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  • Wes Matthews (Achilles) shooting 3-pointers
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles surgery) posted a video of himself shooting 3-pointers at a gym in L.A. on Tuesday.

    Advice: Matthews is three months removed from his Achilles injury, which he has consistently said would only sideline him for five months. The free agent SG has a lot riding on his health this summer, financially and professionally, but it's still unclear whether he'll be ready for training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:14 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Carl Landry has wrist surgery, out 4-5 months
    Carl Landry will miss 4-5 months after having right wrist surgery to repair a torn ligament on Tuesday.

    Advice: Landry missed five games in January due to soreness in his wrist, but the extent of the injury wasn't revealed until he had a postseason MRI. He's struggled to stay healthy since inking a hefty contract with the Kings, who still owe him a guaranteed $13 million over the next two seasons. His status for training camp is uncertain, meaning Jason Thompson (and possibly Derrick Williams) may have less competition during the season's early stages. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:15 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 122-99 @ LAL
  • Green says defending LBJ will be team effort
    Draymond Green said that it will be a team effort in trying to stop LeBron James during the NBA Finals.

    Advice: "It's not one person's job to stop LeBron," Green said. "If we're going to send any one person on our team to stop LeBron, we'll probably lose. It'll be a complete team effort. And as long as we approach it that way, I think we can do it." Green, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson will all likely spend time guarding James during the Finals. Despite the Dubs’ wealth of defensive options, James still managed to put up 42 points, 11 rebounds and five assists during his one game against the Warriors during the regular-season, a performance that culminated in a win for the Cavs. James is going to be a beast no matter what they do, so it's more about limiting his opportunities and slowing down Cleveland's role players if Golden State hopes to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy when all is said and done. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Scott Skiles praises Nikola Vucevic's offense
    Scott Skiles praised Nikola Vucevic's offense during a recent interview, saying he's one of the few centers in the league that can post-up, and also step out and hit jumpers with regularity.

    Advice: Vucevic had a career-year with the Magic during the 2014-15 season, averaging 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.7 blocks per game on 52.3 percent shooting from the field. His defense is questionable, but Vooch is one of Orlando's best options on offense and his ability to crash the glass should keep him on the floor. He'll be a quality early-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Skiles says Elfrid Payton not a good defender
    Newly appointed head coach of the Magic Scott Skiles said on Tuesday that Elfrid Payton "isn't a great defender... yet."

    Advice: Skiles isn't wrong, as Payton boasted a defensive differential of 4.0 percent during the 2014-15 season, so it sounds like he'll be working closely with Payton on improving his defensive habits. Shooting is another concern for Elfrid, as he shot just 42.5 percent from the field during his rookie year, but hopefully Skiles lets him develop rather than sending him to the bench after some mistakes next year. Payton can get the job done in the assists and steals categories, but his poor shooting percentages (42.5 percent from the field, 55.1 percent from the stripe) hurt his value in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Klay Thompson (concussion) cleared for Game 1
    Klay Thompson (concussion) has completed the NBA's concussion protocol testing, and he has been cleared to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    Advice: Thompson was never really in any danger of missing the Finals, and all reports are that he'll be 100 percent for Game 1 against the Cavs on Thursday. Through the playoffs so far, Thompson has compiled averages of 19.7 points, 3.0 three-pointers, 2.9 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.4 turnovers per game on 45.9 percent shooting from the field. He'll be a tough cover for Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Speights (calf) will be available for Game 1
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that Marreese Speights (calf) is "ready to go" for Game 1 of the Finals.

    Advice: Speights has been sidelined since the Warriors' second-round series against the Grizzlies, but he'll be back in action for the Finals. However, he'll have a very limited role with the Dubs, maxing out at around 12 minutes per game, which isn't enough time to put up any meaningful fantasy value. He'll provide Golden State with some depth, but he's not a fantasy option in most formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Thompson (concussion) goes through practice
    Steve Kerr said that Klay Thompson (concussion) participated in Tuesday's practice, and that he "looked good."

    Advice: Shaun Livingston also echoed Kerr's statement, saying that Klay "looked good," and that "he's ready" to play. This is Thompson's second-consecutive day going through a full practice, and he said that he's "99.9 percent sure" he'll play in Game 1 of the Finals, and that that decision will be made later on Tuesday after he's evaluated by the Dubs' medical staff. We'll continue to provide updates as they become available, but at this point it seems safe to assume that Klay will be in uniform for Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • MIN willing to trade Rubio in the right deal
    The Timberwolves are reportedly willing to trade Ricky Rubio for the right price.

    Advice: This "Team-X would be willing to trade underperforming Player-Y for the right price" narrative is a common one to float around the rumor mill, and it's worth noting head coach and team president Flip Saunders has come out saying there are no truth to the trade rumors regarding Rubio. Rubio will be making max money over the next four years, so it's going to be difficult for Minnesota to find any takers for guy who has yet to develop a 3-point shot, and is a constant injury risk. This report feels a lot more like a rumor right now, so it would be a bit surprising if it comes to fruition. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:46 am
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Bosh (blood clots) resumes on-court work
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) has resumed on-court work, and he is now training without any restrictions.

    Advice: "I look at it as a blessing that I have the time to work on my body, work on the things I need to work on. I never have the time usually in the offseason," said Bosh. "But this year I have the opportunity to build slowly and correct some things I need to correct and come back next year in the best shape of my life." All signs point towards Bosh making a full recovery from a scary bought with blood clots in his lungs, and he'll be a solid mid-round target in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:27 am
     
    Injured
  • Klay Thompson expects to play in Game 1 Thurs
    Klay Thompson (concussion) said he expects to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    Advice: Thompson's status has been up in the air since suffering his concussion in the Western Conference Finals, but he doesn't sound too concerned about his availability heading into Game 1. "I knew it wouldn’t take me more than a few days to get back to normal," said Thompson. "To me, I think this one was mild, not really severe. It was perfect, because I got a week off to get fully healthy." We'll keep an eye on his status heading into Game 1, but it sounds like the Warriors will have their sharpshooter available on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • Dwyane Wade to join NBA Finals coverage team
    Dwyane Wade will be joining ABC's coverage of the NBA Finals.

    Advice: With rumors swirling around his opt-out decision that is due at the end of the month, Wade will be in ABC's studio to help analyze the NBA Finals matchup between the Warriors and Cavaliers. Wade will join ABC Countdown for pregame and halftime analysis for Games 2, 3, as well as for Games 6 and 7, if necessary. While Wade will be in a very public spot over the next two weeks, it would be a surprise to hear any on-air comments about his contract status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 am
  • Gallinari to play for Italian National Team
    Danilo Gallinari confirmed that he will play for the Italian National Team this summer.

    Advice: This is good news as Gallinari is using a full summer of being healthy to keep in shape and work on his game against international competition. The 26-year-old is coming off a solid finish to the 2014-15 season during which he averaged 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 2.8 three-pointers after the All-Star Break and should be a sneaky late-round pick in 2015-16 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Jeremy Lin became burned out by 14-15 season
    Jeremy Lin said he became burned out during the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: "I felt pretty burnt out coming out of this past season," Lin said about 2014-15. "I felt like I gave great effort to play well, play the right way, and maintain the right perspective despite seeing very little fruit. So when the season first ended I felt very…lazy. I know it’s natural to feel worn out after a long year, but I was surprised by how drained I felt and how little excitement I felt to start my off-season training." Lin will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and will likely find a backup job after averaging 11.2 points and 4.6 assists per game, so fantasy owners should do themselves a favor and forget about Linsanity sd the 26-year-old is more of a late-draft flier unless he finds a starting job. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:38 am
  • Nick Young proposes to Iggy Azalea
    Nick Young proposed to girlfriend Iggy Azalea on Monday and she said yes.

    Advice: No word yet on if she'll be changing her name to Swaggy Azalea, but Young recorded his proposal and the video can be found in the link below. While Young may have wedding bells on his mind, Lakers head coach Byron Scott has already said he'll need to see improvements from Young in order to give him minutes so fantasy owners may want to shy away from Swaggy P on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Carmelo Anthony looking to buy soccer team
    Carmelo Anthony is reportedly interested in buying a soccer team.

    Advice: FC Melo? Anthony is currently in Cuba with the Cosmos of the NASL as they play the Cuban National Team and looks to have caught futbol fever. Melo is reportedly in talks with the North American Soccer League and is looking for an ownership role in a Puerto Rican club. Soccer aside, the 31-year-old had previously said he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery and it looks like fantasy owners won't have to worry about any of his rehab overlapping with training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:39 am
     
    Injured
    L, 112-90 vs Det
  • Andrew Bogut takes shot at Mark Jackson
    Andrew Bogut took a shot at former head coach Mark Jackson when asked about current head coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: Bogut and his former head coach have had a bit of a back-and-forth through the media and Bogut continued it with a swipe at Jackson. Whenever you get a head coach who’s not full of himself it makes a big difference," Bogut said when asked about his current head coach Steve Kerr. Jackson had previously called Bogut an overrated "rim protector", but the Warriors will need exactly that out of Bogut in the NBA Finals as the big man will look to continue his average of 9.2 boards and 1.8 blocks over his last five games, Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • LeBron James feeling better than ever
    LeBron James said his mind, body, and game are feeling the best they ever have.

    Advice: While James has accomplished all their is to accomplish in an NBA career, he said he's peaking in all three facets of mind, body, and game. "I think if you put it all together, yeah," James said. "If you put everything together as far as my mind, my body, my game. If you put everything in one bottle, this is probably the best I've been." With James coming off an Eastern Conference Final in which he came close to averaging a triple-double, this is a scary thought for the Golden State Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
  • Andrei Kirilienko is retiring from hoops
    Andrei Kirilenko will retire from professional basketball.

    Advice: AK-47 had a good run, but all his bouts with back spasms cut his career a little short. He was a first-round value in fantasy hoops about a decade ago thanks to two years in a row with over three blocks per game in 2004-05 and 2005-06. He'll go down as one of the better international players ever. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:39 pm
  • Klay Thompson does 'everything' at practice
    Klay Thompson did everything at practice on Monday and said he fully expects to play on Thursday.

    Advice: He went through five-on-five, shooting drills and participated in defensive drills. Thompson also said he's a nine out of 10 for his health. He'll be evaluated on Tuesday morning and said he'd be "very shocked" if he didn't get cleared. We'll have an update tomorrow morning. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:06 pm
  • Cartier Martin exercises option with Pistons
    Cartier Martin has exercised his $1.3 million option with the Pistons for next season.

    Advice: It was a fairly easy decision for Martin, who played in just 23 games last season. Martin won't be in the rotation next season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:33 pm
  • Klay Thompson does on-court work on Monday
    Klay Thompson (concussion) was shooting around after practice on Monday, but he still hasn't been cleared to play.

    Advice: He had a lengthy workout and is easily on track to play against the Cavs on Thursday. Thompson hasn't been having headaches and he doesn't appear to have any light sensitivity issues. Expect him to be a full go without a restriction on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:01 pm
  • LeBron playing through sprained right wrist
    LeBron James is playing through a sprained right wrist.

    Advice: James has been playing with the sprain all season long, so although he had it wrapped at Monday's practice, it's not going to be any kind of concern going forward. King James will take his court for as many games as it takes against the Warriors in the Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:19 am
  • Kyrie Irving's progress 'has been slow'
    Kyrie Irving's (knee) progress "has been slow," according to Coach David Blatt.

    Advice: Irving is playing at far less than 100 percent, so this update shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The point guard will not be at full strength at any point in the Finals, and LeBron James will again have to do the heavy lifting if his team is going to come out on top. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:17 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Klay Thompson (concussion) not yet cleared
    Klay Thompson (concussion) has not yet been cleared for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

    Advice: Thompson still has until Thursday in order to gain clearance, but it's not quite the slam dunk everyone wants to make it out to be. Thompson has to pass the NBA-mandated concussion protocol in order to return to the court, and there will be no shortcuts in that process. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:07 am
  • C.J. McCollum wants to add strength, do more
    C.J. McCollum wants to add strength, increase reaction to pick-and-rolls and improve his mid-range game this offseason.

    Advice: With Wesley Matthews (Achilles, free agency) facing an uncertain future in Portland and Nicolas Batum a possible trade candidate, McCollum is a very important part of Portland's uncertain future. If he can avoid the injury bug, McCollum has a chance to be a very intriguing player who will be undervalued in fantasy drafts heading into next season. Over the final eight games of the regular season, McCollum averaged 15.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.4 triples on 53.2 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:28 am
  • Parsons trying to recruit Beverley to Dallas
    Chandler Parsons is trying to recruit Patrick Beverley to the Mavericks in free agency.

    Advice: "I hear from Chandler every day," Beverley said, in what could easily be viewed as tampering. Beverley has expressed his desire to remain with the Rockets multiple times, but with James Harden urging the team to add another playmaker in the backcourt, there may not be room for Beverley, who is in line for a substantial raise. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:19 am
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron: Kyrie is part of reason for my return
    LeBron James revealed that "part of the reason" he decided to return to Cleveland in free agency was because of Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: We have a feeling that James would have been back even if Irving wasn't on the roster, but LeBron knows how to manipulate the media to send his message along with the best of them. LeBron said that Irving is a "special" player who demonstrated growth, and Irving gushed about LeBron's ability to lead a basketball team both on and off the floor. The two now prepare for their greatest challenge of the season with the NBA Finals on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:51 am
  • Marreese Speights (calf) 'not too far off'
    Marreese Speights (calf) is "not too far off" from being able to practice.

    Advice: Speights has been out since the Western Conference semis, and while his role is up in the air at this stage, Steve Kerr won't complain about having more options as his team prepares for the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:32 am
  • Scott: Clarkson is 'diamond in the rough'
    Lakers coach Byron Scott called Jordan Clarkson a "diamond in the rough."

    Advice: "I had to make him understand he had to stay hungry and humble, and he did, he was so diligent, he worked so hard, and then he was ready," Scott said. As the starting point guard, Clarkson averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists with 1.1 steals and 0.9 triples on 45.8 percent shooting, but his value next season will be dependent on both his role and the teammates he's playing with on a reshaped Lakers roster. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:20 am
  • Kevin Love down 15 lbs during his rehab
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has lost 15 lbs. during his rehabilitation process.

    Advice: The weight loss led Love to joke that he could play some small forward, but obviously that won't be happening. Despite Love saying at literally every possible turn that he's going to remain with the Cavs, the reports questioning his future haven't stopped and won't stop until the plans are in place for Love's 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:16 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Otto Porter building confidence for next year
    Otto Porter admitted that it "meant a lot to be a part of something like that" when asked about the Wizards' playoff run.

    Advice: Porter emerged as a key piece for Washington in the playoffs, and Porter, who turns 22 on Wednesday, needed that breakout in the worst way. Capable of playing both forward spots, Porter should have a larger role next season, and that will be even bigger if Paul Pierce (player option) departs in free agency. After drawing praise from Randy Wittman and his teammates, Porter should be entering the offseason with confidence. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:10 am
  • Dwyane Wade took less money for Haslem
    Dwyane Wade took less money to keep Udonis Haslem with the Heat.

    Advice: When LeBron James was in Miami, he was not interested in taking a pay decrease to keep Haslem on the roster, so Wade is the one who sacrificed. It's just one example of the Heat's franchise icon doing something to help his team, and now it's time for them to repay all of the favors Wade's done over the last several seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:03 am
  • Klay Thompson (head) expects to play Game 1
    Klay Thompson (concussion) isn't having headaches and he expects to play in Thursday's Game 1 vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Thompson took in an Athletics game on Sunday, suggesting that he feels fine, and both coach Steve Kerr and assistant Ron Adams are also expecting Klay to play. With four days remaining before the Finals it's all but certain that the Splash Brothers will be firing from both barrels. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:21 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) OK after friendly fire
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he nearly suffered a setback when a teammate hit his arm this week, but he still plans to re-assess the injury in six weeks.

    Advice: The unnamed teammate unwittingly hit Love on his bad arm while celebrating the Cavs' Finals-clinching victory vs. Atlanta. "It was kind of shooting pain through my entire body, but I was a little woozy and kind of all over the place for a few minutes but I was able to calm myself down," Love said. "I look at it like now I know I can get hit like that. I don't want to get hit like that, but knowing that as time goes on, I can put more and more pressure on it and after the six weeks, I'll reassess where I'm at." Love recently said that he "expects" to remain with the Cavaliers next season, which may mean he's leaning toward opting in for a $16.7 million salary. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:10 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Klay Thompson spending Sunday at A's game
    Klay Thompson (concussion) spent his Sunday afternoon at the Yankees vs. Athletics baseball game.

    Advice: This is a good sign because some players have light sensitivity issues after a concussion. There has been no evidence to suggest Thompson is at risk of missing Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday. Stephen Curry was at a Giants game last week, so the Splash Brothers are showing both Bay Area MLB teams some love. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:09 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Cavs head coach David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving (knee) took part in some of Sunday's practice, but added that Kyrie is still not himself yet.

    Advice: Kyrie is making progress, and still has a full five days to rest up for the Finals, but if he's not 100 percent the Cavs are going to have a rough time trying to defend Stephen Curry. We'll continue to track Irving's progress each step of the way, but 100 percent or not, we expect Irving to be in uniform for Game 1 of the Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:17 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Adams believes Klay will be ready for Game 1
    Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams said on Sunday that he believes Klay Thompson (concussion) will play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    Advice: Adams described Klay as "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed," during an interview on Sunday, and this is the second positive report we've had on Thompson insinuating that he'll be good to go when the Finals kickoff on Thursday. He'll need to clear the league's concussion protocol before he can step on the basketball court, and we've yet to see any reports stating that that has happened, but Klay still has five days to rest up and get himself ready. We'll continue to follow this story closely, but it sounds like Klay will play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:51 pm
  • Love (shoulder) expects to be back by Oct-Nov
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said that he's confident he'll ready for the start of the 2015-16 season, and that he expects to be sporting a Cavs jersey.

    Advice: Love has hinted more than a few times that he will return to the Cavs next season, but you can never really believe what a player says in a contract year. There have also been a lot of "inside sources" that claim he will consider all his options this offseason, and it'll be very interesting to see if he picks up his player option worth $16.7 million when the offseason hits. If Love opts out, the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets are said to have interest in acquiring his services. As a side note, Love said he reached out to Kelly Olynyk via text and that they're "all good" now. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:43 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Deron Williams and Johnson on the way out?
    In a letter to season-ticket holders regarding the future, Nets general manager Billy King and CEO Brett Yormark hinted that Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack could be on their way out of Brooklyn.

    Advice: "We are committed to keeping our core leadership together by re-signing Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young," King and Yormark stated. "At the same time, we will continue to build on our emerging young core of players, such as Mason Plumlee, Bojan Bogdanovic, Markel Brown, and Sergey Karasev." Williams, Johnson and Jack have heard their names pop up in the rumor mill frequently, so it's not a surprise that they weren't mentioned in the letter. The Nets will certainly be busy this summer, and they even expresssed a desire to purchase additional picks in this year's draft. On a side note, the Nets are also interested in pursuing their own D-League team, so we will continue to follow this story closely. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:27 am
  • Kerr: Klay Thompson expected to be ready
    Coach Steve Kerr said "all is going well" with Klay Thompson (concussion) and expects him to be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

    Advice: There's no word of if he went through the protocol yet. Once he's symptom free, he'll do some work on a stationary bike before doing more rigorous exercise. For now, it sounds like Klay should be ready to play with time to spare. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:35 pm
  • Andrew Bogut takes a shot at Dwight Howard
    Andrew Bogut took a parting shot at Dwight Howard on Friday, saying that the Memphis series was more physical.

    Advice: "There was some physicality there (with Houston), like any playoff series, but the Memphis series was more physical," Bogut said. "This was more about ducking and weaving and getting out of the way of aired fists and elbows." Howard had some controversial moments against the Warriors, and he has already been suspended for the first game of the 2015-16 season. Bogut has been playing well in the postseason so far and he is probably relieved that Marc Gasol and Howard are in the rear-view mirror, but he will still have a tough matchup in the next round with Timofey Mozgov holding down the paint for Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:46 am
  • Kyrie Irving says his health has been steady
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said that his health has been steady since beating the Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals.

    Advice: Irving went on to say that he expects to start on Stephen Curry defensively in the Finals, but added that it will be a team effort in containing the 2014-15 league MVP. Cleveland was the best team in the league at defending the 3-point line during the postseason, holding their opposition to just 28.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc, but the Warriors were the second-best team from distance during the playoffs shooting 38.0 percent from deep. After a rather lackluster Conference Finals, NBA fans should be in for a show during the Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:56 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Patrick Beverley says that he's loyal to HOU
    Patrick Beverley, who will be a restricted free agent this offseason, said that his ideal situation would be re-signing with the Rockets.

    Advice: "I’m a loyal guy," said Beverley regarding free agency. "[Houston's] the only team that took a chance on me." Beverley is due for a major payday when he signs his next deal, and it'll be interesting to see just how high the Rockets are willing to go in matching the offers he receives on the open market. It's worth noting that when Beverley was asked if he's talked about next season with any other players around the league, he responded: "Yeah, Chandler [Parsons] calls me every day." Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:20 am
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • MIA's issue w/ Wade is financial flexibility
    The Heat are reportedly hesitant to offer Dwyane Wade a big money contract because it would give the team limited financial flexibility.

    Advice: With Hassan Whiteside headed for a big payday in 2016, the Heat will be committing big money to Wade, Whiteside, Chris Bosh, and Goran Dragic, and the question is whether or not that team would be able to legitimately compete for a championship surrounded by low-money role players. However, if Miami is unable to come to terms with Wade and he ends up leaving the Heat, it will significantly hurt Miami's chances of retaining Dragic who is going to be pursued by the Lakers and Knicks this offseason to name a few. While Wade is no longer in his prime, he remains an important piece to Miami’s puzzle, and it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:48 am
  • Dwyane Wade looking for three-year deal?
    Dwyane Wade is looking to be in the neighborhood of a three-year, $50 million deal this summer, according to ESPN's Michael Wallace.

    Advice: This isn't from Wade and is just a rumor, but it makes sense. Wade is getting dangerously close to the tail end of his career and even the biggest Wade fan will say he's past his prime. The Heat are still the favorites for Wade, but expect a number of teams to try and pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:32 pm
  • Report: Wade at impasse w/ MIA on contract
    Dwyane Wade and the Heat are reportedly at an early impasse on his contract negotiations.

    Advice: Wade reportedly wants to opt out of his contract this summer, with the hope of landing a lucrative three-year deal with Miami. However, the Heat would prefer he opts in to his $16 million deal and then signs a good, but not huge amount of money in 2016. There's reportedly a "sizable gap" on what Wade hopes to earn and what the Heat are prepared to offer, and Wade is reportedly now open to considering other teams this summer if Miami doesn't present him with a number to his liking. This will be a very interesting story to watch develop over the course of the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:36 pm
  • Draymond Green says he was horrible in Game 5
    Draymond Green said that he was "horrible" during Wednesday's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "Shaun [Livingston] stepped up huge. L.B. [Leandro Barbosa] stepped up. Andre [Iguodala] stepped up," said Green after Game 5. "Everybody who came in made an impact. Festus Ezeli, not in Klay [Thompson's] spot, but was huge off the bench. They stepped up for us and made plays and that’s what helped us get to this win, because I know I was horrible. So they definitely picked me up." Green couldn't get his shot to fall, going just 3-of-15 from the field during Game 5, but he made a big impact on defense, and hit the glass hard hauling in 13 rebounds. He'll be a major X-factor for the Dubs in their Finals matchup with the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:48 pm
  • Laimbeer takes LeBron James over Jordan
    Bill Laimbeer told the Dan Patrick show that he would take LeBron James over Michael Jordan.

    Advice: Before doubling-down on his opinion by saying that Jordan could not have led James' current Cavs team to the NBA Finals, Laimbeer said he views LeBron James as a superior player to Michael Jordan. "There’s no question I would take LeBron James," Laimbeer said. "He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds, get you 15 assists or score 50 if he wants to." With some down time before the Finals start, we're guessing this isn't the last Jordan-James comparison we'll hear. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:32 am
  • Kevin Love reportedly considering FA options
    Kevin Love is reportedly considering his options in potential free agency this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: While the first domino to fall would be Love opting out of his current contract with the Cavaliers, the 26-year-old is reportedly considering the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets as potential free agency destinations. "I think he’s going to look around," Wojnarowski said. "I think he’s going to look closely at Boston. I think he’ll look at LA. I’m sure the Texas teams are going to try and get involved." We'll keep Love's status updated as soon as more information becomes available as it looks like the NBA is in for another Summer of Love. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:09 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Bill Cartwright compares LeBron to Jordan
    Former Bulls center Bill Cartwright said LeBron James can finally be compared to Michael Jordan.

    Advice: While Cartwright said LeBron's best comparison might be Magic Johnson, he added that James compares favorably with his former teammate. "Michael was as hard as anyone to guard," Cartwright said. "This guy [LeBron] is really unguardable. Who do you match him with? He's too darn big and too darn strong. Put a big guy on him and he goes around them. Put a small guy on him and he beats him up. He's a nightmare of a match-up. "He's absolutely on best player on planet right now. I don't think you'd get much argument on that." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:41 am
  • Draymond Green has a bad offensive game in win
    Draymond Green made 3-of-15 from the field for nine points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He had some fantastic isolation defense tonight, but his offensive game wasn't there. Green is likely going to guard LeBron James on occasion in the next series and he'll also be extremely important when he's not on LeBron because of how Tristan Thompson is crashing the boards. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Dwyane Wade drops 12 pounds in a month
    Dwyane Wade dropped 12 pounds in one month.

    Advice: He was up to 228 pounds and dropped it to 216, which is below his listed playing weight of 220. Wade has never had any fitness issues, but it's rarely a bad thing for a 33-year-old guard to show he can still drop weight. He'll be risky in drafts again next season and he's not someone we'll be aggressively targeting. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) still out, progressing
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is doing some on-court work and is progressing. Speights has essentially been ruled out for the Western Conference Finals, but he could be ready to face the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:22 pm
  • Kyrie Irving knew he would play in Game 4
    Kyrie Irving admitted after Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Hawks that he knew he would be able to play the day before.

    Advice: "From my standpoint, I knew last night (Monday) that I was going to play," Irving said. "I knew I wasn't going to sit on the bench and watch our guys go through a close out game. I just wanted to be out there so bad and I was doing everything the night before and this morning to get myself ready and took it serious. These last four days have been kind of hell for me just icing, icing, icing and getting my knee ready. I wanted to be a part of this." Irving looked pretty good on Tuesday and contributed 16 points, five assists, four boards, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in just 22 minutes, so he should be ready to go for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 4. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:29 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) moves well in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving returned from a two-game absence to finish Tuesday's series-clinching victory with 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Irving was medically cleared to play and the Cavs opted to start him for a few reasons -- they wanted him to re-establish a rhythm and regain confidence in his knee, and Irving himself was eager to get back on the court. He moved well and avoided any setbacks despite taking a few falls throughout the game, and should benefit enormously with the Finals not beginning until June 4. We'll have copious updates on his health in the coming week, but he should be raring to go for Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:13 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron James leads Cavaliers to NBA Finals
    LeBron James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a 118-88 win in Cleveland on Tuesday, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: LBJ needed IVs after Game 3 to help with dehydration and cramping, but he wasn't worse for the wear in a thoroughly dominant performance tonight. The Hawks threw a variety of defenders at LeBron but never found a way to slow him down in the series -- amazingly, James fell only three assists shy of averaging 30-10-10 in the Conference Finals. He and teammate James Jones are now the first players since the 1960s to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals, and LeBron will have eight full days to rest before squaring off vs. the Warriors or Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) will play w/ minute-limit
    Kyrie Irving (left knee) will play with a 25-minute limit in Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Irving's tendinitis has improved enough that the team's trainers cleared him to play and start, sending Matthew Dellavedova back to the Cavs' bench. It's unclear how long Irving will have his playing time restricted, but he could earn a week-long break if the Cavs sweep the series with a win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:02 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Irving will be re-evaluated after warmups
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will go through a pregame warmup to determine whether or not he will be able to play in Tuesday's Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will be a game-time decision, and is currently listed as questionable for Game 4, but there is some reported optimism from the Cavs side that he'll be able to give it a go. If the Cavs can win their series tonight, they'll have eight days to rest up for the Finals. The decision as to whether Irving can play or not will be made by Cleveland's medical staff, but should he be cleared, Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:51 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Cavs optimistic Kyrie Irving will play Tues
    There is reportedly growing optimism amongst the Cavs organization that Kyrie Irving (knee) will be able to give it a go for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving "looked good" during Tuesday morning's shootaround according to LeBron James, and he was also able to go through an "intense" 50-minute pregame workout prior to Sunday's Game 3, so it sounds like he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery. The Cavs medical staff said they wanted repeated good days from Irving before clearing him to play, and the reports thus far would suggest that's exactly what he's had. If Irving returns for Game 4, he would ease LeBron James' workload on offense, and Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:31 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kevin Love cleared to travel with Cavaliers
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has been cleared to travel with the Cavaliers after having his shoulder evaluated.

    Advice: Love had his shoulder evaluated in New York and will now be able stop wearing a sling as he travels with the team for the remainder of the postseason. While this news doesn't change the fact that Love will miss the rest of the playoffs, it's good news for his fantasy owners in dynasty leagues as it means his recovery is going as planned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LBJ: Kyrie Irving looked good at shootaround
    LeBron James said Kyrie Irving (knee) looked good at Tuesday's shooatround.

    Advice: James also added that he didn't know how Irving felt and that he's still likely to be a game-time decision. We'll keep an eye on updates, but LeBron's assessment combined with the fact that Irving wore a starter's jersey during shootaround are good signs for his availability for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:27 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron James says he's ready to go for Game 4
    LeBron James said he'll be ready to go for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After dealing with some cramping during Sunday's Game 3 win over the Hawks, James said he'll be active on Tuesday night. James is averaging 32.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers in the series thus far and will need another big game to close out the series if Kyrie Irving (knee) is unable to play. A nightly triple-double threat, James is a must-start in all fantasy lineups at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • Kyrie Irving present at Tuesday shootaround
    Kyrie Irving (knee) was present at Tuesday's shootaround in advance of Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will likely be a game-time decision for Game 4 on Tuesday, but it's worth noting that he was wearing a red starter's jersey for the session. We'll keep an eye on updates leading up to tip off, while Matthew Dellavedova would see a boost in minutes if Irving is again unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:50 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Draymond Green fouls out with monster line
    Draymond Green fouled out in 40 minutes against the Rockets on Monday, scoring 21 points with 15 rebounds, four assists, five blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-14 from the field.

    Advice: He sprinted to the bench after his sixth foul and the Rockets fans gave him a nice little cheer. Green said seeing the Houston fans leave early in Game 3 was "the best feeling in the world" and tonight it was just a little different. He might have been Golden State's best player tonight and the Warriors are almost certainly going to match anything this offseason. He's a beast. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Pat Beverley frustrated he can't help
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) said he's frustrated he can't help his team defend Stephen Curry.

    Advice: "I think I have a gift very few people have," Beverley said. "I know I’m the best on-ball defender in the NBA. I’m the best point guard defender in the NBA. I think the whole league knows that." His nickname is Mr. 94 Feet and the Rockets should think about guarding Curry for 94 feet as well. Beverley is a restricted free agent and the Rockets will likely match most offers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Draymond Green loves sending HOU fans home
    Draymond Green said seeing Houston's fans leave early during a blowout is "the best feeling in the world."

    Advice: Yep, that sounds like a Draymond thing to say and he's expecting a better game from Houston tonight. "Because of the embarrassment factor of last game, they're going to come out fighting," Green said. The Rockets will need to get Dray into foul trouble in order to have success tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:21 pm
  • Marreese Speights doing some running
    Marreese Speights (right calf) advanced to running the stairs on Monday.

    Advice: He's still out for Game 4, but could get back to court work in the next day or two. Speights could be ready for the NBA Finals, but obviously the Warriors may not need him. Festus Ezeli has really stepped up for the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:13 pm
  • LeBron dealing with cramping, other injuries
    LeBron James admitted to dealing with cramping among other injuries in Sunday's dramatic Game 3 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: "I gave it everything I had tonight," he said. James was in obvious pain, especially with his ankle, and he fell to the floor in exhaustion after the contest had concluded. James described fighting through "the most pain of his career," but said after the game that nothing would prevent him from playing in Tuesday's Game 4. "If I'm putting on the uniform and going on the floor, I got to make things happen for our team. It's that simple." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:28 am
  • LeBron gets 37-18-13 as Cavs win Game 3 in OT
    LeBron James fought through injury and exhaustion to finish Sunday's overtime Game 3 victory with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and three steals, moving Cleveland to the brink of a Conference Finals sweep.

    Advice: LBJ began 0-of-10 from the field, his worst ever start in a playoff game, but he overcame the rough start as well as a knee injury suffered early in overtime. In the process he passed Karl Malone to become the sixth-leading scorer in NBA playoff history with 4,779 points, he passed Jason Kidd for second place on the postseason triple-double list, and he became the only player in NBA postseason history to record at least 37-18-13 in a game. LeBron is leading his team with 27.2 points per game in the postseason, in addition to the 21.3 points he's creating off assists, and will need to carry a similar load if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't able to return in Game 4. We'll pass along updates on his knee injury but there's no reason to think he won't start Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 9:00 pm
  • Beverley (wrist) gets shots up at practice
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was spotted shooting around wearing a cast during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: To be clear, there still have not been any indications that Beverley will be able to play during the Western Conference Finals. He is going to be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and his value would likely dip if he re-injured his wrist attempting to play at the 8-week mark of a 10-week timetable. The Rockets are just going to have to make do without their best perimeter defender, which hasn't really worked out too well up to this point. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for Game 4
    Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 11:21 am
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