Thu Sep 19 6:10pm ET
DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Pistons have signed 38-year-old swingman Joe Johnson.
Detroit announced the move Thursday.
The 17-year NBA veteran did not play in the league last season. He was recently named MVP of the BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league.
Johnson averaged 6.8 points in 55 games for Houston and Utah during two seasons ago. The seven-time All-Star has also played for Boston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Brooklyn and Miami, averaging 16 points over his career with 15 double-digit scoring seasons.
The Pistons previously signed 30-year-old guard Derrick Rose, a former NBA MVP, and 30-year-old forward Markieff Morris this offseason. They are shooting to make the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since earning a spot in eight straight postseasons from 2002 to 2009.
New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (back) is listed as probable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. He missed the last two preseason contests due to a lower back strain. He's battling with Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina for minutes at the guard position. This might be a tough situation for standard league owners, so they may want to avoid this.
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (groin) was able to get through practice on Tuesday. Ntilikina is listed as probable for Wednesday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. He did not practice on Monday due to a sore groin, but downplayed the severity of the injury. It appears he's actually fine, but will have to battle with Dennis Smith Jr. (back) and Elfrid Payton for minutes at the guard position.
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (ankle) and guard Terrence Ross (ankle) were able to go through a team scrimmage on Tuesday. Both players missed Sunday's preseason contest due to minor ankle injuries. The fact they were able to get through the scrimmage means they should be fine in a few days. Vucevic and Ross should be fine for the regular season opener.
Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (back) was able to participate in some of Tuesday's scrimmage. Fournier admitted that he was very sore after going through the scrimmage on Tuesday. There is a good chance that the Magic have Fournier sit out for the rest of the preseason. He'll have late round value in most standard leagues, but it's unclear if he'll be ready for the regular season opener.
Atlanta Hawks guard Kevin Huerter (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the New York Knicks. Huerter has been dealing with knee soreness throughout the preseason. However, he expects to be ready to play for the regular season opener. He's not an attractive option in most standard leagues, but Huerter has value in deeper leagues.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Griffin is already working his way back from left knee surgery, but has this to worry about now. There is a good chance that the Pistons just play it safe and have Griffin rest for the remainder of the preseason. Fantasy owners should take Griffin knowing the high risk of injury. Griffin does have solid upside, but continues to get sidelined by injuries.
Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (hamstring) has been ruled out for the rest of the preseason. However, Looney wants to be ready to play in the regular season opener on October 24. Looney has been dealing with a hamstring issue and sometimes those have a tendency to linger. He was able to get through Tuesday's practice, so that is a good step moving forward. Looney is someone worth looking at late in drafts.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (thumb) was able to get through a full practice on Tuesday. Davis wore a wrap on his right thumb, but felt fine after Tuesday's practice. Davis is hopeful to be cleared for Wednesday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. It seems like Davis will be fine for the regular season opener. Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned that Davis will miss any time due to this thumb issue.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (ankle) will suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Boston Celtics. Garland missed Saturday's preseason game due to a minor ankle injury. The Cavs will monitor him closely as they want to be cautious with their rookie. It sounds like Garland will be fine for the regular season opener. He'll have decent fantasy value, especially later in the season if the Cavs aren't competitive.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (rest) and forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Both players should be fine for the regular season, but the Pistons don't want to push them in the preseason. Thon Maker and Christian Wood will see more minutes in Tuesday's contest. Both Drummond and Griffin should be solid early round picks in fantasy leagues.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jordan Bell (calf) will be available for Tuesday's preseason game against the Indiana Pacers. Bell has been dealing with a left calf issue, but the Wolves should be able to get him into the game on Tuesday. However, Bell is going to have limited value even when healthy. He's worth looking at in deep leagues, but that's about it at the moment.
Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox (back) won't play in Wednesday's exhibition versus the Melbourne United. Fox said his back was a little tight, so the team will hold him out of this meaningless game. However, Fox is expected to be fine for the regular season opener. He has great upside and makes for an interesting early round pick.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will suit up for Monday's preseason contest against the Denver Nuggets. Booker sat out the last two preseason games due to rest, but he'll get in some minutes here. It's unclear how much Booker is going to play in this one. He'll have great upside in fantasy leagues, but may see rest games down the stretch if the Suns aren't competitive.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen will jump into the starting five for Monday's preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets. Dillon Brooks normally starts, but head coach Taylor Jenkins is making a switch here. Allen has played well as the sixth man in the preseason, but we'll see how he plays in the starting five. Fantasy owners should keep their eyes on this as Allen could be a late round steal.
Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis may begin the regular season as the starting center in Boston. Head coach Brad Stevens is not ready to commit to a starting center just yet. Theis appears to be the favorite, but Robert Williams and Enes Kanter will see time as well. The Celtics like the idea of Kanter coming off the bench, but that actually shouldn't hurt his playing time. Kanter should have the most fantasy appeal out of the trio.
Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) said his goal is to be ready for the regular season opener against the Miami Heat on October 23. Valanciunas has been shut down for the preseason, but believes he'll be ready to start the season. He could move down a few spots on draft boards because it's unclear when he'll actually be ready. Brandon Clarke has rising fantasy appeal with Valanciunas sidelined.
Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (knee) remains out for Monday's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks. Olynyk has not been through a full practice yet and won't be cleared to play until he's able to do that. The Heat are hopeful to have Olynyk ready for opening day, but we'll see if that happens. Otherwise, Derrick Jones will get increased usage and minutes in the rotation.
Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Evan Turner (Achilles) is expected to play during Monday's preseason game against the Miami Heat. He's been dealing with left Achilles pain that has cost him most of the preseason. Turner should see decent backup minutes at guard and forward this season off the bench. He'll be a better option in deep leagues than standard fantasy formats.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (rest) and guard D'Angelo Russell (rest) will sit out of Monday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers. It sounds like both players are going to play on Wednesday, but sit out here. Stephen Curry will suit up on Monday, according to head coach Steve Kerr. Marquese Chriss will see increased minutes without Green in the rotation.
New York Knicks point guard Frank Ntilikina (groin) did not suit up for Monday's practice. Ntilikina missed 31 of the final 33 games of the regular season last year because of a groin issue. He's battling Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton for guard minutes, so he can't afford to miss time. Most likely this is a situation that you want to avoid in fantasy hoops right away. Maybe take a look at one of them late in drafts, but the Knicks might try to mix them all in which will kill any fantasy value.