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After being benched down the stretch on Saturday, Jeremy Lin returned to his starting job on Monday but finished with just four points and three assists in 24 minutes.

Kevin McHale isn't afraid to yank Lin when he's struggling, and he was getting torched by Kemba Walker all game long, so McHale gave the reins to backup PG Patrick Beverley (10 points in 24 minutes). Lin has bounced back from all of his duds this season, and we're expecting a better effort Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 04:54:00 PM

Unrestricted free agent Cory Joseph has agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Raptors, with the fourth year a player option.

The Spurs were forced to withdraw their qualifying offer for Joseph on Sunday due to salary-cap limitations, and it didn't take long for Toronto to swoop in with a massive offer for the native Canadian. He'll immediately assume backup-PG duties in Toronto now that Greivis Vasquez is gone, especially since Luke Ridnour isn't likely to remain with the Raptors. Despite his considerable salary, however, CoJo remains an unlikely source of fantasy value while Kyle Lowry is healthy.
Jul 5 - 10:20 PM

Reggie Jackson and the Pistons have agreed to a five-year, $80 million extension.

A report in late June suggested that the Pistons were "not 100 percent sold on Reggie," but that was refuted by this deal with an average annual salary of $16 million. Brandon Jennings' future in Detroit is more tenuous than ever with Jackson locked up long-term, and a trade would be the best outcome for both of them from a fantasy perspective -- they could play together for stretches, but it's hard to envision a Jennings/Jackson backcourt succeeding long term.
Jul 5 - 9:55 PM

Brandon Bass has reportedly agreed to sign with the Lakers.

Ed Davis is gone and both Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill are unrestricted free agents, so L.A. did well to reliable a capable veteran to support Julius Randle at power forward -- Bass has missed one game over the past three seasons. Terms of the deal are unclear, but Eric Pincus reports that L.A. can only offer $2.8 million unless they clear cap space with other moves.
Jul 5 - 7:41 PM

Tyler Johnson converted a lob at the buzzer to win Sunday's game for the Heat, finishing with 12 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes.

The second-year guard flashed his athleticism on the final play, which lifted Miami to 2-0 in the Orlando Summer League. No matter how much progress Johnson makes this summer he's not going to have fantasy value now that Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade have re-signed with Miami.
Jul 5 - 7:34 PM

The Mavericks have engaged the Lakers about a potential sign-and-trade deal for free agent Jeremy Lin.

It was reported on Saturday that Dallas is "firmly" in the mix for Lin, so this doesn't come as a surprise despite the Mavs' lack of cap space. Acquiring Lin would be a coup for the Mavs -- they hope to re-sign J.J. Barea in free agency, but at the moment Devin Harris and Raymond Felton are the only guards under contract.
Jul 5 - 6:45 PM

The Mavericks and free agent F Jeremy Evans have agreed to a two-year contract at the league minimum.

Dallas now has nine players with guaranteed or agreed-upon contracts next season, and they'll be active in the free-agent market as they continue to fill out the roster. Evans will give them some athleticism and dirty-work minutes off the bench, but he remains a fantasy non-entity while Dirk Nowitzki is healthy.
Jul 5 - 5:07 PM

Lou Williams has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Lakers.

There are no details yet about potential team/player options. The Lakers backcourt is becoming a bit crowded with Lou joining D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Kobe Bryant, but the 28-year-old Williams should still approach the 25.2 minutes per game he averaged last season. Until his role is clarified, owners should consider him a late-round target for 3-pointers.
Jul 5 - 4:18 PM

The Cavaliers are considering a trade for Joe Johnson with Brendan Haywood's expiring contract as a trade chip, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Johnson is owed a whopping $24.9 million and the Cavs are sparing no expense in their pursuit of a championship this season -- we'd say they're going for broke, but owner Dan Gilbert has a $4.8 billion net worth. The Nets are eager to unload Johnson to lighten their luxury-tax payments this season, and they've spoken with multiple other teams including the Grizzlies.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 4:13 PM

Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson lit up the Clippers during Summer League action on Sunday, posting 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, one assist and three steals in 31 minutes.

He was playing at a different level vs. inferior competition and the Pistons have to be pleased with initial returns from the No. 8 overall pick. It would be surprising if Johnson wasn't starting on opening night, as his closest competition is Quincy Miller, Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock and Cartier Martin. He'll face a typical rookie learning-curve this season but fantasy owners should be keeping a very close watch on Johnson.
Jul 5 - 2:48 PM

Rodney Stuckey and the Pacers have agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal.

The third year is a player option and Pacers president Larry Bird was obviously serious when he said in mid-April, "I think it’s important for us to get [Stuckey] back here. We need guys like Rodney. He was a major plus for our franchise." Stuckey failed to provide much standard-league fantasy value in 26.4 minutes per game last season, and he's only worth a look in the final rounds for a handful of 3-pointers, assists and solid FT percentages.
Jul 5 - 2:11 PM

Kosta Koufos and the Kings agreed to a four-year, $33 million deal.

The Kings were able to pry Koufos away from teams like the Clippers, but they did have to pay up for a backup big man. Coach George Karl was a fan of Kosta in Denver and he may use him at power forward. He fared very well at rim protection last season, but that was in a terrific Memphis system. Koufos wasn't able to step up in three starts last season, so he doesn't have great handcuff value. Plus, he only had an 11.5 usage rate as a power forward next to Marc Gasol last season. The Kings have arguably the best center in basketball, but they drafted a center at six and their biggest contract of the offseason was also to a center.
Jul 4 - 11:02 PM




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