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Justin HolidayJul 19 06:10pm

Free agent guard Justin Holiday has signed a one-year deal with the Indiana Pacers, where he joins his brother Aaron. Last year, Holiday split time between Chicago and Memphis, playing in 82 games with 77 starts and putting up averages of 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds on 38.6 percent shooting. Indiana's a better team and because of that won't afford Holiday with the same amount of minutes, but he gives the Pacers a bench option who can hit a ton of threes. There's late round fantasy value here, but not as much as there was for Holiday last season.
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Dragan BenderJul 17 05:20pm

Another NBA player appears to be returning to international play, as power forward Dragan Bender has reportedly agreed to a multi-year deal with CSKA Moscow. Bender, whose team option was declined by the Suns and was a free agent, found the NBA free agency landscape to be a tough place for him and despite interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, it appears Bender's NBA days are over for now. He averaged just five points and four rebounds in 46 games for the Suns last year, including 27 starts. There's enough promise to hold onto him in deeper dynasty leagues, but he's now a non-factor in redraft.
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Blake GriffinJul 16 01:10pm

Last season, Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin dealt with a knee injury that limited his availability at the end of the season and the beginning of the playoffs, which led Griffin to have knee surgery in the offseason. The surgery wasn't expected to keep Griffin out of any offseason activities, and Tuesday's announcement that he's resumed light basketball activities keeps Griffin on track to be a full go for the 2019-2020 season. Knee injuries are definitely something to be concerned over, but as long as Griffin is able to take the court when the season opens, his usage on this Pistons team will make him a strong fantasy basketball option next season. There's injury risk, but Griffin's upside is undeniable.
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Brandon ClarkeJul 16 12:00am

Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Brandon Clarke was named the MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League. In six games, Clarke averaged 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest, showing that he can be a valuable piece of the Grizzlies' rotation this upcoming season. The Grizzlies are a young and rebuilding team, and Clarke is bound to get plenty of minutes in the team's front court this season. He's going to be a valuable fantasy contributor thanks to his ability to score efficiently and rebound well.
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Henry EllensonJul 16 12:00am

The Brooklyn Nets have signed power forward Henry Ellenson to a two-way contract. Ellenson's first three NBA seasons -- split between the Pistons and Knicks -- have largely been disappointments, and he finished last season with an average of six points and 3.5 rebounds per game in just 19 appearances. A two-way deal will limit how much time Ellenson is able to spend on an NBA roster, which means most of his season will be spent with Brooklyn's G-League affiliate in Long Island. Any value Ellenson may have had if he'd signed an actual NBA contract has evaporated with this move.
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J.R. SmithJul 15 11:30pm

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived veteran guard J.R. Smith, clearing the way for Smith to join a contending team. Smith averaged 6.7 points and shot just 30.8 percent from the field last season, but played in just 11 games for Cleveland. A healthy Smith could be a decent bench piece for a playoff team, but he's unlikely to find a role where he'll be more than a team's fourth or fifth guard. That means Smith's fantasy stock is likely to vary wildly on a game-to-game basis, making him someone not worth rostering in most league formats. The only exception would be if Smith doesn't sign with a contender and prioritizes signing somewhere where he'll receive minutes, though it's unclear if a team like that exists.
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Tyson ChandlerJul 12 03:20pm

The Houston Rockets have signed veteran center Tyson Chandler, who played 55 games last season for the Suns and Lakers. Chandler averaged just 3.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, and he'll likely be mired in the back of the Houston rotation this year, seeing 10-15 minutes per game on what could be an irregular basis. This signing doesn't matter for fantasy purposes unless Houston's starting center Clint Capela misses time, in which case Chandler may have a little value in deep leagues.
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Chris PaulJul 11 10:10pm

The Houston Rockets have traded point guard Chris Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. It's hard to know what to make of the deal for Paul, because so much remains up in the air. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Thunder are still looking to move Paul after the deal, so there's a very good chance he never plays a game in a Thunder uniform. If he does, he'll likely see a larger usage rate than he has in previous seasons and receive a boost in his statistical output, but the looming threat of another trade leads us to grade this move as an incomplete.
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Russell WestbrookJul 11 10:00pm

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets have completed a deal that sends point guard Russell Westbrook to Houston, pairing him once again with former teammate James Harden. With Paul George no longer in Oklahoma City, Westbrook was set to have a huge season statistically, but he'll go back to playing a role similar to the one he played last year, when he saw a drop in shot attempts and averaged 22.9 points per game, down almost 10 points from his pre-George numbers. Westbrook will also see a reduction in assists playing beside another ball-dominant player, and it would be a surprise to see him lead the league in that category for the third straight year. Overall, Westbrook's value takes a slight hit, though he'll still probably go at the end of the first in fantasy drafts.
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Coby WhiteJul 11 11:00am

Chicago Bulls rookie point guard Coby White is expected to take a backseat to some of the team's other options this upcoming season. Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said that White's got a lot of learning to do and that the speed of the game could be an issue for White, while head coach Jim Boylen has already said Kris Dunn is the team's starting point guard. With Tomas Satoransky in the picture too, it doesn't look like White's going to be fantasy relevant in the early stages of his rookie campaign.
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Kelly Oubre Jr.Jul 11 11:00am

Restricted free agent forward Kelly Oubre Jr. has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Phoenix Suns. Oubre is a solid player who's likely to end up starting at the three for the Suns, and he has solid fantasy upside as a guy who can give Phoenix something close to 15 points and five rebounds per game. Last season was also Oubre's most efficient year as an NBA shooter, and he can be a good fantasy pick in the later rounds of fantasy drafts because of his ability to do a lot of things on the basketball court, even if he isn't going to excel at any one thing.
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Avery BradleyJul 8 03:30pm

Shooting guard Avery Bradley is expected to sign a two-year, $9.7 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers upon his clearing of waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Grizzlies waived Bradley earlier in the summer, paving the way for the former NBA All-Defensive First Team selection to join a revamped Lakers roster. The second year of Bradley's contract is reported to have a player option, as he'll join Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the wing in 2019-20. After showcasing his offensive game (16.1 points per contest) over 14 games with Memphis to conclude last season, he may revert to his traditional role of defensive stopper with Los Angeles, which could stunt his upward fantasy trajectory.
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DeMarcus CousinsJul 7 01:00am

The Lakers have signed free agent center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. The 28-year-old, who played just 30 regular season games with the Warriors in 2019 after recovering from an Achilles injury the year prior, averaged only 16.3 points and 8.2 boards per contest while playing a career-low 25.7 minutes. He will be reunited with former Pelicans teammates Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo in his new home in Los Angeles and will look to remain healthy in hopes of getting paid next Summer.
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Danny GreenJul 6 03:00am

Free-agent shooting guard/small forward Danny Green (Raptors) plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, sources said late on Friday. He was also being pursued by the Dallas Mavericks. The deal is reportedly for two years and $30 million. It isn't quite the member of the Toronto Raptors championship squad that they were looking for, as Kawhi Leonard instead decided to join the Los Angeles Clippers. But Green isn't a bad addition, as he'll help the Lakers perimeter shooting. He might get a chance to join the starting five, and should be a decent middle- to late-round fantasy option in most leagues for his 3-pointers.
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Kawhi LeonardJul 6 02:50am

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a four-year, $142 million deal with forward Kawhi Leonard on Saturday. Leonard, who averaged a career-high 26.6 points per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field while with the Raptors last season, will undoubtedly be a top-five selection in upcoming fantasy drafts, despite being paired with newly acquired forward Paul George and missing a few games due to load management purposes.
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Zion WilliamsonJul 6 02:50am

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (knee) suffered a knee-to-knee hit in the first half of Friday's Summer League debut against former college teammate R.J. Barrett and the New York Knicks. The injury was to his left knee and he was unable to return. The injury is not expected to be serious, the team is likely taking a cautious approach with the No. 1 overall pick. It was a crazy game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, as the game was eventually suspended in the second half due to a 7.1 earthquake centered near Ridgecrest, Calif., causing the giant speakers and scoreboard to sway.
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Paul GeorgeJul 6 02:40am

Forward Paul George is being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Clippers in exchange for forward Danilo Gallinari, guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and four unprotected first-round draft picks. George, who will now join forward Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles, had the most productive season of his career in 2019, finishing the year by averaging 28 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting nearly 39 percent from deep. He will likely see a slight reduction in production with Leonard in the mix, but he could easily find himself in the MVP conversation once again this season and should be considered a first-round pick in upcoming fantasy drafts.
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De'Anthony MeltonJul 3 05:40pm

The Phoenix Suns have just been swindled out of one of their better young assets in De'Anthony Melton for the sole reason of dumping Josh Jackson. Jackson, the former fourth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft has had troubles, on and off the court, and now finds himself in a new home with an abundance of young talent and competence. This is an opportunity to rehab his game and image if legal troubles do not interfere. In this deal, the Grizzlies sent over veteran shooting guard Kyle Korver and defensive-minded point guard Jevon Carter and received two second-round picks (one conditional). Korver's partially guaranteed deal is reportedly getting bought out, and he will receive interest from the Lakers, Sixers, and Bucks.
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Markieff MorrisJul 3 05:20pm

The Detroit Pistons have signed veteran power forward Markieff Morris. The Pistons starting frontcourt of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond is due to take up most of the minutes there, however, Morris should fill in across the forward/center lines throughout the year. He used to play a little bit of small forward and could potentially fill-in there too when Detroit wants to go massive. Morris took a step back last season as a neck injury cut into his year and possibly hampered his play but could be due for a bounce-back if fully healthy. He's not someone to target in most fantasy drafts and should be an occasional streamer at best.
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Justin Wright-ForemanJul 3 02:50am

Utah Jazz point guard Justin Wright-Foreman notched 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting during Tuesdays Summer League win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Competition for the point guard slot on the Jazz roster has ramped up significantly with the addition of both Mike Conley and Emmanuel Mudiay, but Utah thought highly enough of Wright-Foreman to select him in the second round of last months NBA Draft. A collegiate standout at Hofstra, Wright-Foreman averaged 27.1 points per game during his senior year, and to open the summer, he has picked up offensively where he left off.
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Tony BradleyJul 3 02:50am

Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley has wasted little time making an impact during Summer League, having taken his game up a notch during Tuesdays win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bradley had a double-double in Mondays opener, but went for a robust 26 points and 16 rebounds Tuesday, finishing 9-for-13 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free-throw stripe. The big man added three blocks across his 27 minutes, making an emphatic statement that he should be in line for minutes behind Jazz starting center Rudy Gobert when the regular season opens in October.
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Caleb SwaniganJul 3 02:20am

Sacramento Kings center Caleb Swanigan logged just two minutes of action during Tuesdays Summer League loss to the Miami Heat before departing due to a quad contusion. Swanigan is attempting to make the Kings roster ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, having arrived last season in a deal with Portland. The former collegiate All-American has appeared in 48 games over his first two years in the league, but averaged just 7.6 minutes per contest. Any kind of extended injury that would keep Swanigan sidelined would severely hamper his chances of beginning the year on Sacramentos roster.
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Duncan RobinsonJul 3 02:10am

Miami Heat small forward Duncan Robinson is going to attempt to shoot his way onto an NBA roster in 2019-20. Unfortunately for Robinson, his shot wasnt falling during Tuesdays Summer League win over the Sacramento Kings, as he finished 2-for-11 from behind the arc. But he did finish with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists, as the Heat appear confident in deploying the sharpshooter a significant minutes total. Robinson appeared in 15 games (one start) with Miami last season, although he shot an uncharacteristic 28.6 percent (10-for-35) from long range. He looks to earn more regular-season looks through his summer performance.
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Yante MatenJul 3 02:10am

Miami Heat power forward Yante Maten put together a strong showing during Tuesdays Summer League win over the Sacramento Kings, collecting 21 points and nine rebounds. Maten took advantage of his trips to the free-throw stripe, where he finished 11-for-13. The 22-year-old got his first taste of NBA action last season in a brief two-game stint with Miami, but is looking to crack the rotation on a more consistent basis heading into the upcoming season in the wake of the deal that sent big men Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. to Dallas.
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Dorian Finney-SmithJul 3 01:50am

Small/power forward Dorian Finney-Smith has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal to rejoin the Dallas Mavericks, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Finney-Smith appeared in 81 games last season for Dallas, starting 26 of those contests. He set new career highs with 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per outing, developing into a solid two-way asset for the Mavericks. The lack of offensive output (just 2.8 made field goals per game in 2018-19) make Finney-Smith a dicey fantasy option ahead of the upcoming season.
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Keldon JohnsonJul 2 09:40pm

San Antonio Spurs guard Keldon Johnson was much more aggressive in his second Summer League game Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Johnson lead all scorers with 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting while adding seven rebounds, three three-pointers, three steals and a block in 25 minutes. The absence of Lonnie Walker IV allowed Johnson to take the reigns of the offense and he did not disappoint. Johnson was drafted by the Spurs late first round of the 2019 NBA Draft after one year at Kentucky. Despite this huge performance, Johnson will have trouble cracking the normal rotation barring any future roster moves or injuries. San Antonio currently has seven guards under salary this upcoming season.
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Glenn Robinson IIIJul 2 08:00pm

The Golden State Warriors and free agent small forward Glenn Robinson III are agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Last year with Detroit, Robinson played in 47 games, averaging 4.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game while shooting 42 percent from the field. Those aren't great numbers, but it's possible Robinson ends up starting some games for a weakened Warriors team this upcoming season, as their current small forward rotation is just Alfonzo McKinnie. Robinson's unlikely to be a major fantasy factor, though he could be in line to have the best statistical season of his career. Even improvement across the board won't make him a viable fantasy starter, though.
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Willie Cauley-SteinJul 2 07:50pm

With DeMarcus Cousins and Jordan Bell both not returning to the Warriors next season, the team had an opening at the center position. They'll fill it with former Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, who averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last year. Cauley-Stein is a rangy defender who should easily grab the starting job, and with Klay Thompson (ACL) set to miss a good chunk of the season, Cauley-Stein could end up being the third option offensively depending on how the team uses Draymond Green. Expect solid numbers for Cauley-Stein, whose fantasy perception is likely to drop based on how recent Warriors centers have fared. Cauley-Stein should outperform what those other players have done.
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Jeff GreenJul 2 07:40pm

The Utah Jazz and free agent forward Jeff Green have agreed on a one-year deal for Green to join the Utah Jazz. Green's been a promising and at times inconsistent player for over a decade, but he's coming off a solid year in Washington in which he scored 12.3 points per game to go along with four rebounds and 1.4 made threes per game. Green is likely to come off the bench in Utah, though there have been some whispers that his defensively versatility could land him in the starting five. He doesn't possess a ton of upside, but Green's a solid piece who can provide fantasy owners with good value as a late round pick.
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Wenyen GabrielJul 2 01:30am

Sacramento Kings power forward Wenyen Gabriel put on a show during Mondays Summer League opener against the Golden State Warriors, finishing with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds across 27 minutes. After going undrafted out of Kentucky in the 2018 NBA Draft and latching on with the Kings, Gabriel is looking to find his way into regular season action for the first time. Still just 22 years old, Gabriel boasts a high ceiling due to his athleticism, having also knocked down a pair of triples versus Golden State.
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Jimmer FredetteJul 2 01:20am

Golden State Warriors point/shooting guard Jimmer Fredette made a strong first impression during Mondays Summer League defeat to the Sacramento Kings. Fredette played 17 minutes off the bench, but totaled 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting, while snatching a team-best seven rebounds. Fredette returned to the NBA for a six-game stint with the Suns at the conclusion of last season, and with a strong showing this summer, could find himself with an NBA gig either with the Warriors or another squad. With Klay Thompson sidelined to open the upcoming year, Fredettes long range prowess could help him secure a spot with the reigning five-time Western Conference champions.
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Rodney HoodJul 2 12:20am

Shooting guard/small forward Rodney Hood was acquired by the Portland Trail Blazers for their playoff run last season, and is now set to commit to the organization with a two-year deal worth $16 million, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Hood averaged 9.6 points per game across 27 regular-season contests, but found his groove during the postseason, where he logged seven double-digit scoring performances, including a 25-point barrage in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Nuggets. With Maurice Harkless and Evan Turner out and Kent Bazemore coming in, how Hoods role plays out over the course of the upcoming year remains up in the air, but hes likely to serve as a primary scoring option no matter the circumstance.
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Nerlens NoelJul 2 12:20am

Center Nerlens Noel will be sticking with the Oklahoma City Thunder afterall, per Adrian Wojnarowski. After it was reported that Noel was putting his return to OKC on hold, the 25-year-old has now committed to returning for at least a second season. Noel appeared in 77 games last year, the most in his five-year career, while logging 13.7 minutes per game, which marked the fewest of his tenure in the league. He boasts little by way of fantasy value despite his 1.2 blocks per game average in 2018-19, aside from when starter Steven Adams is out of the mix.
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Ivan RabbJul 2 12:00am

Memphis Grizzlies power forward/center Ivan Rabb may have started 13 games last season, but he still found himself getting some extra run during Mondays Summer League victory over the Utah Jazz, in which he totaled 14 points and four rebounds across 26 minutes. The 22-year-old got a taste of significant minutes in the Memphis frontcourt for a stretch in 2018-19, and figures to remain in a prominent role behind the duo of Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jonas Valanciunas during the upcoming year. After shooting 3-for-15 from three across 49 games last season, Rabb went 1-for-2 on Monday alone, while also adding a pair of blocked shots.
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Yuta WatanabeJul 2 12:00am

Memphis Grizzlies small forward Yuta Watanabe paced his squad to a win Monday over the Utah Jazz in the Summer League opener, going for 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Watanabe added nine rebounds and shot 5-for-6 from the free-throw line, while the Grizzlies finished +22 during his 27 minutes on the court. The 24-year-old Japanese lefty logged action in 15 games last season with Memphis, averaging 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. With new opportunities aplenty for a new-look Grizzlies squad in 2019-20, Watanabe is off to a strong start in his quest to getting consistent minutes in the upcoming season.
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Tony BradleyJul 1 11:50pm

Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley delivered a dominating performance in Mondays Summer League opener against the Memphis Grizzlies, collecting 14 points to go along with 15 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass. Bradley shot 6-for-12 from the field and 2-for-6 from the free-throw stripe, while adding a pair of blocks. A first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Bradley has appeared in 12 games combined over the past two years for Utah, looking to cement a role on the bench heading into the 19-20 campaign behind two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert.
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Julian WashburnJul 1 11:40pm

Memphis Grizzlies small forward Julian Washburn was scorching hot from the get-go during Mondays Summer League win over the Utah Jazz, finishing 7-for-10 from the floor overall, including 5-for-6 from long range en route to a 20-point effort. Washburn made his NBA debut with Memphis last season, appearing in 18 games, including a trio of starts. With the organization undergoing an offseason overhaul, the 27-year-old is looking to earn a roster spot and his early shooting display will get him some attention after not having an outing last season with multiple made threes.
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Isaiah ThomasJul 1 11:40pm

Point guard Isaiah Thomas will be joining his seventh NBA franchise, as the veteran has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Thomas joins a Wizards club that saw last seasons primary point guard, Tomas Satoransky, agree to a deal with the Chicago Bulls. As John Wall continues his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon which has his availability for the 2019-20 campaign in question, the addition of Thomas gives Washington a former two-time All-Star who is looking to reclaim his elite status. Should Thomas prove to be healthy, he could bounce back in a significant way from a fantasy perspective.
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Duncan RobinsonJul 1 11:10pm

Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson showed off his sharpshooting in their Summer League opener Monday night. Robinson scored 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting, while adding five rebounds, four assists and three three-pointers in just 20 minutes. With a year already under his belt, Robinson looked extremely comfortable in a featured role and had little trouble hitting open looks on a consistent basis. Robinson will be fighting for a spot on the Miami roster and so far so good. With the committee of combo guards and forwards in Miami, Robinson is likely on his way to another two-way contract.
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Lonnie Walker IVJul 1 09:10pm

San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Lonnie Walker IV dropped 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting during Mondays Summer League opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Walker was the games leading scorer, as well as tying for the team high in rebounds with seven. Walker had his rookie season delayed by injury last year, which limited him to 17 games down the stretch with just 6.9 minutes played per contest. Heading into his age-21 campaign, Walker will look to crack the Spurs rotation with regularity moving forward, but appears to be the primary go-to option during Summer League out of the chute.
Source: RTSports