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  • Heat guard Gabe Vincent (knee) is 'good to go'
    Heat guard Gabe Vincent is reportedly "good to go" despite a knee injury he suffered prior to the NBA shutdown.

    Advice: The NBA's player union has discussed allowing players on two-way contracts to be eligible for the postseason, which would directly impact Vincent. Miami's VP and assistant GM, Adam Simon, was the person who said Vincent is "good to go," so presumably he'd be available if the Heat need him. Barring some injuries, though, he's unlikely to crack coach Erik Spoelstra's rotation. Today, 10:32 am
  • KZ Okpala earns praise from Miami's assistant GM
    Heat assistant GM Adam Simon said that KZ Okpala's defense is NBA-ready and that his offensive game is rapidly improving.

    Advice: “Once mid-January came around, we saw the strides," Simon said. "The greatest things he was doing were on the defensive end ... [H]e’s a good mid-range shooter. He’s extending out to three-point shooting and has been getting better at that." Okpala lost a lot of time while recovering from a strained left Achilles this season, but it sounds like Miami intends to keep him on the roster if/when the 2019-20 season resumes. Today, 10:10 am
  • 76ers writers: Shake Milton will be fifth starter?
    Sixers writers Derek Bodner and Mike O'Connor both speculate that Shake Milton will be a starter when the 2019-20 season resumes.

    Advice: "[T]he 76ers’ starting five will likely be [Ben] Simmons, Milton, [Joel] Embiid, Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris," writes O'Connor. "That group has logged zero minutes together because of Milton’s recent emergence and the timing of various injuries to others ... [but] Milton has proved better than any of the players coming off the Sixers’ bench. He is the best option as the fifth starter." In 16 starts, Milton averaged 14.1 points on 53.9% shooting, 2.2 triples, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocks. Those numbers came without Simmons, though, and he'll be a low-end target if fantasy leagues resume for the 2019-20 season. Today, 7:29 am
  • Collin Sexton eager to resume Cavs' regular season
    Cavs guard Collin Sexton would "love to get back on the court" this season.

    Advice: The bad news for Sexton is that his team had the worst record in the Eastern Conference when the season shut down (19-46). There's still a chance the league invites all 30 teams to resume the season, but there are also scenarios involving 16, 20 or 22 teams. "[W]e just got a new coach, so we’re just pretty much trying to understand how he is and how he’s going to coach," Sexton said. "Those games are definitely going to help us and help our future. If they say we can go play, let’s do it. I’m all for it." Sexton was playing exceptionally well prior to the NBA's hiatus, with averages of 24.1 points (50.1% FGs, 86.5% FTs), 2.2 triples, 4.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in his final 24 games. Today, 7:28 am
  • Eric Gordon has lost 12 pounds
    Eric Gordon has already lost 12 pounds off his frame by way of track sprints and diet, according to Kelly Iko of The Athletic. 

    Advice: Gordon's knee has been a big problem in his career, so playing at a lighter weight does make sense to help him have a longer, healthier career. Gordon was able to return from a knee injury on Mar. 10 just before the NBA went on hiatus, and was able to get to 30 minutes. Even in 30 minutes, Gordon may not have much fantasy value while Russ Westbrook and James Harden are healthy. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
    Player Note
    Eric Gordon Hou - SG,SF
  • Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn receiving treatment
    Lauri Markkanen (pelvis) and Kris Dunn (sprained right MCL) have received therapy at the Bulls' practice facilities.

    Advice: Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker gave the Bulls the go-ahead to resume voluntary, socially-distanced workouts at their team facilities beginning June 3. Markkanen and Dunn were cleared to receive treatment prior to the re-opening, due to pre-existing injuries, which is the case for dozens of players around the NBA. Depending upon how the league decides to resume the 2019-20 season, we could see Markkanen and Dunn on the court in a matter of months. Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Knicks want to spread court, complement RJ Barrett
    The Knicks' approach to the offseason is reportedly "centered around finding players who complement rookie RJ Barrett."

    Advice: According to beat writer Ian Begley, "[S]ome in the [Knicks] organization see finding a lead guard who can knock down a shot as a priority for the offseason." New York was shooting 33.7% from deep as a team in 2019-20, fourth-lowest in the league, and their 9.6 makes per game were dead last. Marcus Morris was the only player on the roster shooting above 36.2% from downtown, and he was traded mid-season. It's obvious that the Knicks desperately need shooters to spread the court, which should inherently benefit Barrett's fantasy value by opening up driving lanes. Yesterday, 11:23 am
    Player Note
    RJ Barrett NY - SG,SF
  • Bradley Beal discusses trade rumors, Nets interest
    Bradley Beal said recently that he views the trade rumors swirling around him as "a sign of respect."

    Advice: "When you hear that Kyrie [Irving] and [Kevin Durant] want you ... that's amazing," Beal said. "At the same time, you don't know how much there is to it, or how easy it would be to do. And I've put down roots in D.C. I've dedicated myself to this town, this community. I love it here, and it would feel great to know I could grind out winning here instead of jumping to another team. But I'd be naive to say that I don't think about it when these stories come up." The Wizards have been steadfast in their desire to retain Beal, who is under contract through 2022-23. Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • ESPN: NBA may shift contract incentives?
    The NBA is likely to shift contract incentives to account for fewer games played during the 2019-20 season, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

    Advice: Incentives vary widely, from bonuses for making All-NBA teams, to players like Jaylen Brown getting a boost if he plays in 65 games. Kyrie Irving has "eight $125,000 bonuses in his contract," and he'd only met one prior to having right shoulder surgery in early March. Marks discusses dozens of players with similar contract-incentive clauses, which you can read about via the link below. The complexities of the NBA's shutdown are seemingly endless. Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Damian Lillard hoping for 'play-in tournament'
    Damian Lillard said that a "play-in tournament" for the postseason would be "perfect," giving the Blazers something to play for if the 2019-20 season resumes.

    Advice: "[W]e actually were in striking distance and also had enough games to get in the playoffs," Lillard said. "If they did decide that we're just gonna go straight to the playoffs, obviously, we would all be disappointed ... We haven't performed to be in that top eight. So if that's the case, then fine." Lillard recently said he doesn't want to play if there's no legitimate chance for Portland to make the postseason, but he clarified, "[W]e've been off for two months, and if we come back, we want to play for something." Thursday, 7:25 am
  • Fred VanVleet: Raptors want to defend championship
    Fred VanVleet said "everybody" involved with the Raptors wants to resume the 2019-20 season to defend their NBA championship title.

    Advice: “We knew we had a good chance, as good a chance as anybody," VanVleet said. "[T]o come back after losing Kawhi [Leonard] and Danny [Green] to have the team that we had this year ...  ‘Hey we still have the same group, our chances are good, everybody’s well-rested' ... So whatever basketball looks like when we get back, I think we’ll have a good chance.” VanVleet was dealing with a left shoulder injury when the season abruptly ended, but it hasn't even been mentioned in a half-dozen interviews. We're taking him off the injury report and he should be ready to roll if/when the season resumes. Thursday, 7:08 am
  • Hall of Fame ceremonies postposed to 2021
    Jerry Colangelo said that the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be moved to spring of 2021.

    Advice: According to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan, Colangelo said the original dates of enshrinement weekend, Aug. 28-30, and the proposed alternate dates of Oct. 10-12, are "just not feasible" in light of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 100,000 in the U.S. and has rendered large gatherings taboo. The board of governors will convene on June 10 to explore spring dates, and Colangelo adds that the 2021 ceremony will be on a different day next year and the events will not be combined. The 2020 class is one of the best ever with Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan as all-time greats, and it'll be another emotional day to honor Kobe's legacy. Wednesday, 6:33 pm
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - SG,SF
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  • Opinion: Harry Giles likely to leave Kings as FA?
    Kings beat writer Jason Jones believes that "[Harry] Giles' best opportunity will likely come with another team."

    Advice: Richaun Holmes broke out in 2019-20, posting top-50 fantasy value before a torn labrum in his right shoulder shut him down. Marvin Bagley should earn minutes at center but Alex Len will be an unrestricted free agent, so there could be a narrow path for Giles to earn playing time in Sacramento. His fantasy value would probably be better served in another city. Wednesday, 10:41 am
  • Bradley Beal, John Wall on the same page
    Bradley Beal referred to John Wall as his "big brother" in a recent interview.

    Advice: "He's always been a big brother figure to me, and ... it's been the same since then," Beal said. "We've just constantly grown, we've both matured, and ... that's my big brother, man, still to this day." Beal refuted the notion that he and Wall have any problems, saying, "We just both understood that ... we needed each other to grow, we both needed each other to win." Wall's eventual return won't do Beal's fantasy value any favors, but at least it sounds like the Wizards' star guards are on the same page. Wednesday, 7:57 am
  • Clint Capela (foot) could play if season resumes
    Clint Capela (right foot plantar fasciitis) is "feeling better" and could play if the 2019-20 season resumes.

    Advice: There's no guarantee the Hawks will even play if the league opens back up, but Hawks president and GM Travis Schlenk hopes his team gets the chance. "Our guys are excited about the opportunity to get back to it," Schlenk said. "Clint says he's feeling better, and there's a possibility that we can get him back on the court. Practicing and playing five games would be valuable to us." Capela hasn't played since Jan. 29 and it's understandable that the Hawks would like to see their newly-acquired center play alongside Trae Young, John Collins and company. Fantasy owners should be particularly attuned to the impact Capela might have on Collins, who will inevitably earn fewer minutes at the center position. Wednesday, 7:26 am
  • Lillard won't play if POR can't make playoffs
    Damian Lillard said he won't play when the season resumes if the Blazers don't have a shot at the playoffs. 

    Advice: "If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating," Lillard said. "I'm telling you that right now. And you can put that [expletive] in there." The Blazers are 29-37 and 3.5 games back of the 8th seed. Nothing has been decided in regards to how the NBA will resume the season, but you can mark the Blazers down as a team that will be hoping for a postseason play-in tournament. Tuesday, 8:16 am
  • Bradley Beal's agent dismisses notion of a trade
    Bradley Beal's agent dismissed the notion that the Nets or any other team will acquire Beal in a trade.

    Advice: It was reported earlier this week that the Nets have "internally discussed ways to acquire" Beal, but a team pursuing an All-Star isn't in itself meaningful. “There are no 'Beal Sweepstakes' and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards,” said agent Mark Bartelstein. “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there." The Wizards haven't wavered in that stance, but we don't expect that to stop teams from continuing to try and pry him loose. Saturday, 7:18 am
  • Report: Nets having discussions on Brad Beal trade
    The Nets are in the market for a third star and have internally discussed avenues of acquiring Wizards guard Bradley Beal, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.

    Advice: Sure. Every team in the NBA likely had a discussion about trying to add Beal to their roster, so this isn't exactly a big story. The Wizards have been very clear they're not interested in trading Beal right now, and the Nets would have to overwhelm them with guys like Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and a lot more to even have a conversation about a deal. Beal was leading the NBA in scoring during the 2020 portion of the season, and he should still crush on the stat sheet when John Wall (Achilles) comes back. Thursday, 3:36 pm
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