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Gordon Hayward (shoulder) is once again listed as doubtful to play on Saturday.

The Jazz and Blazers go at it again on Saturday after playing on Friday, but Hayward is expected to be out for the rematch as well. As has been the case, look for Randy Foye and Marvin Williams to soak up minutes on the wing with Alec Burks also getting into the mix.
Source: AP
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 07:55:00 AM

General manager Ryan McDonough hinted that Mikal Bridges could play a lot of power forward.

The GM said that all four of his draftees play different positions, which is noteworthy because of how No. 59 pick George King was a straight SF. The Suns threw in an expensive piece with the 2021 unprotected first to move from 16 to 10, and McDonough also said his team tried to trade up to 7-10 to get Bridges. For what it's worth, he said the 76ers "reengaged" his team when Zhaire Smith fell to 16, so that's how the deal got done. Bridges is a classic 3-and-D player and he is almost a lot to at least get a rotation spot. This is bad news for Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender.
Jun 22 - 5:15 PM

Carmelo Anthony does not intend to opt out of his current contract with the Thunder, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

He has a $28 million player option, and the market for Melo has shrunk significantly over the last 12 months. After losing minutes to guys like Jerami Grant, it's fair to say the Thunder probably would like for him to opt out to allow them to go after another player. This would also impact the likelihood Paul George can return. Anthony has until Saturday night to decide, so we'll find out this weekend.
Jun 22 - 5:01 PM

Coach Igor Kokoskov said Elie Okobo can be an "elite point guard" in the NBA.

Okobo was a little sloppy with the ball in France and some thought he might be better on the wing, but the Suns sound fully committed he'll be at the one. General manager Ryan McDonough said the Suns had Elie Okobo "a lot higher than 31." Kokoskov said Okobo's speed jumped out when they were scouting him, which also ties into how the Suns want to push the pace next season. The team also said he vastly improved over the last six months, so Okobo is a name to remember this summer.
Jun 22 - 4:51 PM

Coach Igor Kokoskov said he thinks Deandre Ayton can be an "elite defender" in the NBA.

Ayton was also asked about Joel Embiid's tweet saying the rookie doesn't play defense, but Ayton said he didn't think about responding to it. Kokoskov talked about energy a bunch and said Ayton is a talent that he hasn't seen in decades. The coach said he wants him to be a rim protector and that he has versatility in space. Ayton himself said the Suns can "run all day" with Devin Booker and the pace, so maybe the Suns can improve on their 30th ranked offense. He's in a fantastic system for his skillset, so Ayton comes in with sky-high upside.
Jun 22 - 4:40 PM

Coach Brett Brown said the 76ers are taking an "elementary" approach to reclaim Markelle Fultz's shot.

"When you look what's most important, [and] what thing needs the most work, it's [his shot]," Brown said. The coach hinted that Fultz may not play in summer league because the team really wants to get his shot back. Fultz's rookie season was a complete disaster, but Brown still believes in his No. 1 pick and has already went to Los Angeles to check on him.
Jun 22 - 4:06 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle suggested he is open to playing Luka Doncic at the four in some matchups.

"Him playing four is gonna be a problem for teams to match up with," Carlisle said. Oh boy. Doncic absolutely has the height to guard small-ball fours at 6'8", and the main concern with him is weight gain at 230 pounds. If Doncic plays the four, that means he has four possible avenues for minutes on a team without much depth on the wing, so his floor and ceiling get a noteworthy bump with this quote. He's unlike any prospect we've ever seen and he justifiably will cost a pretty penny in draft season.
Jun 22 - 3:39 PM

Coach David Fizdale said he could see Kevin Knox as a starter for the Knicks.

"Yeah, I’m looking at our roster right now, absolutely," Fizdale said about Knox starting. The coach did mention that Knox could be an option at the three because the Knicks don't have enough size at that position. Plus, they're also going to be really thin at the four, so Knox finds himself in an excellent spot to see minutes from day one. He's on the radar as a late-round pick in fantasy.
Jun 22 - 3:34 PM

Coach David Fizdale indicated that Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. are too small to start as the shooting guard and small forward combo.

"They’ve both 6-6, 6-5, and he’s going to have to guard LeBron [James]," Fizdale said. Everyone knows Fizdale loves his defense, and he said he doesn't know who he is going to start at the three yet. Hardaway Jr. shouldn't really be affected by this quote because of all the money the Knicks dumped on him, but Lee may see a drop in playing time.
Jun 22 - 3:31 PM

Luka Doncic is unlikely to play in the Las Vegas summer league.

As disappointing as this news is for the summer-league lifers, it's kind of expected. The Mavs don't want to overwork Doncic after his lengthy run in EuroLeague and the ACB. The Mavs obviously believe in Doncic after they threw in a top-five protected pick to move up two spots and he's not your typical rookie, so he should have ample opportunity on his new team. Doncic is worth a pick near 50 in redrafts and maybe the top 30 in dynasty.
Jun 22 - 2:39 PM

The Hawks selected Kevin Huerter with the 19th pick on Thursday.

He underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right hand last week, and is expected to make a full recovery before camp. It’s all about shooting for the 6’7" shooting guard with his 41.7 3P% to help him get to a pristine 64.0 TS%. Huerter averaged 14.8 points, 5.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.6 treys as he enters the NBA at almost the perfect time. The Maryland product also posted a 38-inch max vert at the combine with some of the best numbers overall in the strength and agility drills, and was one of the best shooters at the combine, as well. He is perhaps in the best position to get minutes among non-lottery players with the Hawks set for a rebuild, especially if Kent Bazemore is traded.
Jun 21 - 9:35 PM

The Bucks have selected Donte DiVincenzo with the 17th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

As 2018 started, there was almost no chance that DiVincenzo was going to leave Villanova early. However, he tore it up in the tournament to earn Most Outstanding Player honors on his title-winning squad. The 6’5" guard projects as a bench scorer, and he showed off at the combine with the top-ranked max vert at 42 inches (tied Josh Okogie). It’s a little risky to go after a guy that went off late in the year with guys like Malachi Richardson flopping after a tourney run, but DiVincenzo was efficient all season at 60.8 TS% and doesn’t look like a flash in the pan.
Jun 21 - 9:22 PM




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