Lance Thomas and the Nets are close to a deal, which would make him the fourth replacement player added to the roster. (Source: Ian Begley on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: In his final season with the Knicks during the 2018-19 season, Thomas played in 46 contests and averaged 17.0 minutes of playing time, 4.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and .6 assists per game. He will join newly acquired Michael Beasley, where they will more than likely be vying for the back-up power forward role behind Rodions Kurucs. At this point, it is difficult to say how Thomas will be used as part of the Nets’ rotation. Even though there is a substantial amount of value available, it is hard to determine where it will flow, given the current question marks plaguing the roster. As of now, it would be best to take a wait-and-see approach before making any moves.
Fri, Jul 10th 12:03am EDT
By Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
PJ Tucker has one year left on his contract and hopes for an extension to remain a Rocket, he says, “I love Houston. I’ve said it many times. I want to retire as a Houston Rocket. The fans, the city have embraced me since day one. So, fingers crossed, I hope we can strike a deal and get it done.” (Source: Mark Berman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Tucker remains a crucial component of the Rockets rotation. This year he has played in 64 contests and has averaged 34.4 minutes of playing time, 7.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and .5 blocks per game. Although his production night-in and night-out can be inconsistent at times, his ability to stuff the stat sheet any given night makes him worth keeping on your fantasy radar as a possible source of salary relief. His sheer volume alone makes him an asset to own in deep-league play.
Jamal Crawford has officially signed his contract with the Brooklyn Nets, per Marc Stein on Twitter. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: No surprise here as the 20-year vet agreed to a deal with the Nets earlier this week before making it official on Thursday. Crawford last played for the Suns during the 2018-2019 season and will now look to serve a valuable role off of the bench for the short-handed Nets in Orlando.
Thu, Jul 9th 6:21pm EDT
By Alex Burns
Marc Stein is reporting on Twitter that the Brooklyn Nets are signing forward Donta Hall for the remainder of the 2019-2020 NBA season. (Source: Marc Stein on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After coming to terms with Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley on Wednesday, the short-handed Nets had one more spot to fill before play resumes later this month in Orlando. Hall, who went undrafted in 2019, spent most of the season in the G-league before signing a 10-day contract with the Pistons in late February. Although he only appeared in four games with Detroit before the NBA season was suspended, Hall was impressive during his time in the G-League. Through 38 games with the Grand Rapids Drive, the Alabama product put up 15.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 66 percent from the field. He figures to add some depth behind Jarett Allen and newly acquired forward Michael Beasley while in Orlando.
The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent forward Michael Beasley as a Substitute Player for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. (Source: Anthony Puccio on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Beasley will serve a five-game suspension before he is eligible to play in Orlando. The Nets are down seven players and have brought in veterans Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley. Beasley will play a key role off the Nets bench once he returns from his suspension. The 31-year-old averaged 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists across 26 games for the Lakers last season.
Luc Mbah a Moute has officially signed his contract with the Houston Rockets ahead of the NBA restart in Orlando later this month. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This doesn't come as a surprise as it was reported last week that Houston would be signing Mbah a Moute after Thabo Sefolosha announced he would opt-out of the Orlando restart. The terms of the deal are currently unknown at this point, but his presence will surely add some depth behind an already loaded Houston front court. The 11-year vet last played for the Clippers in 2018-2019 before injuring his knee early in the season.
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.
Mon, Jul 6th 1:54pm EDT
By Adam Koffler
Free agent G Sindarius Thornwell has signed with the New Orleans Pelicans as a substitute player for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. (Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Thornwell most recently played for the NBA G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.4 steals in 29 minutes per game. The former 2nd-round pick of the Clippers in 2017 has played in 137 career NBA games and now has a chance to show his value as a depth piece for the Pelicans as they head into the bubble in Disney World.
Thu, Jul 2nd 4:53pm EDT
By Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
DeMar DeRozan, in discussing whether he was hesitant to come back due to his contract option situation, said, “I never think about the next year. For me, it’s all about the times that we’re living in. So much is going on with COVID going around, and justice things that everybody is fighting against right now. There’s so much in the world that’s going on that I put that into play before I even think about my next year option or whatever.” (Source: Michael C. Wright on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: DeRozan continued his statements by saying, “For me to just be in this position, I have the opportunity for us to go back in play. I’m trying to understand and figure out how that’s gonna work. Every day has been a new learning experience and been a challenge. For me, I haven’t even thought past tomorrow, honestly.” It appears that just like his peers, DeRozan is seeing the whole picture and prioritizing the things that impact more than himself. His commitment to focusing on the things that are right in front of him should bode well for a Spurs team that is in the hunt for a playoff berth. This year DeRozan has averaged 34.4 minutes of playing time, 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.0 steals per game. He is a high-volume, high-usage player who has a solid floor and ceiling and should start in all fantasy formats.
Thu, Jul 2nd 2:54pm EDT
By Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Evan Fournier, when asked by reporters about his potential free agency following the 2019-20 season, replied, “As far as my free agency, I have no pressure at all, really, because I have a player option regardless. So, when the moment comes, I’m just going to look at stuff and look at the numbers and make my decision. But there’s really no pressure.” (Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Fournier, who has played with the Magic for the past six years, has a decision to make come this off-season. Should he decide to forgo the use of his player option, he would be an unrestricted free agent in a league whose financial position remains uncertain due to the coronavirus crisis. This season he has played in 61 contests and averaged 31.7 minutes of playing time, 18.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Fournier is statistically having the best all-around season in his career; we will have to wait and see if he can continue his solid play come later this month. Any given night, he has the potential to outplay his value, however more often time than not produces high-floor performances. He should remain playable in any fantasy format for the remainder of the year.
Fred Katz is reporting that Jerian Grant has officially signed with the Wizards. (Source: Fred Katz on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Grant will replace Davis Bertan in Orlando, to add some back court depth for the Wizards’ roster. The guard signed earlier this year with the Capital Go-Go of the G-League, but has been inactive all season. Grant can be left on waiver wires as he will be an end of the roster player for the Wizards, when the team resumes the season on July 31st, versus the Suns.
Wed, Jul 1st 5:43pm EDT
By Dan Titus
According to Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Neil Olshey, Caleb Swanigan will not join Portland when the NBA restarts in Orlando later this month. (Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Swanigan appeared in 20 games for the Trail Blazers this season, after being dealt from the Sacramento Kings earlier this year. A three-year veteran, Swanigan provided depth in the frontcourt for the Blazers while Zach Collins recovered from shoulder surgery and contributed 3.0 points, 4.7 rebounds,1.5 assists in 13.3 minutes per game. With Swanigan deciding to opt-out of the NBA restart, the Blazers will be allowed to sign another player as a replacement for his spot on the roster.
Free agent guard Trey Burke has officially signed with the Dallas Mavericks ahead of the NBA restart. (Source: Bobby Karalla on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Burke will take the place of C Willie Cauley-Stein who has decided to opt out of playing the remainder of the season. The Mavericks will be without Cauley-Stein and Dwight Powell when the season resumes, and head coach Rick Carlisle admittedly said “we’re gonna be a little small [with only 3 guys over 6-foot-7].” Burke last played for the Sixers during the 2019-20 season and will provide the Mavs with playmaking and scoring off the bench.
The Portland Trail Blazers announced that they have officially signed Jaylen Adams for the remainder of the season. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: A star of the 2019-2020 G-League, Adams earned his spot on the Blazers roster and will may get a legitimate shot at showcasing his talents in Orlando once the season resumes. On the year, Adams put up 21.5 points, 5.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and a whopping 1.7 steals across 33 games this season with the Wisconsin Herd.
G JR Smith officially signed with the Lakers on Wednesday. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: As expected, Smith will join the Lakers for the NBA restart in Orlando and finalized his deal on Tuesday. Smith will replace Avery Bradley in the rotation and expects to play a key role off the Lakers' bench. The 34-year-old guard will once again be reunited with Lebron James. JR averaged 6.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 triples across 11 games for the Cavaliers in the 2018-19 season.