• 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 Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 7:07 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kyrie Irving scores 24 points in win vs. BOS
    Kyrie Irving scored 24 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cavs exploded in the first half with 75 points to set a playoff franchise record. Irving just continues to cook up Boston, especially in the second half. He scored 11 points in the first five minutes of the second half today after he dropped 21 points in the third quarter during Game 4. Irving didn't have the best series against the Raptors, but he'll head into the Golden State series with a ton of momentum. The Warriors probably don't want Kyrie taking on shots from the right wing. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 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
  • 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
  • Kyrie Irving is a go for Game 5
    Kyrie Irving is a go for Game 5 vs. the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: Irving was able to play through a tweaked ankle on his way to a 42-point performance in Game 4, and it looks like he recovered well because he had no noticeable limp at the morning shootaround. Fantasy owners can deploy him with confidence. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:13 am
  • Report: Bulls expect Dwyane Wade to opt in
    According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, "most everyone associated with the Bulls" believes that Dwyane Wade will pick up his player option.

    Advice: Wade will be 36 in January and is scheduled to make $23.8 million in 2017-18, so that's going to be hard to walk away from. He played a career-low 29.9 minutes with the Bulls and there's even some talk about him moving to the second unit if he remains in Chicago -- Wade said during his exit meeting that he would be "open" to the idea if it's the best thing for the team. His decision on his player option is due by June 27. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:20 am
  • Report: MIN interested in Derrick Rose as FA?
    The Timberwolves are reportedly interested in pursuing Derrick Rose as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: There were a lot of rumors flying around during the trade deadline that the Wolves were interested in trading away Ricky Rubio in a package that would net them Rose, so it does appear that Tom Thibodeau has a clear interest in reuniting with his former point guard. If Rose does wind up wearing a Timberwolves jersey next season, that would likely queue the end of Rubio's run in Minnesota. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:03 am
  • Jamal Murray (groin) running, taking jumpers
    Jamal Murray (groin) has progressed to light running and getting up jump shots.

    Advice: Murray was recently cleared to begin basketball-related activities after undergoing surgery back in April, although he's still not been cleared for contact, and as of right now, Summer League doesn't seem like a very realistic option. Still, he has plenty of time to get ready for the 2017-18 season, and he could see a big jump in his development during Year-2, particularly if the Nuggets lose Danilo Gallinari during free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:24 am
  • Seth Curry more confident going into Year-4
    Seth Curry said that Rick Carlisle putting him on the floor for big minutes in meaningful games helped his confidence during his first year in Dallas.

    Advice: "We obviously had a lot of injuries early on this season, so some of the young guys got an opportunity to play big minutes," said Curry. "A lot of time the young guys come in and play minutes, but it’s not really meaningful basketball. We had a lot of meaningful minutes to play trying to win games, and it helped me out to get my confidence going, playing every night and trying to play well." Curry put in career-highs across the board during his first year with the Mavs, and he'll make for a fine mid-round pick in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Zach LaVine (knee) making solid progress
    Zach LaVine said he's making solid progress in his recovery from his torn left ACL.

    Advice: "Everything is going well. I have progress right now, doing everything I can do to get better—shooting, strengthening, lifting, all that good stuff," said LaVine. "The doctor said my knee is as healthy as it can get at this point right now." LaVine is still only able to run on an AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill, but according to his teammate Ricky Rubio (who has also dealt with an ACL tear), LaVine is ahead of schedule in his recovery. That being said, LaVine remains without an official timetable to return, and there are no guarantees he'll be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:35 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
  • Deron Williams (illness) plays 18 minutes
    Deron Williams (illness) played 18 minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 win vs. the Celtics, scoring two points on 1-of-2 shooting with one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: D-Will has been a disappointment in the postseason, but the Cavs don't really have another option because they don't trust rookie Kay Felder. Kyrie Irving did tweak his ankle in Tuesday's win, but he's not expected to miss any time. Expect Williams to play his normal role with minutes in the teens going forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • Kyrie Irving drops 42 points in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving went off for a playoff career-high 42 points in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 win, giving his team a 3-1 series lead.

    Advice: With LeBron James in foul trouble for most of the night, Irving helped the Cavaliers erase a 16-point deficit and dropped 21 of his 42 points in the third quarter. The entire arena went silent when Irving rolled his left ankle near the end of the third quarter, but he was able to stay in and said after the game that he felt "great." Maybe he sits out of Wednesday's practice to be safe, but expect him to be ready for Game 5 on Thursday in Boston as the Cavs look to close out this series. You can check out the incident in the link below. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Deron Williams (illness) will play in Game 4
    Deron Williams (illness) is a go for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Celtics.

    Advice: Williams sat out shootaround, but he was never expected to miss tonight's game. He should continue to flirt with minutes in the lower-teens, which doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:29 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
  • Deron Williams (illness) probable for Game 4
    Deron Williams (illness) missed shootaround on Tuesday morning but is expected to play in Game 4 vs. Boston Tuesday night.

    Advice: Williams' performance has been mostly disappointing this postseason. Over the Cavs last seven games, he is averaging 3.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes, while shooting 37.0 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from downtown. In the first three games of the ECF, Williams is just 2-of-11 from the field. The Cavs have been able to cruise through the East with little help from their bench but will need D-Will and company to step up if they hope to take home another title. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:58 am
  • Knicks would like to revisit Rubio trade talk
    ESPN is reporting that the Knicks would like to re-engage the Minnesota Timberwolves in trade talks involving Ricky Rubio this offseason.

    Advice: The Knicks and Wolves were purportedly close to swapping Derrick Rose for Rubio at the trade deadline back in February, before that deal dissolved. Over the second half of last season, Rubio played some of the best basketball of his career. In 24 games after the All-Star break, Rubio averaged 16.0 points, 10.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds. Rose ended up tearing his meniscus. Also, Rose is now a free agent, so it is unknown what the Knicks could offer that would entice the Wolves to part with Rubio. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:30 am
  • Curry scores 36 as Warriors sweep Spurs
    Stephen Curry dropped a game-high 36 points in Monday's 129-115 Game 4 win as the Warriors swept the Spurs.

    Advice: The Warriors will be back in the finals for the third year in a row. Curry shot 14-of-24 from the field with six rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers and has never looked better, averaging 27.9 points per game in his previous 11 playoff games. Curry said after Game 3 that he's been battling a sore right (shooting) elbow for a little while, so the extra time off will be key -- Game 1 of the NBA Finals isn't until June 1. He will be looking to redeem himself after a poor showing in the Finals in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:54 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 14 points, Spurs eliminate
    Patty Mills scored 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Monday's Game 4 loss, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and three triples in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to be kicking himself all summer because he was very disappointing in this series, but Mills did have a solid 2016-17 campaign with regular-season averages of 9.5 points, 3.5 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 44.0 percent shooting in 21.9 minutes per game. The PG will hit free agency this summer and turns 29 in July, so he can expect a massive raise after playing for just $3.5 million this season. Dejounte Murray is probably ready to take on more responsibility in San Antonio, so it's not a lock that Mills will be back with the Spurs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:46 pm
  • Dejounte Murray impresses in Game 4 loss
    Dejounte Murray was impressive in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Warriors, finishing with nine points (2-of-7 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), seven assists, two rebounds and five steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He also set a new Spurs record for most steals in a playoff game (5), passing Manu Ginobili (4). Coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are very high on the 20-year-old PG and he could potentially be the starter on opening night next season -- Tony Parker (quad) isn't going to be ready to go right away and Patty Mills becomes a free agent this summer. Expect Murray to light it up at the summer league. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Stephen Curry says his elbow is fine
    Stephen Curry said that his right (shooting) elbow is fine.

    Advice: "It’s fine, it’s kind of been banged up for a while," Curry said after Game 3. "Landing on the floor was kind of hard, but it doesn’t affect my performance or shot or anything like that." Curry was grabbing his elbow several times on Saturday, but he continues to light it up in the playoffs with 27.9 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting. He also banged knees with Dewayne Dedmon during Game 3 and was walking with a slight limp at shootaround, but he'll be good to go for tonight's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:16 am
  • Deron Williams goes scoreless in nine minutes
    Deron Williams failed to score in nine minutes of action during Sunday's Game 3 loss to the visiting Celtics.

    Advice: Williams is now averaging 2.0 points on combined 2-of-11 shooting in the series, while averaging 12.7 minutes off the bench. Richard Jefferson was also scoreless in four minutes, and Kyle Korver had just three points on 1-of-5 shooting, while Iman Shumpert chipped in six points, four boards and two assists. Channing Frye was a DNP-CD tonight and there's simply no way to trust the Cavs' reserves as DFS options. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:45 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
  • Celts win as Avery Bradley hits buzzer-beater
    Avery Bradley hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left on Sunday, finishing with 20 points in the Celtics' 111-108 Game 3 victory.

    Advice: Bradley's final shot bounced around the rim a few times before dropping through the hoop, a fortuitous time-waster that prevented the Cavs from getting off another shot. He didn't shoot well overall, at 8-of-23 from the field, but he added four assists, three rebounds and two steals without any turnovers in 42 minutes. With Isaiah Thomas (hip) out of commission, Bradley's production is as critical as ever for the Celtics' playoff hopes. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:24 pm
  • 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
  • Stephen Curry scores 21 points in victory
    Stephen Curry scored 21 points with five rebounds, three assists, six steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He passed Rick Barry for the Warriors all-time postseason record for points scored. Curry didn't have his best defensive game with a couple really bad fouls, which does happen more than it should for such a savvy player. On the offensive side, Curry isn't just counting on his jumpers and the Spurs continue to have trouble tracking him with his off-ball moves. Unlike last year, he looks very healthy in these playoffs. Rotoworld.com May 20, 8:41 pm
  • Patty Mills scores seven points
    Patty Mills made 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with one rebound, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been awful in this series and it's becoming even more clear why coach Gregg Popovich likes to bring him off the bench. Maybe Pop makes a change to start Dejounte Murray over Mills, but the Aussie guard should get heavy minutes regardless. Rotoworld.com May 20, 8:33 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
  • OKC able to offer Westbrook 'super max' deal
    The Thunder will be able to sign Russell Westbrook to the Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer.

    Advice: Russ will make $28.5 million for the 2017-18 season and can tack on another five years, beginning in 2018-19. The total value of the extension would be $207 million. If Westbrook decides not to sign the extension, thus enabling him to become a free agent in July of 2018, OKC will have a tough decision to make. Do they allow him to play out the 2017-18 season and hope he re-signs, or do they maximize his trade value and avoid risking losing him for nothing. Rotoworld.com May 20, 6:48 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
  • Kyrie Irving scores 23 points in win vs. BOS
    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points in 30 minutes against the Celtics on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists, one block, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: While LeBron James is stealing the show, Kyrie is starting to come around after an underwhelming start to this postseason. He beat up on the Celtics all season with 25.5 points per game on 62.8 true shooting percentage, so a big game today is no surprise. After the game on TNT, Irving also said the Cavs are playing "pissed off" ad they're being more aggressive. With Isaiah Thomas (hip) now banged up, it's possible Irving gets more Marcus Smart in Game 3. It probably won't matter. Rotoworld.com May 19, 7:56 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
  • Terry Rozier scores six points
    Terry Rozier scored six points with one rebound, three assists and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) was hobbling a bit during this game and he didn't play in the second half. If IT can't play in Game 3, Rozier figures to be the next man up and he may even start to keep Marcus Smart in the second unit -- Smart is the heavy favorite to start. Rozier has played better than expected lately, so he may be a factor regardless as the Celtics are now in desperation mode. Rotoworld.com May 19, 7:50 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
  • Westbrook, Harden, Kawhi finalists for MVP
    Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for Most Valuable Player.

    Advice: It just feels weird to not see LeBron James in this group, but there's no denying the three finalists turned in magnificent seasons. The NBA world became obsessed with triple-doubles as Westbrook averaged one for the entire season while also breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most trip-dubs on the year. Rotoworld.com May 19, 5:14 pm
  • Lou Williams, Gordon, Iguodala for 6MOY
    Lou Williams, Eric Gordon and Andre Iguodala are the finalists for Sixth Man of the Year.

    Advice: Williams was almost lapping the field during his Lakers days, but he did lose some ground in Houston with even coach Mike D'Antoni calling him the seventh man. Williams also only made one start all season, averaging 18.6 points per game in his 58 outings as a Laker. Rotoworld.com May 19, 4:50 pm
  • Jazz envision Exum at multiple positions
    Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey said that Utah plans play to play Dante Exum at multiple positions next season.

    Advice: Exum has not lived up to expectations since being selected fifth overall in the 2014 draft, due in part to missing the entire 2015-16 season due to an ACL tear. However, he did show signs of progress in the 2017 postseason. Going forward, Utah envisions making the most of his versatility, including playing him off the ball. "The team functioned better when Dante was playing a wing, versus point guard, but there’s point guard in his future, there’s two-guard and even three because of his unique size, length and speed and hopefully developing strength," said GM Dennis Lindsey. Rotoworld.com May 19, 9:57 am
  • 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
  • Jazz confident they can re-sign George Hill
    Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said he is confident that Utah will be able to re-sign George Hill.

    Advice: "There’s a very good chance, we’re each other’s best option come July," Lindsey said of Hill. However, Lindsey did acknowledge that if Hill got an exorbitant offer, Utah might not be able to match it. "I told him if he gets a crazy offer somewhere else and we helped him get that offer, 'you’re not going to get one poor thought, much less a word (from us)’ if he were to go," Lindsey said. "He helped us." Three of Utah's most important players, Hill, Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles, are all set to hit free agency in July. Rotoworld.com May 19, 6:26 am
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