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Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley connected on 6-for-14 shooting en route to 15 points and added some solid supporting numbers in the loss to Minnesota on Monday. Conley added six rebounds with six assists and a make from three while committing just a single turnover on the night, but did not provide and defensive numbers. Conley seems to slowly be turning the corner after a terrible start and there is still the possibility to buy-low on the guard if you are thinking he will keep getting better as the season develops.
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has been continuing basketball-related activities for about four or five weeks now. He built a makeshift gym in the family garage, so Turner has found a creative way to stay in shape. Turner was on fire before the NBA went on hiatus, so hopefully he can pick up where he left off. Victor Oladipo has decided to opt out of the upcoming NBA restart. That means Turner and Malcolm Brogdon will be asked to do more on the offensive side of the ball. Both players should see their fantasy value rise with Oladipo sitting out.
Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby has been working on his shooting, ball-handling and passing. It sounds like Anunoby wants to be a more versatility player on offense. The 22-year-old has seen his playing time rise to an average of 30.1 minutes per game this season. He's an important part of the Raptors rotation, so these improvements should boost his fantasy value. He probably won't be a great DFS option, but he could become a more popular choice if he enhances his game on the offensive side.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet has tested positive for COVID-19 and won't travel with the team to Orlando. This doesn't mean Shamet won't play, but he'll need to self-isolate and pass two negative tests, then test negative again upon arriving in Orlando. The Clippers first real game of the season is on July 30. There is still plenty of time for Shamet to get healthy and join the team. Reggie Jackson and Lou Williams would see increased value if Shamet for some reason doesn't return in time.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (back) won't be restricted when the season resumes later this month, according to head coach Brett Brown. "Hes good to go and we look forward to watching him with what Im told is, effectively, 100% health," Brown said. He was dealing with a lower back nerve impingement, but the hiatus has given Simmons plenty of time to rest up. It sounds like Simmons will be back to his normal role of playing around 33-36 minutes per game.
Sacramento Kings center Marvin Bagley (foot) said he's added 10 pounds of muscle, assuming he's going to spend more time at center. Bagley says that he is 100 percent ready to go and doesn't feel any discomfort in his foot. He has been battling injuries all season long, but it sounds like he is finally ready to go. Richaun Holmes could lose a few minutes of playing time if Bagley does move over to the center spot. Bagley will likely see minutes in the low-20s, so his fantasy value will be limited.
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward said that he'll leave the bubble in Orlando when his wife goes into labor. Her due date is in September, which would be in the middle of the playoffs. It's not ideal to lose a key player during the playoffs, but it's understandable considering the situation. It'll be tough for the Celtics to fill Hayward's production. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown will likely be asked to do more if Hayward does step away during the playoffs.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Darius Miller (Achilles) is unsure if he'll be ready to play when the NBA resumes play. Miller has not played this season after having surgery last August. He has been unable to get into 5-on-5 action yet, so the team will have to wait before they evaluate him. It's unlikely that Miller would have a big role on the team even if he does return later this month. The Pelicans have plenty of depth, so Miller will likely get lost in the shuffle.
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is expected to see playing time at power forward when the season resumes. He hasn't played since March of 2019, but the Blazers reportedly won't have Nurkic on a minutes limit. Nurkic was originally expected to split playing time with Hassan Whiteside, but it doesn't appear that will be the case. It's unclear if the Blazers still plan to start Zach Collins at center, but his value shouldn't decrease from this news.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro says that the league shutdown allowed his ankle to 100 percent heal. He returned prior to the hiatus, but his ankle still bothered him at times. "It definitely helped me just so I had more time to recover," Herro said. His fantasy value should be on the rise, but he'll need to compete for touches. Kendrick Nunn, Goran Dragic, and Duncan Robinson will also be fighting for minutes at the guard spots. It'll be interesting to see what the Heat do with their rotations with Herro back to full health.
Sacramento Kings guard Kent Bazemore mentioned he was hopeful to remain with the organization beyond the 2019-2020 season. His stats have taken a hit this season, but he is averaging 23.5 minutes per game through 20 games with Sacramento. Head coach Luke Walton said Bazemore was "a big part of [the Kings] having a little bit of success." Bazemore is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The Kings could likely bring him back on a reasonably cheap deal since he struggled this season. However, fantasy owners shouldn't expect much production from Bazemore despite him averaging decent playing time.
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