The Week Ahead

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The Week Ahead: Week 10

Two Games: BKN, CHA, CLE, MIN, POR, TOR, WAS
Three Games: ATL, BOS, CHI, DAL, DEN, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, NOP, NYK, ORL, PHI, PHX, SAC, SA, UTA
Four Games: OKC

NBA requiring teams to sign replacement players

The NBA and NBPA came to an agreement on Sunday night to allow teams to sign replacement players to avoid game postponements when their locker room gets ravaged by the coronavirus. The new rules state that when two players who are under contract with a team are forced into quarantine, then that team will be required to sign one replacement player via the hardship exception, and each additional positive COVID-19 test for a contract player will result in an additional signing of a replacement player. The league is also removing the 50-games limit for two-way players, meaning there will now be no limit to the amount of time a two-way guy can spend on the active roster. These rule changes will go into effect immediately and hold through January 19, when the league will provide further guidance on how they intend to move forward.

I think this is a smart calculation by the league, as there are currently too many players to list who have been placed into the NBA’s health & safety protocols after posting a positive COVID-19 test, so the league was on the precipice of potential mass postponements. You can check out the full list of players who are currently in quarantine on our “injury report” page, but some of the notable names who won’t be suiting up for this Christmas week are: Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, etc.

This rule change means that some teams might look more like G League squads at certain points throughout the year, so this will make waiver wire adds that much more crucial in deep leagues.

Best Adds Based Off Quarantines

Trae Young = Delon Wright
Brooklyn = Whoever happens to be available. Cam Thomas and Nicolas Claxton stand out.
Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley = Ed Davis
Maxi Kleber = Dorian Finney-Smith
Andre Wiggins and Jordan Poole = Damion Lee and Otto Porter Jr.
Marcus Morris = Nicolas Batum
Los Angeles = Isaiah Thomas
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis = DeMarcus Cousins
Patrick Beverley, Anthony Edwards and Jarred Vanderbilt = Malik Beasley and Jaden McDaniels
New York: Kemba Walker
Orlando: Chuma Okeke, Gary Harris, Mychal Mulder, Robin Lopez
Sacramento: Chimezie Metu and Damian Jones pending Richaun Holmes (eye)
Gary Trent Jr.: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

Update on King Ja

While we got hit with a torrent of bad news and game postponements on Sunday, we did get one positive update amongst the carnage, and that was Grizzlies’ head coach Taylor Jenkins saying that Ja Morant (knee) was “getting really close.” As I’m writing this column, Morant is currently being listed as questionable for Monday’s game vs. OKC, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see King Ja back in action this week. When Morant went down with the left knee sprain on Nov. 26, the Grizzlies said he was expected to miss “a few weeks,” and we’re now a little past the three-week mark. I imagine that if Morant does play, he’ll likely have some minutes restrictions, but this would be a good week for him to get back with Memphis having a two-day break between each of their three games this week. With news that Morant is on the cusp of his return, it’s probably time to return Tyus Jones to the waiver wire.

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Weird Schedule

Monday – Six Games

PHI vs. BOS
HOU vs. CHI
OKC vs. MEM
CHA vs. UTA
SAC vs. GSW
SA vs. LAC

Tuesday – Five Games

IND vs. MIA
DET vs. NYK
POR vs. NOP
MIN vs. DAL
PHX vs. LAL

Wednesday – Six Games

ORL vs. ATL
CLE vs. BOS
TOR vs. CHI
HOU vs. MIL
DEN vs. OKC
LAC vs. SAC

Thursday – 12(!!) Games

HOU vs. IND
NOP vs. ORL
ATL vs. PHI
DET vs. MIA
WAS vs. NYK
MIL vs. DAL
CHA vs. DEN
OKC vs. PHX
MIN vs. UTA
MEM vs. GSW
BKN vs. POR
SA vs. LAL

Friday, Christmas Eve – No Games

Saturday – Five Games

ATL vs. NYK
BOS vs. MIL
GSW vs. PHX
BKN vs. LAL
DAL vs. UTA