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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.
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal currently remains off the trade market. Still, that could change at some point throughout the year, primarily with the nine-year veteran entering the final season of his current contract. Washington would certainly love to keep Beal on the roster moving ahead. Nonetheless, if signs point toward him walking away next Summer, the team may be more inclined to get something back while it still can, making a potential in-season trade to a club such as the Celtics a realistic possibility. The 28-year-old averaged a career-high 31.3 points in 2020 while also adding 4.7 boards, 4.4 assists, and 1.2 steals. His health has been rocky over the previous few seasons, and his shooting percentages from deep need to improve. However, Beal is expected to remain an effective fantasy producer, regardless of the uniform he is wearing.
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has yet to agree on a contract extension with his current employer. However, with the 26-year-old entering the final year of his most recent deal, the Celtics are a possible favorite to acquire his services in a trade, especially if the Bulls are in danger of not getting anything back for him if he decides to walk. Still, it seems as if Chicago will do everything it takes to keep LaVine on the roster, mainly after bringing in Lonzo Ball, DeMar DeRozan, and Alex Caruso during the offseason. Nonetheless, regardless of where the former UCLA Bruin is playing, he is anticipated to be a prime fantasy producer. His health has been an issue, which is the only thing that has limited his fantasy ceiling over the years.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons remains estranged from his current team. After things took a downward spiral once the Sixers were eliminated during the postseason, recent reports indicate that Simmons is not interested in reporting to training camp. Although many teams have emerged as potential suitors to acquire the former LSU Tiger's services, he has recently been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a possible deal involving Lauri Markkanen. It's no secret that the 25-year-old would prefer to suit up for a contender. However, regardless of where Simmons calls home during the 2021-22 campaign, he should remain classified as an elite fantasy option, though category managers will almost certainly take a hit in percentage categories.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love continues to see his stock plummet entering the 2021-22 campaign. After the veteran recently indicated he wasn't interested in receiving a buyout, current rumblings now suggest that he may be relegated to around six minutes per game this season. That projection seems plausible, primarily with the team focused on the development of Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen, and Lauri Markkanen. Nonetheless, a lot of things can still transpire before the start of the new year, so fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation moving ahead. One thing is for sure, Love's fantasy ceiling will remain lower than ever as long as he stays with his current club.
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. Remains optimistic that a contract extension will get done. Porter had his best statistical output as a professional last season, averaging 19.0 points and 7.3 assists while shooting a whopping 44.5 percent from deep. The 23-year-old will be entering the final year of his rookie contract if an agreement isn't reached before the start of the 2021-22 campaign. However, based on his play over the years, it would seem the franchise will do everything in its power to keep him in the Mile High City moving ahead. Nonetheless, Porter's fantasy outlook is higher than ever, and as long as he can remain healthy, he should be one of the most impactful fantasy options going.
San Antonio Spurs forward Keita Bates-Diop has agreed to a new two-year deal. The terms of the contract were undisclosed, but it was apparently enough to retain his services after the franchise extended a qualifying offer to him back in July. The 25-year-old former Ohio State Buckeye appeared in only 30 professional contests last season, averaging 2.6 minutes and 1.6 rebounds throughout 8.2 minutes. Nonetheless, he probably won't see much action during the 2021-22 campaign, so it's best if he were left off fantasy rosters altogether, regardless of format or league size.
Indiana Pacers guard T.J. Warren (foot) remains out indefinitely. The veteran continues to rehab after having surgery back in January to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. With Warren's recent efforts to make it back to the court not going so well, likely, he may not be back in the lineup for months, if not longer. Still, for managers in deeper formats, the 28-year-old certainly is worthy of a stash, primarily since he has picked it up on the scoring end over the years. However, his health is always in question, which is certainly something to think about moving ahead.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro had his 2022-23 team option exercised. Herro's name was vaguely brought up during trade rumblings throughout the offseason after his numbers declined from his rookie averages. However, it appears that the team has the utmost confidence in his abilities, so he will remain in South Beach for at least a few more years. Herro will probably come off the bench during the 2021-22 season, although he will surely make some appearances as a starter.
Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (knee) isn't sure if he will be ready to go when the season begins in October. The 23-year-old missed the entire 2020-21 campaign after tearing his ACL and meniscus in his left knee. Isaac has been a capable producer throughout the years, but his poor health has significantly lowered his ceiling. Still, he is worth a late-round stash in deeper formats, although he will have to fight for minutes against Franz Wagner, Moritz Wager, Chuma Okeke, Wendell Carter Jr., and Mo Bamba upon returning to the court.
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal to return to Brooklyn. The multi-time All-Star was forced into retirement five months ago because of a heart condition. However, Aldridge has been deemed medically cleared, so he will rejoin a Nets team that is undoubtedly looking to make a run toward an NBA Championship. Still, his outlook isn't as bright from a fantasy perspective, primarily with his health in question and the logjam of talent at the position. Nonetheless, the 36-year-old will probably have a few impactful performances during the 2021-22 campaign, although not enough to make him a consistent fantasy option.