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  • Player Notes
    LeBron James Wed Aug 17 7:50pm

    Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million extension with the team on Tuesday. The deal, which includes a player option for the 2024-25 campaign and a 15% trade kicker, makes him the highest-earning player in league history. Despite his advanced NBA age, the 37-year-old is still nearly as potent as ever. He finished last season by averaging 30.3 points while adding 8.2 boards, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 blocks. Although there's a good chance James will get his fair share of rest this year, resulting in missed games, he certainly has the potential to finish as a top-10 fantasy option in standard-scoring leagues. However, his lifetime 34.6% shooting from deep drops him a bit lower in category formats.

    Brandon Ingram Wed Aug 17 12:10am

    The Pelicans are reportedly unwilling to offer Brandon Ingram to Brooklyn in a deal for Kevin Durant, according to league sources. While New Orleans recently emerged as a potential destination for Durant, the team is eager to see how the pairing of Ingram and Zion Williamson plays out this season. The 24-year-old is also much younger and has a more agreeable salary. Nevertheless, Ingram has played well throughout his time with the Pelicans (three seasons), averaging 23.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists. His shooting percentage from deep could use a little work. He also hasn't suited up for more than 62 games in any of the previous five seasons. With that said, Ingram's inability to remain healthy is an issue, so history suggests fantasy managers may be without him during some of the 2022-23 campaign.

    Donovan Mitchell Tue Aug 16 11:30pm

    The Knicks and Jazz have recently resumed discussions regarding a potential trade for Donovan Mitchell. The Knicks are still the frontrunners to acquire his talents. However, according to sources, a deal isn't imminent. Both clubs have had several talks throughout the offseason already, although "hurdles remain." Nevertheless, it's clear Mitchell is one of the most talented fantasy options going. That shouldn't change if he lands in New York or somewhere else, for that matter.

    Justin Lewis Tue Aug 16 11:10pm

    Chicago Bulls forward Justin Lewis (knee) will miss time after tearing his right ACL, according to an official release from the team. He will undergo surgery within the coming weeks and is out indefinitely. The 20-year-old played for Marquette over the last two years, averaging 13.2 points and 6.9 rebounds throughout 53 games. However, after going undrafted in 2022, he signed a two-way deal with the Bulls and was forecasted to see minutes in the G League this season. While Lewis isn't expected to get a shot at consistently suiting up at the professional level for at least a few years, he is someone to consider stashing in deep dynasty formats.

    Jaren Jackson Jr. Tue Aug 16 11:00pm

    Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (foot) is expected to miss a significant amount of time to begin the season. The 22-year-old underwent surgery in June to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. However, according to Dr. Kenneth Jung, a foot and ankle specialist, Jackson should be 100% after completing rehab. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft played a career-high 78 games in 2021 after playing 58 or less throughout his previous three seasons, including suiting up for only 11 contests in 2020-21 due to a knee injury. Unquestionably, Jackson has plenty of talent. But his inability to remain healthy will cause his fantasy stock to plummet heading into October. Nevertheless, with Memphis anticipated to be without Jackson for a while, Brandon Clarke may be the primary beneficiary, whether as a starter or off the bench.

    Tyler Herro Tue Aug 16 10:40pm

    Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro isn't concerned about being traded, a sentiment he echoed to reporters while appearing for his foundation. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year is projected to make $5.7 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal. He is eligible to sign a lucrative extension. However, doing so would make it challenging to trade him before the 2023 offseason. The 22-year-old is coming off a fantastic season, averaging a career-high 20.7 points while adding 5.0 boards, 4.0 assists, and shooting 39.9% from deep. Herro needs to improve on the defensive side of the ball. He also hasn't played more than 66 games in any of his three seasons, which may continue to be an issue for all fantasy managers heading into the 2022-23 campaign, no matter where he is playing.

    Kevin Durant Mon Aug 15 8:40pm

    Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant announced on Twitter that he's not retiring. Durant's name has been in the news throughout most of the offseason, so the latest rumor shouldn't come as a surprise. While it's confirmed the multi-time All-Star isn't calling it quits, his future in Brooklyn still remains a mystery. However, no matter what uniform he's wearing, he has a strong chance to finish the year as a top-five fantasy option in all formats, assuming he stays healthy.

    Kyrie Irving Sun Aug 14 10:20pm

    Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving opted into his player option for the 2022-23 campaign. However, according to Ric Bucher of FS1, the multi-time All-Star had some interesting demands while attempting to negotiate a new deal with the team, including ensuring he wouldn't be required to play more than 60 games during any given season. He was also reportedly looking for a guarantee he could sit during back-to-back contests. The 30-year-old has been a proven contributor over the years. Yet, he has a reputation for missing time, failing to suit up for an entire season since entering the league in 2011. Although he's not guaranteed to stay in Brooklyn moving forward, fantasy managers in all formats must be cautious before selecting him in drafts heading into October, regardless of where he's playing.

    Donovan Mitchell Sun Aug 14 10:00pm

    Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell may have already played his final game for the club. While there are some teams throughout the league capable of making a deal for the All-Star, the Knicks reportedly remain the frontrunners to acquire his services. The 25-year-old has been one of the best fantasy contributors since arriving in the NBA in 2017, averaging 23.9 points, 4.5 assists, 4.2 boards, and 1.3 steals. He could be in line to have his highest producing season to date during the 2022-23 campaign, primarily with the Jazz lacking consistent offensive options. Yet, if he ends up in New York, he'll have to split scoring chances with Jalen Brunson. Even then, he should remain a top-25 fantasy option.

    Jaylen Brown Sun Aug 14 9:50pm

    Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown wants to remain with the team. Although the franchise enjoyed a trip to the NBA Finals with the 25-year-old on the roster, he could be traded if it meant landing Nets superstar Kevin Durant. Still, the C's aren't actively shopping Brown, so if a deal with Brooklyn doesn't come to fruition, he would almost be guaranteed to stay in Boston. It's clear Jayson Tatum is the primary offensive option for the Celtics. However, Brown has been fantastic over the years, averaging at least 20 points in each of the last three seasons. His statistical contributions may rise if he is dealt to Brooklyn, especially on the scoring end, even more so if Kyrie Irving is also moved. Yet, his health needs to improve regardless of who signs his checks moving ahead, as he has played 58 games or less in two of his previous three seasons.

    De'Anthony Melton Sun Aug 14 1:30pm

    Philadelphia 76ers point guard De'Anthony Melton had it all working during the Drew League playoffs Saturday, as he compiled 26 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals to lead the Hometown Favorites to victory. Melton is coming off having averaged a career-high 10.8 PPG last season for the Grizzlies, where he played in 73 games (15 starts). The 24-year-old's role appeared to be on a straight trajectory upward before he was dealt to Philly, complicating how the team's backcourt minutes will shake out. With a group consisting of James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton and Furkan Korkmaz, Melton may be blocked from blossoming into a redraft league option, even as he'll be a name to monitor in his new situation.

    Jordan Hall Sat Aug 13 10:30pm

    Guard/forward Jordan Hall has officially signed a two-way deal to join the San Antonio Spurs for the 2022-23 season. Hall played two years at St. Joseph's, including a sophomore campaign that saw him average 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. The 6-foot-8 wing went undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft and figures to spend most of the upcoming year with the Austin Spurs of the G League. San Antonio will be one of the more captivating teams to watch early in the season due to the possibility of young players emerging as significant fantasy contenders in the wake of Dejounte Murray's departure.

    Trent Forrest Wed Aug 10 5:20pm

    The Atlanta Hawks added to their backcourt depth by signing combo guard Trent Forrest to a two-way deal for the upcoming year. Forrest was an undrafted free agent who spent the past two seasons primarily coming off the bench for the Jazz, with whom he appeared in 90 games (six starts). He averaged just 3.1 PPG in that time, but shot 47.8 percent overall and made enough of an impression to join the Hawks. The 24-year-old is the latest new face in Atlanta, who has already brought Dejounte Murray and Aaron Holiday aboard to join Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic in the backcourt. Forrest won't be a fantasy asset at the start of the year, although he could garner second-unit minutes if the opportunity presents itself.

    Jose Alvarado Wed Aug 10 5:10pm

    New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jose Alvarado became something of a breakout sensation during his rookie year, largely due in part to his tenacious defensive prowess and sly ability to pick-pocket unassuming ball-handlers. But with C.J. McCollum slated to become New Orleans' primary point guard next season and with Devonte' Graham a likely second-unit contributor, Alvarado could be facing a minutes squeeze. Will Guillory of The Athletic makes the case for the 24-year-old continuing to get run. An undrafted free agent out of Georgia Tech, Alvarado compiled 71 steals in just 54 games for the Pelicans. He can likely go undrafted in redraft formats, but he could become a trendy waiver-wire addition in category formats if his minutes stay steady during the winter months.

    Norman Powell Wed Aug 10 5:00pm

    LA Clippers shooting guard Norman Powell (foot) hit a significant speed bump shortly after joining the team at last season's trade deadline when he broke his left foot. As Powell continues to ramp up to full speed, he suited up for the famed Drew League summer circuit, after which he indicated to Law Murray of The Athletic that he was feeling good and heading in the right direction. In 45 games with Portland and LA last year, Powell set a new career-high with 19 points per game while also shooting 41.6 percent from behind the arc. The Clippers' backcourt and offensive pecking order is set to take on a new focus in 2022-23, with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard both expected to carry the lion's share of scoring duties when healthy.

    Victor Oladipo Wed Aug 10 4:40pm

    Miami Heat point/shooting guard Victor Oladipo is back in South Beach on a two-year deal and is eyeing a return to form after injury-riddled campaigns. Oladipo spoke with Vince Carter on The VC Show and reiterated that while the injuries have clouded the perception of his talent, he believes he can reestablish himself as "one of the best players in the world." Oladipo was a two-time All-Star with Indiana, having led the league in steals per game (2.4) back in 2017-18. He has shown flashes of his electric scoring upside when healthy since then, but his role with the Heat makes him a difficult redraft option. When healthy, the 30-year-old's talent is undeniable, but Miami also boasts Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro in the backcourt, alongside key contributors Gabe Vincent and Max Strus.

    Quinn Cook Wed Aug 10 5:40am

    Point guard Quinn Cook has reportedly signed a one-year contract to join the Sacramento Kings for the 2022-23 season, per Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. The 29-year-old has been well traveled since first joining the league in '16, with the Kings set to be his sixth professional franchise with whom he appears. Cook played part of last season for Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia, before signing on with the G League in February. A two-time NBA champion from his days with the Warriors and Lakers, Cook has averaged 6.4 points across 14.1 minutes per game throughout his career. With De'Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell set to handle the vast majority of point guard duties, Cook is merely a depth piece for the Kings as they attempt to return to the postseason for the first time since 2005-06.

    Gorgui Dieng Tue Aug 9 11:10pm

    Free-agent center Gorgui Dieng officially signed a one-year deal with the Spurs. The terms of the contract were not disclosed. The 32-year-old has averaged 7.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists since being drafted in 2013. Dieng may not see regular playing time this season. However, he has room to make some appearances in the starting lineup, giving him streaming appeal in all fantasy formats.

    Collin Sexton Tue Aug 9 11:00pm

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton remains committed to landing a new deal. The Cavs have reportedly offered a three-year, $40 million contract. However, Sexton's agent, Rich Paul, continues to seek more than $20 million annually for his client. The 23-year-old has averaged 20.0 points, 3.3 assists, and 3.0 rebounds while netting 37.8% of his attempts from deep throughout his career. Still, he hasn't played 82 games since his rookie season in 2018-19, most recently missing 71 games last season because of a torn meniscus. Although Sexton is a proven scorer, he doesn't offer much for category managers outside of that. He also needs to stay healthy moving ahead, or else his fantasy stock will continue to fall.

    Dillon Brooks Tue Aug 9 10:40pm

    Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks is expected to receive an extension offer from the team. The 26-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, averaging 18.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. Brooks, who has one year left on his current deal, is eligible to sign a four-year contract and up to $61.3 million. It's unknown if he'll accept such an offer or test his luck in free agency next offseason. However, no matter where the veteran suits up beyond the 2022-23 campaign, his career 34.8% shooting from deep must improve before he moves up the rankings list in category formats. Brooks has also dealt with plenty of injuries throughout his career, including missing 50 games last season, primarily because of a broken left hand.

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