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  • Dion Waiters hopes to return to the Thunder
    Dion Waiters is to be back with the the Oklahoma City Thunder next season.

    Advice: Waiters will be a restricted free agent this summer, but hopes to be playing with the Thunder again next season. "Since I got here I feel as though they have helped me become a better person off the court," Waiters said. "It’s not even about basketball. I’ve never been connected with a group of guys like this that I’m actually close to. Why not? The best fans in the world. I’m definitely looking forward to coming back." The 24-year-old will likely draw some interest from other teams this summer, but he won't have much fantasy value if he returns to the Thunder. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:48 am
  • Joel Embiid declares himself finally healthy
    Joel Embiid (foot) declared himself healthy and is looking forward to the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: "Wish we could fast forward to next season #FinallyHealthy #TrustTheNewProcess," Embiid posted on Instgram on Monday night. After two injury-plagued seasons, we'll have to see Embiid on the court before fully trusting that he's recovered. Embiid is unlikely to play in the summer league, so we may not get a look at the big man until training camp. Though it's believed he'll be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, Embiid will be a risky fantasy selection. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:29 am
  • Andre Iguodala plays great defense in 43 mins
    Andre Iguodala made his first start of the postseason on Monday in a win over the Thunder, playing 43 minutes with seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one turnover and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: His 43 minutes were the most on the team and it's the first time he's cleared the 40-minute plateau in these playoffs. Iguodala's defense was unbelievable during the last three games as one of the most under-appreciated players on the Warriors. He was the Finals MVP last year for his defense on LeBron James, so he'll be playing huge minutes in The Finals this time around. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Dion Waiters has a bad night in Game 7
    Dion Waiters made 2-of-9 from the field for five points with four rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes in Game 7 against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He really stepped up for most of these playoffs, but tonight wasn't his night. Waiters added more to his game than just taking contested shots while cutting down on his long two-pointers. If OKC looks the same next year, he won't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Steven Adams gets just 26 minutes
    Steven Adams played 26 minutes on Monday against the Warriors with nine points, nine rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: The Monday morning quarterbacks will probably be saying Adams should've played more minutes during this game, but coach Billy Donovan went small quite a bit. Adams was one of the most improved players in these playoffs and is just 22 years old. Expect his minutes to see a big bump next season after only playing 25.2 minutes per game this past regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:45 pm
  • Andre Roberson struggles in a loss
    Andre Roberson made 2-of-11 from the field for four points on Monday with 11 rebounds, one block and no turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He has been very efficient all series up until this one. Roberson's 3-pointers weren't really close and he missed a couple easy twos. His defense was one of the big stories of the postseason, especially in this series against the league's best offense. He's solidified himself as a rotation player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Brandon Rush active, McAdoo in active
    Brandon Rush is active and James Michael McAdoo is inactive on Monday.

    Advice: It has been the other way around in the last two games. This kind of shows coach Steve Kerr has more faith in his death lineup. Rush likely won't play unless there is foul trouble of a blowout. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:00 pm
  • Andre Iguodala is starting for Harry Barnes
    Andre Iguodala is starting for Harrison Barnes in Game 7 on Monday.

    Advice: It's the right move after Iguodala played arguably one of the best defensive games one can play on Saturday. Iguodala hit 38 minutes on Saturday and should approach 40 minutes again. He'll see plenty of time on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Ujiri heaps praise all over Norman Powell
    Toronto GM Masai Ujiri heaped praise on Norman Powell for his performance this season.

    Advice: "To have a guy that tough, that talented, forget about the value, even just—we're talking about the player. I hate to talk to players with value and their contracts and all of that. But Norm as a player for us is huge," he said. "And you see, you actually see upside in him. Worked on his shot. His shot was basically the question. And I think Norm will continue to grow. He has hunger in his eyes and I think he'll continue to grow to be a prominent player in this league." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:50 am
  • Ujiri: Bruno Caboclo has made great progress
    Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said Bruno Caboclo has made great progress in his game.

    Advice: It must be happening in practice, because we certainly haven't seen anything that resembles "great progress" on the court in game action. The "Brazilian Kevin Durant" may still be two years away from being two years away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Masai Ujiri says Raptors need help at PF spot
    Raptors GM Masai Ujiri acknowledged that Toronto needs help at the power forward position.

    Advice: Ujiri noted that his team will need to get "creative" in order to fill the void, which could hint at a potential trade. Given that the GM said he'd be open to moving his picks, the Raptors could be in play for a draft day (or night) deal. In addition to the four, Ujiri said that Toronto needs to improve at small forward, as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 am
  • Report: Heat expected to make Johnson an RFA
    The Heat are expected to extend a qualifying contract offer to Tyler Johnson, a move that will make him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Johnson previously said that he expects to return "barring something crazy," and we don't anticipate that happening given Johnson spent most of this year rehabbing from shoulder surgery and other teams will be limited in what they can offer the young guard. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Report: Heat not expected to keep G. Green
    Miami is not expected to re-sign Gerald Green, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Green's defense improved as the season progressed, but his role diminished due to struggles and inconsistency on the offensive end. After shooting just 32.3 percent from distance and 39.2 percent overall, Green will likely have to re-prove himself with another franchise. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Report: Heat 'open' to re-signing Stoudemire
    The Heat are "open" to bringing Amare Stoudemire back at the minimum salary, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: We're "open" to lots of possibilities, but that doesn't make their pursuit "likely" in any way, shape or form. "It would have to be a defined role [to return]," his agent, Travis King, said last week. "He loves [Miami] and the team but he loves playing. He’s looking somewhere he can play. He wants to contribute 10 to 20 minutes a night." Assuming Miami re-signs Hassan Whiteside, the odds of Stoudemire finding that role with the Heat are slim to none. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Report: Halsem expected to re-sign with Heat
    Udonis Haslem is expected to re-sign with the Heat, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Jackson writes that Haslem should re-sign at the minimum, and at this point, it's hard to see the Heat lifer moving on to a new club. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 am
  • Kerr not planning on starting Iguodala for G7
    Steve Kerr said that he's not planning on starting Andre Iguodala for Monday's Game 7 against the Thunder, although he added that his coaching staff won't finalize a plan until later.

    Advice: Iguodala held Kevin Durant to just 4-of-12 shooting when he was inserted into the starting five in favor of Harrison Barnes to begin the second half of Game 6, and he gives the Dubs a defensive counter that Barnes simply does not offer. Kerr probably doesn't want to give Billy Donovan any sort of clue as to what he'll be rolling out there for Game 7, so this quote could be more of a smoke screen than anything else. We're unlikely to have official confirmation on the Dubs' starters until just prior to Monday's tip, but Iguodala remains the preferred DFS target amongst the Warriors small forwards. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:29 pm
  • Steve Kerr praises Andre Iguodala's defense
    Steve Kerr praised Andre Iguodala for his defensive effort during the Warriors' Game 6 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: "He just sees everything kind of before it happens," Kerr said of Iguodala, "and he's blessed with great speed and length and strength. So there's a reason he's been one of the best defenders in the league for a long time." Iguoadala played some phenomenal defense against Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant during the Dubs Game 6 win, and after he replaced Harrison Barnes in the starting lineup to begin the second half on Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising to see Kerr just go ahead and give Iguodala a start for Game 7. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:02 pm
  • Nets work out guard Quinn Cook
    Quinn Cook attended the Nets' recent mini-camp.

    Advice: After getting cut from the Cavaliers in October, Cook emerged as one of the best prospects in the D-League where he was named the Rookie of the Year. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds for the Canton Charge, shooting 47 percent from the field. The Nets' biggest needs are at point guard next season, so don't be surprised if the 24-year-old PG gets an invite to play for them at summer league. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:34 am
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  • Heat still hopeful that Bosh can play again
    According to the Miami Herald, the Heat are still hopeful that Chris Bosh (blood clots) will play next season barring a setback.

    Advice: During the postseason, Bosh's camp reportedly explored the idea of him taking blood thinners during the morning so that the medication would be out of his system by game time, but the Heat didn't want to risk it. The Heat still aren't putting a timetable on Bosh's return, but there should be a ton of updates on his progress this summer. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:02 am
  • Andre Iguodala shines on D, scores eight
    Andre Iguodala started the third quarter during Saturday's win over the Thunder, scoring eight points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one turnover in 38 minutes.

    Advice: It was a long overdue move to put Iguodala out there with the starters. He had some huge defensive stops and forced turnovers late in the game, playing defense on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Warriors went back to their vaunted lineup of Iguodala, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes for 11 minutes, posting an awesome plus-54.7 net rating in that time. Iguodala is a good bet to start Game 7 after really locking down KD. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:38 pm
  • Steven Adams scores nine points with nine RBs
    Steven Adams scored nine points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was a monster on the offensive glass with six on that end. Adams did make a few mistakes during this game and went underneath a couple screens on defense late in the loss as the Warriors hit plenty of clutch threes. Adams got into a bit of foul trouble in this game, but Enes Kanter stepped up while he was on the bench. Adams has a huge responsibility on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:53 pm
  • Andre Iguodala starts 3Q for Harrison Barnes
    Andre Iguodala started the third quarter for Harrison Barnes in Game 6 on Saturday.

    Advice: Finally. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Norman Powell to play in the summer league?
    Norman Powell said that he wants to play in the summer league.

    Advice: The Raptors were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, but Powell said he isn't looking forward to time off and that he will ask about getting in the gym on Saturday. You have to love his work ethic and it's exciting that he wants to play in the summer league because he looked awesome in Vegas last summer. Powell should have a larger role next season, but his fantasy value could depend on whether or not the Raptors are able to re-sign DeMar DeRozan. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:04 am
  • Patrick Patterson scores nine points
    Patrick Patterson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He had some ups and downs, but didn't really have any explosions since the first two games of the postseason. Patterson is still just 27 and is one of the better stretch fours capable of defending both fellow stretch fours and in the low post. He's under contract for one more season and should have a similar role. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:27 pm
  • Dion Waiters goes scoreless in loss
    Dion Waiters did not score on Thursday with four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Up until tonight, the Thunder were effective when he was on the court during this series, including a plus-56 in plus-minus during his 66 minutes in the last two games. Tonight was a different story with Waiters posting a team-low minus-18. Coach Billy Donovan used Waiters as a ball-handler once again during this game, but he couldn't get free too often for scoring. He will be as risky as ever for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:39 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores six points vs. GSW
    Andre Roberson fouled out in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with six points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's coming off the best career of his game because the Warriors left him alone in most offensive sets on Tuesday. However, it was a little different this time with his teammates missing him on some open looks. Roberson's minutes should be safe, but the Thunder may not go small as much now that the Warriors made an adjustment to go bigger. Still, Roberson's DFS owners have to be satisfied with this and can dial him up again in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:37 pm
  • Patrick Patterson returns after bruising hand
    Patrick Patterson bruised his left hand during Wednesday's Game 5 defeat, finishing with three points, two turnovers and zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks in 19 minutes.

    Advice: X-rays confirmed that Patterson only suffered a contusion and he did return despite the score being totally out of reach for Toronto. He should be ready for his usual 30-minute role during a must-win Game 6 on Friday, making him a viable low-end DFS target. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Billy Donovan praises Andre Roberson's play
    Billy Donovan praised Andre Roberson's play following Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: "It's funny," Donovan said. "After Game 2 people are saying to me: ‘Is this guy going to even play anymore?' Andre's a good basketball player and I think sometimes the things that go missing with him is he makes winning plays." Roberson, typically viewed as a defensive specialist, has suddenly emerged as an offensive option for the Thunder posting averages of 15.0 points, 9.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 triples, 3.0 steals and 1.0 block on 57.1 percent shooting over his past two outings. The Dubs have been completely ignoring him on defense, and Roberson has made them pay. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 am
  • Roberson scores 17 w/ 12 boards, 5 steals
    Andre Roberson scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, five steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors hacked him several times and he hit just 2-of-8 free throws, but this was arguably the best game of his career. The points were a career high and he shot 7-of-12 from the field, and you have to love the minutes. This big game obviously puts him firmly on the DFS radar due to his low price, though he was averaging just 4.4 points in the postseason prior to Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Steven Adams tweaks ankle in Game 4 win
    Steven Adams tweaked his right ankle in Game 4, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He's had some tough luck with injuries in this series, so give him credit for playing through the pain. While he was hobbling quite a bit, Adams simply had his ankle re-taped and this shouldn't impact his status for Game 5. He's been a monster in the postseason and the Warriors have no answer for him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:57 pm
  • Warriors will not make a lineup change
    The Warriors will not make a lineup change for Game 4 vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: Warriors coach Steve Kerr may have considered a lineup change with either Harrison Barnes or Andrew Bogut moving to the bench in favor of Andre Iguodala or Festus Ezeli, but Golden State will stand pat for now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:00 pm
  • Report: Kerr could tweak starting five for G4
    Steve Kerr may adjust his starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Thunder, according to Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Advice: Media members asked Kerr about a potential lineup switch on Monday and Tuesday, but Kerr would not give any indication whether he's leaning one way or the other. Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut have not been very effective through the Western Conference Finals, and with the Dubs in must-win territory, there's a chance Kerr tweaks his starting five. Andre Iguodala or Festus Ezeli would be the most likely to enter the starting five should Kerr make a change, although if a change were to occur, it’s unlikely we’d get word until just prior to tip-off. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:41 pm
  • Steven Adams might wear protective gear
    Steven Adams say he might wear some protective gear for Game 4 "due to the consistency of the hits."

    Advice: The NBA world will be talking about Steven Adams and Draymond Green for the next three days. Adams added he thinks the Thunder should beat the Warriors with or without Draymond, and that he's sore. All eyes are on the league office for the rest of the day. Rotoworld.com May 23, 11:57 am
  • Andre Roberson stays hot from deep, scores 13
    Andre Roberson started again on Sunday and had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Roberson is 8-of-13 from downtown in his past four games and the Warriors have dared him to beat them from the arc -- tonight Andrew Bogut began as his primary defender, and when Draymond Green has him he frequently roams to the opposite side of the court. Roberson did a good job cutting hard and moving without the ball, rewarding Billy Donovan's decision to keep him in the starting lineup. He'll be on Golden State's radar in Game 4. Rotoworld.com May 22, 8:00 pm
  • Dion Waiters thrives in 34 minutes off bench
    Dion Waiters was terrific in 34 minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 3 victory, making 6-of-11 shots to finish with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

    Advice: Waiters chose his shots wisely and set up his teammates for a few easy buckets, all while playing solid defense. The soon-to-be free agent (restricted) is having an impressive postseason, and he's a big reason the Thunder have a 2-1 series lead against the reigning champs. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:59 pm
  • Andre Iguodala solid in futile bench effort
    Andre Iguodala came off the Warriors' bench on Sunday for nine points, four boards, three assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and just one turnover in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Last year's Finals MVP continues to have a big impact despite having very few plays called for him -- in Games 1 and 2 he had a 13.6 percent usage rate, higher than only Shaun Livingston, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut. His efforts weren't nearly enough tonight, and his minutes were limited by garbage time, but he should resume playing 28-32 minutes on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:51 pm
  • Steven Adams plays only 18 minutes Sunday
    Steven Adams was quiet in 18 minutes during Game 3, finishing with eight points, five boards, one assist, one block and four personal fouls.

    Advice: Adams is dealing with a bruised thumb and took another hit below the belt tonight, courtesy of Draymond Green, but his limited production was a result of fouls, the lopsided score, and small-ball lineups for OKC. We'll keep an eye out for injury updates, but there's no reason to think Adams will be limited during Game 4. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:44 pm
  • Tyler Johnson wants to get his body right
    Tyler Johnson said that he wants to focus on getting his body right this summer.

    Advice: "The next aim is to get my body right, to be able to sustain a whole 82-game season and then the playoffs," Johnson said. "I thought I that I was making a lot of great strides at the beginning of the season and I'm going to continue to improve on, obviously, those things as far as ballhandling, finishing at the basket. I think that my biggest strides are going to be mentally and getting my body right." Johnson won't need any offseason procedures on his shoulder, but he will have to be mindful of it during activities such as weight training. The restricted free agent will likely be back with the Heat next season as one of their backup combo guards. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:28 am
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