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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's preseason game against the Boston Celtics. He was limited in camp earlier due to a left foot issue. Garland has some decent upside in the middle rounds of drafts, assuming he's healthy. The Cavs are rebuilding, so Garland should see plenty of action over the course of the season.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards have officially agreed to a trade that will send guard Russell Westbrook to the Lakers for a package that includes Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the No. 22 pick in this year's draft. The former NBA MVP will join a Lakers team that also includes LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It's too early to know how this deal would impact the fantasy outlook of the players sent to Washington, especially with the Wizards still potentially looking to deal Bradley Beal away. On the Lakers side, this is an odd fit, as the team needed shooting more than they needed another ball-handler. But Westbrook will take pressure off of James, which will likely hurt James' fantasy value just a little bit. As for Westbrook, he's been able to be a triple-double machine in basically all of his NBA stops so far and should be an intriguing early-round fantasy pick on a Lakers team with depth concerns, even with James and Davis demanding touches.
The Brooklyn Nets are sending guard Landry Shamet to Phoenix in exchange for Jevon Carter and the 29th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. The deal will add critical depth to the Suns, a team plagued by injuries during the postseason. The 24-year-old averaged 9.3 points and shot nearly 39 percent from deep during the 2020-21 campaign. He has the potential to see an uptick in fantasy production if given a more prominent role this season. However, Shamet will likely see most of his value as a streaming option during the occasional spot-start throughout the year.
The Timberwolves are acquiring forward Taurean Prince from the Cavaliers in exchange for guard Ricky Rubio, a 2022 second-round draft pick, and some cash. The 27-year-old battled injuries last season and appeared in only 29 games in Cleveland after landing there from Brooklyn. He averaged 10.1 points, 3.7 boards, and shot nearly 42 percent from deep. However, he hasn't been able to match the success he had in Atlanta, where he averaged just over 14 points during the 2017-18 campaign. Although the upside is there, primarily if Prince takes on a more prominent role and stays healthy, he isn't worth much on the fantasy end at the moment.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards are reportedly deep in talks to send Wizards guard Russell Westbrook to the Lakers for a package that would include Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and a first round pick. The deal isn't official yet and things could potentially fall apart still, but it sounds more and more like Westbrook will be plying his trade in Staples Center next season. It's too early to know how this deal would impact the fantasy outlook of the players sent to Washington, especially with the Wizards still potentially looking to deal Bradley Beal away. On the Lakers side, this is a weird fit, but Westbrook would be able to relieve some of LeBron James' on-ball minutes. A triple-double machine, he'd likely be counted on to play heavy minutes on a Lakers team that could have depth concerns next season, making him an intriguing early-round fantasy pick, even with James and Anthony Davis there.
Minnesota has traded guard Ricky Rubio to Cleveland. In return, the Timberwolves will acquire Taurean Prince. The Cavaliers will also get a 2022 second-round draft pick and some cash, and it will move Rubio to his fourth team in five years. The 30-year-old averaged only 8.6 points and 6.4 assists throughout 68 games last season. However, he likely has some gas left in the tank and can be a solid contributor if he gets consistent playing time during the 2021-22 campaign.
Brooklyn Nets guard Bruce Brown received a qualifying offer from the team on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent. The designation allows Brooklyn to potentially match offers from other teams, although it will cost nearly $5 million to retain his services. While Brown had flashes of efficiency during the occasional start throughout the season, his averages of 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds likely won't do much for fantasy managers. If he remains with the Nets, his role probably won't change, especially if James Harden and Kyrie Irving stay healthy and on the floor.
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (shoulder) has been making progress in rehab. The big man underwent surgery in June to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, an ailment that could force him to miss the start of the 2021-22 campaign. The 27-year-old averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 boards, and 1.1 steals last season. There have been trade rumblings lately, so his fantasy stock could fluctuate depending on where he calls home. However, he should remain a sufficient producer on the fantasy end, although his rocky health over the years should raise a few red flags.
Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish could be on the move. The team is currently fielding calls for the services of the 21-year-old, who was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He finished the 2020-21 campaign by averaging 11.2 points and 1.3 steals but was plagued by an Achilles injury that relegated him to only 26 regular-season contests. Nonetheless, Reddish is an acceptable offensive option and a solid defender, so it's reasonable to assume his fantasy ceiling will continue to increase, regardless of where he is next season. However, his health has been shaky, so managers should keep that under consideration during upcoming fantasy drafts.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons remains on the trade block heading into the 2021-22 season, although his current employer is commanding a hefty return, including multiple first-round draft picks. The 25-year-old has been a solid producer in many statistical categories since he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, his shoddy field goal percentage and horrendous free-throw shooting have left him vulnerable to criticism, especially after the Sixers were bounced out of the postseason by the Atlanta Hawks. Regardless of where he ends up, Simmons should continue to be an efficient all-around option for category participants, as long as fantasy managers are willing to take the hit in the shooting department.
Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes and the team remain in talks for a potential return. The 27-year-old averaged a career-high 14.2 points, 8.3 boards, and 1.6 blocks in 61 games last season. He is reportedly looking for a deal in the neighborhood of around $80 million throughout four years, and he is likely to get offers from multiple franchises. Nonetheless, his fantasy ceiling is higher than ever, regardless of what uniform he is wearing. However, Holmes' health has been questionable over the years, which will cause his fantasy stock to decrease a bit ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.