Recent NBA Player News

Raptors sign Pascal Siakam to a four-year max extension

According to ESPN, Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam has agreed to a four-year max extension.

What It Means:

Siakam will remain in Toronto through 2023-2024 after signing an extension worth $130 million. The 25-year old forward has quickly developed into the centerpiece of the Raptors' core after a breakout championship year.

For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Siakam to accumulate 1252 points, 544 rebounds, and 219 assists.

Zion Williamson (knee) expected to miss start of Pelicans' season

New Orleans Pelicans rookie small forward Zion Williamson is expected to miss a period of weeks to start the season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

What It Means:

Woj adds that it's not a severe injury and that the Pelicans are erring on the extreme side of caution. Look for Williamson to return by mid-November. He averaged 23.3 points per game this preseason, becoming the first rookie to average over 20.0 points since NBA preseason statistics became available in 2005. Williamson is also the only player since 2005-06 to average 20-plus points per game in the preseason while shooting over 70.0 percent from the field.

numberFire's models currently project Zion for 18.3 points, 9.3 boards, 3.0 dimes, 1.7 swipes, 1.4 swats, and 0.8 treys per contest this season.

Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe (rib injury) participates in non-contact drills on Wednesday

Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (rib injury) participated in non-contact drills during Wednesday's practice.

What It Means:

According to general manager Jon Horst, Bledsoe will be cleared to play after his pain level goes down. Milwaukee's starting point guard will need to show the team he can manage his injury (fractured cartilage between his ribs) before he returns to the lineup.

For the 2019-2020 season, Bledsoe's projection includes 1148 points, 284 rebounds, and 400 assists.

Anthony Davis (thumb) good to go for Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis (thumb) will play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors.

What It Means:

Davis suffered a right thumb sprain while the team played in China over the weekend. He will be ready to go for his official Lakers debut next Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

numberFire's models project Davis for 25.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.6 blocks, and 0.7 3-pointers per game in his first season with the Lakers.

Source: Kyle Goon

Anthony Davis day-to-day for Lakers with thumb sprain

Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right thumb during the team's game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday in China, an MRI revealed.

What It Means:

Davis is considered day-to-day. The good news is it's a relatively minor injury for the big man. He should be fine for the Lakers' regular season opener on October 22 against the Los Angeles Clippers.

numberFire's models project The Brow for 25.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.6 blocks, and 0.7 3-pointers per game in his first season with the Lakers.

Lakers' Kyle Kuzma (foot) cleared for non-contact practice

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (foot) has been cleared for non-contact practice.

What It Means:

Kuzma has progressed to ball-handling and non-contact drills after missing time with a left foot stress reaction. The young Lakers' forward needs to be cleared for contact before a realistic timeline can be constructed for his regular season return.

For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Kuzma to accumulate 1159 points, 379 rebounds, and 172 assists.

Celtics' Jayson Tatum (illness) ruled out Tuesday

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is battling an illness and will not make the trip to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

What It Means:

It seems like Boston will be conservative with its regulars anyway. The Celtics open the regular season on October 23.

Our models project Tatum to average 15.8 points per game this season.

Source: Jay King

Suns' Dario Saric (quad) questionable for Monday

Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric (bruised quad) is questionable to play in Monday's preseason finale against the Denver Nuggets.

What It Means:

It seems like this is more of a precautionary measure than anything, with the regular season on the horizon.

Our models project Saric to average 12.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season.

Grizzlies' Jonas Valanciunas hoping to play in opener

Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) said his goal is to play in the season opener on Oct. 23 against the Miami Heat.

What It Means:

Valanciunas was shut down for the preseason and while the team said the move was precautionary, this is a situation worth monitoring.

Our models project Valanciunas to average 18.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game this season.

Source: David Cobb

Clippers' Patrick Beverley tweaks calf in preseason win

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley tweaked his calf during Sunday's exhibition game

What It Means:

He had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 3-pointers, 2 steals and 1 turnover in 20 minutes.

Our models project Beverley to average 9.3 points and 3.6 assists per game this season.

Lakers' Anthony Davis (thumb) reportedly dealing with a Grade 1 sprain

Los Angeles Lakers forward / center Anthony Davis (thumb) will undergo an MRI on Sunday.

What It Means:

Davis' current diagnosis is a Grade 1 thumb sprain after medical exams showed no ligament damage. Expect the Lakers' star to sit out the rest of the preseason in preparation for their first game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

If Davis is active on October 22nd, our models project "The Brow" to produce 28 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 4.0 assists against the Clippers.

Lakers' Anthony Davis (thumb) exits Saturday's game

Los Angeles Lakers center Anthony Davis sprained his right thumb in Saturday's preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets and did not return.

What It Means:

He was seen on the bench with ice on his thumb. It is only the preseason, so hopefully, this was more precautionary than anything else. Keep an eye out for updates.

Our models project Davis to average 25.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season.

Bucks' Eric Bledsoe reportedly sidelined 2-3 weeks with small rib fracture

Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe will miss up to 2-3 weeks with a small fracture of his rib, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Bledsoe exited Wednesday's game with what was initially described as a strained oblique, but that appears to have been a misdiagnosis. George Hill will likely start if Bledsoe isn't ready for the start of the regular season. The Bucks tip things off on Thursday, October 24, on the road against the Houston Rockets.

numberFire's models project Bledsoe for 17.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.7 3-pointers per game this season.

Warriors' Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) will not play in October

Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) "will rehab through all of October and then take it day-by-day after that."

What It Means:

WCS will miss the start of the regular season after suffering a left foot sprain during a pickup game. Expect Kevon Looney to start the season at center until Cauley-Stein is ready to return.

For the 2019-2020 season, our models project Cauley-Stein to produce 2081.7 fantasy points.

Golden State's Klay Thompson (knee) ruled out until All-Star break

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (knee) will not play in the first 55 games of the 2019-2020 season.

What It Means:

This timeline is very rough so a later return date is definitely possible. Expect the Warriors to be patient with Thompson's recovery.

While Thompson is out, D'Angelo Russell should see a larger role in the offense. Our models project Russell to score 2991.1 fantasy points this season.

Paul George (shoulders) expects to make Clippers debut in November

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (shoulders) expects to make his season debut in November.

What It Means:

George is recovering from dual offseason shoulder surgeries. "As of now, I'll be out of October fully, but who knows?," George asked rhetorically. "We'll see. In the November range is our target date." That means he will miss at least the Clippers' first six games. There's also a possibility of routine maintenance days throughout the season as the team goes all-in on a championship run. George's absence should create some additional early-season value for Rodney McGruder, Landry Shamet, and Moe Harkless.

numberFire's models expect PG-13 to average 25.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 3.3 3-pointers per game this season.

Grizzlies' Andre Iguodala will not report to training camp next week

Memphis Grizzlies guard Andre Iguodala will not report to October's training camp.

What It Means:

Iguodala will not be present for the start of training camp after reaching an agreement with management. Look for the Grizzlies to either buy out the veteran's contract or trade him to another team.

In 68 games last season, Iguodala averaged 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

What It Means:

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.

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