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  • DAL Point Guard #77
    Luka Doncic (thoracic contusion) is probable for Friday’s game against the Celtics.
    Doncic is back on the injury report due to his thoracic contusion suffered during Game 2. However, he played 38 minutes before fouling out of Wednesday’s Game 3 defeat. Look for him to hit (or exceed) 40 minutes, provided he does not foul out.
  • CHI Power Forward #44
    According to NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson, Patrick Williams (left foot bone edema) said on Saturday that he is running and jumping without pain, and the bone in his left foot is fully healed.
    Ruled out for the remainder of the 2023-24 season in late January, Williams underwent surgery one month later to address the bone edema in his left foot. The good news for the Bulls is that he’s moving well without any restrictions and answered “for sure” when asked if he expected to be ready for the start of training camp. With DeMar DeRozan moving to Sacramento via sign-and-trade, Williams should take on a more prominent role within the Bulls offense, even with Zach LaVine returning to action. From a fantasy standpoint, the issue has been Williams’ inconsistency, but he’s worth the risk after agreeing to a new deal.
  • GSW Power Forward #32
    In an interview with Sportskeeda’s Mark Medina, Trayce Jackson-Davis said Warriors coach Steve Kerr wants him to be “more offensive-minded” next season.
    Jackson-Davis began his rookie season on the fringe of the Warriors’ rotation but eventually earned the opportunity to start down the stretch. He started Golden State’s final ten regular season games, and it’s fair to expect a similar role for TJD in 2024-25. According to Jackson-Davis, Kerr wants him to be more of a playmaker in the dunker spot, among other things. "(Kerr) said he wanted me to be a force. He wanted me to attack the glass like I did last year,” Jackson-Davis said when describing his exit interview. “But he wants even more than that. He wants me to be more offensive-minded and continue to make plays out of the dunker (spot), almost like the way (Domantas) Sabonis plays.” This is great news for fantasy managers aiming to select Jackson-Davis in drafts, as an expanded role will only increase his value. Even with the Warriors bringing Kevon Looney back, the starting center job will be TJD’s to lose going into training camp.
  • PHX Small Forward #35
    Kevin Durant (strained calf) did not practice in Abu Dhabi on Saturday and is unlikely to play in Monday’s friendly against Australia.
    Durant has not practiced since joining Team USA for camp ahead of the Paris Olympics, and he also sat out Wednesday’s exhibition game against Canada. While the United States does not begin pool play in the Olympics until July 28 against Serbia, it would be optimal to have Durant on the court well before then. They’ve already had to make one roster change for injury reasons, with Derrick White replacing Kawhi Leonard.
  • CHA Power Forward #67
    According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hornets have signed Taj Gibson to a one-year, $3.3 million contract.
    While Gibson’s days of legitimate fantasy relevance are in the rearview mirror, this is a good move by the Hornets. The rebuilding franchise needed an “adult in the room,” a player who could positively influence the locker room, and adding Gibson addresses that issue. He spent last season with the Knicks and Pistons, appearing in 20 games (16 for New York).
  • NBA Center #50
    According to The Oklahoman, Mike Muscala has decided to retire after ten seasons in the NBA.
    Muscala, the 44th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, appeared in 53 games for the Thunder last season in his second stint with the franchise. According to his father, the former Bucknell standout has decided to enter grad school to pursue a career in basketball coaching or administration. Muscala played for seven teams during his NBA career, averaging 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.
  • ATL Shooting Guard #22
    According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks have signed Keaton Wallace to a two-way contract.
    Wallace, who spent one week on a two-way contract with the Clippers during the 2022-23 season, has earned another opportunity, this time with the Hawks. The undrafted guard out of UTSA played well in Atlanta’s summer league opener against the Wizards, and reports of his signing emerged shortly after the game’s conclusion. With Kobe Bufkin ruled out after suffering a right shoulder injury, Wallace will have ample opportunities to show what he can do.
  • LAC Small Forward #11
    Jordan Miller finished Friday’s 88-78 win over the Nuggets with 36 points (11-of-18 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs), five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and six 3-pointers in 30 minutes.
    What a night for Miller, who will be on a two-way contract for a second consecutive season. While the Clippers have added Derrick Jones Jr. and Nicolas Batum in free agency, the 2023 second-round pick hopes to throw his hat into the ring for rotation minutes. Friday’s performance was a step in the right direction and what teams want to see from a returning player in the summer league environment. Miller is not a player who fantasy managers should plan on drafting right now, but he is worth tracking in Las Vegas.
  • NYK Shooting Guard
    Kevin McCullar (left knee bone bruise) will not play for the Knicks’ summer league team; instead, he will remain in New York to continue rehabbing his knee.
    McCullar, the 56th overall pick in last month’s draft, did not play again for Kansas after injuring his knee during a March 9 game against Houston. His absence will allow the Knicks to evaluate other wings on the summer league roster. As for the regular season, McCullar faces a difficult fight for rotation minutes due to how deep the Knicks are at his position.
  • DEN Power Forward
    DaRon Holmes II is unlikely to play this season after suffering a ruptured right Achilles tendon during Friday’s loss to the Clippers.
    This injury is a brutal turn of events for the Nuggets’ first-round pick, who had been playing well in his summer league debut. Holmes was projected to factor into the team’s frontcourt rotation, possibly as Nikola Jokic’s backup, with some minutes at power forward also possible. This injury frees up additional minutes for the recently signed Dario Saric, while the Nuggets will also need Zeke Nnaji to step up after a disappointing 2023-24 campaign. Holmes can be selected in dynasty leagues, especially if managers have ample IL+ slots to work with.
  • MIA Small Forward #8
    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Jamal Cain has agreed to a two-year deal with New Orleans.
    Cain averaged 11.7 minutes per contest across 44 games through two seasons with Miami, so he’s way off the fantasy radar heading into the 2024-25 campaign.