Thu Sep 12 10:21pm ET
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
Players: Joe Johnson
DETROIT (AP) A person with knowledge of the agreement says the Detroit Pistons have reached a deal with 38-year-old swingman Joe Johnson.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the deal had not been announced. Johnson's most recent NBA season was 2017-18, when he played for Houston and Utah. He was recently named MVP of the BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league.
Johnson averaged 6.8 points in 55 games in that 2017-18 season. He has also played for Boston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Brooklyn and Miami in an NBA career that began in 2001-02.
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis is not close on a contract extension with the Monday deadline looming. The Pacers are reportedly actively shopping Sabonis to see what they can get. It's unlikely that the Pacers move Sabonis, but it's possibly if the two can't come to an agreement. T.J. Warren, T.J. Leaf, and Goga Bitadze would see extended roles if the Pacers did move on from Sabonis to start the season.
Golden State Warriors forward/center Marquese Chriss made the cut for the regular season roster, according to Shams Charania. Chriss played very well in the preseason and the Warriors will need him to open the season. Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) is sidelined, so there will be minutes for Chriss in the rotation. He's more of a deep league guy than anything else, but we'll see what Chriss can do. Alfonzo McKinnie has been waived by the team, clearing room for Chriss on the roster.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) is expected to be fully healed and ready to play in the regular season, according to head coach Dwane Casey. Griffin ended last season with a left knee issue that required surgery. He's been battling a hamstring issue in camp, so hopefully it's not something that lingers. Griffin is expected to be ready for the season opener, but should get plenty of rest games along the way.
Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) was able to participate in a light workout after shootaround on Friday. Cauley-Stein suffered a left foot injury in late September and hasn't done much work since then. He's expected to miss the first few weeks of the season, but it could be longer. It's unclear at the moment how long Cauley-Stein is going to be sidelined. Kevon Looney will continue to gain fantasy value in the meantime.
Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox (back) and center Dewayne Dedmon (illness) were able to return for Friday's practice. Fox has been dealing with some back issues, but appears to have put it behind him. He's expected to be fine for the regular season opener. Dedmon was battling an illness, but is set to be the starting center to begin the season. Dedmon should be worth grabbing at the back end of most drafts.
Sacramento Kings center Harry Giles (knee) is likely going to be sidelined to begin the regular season. Head coach Luke Walton said that he's going to take his time with Giles and bring him along slowly. Giles already has serious knee issues and Walton doesn't want to put his career in danger. Richaun Holmes should get the backup center minutes to begin the season, but is basically just a deep league asset.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (rest) and center Dwight Howard (rest) are sitting out of Friday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. Both players had strong preseasons, but head coach Frank Vogel will let the young guys play in this one. Howard is worth grabbing in the last few rounds of standard drafts, while Bradley isn't a great option, but could be worth a look as a last pick or two.
Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (knee) is beginning to do some conditioning work this week. It doesn't sound like he's been able to go through a full practice yet, but the Grizzlies are being cautious here. Brandon Clarke has been playing well and is seeing his stock quickly rise in standard leagues. Valanciunas will drop a bit on draft boards, but he's still worth grabbing in the middle rounds.
Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (hamstring) is expected to be ready to play in Thursday's season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers. He suffered a hamstring injury in early October, but returned to practice a few days ago. Looney is expected to share the center minutes with Marquese Chriss to open the season. He'll be worth grabbing around the 90-100 range in most formats.
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (knee) is expected to play some 5-on-5 in the next couple of days. Oladipo is progressing faster than he was expected and could beat his December timetable. He is worth grabbing in the 75-100 range in most drafts, assuming there is an IR spot available. The Pacers are going to be cautious here, but Oladipo will hopefully be able to return before December.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Furkan Korkmaz will jump into the starting five for Friday's preseason game against the Washington Wizards. Ben Simmons (back) will sit out, so the backups will get some more run in this one. However, Josh Richardson is looking strong and healthy in a Sixers' uniform. He'll be worth drafting in the middle rounds of most drafts, while Korkmaz can be ignored.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that Williamson is now expected to miss the first few weeks of the regular season with an injured knee. Williamson's knee injury is not believed to be severe.
Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky has been named the starting point guard for the regular season opener, according to head coach Jim Boylen. Dunn was the favorite to win the job in camp, but that quickly faded. Boylen likes Dunn's defense off the bench, so that's how the team will begin the season. Satoransky is worth grabbing in the middle of most drafts.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (rest) won't play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies. This is just a regular rest day for the veteran point guard. It's unclear how the Thunder plan on working Paul into their gameplan, so fantasy owners should draft him with caution. There is a good chance that Paul does sit out games this season until the Thunder can find a trade partner.
New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (back) is available for Wednesday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. Smith has been sidelined due to back spasms, but appears ready to play now. Head coach David Fizdale wants to see how Smith plays as the starting point guard. He's a late round option in most formats because the Knicks have depth at guard and could easily change it up at any moment. Smith doesn't have a secure starting spot at the moment.
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson will come off the bench with the second unit in Wednesday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. Robinson got into foul trouble last game, so the Knicks will give Bobby Portis a chance with the starting five. Robinson should be locked as the starting center, but the Knicks probably just want to see how Portis plays with Julius Randle. Robinson is a great option in the early rounds of category leagues.
Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (knee) won't play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Detroit Pistons. He's dealing with a left knee issue, but most likely is just a precautionary move. Devonte Graham and Dwayne Bacon should see more minutes without Rozier. He should be fine for the regular season and is worth targeting in the middle rounds of most standard drafts.
Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Thursday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He wasn't able to play in Monday's contest, so the Mavs might be just playing it safe here. There is a good chance that he doesn't play on Thursday, but should be fine for the regular season opener. Brunson doesn't carry huge upside, but could be late round guy or a nice piece in a deep league.
Detroit Pistons guards Luke Kennard (rest) and Derrick Rose (rest) will not suit up for Wednesday's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets. This appears to be a normal rest game for them so the bench players can get some extra minutes. Both players should have late round value in fantasy leagues. However, the injury history could make some fantasy owners nervous about Rose.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) won't suit up for Wednesday's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets. Griffin is dealing with a minor hamstring issue, but doesn't believe it will cost him time in the regular season. The Pistons are going to be careful with Griffin, especially because of his injury history. He has solid upside, but fantasy owners should know the high risk of injury.