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  • David Lee (back) out for Game 1 vs. NO
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
    Injured
  • Bird would like to bring back Luis Scola
    Larry Bird said that he would like to bring back Luis Scola next season.

    Advice: Scola is a quality reserve in the league, but with season averages of just 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds, he’s nowhere near being a standard league asset. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Gores calls Andre Drummond a max player
    Pistons owner Tom Gores referred to Andre Drummond a "maximum guy" during a recent interview.

    Advice: The Pistons can extend Drummond's rookie contract with a max offer this offseason, a preferable alternative than waiting to match offers when he hits restricted free agency following the 2015-16 season, but this all hinges upon whether Drummond accepts the contract extension before the October 31 deadline. If the Pistons make Drummond their designated player, they could sign him to a five-year max extension, meaning he'd spend at least the first nine years of his career in Detroit. It'll be very interesting to see what Andre decides to do this offseason, but he has certainly established himself as a max-player. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Taj Gibson (shoulder) practices in full Fri
    Taj Gibson (shoulder) went through a full practice on Friday, and he will play Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks, as expected.

    Advice: Gibson was unable to finish Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks after injuring his shoulder, but he was never really expected to miss any time during the playoffs. He'll be in his usual Sixth Man role off the bench, and he should see his minutes in the high 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:10 am
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) practices Friday
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah missed the sat out the final two games of the regular-season, but he'll be back in action for the playoffs. However, with solid depth behind him in Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic, head coach Tom Thibodeau may limit his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
    Injured
  • Tiago Splitter goes through light practice
    Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter (calf) went through a light practice on Friday, but he would not commit to his availability for Game 1 against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: "If he plays, he plays," said Popovich of Splitter. Splitter is likely headed for a game-time decision on Sunday, but if he's forced to sit, there will be more minutes for Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Aron Baynes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Chris Bosh will begin shooting in June/July
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) said that he will begin going through shooting drills in June or July, which puts him ahead of schedule in his recovery.

    Advice: Bosh has begun lifting and running after spending the second half of the season on the sidelines due to blood clots in his lungs, though he still remains on blood thinners. He acknowledged that he’s in the very early stages of the recovery process, but all signs are pointing towards him making a full recovery and being ready for training camp next season. Bosh finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 21.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and a career-high 1.4 three-pointers per game on 46.0 percent shooting from the field. He'll be a mid-round target in next year's draft with early-round upside. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 am
    Injured
  • Roy Hibbert to see reduced role with Indiana?
    During their exit interviews, both Larry Bird and Frank Vogel implied that if Roy Hibbert does indeed opt in and return to Indiana next season, he will see a diminished role with the franchise.

    Advice: The Pacers would like to go small, and play at a faster pace, which isn't a great sign for the slow and lumbering Hibbert. Hibbert can opt in to his contract that will reward him $15.5 million next season, a number he's unlikely to command on the open market, but it sounds like after two-years of declining numbers, the Pacers are ready to start moving in a different direction. Bird even seemingly took a shot at Hibbert saying, "Well, I don’t think Lance [Stephenson] is stealing his rebounds." It'll be interesting to see what Hibbert decides to do, but reading between the lines, it seems as if the Pacers are almost daring him to opt out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Howard's minutes to increase for playoffs
    Dwight Howard's minutes restriction will rise to around 32 minutes per game for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: Howard should eventually be without a minutes restriction at some point, but he should get the most floor time he's seen since returning from his knee injury during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Saturday. The more minutes Dwight gets, the further Joey Dorsey will fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Ed Davis hopes to be back w/ Lakers next year
    Ed Davis said that he hopes to return with the Lakers next season.

    Advice: Davis said that he will not be chasing money during free agency, and he'd rather just land in an ideal situation where he's "comfortable," and with a coaching staff that "trusts" and "believes" in him. He also said he will spend the offseason working on his free throw shooting (career 56.6 percent free throw shooter) and midrange jumper. Davis is certainly a talented player, and he made improvements this season posting averages of 8.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game through 23 minutes of action. If he could get his minutes closer to the 30s, he'd be a nightly double-double threat, with the chance to post elite shot blocking totals. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:17 pm
    Player Note
    Ed Davis LAL - PF,C
  • Robert Sacre hopes Lakers will pick up option
    Robert Sacre said that he's hopeful to remain with the Lakers next season.

    Advice: The Lakers have a team option on Sacre, but it's not exactly like he's a building block for a championship contending team, so it wouldn't be shocking to see them decline the option if they need to clear salary for a bigger signing. Sacre also said he'll spend the offseason working on his post game, and everything, but we're not expecting a major improvement during his fourth-year. Sacre finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 4.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game on 41.2 percent shooting from the field, he's not going to be an option in most leagues next year. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:08 pm
  • Al Jefferson unlikely to opt out of contract
    Al Jefferson said it's unlikely that he'll exercise the opt out clause in his contract to become a free agent in July.

    Advice: We'll monitor this situation throughout the summer, but this would be great news for Hornets fan if Big Al sticks to his word and returns. Jefferson also added that he'd like to lose 25 pounds this summer, which would hopefully help him further exacerbate his existing knee injury. Assuming he's fully healthy next fall, the 30-year-old will provide solid early-round value for owners who are willing to accept the fact that he hasn't played more than 78 games since the 2010-11 season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:49 am
    Injured
  • 76ers coach questions Embiid's work ethic
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said there were times that he was disappointed with Joel Embiid's work ethic this season.

    Advice: Brown previously said he would be personally disappointed if Embiid isn't able to play in the summer league and on Thursday added, "there were times I wasn't happy with [Embiid's work ethic]." While Embiid is still young, it's not a great sign to have your coach question your work ethic, so here's to hoping the 21-year-old takes Brown's words to heart as he continues his rehab this summer. Embiid will enter 2015-16 fantasy drafts similarly to Nerlens Noel in 2014-15 and will provide his future owners with a high-risk, high-reward gamble. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:39 am
    Injured
  • Cody Zeller to undergo shoulder procedure
    Cody Zeller (shoulder) said he will undergo a small procedure to repair his rotator cuff.

    Advice: Zeller's estimated timetable is four-to-six weeks, so he should be healed in plenty of time for training camp. The 22-year-old showed improvement in his second season, but his averages of 7.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.8 blocks still leave something to be desired for fantasy owners. While Zeller deserves a look in deeper leagues next season, he shouldn't be more than a late-round flier for owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:29 am
    Injured
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 26 with 11 boards
    Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points on 12-of-21 shooting with 11 boards, five assists, one steal and one block in 40 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vucevic's owners will be thrilled that he played 40 minutes in such a meaningless game for the Magic. He certainly gave Brooklyn a scare, but he couldn't prevent the Nets from pulling away in the fourth quarter. Victor Oladipo played well with 19 points, three assist, two boards, two 3-pointers and a block, while Andrew Nicholson impressed by scoring 18 points with nine boards, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:22 pm
  • Marc Gasol drops 33 points, will face Blazers
    Marc Gasol sure looked 100 percent during a huge 95-83 win over the Pacers on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 33 points with 13 boards, two assists, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: The Memphis crowd should have been chanting "Spaniard" after this one. Gasol was expected to be on a minutes limit, but he played one of his best games of the year. Now, the Grizzlies will get a home game in the first round when the Blazers come to town. Both teams are really banged up, so health will be a massive factor. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 14 with three blocks
    Brook Lopez played well in a win over the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with seven boards, one assist, four steals and three blocks.

    Advice: The Nets won themselves the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference tonight, but they don't have time to celebrate as they will be taking on the Hawks in the first round on Sunday. Joe Johnson also did his part with 16 points, seven boards, six assists and two 3-pointers, while Thaddeus Young contributed 16 points, nine boards, three assists, two steals and one block. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin gets big minutes
    Kevin Seraphin played 39 minutes during a 113-108 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 boards, two assists, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: The Wizards didn't play 80 percent of their usual starting lineup and Marcin Gortat only played 14 minutes, so it was Seraphin's golden opportunity tonight. That won't be the case when the Wizards travel to Toronto for Game 1 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:34 pm
  • Aldridge leads Blazers to 'No. 4 seed'
    LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Wednesday and had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blazers in a loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: The Blazers are technically the No. 4 seed in the West, but will face the No. 5 seeded Grizzlies, who will have home-court advantage due to having a better record than Memphis. Damian Lillard scored 17, but it was reserve Tim Frazier who was one of the surprises of the night, racking up 13 points, 10 assists and a 3-pointer off the bench in 30 minutes. Nicolas Batum sat this one out, and is iffy for Game 1 against the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:07 pm
  • Tyson Chandler leads Mavs over Blazers
    Tyson Chandler returned from a night of rest and led the Mavericks with 22 points, 15 rebounds, a steal and a block as Dallas beat the Blazers 114-98.

    Advice: The Mavs are the No. 7 seed and will face the No. 2 Rockets in Round 1 of the playoffs. Dirk Nowitzki (16) and Monta Ellis (15) also returned from a rest, while Chandler Parson missed another game with his knee injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:02 pm
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