With the NBA draft behind us and 2010 NBA Summer League action wrapped up, basketball has proven to still carry excitement in its offseason with free agency and trade possibilities.
Read below for updates and news to keep you informed as you prepare for the 2010-11 fantasy basketball season.
Chris Paul, PG, New Orleans Hornets
Rumors are swirling that Paul may have played his last game for the Hornets, and that he hopes to be traded by the start of the upcoming season.
It is rumored that he is considering teams like the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Orlando Magic. While moves to the Lakers and Magic could hurt his fantasy value, a move to the Knicks would provide him with a huge fantasy season. Stay tuned for more news on Chris Paul’s big decision.
Jonny Flynn, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
With Jonny Flynn’s hip still bothering him from last season and still mulling treatment options, it sounds as though the injury may be serious enough that the Timberwolves are reconsidering trades in the offseason. It’ll be interesting to see what moves they decide to make and whether Flynn will be 100 percent come the 2011 season and a worthy pick for your fantasy team .
Craig Smith, PF, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers recently re-signed Smith to a one-year deal, and while he gives the team a boost of energy off of the bench and averages around 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, his limited number of minutes won’t be enough for the fantasy impact that you may be looking for on your team in 2010-11.
Greg Monroe, F/C, Detroit Pistons
Pistons rookie Monroe had minor surgery on his foot Thursday, but he is expected to resume full activity in three to four weeks with rehabilitation.
During Summer League action, Monroe showed great capabilities with 14.6 points, eight rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.8 steals in 30 minutes per game. Look for Monroe to be a good pick for your fantasy team this season.
Matt Barnes, SF, Toronto Raptors
It is uncertain where Barnes will be playing this upcoming season, but sources say he is moving towards playing with a contender rather than taking additional money to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers .
In terms of fantasy implications, playing with the Cavs would make him a worthy player for fantasy teams, whereas other teams may limit his value. Look out for more news on Barnes’ pick.
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