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Michael Beasley has been released by Detroit in order to bring in newly-signed Joe Johnson. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Beasley should eventually be able to find a new home, though may have a more difficult time doing so with his five-game suspension kicking in after he signs a new deal.

Joe Johnson has agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with Detroit. After winning the MVP award in the BIG3 league, he will make his return to the NBA to add some scoring depth for the Pistons. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The 38 year-old should serve as a solid reserve and mentor for the team, though will highly unlikely be able to translate his performances to fantasy value.

Bam Adebayo has had his fourth-year, $5.1 million option exercised by the Heat for the 2020-21 season. This was a widely expected move, especially with Hassan Whiteside now out of the picture. (Source: Miami Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Now locked in as the starting center, Adebayo could be in for a breakout year. He is certainly worth a look in the earlier rounds of drafts.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have converted rookie guard William McDowell-White’s training camp contract into a two-way deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Australian guard has spent the past few years playing professionally in Australia and Germany after being ruled academically ineligible to attend Fresno State University in 2016. There is little doubt that McDowell-White will be assigned to the Rockets’ G-League affiliate, where the team will hope that he develops. As it stands, McDowell-White is irrelevant for fantasy purposes.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have converted rookie point guard Shamorie Ponds’ training camp contract into a two-way deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite being the recipient of the 2018 Haggerty Award (for being the top college basketball player in the New York City metro area), former St. John’s point guard Ponds went undrafted during the 2019 NBA Draft. Presumably, the Rockets' plan for Ponds is to spend time in the G-League developing his game. For now, however, he is completely off the radar in all fantasy leagues.

Davon Reed signs with Miami

Wed, Sep 4th 9:39pm EDT
By Shaan Hoda

Davon Reed, who last played for the Pacers, has signed with the Miami Heat. He will be back in Miami where he played for the Hurricanes in his collegiate career. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Reed could certainly crack the roster if he puts up strong numbers in preseason, but is well off the fantasy radar.

Bol Bol has agreed to a two-way deal with the Denver Nuggets, Shams Charania reports. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The big man fell to the 44th pick in this year’s draft and wasn’t able to secure a true deal with Denver. Instead, he’ll play most of his rookie season in the G-League, leaving him irrelevant in redraft formats and merely a dynasty bench stash at this time.

According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, JR Smith has turned down a $1.6 million contract offer from the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. (Source: Emiliano Carchia on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After publicly accusing the Cleveland Cavaliers front office of tanking, Smith spent the remainder of the 2018-2019 season away from the team. Smith was subsequently waived in July. While Smith will be turning 34 next week, he still offers scoring ability that could especially benefit a team’s second unit. The dismissal of Jiangsu’s contract offer may signal confidence that other NBA suitors will come calling as the season nears.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, free agent center Eric Moreland has agreed to join the Oklahoma City Thunder on a training camp deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, Moreland was signed by the Sacramento Kings. Over the past few years Moreland has bounced around the league, but notably won the 2019 NBA Championship as a member of the Toronto Raptors. However, Moreland has never received significant playing time at the NBA level. Even if Moreland signs with another NBA team, it’s difficult to envision him offering any sort of meaningful fantasy value.

Wilson Chandler's 25-game suspension has been confirmed, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 25-game suspension was confirmed for use of Ipamorelin. The forward appeared in 51 games for the Clippers and 76ers last season, averaging 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists across 23.1 minutes per tilt. His absence won’t cause a huge impact, as he was signed as a depth piece behind Rodions Kurucs, Taurean Prince, and Caris LeVert.

Previously hired as a pro scout, Mike Dunleavy has been promoted to assistant general manager for the Warriors. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Dunleavy was a rock-solid fantasy player in the 2000s with Golden State and Indiana. He averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game in the 2007-08 season.

The Warriors have hired Zaza Pachulia as a consultant. The 35 year-old big man spent 16 seasons in the NBA, mostly with Atlanta, and was able to win two rings with Golden State. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Zaza was a dependable fantasy asset back in his first two years with Atlanta, where he had averaged roughly 12 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, prior to the arrival of Al Horford. He was a serviceable position rebounder and shot a career average 75% from the free throw line.

Dwight Howard has officially cleared waivers after being waived by the Memphis Grizzles and has agreed to terms with the Lakers. With Boogie Cousins out for the season, Howard and JaVale McGee figure to mix in at the five. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Howard will have to earn his minutes with the Lakers so it remains to be seen how many minutes he actually plays. Right now he's nothing more than a late-round flier in re-draft leagues.

Jeremy Lin has inked a deal to head to China, where he will play for the Beijing Ducks. He won his first NBA title with the Raptors, but only appeared in 31 total games last year. (Source: Sportando)

Fantasy Impact: Lin did not generate any interest from an NBA team this off-season, but could certainly make a return once the CBA season concludes.

Andrew Harrison, who played for Cleveland, Memphis, and New Orleans last season, has agreed to a training camp deal with Golden State. He played in only 17 games, where he averaged 3.2 points. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: With 14 players signed to guaranteed contracts for the Warriors this year, Harrison will likely be facing an uphill battle to have the opportunity to step onto the court.

Caris LeVert agreed to a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Nets on Sunday. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: LeVert put up a career-high 13.7 points over 40 games a season ago, and he managed to bounce back from an ugly ankle injury that sidelined him for close to three months. He expects to play a key role for the Nets in 2019-2020 as the team's second option (until Kevin Durant returns from injury) in the offense behind Kyrie Irving. LeVert averaged 13.7 points, 3.9 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in 40 games last season.

Isaiah Canaan headed to China

Thu, Aug 22nd 10:21pm EDT
By Shaan Hoda

Isaiah Canaan has agreed to a contract with the Shandong Heroes of the CBA. He spent last season playing with Minnesota, Phoenix, and Milwaukee. (Source: Sportando)

Fantasy Impact: Canaan will be able to make a return to the NBA once the CBA season comes to an end. It is certainly possible that he reaches a deal with a team to play as a reserve, but he wouldn't be worth using in fantasy.

Jerryd Bayless agreed to sign with the Sichuan Blue Whales in China. The terms of the contract are yet to be disclosed, but he could theoretically make a return to the NBA at the end of the season if it is a one-year deal. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Bayless played in 34 games for Minnesota last season, where he averaged 6.1 points and 3.5 assists.

Malachi Richardson, who played sparingly for the Kings and Raptors, signed a contract to play in Israel for Hapoel Holon. (Source: Sportando)

Fantasy Impact: Richardson played in 70 NBA games, but was unable to generate any fantasy value.

Jaylen Adams signed a training camp deal with the Bucks on Friday. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Adams will compete for a depth role in Milwaukee's backcourt during training camp and preseason. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 12.6 minutes in 34 games last season.