Fantasy Baseball Chat - June 26, 2017 Chat

Fantasy Baseball Chat - June 26, 2017
 
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OG Anunoby Headshot

Anunoby (knee) will not play in the Raptors' Summer League games.

As expected, Anunoby will not participate in Summer League due to his recovery from an ACL tear that cost him the last 15 games of his collegiate career. While there's no timetable for his return at the moment, there's a possibility he'll be ready for training camp. His status will likely be updated periodically as he resumes his rehabilitation.
3:13 pm (EST)
Michael Carter-Williams Headshot

The Bulls do not plan to tender Carter-Williams a qualifying offer, which will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reports.

Carter-Williams has a $4.4 million qualifying offer that would make him a restricted free agent, but the Bulls are apparently content to let the 25-year-old walk this offseason. Considering Carter-Williams' struggles since earning the Rookie of the Year award in 2013-14, the decision doesn't come as much of a surprise. Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games for Chicago last season, averaging just 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting a dreadful 36.6 percent from the field. Considering the Bulls brought in second-year point guard Kris Dunn via trade on draft night and will want to get a better look at Cameron Payne next season, Carter-Williams is more expendable than ever.
12:28 pm (EST)
Malik Monk Headshot

Monk, who sprained his left ankle during the draft workout process, will miss the Hornets' Summer League Training Camp and is doubtful to play during the team's Summer League games.

Monk's ankle sprain is unfortunate for him and the team, as they were likely hoping to get a solid look at him against some pro-level competition. However, fortunately, the injury isn't serious and Monk is expected to complete his rehab process within two to four weeks and should be set to participate in training camp prior to the start of the season.
11:23 am (EST)
Ante Zizic Headshot

Zizic, who was selected by the Celtics with the 23rd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has arrived in Boston to begin practicing with the team, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

Zizic is a 6-foot-11 center who has likely fallen off most people's radar as a result of being a late first-round selection and spending a year overseas after being drafted. The Celtics were in no rush to bring him over to the States last season considering the strength of their team and how raw he still may be, though they seemingly have high hopes for him moving forward. He spent last season playing for a Turkish club in high-level Euroleague, averaging 9.0 points and 6.7 rebounds across 21.9 minutes per game while shooting 64.9 percent from the field. The Celtics are likely hoping he can be a rebounding presence, as the squad was notably poor on the glass last year. At the moment, his role with the team seems up in the air, but his play in summer league should help clear up his immediate potential. Plus, with Boston probably looking to clear as much cap space as possible this summer in an effort to sign a big-name free agent, Zizic may end up thrust into a significant role sooner than was expected when he was drafted.
11:13 am (EST)
Spencer Hawes Headshot

Hawes will pick up the player-option for his 2017-18 contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

Hawes will make $6 million in the final year of his deal. The veteran averaged 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.5 triples across 9.0 minutes per game as a fringe-rotational player after being traded to Milwaukee in February. The Bucks drafted stretch-four D.J. Wilson out of Michigan with their first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and he projects to play a similar role with the club as Hawes. Thus, he will presumably have a hard time getting much regular rotation run in the upcoming season.
Yesterday 8:43 pm (EST)
Jordan Hill Headshot

Hill was waived by the Timberwolves on Monday, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports.

Hill's contract was non-guaranteed for next season if he was waived before the end of June, so the move isn't all that unexpected, especially after the Wolves acquired Jimmy Butler via trade on draft night. With Butler in tow and under contract for two more seasons, the Wolves are expected to ramp up their efforts to return to the postseason, which means clearing as much cap space as possible to pursue impact free agents this offseason. The 29-year-old Hill appeared in only seven games for the Wolves in 2016-17 after falling out of favor with coach Tom Thibodeau early in the year.
Yesterday 5:12 pm (EST)
Jusuf Nurkic Headshot

Nurkic (leg) is yet to be cleared for on-court work, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

Nurkic continues to work his way back from a lower-leg fracture, which kept him out of most of the Blazers' first-round series against Golden State. Back in late-April, Nurkic was given a timeline of 2-to-3 months, so with that in mind, he'll likely be back up to speed within the next few weeks. GM Neil Olshey said Monday that Nurkic is expected to be ready well before the start of camp in September.
Yesterday 4:01 pm (EST)
Allen Crabbe Headshot

Crabbe (foot) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

Crabbe participated in all but two regular- season games for the Trail Blazers, averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers across 28.5 minutes per contest. However, near the end of the season he suffered a stress reaction in his left foot, which required surgery in May. Crabbe has already progressed to the point where he can take part in on-court drills, so there's currently no concern over his availability for training camp. He's heading into the second year of a four-year, $74.8 million contract and is slated to pull in $19.3 million during the 2017-18 campaign alone, which suggests he should again take on a substantial role despite coming off a relatively disappointing showing this past year.
Yesterday 3:11 pm (EST)
Ed Davis Headshot

Davis (shoulder) has been cleared for on-court work and is expected to be ready for training camp, Mike Richman of the Oregonian reports.

Davis was restricted to just 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign, with ankle, wrist and shoulder injuries all contributing to the missed time. Most recently, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in March, but Davis now appears to be nearing a full recovery. He's already been cleared for on-court work, which likely means he'll be 100 percent for training camp. With an already crowded frontcourt that added Zach Collins in the 2017 NBA Draft, Davis should be slated for a reserve role off the bench, which could limit his overall upside as a fantasy option.
Yesterday 2:49 pm (EST)
K.J. McDaniels Headshot

Brooklyn reportedly plans to decline McDaniels' team option making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

The 24-year-old is no stranger to packing his things and relocating despite only have played just three seasons in the league. McDaniels didn't necessarily struggle last season with the Nets, but he was far from impressive posting just 4.2 points per game and 1.7 rebounds per game. Now that Brooklyn has added D'Angelo Russell to the mix, McDaniels quickly becomes an expendable player for the club during their rebuild. It's likely he'll find a new home given his youth, but there's no telling how big or small of a role he'll assume until he does.
Yesterday 12:14 am (EST)
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