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  • 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 54 minutes ago
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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
    Injured
  • 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
    Injured
  • 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
    Injured
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Injured
  • 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
  • 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
    Injured
  • 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
  • Julius Randle's future with Knicks is uncertain
    According to Ian Begley of SNY, Knicks president Leon Rose would like to add a big who can space the floor this offseason. 

    Advice: To be clear, this is in addition to a lead guard that can shoot such as LaMelo Ball for example. And while Begley notes that Julius Randle isn't a lock to be traded, he does see it as a viable possibility. And that makes sense, as Randle is a poor shooter and doesn't mesh well with RJ Barrett. In fact, the Knicks were outscored by seven points per 100 possessions with those two on the floor. This also makes the Knicks' rumored interest in Christian Wood even more legit.  Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:49 am
  • Derrick Jones Jr. not worried about free agency
    Derrick Jones Jr., an impending free agent, said his focus isn't on that right now. 

    Advice: “I’m just worried about the season being put back on, that’s all,” DJJ said. “I really care about that right now. I want to play basketball.” He's going to be in high demand this offseason and you'd think the Heat will do everything they can to keep him around. DJJ is having his best year as a pro, averaging 8.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks. He makes a living with his dunking ability, cuts to the rim, and spearheading Miami's 2-3 zone with his athleticism, but he still has some untapped upside as his jumper continues to improve.  Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:24 am
  • Cam Reddish wants to be known as a two-way player
    Cam Reddish says he wants to be known as one of the best two-way players in the NBA and that he needs to learn to adjust to how long the NBA season is. 

    Advice: “It’s pretty hectic, and the adjustment was a little crazy,” Reddish said of his rookie season. “But that was one of the biggest things I picked up on, how long the season was. I had to really take care of my body, eat the right things, stuff like that." He also wants to be seen as one of the top players in the league on both ends of the floor. "I definitely want to be known as one of the best two-way players," he said. GM Travis Schlenk has raved about his defense and while he was a bit erratic offensively, he has his entire career to get it worked out. Reddish should be a popular late-round fantasy target next season.   Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:51 pm
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    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Harrison Barnes in agreement with Damian Lillard
    Harrison Barnes said he agrees with Damian Lillard that he only wants to play again if the games matter for the Kings. 

    Advice: “I think Dame is right," he said. "If you come back and play, you want to be playing for something.” The Kings had found their stride prior to the suspension of the season with 10 wins in their last 15 games, and Barnes wants to see that through. "This group, where we’re at, we need to play, we need to play together, and playing for something is important.” There is growing optimism that the NBA is considering a 22-team format with a few regular season games before a play-in tournament, so it sounds like Barnes and Lillard will get their wish.  Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:06 am
  • Heat guard Gabe Vincent (knee) is 'good to go'
    Heat guard Gabe Vincent is reportedly "good to go" despite a knee injury he suffered prior to the NBA shutdown.

    Advice: The NBA's player union has discussed allowing players on two-way contracts to be eligible for the postseason, which would directly impact Vincent. Miami's VP and assistant GM, Adam Simon, was the person who said Vincent is "good to go," so presumably he'd be available if the Heat need him. Barring some injuries, though, he's unlikely to crack coach Erik Spoelstra's rotation. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:32 am
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