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  • Jerami Grant wants to bulk up
    Jerami Grant said getting stronger is one of his top priorities this summer.

    Advice: "I think they're doing a great job here of getting me stronger in certain areas," Grant said. "I think they're specific to what we want to do with my body. And on the court, being able to read the defense, slow my game down a little bit, not moving 100 miles an hour." Grant had some nice moments in OKC this season, but he only played 19.1 minutes per game with averages of 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 triples on 46.9 percent shooting. He's an elite shot blocker at the small forward position and shot 37.7 percent from beyond the arc, so the 23-year-old will be hoping that a strong offseason will help him earn a larger role in 2017-18. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Tony Parker (quad) to return in January?
    Tony Parker (quad) told L’Equipe that he plans to make his return in January.

    Advice: "I will play my best basketball when I return in January," he said. This confirms that Parker is expecting an eight month recovery after undergoing surgery to repair his ruptured left quadriceps, meaning he could miss the first couple months of the 2017-18 season. He will likely have heavy restrictions upon his return with plenty of maintenance days mixed in, so the 35-year-old veteran won't be a recommended fantasy asset next season. With Patty Mills hitting free agency, Dejounte Murray could open the season as the starting PG. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:51 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova an unlikely target for PHI
    Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly doesn't expect the 76ers to pursue free agent Ersan Ilyasova this summer.

    Advice: Ilyasova was a great fit in Philly before his trade to Atlanta, but one of the reasons the 76ers moved on is because he's going to be looking for a longer-term contract this offseason than the 76ers were interested in offering. Ilyasova turned 30 this month and finished the season with averages of 13.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 3-pointers on 43.2 percent shooting. Expect him to draw a lot of interest from contenders this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Clippers are favorites to re-sign Paul
    The Clippers are the "overwhelming favorites to re-sign Chris Paul," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: In case it's not obvious, the Chris Paul rumors are dominating the headlines this summer. There is some mutual interest between Paul and the Spurs, but just like Wojnarowski reported on Sunday, San Antonio would have a very difficult time making a competitive offer given their current cap situation. For now, it's hard to imagine Paul turning down a five-year offer from the Clippers that could be for $205 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Jaylen Brown excited about the summer
    Jaylen Brown said he's "excited by the now" while discussing his future with the Celtics.

    Advice: "I’m excited about this summer. I try not to look too far ahead," Brown said. "Everybody talks about the future and how much potential we have; I’m worried about the now. I want to be part of the now. That’s all I’m focused on." Brown made a name for himself in the final month of the season and played some nice defense on LeBron James in the Conference Finals, so the Celtics have every reason to be excited about his future. Jae Crowder and his bargain of a contract may be used as trade bait this summer, but Brown's ability to play multiple positions means he should be ready to step into a larger role next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Heat could use stretch provision on McRoberts
    Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post said that the Heat may waive Josh McRoberts by using the stretch provision.

    Advice: McRoberts picked up his player option last week for $6 million, but the Heat might be ready to move on from the oft-injured forward -- he has missed 146 games over the last three seasons. By using the stretch provision, the Heat would owe McRoberts $2 million over the next three seasons and would have an additional $4 million in cap space to spend this summer. With James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Willie Reed hitting free agency, the Heat could use all the space they can get. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • Woj doesn't think Chris Paul will go to SA
    Adrian Wojnarowski is not expecting Chris Paul to sign with the Spurs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "[San Antonio] would have to just tear up that entire payroll," said Woj. "It's almost unlike anything the Spurs would've done or would do to even have a chance at him. I mean, they'd have to really gut the roster. And to do that for a 30-plus-year-old point guard, who has a couple great years left, there's no question -- I think there's more pressure on the Clippers to have to re-sign him than for the Spurs to turn their whole franchise over to make a run at him." CP3 would also have to give up a ton amount of money to join the Spurs, making this scenario an unlikely one. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:22 pm
  • Doug McDermott to play more power forward?
    Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Doug McDermott has the "versatility to play a little [power forward]" next season.

    Advice: One of McDermott's goals this offseason is to "add strength without bulk," as he wants to match up with bigger players without sacrificing mobility. A career 39.4-percent 3-point shooter, he also said he wants to prove he's "more than a catch-and-shoot player" and wants to improve his perimeter defense. Enes Kanter is rumored to be on the trade block and Taj Gibson is a free agent this summer, so there's certainly a path to minutes if McDermott is able to play some four. His upside isn't the greatest, so fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to be more than a 3-point specialist at this stage of his career. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:41 am
  • 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 7:33 am
  • Isaiah Thomas to pass on extension?
    Isaiah Thomas said he's willing to pass up an extension this summer if it means the Celtics can bring in some help in free agency.

    Advice: Thomas has one year left on his deal for just $6.2 million and will be an unrestricted free agent during the summer of 2018 if he doesn't sign an extension. "We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that," Thomas said. "Anything Danny [Ainge] and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that." Thomas has joked in the past that he wants the Celtics to "bring out the Brink's truck," but it sounds like he will wait another year to give Boston as much financial flexibility as possible. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:07 am
  • Davis Bertans hype train already?
    Davis Bertans is expected to be "part of the future foundation" for the Spurs, according to beat writer Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News.

    Advice: The rookie made a splash in the playoffs for the Spurs and looks like he'll be getting more minutes in 2017-18. While he didn't have a huge impact all year, Bertans ranked first in true shooting percentage among rookies with at least 30 games played in the regular season. If the Spurs lose some depth, Bertans could wind up getting more minutes at both forward spots. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:54 pm
  • 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 2:26 pm
  • Clippers may have tough time keeping LMAM
    It could be tough for the Clippers to keep J.J. Redick and Luc Mbah a Moute, according to Bobby Marks of The Vertical.

    Advice: Basically, it'll be tough to bring those two back after the Clippers agreed to deals with Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson last summer. Mbah a Moute is fully expected to opt out of his 2017-18 player option to make him an unrestricted free agent at age 30. LMAM had a positive year as a defender and he should be a target for several teams. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:12 am
  • 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 Saturday, 9:29 am
  • Wade Baldwin has much to prove this summer
    Wade Baldwin has an opportunity to prove he can handle more minutes next season by playing well in summer league action.

    Advice: When the Grizz selected Baldwin with the 17th pick in last year's draft, they assumed he would settle in as Mike Conley's backup. However, Baldwin was beaten out by Andrew Harrison for the primary backup point guard gig. Baldwin has the talent to be a significant contributor but needs to improve his focus and consistency. He shot just 31.6 percent from the floor and 13.6 percent from 3-point range as a rookie. Baldwin obviously needs to work on his jumper this offseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:08 am
  • Thomas reiterates desire to stay in Boston
    Speaking with reporters on Friday, Isaiah Thomas reiterated his desire to stay in Boston.

    Advice: "Boston's changed my career, changed my life. I would love to win championships here," said Thomas. GM Danny Ainge and the Celtics have some tough decisions to make over the next year. Thomas has just one season left on his contract before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2018. Would Boston be willing to pay Thomas upwards of $175 million to sign him to a long-term extension before he hits free agency? Might they consider trading him, especially now that Boston has the No. 1 pick in the draft and is expected to take PG Markelle Fultz? Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:23 am
  • Matt Barnes does not plan to retire
    Matt Barnes said that he does not plan on retiring at the end of the season.

    Advice: This is Barnes' 14th season in the league. He has played for nine teams. "I think I’ve still got a little bit left in the tank," Barnes said. "Obviously, I’d like to come back here and finish up here, but I feel like I’ve got another year or two left in the tank." He has likely played well enough this season to earn a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum next season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:07 am
  • Spurs still exploring the CP3 possibility
    The Spurs are "exploring the feasibility" of making a free-agent run at Chris Paul, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: It's not going to be easy for the Spurs to keep Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge as two of their big three. If they do make a run at CP3, it likely means they'll have a really tough time bringing back Jonathon Simmons and some of their other veterans. The Clippers are still considered as the heavy favorite to bring CP3 back, but this will be a story to watch. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:28 pm
  • 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
  • Kevin Durant has some nicks, bruises
    Kevin Durant said he's still dealing with some "nicks and bruises" from the physical play in the postseason.

    Advice: He added he feels good despite this minor injury concern. The Warriors have over a week off, so KD should be getting close to 100 percent for Game 1 on Thursday. Durant has been ridiculously efficient in the playoffs, posting a 67.3 true shooting percentage. According to Las Vegas gambling sites, he's the favorite to land the Finals MVP with Stephen Curry right behind him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:59 pm
  • Marcus Smart likes how he fits with Jalyen
    Marcus Smart said he's looking forward to playing with Jaylen Brown next season.

    Advice: "He’s an athletic guy and he plays hard," Smart said about Brown. "We’re going to work even better together as we go along." Coach Brad Stevens is all about the right combinations, so figuring out if Brown and Smart go together will be an interesting story in October. That duo only had a -3.9 net rating in the regular season, but it increased to +4.2 in the postseason. Smart's poor shooting will be a thorn in the side of fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:19 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
  • Warriors stress out LeBron James?
    LeBron James said he didn't want to think about the Warriors on Thursday night because "it's too stressful."

    Advice: To put some context on this, LeBron was asked about the Warriors just after the Cavs won the Eastern Conference, so he was talking about wanting to enjoy the win instead of talking about his upcoming opponent. James is playing some of his best ball of his career and has now scored more points in the postseason than any other player. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:42 pm
  • Draymond says the Warriors are relaxed
    Draymond Green said the Warriors are more relaxed this year.

    Advice: "Last year we were chasing 73 wins," Green said. He's been vocal about wanting this rematch against the Cavs and said earlier this year he wants to "annihilate" them. Green is likely going to have to guard LeBron James a lot in this series, but he will be the last line of defense against a red-hot Cleveland offense. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:34 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
  • Jaylen Brown's hip will be fine with rest
    Jaylen Brown (hip) said he was told his hip pointer will heal with rest.

    Advice: After the Game 5 loss, Brown said on a scale of 1-10 for pain in his hip, it was an 11, and it was 16 after the fall. He also said he wants to play in Summer League in July, so it sounds like he'll only need a couple weeks to get right. After a handful of eye-catching games in the past month, Brown is going to be a popular sleeper next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:16 am
  • Isaiah Thomas (hip) says surgery is an option
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) said that while he would prefer not to have surgery, he acknowledged that it is an option.

    Advice: "We're waiting on the swelling to go down," Thomas told reporters on Friday. "Hopefully I don't have to have surgery, but I know that is an option." Even if Thomas does undergo surgery on his injured hip, he will likely get it done soon, giving him plenty of time to recover before the start of the 2017-18 season. The million dollar question in Boston is which new teammates will share the floor with Thomas at the start of next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:52 am
  • Gerald Green says he want to return to Boston
    Pending free agent Gerald Green said that he hopes to re-sign with Boston this summer.

    Advice: Green stated that his main goal is to return to Boston and help them win a championship. "I've felt at home in a number of places, but definitely here, with the city and the fans," said Green. The Celtics have over $30 million in cap space this summer, so their priority will be landing far bigger fish, such as Gordon Hayward. They also have to make room for some of the players they have been stashing overseas. There may not be a roster spot available for Green. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:34 am
  • Clippers concerned with Spurs interest in CP3
    The Clippers take the threat of the Spurs pursuit of Chris Paul "very seriously," according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: It is important to note that the Spurs won't have the requisite cap space to make Paul a comparable offer unless they can clear some salaries off the books. Also, assuming the Clippers are willing to offer him a max contract, it's hard to imagine CP3 leaving $200 million in guaranteed money on the table. Nonetheless, Paul joining the Spurs would make San Antonio a legit threat to the Warriors out West, and give CP3 his best chance at experiencing postseason success. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:21 am
  • John Wall would like Wiz to improve the bench
    John Wall said that he would like the Wizards to improve their depth this offseason.

    Advice: "We need to help our bench," said Wall. "Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series that we had in the [Eastern Conference] semifinals, our bench got outplayed." In particular, the Wiz need to add quality backup guards. Wal was clearly worn down by the end of the seven-game series vs. Boston. Tomas Satoransky and Trey Burke were inconsistent all season. Washington then signed Brandon Jennings, but Jennings was awful in the postseason. The Wiz need to add a reliable backup PG to limit the wear-and-tear on Wall going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:30 am
  • LeBron James scores 35 points in blowout win
    LeBron James dominated again during a series-clinching 135-102 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring 35 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He racked up the records tonight. Most notably, LeBron passed Michael Jordan for the most points scored in the NBA playoffs, and he also passed Manu Ginobili for the third-most playoff 3-pointers in his career. James also has scored more points against the Celtics in the playoffs than any player has scored against any team. He owns the Eastern Conference and will head to his seventh straight NBA Finals, which is tied for the fourth longest streak ever. Get ready for the three-match starting on June 1. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:01 pm
  • Marcus Smart turns it over five times
    Marcus Smart made 2-of-7 from the field for six points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He was a little sloppy in this game and Kyrie Irving also took him to the cleaners on the defensive end. It's still unclear how much time Isaiah Thomas (hip) is going to miss, but it's possible he could be limited in training camp. Smart never really grew on the offensive side and once again his main goal this summer will be to work on his jumper. It'll be interesting to see how he fits with the Celtics having the top pick in the draft. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:58 pm
  • Jaylen Brown went to the locker room
    Jaylen Brown (hip) went to the locker room in the second half and did not return.

    Advice: He did limp to the locker room under his own power. Brown was playing through a hip pointer in this game, so he may have aggravated it. The Cal product did have a solid finish to his rookie season and is likely looking at a bigger role next year. He'll be a late-round in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:57 pm
  • Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5
    Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5 against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He did wince a little at shootaround, so he's not 100 percent. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and just 13 in Game 3, so he's likely looking at minutes in the teens for today. The Celtics will likely have a similar nine-man rotation today. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:51 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
  • Isaiah Thomas's decision a couple weeks away
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) won't decide on a treatment plan until the swelling in his hip goes down according to GM Danny Ainge.

    Advice: "We don’t know if he needs surgery or what kind of surgery, or if that is a choice," Ainge said. "We’ll wait until the hip calms down, do more tests and get more opinions." There's still no word of a timetable, but Ainge added that it will be couple more weeks until a decision is made on a treatment plan. The Celtics are expected to draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the draft, but both players have talked about how they can coexist together and Thomas' fantasy value should be fine. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute expected to opt out
    Luc Mbah a Moute is expected to opt out of his contract for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: He was slated to earn just $2.3 million next season, so it's an easy decison for LMAM as the 30-year-old veteran is looking to secure a long-term deal. Mbah a Moute is a good defender and locker room guy, but he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact anywhere he goes. In 22.3 minutes per game, he averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:32 am
  • Jaylen Brown (hip pointer) in a lot of pain
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is in a "lot of pain."

    Advice: Ainge still called Brown questionable, so it sounds like he's shaping up to be a game-time call. Brown has had a strong run in the playoffs and is arguably Boston's best defensive option on LeBron James, so it will be a huge blow for the Celtics if he can't go. Expect to see some bigger lineups if Brown can't play with more minutes falling to Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:06 am
  • LeBron James was sick during Game 3?
    LeBron James may have been ill during the Cavs' Game 3 loss to the Celtics, according to teammate Richard Jefferson.

    Advice: LeBron played poorly during Game 3 and he made no excuses afterward, saying that he simply "didn't have it." His teammate Jefferson, however, said that Deron Williams missed shootaround that day due to illness, and it may have also affected LBJ. He posted 34 points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during Game 4 on Tuesday, despite battling foul trouble, and it's safe to assume that any illness is behind him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Jaylen Brown (hip) questionable for Game 5
    Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been a key piece to the Celtics these days, especially with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the season. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and he's likely looking at more minutes, assuming he's healthy enough to go. If he can't go at home, there should be more big-ball lineups with Jonas Jerebko while Kelly Olynyk may play more. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:09 pm
  • 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
  • San Antonio an option for Chris Paul as FA?
    Zach Lowe of ESPN stated during a recent podcast that he believes the Spurs could be a legitimate option for Chris Paul as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "There's been a lot of rumblings about Paul, and I think that's real," Lowe said of CP3 potentially joining the Spurs as a free agent. "I think there's mutual interest there. I don't know how real it is given the Clippers can offer a gigantic amount of money and are also a really good team; and the Spurs, like I said, have no sort of cap flexibility to get there. I'm very curious about what they do this summer and who's on the team next year." If Paul wants to chase a ring, his best shot of realizing that goal may be in San Antonio, but he'd have to take a pay cut to make it work. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:19 am
  • Marcus Smart shoots 1-of-9 in Game 4 loss
    Marcus Smart fell back to earth in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, scoring eight points on 1-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Yikes. He had nowhere to go but down after his incredible 27-point performance on 8-of-14 FGs in Game 3, but the law of averages caught up with the career 35.8 percent shooter. He made his second straight start at PG and dished out six assists with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 40 minutes, but he didn't make his usual impact on the defensive end in this one -- Kyrie Irving went nuts for 42 points. If the Celtics hope to stave off elimination at home for Game 5 on Thursday, Smart has to play better on both ends. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:56 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
  • LeBron James bounces back w/ 34 points
    LeBron James bounced back with 34 points on 15-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston, adding six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one triple in 38 minutes.

    Advice: After an 11-point dud in Game 3 on 4-of-13 shooting, LeBron got off to another tough start with four fouls in the first half -- he was forced to sit the final seven minutes of the second quarter. However, he came alive after the break with 24 of his 34 points, helping the Cavaliers outscore the Celtics 65-42 in the second half. J.R. Smith added five points, three assists, one rebound, two steals and one triple for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson notched seven points with seven rebounds and one block. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:24 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
  • Wizards hope to sign John Wall to extension
    The Wizards "top priority" this offseason will be signing John Wall to an extension, according to CSN Washington.

    Advice: Wall is coming off the best season of his career. In 2016-17, Wall became just the third player in NBA history to average at least 23 points, 10 assists and two steals per game. Becuase he was named to an All-NBA team, he is eligible to sign a Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer. The extension would be worth $168 million over four years, beginning in 2019-20. However, according to the report, Wall "wants to see a bigger picture plan on where the franchise is headed before committing." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:36 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
  • Kevin Durant says he's happy in Golden State
    Kevin Durant made it clear that he's enjoyed his time with the Warriors.

    Advice: "I made the 100 percent correct decision, win or lose," Durant said. "I feel like this is the place I was supposed to be. I appreciate everything I’ve done before this. But I’m here now, and I feel like it’s a great spot for me to be." Durant was non-committal when asked if he would exercise his $27.7 million option for the 2017-18 season, but added that he has no intention of leaving. Don't expect much drama if he opts out this summer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:49 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 May 21, 8:48 pm
  • Gerald Green logs seven minutes off bench
    Gerald Green shifted to the Celtics' bench on Sunday, posting five points, two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in seven minutes.

    Advice: Green started Game 2 but came off the bench to begin the third quarter, telegraphing his demotion tonight. Brad Stevens continues to search for winning combinations in this series and he found some tonight, as the Celts pulled off an improbable 111-108 road win without Isaiah Thomas. Green's lack of activity in the victory doesn't bode well for Game 4. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:46 pm
  • Marcus Smart posts 27/7/5 in Game 3 victory
    Marcus Smart started Game 3 in place of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring a career-high 27 points on 8-of-14 FGs, including seven 3-pointers, with seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Smart scored 20+ points just four times during the regular season, while shooting 35.9 percent from the field, and he chose an ideal time to break out offensively. Brad Stevens admitted that with Smart starting in place of Thomas the Celtics are "a little bit bigger across the board [defensively]," and they limited the Cavs' high-powered offense to a relatively low 108 points tonight. Backup PG Terry Rozier played just eight minutes tonight, and Smart should have a massive role again on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com May 21, 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 May 21, 8:41 pm
  • LeBron James scores 11 points in Gm 3 loss
    LeBron James had a rare off-night on Sunday, posting 11 points on 4-of-13 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs, with six rebounds, six assists and six turnovers.

    Advice: LBJ is in the midst of another amazingly effective playoff run, with his team boasting a 10-1 record, and tonight's struggles were an obvious aberration. "Me personally I didn't have it," James said after the game. "That's all I've got to say about my performance." It's the fourth time in his postseason career that he's scored fewer than a dozen points and he's likely to erupt in another home game on Tuesday, though that won't help DFS owners who paid up for him tonight. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:39 pm
  • Gerald Green coming off bench for Game 3
    Gerald Green will come off the Celtics bench for Game 3 on Sunday.

    Advice: Green didn't start the second half during Friday's blowout loss, so this isn't a big surprise. Amir Johnson will earn the start tonight and it's unclear how many minutes Green will see with the second unit, but he's a dubious option in DFS leagues. Rotoworld.com May 21, 4:16 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 May 21, 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 May 21, 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 May 21, 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 May 21, 9:53 am
  • Isaiah Thomas to meet specialists on Monday
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) will begin meeting with specialists on Monday.

    Advice: Thomas was ruled out of the postseason following an aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear, but he won't have a treatment plan set in stone until he meets with his doctors. Coach Brad Stevens said surgery is an option, so Thomas could be looking a lengthy rehab this summer. Marcus Smart will start Game 3 vs. Cleveland in Thomas' absence. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:34 am
  • Marcus Smart to draw the start in Game 3
    Marcus Smart will draw the start at point guard in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Smart started the second half of Game 2 when Isaiah Thomas (hip) left the game for good. Smart isn't in a rhythm right now and is shooting 34.6 percent from the field in the playoffs, but his minutes will likely be in the high 30s as he looks to contain Kyrie Irving -- he said wants to force Irving to be more of a facilitator. In addition to Smart, expect a heavier workload for Terry Rozier. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:23 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 May 21, 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 May 20, 8:48 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 33 points in Game 3 win
    Kevin Durant put on an offensive clinic during a Game 3 120-108 win over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 33 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He was on fire in the third quarter with 19 points in that frame, scoring the majority of those points in contested situations. According to ESPN, KD scored against eight different defenders, so coach Gregg Popovich just didn't have an answer. This was his third 30-point, 10-board game in these playoffs to get him to 16 in his career. There's obviously nothing to worry about from that calf injury from the first round and the Warriors clearly played it right to take it easy on him last month. This team is just so dangerous and also ties the record for most consecutive wins to start a postseason with 11 straight. They'll go for the sweep on Monday. Rotoworld.com May 20, 8:45 pm
  • Davis Bertans scores two points in 18 mintues
    Davis Bertans scored two points with four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He actually saw minutes in the first quarter and was a factor even before the David Lee (knee) injury. The Spurs need all the firepower they can get on offense and Bertans has been hot before during his rookie season, so maybe he's a possible solution for Game 4. Rotoworld.com May 20, 8:30 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 May 20, 6:31 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for rest of playoffs
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) will miss the remainder of this year’s postseason following an aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.

    Advice: In layman's terms, there's a tear in the area in which the top part of his thigh bone meets his hip bone. Thomas initially hurt his hip on Mar. 15 and it cost him two games back then. He also aggravated this injury in Game 6 against the Wizards on May 12, and then again hurt it on Friday night. "Isaiah has worked tirelessly to manage this injury since it first occurred," said Celtics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian McKeon. "The swelling increased during the first two games against Cleveland, and in order to avoid more significant long-term damage to his hip, we could no longer allow him to continue." There's no word of a treatment plan yet, but labral tears could result in surgery, which may throw off IT's offseason plan. For the rest of the playoffs, Marcus Smart will get some heavy run while Terry Rozier will have to step up. Rotoworld.com May 20, 2:50 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 May 20, 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 May 20, 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 May 20, 8:25 am
  • Isaiah Thomas (hip) uncertain for Game 3
    Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) will be re-evaluated Saturday and may be forced to miss Game 3 vs. Cleveland on Sunday.

    Advice: Thomas missed the second half of Game 2, and it turns out he's been dealing with pain in his hip since last week. "He's had a nagging hip injury," coach Brad Stevens said. "He aggravated it pretty significantly last Friday in Washington in Game 6 (of the conference semifinals), went through a bunch of testing on Saturday and Sunday and was able to play Monday, (but) hasn't felt great either of the two days." Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will see an uptick in minutes if Thomas is sidelined for Game 3. Rotoworld.com May 20, 6:19 am
  • Isaiah Thomas has been playing through injury
    Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) has been playing through injury since the Wizards series and his injury is "considered significant," according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical.

    Advice: The report adds the Celtics had "doubts Thomas could play in Game 7" on Sunday, but he's been gutting it out since. Thomas hasn't quite looked right in some time, so perhaps this explains it. After not playing in the second half tonight, he'll likely have an MRI coming in the next day and the Celtics seem like the have no chance to make this a series. If IT is out, Marcus Smart will get some heavy run while Terry Rozier would also have to step up. Rotoworld.com May 19, 8:20 pm
  • Not Just A Regular Guy: LeBron crushes Boston
    LeBron James crushed the Celtics in Boston during a blowout 130-86 win on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, seven assists, four steals, three blocks and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: So it turns out he's not just a regular guy. The Cavs set the NBA playoffs record with a 41-point lead at halftime thanks to winning the second quarter 40-13 to get them to the 72-31 lead at the break. LeBron becomes the first player since Michael Jordan to score 30-plus points in eight consecutive games, and this one hands the Celtics their worst home playoff loss ever. The Cavs have also won 13 straight playoff games to tie the 1988-89 Lakers for the NBA record. LeBron is doing whatever he wants on offense and Celtics coach Brad Stevens may have to be more aggressive in defending him with more double teams. Regardless, it probably isn't going to matter. Rotoworld.com May 19, 8:01 pm
  • 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 May 19, 7:55 pm
  • Jaylen Brown scores 19 points in bad loss
    Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 19 points during an embarrassing 130-86 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, he might not want to talk about LeBron James again. Before the game, Brown said LeBron is "just a regular guy" and there are bigger threats in his neighborhood. TD Garden probably won't have to worry about LeBron threatening the Celtics again as the Celtics take their 0-2 deficit to Cleveland. As bad as the Celtics were, at least Brown looked decent today and he probably deserves more minutes in Game 3. Maybe take the mic away from him, though. Rotoworld.com May 19, 7:54 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 May 19, 7:52 pm
  • Marcus Smart misses all six shots from field
    Marcus Smart missed all six shots from the field and made all four from the line against the Cavs on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) didn't play in the second half, but the Celtics being down 41 points at halftime was likely a factor here. Smart continues to get open looks, but he's just been terrible at converting those chances. He did start the second half on Friday night for IT. Rotoworld.com May 19, 7:51 pm
  • Gerald Green scores six points
    Gerald Green scored six points in a start against the Cavs on Friday, adding two 3-pointers and one turnover in 14 minutes.

    Advice: He actually played well early with a couple big threes in the first quarter. Green was probably the best player in the first quarter before things got out of hand, but coach Brad Stevens still didn't start Green in the second half. There will probably be a change in Game 3. Rotoworld.com May 19, 7:49 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (right hip) will not return
    Isaiah Thomas (right hip) will not return to Friday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: He was limping at the end of the first half and the team is calling it a right hip strain. The Celtics were dominated 72-31 for the biggest halftime deficit in the history of the NBA playoffs, so there's no reason to bring IT back. He was terrible in this game, scoring just two points in 18 minutes. Marcus Smart started the third quarter for Thomas. Rotoworld.com May 19, 6:55 pm
  • Gerald Green starting over Amir Johnson
    The Celtics will start Gerald Green in place of Amir Johnson for Game 2 against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: It makes a lot of sense to pull Johnson from the starting lineup. That lineup didn't fare well during the season and it was roasted in Game 1. It is somewhat interesting that Green is starting over someone like Jaylen Brown. Green likely won't play too much beyond his first stints from each half, assuming he can start the second half. Expect Brown to get more minutes than Green. Rotoworld.com May 19, 3:38 pm
  • Jaylen Brown not afraid of LeBron
    Jaylen Brown said he sees LeBron James as "just a regular guy."

    Advice: "There's bigger threats in my neighborhood than LeBron James," Brown added. You could argue Brown was the best Celtic on Wednesday, scoring 10 points in 20 minutes. It sounds like coach Brad Stevens is going to get him out there again, and it makes a lot of sense to even start him. He makes a lot of sense as a DFS play. Rotoworld.com May 19, 2:39 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 May 19, 12:31 pm
  • John Wall now eligible to sign DPVE extension
    As a result of being named to the All-NBA Third Team, John Wall is eligible to sign a Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer.

    Advice: Wall has two years left on his current deal but is now able to sign a four-year, $168 million extension that would kick in for the 2019–20 season. In the past, Wall had previously voiced his displeasure after seeing inferior point guards, such as Reggie Jackson, sign contracts worth more than his. Both he and the Wiz may consider committing to each other long term, which would lock in a major pay raise for Wall. He would earn $37.5 million in the first season of that new deal. Rotoworld.com May 19, 8:25 am
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