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  • Sergey Karasev unlikely to be a Net next year
    Sergey Karasev is unlikely to suit up for the Nets next season.

    Advice: The Nets declined to pickup their team option on Karasev for the 2016-17 season, so he'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Karasev has reportedly already begun training for next season, and his father stated during a recent interview that he will look at all his options this offseason, including a return to Europe. Karasev has been in the league for three years and has never established himself as a rotation player, so his fantasy value is right around nil. Rotoworld.com 27 minutes ago
  • Marco Belinelli says he wants to 'win now'
    Marco Belinelli stated during a recent interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport that he wants to be a part of a winning team.

    Advice: "I want to win now. To make that happen, something has to happen," said Belinelli. "I'm still under contract with Sacramento and I have trust in the organization but in the NBA you never know what may happen." Belinelli doesn't sound like a guy that's all that happy to be on the books for another two years in Sacramento, but he was the guy that chose to go there as a free agent. With the Kings, Belinelli won’t be anything more than a deep league, 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
  • Ainge high on Jordan Mickey and Terry Rozier
    Danny Ainge said that he believes Jordan Mickey and Terry Rozier have a "bright future."

    Advice: "We think Jordan Mickey has a bright future and Terry Rozier has a bright future and we’ve gotten calls from other teams about them," said Ainge. It sounds like Ainge would prefer to develop his younger guys rather than dealing them away, and Mickey's ability to rack up the defensive stats could make him an intriguing late-round selection next season depending on what happens with Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller during free agency. Rozier, however, is unlikely to establish himself as a standard league asset while Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley are healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:29 am
  • 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 Today, 7:15 am
  • Draymond Green: 'Right now, I'm not myself'
    Draymond Green described the Warriors current 3-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals as "stunning," and acknowledged that he needs to be better for the remainder of the series.

    Advice: "Right now, I'm not myself," said Green. "I'm thinking too much, and that's leading to all the things that I'm not supposed to be doing. I just … I just have to be me." Over the past two games, Green has not given the Dubs much of anything, going 2-of-16 from the field whilst posting a plus/minus rating of minus-73. Green also appeared to trip Enes Kanter during Game 4, which could potentially be viewed as a flagrant 1 foul, which would result in a one-game suspension for Green. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:01 am
  • Klay Thompson scores 26 points in loss
    Klay Thompson scored 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Game 4 vs. the Thunder with five rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was held to four points in the first half and got into some early foul trouble, but his 19-point explosion in the third quarter nearly got the Warriors back into the game. It obviously wasn't nearly enough in the end, as the Warriors were outscored 24-12 in the fourth. If the Warriors are going to take away any positives from this nightmare showing, it's that maybe Thompson will be able build off this momentum for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 17 points in win Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka scored 17 points in Tuesday's win over the Warriors, shooting 7-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: Steven Adams was playing through a tweaked ankle and Enes Kanter wasn't producing, so Ibaka had to step up tonight and he didn't disappoint. This was his second strong performance in a row and he added seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer, outplaying all of Golden State's bigs in the process. After losing minutes to Kanter in the series against San Antonio, Ibaka has played 30 or more minutes in all four games in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 8-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Thunder scored 72 points in the first half for the second straight game and the Warriors weren't able to recover. As for Durant, he had an incredible line with 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer, though he did have a few turnovers. This was his second straight game with three blocks and his defense has been on full display in this series. The Thunder could advance to the NBA Finals with a win on Thursday in Game 5 as the series shifts back to Golden State. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 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 Yesterday, 6:00 pm
  • Channing Frye could play more in Game 5?
    Tyronn Lue said that he likes the space-the-court lineup "a lot," and he could use it more moving forward in hopes of limiting Bismack Biyombo's production.

    Advice: Lue has been steadily increasing Channing Frye's minutes throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, and it sounds like Frye's minutes could be in the 25-minute range for Game 5, which could result in less run for Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love. Love hasn't been playing very well at all over the past two, so he'll be a bit of a risky DFS play for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Kevin Love all systems go for Game 5 on Weds
    Kevin Love (knee) is healthy enough to play in Game 5 against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love hurt his knee after stepping on a referee's foot in Game 4 on Monday, but isn't worried about his status for Game 5. "I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing." While Love's performance in Toronto left something to be desired, he should be able to return to form with the series heading back to Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 am
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    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
  • Vogel: Aaron Gordon has tools to succeed
    Magic head coach Frank Vogel said Aaron Gordon has the tools to succeed in the NBA.

    Advice: This will make the "Free Aaron Gordon" crowd happy. "Aaron Gordon has the tools to succeed in today's NBA," Vogel said in an interview on SiriusXM NBA. After a season during which former Magic head coach Scott Skiles played yo-yo with Gordon's minutes, the 20-year-old could have a breakout 2016-17 season under Vogel after averaging 11.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks as a starter in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Thanasis Antetokounmpo could head to Greece
    Panathinaikos is interested in Thanasis Antetokounmpo, according to Sportando.

    Advice: Talks haven't progressed to an advanced stage, but Giannis' brother could head overseas after an insignificant stint with the Knicks. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but Lower Case can be ignored in all fantasy leagues at this point. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 am
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  • DeMar DeRozan praises Lowry's Game 4 play
    DeMar DeRozan praised Kyle Lowry's performance in Monday's Game 4 win over Cleveland.

    Advice: "It's a cake walk for me once he gets going," DeRozan said. "It opens up everything for me on the floor. Teams try to focus in on him, and he knows when to get me going. He got the ball, he's our point guard, he's our leader of this team and he knows how to orchestrate what needs to be done out there." While Lowry had a great game on Monday, DeRozan's second consecutive 32-point performance helped the Raptors even the series. He seems to be getting over the thumb injury that hampered him earlier in the playoffs and should continue be a big factor for the Raptors for the rest of the postseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • J.R. Smith loses some clutch minutes
    J.R. Smith scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He only played two minutes in the fourth quarter. Coach Ty Lue is going with more of a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately approach, which may have cost Smith some run. He should play more back in Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:30 pm
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    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
  • Tristan Thompson scores two points
    Tristan Thompson scored two points with nine rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 29 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: His return to his hometown of Toronto has not gone well. The Cavs went with Channing Frye more at center in the last two games because Thompson is being outworked by Bismack Biyombo on every level. After being the breakout player of the 2015 playoffs, he's not having a good run this time around. He only played 0.3 minutes in the fourth quarter. Not good. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Anthony Bennett working out with Nets
    Anthony Bennett is expected to work out at the Nets' minicamp this week.

    Advice: This would be arguably the best spot for him, so he's going there to impress. The Nets have some major depth issues at power forward behind Thaddeus Young and they don't have a first-round pick either. Obviously he'll have to show strong conditioning at the workout and likely would have to have a monster summer league. For what it's worth, the UNLV product typical been great at Vegas. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:25 pm
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  • Sam Dekker has no restrictions
    Sam Dekker (back) said he is 100 percent and has zero restrictions.

    Advice: Dekker added on his Twitter account he has been playing basketball over the past month. Dekker played a grand total of six minutes in his rookie season and failed to score on a 0.0 usage rate. Even with a new coach, Dekker won't be a fantasy factor in his sophomore season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:23 pm
  • Courtney Lee would like to re-sign w/ Hornets
    Courtney Lee said that he'd like to re-sign with the Hornets.

    Advice: "Of course I would like to be [back]," he said. "[I] got a chance to build chemistry and friendships with the guys since I’ve been here and it’s been fun playing with them. Everybody is just playing together. There’s no egos out there at all. It’s always about making the right play and the best play to help win and that’s the kind of guys I want to be on a team with." Charlotte holds Lee's Bird rights, but that doesn't mean he's a lock to return. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:58 am
  • G. Antetokounmpo desires to play for Greece
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is hopeful to play for Greece this summer.

    Advice: "I want to play for the national team," he said. "The Bucks know it. We have not talked yet for this matter. Even if they are negative, I would try to convince them to let me play". Milwaukee will likely want their franchise building block to rest this summer in order to prepare for the workload coming his way next season, but it sounds like he's intent on being allowed to play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:58 am
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