Portland Trail Blazers
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|21||C||7' 0"||265||06/13/1989 (30)||6|
|27||C||7' 0"||275||08/23/1994 (25)||4|
|17||C||7' 0"||250||07/06/1980 (39)||17|
|33||C||7' 0"||235||11/19/1997 (21)||1|
|43||PF||6' 8"||250||06/01/1985 (34)||10|
|17||PF||6' 11"||235||03/18/1996 (23)||2|
|0||PG||6' 3"||195||07/15/1990 (29)||6|
|24||SG||6' 4"||185||06/08/1999 (20)||0|
|3||SG||6' 3"||190||09/19/1991 (27)||5|
|9||SG||6' 6"||205||01/18/1999 (20)||0|
|24||SG||6' 5"||201||07/01/1989 (30)||6|
|8||SG||6' 8"||225||02/25/1995 (24)||3|
|5||SG||6' 8"||206||10/20/1992 (26)||4|
Free agent center/power forward Pau Gasol has signed a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he'll likely back up starting center Hassan Whiteside. Gasol's reached a point in his career where his presence on the floor isn't really that useful for anyone, and it's hard to see him having much fantasy value this upcoming season, especially with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) likely to return in the second half of the season, which would make Gasol the third center at best. He's best avoided in fantasy league.
Shooting guard/small forward Rodney Hood was acquired by the Portland Trail Blazers for their playoff run last season, and is now set to commit to the organization with a two-year deal worth $16 million, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Hood averaged 9.6 points per game across 27 regular-season contests, but found his groove during the postseason, where he logged seven double-digit scoring performances, including a 25-point barrage in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Nuggets. With Maurice Harkless and Evan Turner out and Kent Bazemore coming in, how Hoods role plays out over the course of the upcoming year remains up in the air, but hes likely to serve as a primary scoring option no matter the circumstance.
The Orlando Magic are expected to sign free agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu, wholl sign a three-year deal and joins an extremely crowded Orlando frontcourt. Aminu is a good player and averaged 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in 81 games for the Trail Blazers last year, shooting over 50 percent on two-point attempts for the first time in his career. Aminus able to hit effectively from deep as well, but there are too many questions about Orlandos forwards at this point to have a conclusive read on what the situation there will be. If a trade is made to clear things up, I like Aminu as a late fantasy pick on this team, but if things remain as murky as they are now, Id pass on Aminu as the Magic would just have too many mouths to feed to guarantee consistent production from Aminu.
Guard Seth Curry will be a Dallas Maverick again. After a one-year departure to Portland, where he played 74 games, scoring 7.9 points per contest while shooting 45 percent from three on 3.4 attempts per game, Curry is heading back to Dallas, where he started 42 games in the 2016-2017 season. Dallas looks a lot different now, but Currys role will remain pretty much the same as hes a sharpshooter wholl likely come off the bench and will be able to drain buckets in a hurry. Id expect him to play more than he did with the Trail Blazers, making him a fantasy winner with this move. He can provide value for fantasy teams in need of shooting help.
With Al Horford agreeing to a four-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics needed a new starting center. It appears theyve found one, agreeing to a two-year deal with Enes Kanter. Kanter is a negative on the defensive end, but hes still a good offensive center who put up 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game between the Knicks and Trail Blazers last season. Even if he only plays 25 minutes per night and the Celtics give Daniel Theis more run, Kanter will be a valuable fantasy basketball commodity. In fact, hes significantly more useful in fantasy than he is in the actual NBA, which could end up being a bad thing if Kanters defensive deficiencies lead to him losing out on the starting job at some point. For now, though, hes worth a mid-round pick.