Alan Williams has agreed to a three-year $17 million deal with the Suns. Surprisingly, no other teams made an offer to Williams as he was a restricted free agent. With him re-signing, the Suns will likely move Tyson Chandler or let Alex Len walk as a restricted free agent. Williams could be looking at the starting job depending on how the Chandler/Len situation plays out. He should be on your re-draft radar and this gives him a boost in dynasty leagues.
Aron Baynes has agreed to a one-year deal worth $4.3 million to join the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Baynes will look to fill the void left by Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk who both left via free agency. Baynes is unlikely to make a fantasy impact playing behind Al Horford.
Cory Joseph has been traded to the Pacers in a sign-and-trade with the Raptors for C.J. Miles. Joseph is competing with Darren Collison for the starting point guard role in Indiana after Jeff Teague signed with the Timberwolves. Joseph has a chance to win the starting job in Indiana if he can beat out Darren Collison after spending the last few seasons as Kyle Lowry’s backup. In this trade, Joseph benefits the most while Delon Wright also benefits.
C.J. Miles will join the Toronto Raptors in a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers will acquire G Cory Joseph while the Raptors get there P.J. Tucker and DeMarre Carroll replacement.Miles and Norman Powell will fight it out for the starting three spot with Powell the early favorite. Both players hold enough value to be drafted in re-draft leagues. Delon Wright is now the backup in Toronto for Kyle Lowry.
DeMarre Carroll has been traded to the Nets in exchange for Justin Hamilton. The Nets also get a future first-round pick and a second-round pick. Carroll could start at three this season.Carroll gets a downgrade in fantasy value with the rebuilding Nets squad over a top-tier playoff team in the Raptors. With that said, Carroll is likely to go undrafted in most leagues this season.
Justin Hamilton has been traded to the Raptors in exchange for DeMarre Carroll. The Nets also send two draft picks to the Raptors in this deal: a future first and a future second. Hamilton had an opportunity to see significant minutes in Brooklyn with Brook Lopez traded to the Lakers. Now he joins the Raptors who are loaded in the backcourt. Hamilton’s fantasy value is gone in Toronto. In Brooklyn, Timofey Mozgov gets a boost along with Trevor Booker.
Jamal Crawford is expected to sign on with the Wolves upon clearing waivers, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes. Crawford was traded to the Hawks in the Danilo Gallinari deal and then waived by the Hawks. The deal is expected to be a two-year deal worth $8.9 million. Crawford is an excellent addition to a team in need of shooters off the bench.Crawford fits perfectly into the Wolves as they desperately need to replace Shabazz Muhammad and others off the bench. He has a solid chance of being named the Sixth Man of the Year for the fourth time. Add him late in drafts.
James Harden agrees to a four-year extension making him the highest paid NBA player of all time. This deal will run through the 2022-2023 season and Harden will make $228 million with $59 million over the next two seasons followed by the $228 million over the next six seasons. Harden will be a top-three pick again next season in re-draft leagues while the addition of Chris Paul will allow him to play off the ball more. His assist numbers could go down, however, it’s hard to see him not bringing up the ball when Paul is off the floor.
The Hawks officially decline to match the offer made by the Knicks of four-years and $71 million. Hardaway will head back to the team that drafted him and likely start at the two with Courtney Lee coming off the bench.Hardaway will take a backseat to Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony in New York so this move will hurt his fantasy value. Still look for Hardaway at the end of fantasy drafts this season.
The Miami Heat exercised the team option on Wayne Ellington worth about $6.3 million this season. The team waited until Josh McRoberts was traded to Dallas on Friday to make this move official. The only problem for Ellington is Dion Waiters is back also as well as Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson leaving little to no fantasy potential next season.
Skal Labissiere scored 10 points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks in the loss to the Suns.Skal was coming on strong at the end of last season, and hopefully he can carry that on to this season. He may start this year, but will lose minutes to Zach Randolph.
Buddy Hield scored 16 points with five rebounds, two blocks and one assist in the loss to the Suns.If there’s one thing to take away from this game, it’s that Buddy has been given the green light to shoot. He put up 16 shots in 24 minutes. He may surprise some people this year, he’s worth a late round flier in drafts.
De’Aaron Fox scored 18 points with five steals, four assists, three rebounds and only one turnover in his Summer League debut.Fox was a blur on the court against the Suns. He is going to be a fun player to watch over his career, keep him on your radar if George Hill misses any games.
Justin Jackson scored 18 points with two rebounds and one block in his Summer League debut.The Kings don’t have many small forwards on their team, so Justin may be in line for a lot of minutes to start the season.
Jack Cooley scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in the loss to the Suns.Cooley may not make the Kings roster, so he won’t have any fantasy value.