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  • MEM Small Forward
    Jaylen Wells led the Grizzlies with 27 points (9-of-23 FGs), six rebounds, three assists, one steal and three triples in an 87-85 win over the 76ers on Tuesday.
    Wells struggled in 25 minutes in his first Summer League game, but he took on a larger role in his second appearance with Zach Edey, GG Jackson, Scotty Pippen Jr. and Jake LaRavia all sitting out. He led the team with 27 points and gave them the win by knocking down a floater off of an offensive rebound at the buzzer. Wells likely won’t make much of a fantasy impact on a stacked Memphis team this season, but it is encouraging to see him play well this summer.
  • PHX Small Forward #35
    Kevin Durant (strained calf) is expected to participate in an intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday.
    Injured while ramping up in preparation for the United States’ pre-Olympic training camp, Durant has not played in any of the exhibitions or participated in a full-contact practice. That’s expected to change on Thursday, as the team will scrimmage before Sunday’s opener against Serbia. “The plan is for him to get in the scrimmage and see how he handles that,” United States head coach Steve Kerr said, according to ESPN. “He looked good (Wednesday) and he did everything and got a lot of shots up and told me he’s feeling pretty good.” Adding the US national team’s all-time leading point scorer will undoubtedly aid in the quest for a fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal. The question is who will fall out of the rotation, as the Americans went ten deep in Monday’s exhibition finale against Germany.
  • UTA Power Forward #34
    According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, the Jazz have waived Kenneth Lofton Jr. and Darius Bazley.
    Lofton and Bazley played with the Jazz last season, with the former appearing in four games and the latter six. Neither departure will impact fantasy basketball, as Lofton and Bazley weren’t in the rotation most nights.
  • IND Power Forward #16
    According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers have re-signed James Johnson on a one-year, $3.3 million deal.
    While Johnson did not play much last season, the veteran forward has been a critical mentor for the young Pacers. He appeared in only nine games in 2023-24, so there’s no need to consider Johnson’s potential fantasy value in 2024-25.
  • MEM Center #30
    The Grizzlies announced on Wednesday that they have signed Jay Huff to a two-way contract.
    The 7-foot-1 Huff is on the move after spending last season with the Nuggets on a two-way contract. He’s appeared in 31 NBA games for the Nuggets, Wizards, and Lakers, with the majority of his minutes coming in the G League. Huff’s addition will not impact fantasy basketball, as the Grizzlies have Jaren Jackson Jr., Zach Edey, and Brandon Clarke among their frontcourt options. To make room for Huff, the Grizzlies waived Trey Jemison.
  • FA Center #25
    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Orlando Robinson has agreed to a one-year deal with Sacramento.
    O-Ro averaged 11.1 minutes across 67 appearances through two seasons with Miami. He’s not expected to play a big role for his new team and is off the fantasy radar.
  • NYK Head Coach
    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Tom Thibodeau has agreed to a three-year extension to remain with the Knicks.
    The extension will keep him with New York through the 2027-28 campaign. The Knicks made the conference semifinals in each of the last two seasons, and the team came within a game of making the conference finals in 2024 despite missing a number of key players due to injury.
  • IND Point Guard #2
    According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Andrew Nembhard has agreed to a three-year, $59 million extension with the Pacers.
    Nembhard was one of the breakout stars of last season’s playoffs, taking on an increased workload while Tyrese Haliburton dealt with injuries. Nembhard’s extension cements him as one of Indiana’s cornerstone pieces alongside Haliburton.
  • PHX Coaching Staff
    Brent Barry intends to join the Suns as an assistant coach, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
    Barry has spent the last six seasons as part of the Spurs’ front office, but he will join Mike Budenholzer on the sidelines starting this year. This is his first NBA coaching job, but he’ll look to turn his 14-year playing career into success in this new role. The expectations will be high for this squad, which will be led by Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal.
  • PHI Point Guard #7
    Reggie Jackson plans to join the 76ers after agreeing to a contract buyout with the Hornets.
    Philly certainly has plenty of depth at point guard now. Tyrese Maxey is the starter, with Jackson, Kyle Lowry and rookie Jared McCain as the other options. It’s unclear what the rotation will look like, but there isn’t enough point guard minutes to go around, which means that these lead guards will have to spend time playing off-ball roles. Outside of Maxey, there won’t be much consistent fantasy value in the backcourt in Philly.
  • FA Shooting Guard #15
    Alondes Williams finished Monday’s 120-118 overtime win over Memphis with 21 points (8-of-16 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, six assists, one steal, and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
    Williams, who produced the dunk of the NBA 2K25 Summer League last week, capped his time in Las Vegas with another solid showing in Monday’s championship game. And the timing was great, as he is an unrestricted free agent, and Miami has filled all three of its slots. One of the three slots is occupied by guard Dru Smith, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last November. While the Heat remain high on Smith, it’s fair to wonder if Williams’ performance in Las Vegas has kept him in the conversation. At a minimum, he may have earned an opportunity with another team once training camp rolls around.