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Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (shoulder) could be sidelined the first ten games of the regular season, according to head coach Doc Rivers. The Clippers have not given a definitive timetable, but this sounds about accurate. That would have George returning around the middle of November. He'll still have great fantasy value, despite being sidelined for the first month or so of the season.
The Toronto Raptors have re-signed center Chris Boucher to a two-year, $13.5 million deal. With Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol gone, Boucher will be expected to step into a larger role this season. In 62 games last year, Boucher averaged just 13.2 minutes per game, so take his 6.6 points and 4.5 boards per contest with a grain of salt, as an additional 10-plus minutes per game likely makes Boucher a fantasy relevant player.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded for big man Ed Davis, sending Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans to the Knicks. Davis reunites with former Nets teammate D'Angelo Russell. Davis is a hard-nosed player who'll provide useful defense and can set screens for the offense, but his projected role won't be on that's conducive to fantasy basketball leagues, unless you need rebounding help in an extremely deep league.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum is signing a five-year, $195 million extension with the Boston Celtics, which includes a player option in the final year. The Celtics have locked their best player up long term. Last season, Tatum averaged 23.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 40.3 percent from three. He's a first-round pick in fantasy leagues this season and possesses elite upside.
Forward Juan Hernangomez has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal to stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Traded to Minny in February, Hernangomez played 14 games for the team, starting all of them and averaging 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, plus shooting 42 percent from deep on his way to 2.4 made threes per game. Likely to start again, he may cede some usage to rookie Anthony Edwards, but Hernangomez should still get enough work to be a solid late-round fantasy addition.
The Detroit Pistons have traded for 76ers shooting guard Zhaire Smith, sending center Tony Bradley back to Philly. Smith's a talented young player who has been injury and illness derail the first two years of his career, as he's played just 13 games in the NBA. A great shooter in college at Texas Tech, the rebuilding Detroit Pistons will hope that a change of scenery can help Smith realize his potential, as he's really struggled with his shot in his small NBA sample. He could wind up being a solid fantasy contributor at some point this season.
Restricted free agent forward Bogdan Bogdanovic has signed an offer sheet with the Atlanta Hawks that would pay him $72 million over four seasons. Considering the Kings had already been involved in rumors of doing a sign-and-trade with Bogdanovic, it would be a surprise to see them match the deal. If he does end up in Atlanta, he joins a revamped front court with Danilo Gallinari, where Bogdanovic would see his fantasy value take a slight hit as the third or fourth option for Atlanta.
The Milwaukee Bucks and forward Torrey Craig have agreed to a contract, though the terms have not been disclosed. The fourth-year forward averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Craig is a nice depth piece for Milwaukee, but he doesn't project to be a factor in most fantasy leagues this upcoming season. His strong defensive does help make the Bucks stronger as they look to reach the NBA Finals.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is signing a five-year max extension to stay with the Jazz. Mitchell is the most important piece on this Jazz team now and moving forward, so locking him up makes sense. There are still plenty of questions surrounding Mitchell and this Jazz squad, but fantasy managers don't need to worry about those questions too much, as they can just focus on drafting Mitchell as an early-round option.
Free agent big Serge Ibaka has agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. Ostensibly the replacement for last year's Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell, who signed with the Lakers this week, Ibaka provides a solid upgrade at the four and five for the Clips. Likely to earn a starting role at one of the front court spots, Ibaka averaged 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season for the Raptors, as well as 1.3 threes per game. He shot 51.2 percent from the floor. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both taking up offensive possessions, last year's numbers are likely the ceiling for Ibaka this season, but that's a pretty nice ceiling.
Free agent point guard Jeff Teague is signing a one-year deal with the Boston Celtics. Considering Teague almost exclusively played the one until his 25 games beside Trae Young in Atlanta last season, we can safely assume he's being brought in as a backup to Kemba Walker and not much else. That's not a role that looks set to produce much in the way of fantasy production.