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  • No Joke: Jamal Murray confirms Jokic is in shape
    Jamal Murray confirmed that Nikola Jokic is in shape and he's "got a little four pack."

    Advice: "It's kind of weird to see him like this where he's more athletic, he's moving a lot better," Murray said about Jokic. Yesterday, there was some talk of Jokic being in shape according to coach Mike Malone. Jokic has routinely been out of shape coming into seasons and was the target of many jokes back in training camp, so seeing The Joker getting in shape and ready for a postseason run is encouraging after time off. Fantasy wise, Jokic has been one of the best players and he could get a hot start when the NBA resumes. Rotoworld.com 41 minutes ago
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    Nikola Jokic Den - PF,C
     
  • Zach Collins (shoulder) expects to be cleared
    Zach Collins (left shoulder dislocation) reiterated that he expects to be medically cleared when the Blazers resume practicing.

    Advice: “I haven’t been officially cleared, Collins said. "But in talking to trainers about how I feel and what I’m able to do, everybody is on same page that I should be able to do everything with no issues." It will be interesting to see how coach Terry Stotts deploys Collins and Jusuf Nurkic (leg), in a frontcourt that had been starting Hassan Whiteside and Carmelo Anthony. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:10 am
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    Zach Collins Por - PF,C
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  • Dejounte Murray (calf) 'should be good' to play
    Dejounte Murray (strained right calf) "should be good to go" when the Spurs resume play.

    Advice: Murray got hurt just before the shutdown in March. The Spurs didn't provide a timetable at the time, but the injury reportedly wasn't viewed as a "long-term" issue. He's had nearly three months to recover and will get even more time before the NBA actually tips off again in Orlando, so he should be fine. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:43 am
  • Andrew Bogut open to returning to the NBA
    Andrew Bogut is open to returning to the NBA.

    Advice: "I had NBA offers right before the COVID-19 pandemic, where I was potentially going to go back after the NBL season," he said. "[E]specially halfway through the season when the buyout and trade season comes up. It saves me having to spend the whole season over there and I can kind of join someone late, like I did with the Warriors last time. [I] can try to make a playoff run and then let that phase into the Olympics. I still think I've got a little bit of fuel left in the tank." It's certainly possible the 35-year-old Bogut might earn a spot on a playoff roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:27 am
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  • Andre Roberson (left knee) 'ready to play now'
    Andre Roberson (left knee surgery) "would be ready to play now if the season hadn't stopped," according to Erik Horne of The Athletic.

    Advice: Roberson himself said in April that he was "kinda past the rehab stage," so it sounds like there's a good chance he'll be available for OKC's eight regular-season games and beyond. The start of the season is still many weeks away, too, giving him extra time to rehab. Although he'll likely be on a minute-limit, and won't help DFS owners, it's a boost for OKC's depth and defense. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:26 am
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  • Darius Bazley (knee) seen playing pickup game
    Darius Bazley (right knee bone bruise) was seen recently playing a pickup game in OKC.

    Advice: Bazley was expected to miss 4-6 weeks back on Feb. 10, so it stands to reason that he's fully recovered. He was averaging just 17.2 minutes per game, scoring 4.5 points on 38.3% FGs and 68.1% FTs, so there was never any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:26 am
     
  • More reports Kevin Durant won't play this season
    Multiple sources tell Nets writer Anthony Puccio that Kevin Durant (right Achilles surgery) will not return this season.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along, so this is simply further confirmation. There's still no word about whether Kyrie Irving (right shoulder surgery) might return, since the typical recovery time would bring him back in early September. All along, the Nets have maintained that their sights are set on the 2020-21 season. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:01 am
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    Kevin Durant Bkn - SF,PF
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  • Nikola Jokic 'stayed in great shape' during hiatus
    Nikola Jokic has reportedly "stayed in great shape" in recent months, and coach Mike Malone said he looks "even lighter" than he was prior to the shutdown.

    Advice: “If there are reports out there of a 6'11" lean, mean fighting machine Serbian walking around I believe it because I’ve seen it," Malone said. Jokic admitted he wasn't in top shape when the 2019-20 season began, so there was some concern that he'd put on weight during the pandemic. Instead, it sounds like he'll be ready to hit the ground running. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:55 am
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    Nikola Jokic Den - PF,C
     
  • Doug McDermott (sore right toe) fully recovered
    Doug McDermott (right big toe soreness) has recovered fully.

    Advice: He'll be ready to go when the season returns, presumably on July 31, and could earn more minutes with Jeremy Lamb (left knee surgery) done for the season. He was averaging 10.4 points with 1.9 triples on 44.5% from deep, which is his only foothold in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:20 am
  • Evan Fournier (right elbow) is 'fully healed'
    Evan Fournier (right elbow UCL sprain) has "healed fully" and he'll be ready when play resumes in Orlando.

    Advice: Fournier was expected to miss an 'extended period' when he initially got hurt, but that was way back on March 4. With three months of rest and rehab, he'll be ready to go. It's still unclear if the same can be said for teammates Jonathan Isaac (knee) and Al-Farouq Aminu (knee). Rotoworld.com Today, 7:10 am
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  • John Wall (Achilles) doubtful to play this season
    John Wall (left Achilles surgery) "almost certainly" won't play if the Wizards resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando.

    Advice: Washington is listed as one of the 22 teams expected to resume play, but chasing the No. 8 seed in the East isn't enough incentive for Wall to take the court. Prior to the season, GM Tommy Sheppard directly said, "I don’t ever wanna say, ‘Let’s go get the eighth spot.’ That’s not the big picture at all." Wall hasn't played in 18 months, so it's not a surprise that he'll sit out a handful of games in which the Wizards are likely to be knocked out early. On a positive note, his relationship with Bradley Beal appears rock-solid and they recently arranged a play-date for their kids. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:09 am
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    John Wall Was - PG
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  • Report: NBA resumption will leave out eight teams
    The NBA's plans to re-start the season would reportedly leave out eight teams: the Hawks, Cavaliers, Pistons, Knicks, Bulls, Hornets, Warriors and Timberwolves.

    Advice: The league is expected to approve a plan with 22 teams resuming play. The move is designed to lessen the health risks in Orlando, where play will resume, while avoiding the necessity for players to return after a four-month layoff to play games without a shot at making the postseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:36 am
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    Trae Young Atl - PG
     
  • Jonathan Isaac 'optimistic' he can play this year
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained left knee) said recently that he "might get the chance to come back and play" when the 2019-20 season resumes.

    Advice: Isaac still needs to rebuild strength in his left leg, that he's "optimistic about the possibility" of being cleared to play when the season re-starts. He also "loves the idea" of the season resuming in Orlando, giving the Magic "a little homecourt for us, and our families won't have to travel that far." Isaac also focused on his defensive goals, saying, "I want to I want to be the best defensive player in the league. I want to win multiple Defensive Players of the Year." Defensive stats are key to his fantasy appeal, so that's great news. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 am
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    Jonathan Isaac Orl - SF,PF
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  • Kings announcer Grant Napear loses job
    Long time Kings broadcaster Grant Napear was relieved of his duties at a radio station and stepped down from his position with the Kings after a Twitter interaction with former King DeMarcus Cousins in which he responded to Boogie with 'All Lives Matter..Every Single One!' when asked his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement. 

    Advice: "I’m not as educated on BLM as I thought I was," Napear said. "I had no idea that when I said 'All Lives Matter' that it was counter to what BLM was trying to get across. I’m in pain. I’m 60 years old and I still have a lot to learn," he said. Obviously the Kings will have a new play-by-play man alongside Doug Christie when the season resumes this summer.  Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:24 pm
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  • Corey Brewer wants another shot in the NBA
    NBA veteran Corey Brewer is still hopeful to land another contract. 

    Advice: “We had some talks with a few teams, but nothing really happened. My agent is still working on it, so we’ll see,” Brewer said. “I feel like I can still help a team and I feel like I have a few good years left. But you never know, man. It’s a lot of young guys now. But we’ll see what happens.” Now 34 years old, Brewer has played for eight different NBA teams with career averages of 8.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 dimes and 1.3 steals. He used to be a beast in transition, but since he's lost a step and doesn't have a reliable perimeter shot, the chances of him landing another contract are slim.  Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 am
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  • Jerami Grant says he'll likely decline option
    Jerami Grant said on Chris Haynes' podcast that he'll likely opt out of his player option for 2020-21 

    Advice: “Like you said, I feel like I definitely outplayed the $9MM that I’m making each year right now," Grant said. "But at the same time… I’d love to come to a conclusion or something like that with Denver, it just depends what we discuss and negotiate when the time comes.” He got off to a slow start in Denver but an injury to Paul Millsap catapulted him into a lot of success. In his last 20 games, Grant was posting top-60 numbers in 9-cat with 14.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.9 dimes, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.8 triples. With Millsap set to hit free agency as well, the Nuggets will likely have to choose between the two, especially with Michael Porter Jr. in need of more minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:15 am
     
  • Woj confirms again that Durant won't play
    On a recent podcast with colleague Zach Lowe, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski again said that Kevin Durant (Achilles) is not playing this season. 

    Advice: He did rephrase his wording shortly after that though, saying he hasn't heard of any plans for a KD return. The Nets have been adamant all along that it will be up to Durant and the medical staff, but all signs continue to point to him waiting until the 2020-21 season for his Brooklyn debut.  Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:01 am
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    Kevin Durant Bkn - SF,PF
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  • John Wall says he's 110 percent
    John Wall (left Achilles surgery) said on a recent conference call that he's 110%. 

    Advice: Despite Wall's comments, he and the Wizards have maintained that he won't be returning this season despite the extra time off. Instead, Wall will be a full go for training camp in 2020-21, whenever that will be. Considering he hasn't played since December of 2018, he'll be one of the most polarizing players in fantasy drafts.   Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:57 am
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    John Wall Was - PG
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  • Bradley Beal, John Wall on the same page
    Bradley Beal referred to John Wall as his "big brother" in a recent interview.

    Advice: "He's always been a big brother figure to me, and ... it's been the same since then," Beal said. "We've just constantly grown, we've both matured, and ... that's my big brother, man, still to this day." Beal refuted the notion that he and Wall have any problems, saying, "We just both understood that ... we needed each other to grow, we both needed each other to win." Wall's eventual return won't do Beal's fantasy value any favors, but at least it sounds like the Wizards' star guards are on the same page. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 am
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    John Wall Was - PG
    Injured
     
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