Recent NBA Player News
Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins believed to be dealing with torn ACL
Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins is currently undergoing tests to confirm what they believe is a torn ACL.
Cousins signed with Los Angeles over the summer, but if he indeed has a torn ACL, he could miss most of the upcoming season.
He averaged 33.6 FanDuel points per game last season as a member of the Golden State Warriors.
Mike Yastrzemski sitting on Friday for Giants
San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski is not in the lineup on Friday in the team's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Yastrzemski is being replaced in right field by Austin Slater against Phillies starter Drew Smyly.
In 242 plate appearances this season, Yastrzemski has a .268 batting average and an .815 OPS.
Golden State's Draymond Green reportedly signs a four-year extension on Saturday
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reportedly signed a four-year $100 million extension on Saturday.
According to ESPN, Green's new contract will start in 2020 and is worth $118 million over five seasons. Look for the 29-year old to play an increased role in the Warriors' offense this upcoming season with Kevin Durant's departure and Klay Thompson's injury.
In 66 games last season, Green averaged 34.4 FanDuel points. The Warriors' forward produced 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game.
Wizards' John Wall (Achilles) expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (Achilles) is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season.
Wall tore his Achilles in February and is expected to take his rehab slow and take over a year to recover. In his absence, Bradley Beal is in line for a monster season for Washington without Wall alongside him in the backcourt. Newly signed Ish Smith and Isaiah Thomas are expected to see the bulk of the minutes at point guard next season.
Wall played in just 32 games last season, averaging 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.
Bucks sign Kyle Korver to a one-year contract on Saturday
The Milwaukee Bucks and guard Kyle Korver have agreed to a one-year deal on Saturday.
According to ESPN, Korver will join the Bucks after signing a a one-year deal. Expect the veteran sharpshooter to play off the bench in 2019-2020.
In 70 games last season, Korver averaged 8.6 points and 39.7% shooting from three.
Justin Holiday reportedly signs a one-year deal with the Pacers
The Indiana Pacers and forward Justin Holiday have reportedly agreed to a one-year $4.8 million dollar contract.
According to the Athletic, Holiday will head to Indiana after signing a one-year deal. Expect the 30-year old forward to play with the Pacers' second unit in 2019-2020.
In 82 games last season, Holiday averaged 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
Raptors' Kyle Lowry has procedure on left thumb
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry had a procedure to repair tendon injury in his left thumb.
Lowry does not seem to be in danger of missing any game time next season, as he is reportedly hoping to be ready for this summer's FIFA World Cup.
He averaged 35.2 FanDuel points per game in 2018/19.
Philadelphia's Ben Simmons signs a five-year extension on Monday
Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons has reportedly signed a five-year $170 million dollar extension on Monday.
Simmons will remain in Philadelphia for five more years after signing a max-extension on Monday. Expect the 22-year old to increase his usage rate in 2019-2020.
In 79 games last season, Simmons averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.7 assists.
Tyson Chandler signs a one-year contract with the Rockets
The Houston Rockets and center Tyson Chandler have agreed to a one-year deal on Friday.
Chandler will reportedly become a Rocket after signing a one-year contract with Houston. Expect the veteran center to play with the Rockets' second unit in 2019-2020.
In 55 games last year, Chandler averaged 3.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 0.7 assists.
Chris Paul headed to Oklahoma City in blockbuster deal
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook. The teams will also exchange picks.
Tensions between Paul and star James Harden were reported a month ago, and speculation about a possible trade has been brewing ever since. With Paul George's exit from Oklahoma City making Westbrook expendable, it was a natural trade fit. The Rockets are giving up their first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and the Thunder will have the option of swapping selections in 2021 and 2025.
In 58 regular season games last season, Paul averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 37.6 FanDuel points per game.
Russell Westbrook traded to Houston for Chris Paul, picks
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been shipped to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and a number of picks.
The blockbuster was reported Thursday night, and the superstar point guards will be exchanged. After Paul George was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers last week, there were reports of Westbrook being moved as well. The Rockets are giving up their first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and the Thunder will have the option of swapping selections in 2021 and 2025.
In 73 regular season games last season, Westbrook averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 54.7 FanDuel points per game.
Mark Cuban says Dallas will 'load manage' Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis will have his usage managed, owner Mark Cuban said.
2019-20 will be Porzingis' first year back after tearing his ACL with the Knicks in February 2018. Cuban did not say to what degree his playing time would be limited.
Porzingis has averaged 17.8 points per game over three NBA seasons.
Coby White will be brought along slowly, Bulls say
Chicago Bulls rookie guard Coby White will be brought along slowly during his rookie season, executive John Paxson said.
Paxson said White's Summer League performance was underwhelming and said he will have to adjust to the speed of the professional game. White was the seventh overall pick out of North Carolina.
He averaged 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game at UNC with a 55.6% True Shooting Percentage.
Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins says quad is 100% healthy
Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins said that he's fully recovered from the quad injury he suffered during the playoffs.
"I'm building it up every day...I'm getting stronger," Cousins said of his quad. He added his goal is to play all 82 games next season.
He averaged 33.6 FanDuel points per game this past season.
Hawks expect Trae Young to play more minutes next season
Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young is expected to play around 35 minutes per game in 2019-2020.
According to general manager Travis Schlenk, the Hawks expect Trae Young and forward John Collins to see more minutes and grow as players next season. "Last year, Trae and John (Collins) played about 30 minutes," said Schlenk in his interview. "They are probably going to play 35 minutes this year as they continue to grow."
In 81 games last season, Young averaged 19.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 8.1 assists. Expect the 20-year old to increase his scoring and assists especially if he is averaging around 33-35 minutes .
Grizzlies reportedly acquire Tyus Jones after Minnesota declines three-year offer
The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly acquired restricted free agent guard Tyus Jones.
According to ESPN, Jones was acquired by Memphis after the Timberwolves declined to match the Grizzlies' three-year $28 million dollar offer. Expect Jones to share minutes with Ja Morant at point guard in 2019-2020.
In 68 games last season, Jones averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 4.8 assists.
Lakers reportedly plan to start LeBron James at point guard
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James will reportedly move to point guard next season.
According to Yahoo, James will reportedly start at point guard next season with Rajon Rondo coming off the bench and Danny Green starting at shooting guard. Expect the future Hall-of-Famer to establish a career-high in assists at his new position.
In 55 games last season, James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assists.
Hawks reportedly trade for Damian Jones on Monday
The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly acquired center Damian Jones and a second-round pick from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for forward Omari Spellman.
According to the Athletic, Jones will join the Hawks after Atlanta acquired the 24-year old in a trade on Monday. Expect Jones to play as the Hawks' third string center in 2010-2020.
In 24 games last season, Jones averaged 5.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.
Golden State reportedly acquires Omari Spellman on Monday
The Golden State Warriors have reportedly acquired power forward Omari Spellman on Monday.
According to the Athletic, Spellman will be headed to Golden State in exchange for center Damian Jones and a second-round pick. Expect the 21-year old to play off the bench in 2019-2020.
In 46 games last season, Spellman averaged 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assist.
Alec Burks signs a one-year contract with the Warriors
The Golden State Warriors and guard Alec Burks have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal.
According to the Athletic, Burks will join the Warriors after signing a one-year contract with Golden State. Look for Burks to play off the bench as a high usage guard.
In 64 games last season, Burks averaged 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.
Jabari Parker reportedly agrees to a two-year deal with the Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly signed forward Jabari Parker to a two-year $13 million dollar contract.
According to the Athletic, Parker's contract includes a guaranteed first year with a player option for a second season. Look for Parker to play behind John Collins and off the bench in 2019-2020.
In 64 games last season, Parker averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
Avery Bradley reportedly plans to sign with the Lakers
Guard Avery Bradley reportedly intends to sign a two-year $9.7 million dollar contact with the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to ESPN, Bradley plans to sign with the Lakers after he clears waivers on Monday. Expect Bradley to share minutes with Danny Green and KCP in 2019-2020.
In 63 games last season, Bradley averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds. and 2.4 assists.
JaMychal Green reportedly re-signs with the Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly signed forward JaMychal Green to a two-year $10 million dollar deal.
According to the Athletic, Green will remain in Los Angeles after signing a two-year contract. Expect the 29-year old forward to play off the bench in 2019-2020.
In 65 games last season, Green averaged 9.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 0.8 assists.
Delon Wright reportedly joins the Mavericks after a sign-and-trade
The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly acquired point guard Delon Wright from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for two second-round picks.
According to ESPN, Wright will head to Dallas after executing a sign-and-trade between the Grizzlies and the Mavericks. Look for Wright to see major minutes at point guard in 2019-2010 even if he plays off the bench.
In 75 games last season, Wright averaged 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
Nuggets reportedly acquire Jerami Grant on Monday
The Denver Nuggets have reportedly acquired forward Jerami Grant on Monday.
According to ESPN, Grant will be sent to the Nuggets in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick. Expect Grant to see minutes at small forward in 2019-2020.
In 80 games last season, Grant averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 rebounds. and 1.0 assists.
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