Blazers head coach Terry Stotts praised Jusuf Nurkic after he scored 12 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.
"I thought he was very effective in a lot of areas defensively on [Nikola] Vucevic," Stotts said. "I thought he was solid and offensively he made a lot of good plays. We were able to play through him out on the perimeter and in the post. I thought he had a very solid game." Nurkic said that he's "finally" happy in Portland after a rough ending to his time in Denver, and he added that this is the first time in two years that he's having fun again. Stotts also said he was surprised with Nurkic's playmaking ability, so the Blazers could run some offense through him like they did with Mason Plumlee. Nurk Alert is the man in the Portland frontcourt and should be added in most formats.
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he's trying to figure out how to get the best out of Reggie Jackson.
"I think he's been trying defensively," SVG said. "Just offensively, we've got to find an answer. I know he's frustrated. He's frustrated with me, play calls and things like that. So, we're going to have to find something to where he can play more effectively, more productively, on the offensive end of the court." R-Jax has the worst plus/minus rating of anyone on the roster and hit rock bottom on Thursday with four points and four assists in just 20 minutes. He's shooting 36.3 percent from the field in February and looks a like a drop candidate in standard leagues if there's a hot free agent available.
Al Jefferson (dental pain) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.
Jefferson missed his second game in a row on Saturday vs. the Heat, but he did travel with the team and is nearing a return. "He came into [Friday’s] shootaround OK and came back for the game with a swollen mouth," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said on Saturday. "He wasn’t feeling good today and we decided to leave him at the hotel." If Big Al misses another game, Rakeem Christmas will be looking at minutes in the teens off the bench.
Suns coach Earl Watson hinted that player development will continue to be the focus the rest of the season.
"We have to be very decisive making moves going forward," Watson said. "We can't guess, so we have to see if Alex [Len] can get extended minutes. We have to see if Alan Williams can be a rotational player. We have to see if Tyler Ulis is a backup point guard. We have to see if T.J. Warren can get extended minutes and be a starter. There's a lot of opportunities going around." With the Suns building towards the future, Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight are trending in the wrong direction and both players picked up DNP-CDs on Friday night.
Ray McCallum has joined the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA D-League.
McCallum signed two 10-day contracts with the Hornets, but never made an appearance and Charlotte didn't offer him a deal for the remainder of the season. The Hornets will use the roster spot to pursue Briante Weber.
There are reportedly five teams interested in Andrew Bogut once he reaches a buyout agreement in Philly.
Bogut is fully expected to join a contender and has been linked to the Cavaliers, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics and Jazz. None of these teams are great landing spots for Bogut in terms of fantasy value, so there's no real reason to stash him right now. He's likely looking at a backup center role with minutes in the teens or low 20s on most of these teams. Bogut averaged 3.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 block for the Mavs this season.
The Hornets are the favorites to sign Briante Weber.
The Warriors released Weber on Sunday night as they intend to pursue Jose Calderon. Charlotte is actually a decent landing spot for Weber, as he will have a chance to win the backup PG job behind Kemba Walker with Ramon Sessions (knee) out a while. To be clear, there's not much fantasy appeal here for the defensive specialist.
76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said the market for Jahlil Okafor was bigger than it was for Nerlens Noel.
"Because of his rookie contract, the market for [Okafor] was much more broad, but the right deal did not present itself," Colangelo said. "For now, he is a valuable part of what we're doing. He's a nice, talented player." Okafor still has two years left on his rookie deal, while the 76ers didn't want to pay Noel's projected asking price in restricted free agency. It seems likely that the 76ers will explore a trade for Okafor during the offseason, but it makes sense for them to build his value back up first. Saturday was a step in the right direction as he scored a season-high 28 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 29 minutes.