Recent NBA Player News

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) will miss four-to-six weeks

Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic will miss four-to-six weeks after undergoing a knee procedure on Monday.

What It Means:

This means he'll miss a minimum of four games to start the year, though likely more as the Kings play it safe with their start second-year player. There will be plenty of extra minutes for Buddy Hield, Yogi Farrell, and all of the other Kings guards until he gets back.

Bogdanovic is coming of a solid rookie season in which he averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.9 steals in 27.9 minutes per game.

Source: James Ham

Heat's James Johnson (hernia) may miss start of regular season

Miami Heat forward James Johnson may miss some regular season games while recovering from hernia surgery.

What It Means:

This could mean that Kelly Olynyk gets slotted into the starting five to start the season. Oddly enough, Olynyk averaged 0.2 more FanDuel points per game as a bench player, despite playing 5.5 fewer minutes per game than he did as a starter.

Our early projections have Johnson as the 105th-ranked fantasy player in the 2018-19 season.

Timberwolves reportedly intend to keep Jimmy Butler

The Minnesota Timberwolves are refusing trade offers for guard/forward Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

"Minnesota executives are telling teams that Butler's an elite player and that the franchise intends to keep him," Wojnarowski writes in the wake of the four-time All-Star's trade request this week. Timberwolves head coach/president of basketball operations Tim Thibodeau wants to keep Butler to better the team's chances of winning now, but that runs the risk of letting him walk for nothing in free agency next summer. Butler turned 29 earlier this month.

Butler averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.2 3-pointers on a career-high 47.4 field goal percentage for the Timberwolves last season.

Lakers' Lonzo Ball (knee) fully cleared to resume all basketball activities

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has been cleared by the team's doctors to resume all basketball activities.

What It Means:

Lonzo will be able to practice with the team when training camp opens on Saturday, but he won't initially be running with the team in five-on-five drills, according to Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell.

numberFire's early projections have Ball slated to average 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 27.4 FanDuel points in 29.3 minutes per game.

Jimmy Butler has reportedly requested a trade from the Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Jimmy Butler has requested a trade, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

What It Means:

Butler has given Minnesota a list of up to three teams that he would be willing to sign an extension with, according to the report.

He averaged 22.2 points and 4.9 assists per game with a 59.0% true shooting percentage last year.

Dion Waiters (foot) will likely miss Heat season opener

Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (foot surgery) will not be ready for the start of training camp and it's unlikely he'll be cleared in time for Miami's regular-season opener on October 17.

What It Means:

Waiters won't return to the court until fully cleared by Miami's medical staff and he is in game shape. The guard is expected to be brought along slowly when cleared for action, likely splitting time with Dwyane Wade and Wayne Ellington at the two-guard position.

numberFire's models project Waiters for 12.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 40.5% from the field and 33.3% from the field in 2018-19.

Knicks won't rule out sitting Kristaps Porzingis (knee) the entire season

New York Knicks team president Steve Mills would not rule out the possibility of holding out forward Kristaps Porzingis for the season.

What It Means:

Porzingis tore his left ACL on February 6 and is expected to miss a significant portion of the 2018-19 season. While many believe Porzinigs will be ready to returns by the All-Star Break at the latest, Mills sais the team won't jeopardize Porzinigs' long-term future.

The Knicks own the third-lowest over/under win total in the NBA with 28.5 wins for the 2018-19 season.

Luol Deng agrees to one-year, $2.4 million contract with Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with forward Luol Deng.

What It Means:

With Deng, Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, and Taj Gibson again on the same Tom Thibodeau-coached team, we might as well call them the Minnesota Bulls, especially given that they have been rumored to want Joakim Noah as well.

Deng played just one game in the 2017-18 season, his 14th in the NBA.

Suns' Devin Booker has hand surgery, will miss six weeks

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker underwent hand surgery and is estimated to be out for six weeks.

What It Means:

Six weeks from today is October 22, which means that Booker should miss all of preseason and could miss regular season games against the Mavericks, Nuggets, and Warriors. Troy Daniels had 14 starts at shooting guard for the Suns last season and could be looked to again if Booker is out.

Booker averaged 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and shot 38.3% from three and 87.8% from the line in the 2017-18 season, all career highs.

Tyrone Wallace agrees to offer sheet with Pelicans

Los Angeles Clippers restricted free agent guard Tyrone Wallace has agreed to an offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans.

What It Means:

The Clippers can match the deal if they so choose, though there has been no indication yet that they will do so. LA already has eight guards on their roster, so it seems that Wallace could soon be on his way east.

Wallace played well in limited time during his rookie season, averaging 9.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 28.4 minutes per game.

Lakers and Luol Deng agree to buyout

The Los Angeles Lakers and forward Luol Deng have agreed to a contract buyout as part of the waive-and-stretch provision, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Deng will reportedly give up $7.5M of the $36.8M still owed him on the four-year, $72M contract he signed in the summer of 2016. The Lakers now have cleared $38M in salary cap space for 2019 free agency.

Deng played in just one game for the Lakers in 2017-18. He scored 2 points with 1 assists and 1 steal in 13 minutes of action.

Marquese Chriss reportedly moved from Suns to Rockets

The Houston Rockets acquired power forward Marquese Chriss from the Phoenix Suns.

What It Means:

Chriss and Brandon Knight were sent to Houston for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton. The 8th overall pick from the 2016 draft, Chriss may be able to compete for reserve minutes in the Rockets' frontcourt.

Chriss averaged 7.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 0.8 3-pointers over 21.1 minutes in 72 games for the Suns last season.

De'Anthony Melton joins Suns' backcourt in reported trade with Houston

The Phoenix Suns acquired rookie point guard De'Anthony Melton from the Houston Rockets, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Melton and Ryan Anderson were sent to the Suns for Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss. It's potentially a huge boost for the second-round rookie, as he will be able to compete for the starting point guard job with Elie Okobo if Phoenix doesn't upgrade from the outside. Woj says the Suns' decision-makers are actively pursuing a "starting-caliber point guard" between now and the start of the season.

Melton averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 0.6 treys over 27.0 minutes in 36 games (25 starts) during his only year playing for the USC Trojans.

Brandon Knight reportedly traded to Rockets from Suns

The Houston Rockets acquired guard Brandon Knight from the Phoenix Suns, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Knight and Marquese Chriss were sent to Houston in exchange for Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton. It's a downgrade for Knight's fantasy outlook, as he goes from being a potential starter to fighting for minutes in one of the most talented backcourts in the league. The 26-year-old guard missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

Knight averaged 11.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 0.8 3-pointers in 21.0 minutes for the Suns in 2016-17 during his last active season.

Suns reportedly get Ryan Anderson, De'Anthony Melton from Rockets for Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss

The Phoenix Suns acquired forward/center Ryan Anderson and point guard De'Anthony Melton to the Houston Rockets in exchange for point guard Brandon Knight and power forward Marquese Chriss, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Anderson will start for the Suns, per Woj, which is a bit surprising for a 30-year-old shooter on a rebuilding team. Melton, a 2018 second-rounder, could compete for the starting point guard gig, although Woj adds that Phoenix"will continue to pursue trade scenarios to bring on a starting-caliber point guard" before the season starts. Knight and Chriss are unlikely to make much noise in Houston.

Anderson averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.0 3-pointers over 26.2 minutes in 66 games for the Rockets last season.

Spurs' legend Manu Ginobili announces his retirement from the NBA

San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Manu Ginobili has announced his retirement from the NBA.

What It Means:

Ginobili hangs 'em up after a historic 23-year basketball career, 16 of those years with San Antonio. He finishes with the most steals, third-most games played, fifth-most points in franchise history. Coupled with the departure of Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker this offseason, the Spurs will start the next chapter in the team's history in 2018-19.

The sure-fire Hall of Famer finishes his career with averages of 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while posting a 58.2% true shooting percentage.

Carmelo Anthony verbally agrees to sign with Houston

Free agent forward Carmelo Anthony has verbally agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to sources of Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

What It Means:

No surprise here as the move has been expected since the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways. Anthony cleared waivers last week after reaching a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks but was in Africa with the NBA Players Association until Tuesday. Anthony will likely start at small forward after the departure of Trevor Ariza through free agency this summer.

Anthony put up career-worst scoring numbers last season as he averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 40.4% from the field and 35.7% from three.

76ers' first round pick Zhaire Smith suffers foot fracture

Philadelphia 76ers guard Zhaire Smith has suffered a fractured left foot, per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Smith, the 16th-overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, suffered the injury during a developmental camp in Las Vegas on Monday. Foot fractures are tricky to pin down with a timetable, but if he undergoes surgery he could end up missing the entirety of the 2018-2019 season.

Smith averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 28.4 minutes per game as a freshman at Texas Tech last year.

Greg Monroe signs one-year deal with Toronto

The Toronto Raptors have signed free agent center Greg Monroe to a one-year, $3.2M deal, per Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

What It Means:

Monroe will provide much-needed depth at center behind Jonas Valanciunas following the trade of Jakob Poeltl in the Kawhi Leonard deal. Monroe is not expected to more than 20 minutes per game, as long as Valanciunas is healthy.

Monroe averaged 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks per game while shooting 56.5% from the field in 51 games with the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, and Boston Celtics in 2017-18.

Carmelo Anthony finalizes buyout with Hawks

Atlanta Hawks and former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony has finalized his buyout with the Hawks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Anthony has agreed to give back $2.4M of his $27.9M salary to be released by Atlanta. After he clears waivers in 48 hours, Anthony is expected to sign with the Houston Rockets for the veteran's minimum, not coincidently $2.4M.

Anthony averaged a career-worst 16.2 points per game in 2017-18 while shooting 40.4% from the field with the Thunder.

Clint Capela re-signs with Houston for five-years, $90M

The Houston Rockets and center Clint Capela have reached an agreement on a five-year, $90 million deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

As expected, the Rockets retain the services of the restricted free agent and at a fair price as well. The 24-year-old big man will make $18M per season, virtually the same amount the Chicago Bulls paid Zach LaVine and Jabari Parker. Capela will be entering his fifth year in the NBA and is a crucial piece of the Houston team that finished with the NBA's best record in 2017-18.

Capela enjoyed a mini-breakout season, averaging 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game for the Rockets last season.

Kevin Love reportedly signs 4-year, $120 million extension with Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love has signed a 4-year, $120 million contract extension with the team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

What It Means:

Love will earn $24.1 million next season, bringing the total deal to 5 years and $145 million. The five-time All-Star figures to see as much opportunity on offense as he can handle for Cleveland. Love turns 30 in September.

Love averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds with 2.3 3-pointers in 59 games for the Cavs last season.

Magic trade Dakari Johnson to Grizzlies

The Orlando Magic have traded center Dakari Johnson to the Memphis Grizzles for forward Jarell Martin.

What It Means:

Orlando had acquired Johnson just three days ago from Oklahoma City. He'll likely be the third option at center for Memphis behind Marc Gasol and Ivan Rabb.

Johnson played just 5.2 minutes per game last season, averaging 1.8 points, 1.1 rebounds. 0.3 assists, 0.3 blocks, and 0.2 steals.

Jarell Martin traded from Memphis to Orlando

The Memphis Grizzlies have traded forward Jarell Martin to the Orlando Magic.

What It Means:

Martin was sent to Orlando in exchange for center Dakari Johnson, who was traded to the Magic from the Thunder only three days ago. Martin will have a tough time finding minutes in Orlando, with Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Nikola Vucevic, Mohamed Bamba and Khem Birch all competing for playing time.

Martin averaged career-highs in all of points (7.7), rebounds (4.4), assists (1.0), blocks (0.7) and minutes (22.8) per game last season. His .480 effective field goal percentage was also a career-best.

Carmelo Anthony reportedly intends to sign with Rockets

Oklahoma City forward Carmelo Anthony, who will reportedly be traded to and bought out by the Atlanta Hawks, intends to sign with the Houston Rockets, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

What It Means:

Anthony still needs to be formally traded and clear waivers but the expectation has been that he will hop on with the Rockets, who Stein says will sign the 34-year-old to the veteran's minimum of $2.4 million. It's not clear what role Melo will play in Houston but he's still scheduled to receive his $27.9 million as part of being bought out from the Hawks.

Melo averaged 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game while shooting just 40.4 percent from the field for the Thunder last season.

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