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The Lakers confirmed an MRI revealed Pau Gasol has a partial tear of his plantar fascia, which reportedly will sideline him for at least six weeks and could bench him for up to three months.

The Lakers declined to give a timeline until Gasol gets a second opinion in L.A. on Thursday. A league source told CBS Sports' Ken Berger that surgery would sideline Gasol for 10-12 weeks and offers a better chance of a full recovery. If Gasol declines surgery, he'll be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Coach Mike D'Antoni said earlier Wednesday that Gasol would be out for "a while" and the reported timeline will sideline Gasol at least into mid-March. Even if he doesn't opt for surgery, we wouldn't blame owners if this finally prompted you to cut bait on Gasol. Earl Clark and Metta World Peace will see definite boosts in their values and Antawn Jamison becomes an interesting option in deeper leagues.
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 05:45:00 PM

The Nuggets are in talks with Will Barton about a contract extension.

Barton would likely make a lot more money if he opts for free agency in 2018 instead, so this is a bit of a surprise. Gary Harris and Wilson Chandler will start on the wings for Denver this season, but Barton should see plenty of minutes as the sixth man and is on the radar as a late-round flier after posting 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 triples on 44.3 percent shooting last season.
Sep 25 - 8:08 PM

T.J. Warren has agreed to a four-year, $50 million extension with the Suns.

There was no doubt that Warren was viewed as a long-term piece for the Suns and it's a really solid contract for the 24-year-old forward. When asked what player could surprise this season, Suns GM Ryan McDonough said Warren without hesitation. He's penciled in as the starting SF and looks like a nice option towards the end of the middle rounds after he racked up career-highs with 14.4 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 steals last season.
Sep 25 - 7:49 PM

Magic Johnson said he expects Brandon Ingram to have a "breakout season."

He also said he expects him to be the scoring leader on this team. The Lakers have talked him up all offseason and he was thoroughly impressive in his lone Summer League outing. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said that Ingram has stuck out as the most vocal leader so far and it sounds like he will be the focal point of the offense right out of the gate. Unlike last season, Luol Deng is no longer a threat. He's an intriguing late-round flier, but fantasy owners will be hoping he improved from the line this summer after hitting just 62 percent of his free throws as a rookie.
Sep 25 - 7:23 PM

Rodney Hood's goal for the 2017-18 season is to come home with the Most Improved Player award.

With the departure of Gordon Hayward, there's a massive hole to fill in Utah's offense, but it sounds like Hood is ready to try and fill some of that scoring void. "I've got to score. I've got to be one of the guys to put the ball in the basket," said Hood. Consistency and staying healthy have been issues for Hood in the past, but he's looking at ample opportunity in Utah this season, and it sounds like the Jazz coaching staff wants him aggressive on offense. He has a decent amount of upside, so rolling the dice on Hood towards the later rounds makes sense.
Sep 25 - 6:06 PM

Jabari Parker (left knee) said that he can do "everything right now," and he plans to be back on the court by February.

Parker is currently recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, which is the same ACL that he ruptured back in 2014. While he may be able to get back on the court sometime after the All-Star break, he'll assuredly be eased back into things by Milwaukee with back-to-back sets being out of the question. In other words, it's unlikely he'll be able to help you that much in fantasy hoops this season, so we'd recommend avoiding him in re-draft formats.
Sep 25 - 5:50 PM

Luke Walton said that Brook Lopez (back) may be limited at the start of training camp.

Lopez has been experiencing some back spasms over the past few days but maintains that it's "nothing serious at all," and that he's just trying to be cautious early on so it doesn't turn into a lingering issue. Lopez missed a handful of games back in 2014 due to a lower back strain, but he hasn't dealt with any back issues over the past three seasons, so we wouldn't read much into this.
Sep 25 - 4:50 PM

Zach LaVine (left knee) will not be ready for opening night, according to VP of Basketball Operations, John Paxson.

The Bulls have not committed to an official timetable for LaVine's return, but considering that they're currently going through a rebuild, Chicago management will be in no rush to bring LaVine back to the court. LaVine maintains that he's "very far along" in his recovery from the ACL tear and that he'd like to get back to the court "as soon as possible," but Bulls' reporter Sean Highkin has speculated that LaVine might not take the court until December or January. With so much uncertainty here, it's tough to justify taking LaVine prior to the later rounds, despite his upside.
Sep 25 - 4:32 PM

Harrison Barnes said he prepared his body to play more minutes at power forward with the expectation that he will be the starting four-man in Dallas this season.

Rick Carlisle wants the Mavs to turn up the tempo and it sounds like he'll open the year with Barnes as the Mavs starting power forward, shifting Dirk Nowitzki over to center. Barnes added that operating as Dallas' No. 1 option last year was a great experience and that he wants to become better at getting to the line in his second year with the Mavericks. Barnes doesn't do much in the way of steals or assists, but he scores efficiently and will be worthy of a mid-round pick on draft day.
Sep 25 - 3:37 PM

Rick Carlisle said he's not sure if Seth Curry will be a starter for the Mavs this season.

Carlisle has essentially confirmed that Dennis Smith Jr. will start at the point with Harrison Barnes at the four-spot and Dirk Nowitzki at center, but who starts at the two and three will be worked out over the course of training camp. Curry will likely be competing with Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Matthews for the starting two-spot, and while he should be a fixture in the rotation, he might not see the rock come his way quite as often with the Dennis Smith Jr. era underway.
Sep 25 - 3:21 PM

Robert Covington (right knee surgery) said he was medically cleared to play back in July and that he's been playing 5-on-5 for the past month.

Covington underwent a procedure to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee back in April, but it sounds like he'll be 100 percent entering training camp. He'll likely start at small forward for the 76ers this season, and while he might not receive quite as many touches in the offense with the improved talent around him, he may be able to improve his field goal percentage. He should also continue to be an elite source of steals and will be well worth a mid-round pick on draft day.
Sep 25 - 3:07 PM

Russell Westbrook said that his left knee is "fine."

Westbrook received a PRP injection in his left on September 22, and he will be sidelined for the first few days of camp, but both Westbrook and Thunder GM Sam Presti have played this down as a non-issue. It sounds like Westbrook should be fine by the time preseason rolls around, and it's worth noting that while he's had some issues with his right knee in the past, he doesn't have any history with the left knee being an issue.
Sep 25 - 2:51 PM




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