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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to mentor Zubac?
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has "expressed interest" in helping Ivica Zubac develop his post game.

    Advice: Yes, this includes his famous skyhook that Zubac was already using during his rookie season. "He’s equipped to use it well," Abdul-Jabbar said of Zubac. "He has the length to begin with. If he can develop his shooting touch and agility, he’ll use it well." Abdul-Jabbar is expected to meet with Magic Johnson in the next couple weeks to discuss a potential role with the franchise, but this is just another reason to be excited about the 20-year-old's long-term potential. With a strong offseason, Zubac will likely be the favorite to start over Timofey Mozgov on opening night. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:56 am
  • Zaza Pachulia on track to start Game 1
    Zaza Pachulia is on track to start Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    Advice: Pachulia has practiced for three days in a row and still has a few more days to get back to full strength. "It’s good that we have one week off," he said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." Anthony Slater of The Mercury News expects the center to play his normal role of about 15-20 minutes, as the Warriors could use his size to help keep Tristan Thompson off the offensive glass. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:33 am
  • Zaza Pachulia back to being a full go
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through all parts of the three practices on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Advice: He is basically back to being healthy and is on track to start on Thursday. Coach Mike Brown said Zaza ran and did scrimmage over the past three days, and Zaza definitely appreciated the time off. "It’s good that we have one week off," Pachulia said. "That way I can prepare myself mentally and physically for this team." The Warriors may have saved up Andre Iguodala more in the early rounds, so he could take some of Zaza's minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 21 points in easy win
    Kevin Love said he doesn't think the Cavs are underdogs in the NBA Finals.

    Advice: Of course, it's not like he's going to say the Cavs are underdogs to give a new version of the Chris Paul clip from the Utah series. Love said he thought the underdog angle could be used as motivation, though. Coach Tyronn Lue also said he's not worried about the Las Vegas odds and that the team shouldn't need any motivation from that. Love's defense has vastly improved lately and it'll be interesting to see how much he's used at center against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Lee to resume basketball activities in July
    David Lee (knee) is expected to resume basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: In case you missed it on Friday, he doesn't need surgery for his partially torn patellar tendon. Lee has a $1.6 million player option coming up, so he should be close to ready for basketball activities on July 1. He's said he likes playing in San Antonio after he wasn't in great physical shape while with the Celtics, so Lee may choose to pick up the option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 am
  • Clippers heavy favorites to re-sign Blake
    The Clippers are "widely regarded as strong favorites" to retain Blake Griffin (toe), according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Spurs are expected to pursue Chris Paul, which may also affect Griffin's decision to stay with the Clippers. The Clips will be able to offer Griffin more money when free agency starts on July 1. Griffin's durability has fallen off with only 35 games played in 2015-16 and 61 games in 2016-17 before a plantar plate injury ended his playoff run. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:24 pm
  • David Lee (left knee) doesn't need surgery
    David Lee (left knee) doesn't need surgery on his partially torn patellar tendon.

    Advice: This is great news for Lee and he's expected to miss six weeks to recover from the injury. Lee has a player option coming his way and this news could make him more likely to enter free agency. Assuming he doesn't have a setback, Lee should be close to 100 percent for training camp. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:02 pm
  • Turkey seeks arrest for Enes Kanter
    Turkey has issued a warrant for the arrest of Enes Kanter, according to a report from a Turkish pro-government publication.

    Advice: According to the Daily Sabah in Turkey, Kanter is sought for being a member of a "terror group." A Turkish prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter’s "alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization," according to the report. Kanter was detained last week in Romania, but was able to travel to London and eventually America. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:10 pm
  • Al Horford says he's a little banged up
    Al Horford hinted he may have been playing through an injury in the postseason.

    Advice: "Everybody has bumps and bruises as season goes on," Horford said. "That’s all I’ll say. I’m fine, just get healthy." Horford has been fairly healthy since the All-Star Game, missing just two games since the beginning of February. He saw his minutes really rise in the playoffs with 33.9 per game, but he likely would've played more had the Celtics been involved in closer games. Over the course of the whole regular season, Horford was a mild letdown for fantasy, so he may be an early-mid guy next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:00 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk scores seven points in start
    Kelly Olynyk scored seven points in the starting lineup on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs were able to get Olynyk switched on LeBron James quite a bit in this game, and you can imagine how that turned out. Olynyk's epic Game 7 against the Wizards was a career highlight, but he didn't fare well in this series on the defensive end. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:58 pm
  • Amir Johnson scores one point
    Amir Johnson scored one point with three rebounds in six minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't play in the first half and wasn't really in the rotation until this game got out of hand. Johnson is going to be a free agent this summer and it's possible the Celtics don't bring him back after an underwhelming finish to his season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:56 pm
  • Amir Johnson is available
    Amir Johnson (shoulder) is available to play against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Johnson was available to play on Tuesday, but coach Brad Stevens went with more Kelly Olynyk. Johnson may not be in the rotation again tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:53 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starting again on Thursday
    Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk will start against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Olynyk had a strong run in the two Cleveland games, averaging 15.0 points in 24.5 minutes. He should get a similar amount of minutes even if Amir Johnson is in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) goes through practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through a full practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He has another week to get healthy and should be ready to roll for Game 1 at home. Pachulia actually leads the Warriors for net rating in the playoffs with his +28.4, which is a testament to how much the starters are dominating. He has missed the last two games to give JaVale McGee, Pat McCaw and David West get some added run. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:41 pm
  • Marreese Speights looking for $8.2 million
    Marreese Speights is looking for the mid-level exception of about $8.2 million per year according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: Speights has already officially opted out his player option for next season, so he's an unrestricted free agent this summer. With the Clippers hoping to re-sign Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to max deals, Speights' contract demands are likely going to be too high for the Clippers to bring him back. He's a nice per-minute guy with averages of 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game, so hopefully he can find himself a nice role this summer. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:26 am
  • Willie Reed hopeful to re-sign w/ Heat
    Willie Reed reiterated his desire to remain with the Heat next season.

    Advice: "I mean you have an emotional attachment to these guys. This is a special team. We made history this year," Reed said. "Of course I want to be here. But we will see what happens when it comes to time to be able to talk and discuss things like that." Reed has until June 29 to decide on his $1.6 million player option, but it's an easy decision for him to opt out. Reed would be stuck behind Hassan Whiteside if he stays with the Heat, so a move away from Miami would be good news for his fantasy value. The 27-year-old big man should be poised for a career year after averaging 5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 14.5 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:01 am
  • Amir Johnson is probable
    Amir Johnson (right shoulder sprain) is probable for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: If not for Kyrie Irving going off, the Celtics may have tied this series with Johnson out for Game 4. While Johnson may be ready to play, coach Brad Stevens may opt to leave his usual starter out of the rotation for this one. If he's not going to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko will get more run. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Report: Chris Bosh and MIA agree to part ways
    The Heat, Chris Bosh and the players' union have tentatively agreed to a resolution that would allow all parties to move on, according to sources of Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: Bosh, his agents and lawyers still need to go over the fine tuning of this deal, but it looks as though Bosh's salary of $52.1 over the next two years will officially be removed from Miami's salary cap. Bosh has said on multiple occasions that he hopes to resume his NBA career, but as long as he's being forced to take blood thinners, his chances of getting medical clearance to play aren't great. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Heat could waive/trade Josh McRoberts
    The Heat could opt to trade or waive Josh McRoberts this summer.

    Advice: Other than constantly getting injured, McRoberts has done a whole lot of nothing since joining the Miami franchise, and with the Heat potentially looking to make a splash during free agency this offseason, it would make sense to get McRoberts' contract worth $6 million off the books. It's tough to envision a situation where the 30-year-old stretch-four will be worth a draft pick next season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:27 am
  • Derrick Favors understands he could be traded
    Derrick Favors said he would love to remain with the Jazz, but he understands that scenarios exist where he could be traded next season.

    Advice: Favors will be an unrestricted free agent during the 2018 offseason, and with Utah set to give a max deal to Gordon Hayward this summer, and both Dante Exum and Rodney Hood eligible for contract extensions, the Jazz may not have enough money to be able to retain Favors during free agency. Favors struggled with injuries during his 2016-17 campaign and put up some of his worst numbers since his rookie year, so he'll have a lot to prove next season in a contract year. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:01 am
  • Kelly Olynyk scores 15 points in start
    Kelly Olynyk started Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He started in place of Amir Johnson (shoulder) and finished 7-of-14 from the field with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, but he missed both of his 3-point attempts. Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice scoring punch in the first unit, but he was also exposed on the defensive end several times. Coach Brad Stevens has been indecisive with his starting lineups during the playoffs, so it's anybody's guess as to what he will do in Game 5 with Boston's season on the line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Kevin Love grabs 17 boards in win
    Kevin Love grabbed a playoff career-high 17 rebounds to go with 17 points, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston.

    Advice: He finished 6-of-13 from the field and is quickly gaining a reputation for his incredible full-court outlet passes (link below). He may even be the best quarterback in Cleveland right now. All kidding aside, Love has been dominant in this series with averages of 24.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocks, and his play on the defensive end has also been solid. The big question is whether or not he can carry this momentum into the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 Tuesday
    Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Amir Johnson (shoulder) out, Olynyk should see a slight bump in minutes tonight in addition to Jonas Jerebko. After being held to a combined two points in Games 1 and 2, Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice spark in Game 3 with 15 points in 23 minutes. Boston needs offense and floor spacing with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so Olynyk should be heavily involved unless he starts out cold from the field. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) out for Game 4
    Amir Johnson (right shoulder) will not suit up for Game 4 against the Cavs on Tuesday, according to sources of Michael Eaves of ESPN.

    Advice: With Johnson set to spend Game 4 on the sidelines, we could see Kelly Olynyk move into the starting five, and there should be some more playing time available for Jonas Jerebko. For now, we'll be considering Johnson questionable for Game 5 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:27 pm
  • Report: MIA & Bosh coming close to resolution
    The Heat and Chris Bosh are reportedly moving closer to a resolution that will allow Miami to remove Bosh's salary from their salary cap for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: Bosh is still guaranteed the remaining 52.1 million left on his contract, but the Heat will likely waive him soon in order to ensure that they'll go into free agency with roughly $37 million in cap space. Bosh has hinted that he still would like to play in the NBA, but that might not be something in the cards for the All-Star forward due to the blood clotting issue that forced him to spend the entire 2016-17 season on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:43 pm
  • Report: Josh McRoberts picks up player option
    Josh McRoberts has reportedly picked up his player option worth $6 million for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: This is far from surprising as there's absolutely no way McRoberts would be able to command this sort of salary on the open market. Since coming to Miami three years ago, McRoberts has only managed to suit up for a total of 81 games, and he hasn't done anything impressive since joining the Heat. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:14 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia says he'll be fine for Finals
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) said he'll be fine to play when the NBA Finals begin.

    Advice: Pachulia sat out Games 3 and 4 of the Dubs' Western Conference Finals matchup with the Spurs, so he'll have at least a full nine days to rest up before the Finals begin. It sounds like he'll be back in the starting five for Game 1 of the Finals, which will result in Patrick McCaw moving back to the second unit. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Marreese Speights opts out of contract
    Marreese Speights has officially opted out of his contract with the Clippers.

    Advice: This was expected. It was an easy decision for Speights, as he was set to make just $1.4 million next season. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in 2016-17. As an unrestricted free agent this summer, he will likely be able to land a deal for around $5 million annually. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) a GTD for Game 4
    Amir Johnson (shoulder) said he is feeling better but will be a game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson initially injured the shoulder early in Game 3. He was able to return but was clearly limited. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday morning, Johnson stated that he has increased mobility in the shoulder area and that he will participate in shootaround and pre-game warmups before a decision on his availability is made. If Johnson is unable to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko would see an uptick in minutes. It's also possible that coach Brad Stevens slides Gerald Green into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:37 am
  • David Lee (knee) ruled out for Game 4
    David Lee (knee) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: It's strange that the Spurs waited this long to rule Lee out, especially since an MRI confirmed a partially torn patella. His season is likely over even if the Spurs force a Game 5. Look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to pick up the slack in Lee's absence. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:52 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out Monday
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors will play it safe with Zaza since they have a 3-0 series lead. Coach Steve Kerr said he won't decide on a starting lineup until he sees what San Antonio does, but he did add that he will give the nod to either JaVale McGee or Patrick McCaw. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:35 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G4
    Amir Johnson (sprained right AC joint in shoulder) did not practice on Monday and is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Johnson tweaked his shoulder during Game 3, and while he was able to initially play through it, it sounds like it swelled up a bit overnight. He's headed for an MRI, so we'll have a better idea on his status for Game 4 once those results are made public, but if he is forced to the sidelines that would open up some minutes for guys like Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko. Gerald Green could also return to the starting five if Johnson is indeed unavailable on Tuesday night. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:33 am
  • Paul Millsap opts out, will be a free agent
    According to The Vertical, Paul Millsap has opted out of his $21.4 million contract for the 2017-18 season and will become a free agent.

    Advice: The 32-year-old All-Star is arguably the top power forward available this summer and should be able to command a max deal. Millsap has said that he would like to re-sign with Atlanta and the Hawks have made it clear that bringing him back is their top priority, but he could potentially walk with the Hawks getting nothing in return (just like Al Horford did last summer). Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 triples on 44.2 percent shooting this season, but he had trouble staying healthy and appeared in just 69 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:07 am
  • Cuban thinks Noel will remain in Dallas
    Mark Cuban hinted that Nerlens Noel will re-sign with Dallas this summer.

    Advice: "I'm not allowed to talk about [negotiations] but all I can tell you is he's one of a bunch of guys who came in, they all got together and said 'Let's go down to the practice facility and start working out together,'" Cuban said of the restricted free agent. "So they're down there now and so that's exciting to see, and he's part of that group." Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 22.0 minutes per game during his time in Dallas, but his knee wasn't 100 percent and the Mavs limited his minutes while they tanked down the stretch. An elite source of rebounds, blocks, steals and FG percentage, the 23-year-old center will be poised for a career year if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:40 am
  • Cavs lose despite Kevin Love's seven triples
    Kevin Love made 8-of-16 field goals with seven 3-pointers on Sunday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love hit all seven of his 3-pointers in the first half, a perimeter barrage that kept Boston at bay and set a franchise record for first-half triples. He was solid defensively, as well, and has been terrific in the Conference Finals after a quiet first two rounds of the playoffs. Love's second-half disappearance on offense tonight is puzzling, but he's been much more involved on that end and should be a safe play when Cleveland looks to take a commanding 3-1 lead on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:48 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) quiet on Sunday
    Amir Johnson started on Sunday but had just two points and two rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Johnson sprained his right shoulder during the first quarter but he did return, briefly, so we'll leave him off the injury report. He was torched defensively by Kevin Love, who made seven 3-pointers in the first half, and frontcourt reserves Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko had much more success tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 pm
  • Al Horford, Kelly Olynyk come up big Sunday
    Boston played through Al Horford during Sunday's Game 3 win in Cleveland, and he finished with 16 points, six assists, two rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Celtics took their first lead of the series on a bucket from Horford to open the scoring tonight, and his playmaking was critical. He shot just 7-of-18 from the field, but was aggressive in the post and allowed his teammates to get open looks -- they had six players in double-figures tonight. Kelly Olynyk was also effective with 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), three rebounds and two assists, and Boston used their size to score 36 points in the paint vs. 24 for the Cavs. They'll try to duplicate the feat and even the series on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:41 pm
  • Amir Johnson starts, Gerald Green to bench
    Amir Johnson will start Game 3 on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: The move sends Gerald Green back to the bench. Johnson's minutes are severely limited even when he's starting, so there's no real benefit for DFS purposes here. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:12 pm
  • MRI confirms partially torn patella for Lee
    An MRI confirmed a partially torn patella for David Lee, according to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

    Advice: Lee will go over his potential recovery options with the Spurs' medical staff over the next few days, and surgery is something that is being discussed. There's really no way that he'll be playing in Game 4 on Monday, which should translate to more minutes for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:07 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) questionable for Game 4
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) is being listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Spurs.

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in this series, so they have the luxury of holding Pachulia out if they feel there's any risk of him suffering a setback; particularly with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) looking unlikely for the Spurs. We should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he's out again, JaVale McGee could get another start and there would be more minutes for guys like David West and Andre Iguodala. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:39 am
  • David Lee (knee) likely out for Game 4
    David Lee (knee) is not expected to play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: That's the bad news. The good news is that the injury isn't believed to be as serious as initially thought. Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Saturday that Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee, but that was before his MRI on Sunday morning. We'll have an update when we know more, but look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to see a bump in minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:00 am
  • Enes Kanter is back in the states
    Enes Kanter has made it back to the United States.

    Advice: Kanter was detained in Romania because his Turkish passport was suddenly canceled, but he's convinced that he was held because of his political views. Kanter is scheduled to hold a press conference later this afternoon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:53 am
  • Nick Collison would like to re-sign w/ OKC
    Nick Collison said he plans to play next season and is hoping to stick with the Thunder.

    Advice: "I plan to play [next year] for sure," Collison said. "I wasn't sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group. I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer." Collison will be 37 years old next season and only made 20 appearances for the Thunder in 2016-17, so if he returns he will simply be a locker room guy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:50 am
  • Amir Johnson likely to start Game 3
    Amir Johnson is expected to start in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens just can't seem to settle on his starting five in the playoffs. Johnson is only averaging 10.6 minutes per game in the postseason, so DFS owners will want to look the other direction. Expect Gerald Green to return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 am
  • David Lee has partially torn patellar tendon?
    David Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee according to Michael C. Wright of ESPN.

    Advice: Lee will have an MRI on Sunday morning to confirm, but the writing was on the wall when he was seen leaving the court in a wheelchair. Needless to say, Lee won't be playing in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday. Expect Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to pick up some minutes with San Antonio's season on the line. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:21 am
  • David Lee (left knee) to have MRI on Sunday
    David Lee (left knee) will have an MRI on Sunday.

    Advice: He needed to come off the court in a wheelchair and was clearly in some pain. Lee took contact to his knee while he was in the air and he also landed awkwardly. Because Lee didn't shoot the free throws, he was automatically ruled out, so it's tough to gauge what he's dealing with. If he's out for Game 4, Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans should play more. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • JaVale McGee plays well in start, scores 16
    JaVale McGee started for Zaza Pachulia (heel) in Game 3 on Saturday, scoring 16 points with one rebound and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: If you had JaVale McGee leading the Warriors in scoring with 16 points in the first half for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, go play the lotto. McGee made LaMarcus Aldridge look arguably the worst he has all season while McGee didn't make many defensive mistakes. He was pulled somewhat early in the second half after a strong start from Aldridge, so maybe that's why. Regardless, expect McGee to start again for Game 3 with Zaza banged up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge turns in a dud in loss
    LaMarcus Aldridge had a night to forget in a Game 3 120-108 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: With a ton of pressure on him and coach Gregg Popovich saying Aldridge has "major responsibility" for this game, he may have played the worst first half he's ever played as a Spur. JaVale McGee outscored him 16 to six in the first half while LMA was late on everything for defense and on pursuing rebounds. He's just not a go-to guy right now. The Spurs miss Kawhi Leonard (ankle) a whole lot. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:35 pm
  • Pau Gasol comes off the bench
    Pau Gasol came off the bench against the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: It was a mild surprise to see Davis Bertans and David Lee come in before Gasol, but Lee's injury may have brought Gasol in for more time than expected. With Lee likely out and LaMarcus Aldridge not playing well, maybe Gasol is looking at more minutes for Game 4. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:32 pm
  • David Lee (knee) will not return on Saturday
    David Lee (left knee) will not return to Saturday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on the and-one score. Lee did not shoot the free throws, so he's automatically ruled out for the game. The Spurs were already using David Bertans as a bench big ahead of Pau Gasol, so now Gasol should be in the rotation. Lee left the court on a wheelchair and may need to be re-evaluated. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:31 pm
  • JaVale McGee is starting on Saturday
    JaVale McGee is starting on Saturday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Even with the Spurs going small, McGee will stick in the starting lineup. We should still see a lot of David West and Draymond Green at the five. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:06 pm
  • Phil meets with Porzingis camp
    President Phil Jackson met recently with Kristaps Porzingis' brother to discuss the issue with the Knicks exit meetings, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.

    Advice: The report adds this meeting accomplished very little. The big man didn't attend exit meetings back in April, which may have had to do with the Carmelo Anthony drama. Jackson has said he's looking to do more "on-scene, on-target mentoring" and he did show up for the NBA Draft Combine this year. Expect plenty of drama with the Knicks this summer. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • JaVale McGee likely to start Saturday
    JaVale McGee will "probably start" for Zaza Pachulia (heel) in Game 3 against the Spurs on Saturday, according to coach Mike Brown.

    Advice: He made 10 starts during the regular season, averaging 9.8 points, 5.2 boards, 0.9 blocks and 0.2 steals in 16.4 minutes per game. McGee has been seeing most of his run in garbage time lately, but he should be looking at minutes in the teens today. Plus, the Warriors are also heavy favorites with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:57 pm
  • Kanter released from Romania
    Updating a previous item, Enes Kanter was later released after being detained in Romania.

    Advice: He's been traveling through Europe as part of his Light Foundation tour and did post a video of him being held. Kanter had his Turkish passport canceled to cause the problem earlier today, but now he's on his way to London. The OKC big man and some strong words against Turkish president Erdogan, which may be the reason for this issue. It sounds like he's in the clear. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:47 am
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out of Game 3
    Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) has been ruled out of Game 3 vs. San Antonio on Saturday.

    Advice: This update was expected after it was revealed that Pachulia "didn't do much" at practice on Friday. Spurs fans are undoubtedly disappointed that they won't have the opportunity to boo Pachulia out of the building on Saturday. JaVale McGee will likely draw the start at center. David West may pick up some extra run as well. However, Golden State may also choose to go small early and often, playing Draymond Green in the middle more frequently. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Enes Kanter detained in Romanian airport
    Enes Kanter is being detained in Romania after his passport was "canceled" by the Turkish embassy on Saturday morning.

    Advice: Kanter is traveling throughout Europe as part of his 2017 Enes Kanter Light Foundation global tour. He posted a video on Twitter explaining that police officers had been holding him in Budapest for hours. "The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views," said Kanter. "And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. He's a bad, bad man. He is a dictator, and he's the Hitler of our century." ESPN is reporting that the Thunder are working with the league office to gather information. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:25 am
  • Kevin Love scores 21 points in easy win
    Kevin Love scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He's actually been a solid defender in this series and he's also lighting up the Celtics as a shooter. Love wasn't playing very well in the first two series, especially with just 12.0 points per game against the Raptors. Whatever happened in the time off, it's certainly helping. He's had a tough time against the Warriors, though. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:55 pm
  • Al Horford struggles again on Friday night
    Al Horford scored 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes in a loss to the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: What happened to the Horford from the last round? He didn't make any field goals in the first half today and he's also been a no-show on the defensive end. The Celtics can't figure out what to put next to Horford with Amir Johnson being next to him in Game 1 and Jae Crowder shifting to the four in this ugly loss. He really needs to play better in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Gobert, Kawhi and Dray for DPOY
    Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green are the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: These are the only three options here with each having some clear strengths over the others. Gobert is the best rim protector in the league, Kawhi is as good as it gets on the perimeter, and no player is better at team defense than Draymond. This will likely be one of the closest awards on June 26. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Jokic, Giannis, Gobert MIP finalists
    Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert are the finalists for Most Improved Player.

    Advice: No sign of Otto Porter, Tim Hardaway Jr. or James Johnson for this award. The three nominees dazzled us throughout the year with Giannis and Gobert earning All-NBA Second Team nods -- Jokic did receive a first-team vote. Antetokounmpo is considered as the heavy favorite here and there's almost no chance fantasy owners will be able to draft him after No. 5 next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:33 pm
  • Amir Johnson back to the bench
    Amir Johnson will move to the bench against the Cavs for Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: After a rough Game 1 from Johnson and based on how that starting lineup hasn't fared well vs. Cleveland, Johnson may not be getting minutes. Jonas Jerebko could also be in the mix for this game while Jaylen Brown should play more, as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:47 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia doesn't do much at practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) didn't do much at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is still listed as questionable for Game 3, but not doing much at practice doesn't bode well for his chances to play on Saturday. If Zaza isn't out there, it'll likely be more JaVale McGee and David West at the five with more Draymond in there, as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:31 pm
  • Pelicans hire Chris Finch
    The Pelicans are close to hiring assistant Chris Finch to their coaching staff.

    Advice: It's an interesting move for the Pelicans to add the former Nuggets assistant. Finch is somewhat responsible for Nikola Jokic becoming such an amazing offensive weapon and he's also part of the reason the Nuggets offense thrived in the second half. To be fair to Jokic, he's been an incredible passer since his first Summer League, so it's not like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will transform overnight. Regardless, this is positive news for both the Pelicans bigs. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Drummond wants to keep Pistons roster intact
    Andre Drummond said he believes the Pistons must improve their camaraderie and chemistry heading into the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: Despite a disappointing 2016-17 campaign, Drummond does not feel it's necessary to overhaul the Pistons roster. "I don’t think we need to do any changes," Drummond said on Tuesday. "We had a lot of bumps in the road last season with different things going on, and it took everybody out of sync. With this summer coming up, we have to do a better job staying connected — the more stuff we do together, the better our camaraderie will be." Drummond had offseason surgery to correct a deviated septum, which he hopes will increase his energy next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:45 am
  • Zaza Pachulia goes through part of practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through parts of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed he only has a bruise to his heel. Pachulia did have some issues with his right Achilles earlier in his career, so there's a chance this could be affecting that ailment. If he can't go, JaVale McGee and David West will likely get some added run. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • NBA announces All-NBA second team
    Stephen Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Rudy Gobert were named to the All-NBA second team.

    Advice: The Stifle Tower had a massive breakout year as an elite roll man to go with arguably the best rim protection in the league. Somehow, Gobert didn't make the All-Star team, which is another reason why we can't take All-Star Game voting seriously. If Gobert can put it together at the free throw line, he could reach truly elite fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:13 am
  • All-NBA: Beard, Brodie, Bron, Brown & Kawhi
    James Harden, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis were named to the All-NBA first team.

    Advice: Not many surprises here with four of the five basically being locks while Rudy Gobert had an outside chance to take the last spot over Davis. Despite going to the locker room more than any player, Davis still managed to play 75 games, averaging 28.0 points, 11.8 boards, 2.1 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:07 am
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