The thought is that Jared Sullinger will go into training camp as the Raptors' starting power forward. While Sullinger looks to be the starter, backup Patrick Patterson will see a lot of court time for Toronto. Just because Jared is named the starter, do not think that this boosts his fantasy value. Sullinger will be in another contract year, looking for that big pay day after averaging of just 10.3 points, 8.3 boards and 2.3 assists on 43.5 percent shooting last season. He is worth a late-round flier in standard leagues.
After 13 seasons, it appears Bosh has hit a skid. After being sidelined several times last season with blood clots in his leg, it may be time for the veteran star to hang up his sneakers, and pursue the next step in his career. Or, perhaps, another NBA team will take a shot on him.
Pierce played limited minutes last season, coming in off the bench, or filling in, when a another player needed a rest. He provides some veteran leadership to a young Clippers team, but CANNOT be relied upon for any kind of fantasy relevance.
Certainly one cannot see any reason as a fantasy owner, Noel should not be the go to guy at the center position. This is one of them situations with drafts approaching, to keep a close eye on. Minutes are everything, less minutes, less production.
Word of this came out over the weekend when AP's Jon Krawcynski reported that he was "doubtful" to play again in the NBA. Pek has been bothered by a cranky ankle for quite some time now and always seems to be dealing with some sort of injury. Insurance will cover the Wolves' contract with Pekovic, although they may reach a buyout agreement as he has one year and about $12 million left on his deal. At 30 years old, and having only played 43 combined games over the last two seasons, it'd be surprising if Pekovich resurfaced in the NBA.
Cook will have no fantasy value and will likely head to the D-League. The former Duke product averaged almost 20 points per game last season in the D-League and he should earn some regular season minutes with the Pelicans if he builds off those numbers.
He is probably not in competition for a roster spot with the Thunder, as he has a deal in place to play for the Oklahoma D-League team, the Oklahoma City Blue. He played this summer with the Wizard's summer league team, averaging 3.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game in three contests.
The former D-League Rookie of the Year apparently will move on from the Cavaliers. He was signed as an undrafted rookie out of Duke, but has not seen any regular season NBA action in his career.
It is good for the players to know their coach has their back. Rivers also serves as president of basketball operations for the Clippers, so his support carries even more weight than just that of the leader on the sidelines.
After being a 2016 D-League All-star last season, Keith Benson will look to get a chance at making the team out of training camp. After playing professionally in sixth other counties, it'd be a great story if he ends up making the Heats' roster.