniels has now recorded seven double-figure scoring games in his last 12. He still hasn't been consistent enough to be rostered in 12-team leagues, but is worth owning in deeper formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Timberwolves' G Josh Okogie had 7 points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3PT, 2-3 FT), one rebound, one assist, one block, and four steals in Tuesday's loss to the Nets.

Fantasy Impact: Although a lackluster night offensively, Okogie provided the T-Wolves much-needed defensive tenacity against the Nets. This is the fourth time this season that Okogie has nabbed four or more steals, but regardless, he should remain on the waiver wire for now.

Category: Game Recaps

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jaylen Nowell (right tibia) has been ruled out Monday against the Kings. (Source: Timberwolves PR)

Fantasy Impact: Both Nowell and Malik Beasley will both be absent for Monday's game. On brighter news, Ricky Rubio and D'Angelo Russell are both active meaning the will likely soak up the minutes left behind by the pair.

Category: Injury Updates

Timberwolves' G Malik Beasley will miss four to six weeks with a Grade 3 left hamstring injury, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beasley missed Saturday's game with a left hamstring injury. At the time, the T-Wolves thought that the injury was relatively minor. However, Beasley will watch his team from the sidelines for at least a month, which could possibly spell the end of his season. Josh Okogie and Jarrett Culver should have increased roles for the Timberwolves while Beasley is out.

Category: Injury Updates

Jordan McLaughlin recorded 12 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3PT, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, nine assists, three steals, and two turnovers in Saturday's loss to Philadelphia.

Fantasy Impact: McLaughlin's six rebounds accounted for a new season-high, while his nine dimes matched his season-high. He took advantage of the absences of D'Angelo Russell and Ricky Rubio tonight, and could serve as a sneaky start on Monday against Sacramento if he remains in the first unit.

Category: Game Recaps

Jake Layman contributed 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3PT), four boards, four assists, one block, and three turnovers in Sunday night's blowout loss to the Suns.

Fantasy Impact: After two straight DNP-CDs and scoring a combined 12 points across his previous four games, Layman had a solid all-around effort tonight, despite the loss. His 30 minutes of playing time accounted for a season-high as well. Layman should still remain on the waiver wire, but fantasy managers in deeper leagues need to monitor him in case coach Chris Finch decides to ramp up his minutes.

Category: Game Recaps

Minnesota's Jarrett Culver will be available to play in Wednesday's matchup against the Bulls. (Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tonight's game will be the first game action Culver has seen since January 25th. Understandably, Culver will be on a 15 minute restriction on Wednesday. With a head coach change, as well as positive contributions from young players like Anthony Edwards, fantasy managers should take a "wait and see" approach with Culver, making sure his role is one that remains worthwhile for fantasy purposes.

Category: Injury Updates