Tommy Beer

Offseason Beat

print article archives RSS

FA Roundup 2: Boogie to GSW!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Monday was an incredibly eventful day in the Association. It was assumed that the Lakers surprising moves would steal the headlines. However, late Monday night, shocking news broke when it was reported that DeMarcus Cousins was planning to sign with the Golden State Warriors, agreeing to a one-year deal for just $5.3 million.


It seems surreal even typing that sentence. One of the most talented, stacked rosters in the history of the league is going to add one of the most talented, dynamic bigs in the NBA. It doesn’t seem fair, but it’s happening folks. (No contracts can officially be signed until the league’s mortarium ends on July 6th.) Remarkably, Cousins decision came down to either Boston or Golden State after he couldn't secure a long-term deal elsewhere.


The Warriors will become the first team in NBA history to feature four players that averaged 20-plus points per game the prior season. Oh, and the Warriors fifth starter is a former Defensive Player of the Year and All-NBA player in Draymond Green. Golden State’s expected starting lineup in Game 1 of the 2019 playoffs (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Boogie) has made a combined 27 All-Star appearances, with each starter having been named an All-Star at least three times.

 

Editor’s Note: Fantasy Baseball season is here! With over 15,000 reviews, DRAFT is the highest rated fantasy sports app. For a limited time, DRAFT is giving Rotoworld readers a FREE entry into a real money fantasy baseball draft and a Money-Back Guarantee up to $100! Here's the link

 

Let’s not forget how dominant Cousins can be when healthy. Last season, he averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.2 treys, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks in 48 games. Forget the whopping 25/12/5, consider the fact that no player in league history had ever averaged at least 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks and more than two 3-pointers per contest before. Cousins was expected to ink a max contract this summer, but those plans changed in January when he tore his Achilles. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Boogie has been rehabilitating the injury and is hoping to return some time in December or January. With Golden State cruising through the regular season, they will surely rest Cousins and wait until he is as close to 100 percent as possible before allowing him to make his debut. Then, after he’s cleared to play, expect them to be extra cautious and give him excess rest days. Their goal will be to keep him as fresh as possible for the postseason. Thus, signing with the Warriors definitely dings Cousins' fantasy value in re-draft leagues.


As far as other fantasy fallout, Jordan Bell was expected to see a significant uptick in minutes, but he will have his playing time reduced once Cousins is healthy. The other four Warriors superstars should be relatively unaffected. Once Cousins is fully up to speed, he’ll eat into the usage rate of Curry and KD a bit, but likely not enough to be overly concerned about it. Again, Cousins may suit up fewer than 40 games and will probably average less than 30 minutes per contest.


Other Monday Signings:
* J.J. Redick agreed to a one-year deal to return to the 76ers. The deal will be in the $12M-to-13M range per Woj. Redick averaged career-highs in points (17.1) and triples (2.8) and should be expected to post similar numbers next season.


* Nerlens Noel agreed to a two-year deal with the Thunder. He has a player option for the second season, so Noel will once again be motivated to prove his value. He’ll play behind Steven Adams so we shouldn't expect significant minutes, but I like Noel as a late-round sleeper with enticing upside. His per-36 minute production has typically been impressive.


* Derrick Favors agreed to a two-year, $36 million deal with the Jazz. Encouragingly, he was able to stay healthy last season and averaged 12.3 points, 7.2 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.3% shooting.
Safe to assume he’ll be in that general neighborhood once again in 2018-19.


* Anthony Tolliver agreed to a one-year deal with the Timberwolves. Tolliver is an established vet, but it will be tough for him to secure fantasy value considering how heavily Coach Thibs leans on his starters.


* Jose Calderon agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Pistons. Little to no fantasy value here, assuming Reggie Jackson or Ish Smith remain healthy.


* Mike Scott agreed to a one-year contract with the Clippers. He’ll only have fantasy relevance if injuries deplete L.A.’s starting frontline.


* Rajon Rondo agreed to a deal with the Lakers that will pay him $9 million next season. This was another surprising signing by L.A., as the Lakers already have Lonzo Ball plugged in as the starting point guard. Rondo is reportedly already making noise about wanting to compete for the starting gig. It will be a circus all year long in Hollywood.


* Julius Randle agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the Pelicans. This is what set the Boogie deal in motion. Earlier in the day, the Lakers renounced Randle’s rights, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Pelicans pounced immediately, bringing in Randle on a very affordable contract. Randle broke out in a big way in 2017-18. He was one of only five players to average at least 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists over the final 41 games of the 2017-18 season. The other four were LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Randle was the only one to shoot above 55 percent. It will be very difficult for him to match those numbers playing alongside Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic, but Randle should see plenty of scoring opportunities when Davis is off the floor. As an aside, this may allow the Pelicans to rest Davis more frequently and keep his minutes down.


* Seth Curry agreed to a two-year deal with the Blazers. Curry will earn $2.75 million in 2018-19 and the second year will be a player option. It's a steal for the Blazers. Curry missed the entire 2017-18 campaign, but was one of the league most reliable 3-point marksmen in the two seasons prior. Dame Lillard was upset about the Blazers letting Ed Davis walk, but this should make him happy. Terry Stotts liked to play three guards together at times last season, and the trio of Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Curry should cause plenty of problems for opposing defenses.




Email :Tommy Beer



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days



Video Center

  •  
    NASCAR Fantasy: New Hampshire

    NASCAR Fantasy: New Hampshire
  •  
    Waiver Wire: Top Targets

    Waiver Wire: Top Targets
  •  
    Waiver Wire: Get Tucker

    Waiver Wire: Get Tucker
  •  
    MLB: Snag Odor and Eovaldi

    MLB: Snag Odor and Eovaldi
  •  
    Waiver Wire: Grab Ohtani

    Waiver Wire: Grab Ohtani
  •  
    NASCAR: Grading picks

    NASCAR: Grading picks
  •  
    Waiver Wire: Go Conforto

    Waiver Wire: Go Conforto
  •  
    MLB: Buy Kiermaier & Story

    MLB: Buy Kiermaier & Story