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  • Russell Westbrook scores 19 points on 21 FGAs
    Russell Westbrook scored 19 points during a Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: He had some uncharacteristic misses in this game, especially around the rim. Westbrook made just 28-of-76 (36.8 percent) in the three losses with a ton of isolation. Heading into the series, the Thunder shook off the narrative of struggling to close games, but it came back to bite them again with the Warriors beating up on them in the second half in the last three. Westbrook is still 27 and it'll be intriguing to see how he ages. He's a freak, so he could dominate with his athleticism for a long time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 36; Warriors win Game 7
    Stephen Curry was phenomenal during a series-clinching 96-88 victory over the Thunder on Monday, scoring 36 points with five rebounds, eight assists, and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The MVP lived up to the billing with his best game of the series and the most triples he's hit all postseason. Curry's threes will get all the headlines, but he really got into a groove on drives to discombobulate the OKC defense. His defense was very solid yet again as the Warriors were swarming on the perimeter and were excellent on switching. The MVP will get a few days off before Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • 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 thinking one-year deal for Wade?
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, "the Heat's preference" is to re-sign Dwyane Wade to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Such a move would be done in order to preserve 2017 flexibility, not because Miami isn't committed to its franchise player. Wade has made no secret of the fact that he wants and plans to spend the rest of his career with the Heat, so this is more of an update than an evolving part of an uncertain narrative. Per Jackson, the Heat expect Wade's salary to come in between $15-$20 million annually for next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:14 am
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    Dwyane Wade Mia - PG,SG
  • 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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    Quinn Cook Cle - PG,SG
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  • ESPN: Dejean-Jones called for girlfriend
    Bryce Dejean-Jones was calling for his girlfriend when an apartment owner shot him through a bedroom door, according to a report obtained by ESPN.

    Advice: According to the report: "The owner picked [up] a firearm to defender his/herself and fired through the bedroom door killing Bryce. An autopsy is currently underway. It will take a couple weeks for toxicology to return, but it is unknown at this time if a substance played a part in the incident." Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:03 pm
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  • Kyle Lowry will have elbow evaluated Saturday
    Kyle Lowry will have his right elbow evaluated on Saturday.

    Advice: He said in his exit interview that his elbow is "fine" and he just dropped 35 points in Friday's Game 6 loss, so the Raptors are probably just going to look at it as a precaution. Lowry admitted that surgery could be an option, but there will hopefully be another update after the physical. Regardless, he should be 100 percent for the start of the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:17 am
  • Kyrie Irving scores 30 points in win at TOR
    Kyrie Irving was terrific during a 113-87 series-clinching win over the Raptors on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Irving really buckled down on offense and put on a display of his full arsenal. On the downside, he has struggled on the defensive end, so that doesn't bode well against either Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook. Additionally, LeBron James said after the game that Kyrie was banged up for all four rounds of the playoffs last year and added Irving is healthier this time around. Last year, Irving went down after 44 minutes due to a fractured knee in Game 1 of The Finals, so things should be different. Expect him to play heavy minutes in an up-tempo style. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Damian Lillard named to All-NBA Second Team
    Damian Lillard was named to the All-NBA Second Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Chris Paul were also named to the All-NBA Second Team. Lillard may have missed out on an All-Star appearance this season, but being named to an All-NBA team gave him a $20 million bonus via the Rose Rule, thus softening the blow of the All-Star snub. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Dennis Schroder wants to be a better finisher
    Dennis Schroder said that he wants to come back stronger next season, and he'll be spending time this offseason working to become a better finisher at the rim.

    Advice: "I'll try to be stronger next year and dunk some more balls," Schroder said. "I've got to be better finishing at the rim." Schroder also confirmed that he will be playing for the German National Team again this offseason, as he tries to help the team qualify for the European Championship. Schroder's fantasy value next year will hinder on what happens with Jeff Teague, but if Teague ends up getting traded, Schroder would make for an intriguing late-round gamble in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:50 am
  • Goran Dragic had pledged to re-sign with PHX
    Goran Dragic had reportedly pledged to re-sign with the Suns before they traded him in 2015.

    Advice: According to Ken Berger of CBS, Dragic had told the Suns he would re-sign with the team before they traded him. "Within days of [Jeff] Hornacek having a heart-to-heart with Dragic and securing a commitment from the Slovenian point guard to re-sign with the Suns as a free agent the following summer, the Suns shipped him to Miami in a three-team trade, a person familiar with the situation told CBS Sports," Berger wrote. While this changes the perception of the Suns' haul a bit, this news is more just an interesting tidbit as Dragic is coming off his first full season with the Heat. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:32 am
  • Head coach says Victor Oladipo special talent
    Magic head coach Frank Vogel called Victor Oladipo a special talent.

    Advice: Vogel hasn't had a chance to coach Oladipo yet, but is familiar with the 24-year-old from his time as the Pacers head coach. "I think Victor Oladipo is a special, special talent," Vogel said. Oladipo averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers in 2015-16 and will be an elite fantasy option in 2016-17 if Vogel can help him take the next step. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:57 am
  • Dante Exum to be cleared for contact Thursday
    Dante Exum (knee) has been cleared for contact on Thursday.

    Advice: This is a big step for Exum, who tore his ACL back in August. Exum was growing as a defender during his rookie season and even showed some offensive improvement in Summer League. He's probably not going to play for Australia in the Olympics, but it's possible. He'll have more value in reality than in fantasy next year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:35 pm
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  • Casey praises Joseph's strong Game 3 showing
    Dwane Casey praised Cory Joseph's strong showing in Toronto's Game 3 win on Saturday.

    Advice: "He did a much better job tonight of controlling the game," Casey said. "Running the offense, keeping things under control, not letting the defense speed him up." The head coach then added that "Cory did a good job of handling their defensive pressure,"switching and making sure he had the right person involved in the pick-and-roll." Joseph is an important part of Toronto's formula for success, so he'll need to play well again in Monday's Game 4 for the Raptors to be firing on all cylinders. Rotoworld.com May 23, 6:17 am
  • E. Payton excited to play under Frank Vogel
    Elfrid Payton is excited to play under new head coach Frank Vogel.

    Advice: "I'm pretty excited," Payton said. "I think it definitely fits us. We have guys who are athletic, who can get out and run, so it’s definitely something that would play to our strengths." Vogel's arrival should be good news for Payton's fantasy prospects since Scott Skiles was not a fan of EP's game, but the new head coach will still need to figure out the best way to deploy the Payton-Victor Oladipo backcourt. As for his offseason plans, Payton is working on improving his jumper, mid-range game and finishing at the rim. Rotoworld.com May 23, 5:52 am
  • Tribune: Bulls should trade Rose or Butler
    K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune said that Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler will likely both be on the roster next season.

    Advice: Johnson argues that the Bulls' offseason priority should be to trade either Rose or Butler, which makes some sense because they didn't play well together last season. A trade still seems unlikely because the Bulls' asking price for Butler is very high and Rose doesn't have much value around the league and is entering a contract year, so Chicago may have to give their starting backcourt another chance. Coach Fred Hoiberg did mention that he may stagger their minutes more next season, so that could give both players a slight boost in value. Rotoworld.com May 22, 6:35 am
  • Knicks reporter believes Grant could 'thrive'
    Knicks reporter Ian Begley believes that Jerian Grant could thrive under coach Jeff Hornacek next season.

    Advice: Hornacek will likely be able to tweak the triangle offense, meaning the Knicks could utilize the pick and roll a lot more which is what Grant excelled at during his college days. The Knicks will certainly be in the market for some backcourt help this summer, but if they aren't able to land a starting-caliber PG, Grant could be looking at a larger role. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.3 assists, 1.9 boards and 0.7 steals in 16.6 minutes per game in his rookie season. Rotoworld.com May 22, 6:25 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova good to go Saturday
    Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) will play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He had an ankle tweak in Game 2, but there was never really much concern. With Kyrie Irving set to play minutes in the upper 30s in a non-garbage time game, there won't be much time available for Dellavedova. Of course, this game could get ugly again. Rotoworld.com May 21, 4:44 pm
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