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Marreese Speights started for Zach Randolph (flu) and scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with 13 rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes on Friday.

Speights would be worth a look for spot-duty if there is news that Randolph will miss more time, but that seems unlikely for a garden-variety illness.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 03:47:00 AM

The Magic have selected Mo Bamba with the No. 6 pick in the 2018 Draft.

He set a record at the combine with his condor-like 7’10" wingspan to get him to 4.9 blocks per 40 minutes in his freshman year at Texas. Bamba also has said he’ll out jump everyone in the NBA, he’s said his improvement on his jumper is night and day, and that he’s "the most adaptable player in this draft." Bamba didn’t have much of a shot last year at just 27.5% from deep, 32.2% on his two-point jumpers, and 68.1% at the line, but working with shooting expert Drew Hanlen has reportedly helped him tremendously. Even if he’s able to mildly improve those numbers, the 20-year-old center could hold elite fantasy upside for his blocks alone. He’ll be a name to watch in the middle rounds of drafts, and expect this selection to increase the possibility that the Magic moves Nikola Vucevic and/or Bismack Biyombo.
Jun 21 - 8:03 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have traded the No. 3 overall pick to the Mavs in exchange for a 2019 first-round pick and the No. 5 pick, and will select Trae Young.

The 2019 first-rounder is top-5 protected. Young tore it up at Oklahoma last year as the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in scoring and assists in a season as a first-team All-American. He has some of the deepest range as a jump-shooter and rarely got open looks without only 19 uncontested attempts from deep because of how teams focused on him defensively. Young’s downside is clear after he didn’t even measure six feet without shoes at the combine, he had a combine-low 6’3" wingspan, and he had some poor workouts for lottery teams. Still, the Hawks clearly believe in his shot-making. It will be interesting to see if Atlanta now considers trading starting PG Dennis Schroder.
Jun 21 - 8:00 PM

The Grizzlies selected Jaren Jackson Jr. with the fourth pick in the draft.

He reportedly did not originally share his medical information with the Grizzlies, but eventually came around today and has grown comfortable with the team. The Michigan State product made a quantum leap up draft boards in the past 10 months, and nobody saw him coming a few years ago when he gained almost six inches during his sophomore year in high school. The added height got him to 6’10" and his 7’5" wingspan helped him rack up a whopping 5.5 blocks per 40 minutes, adding a very impressive 2.0 treys per contest.  He did mention that he is going to try to bring his fouls down and he won’t try to block everything like he did last year. Jackson Jr. is essentially modern-day five for his spacing on offense and rim protection on defense, but he’ll need to bulk up after struggling at the rim. This certainly isn't the optimal fit for arguably the best big in this draft class, but he has the talent to earn minutes out of the gate. He's expected to play at least 20 minutes per game
Jun 21 - 7:59 PM

The Mavericks swapped the No. 5 pick and a 2019 protected first-rounder for the No. 3 pick and selected Luka Doncic at No. 3.

Not many teenagers can say they were the MVP on a championship-winning EuroLeague team, won an ACB title with another MVP, and earn a EuroBasket title with Slovenia. His skills with the ball are truly elite for his ability to find passing lanes, and his skillset as a pick-and-roll guard are unlike any other prospect. The Slovenian guard possesses a near-prototype body for a guard at 6’8" and 230 pounds, and Real Madrid has even used him as a small forward. If Doncic eventually becomes a deadly shooter, he could be one of the best European prospects in NBA history. He’ll be a popular target in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts and is an ideal franchise player for the Mavericks to build around.
Jun 21 - 7:50 PM

The Sacramento Kings have taken Marvin Bagley with the second overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

The Duke freshman has the potential to be a 20-10 guy in the NBA after posting averages of 21.0 points, 11.1 boards, 1.5 dimes, 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks. Bagley runs the floor as well as any big man and he made 39.7% from deep last year, so he certainly fits the 2018 style. The Kings claim they had Bagley as the top player on their board and would have taken him with the No. 1 overall pick.
Jun 21 - 7:44 PM

The Suns selected DeAndre Ayton with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The Suns have been expected to draft the University of Arizona product for weeks now and the seven-footer didn’t work out for any other team. The Pac-12 Player of the Year dominated on the offensive end as a freshman with 20.1 points per game with his imposing physical presence, and he could add to his range as a pick-and-pop guy after making 0.3 treys per contest. The main knock on Ayton has been his defense as he posted somewhat underwhelming 2.3 blocks and 0.7 steals per 40 minutes while having some noteworthy lapses. The Suns have been looking for a big man since Amare Stoudemire and they finally get their man with their first No. 1 pick in franchise history. His ability to run the floor could fit with the team’s new style. Ayton will be fantasy target near 50.
Jun 21 - 7:39 PM

Jaren Jackson Jr. has grown comfortable with the prospect of Memphis drafting him with fourth pick according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

JJJ, Luka Doncic and Mo Bamba have withheld their medical information from the Grizzlies and haven't worked out for the franchise, but JJJ's stance has since changed. He has now provided Grizz officials the requisite personal information and coach J.B. Bickerstaff "played a big role in selling a vision for Jackson's future there." In terms of fantasy, this wouldn't be an ideal landing spot for JJJ because he'd be behind Marc Gasol and they don't have a great reputation of developing young talent.
Jun 21 - 7:22 PM

Harry Giles has "secretly looked great" in workouts this offseason, according to Marc Spears of ESPN.com.

After missing the last season, Giles has reportedly been working out for at least a month. The Duke product was widely considered as the top high school prospect two years ago, but numerous knee ailments caused him to slide to No. 20 last year. Giles makes a ton of sense as a last-round flier in 12-team leagues.
Jun 21 - 4:28 PM

Austin Rivers is opting in on his $12 million contract with Clippers for next season.

Besides some injuries, Rivers had a strong season last year with 15.1 points per game over 33.7 minutes per outing. Rivers is still just 25 years old and should have another chance to get a long-term deal next summer. Rivers is likely going to have more competition for minutes this season with the Clippers fully expected to take a guard at either 12 or 13.
Jun 21 - 3:37 PM

The Lakers have reached out to the Spurs to express interest in Kawhi Leonard, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

Earlier today, ESPN reported that the Spurs are willing to listen to offers, but Shams adds that no offers have been discussed between the Spurs and Lakers just yet. The Leonard storyline will be a major issue to keep an eye on during the draft, but the Spurs obviously won't make a hasty decision.
Jun 21 - 3:34 PM

The Wizards are actively exploring their trade options with Marcin Gortat, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Stein adds that the Wizards are resistant to attaching the No. 15 pick tonight to dump Gortat's contract. It's also an expiring deal on Gortat, so it shouldn't be too tough to unload it at some point in the next eight months. The Wizards will likely be in the market for a big man regardless, and chances are Gortat's fantasy value will decrease with a deal.
Jun 21 - 2:55 PM




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