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Alongside Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green was sent to Toronto in what could be a conference changing trade. Both are two-way players and add to an already troublesome Raptors defense, without sacrificing any offense. Although the Raptors lost one of their better scorers, they added a major perimeter threat in Danny Green. There are few players that have stuck to their role better than Green, (mostly in part to Gregg Popovich) and he won't have to change in Toronto. With Lowry being the primary ball-handler, Green offers a serious one-two punch in the backcourt, anchored by Leonard at the three. Green will not have a notable year since he is mainly a 3 & D player, but he will be a late round sleeper pick and is going be most useful in DFS contests.
According to multiple sources including Adrian Wojnarowski, a trade between the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors sent Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto, with the Spurs receiving DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and protected 2019 first round draft pick. This is a complete shakeup for both teams, but ultimately sets up Kawhi Leonard for his best season. For years, Leonard's biggest weakness was the fact that he played for the Spurs. He never had complete freedom until late-game situations or in the playoffs, so his regular season numbers should see an immediate bump. Leonard is arguably a better scorer than DeRozan and can consistently space the floor, allowing players like Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valnciunas operate in the paint. DeRozan stepped up his outside game this year, but wasn't able to fall back on it. Leonard on the other hand, is an entirely capable perimeter threat who prefers to drive. The Raptors added two essential pieces to both sides of the ball, but it will ended up hurting overall fantasy numbers across the board. Leonard's willingness to pass is going to force everyone else to play more cautious basketball, meaning Lowry will be getting more "hockey assists" and finding himself in more catch-and-shoot opportunities alongside Danny Green. They won't have down years, but Lowry and Leonard's production will be much more spread out.
The Bulls and former Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker agreed on a two-year, $40 million contract on Satuday. The deal, which includes a team-option for next season, will ensure that Chicago can cut ties with the 2014 second overall pick in the event that he is unable to stay healthy. Parker has had a rough stretch in his four years in the league thus far, appearing in only 183 games as a result various injuries, including tearing his ACL twice. However, with a cash incentive hovering over him, he has plenty of motivation to remain on the floor and contributing this upcoming season. If he is floating around in the later rounds of upcoming fantasy drafts, he is worth the risk.
Guard Jeremy Lin has been traded to the Hawks. The Journeyman, who was acquired by Atlanta for picks and the rights to guard Isaia Cordinier, has had a rough stretch over the past two seasons, appearing in only 37 games during that span as a result of hamstring issues and a ruptured patella tendon, among other various ailments. Though he hasn't been cleared to resume full basketball activities, he is progressing well and should be ready to go by the start of the 2019 campaign, or at least early on into the season. He is currently slotted behind guards Dennis Schroder and rookie Trae Young, but could find some minutes this season if Schroder is traded, something that has been rumored for quite some time. If he can stay healthy, he may be able to see the floor in a backcourt that is filled with young, inexperienced players. Keep an eye on his health and Schroeder's status as he is someone capable of exceeding his ADP.
The Denver Nuggets have reached an agreement with the Nets to send forwards Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur and a protected 2019 first-found pick to Brooklyn for guard Isaiah Whitehead. Faried appeared in only 32 games last season and has seen a gradual decline in productivity since the ‘15-‘16 season. He ended the 2018 campaign averaging only 5.9 points and 4.8 boards over 14.4 minutes and though his best days appear behind him, he does have a chance to squeeze in some playing time on a team that is lacking depth and physicality up front. However, until he finds consistent minutes, he should remain in free agent pools in all leagues, regardless of size.
The Denver Nuggets have signed free agent guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas, who agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million (veteran's minimum), will likely come in for relief behind guard Jamal Murray and will fill a void for a team that is lacking established depth outside of the starting unit. The former All-Star had a rough 2018 season that was plagued by the infamous hip ailment in addition to off-the-court drama involving his then Cleveland teammates. He appeared in only 17 games last season with the Cavaliers and Lakers, averaging 15.6 points and five assists over 26.8 minutes per game. Though his shooting numbers leave little to be desired, he has the ability to surpass his ADP if he can stay healthy for a team that usually only allots consistent minutes to their core group. He is worth taking a gamble on if he is available in the later rounds of upcoming fantasy drafts.
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Josh Hart scored 24 points with three assists and two rebounds in a blowout win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The whole Lakers team shot lights-out for the game, but Hart's veteran presence paved the way for everyone to play their game. It is expected that Hart will sit out the rest of the summer league since he is a key member of the Lakers rotation. Stay tuned for more details on this.
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox scored 22 points with eight rebounds in his Summer League debut. He was looking good, especially with fellow rookie Trae Young firing three-pointers on the other end. Knox needed to play well in this game to get his rookie season off to a good start. He showed off with a couple of dunks and is out there to prove to everyone that his draft-day boos were unmerited.
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a win over the Sacramento Kings in the Las Vegas Summer League. He was matched up with Marvin Bagley throughout the game. His potential is there and he is looking good in the summer league. Expect him to be taken around the fifth round before the season starts.
Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz played in just 14 games as a rookie while dealing with a Lisfranc injury and he didn't show a whole lot while he was on the floor, averaging just 1.6 points in 5.7 minutes per game, but after one game of the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League, Korkmaz's name is on everyone's tongues. On Friday, the second-year guard from Turkey scored 40 points on 10-for-18 shooting and went 8-for-14 from three. He grabbed six rebounds as well. With the 76ers looking to improve on their 2017-2018 performance, Korkmaz isn't guaranteed to see the court much, but he should be able to carve out a role as a shooter off the bench for Philadelphia. His main value comes in dynasty leagues, because Korkmaz is under contract or can be retained via a team option through the 2021-2022 season and could end up replacing J.J. Redick once his contract expires at the end of this upcoming season.
Boston Celtics rookie power forward Robert Williams left Friday's Summer League game against the Philadelphia 76ers with a left knee contusion after playing just six minutes. Williams scored four points and grabbed a pair of rebounds in that stretch and looked active on the court, but the injury ended his night early. It's unclear if Williams will be ready to go for the rest of the summer league. It's also worth noting that Williams said after the game that he deals with tendinitis in that knee. While it's a minor issue on its own, incidents like Friday when Williams hit knees with another player and aggravated the inflammation could come up at times.
Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Malik Monk scored 23 points on Friday in an 88-87 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Summer League. Monk went 9-for-16 from the field and was 4-for-9 from deep. He also added a pair of assists and a pair of steals. After a disappointing rookie season in which Monk averaged 6.7 points in 13.6 minutes per game, Friday's performance is encouraging. Still, he's a second-year player going against a Summer League squad, so take some of this with a grain of salt. Monk could end up as a fantasy sleeper this season, but it's just as likely that he stays behind Jeremy Lamb in Charlotte's rotation.
Charlotte Hornets rookie small forward Miles Bridges couldn't find his shooting touch in Friday's Summer League win over the Thunder. In 27 minutes, Bridges scored six points on 2-for-14 shooting. Bridges did add in 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive end, and he blocked a pair of shots. That Bridges was able to contribute without his shot falling is an encouraging sign for the Hornets, who haven't gotten the production out of the small forward position that they expected they would when they drafted Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in 2012. If Bridges can start knocking down threes at something close to the 37.5 percent mark he hit in his two years at Michigan State, he could find some early success in Charlotte.
Orlando Magic rookie center Mohamed Bamba made his Summer League debut on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets. He scored 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds. Bamba also added in a pair of assists and was 1-for-2 from three. The former Texas Longhorn averaged a double-double in one season in Austin, but his 27.5 percent mark from three was something that needs to be improved on if he wants to maximize his NBA potential. How valuable the rookie is this year from a fantasy perspective will depend on how quickly he develops into a startable big man, as the Magic have center Nikola Vucevic under contract for one more season and could go into the 2018-2019 season with him still as their starter.
Orlando Magic power forward Jonathan Isaac scored 20 points on 7-for-17 shooting and added in seven rebounds in Friday's Summer League victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Isaac, who played just 27 games and averaged 5.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game during his rookie season while dealing with an ankle issue, is projected to be the primary backup to Aaron Gordon this season. His ability to step out to the three point line -- which wasn't on display during Friday's 0-for-3 mark from deep but should return as he hit 34.8 percent of his threes last season -- and rebound the balls gives him versatility for the Magic, but he doesn't currently appear to be a good fantasy option.
Indiana Pacers rookie guard Aaron Holiday made his Summer League debut on Friday against the Houston Rockets. Holiday scored 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting and went 3-for-6 from three. He grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists, and turned the ball over six times. Holiday projects to play a reserve role for the Pacers this season. After shooting the fifth-fewest threes per game last season, Indiana could use a player like Holiday to expand their offensive attack. If his shots continue to fall, Holiday should have deeper league fantasy value to start the season with the chance for that to grow as his role in the Pacers offense grows.
Atlanta Hawks rookie guard Trae Young continues to struggle with his shooting touch in Summer League. Against the Jazz on Thursday, Young finished with 10 points on 3-for-16 shooting. He was 1-for-8 from three point land, 3-for-5 from the free throw line, and he finished with six turnovers. Young dished out six assists and has received rave reviews for some of his passing over the course of the week, but his shooting woes have started to become worrisome. He's still shown enough in college to justify his draft spot, but if his shot doesn't start going down in Las Vegas it might be time to drop him in fantasy re-draft rankings.
Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson struggled during his rookie season, averaging 6.7 points per game and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 30.8 percent from deep. In this year's California Classic Summer League, Jackson is looking much more like the guy that the Kings picked in the first round last season. On Thursday against Miami, Jackson scored 26 points on 9-for-17 shooting. He was 4-for-10 from three and added in three rebounds. This follows Jackson's performance in an otherwise terrible Kings game on Tuesday, when he scored 20 of the team's 54 points. Jackson should be a key piece of Sacramento's rotation this season and is an interesting fantasy sleeper candidate.
Los Angeles Lakers rookie center Moritz Wagner's role in L.A. for 2018 is unclear after the team acquired LeBron James and have likely entered win-now mode, but Wagner is showing in the summer league that he can be valuable as someone who stretches the floor from the five spot. On Thursday against the Warriors, Wagner scored 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting and was 2-for-4 from deep. He added 13 rebounds and four blocks as well. Wagner could be a fantasy sleeper if the Lakers don't make any more moves in the front court, as he'd mainly be competing with JaVale McGee for minutes.
Sacramento Kings power forward/center Harry Giles missed all of his rookie season while recovering from a knee injury, but his showing so far in the California Classic suggests he should have a key role for Sacramento this season. Things haven't always been pretty for Giles through two games, but he's made good plays at times. On Monday against the Lakers, Giles looked like someone who could be in Sacramento's starting lineup, finishing with 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting along with three rebounds, a block, and a steal, but he struggles on Tuesday as the Kings were blown out by Golden State, ending the night with just four points on 2-for-9 shooting, though he did add in four steals. Giles has a good chance at unseating Willie Cauley-Stein from the starting center role in Sacramento; in that situation, he could be a fantasy sleeper.
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