NBA News

Ben McLemore    G  Grizzlies



McLemore suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during a pick-up game in Los Angeles and will be sidelined for 12 weeks after undergoing surgery Tuesday, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.


Aug 08 - 2:10 PM

Ben McLemore    G  Grizzlies



Ben McLemore underwent surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and will be sidelined for an estimated 12 weeks. According to the Grizzlies press release, the injury occurred when he landed on another player’s foot after driving to the basket during a pick-up game in Los Angeles. Based on the early estimate, McLemore is expected to return in late October or early November, which means he'll miss training camp, the entire preseason and the first couple weeks of the regular season. This obviously greatly diminishes his fantasy appeal. Tyreke Evans, Wayne Selden and Troy Daniels figure to be the biggest beneficiaries if McLemore misses more time than expected.

Aug 08 - 1:54 PM

Nerlens Noel    F/C  Mavericks



Dirk Nowitzki said that he would "love" for the Mavericks to keep Nerlens Noel in Dallas. There was a report last week that negations between the two sides are still ongoing, but there hasn't been much progress between Noel, who is a restricted free agent, and Dallas. "He’s so young and so athletic. I’d love to keep him," said Nowitzki in an interview over the weekend. "I’m sure that is what the Mavs are thinking. We obviously traded for him last year with the hope he will stay with this franchise for a long time." We'll have to wait to see which side blinks first.

Aug 08 - 12:48 PM

Stephen Zimmerman    C  Lakers



Zimmerman signed a partially-guaranteed training camp deal with the Lakers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.


Aug 08 - 11:52 AM

Marcus Georges-Hunt    G  Bucks



According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, guard Marcus Georges-Hunt has agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Georges-Hunt played well in the D-League last season, averaging 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He also played briefly for both the Heat and Magic in 2017. It is currently unknown if his contract with the Wolves is guaranteed. Even if he is on the opening night roster, it is highly unlikely he will crack the rotation in Minnesota. Thus, he can be ignored in fantasy leagues.

Willie Reed    F/C  Clippers



Willie Reed's arraignment hearing in his domestic battery case has been scheduled for September 8th. Reed was jailed over the weekend and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. The accusations made against Reed by his wife are incredibly troublesome. If found guilty, Reed will likely be facing a lengthy suspension. It's also possible that the Clippers choose to cut ties with him altogether. The arraignment hearing is just three weeks before the start of the Clippers training camp.

Ira Winderman on Twitter

Aug 08 - 10:08 AM

Isaiah Thomas    G  Celtics



Isaiah Thomas said that he is "very confident" that he'll get offered a max contract as a free agent next summer. Thomas will make just $6.3 million next season, an incredible value for the Celtics considering he'll likely be among the league's leading scorers once again. "I deserve [the max]," said Thomas. "I put the work in, and you can put me down against any guard in the NBA. My numbers are up there with the best players in the world, and my team is winning." The Celtics can offer approximately $177 million over five years. Considering Kyle Lowry got $100 million over three years, it's unlikely the C's offer Thomas the max.

Boston Herald

Aug 08 - 9:50 AM

Julyan Stone    G  



Julyan Stone is attempting to secure a release from his contract with Reyer Venezia in Italy to sign a two-year deal with the Hornets. Stone signed a new two-year contract with Reyer Venezia earlier this summer that does not include an opt-out allowing him to leave for the NBA. However, Stone's father is now battling serious health issues and is currently in a coronary care unit with severe lung, heart and kidney ailments. Stone wants to remain in America, as he believes it is in the best interest of his father. Stone says that signing with Charlotte "will allow my father to have the proper insurance that will give him the best chance to continue to fight for his life."

Charlotte Observer

Aug 08 - 9:31 AM

Ron Baker    G  Knicks



Ron Baker signed his deal with the Knicks on Monday. It's a two-year deal worth $8.9 million, though the second year is a player option. Baker is a fan favorite and the coaching staff loves his energy off the bench, and he's expected to see time at both guard spots this season. You'd still have to be in a very deep league to even consider touching Baker in fantasy drafts.

Ian Begley on Twitter

Aug 07 - 7:38 PM

Andre Drummond    F/C  Pistons



Stan Van Gundy said he wants Andre Drummond to focus on becoming an "All-Defense type of guy" next season. "The step, to me, for Andre is to do a little bit of what DeAndre Jordan does and dominate the game at the defensive end of the floor," said Van Gundy. "Become that All-Defense type of guy. Because he’s already a historically great rebounder and to add to that becoming a great defender and build his game from there and everything to be built around the basket." Drummond turned in a career-low 1.1 blocks per game last season and also saw a slight dip in his scoring and rebounding numbers, but given that he's only 24 years old, he makes for a prime bounce-back candidate.


Aug 07 - 4:44 PM