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  • NBA suspends Nick Calathes for 20 games
    Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug Policy.

    Advice: The suspension starts now which means he won't be see postseason action. Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, an over-the-counter athletic supplement. He was solid this year and filled in admirably while Mike Conley was out earlier this season, averaging 14.7 points, 4.7 boards, 4.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.3 triples in his seven starts. Beno Udrih will back up Mike Conley, who figures to get more than 40 minutes per night vs. OKC in round one. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:33 pm
  • Darrell Arthur planning to pick up option
    Darrell Arthur is planning to pick up his player option of $3.4 million this offseason.

    Advice: It's kind of a no-brainer for Arthur after yet another injury-plagued season. He played just 17.1 minutes per game and couldn't really get much playing time despite the Nuggets having very little depth down the stretch. He The 26-year-old forward won't have much fantasy value next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:18 pm
  • The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic on Friday
    The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic from the D-League on Friday.

    Advice: He was sent to the D-League for extra playing time against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Kuzmic grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds in the win. In three D-League games he posted averages of 20.3 points, 15.3 rebounds, and shot an outstanding 77.1 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
  • Rockets recall Canaan and Covington
    The Rockets recalled Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington on Friday.

    Advice: The two were sent down to the D-League to get extra playing time. Canaan played well in the loss, scoring a game-high 25 points and he will continue to be the Rockets third-string point guard behind Patrick Beverley and Jeremy Lin. Rotoworld.com
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nash says he's 3-4 weeks from being healthy
    Steve Nash (leg, back) said he's 3-4 weeks from being healthy.

    Advice: In his exit interview, he said this season was a "nightmare" and added the Lakers shouldn't be relying on him for next season because he doesn't know what he can bring. Nash did say he'll be back for next season, so the team will have to pay him whether he's healthy or not. He'll be one of the more talked about players in the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:21 pm
     
    Injured
  • Josh Powell was claimed off waivers by HOU on Wednesday April 16. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:28 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
  • Ben McLemore scores career-high 31 points
    Ben McLemore ended his season with a bang on Wednesday during a 104-99 loss to the Suns, scoring a career-high 31 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 19 points on Sunday and figured out how to get his own shot to close the season. McLemore's off-the-ball game needed some work throughout the year and his isolation game was non-existent for much of the season, but he showed some promise. Still, the sample size is too small to make him a target in drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 pm
  • Steve Nash, Chris Kaman both out Wednesday
    Steve Nash (hamstring) and Chris Kaman (calf) will not return for the Lakers' final game on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 40-year-old Nash was never expected to return after taking over the third spot on the NBA's all-time assist leaderboard, and it's uncertain whether he'll retire this summer or attempt a return in 2014-15. Even if he does attempt to return, fantasy owners should be very leery of him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:56 am
     
    Injured
  • 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
  • Josh Powell signed by Rockets
    Big man Josh Powell passed his physical and was signed by the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll give them a little depth in the playoffs, but that's about it. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:14 pm
  • 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
  • Steve Nash and Chris Kaman out on Monday
    Steve Nash (hamstring) and Chris Kaman (calf) will not play against the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Nash is also likely to sit out for the rest of the season, according to coach Mike D'Antoni. He turned 40 this season and it showed as he was unable to finish just about every game he played. Kendall Marshall will start while Jordan Farmar will get plenty of chances to score and hit triples. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:47 pm
     
    Injured
  • Warriors call up Kuzmic and Nedovic
    The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic and Nemanja Nedovic on Monday.

    Advice: Even with Andrew Bogut at less than 100 percent, Kuzmic is unlikely to play much with the Warriors. He has no fantasy value and had a quiet rookie season. Rotoworld.com
  • Darrell Arthur traveling for Tuesday night
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is traveling for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers and is expected to play.

    Advice: He suffered a knee injury on Saturday and has really struggled to stay healthy. Arthur's minutes will likely be capped around 20, so he's not a strong start on a two-game night. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:48 pm
  • Josh Powell planning to sign with Rockets
    The Rockets plan to sign Josh Powell for the rest of the season.

    Advice: The Rockets are looking to add another big man and would probably be best suited to get a player out of the NBA so he can be eligible for the playoffs. Powell has been out of the league since 2010-11 and has played on five teams since 2005-06. The 31-year-old big man was cut by the Knicks in training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:31 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
  • Ben McLemore drops 19 points vs. Timberwolves
    Kings rookie Ben McLemore scored 19 points on 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with three 3-pointers on Sunday, marking his second-highest scoring total of the season.

    Advice: His 39 minutes were second only to Derrick Williams and it's encouraging to see him catch fire from the field, since his 37.0 percent shooting is a glaring problem for a 'shooting guard'. He was the No. 7 pick in the 2013 draft and the Kings have played him 26 minutes per game as a rookie, so he should get no lack of opportunities during his sophomore season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:40 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