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  • Pacers decline Solomon Hill's 2016-17 option
    The Pacers have decided to decline Solomon Hill's option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The 25-year-old will now become an unrestricted free agent and should have his fair share of suitors. "Like I told Solomon, the best thing ever happened to him was us putting a boot in his butt," team president Larry Bird said. While Hill only averaged 4.2 points in 14.7 minutes per game last season, he was able to finish the season strong and averaged 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers in 29.1 minutes per game in April. He's not a must-draft player in standards leagues, but Hill will be a worth a late-round flier if he lands in the right situation. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:31 am
  • DeMarre Carroll thinks Kyle Lowry will be OK
    DeMarre Carroll thinks Kyle Lowry will be able to turn things around soon.

    Advice: Lowry is shooting just 31 percent from the field in the playoffs, but Carroll isn't too worried about his teammate. "You can [offer encouragement], but you know, sometimes you just have to look yourself in the mirror. You have to man up," Carroll said. "You have to be like, ‘I’m the Kyle Lowry that played the 82 games, All-star.’ You can say a lot to encourage him, but I feel like Kyle as the individual and a competitor, who he is, he has to look in the mirror and say ‘I’m Kyle Lowry.’" Lowry will get a chance to turn things around in Game 2 on Thursday and is too good of a player to continue his cold streak for much longer. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:35 am
  • Kyle Korver quiet again, Hawks face 2-0 hole
    Kyle Korver, who attempted only one shot in Game 1 vs. the Cavs, finished Wednesday's drubbing with seven points on 3-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks trailed by 36 points at halftime, the second-largest deficit in NBA playoff history, resulting in copious garbage time down the stretch. Korver added just one rebound and one assist without any steals or blocks, all while getting torched defensively by red-hot J.R. Smith. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • LeBron James posts casual 27/5/4 in easy win
    LeBron James racked up 27 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in just 28 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-15 shots including a 4-of-6 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Tonight's game was all about 3-point shooting, but LeBron came in averaging a league-high 1.33 points per possession on post-ups during the playoffs (among qualifying players). It's an interesting wrinkle since the Hawks' defense has allowed the third-fewest points off post-ups (0.64 points per possession), behind only the Raptors and Clippers. As tonight's line reiterates, LBJ is simply too versatile to be held in check offensively during the course of a seven-game series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Cavs set new NBA record w/ 25 made 3-pointers
    The Cavaliers set an all-time NBA record with 25 made 3-pointers during Wednesday's lopsided Game 2 victory, aided by J.R. Smith's 23 points and 7-of-13 shooting from downtown.

    Advice: The Cavs opened tonight's game with a 3-point avalanche, hitting a postseason-record 18 triples in the first half alone, with six of them coming from Smith. He wound up 8-of-14 from the field with two rebounds and two steals in just 28 minutes of action, and could have had an even bigger line if the game weren't wrapped up by halftime. Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4 vs. the Pistons but his status for the second round was never in doubt, and tonight's eruption confirms that he's feeling fine. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • J.B. Bickerstaff bows out of Rockets' search
    Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has reportedly informed team officials that he's not a candidate for Houston's head coach position.

    Advice: Team owner Les Alexander and GM Daryl Morey recently met with Bickerstaff, in addition to current assistant coach Chris Finch and Clippers assistant Sam Cassell. Jeff Van Gundy is reportedly still high on their list, which could extend to more than a dozen candidates. Other potential coaches include Jeff Hornacek and Hornets assistant Stephen Silas. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • Rumor: LAL will make push for Paul George
    The Lakers would reportedly like to try and trade for Paul George this summer, according to sources of Bill Simmons.

    Advice: If the Lakers are able to secure a top-3 selection in the 2016 draft, they would reportedly like to use that pick among other assets (likely D'Angelo Russell) to try and lure PG-13 away from Indiana. While anything is possible, it would be extremely shocking to see Larry Bird deal away a top-15 player entering his prime in order to go through a full rebuild with unproven talent. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:01 am
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    Paul George Ind - SG,SF,PF
  • Ainge undecided on team option for Jerebko
    Danny Ainge said "nothing has been decided" regarding the team option on Jonas Jerebko.

    Advice: The Celtics have a team option worth $5 million on Jerebko for the 2016-17 season, but he's likely the least of Boston's concerns with guys like Kevin Durant, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford and Dwight Howard all set to hit the open market this summer. Jerebko is unlikely to land in a situation where he'll be able to establish himself as a standard league option in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Jae Crowder has bone bruise in right foot
    Jae Crowder is currently dealing with a bone bruise in his right foot.

    Advice: Crowder was clearly at less than 100 percent during Boston's first-round series, and while we knew about the gimpy ankle, the bone bruise is some new information. This can help explain why Crowder shot just 27.8 percent from the field during Boston's postseason run, but he has plenty of time to rest up for the 2016-17 season. Crowder produced third-round value in 9-cat leagues through his first full season with the Celtics, and he'll make for a fine early-round target in next year's drafts assuming he remains in Boston. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:46 am
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    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
  • CHA will make Batum No. 1 priority during FA
    Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that he will make re-signing Nicolas Batum as an unrestricted free agent this offseason Charlotte's No. 1 priority.

    Advice: "[Batum] is a huge piece. He’s number one in our offseason priority," said Cho. "Overall he did a great job on both ends of the floor and in the locker room." Batum had a solid season in Charlotte, putting up steady mid-round value with averages of 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.0 triples, 0.9 steals, 0.6 swats and 2.9 turnovers per contest. Batum's ability to space the floor and run an offense also really helped Kemba Walker up his efficiency, and it sounds like Charlotte will do everything in their power to retain him on the open market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Eric Griffin arrested for attempted murder
    Former D-League All-Star Eric Griffin has been arrested on charges of attempted murder.

    Advice: Griffin reportedly fired several rounds at another man outside of an apartment building in Orlando, Florida, and is currently being held without bond. Griffin went undrafted in 2012, and while he's played for a handful of Summer League squads, he's never officially made an NBA roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 am
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  • Melo wants 'process' in NYK coaching search
    Carmelo Anthony again restated his desire for Phil Jackson to go through an all-encompassing search when hiring the Knicks' next head coach.

    Advice: "I’ve said this and I’ll continue to say it; there needs to be a process," Anthony said of the Knicks' coaching search. "As long as there’s a process and you go through the proper channels to figure out exactly what you need to do, I don’t have no problem with that. But if you don’t go through that process and at least look to see what’s out there, then we have a problem with that." Kurt Rambis remains the favorite to land the Knicks' head coaching gig, a move that Anthony has yet to fully endorse. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Moe Harkless scores 11 points in loss
    Moe Harkless scored 11 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He picked up five fouls which prevented him from playing a lot of minutes, but he was solid on the defensive end and kept Klay Thompson in check until the second half. Harkless played 28 minutes in Game 1, so he's going to get plenty of burn in Game 3 even though he's shooting just 34.7 percent from the field in this series. Al-Farouq Aminu added 14 points, six boards, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes for the Blazers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:13 pm
  • Andre Iguodala scores 15 points in win
    Andre Iguodala scored 15 points with five boards, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was very efficient tonight, shooting 6-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. It sounds like Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Game 3 or Game 4, but the Warriors might be cautious considering they have a commanding 2-0 series lead. Iguodala will continue to benefit if Curry misses more time, but keep in mind that he had just six points with four boards and three assists in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Draymond Green double-doubles in win
    Draymond Green double-doubled in Tuesday's win over the Blazers, scoring 17 points (7-of-20 FGs) with 14 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, four blocks and two turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors got off to a rough start and were trailing by 11 points at the end of the third quarter, but they won the final quarter by 22 points. The Warriors' defense, led by Green, held the Blazers to 12 fourth-quarter points which tied a franchise record for the fewest points allowed in the shot-clock era. Green is a superstar and it's even more obvious with Stephen Curry (knee) on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 27, Warriors lead 2-0
    Klay Thompson scored 27 points on 7-of-20 shooting to lead the Warriors to a 110-99 win over the Blazers in Game 2, giving Golden State a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: He also added three boards, three assists and five 3-pointers, with 20 of his points coming in the second half. Thompson is really stepping up in the absence of Stephen Curry (knee) and was coming off a personal playoff-high of 37 points in Game 1. The Warriors are in firm control of this series, so they may be more cautious with Curry's return which could allow Thompson to post some monster numbers moving forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 22 points in Game 1
    DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-22 from the field with six boards, four assists and one steal in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 31.9 percent from the field in round one of the playoffs, so at least he's trending in the right direction. Kyle Lowry was ice cold tonight, so DeRozan may be asked to do even more on offense moving forward. He also had a 29.1 usage rate tonight which is a fair expectation for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores 19 off the bench
    Terrence Ross set a new playoff career-high with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in Tuesday's Game 1 loss to the Heat.

    Advice: He also hit 2-of-7 from beyond the arc and added two boards, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes. Ross only averaged 12.1 minutes per game vs. the Hornets in round one, so coach Dwane Casey probably gave him some extra run simply because he had the hot hand tonight. The Raptors will play a lot of small ball and Norman Powell struggled tonight, so maybe Ross can build off his momentum in Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:43 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver wants to return to Pistons
    Anthony Tolliver would like to return to the Detroit Pistons in free agency.

    Advice: Tolliver didn't have a big role with the Pistons in 2015-16, but it sounds like there is mutual interest in his return. "I would love to stay here. I’ve been bouncing around a lot in my career," Tolliver said. "I feel comfortable here, and I feel like what I bring to the table fits what this team needs." The 30-year-old average 5.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers in 18.6 minutes in 2015-16 and isn't a fantasy option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:46 am
  • Jamal Crawford would like to return to Clips
    Jamal Crawford would like to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Advice: Crawford is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but would like to stay with the Clilppers. "I know my role, I respect my role, I respect my teammates," Crawford said. "I don’t like change, so I’m very, very comfortable here, and I’d love to stay here further. The 36-year-old is fresh off winning the Sixth Man of the Year award and will have similar fantasy value in 2016-17 if he's back with the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:22 am
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