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  • Report: Lakers not interested in adding Kyrie
    The Lakers are not interested in adding Kyrie Irving in free agency, per The Athletic's Jovan Buha.

    Advice: On the same day that a report surfaced suggesting that Kyrie had reached out to LeBron James about joining Dallas, the Lakers made it clear that they weren't going to bring Irving to them. If the duo want to reunite to chase a championship, it would likely be in Dallas, though that wouldn't be realistic. LeBron has one more year on his contract, so the Mavs would have to trade for him, and it's unlikely that the Lakers would accept any offer that Dallas can make. Yesterday, 5:42 pm
  • Report: Tyler Herro still experiencing soreness
    Tyler Herro (fractured right hand) is still experiencing soreness and swelling in the right hand according to Ros Gold-Onwude of ESPN.

    Advice: Despite the optimism of Herro returning in any capacity for these NBA Finals, it still seems he may have a ways to go. Ros Gold-Onwude reported Monday that she spoke with Herro prior to Game 2 and he said he can still feel soreness when making a "follow through" shooting motion. The hope was for Herro to return by Game 3 however a more cautious approach seems to be what he and the Heat are taking. Game 3 is on Wednesday. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Gabe Vincent stunts on Nugs w/ 23 points, 4 threes
    Gabe Vincent finished Sunday’s win over Denver with 23 points, three assists, two steals and four triples.

    Advice: Through two games of the NBA Finals, Miami’s leading scorers are… checks notes … Bam Adebayo and Gabe Vincent. If you laid some money down on Bam and Vincent futures, it’s time to start playing the lottery! Vincent was blisteringly hot in this one, leading his team in the scoring department and stroking it from downtown yet again. The UC Santa Barbara product has 42 points on 15-of-26 shooting, including a mind-melting 9-of-16 from beyond the arc through Games 1-2, and he’ll look to keep up the hot shooting in front of his home crowd when the series shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Wednesday. Sunday, 11:14 pm
  • Ekes out another double-double
    Murray ended Sunday's 111-108 loss to the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals with 18 points (7-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, 10 assists and one steal over 39 minutes.

    Advice: It took awhile for Murray to get going, but he was a key player in the second quarter, collecting eight points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in the stanza as the Nuggets built a 16-point lead before the Heat began to chip away at the deficit. Although Murray finished as the team's second-highest scorer, the team needs heroic nights from Murray, who has saved the Nuggets with his stellar play beyond the arc throughout the playoffs. Murray often stays on the court when Nikola Jokic takes a seat, and the Nuggets need Murray to step up in those moments. Sunday, 10:25 pm
  • Haliburton, Mikal Bridges to play for Team USA
    Tyrese Haliburton and Mikal Bridges will play for Team USA in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: Shortly after reporting that Anthony Edwards, Austin Reaves and Bobby Portis will represent the USA in the FIBA World Cup, Shams Charania updated his list to include Haliburton and Bridges. Haliburton became an All-Star for the first time this season and solidified his name as one of the best point guards in the league. Bridges had a solid season for Phoenix, but he took his game to another level after the trade to Brooklyn. There will be more names announced before training camp in August, but this is a quality roster so far, even if it isn't as star-studded as it has been in the past. Sunday, 5:56 pm
  • Nurse hopeful for James Harden return next season
    During his introductory press conference, 76ers coach Nick Nurse said that he hopes that James Harden will remain with the team. 

    Advice: Harden took less money last summer when he agreed to a new contract with the 76ers, a decision that opened the door for the team to sign P.J. Tucker and Danuel House. However, that contract also came with a player option for the 2023-24 season, and the expectation is that he will opt out and become a free agent this summer. And with there being reports that Harden could be headed back to Houston, that was a question asked of Nurse during his introductory presser. His "sales pitch" to Harden will be simple for the 76ers' new head coach. "Winning has to be the sell, right?" Nurse said. "Can we be good enough to win it all? That's got to be a goal of his. And if it is, then he should stay here and play for us, because I think there's a possibility of that." Harden's decision will impact the entire roster as far as fantasy basketball is concerned, most especially Tyrese Maxey and De'Anthony Melton. A Harden return to Philadelphia could limit the ceilings of those two, making them solid mid-round picks in standard leagues. Thursday, 6:07 pm
  • May need offseason surgery
    Brogdon said Monday after the Celtics' 103-84 loss to the Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals that he may require offseason surgery to address a partial tendon tear in his right elbow/forearm, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Brogdon reportedly suffered the injury in Game 1 of the series and proceeded to shoot 20 percent from the field while averaging 3.0 points per game in his remaining five appearances against the Heat. He ended up sitting out the Celtics' Game 6 win and was available only in a limited capacity for Game 7, playing just seven minutes. The injury resulted in a disappointing finish to what was a successful season overall for Brogdon, who took home the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award after averaging 14.9 points, 4.2 boards, 3.7 assists and 2.0 three-pointers in 26.0 minutes per game over 67 appearances during the regular season. He's on the Celtics' books for two more seasons and carries cap hits of $22.5 million for both years. Thursday, 11:48 am
  • Derrick White (left leg) to undergo MRI Tuesday
    Derrick White will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the left leg injury he suffered during the second half of Monday's Game 7 loss to the Heat. 

    Advice: White was Boston's best player for the first three periods of Monday's season-ending defeat, as Jayson Tatum was hampered by a sprained left ankle and Jaylen Brown struggled with turnovers and poor shooting. Unfortunately for the Celtics, their chances of a late rally were extinguished when White limped back to the locker room after injuring his leg. While it was announced by the team that he was available to return, White did not play another minute. From a fantasy standpoint, the question now is whether or not the issue is bad enough to keep him out for the beginning of next season. Despite a Yahoo ADP of 141.5 in 8-cat, per-game value, White finished the regular season as a 10th-round player (8th-round in 9-cat, per-game value). Tuesday, 5:25 pm
  • Report: Bulls unsure if Lonzo Ball will play again
    The Bulls “privately don’t think that it’s likely Lonzo Ball will ever play again,” according to a report from Dan Bernstein on the Organizations Win Championships Podcast. 

    Advice: It’s certainly a worst-case scenario outlook, but it shouldn’t be a surprising report, since it has been a year and a half since Ball has played. There have been numerous reports suggesting that the doctors don’t know what is wrong with his knee, and he had a third surgery in March. Lonzo is obviously a talented player that can make a huge fantasy impact when he’s healthy, but a report like this is grim. He could certainly make a miraculous recovery, but it may be a long time before that happens. May 28, 12:17 pm
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    Lonzo Ball CHI - PG,SG