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  • Lakers plan to keep Marshall on team option
    The Lakers plan to pick up Kendall Marshall's $915,000 team option.

    Advice: The Lakers need bodies given their nine unrestricted free agents. Marshall was asked to do more than he's capable of this year, but got valuable experience while running the show for most of the year. In 45 starts, he averaged 8.1 points, 9.5 assists, 1.3 3-pointers and 1.0 steals. Marshall isn't a good enough shooter and has too many physical limitations to be a plus NBA point guard, but he'd be a fine backup. Rotoworld.com
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) is practicing Friday
    Shaun Livingston (toe) is practicing Friday.

    Advice: Livingston sat out the final five games of the regular season to rest his sore big toe. He's fully expected to play and start in Game 1 against the Raptors Saturday. Livingston was an underrated glue guy during the regular season, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals in his 54 starts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:23 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Stevens thinks Rondo will have 'monster' year
    Coach Brad Stevens believes Rajon Rondo will have a "monster year" in 2014-15.

    Advice: It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that Rondo will be better as he gets further removed from his January 2013 ACL tear. This season, he only played in 30 games and was coddled to some degree, averaging just 11.7 points, 9.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 33.3 minutes. We'd expect Rondo back around 37 minutes next season. Rotoworld.com
  • Isaiah Thomas wants to stay with Kings
    Impending restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas said he would prefer to stay with the Kings.

    Advice: Thomas was a breakout sensation following the December Greivis Vasquez trade. In 54 starts, IT2 averaged 21.2 points, 6.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 3-pointers and 1.2 steals while shooting a healthy 45.1 percent from the field. He left no doubt that he's a plus starter in the NBA despite being listed at 5'9/185. We'd expect the Kings to match any reasonable offers. Rotoworld.com
  • Ramon Sessions would welcome return to MILW
    Free agent Ramon Sessions said he'd welcome a return to Milwaukee.

    Advice: Sessions is one of the few players in the league who actually embraces the dysfunction in Milwaukee. He was drafted there at No. 56 overall in 2007. "I want to stay loyal to them like they did to me," he said. We're not sure if the Bucks want Sessions back, but we do know he's still a fantasy asset whenever he's getting significant minutes. In 28 games for the Bucks this season, Sessions averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:26 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Oladipo heading to Summer League
    Victor Oladipo is expected to play for the Magic in Summer League this year, but may not play in in all the games.

    Advice: The Magic are also trying to figure out if he's going to be a combo guard, a point guard or a shooting guard, which they could sort out at that time. He had a nice rookie season, but got inconsistent playing time and an odd role from the Magic, as they couldn't seem to decide what position he is meant to play. With Jameer Nelson's future cloudy in Orlando, we're guessing Oladipo will be their full-time starting point guard next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Jordan Crawford drops career-high 41
    Jordan Crawford scored a career-high 41 points along with five rebounds, two assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: You could see him having a big game with the Warriors resting the regulars, but this was better than any of us could have imagined. Harrison Barnes chipped in with 30, while Randy Foye scored 32 and had 11 assists for the Nuggets in the loss. The Warriors are healthy, with the exception of Andrew Bogut, and ready to take on the Clippers in Round 1 of the playoffs. And that, our friends, is a wrap on the 2013-14 regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • Archie Goodwin busts out with 29 points
    Archie Goodwin busted out for a career-high 29 points vs. the Kings on Wednesday, adding four boards, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer on 11-of-13 from the field in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He made a huge splash in Las Vegas Summer League, but he was extremely quiet until tonight. If not for Gerald Green making a strong case for Most Improved Player, we might have seen more of Goodwin. He's a plus defender and showed tonight that he can really get to the rim. His jumper needs work and he's unlikely to be a target in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Barton w/ career night, Blazers starters sit
    Will Barton came off the bench for a career-high 23 points, 10 rebounds and three 3-pointers on 7-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: Robin Lopez led the starters in minutes with just 14 of them tonight, but still managed 15 points and nine rebounds, while LaMarcus Aldridge took the entire night off. The Blazers are healthy and ready for their first-round match up against the Warriors, so don't let tonight's strange box score fool you. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:21 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan returns in time for playoffs
    DeMar DeRozan returned from a night of rest and played 22 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with nine points and five rebounds.

    Advice: He's good to go for the Raps' Round 1 meeting with the Nets, and he's surely looking forward to it. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan plays just 22 minutes
    DeMar DeRozan played 22 minutes in his return to the lineup during a 95-92 loss to the Knicks on Wednesday, scoring nine points with five boards, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: He rested on Monday and coach Dwane Casey took it easy on his All-Star tonight -- deservedly so. Only Kevin Durant and Monta Ellis logged more minutes this season than DeRozan while DD also ranked third in free throw makes. He had a breakout season and has really become a nice, well-rounded scorer. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:26 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
  • 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
  • Rondo, Sullinger, Bayless & Humphries out
    Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Celtics announced he's dealing with a hamstring injury, which is not the same as his shin injury from earlier this month. He was back in the lineup on Monday night after missing some action over the weekend, but he won't play tonight. Rondo played just 30 games this season, averaging 11.7 points, 5.5 boards, 9.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 triples. He'll have the entire offseason to get ready for next year, which wasn't the case this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:38 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
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) out again vs. Cavs
    Shaun Livingston (toe) will sit out Wednesday's road game in Cleveland.

    Advice: This marks Livingston's fifth straight DNP and the Nets can only hope that he's ready for the first round of the playoffs, as he's been an invaluable part of their backcourt rotation all season long. Marcus Thornton and Alan Anderson will take on more minutes and responsibilities in his continued absence. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:36 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Shaun Livingston ruled out for Tuesday
    Shaun Livingston will not play again on Tuesday, as he continues to deal with an injured big toe.

    Advice: Livingston has now missed four straight games, but as long as the toe's not broken, you have to think he'll be ready for the playoffs. Marcus Thornton should once again see big minutes in his absence. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:36 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Crawford could see a bump in minutes on Wed
    Jordan Crawford scored just three points in seven minutes on Monday, but could see a bump in minutes now that the Warriors have clinched the No. 6 spot in the West.

    Advice: Mark Jackson said that a lot of guys could rest on Wednesday and Crawford fits the description of a season finale special. He comes with no guarantees, but he fits the profile of a high-upside guy that owners may want to reach for. Steve Blake could also get some extra run, though at his age the Dubs may decide not to run him quite as hard. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:46 pm
  • 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
  • Rajon Rondo just misses triple-double
    Rajon Rondo returned to the lineup on Monday vs. the Sixers, scoring eight points with 11 boards, 14 assists and two steals in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was popped in the nose in the first quarter and had to leave the game, but he made it back without incident and looked fine. Rondo missed the last two games due to a shin injury and should be ready to go for Wednesday's finale. Although, he did say after the game he's not sure if he'll play against the Wizards. 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
  • Rajon Rondo (shin) will start vs. the Sixers
    Rajon Rondo (shin) will start against the Sixers on Monday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games due to an out-of-nowhere shin issue, but he's likely close to 100 percent tonight. Rondo gets a great matchup in his return and figures to hit the ground running. If you were planning to use Phil Pressey tonight, it might be time to reconsider. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:13 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan (rest) out on Monday night
    DeMar DeRozan will rest against the Bucks on Monday night.

    Advice: He's had a breakout season and the Raptors will keep him out against the lowly Bucks tonight. With DeRozan out, Greivis Vasquez will start, Terrence Ross will see an uptick in minutes and could have a nice night, and John Salmons and Steve Novak could get in the mix. DeRozan could play on Wednesday if the Raptors want to get into a rhythm before the playoffs start. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:07 pm
  • Rajon Rondo is a game-time call Monday
    Rajon Rondo (shin) is a game-time decision for Monday's game vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: He went through a full shootaround and it sounds like he has a chance to play. His shin injury kept him out of his previous two games and it allowed Phil Pressey to step up. We should have an update on Rondo shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:58 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
  • Rajon Rondo (shin) questionable to play 76ers
    Rajon Rondo (shin) is questionable to return vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: He sat out Friday and Saturday and the Celtics are just playing out the string with two games left, so owners should consider it a bonus if he suits up. Jerryd Bayless (knee) has already been ruled out so Avery Bradley should be busy regardless of Rondo's status. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:16 am
  • Isaiah Thomas (quad) makes surprise return
    Isaiah Thomas (quad) made a surprising return to action on Sunday, starting at PG and finishing with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, three rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Thomas had been targeting a return on Wednesday but he felt good during pre-game warmups and decided to suit up with the training staff's blessing. He looked great in the first quarter and the only real problem seemed to be his conditioning, so he should be fine for Wednesday's season finale. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:03 pm
  • Update: Isaiah Thomas (quad) starting Sunday
    Updating a previous report, Isaiah Thomas (quad) will start Sunday's game in place of rookie Ray McCallum.

    Advice: Thomas was originally ruled out, then listed as doubtful, then questionable, and now he's starting. He may not play a ton of minutes in his first game back after a long absence, but it's still good news for the Kings and anyone who held onto him despite his injury and the threat of him being shut down for the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:04 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (quad) available to play Sunday
    Isaiah Thomas (quad) will be 'active' for the Kings on Sunday, though it's uncertain whether he'll play.

    Advice: Thomas feels good enough to suit up but coach Mike Malone may take the cautious route and bench him again, before starting him in Wednesday's finale. Most fantasy owners are probably riding Ray McCallum at this point, especially since IT2 wasn't expected to return this weekend, so this may throw a wrench in the works. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:37 pm
  • Victor Oladipo commits six turnovers in loss
    Victor Oladipo started Sunday's game with Jameer Nelson (groin) unavailable, and he finished with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, three 3-pointers, one assist, two steals and six turnovers.

    Advice: Oladipo's assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.31 isn't great, to say the least, and his 41.9 percent shooting indicates another area for improvement. The Magic are dedicated to his development and they may not keep Jameer Nelson next season (his final year is only $2 million guaranteed), so Oladipo's outlook is as bright as ever in Orlando. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:32 pm
  • Update: Isaiah Thomas may return on Sunday
    Kings coach Mike Malone said that there's an "outside chance" Isaiah Thomas (quad) will return on Sunday.

    Advice: Thomas wasn't expected to play this weekend and he's been targeting a Wednesday return, but it's encouraging that he'll at least try to warm up. If he doesn't play, rookie Ray McCallum will once again play all the minutes he can handle at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:33 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan dominates Detroit, drops 30
    DeMar DeRozan was tremendous against the Pistons on Sunday with 30 points, one board, three assists and two 3-pointers on 10-of-19 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line.

    Advice: He threw down a facial on Kyle Singler in the fourth quarter and kept his breakout season going. This was his 17th 30-point game on the year and he's ranked third in the Eastern Conference for points per game. DeRozan gets to the line more and has really grown as a player, which suggests this season was no fluke. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:25 pm
  • Victor Oladipo will get another start at PG
    Victor Oladipo will start against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: Jameer Nelson (groin) could miss the rest of the season with his groin strain and Oladipo gets a chance to redeem himself. He actually wasn't the first person off the bench on Friday -- Doron Lamb was -- and he should get plenty of chances tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:12 pm