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Andrea Bargnani will be out indefinitely with a ligament tear in his right elbow, as well as a strained wrist.

Given the fact that Kyle Lowry has a 10-day window to return and Bargnani doesn't have a timeline of any kind, we're guessing he could miss some serious time with the injury, while writer Eric Koreen is talking about a month or two. Ed Davis is the likely candidate for the best fantasy production in his stead, while Amir Johnson (suspended for Wednesday) and Jonas Valanciunas would also see a boost. And given that Bargs plays more like a small forward than a big, it's also logical to assume that guys like Mickael Pietrus and Linas Kleiza could also benefit some from his absence (when they're healthy). If you can't wait a month or two for Bargs, Davis looks like a must pickup at this point, while Johnson should also be given a look in most leagues.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 08:45:00 PM

Andre Iguodala made his first start of the postseason on Monday in a win over the Thunder, playing 43 minutes with seven points, four rebounds, three assists, one turnover and one 3-pointer.

His 43 minutes were the most on the team and it's the first time he's cleared the 40-minute plateau in these playoffs. Iguodala's defense was unbelievable during the last three games as one of the most under-appreciated players on the Warriors. He was the Finals MVP last year for his defense on LeBron James, so he'll be playing huge minutes in The Finals this time around.
May 31 - 12:07 AM

Kevin Durant made 10-of-19 from the field for 27 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers during a 96-88 Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday.

He attempted at least 30 shots from the field in the previous two games, but he wasn't looking for his shot at much until late in the game. Plus, Durant took tough shots for basically the entire game with Andre Iguodala playing suffocating defense. He's heading into free agency this summer and this loss will make that a very popular topic in the next month. Durant and Russell Westbrook are close, so he has a very good chance to stay in OKC.
May 31 - 12:03 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 19 points during a Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

He had some uncharacteristic misses in this game, especially around the rim. Westbrook made just 28-of-76 (36.8 percent) in the three losses with a ton of isolation. Heading into the series, the Thunder shook off the narrative of struggling to close games, but it came back to bite them again with the Warriors beating up on them in the second half in the last three. Westbrook is still 27 and it'll be intriguing to see how he ages. He's a freak, so he could dominate with his athleticism for a long time.
May 30 - 11:59 PM

Stephen Curry was phenomenal during a series-clinching 96-88 victory over the Thunder on Monday, scoring 36 points with five rebounds, eight assists, and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

The MVP lived up to the billing with his best game of the series and the most triples he's hit all postseason. Curry's threes will get all the headlines, but he really got into a groove on drives to discombobulate the OKC defense. His defense was very solid yet again as the Warriors were swarming on the perimeter and were excellent on switching. The MVP will get a few days off before Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday.
May 30 - 11:32 PM

Andre Iguodala is starting for Harrison Barnes in Game 7 on Monday.

It's the right move after Iguodala played arguably one of the best defensive games one can play on Saturday. Iguodala hit 38 minutes on Saturday and should approach 40 minutes again. He'll see plenty of time on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
May 30 - 8:49 PM

The Raptors are preparing to give Jonas Valanciunas a larger role in the offense.

Finally. Valanciunas was Toronto's best player in the postseason before sustaining his ankle injury, and at 24 years old, JV is ready to carry more weight on his shoulders. "Yes he is," GM Masai Ujiri said when asked if Valanciunas was prepared for an increased role. "Even from talking to [Casey] we feel that way, Jonas feels that way, players feel that way." After averaging career bests in points (12.8) and rebounds (9.1), expect another step forward in 2016-17.
May 30 - 11:43 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri hinted that re-signing Bismack Biyombo could be a difficult proposition.

"We want to bring them back," Ujiri said of Biyombo and DeMar DeRozan. "Sometimes those things are difficult or challenging." While the Raptors have a very strong chance to re-sign DeRozan, retaining Biyombo—who broke out on a national stage in the playoffs and should receive offers in free agency upwards of $10 million annually—could prove to be quite the task.
May 30 - 11:31 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri would not commit to giving DeMar DeRozan a max contract.

Although Ujiri made it clear the Raptors would like to re-sign DeRozan in calling it the team's "No. 1 goal," the GM refused to answer whether or not he was prepared to offer DD a max deal. "That question is for later," Ujiri said. The answer will be interpreted in a number of ways, but the reality is that there is no need for Ujiri to box himself into a corner by definitively answering one way or the other at this time. As is typical in free agency, the marketplace will determine DeRozan's value. Having said that, all signs point to a max deal.
May 30 - 11:26 AM

Dwight Howard and the Rockets were at odds over his role during the season.

"I felt like my role was being reduced," Howard said. "I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, 'I want to be more involved.' Daryl said, 'No, we don't want you to be.' My response was, 'Why not? Why am I here?' It was shocking to me that it came from him instead of our coach. So I said to him, 'No disrespect to what you do, but you've never played the game. I've been in this game a long time. I know what it takes to be effective.'" Howard, for his part, admitted his mistake in allowing not getting the ball to impact other areas of his play, but it's easy to understand his frustration in this situation. Given all of this combined with the fact that the Rockets are expected to hire Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, it would be nothing short of shocking to see D12 back in Houston for 2016-17 and beyond.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 10:15 AM

Pau Gasol is considering skipping the Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus.

Gasol cited uncertainty about the situation and cautioned anyone participating to "think about" the risk involved. "It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk," Gasol said. "We need to understand the seriousness of the situation. I feel responsible to know more about the situation and to inform everyone about it."
May 30 - 9:49 AM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, "the Heat's preference" is to re-sign Dwyane Wade to a one-year contract.

Such a move would be done in order to preserve 2017 flexibility, not because Miami isn't committed to its franchise player. Wade has made no secret of the fact that he wants and plans to spend the rest of his career with the Heat, so this is more of an update than an evolving part of an uncertain narrative. Per Jackson, the Heat expect Wade's salary to come in between $15-$20 million annually for next year.
May 30 - 9:14 AM




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