Magic coach Frank Vogel finally admitted that Aaron Gordon is better at power forward.
It only took Vogel four months, but better late than never. "Everybody’s now in their right position, quite frankly," Vogel said. "I think Aaron being a four is better for him. He did well at the three defensively, but he’s better at the four." Gordon said there's better floor spacing with him at the four and added that he feels like the team is quicker. Gordon had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday, so his fantasy arrow is pointing up for the final couple months of the season as he's going to be getting a lot more easy looks around the rim.
The Mavericks are hoping that Yogi Ferrell is their starting point guard of the future.
"Continued improvement, continued aggression, continue to get integrated more and more into the mentality we like to play with,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said when asked what we wants to see from the 23-year-old PG going forward. "He’s going to have a lot of tough defensive assignments along the way." It sounds like Ferrell will be the starter even when J.J. Barea (leg) returns, and it helps that the Mavs don't have a great chance to reach the postseason. Ferrell is in a bit of a slump and has been held to single-digit points in his last three games on 7-of-26 shooting, but he will try to bounce back on Monday vs. the Heat.
Patrick Beverley (groin) said that he will play on Monday vs. the Pacers.
"It's still a little tight, but [this is] that time of the season. Your body is not going to be 100 percent," Beverley said. "Tried to be cautious with it, push through it and try to keep this thing going. I'm mentally tough. I know I'm not going to be 100 percent; I'm not going to be 90 percent. But if I feel good, I'm going to try to give it a go no matter what." Beverley appeared to be fine on Saturday vs. the Wolves with 15 points, seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes, so his fantasy owners should deploy him barring a late surprise.
Kings GM Vlade Divac said that Bogdan Bogdanovic will join the team this summer.
The 24-year-old wing is one of the best prospects in Europe and he's going to land in an ideal situation in Sacramento -- Ben McLemore will be a free agent and Arron Afflalo's contract for next season isn't guaranteed. For now, he's just a stash in deep dynasty leagues.
Jaylen Brown believes that his shot is making progress.
"I've worked on my shot because that's what people have been critiquing me on my whole life," Brown said. "I think I've gotten a lot better, and I'm going to continue to get better at it. I like to get to the basket, but some of those shots I do have to let fly." Brown hit a big triple in Sunday's win over the Pistons in the final minute, and the Celtics are now 10-2 when he has started for Avery Bradley (Achilles). According to Synergy Sports, Brown ranks 15th in the league in points allowed per play, and while he has a very bright future for the Celtics, his role could take a massive hit when Bradley returns from injury.
The Knicks have recalled Ron Baker, Maurice Ndour and Mashall Plumlee from the D-League.
Ndour and Plumlee likely won't be in the rotation, but Baker now has a chance to fight for the backup PG role with Chasson Randle because the Knicks are waiving Brandon Jennings. To be clear, Baker is not a fantasy pickup.
The Knicks are planning to use their open roster spot to sign Chasson Randle.
Randle was with the Knicks during the offseason, but was waived after suffering an orbital wall fracture. He ended up in Philly, but was eventually waived as the 76ers needed his roster spot to acquire Andrew Bogut in the Nerlens Noel trade. Randle has some talent and is a solid 3-point shooter, so he could be very interesting later in the season if Derrick Rose gets hurt or is shut down. He will be signed for the remainder of the season and will have a team option for next season.
The Knicks will waive PG Brandon Jennings.
It's a sign that the Knicks are ready to rebuild, as Jennings is on an expiring $5 million contract and they are planning to use his roster spot to sign Chasson Randle. Jennings averaged 8.6 points and 4.9 assists with the Knicks, but only shot 38.0 percent from the field. Maybe he lands in an ideal situation for fantasy value, but he's not a great stash at the moment. He will more than likely join up with a playoff team, so we're not optimistic.