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  • Ramon Sessions would welcome return to MILW
    Free agent Ramon Sessions said he'd welcome a return to Milwaukee. Rotoworld.com
    23 minutes ago
  • Antetokounmpo plans to get stronger
    Giannis Antetokounmpo said he's going to focus on getting stronger this summer.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo was playing in Greece's second division before making the leap to the NBA this season. Considering that and his 6'9/210 frame, he handled himself very well. At age 19, his per-36 minute stats were 10.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.1 steals and 0.8 3-pointers. It's the kind of line we look for when trying to project future fantasy assets. The Greek Freak's progress this offseason will determine how much playing time he gets next season. Rotoworld.com
  • Thadd Young won't rule out asking for trade
    Thaddeus Young said it's "a possibility" that he'll ask management to trade him this summer.

    Advice: Young has repeatedly said all he wants to do is win, and the Sixers are at least two years away from doing that. The 25-year-old is under contract for $9.1 million next season and then has a player option for $9.7 million in 2015-16. Given those reasonable cap hits and Young's unique ability to score without plays called for him, he'd attract plenty of attention on the trade market. Thadd averaged career-highs in points (17.9), assists (2.3), steals (2.1) and 3-pointers (1.1) this season. Rotoworld.com
    55 minutes ago
  • Nerlens Noel plans to play in Summer League
    Nerlens Noel (knee) expects to play in Summer League.

    Advice: It's time for the bubble wrap to come off Noel, who tore his ACL in February of 2013. He was participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages with the Sixers for the final couple weeks and is not expecting to have any restrictions this summer. Noel, now up to 228 pounds, is a name to monitor very closely ahead of 2014-15 fantasy drafts. He averaged 9.1 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals as a freshman at Kentucky. Those defensive skills typically translate quickly to the NBA level. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:38 am
     
    Injured
    W, 100-87 @ Mia
  • Bulls say Rose will return at 100 percent
    Bulls GM Gar Forman said there's "no question" Derrick Rose (knee) will come back and be 100 percent" next season.

    Advice: In a vacuum, Rose's surgery to repair his meniscus isn't a crippling procedure. It helps athletes maintain the cushion in their knee so there aren't more problems down the line. But when combined with Rose's ugly rehab from his 2012 ACL tear, there's obvious reason for concern. This is a player that relies on athleticism -- not a jump shot -- to be dominant. Rose averaged just 15.9 points and 4.3 assists on 35.4 percent shooting in 10 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:48 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • Bulls, Lakers, Rockets, Clips to pursue Melo?
    The Bulls, Rockets, Lakers and Clippers are among the teams expected to pursue unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony.

    Advice: The Knicks can offer Anthony a five-year, $129 contract. The max he can get from other teams is four years and $95 million. But the Knicks have almost no room to reshape their roster, so re-signing there would not give Anthony his best shot at his stated goal of winning. If he's serious about competing for a title, Melo will take a massive pay cut and sign with Chicago, which could field a starting five of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Anthony, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:41 am
  • Al Horford won't make it back for playoffs
    Al Horford (pectoral) is out for the entire preseason.

    Advice: Fans were holding out hope that Horford could make a return if the Hawks upset the Pacers and advance to Round 2. It's not happening. Horford has torn each of his pectorals in the last three years and this tear is considered more severe. He's concentrating on getting healthy for 2014-15, where he'll be a risk/reward kind of fantasy play. Horford was averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 56.7 percent shooting in the 29 games before his December injury. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:32 am
     
    Injured
  • Report: Joel will exercise player option
    A source tells CSNNW.com that Celtics F/C Joel Anthony will exercise his player option for the 2014/15 season.

    Advice: It's a no-brainer decision for Anthony as he'll earn a guaranteed $3.8 million next season and then become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015. He averaged 7.1 minutes per game in 21 appearances for the Celtics this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Enes Kanter was 'miffed' by lack of minutes
    Enes Kanter was "clearly miffed" at not receiving more playing time this season.

    Advice: "They told us it was a rebuilding year," Kanter said as the Jazz packed up their things. "If we are not winning a championship, why are the young guys not more together?" It's a very, very valid point. Kanter often lost minutes to guys like Marvin Williams and Richard Jefferson, finishing at 26.7 minutes a night on 37 starts. He'd benefit from a coaching change. Rotoworld.com
  • Jazz GM expects to retain RFA Hayward
    GM Dennis Lindsey said he hopes restricted free agent Gordon Hayward is a "career Jazz member."

    Advice: At just 24 years old, Hayward was one of just four players to average 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. The others were LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Michael Carter-Williams. Hayward's 41.3 percent shooting leaves a lot to be desired, but the Jazz would be silly not to match any offer within reason. They can afford him and a max free agent if it comes to that. Rotoworld.com
  • Burke claims finger bothered him all year
    Trey Burke said a fractured index finger bothered him for his entire rookie season.

    Advice: Burke fractured his right (shooting) index finger during an October preseason game. He underwent surgery and sat out the first 12 regular season games before returning. "It's still stiff," he said. "... It healed, but I'm not able to bend it all the way yet. I'm going to work on that a lot." Burke struggled with both his outside shooting and finishing at the rim as a rookie, averaging just 12.8 points on 38.0 percent shooting while playing 32.8 minutes a night. We wouldn't blame much of that on the finger. Rotoworld.com
  • Dwyane Wade says injuries aren't as bad
    Dwyane Wade (knee) said he's feeling better to start this postseason compared to last postseason.

    Advice: Wade added he wasn't concerned about continuity with LeBron James and how his last three games helped him. At the conclusion of the playoffs last year, Wade mentioned how much he battled through injury, which explains why the Heat managed him so severely this season. The bottom line is it looks like their plan worked and they'll look to win another title in June. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari dunking in practice
    Danilo Gallinari (knee) has been dunking in practice and says he'll be ready for training camp to start the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: He was in uniform last weekend, but he's still nowhere near close to playing. Gallinari missed the entire season due to ACL reconstruction and he'll have a tough rehab ahead of him this summer. He'll be on the radar in fantasy leagues as long as he doesn't have a setback. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:26 pm
  • Thaddeus Young could play small forward
    Thaddeus Young could play small forward next season, according to coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: It would make a lot of sense. The Sixers were torched on interior defense and they certainly need more size in the paint. Young has plenty of experience at small forward and would have a seamless transition back to his old role. His 2.11 steals per game ranked third in the NBA and he is the first forward to average over 2.0 per game in a season since 2007-08. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Melo: 'I want to come back' to Knicks
    Carmelo Anthony said on Thursday that he wants to return to the Knicks, but added that he also wants to win next year.

    Advice: "I want to come back. I also want to win," he said. Whether Melo stays with the Knicks will be a hot topic from now until a decision is made, and while the addition of Phil Jackson gives them some hope, he's also excited to become a free agent. He will likely opt out in July and then start testing the market. Yes, the 'Summer of Melo' is approaching quickly. Melo said on Thursday he doesn't care about the money and just wants to win, while the Knicks can offer him more than any other team - five years, $129 million. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Joel Freeland makes a return
    Joel Freeland returned to action on Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He picked up some playing time with LaMarcus Aldridge and finally made it back after being on the active roster since Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:28 am
     
    Player Note
    Joel Freeland Por - SF,PF,C
    W, 110-104 * vs LAC
  • Amir Johnson rolls ankle on Wednesday
    Amir Johnson looked to suffer an ankle injury against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: There has been no word from the team just yet, but he did play only 15 minutes after he seemed a bit hobbled. Johnson scored just two points with four boards, one assist and two turnovers in a loss. He'll need the two days off as the Raptors head into the playoffs. They'll face the Nets this weekend and if he's out, Patrick Patterson will take over at PF. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Dwayne Wade scores 16 in meaningless loss
    Dwyane Wade hit 6-of-14 shots for 16 points, two rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: His owners probably couldn't care less that he showed up for the final two games of the season, as he was simply a headache to own all year. And if you owned Wade this season, chances are you won't be touching him next year. And we're right there with you. Toney Douglas and Ray Allen were the only other Heat players to score in double figures, as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and some others took the night off to rest. The Heat will play the Bobcats in Round 1, and will have to find an answer for Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson if they're going to breeze into Round 2. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Trey Burke scores career-high 32 points in W
    Trey Burke scored a career-high 32 points against the Wolves during a 136-130 win on Wednesday, adding seven boards, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 10-of-21 from the field.

    Advice: He was the favorite to win Rookie of the Year out of the gate, but failing to score consistently really hurt his production. Burke needs to get more confidence around the rim and stop settling for jumpers. If he can do that and maybe work on his defense, he could be a starter for a while despite being just 6'1". Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Thaddeus Young drops 20 & 9 in win over Heat
    Thaddeus Young had 20 points, nine rebounds and two more steals in Wednesday's season finale win over the Heat.

    Advice: The Sixers somehow beat the Heat twice this season, although it's not fair to call the Miami team that took the court tonight the Heat. Henry Sims, MCW, James Anderson, Brandon Davies and Caspar Ware all scored in double figures in the meaningless game. Young had a great season and his steals and threes, along with his strong offense and rebounding, were pleasant surprises this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Dwyane Wade in starting lineup vs. Philly
    Dwyane Wade will start next to Toney Douglas, James Jones, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem on Wednesday vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: Wade is expected to see a nominal amount of minutes, but it's still a great sign for the Heat to even see him suit up. He had to play through injuries last postseason and chances are he will have to again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Enes Kanter out with sore knee
    Enes Kanter will miss Wednesday's finale with a sore knee.

    Advice: Here's a late benching we didn't see coming, and of course, news broke right at 7 p.m., making it nearly impossible to get him replaced in lineups. Kanter had a nice season, but it would have been a lot better had he not been stuck on the bench behind the likes of Marvin Williams. Next season should be a different story. Erik Murphy is available for the Jazz tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:02 pm
  • Dwyane Wade expected to play Wednesday
    Dwyane Wade is expected to play "nominal minutes" in Miami's final game of the regular season on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wade logged 23 minutes in his return on Saturday, then followed that up with an 18-minute game on Monday, and he's not likely to get much more vs. the 76ers. The good news for Miami is that he doesn't seem to have had any setbacks with his hamstring or knee since returning, while slowly improving his conditioning in the lead-up to the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) has torn labrum
    Carmelo Anthony has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he will not require surgery.

    Advice: Melo will be re-evaluated in one month and it's very interesting that an MRI revealed the tear only after he'd played in a number of games to help the Knicks' slim chances of making the playoffs. While his toughness is commendable, the Knicks' medical staff and management have questions to answer about letting their star risk aggravating a serious injury. Carmelo is expected to enter free agency via his early-termination option, and once the playoffs end he'll be the focus of this summer's FA frenzy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • Woodson: Melo 'probably won't play' Tuesday
    Mike Woodson said on Tuesday morning that Carmelo Anthony "probably won't" play against the Nets, and that he will likely shut him down for Wednesday, as well.

    Advice: TNT is getting a dog of a game, as Amare Stoudemire is a game-time decision, while the Nets will be without Shaun Livingston, Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson, and also list Deron Williams, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson as game-time calls. It would take a small miracle to see Melo in uniform at this point, as he deals with a lost season, a sore shoulder and pending free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:15 am
  • Carmelo Anthony misses shootaround
    Carmelo Anthony missed shootaround on Tuesday in order to have his right shoulder re-examined.

    Advice: He's listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Nets on TNT, but it would be fairly surprising to see him play. J.R. Smith might take 50 shots tonight, while it's possible Melo has played his last game for the New York Knicks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:31 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 21 points in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 21 points with six boards, four assists and one 3-pointer against the Lakers during Monday's 119-104 loss.

    Advice: The Jazz were able to score the ball a bit, but their defense continues to hurt them. They will finish this season with the worst record in the Western Conference and have a decision to make on free-agent Hayward. His 41.3 percent from the field is a weakness, but it's hard to be too tough on him considering the lack of help around him on the perimeter. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:48 pm
  • Enes Kanter goes for 19 and 12 in loss
    Enes Kanter made 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points vs. the Lakers on Monday to go with 12 boards, two assists, one block and one steal in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He's been great on the glass with double-digit boards in each of his last five games -- all losses. During that span, Kanter averaged 15.8 points, 14.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 steals on 49.2 percent from the field. The blocks have also been a nice surprise since he's at just 0.5 per game on the season, so his fantasy owners have to be pleased with his finish. Rotoworld.com
  • Johnson scores 10 points with two threes
    Amir Johnson scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, three assists and one steal in Monday's win.

    Advice: Johnson logged 28 minutes and with the Raps likely tied with the Bulls for the No. 3 seed after tonight, his chances of playing on Wednesday are better than they might have been in a less competitive scenario. Patrick Patterson (three points, 1-of-7 FGs, five boards, two steals, 20 minutes) has taken a back seat with Johnson playing well. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:15 pm
  • Dwyane Wade plays 18 minutes, scores nine
    Dwyane Wade started at small forward on Monday vs. the Wizards, scoring nine points with three assists and two steals in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He probably would have been closer to 23-27 minutes tonight, but the Heat were blown out 114-93. With tonight's loss, Miami is now locked in as the two seed, which increases the probability Wade sits on Wednesday night. His fantasy owners can probably make a proactive cut at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:19 pm
  • Dwyane Wade will start vs. Wizards on Monday
    Dwyane Wade will start against the Wizards on Monday night.

    Advice: He's expected to have a minutes restriction tonight, but he should still have a lot of responsibilities with LeBron James and Chris Bosh sitting out. Wade played 23 minutes on Saturday and was still able to score 24 points, so his fantasy owners should throw him out there in their lineups tonight. Although, he's almost a lock to rest on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:44 pm
  • Dwyane Wade (hamstring) may play vs. Wizards
    Dwyane Wade (hamstring) made it through Saturday's game unscathed, clearing the way for him to play again on Monday.

    Advice: "He probably felt like he should have been cleared a week ago, but we wanted to be very patient with him," said coach Erik Spoelstra. Wade looked terrific in 23 minutes of action in his return and the Heat may bump up his playing time to ensure that he's ready for the postseason, but he's always a DNP risk so owners should confirm his status before tip-off. In an ironic twist, Wade has better odds of playing than fellow stars LeBron James and Chris Bosh, both of whom could use some rest. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:16 am
  • Joel Freeland (knee) doesn't leave bench Sun.
    Joel Freeland (knee) was available to play on Sunday, but he never entered the game during a thrilling OT victory vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Blazers coach Terry Stotts has shown a willingness to deploy Freeland in his second unit, but tonight wasn't a good night to return a rusty player to the rotation after months of inactivity. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:06 pm
     
    Player Note
    Joel Freeland Por - SF,PF,C
    W, 110-104 * vs LAC
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) may have MRI
    Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) said that he may have an MRI in the next few days, and he'll consult with Knicks' doctors about a plan for the final two games.

    Advice: The surprising part is that he hasn't already had an MRI given the uncertain nature of the injury, which has been described as a "strain" and a "dead arm." With potential free agency looming it's conceivable that caution will keep Melo on the sidelines the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) logs 28 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony's shoulder injury didn't give him too much trouble vs. the Bulls, as he scored 17 on 7-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Knicks have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, but coach Mike Woodson expects Melo to play in every game down the stretch. "He hasn't indicated to me that he's going to sit down," Woodson said. "That's Melo's. He's been there all year, he's had a helluva season for us." That's somewhat of an understatement, as he's second in the league in scoring at 27.6 points per game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:07 pm
  • Joel Freeland (MCL) active for Sunday's game
    Joel Freeland (sprained MCL) will be active for Sunday's game.

    Advice: Freeland hasn't played in two months and he's unlikely to get more than a few minutes off the bench, but his return is great news for the Blazers with the playoffs on the horizon. He'll likely steal the few minutes that Meyers Leonard was getting, while also challenging Thomas Robinson for playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Joel Freeland Por - SF,PF,C
    W, 110-104 * vs LAC
  • Amir Johnson plays better, logs 17 minutes
    Amir Johnson played 17 minutes vs. the Pistons on Sunday with eight points, two boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: He got into some foul trouble against his former team and he's yet to get back in the swing on things since returning from his ankle injury. He only played 17 minutes on Friday in his return and perhaps the Raptors want him to take it easy before they make a playoff run. Fantasy owners might be better off grabbing a player on a team not preparing for the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:30 pm
  • Enes Kanter goes for 22 & 14 in loss to DEN
    Enes Kanter had 22 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and a block in 37 minutes of Saturday's loss to Denver.

    Advice: Derrick Favors also double-doubled with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks, while Kanter has now double-doubled in four straight games and is averaging 14.2 points, 13.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games. With Marvin Williams hurting and the Jazz having nothing to play for, Kanter should continue to roll. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:29 pm