NBA PLAYER NEWS
Woj: 76ers reportedly end trade talks on James Harden
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers have ended trade talks on guard James Harden.
The 76ers are expected to bring back Harden for the start of training camp after trade talks did not progress with any teams including his preferred destination with the Los Angeles Clippers. Expect Philadelphia to drag out this process until the 76ers have a deal they believe won't "compromise their title hopes."
If Harden is ultimately dealt, expect Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey to take over lead offensive roles in Philadelphia. In 862 minutes last season with Harden off the floor, Embiid averaged 1.70 FanDuel points per minute and a 39.0% usage rate while Maxey produced 1.16 FanDuel points and a 30.5% usage rate in a 1013 minutes sample size.
Jeimer Candelario (thumb) scratched for Nationals Sunday; Ildemaro Vargas enters
Washington Nationals infielder Jeimer Candelario has been scratched Sunday in the team's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
A thumb issue popped up for Candelario during pregame, and he has now been removed from the lineup. Ildemaro Vargas will take over at third base, batting seventh in the order versus Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty.
In 363 plate appearances this season, Candelario has a .260 batting average with an .813 OPS, 13 home runs, 46 runs and 43 RBI.
Mo Bamba signs 1-year contract with Sixers on Tuesday
The Philadelphia 76ers have signed power forward Mo Bamba on Tuesday.
After logging nine games with the Lakers, Bamba will join Philadelphia on a short-team deal. Expect the 25-year old to see minutes in a backup role behind Joel Embiid.
In 770 minutes last season, Bamba averaged 1.03 FanDuel points per minute and a 16.6% usage rate.
Reggie Bullock sent to San Antonio in 3-team trade on Tuesday
The San Antonio Spurs have acquired guard Reggie Bullock in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics.
Bullock will join the Spurs after he was acquired in a deal involving Grant Williams and several second round picks. Expect the veteran to play a second unit role at the two behind Devin Vassell.
In 2348 minutes last season, Bullock has accounted for 0.52 FanDuel points per minute and a 10.0% usage rate.
Mavericks acquire Grant Williams in sign and trade with Celtics
The Dallas Mavericks have acquired forward Grant Williams and two second round picks in a trade with the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.
Williams will land in Dallas with a new four year contract worth $53 million while the Spurs acquire Reggie Bullock with an unprotected Dallas pick swap in 2030 and the Celtics received two second rounders. Expect Williams to play a consistent role at the four with his perimeter shooting and defense.
In 2044 minutes last season, Williams averaged 0.68 FanDuel points per minute and a 13.1% usage rate.
Donte DiVincenzo agrees to 4-year contract with Knicks
The New York Knicks have signed guard Donte DiVincenzo on Saturday.
DiVincenzo will play his college teammates after signing a four-year contract worth up to $50 million. Expect the former Villanova Wildcat to share minutes at the two with Quentin Grimes.
In 1893 minutes last season, DiVincenzo produced 0.87 FanDuel points per minute and a 15.1% usage rate.