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Timberwolves agreed to terms with Chase Budinger on a three-year, $16 million contract.

The third year of the deal will be a player option. Budinger played in just 23 games last year due to a left knee injury, averaging 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists. But based on this contract, the Wolves appear to see him as their starting small forward in 2013-14. Andrei Kirilenko is an unrestricted free agent. Budinger, who has averaged 2.1 3-pointers per-36 minutes in his four-year career, will be on the deep-league fantasy radar if he does end up starting.
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 05:21:00 PM

Hassan Whiteside scored 13 points with 13 rebounds and one block in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

He was actually engaged in the second half and part of that is thanks to Josh Richardson for hitting him on rolls to the rim. Whiteside did get late minutes in this game because of how Kelly Olynyk couldn't get into a rhythm due to foul trouble. Besides the loss factor and how he was crashing the boards when he didn't need to, his second-half run is about as encouraging as it gets after it looked like there was a chance he wasn't even going to hit 15 minutes based on his first stint today.
Apr 21 - 5:23 PM

Josh Richardson set a playoff franchise record with seven steals against the 76ers on Saturday, adding 10 points, five rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

He did suffer a left shoulder contusion in the second quarter, but he started the third quarter and looked fine. Richardson showed the mainstream NBA crowd that he's earned a First Team All-Defense nod with his outstanding instincts with his ball pressure and he's been able to guard four positions. Plus, he was a big part of getting Hassan Whiteside going on the offensive side in this close loss. His fantasy owners know he's a stud, but they'll have to pay up for him next year.
Apr 21 - 5:20 PM

Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Evan Turner, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Turner is getting over his toe injury and he will have a small metal plate in his shoe to protect this injury. It's also mildly interesting that Jusuf Nurkic is starting again after getting owned all series. Expect Turner and Shabazz Napier to play more minutes with Moe Harkless out.
Apr 21 - 4:21 PM

Moe Harkless (knee) will not play in Game 4 against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Even though Evan Turner will be out there, it's bad news for the Blazers that they won't have Harkless. The Blazers need some additional ball handlers to help out the backcourt, so we may see some extra Shabazz Napier to take pressure off Damian Lillard.
Apr 21 - 3:30 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart (thumb) will see a doctor next week, and he could return to action if he is cleared.

The Celtics have said that he's hopeful for Game 7 against the Bucks, so making it back before next weekend is possible. Smart was was given a 6-8 week timetable and the 27th would be six weeks. If he's back, he may still come off the bench because of how well Terry Rozier has played. Shane Larkin would lose minutes.
Apr 21 - 3:10 PM

John Henson (back soreness) is doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 vs. Boston.

He did not play in Game 3 and was ruled out almost two hours before tip time, so he wasn't close for that one. Thon Maker was one of the heroes for Game 3 with five blocks and 14 points, but he'll likely come off the bench behind Tyler Zeller. Jabari Parker is the clear winner here as the Bucks will go smaller more often.
Apr 21 - 2:45 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) went through practice on Saturday and is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday in San Antonio.

After he slightly rolled his ankle as he went after a loose ball, KD has downplayed this injury being a problem since Thursday night. Going through practice today makes it clear that this issue shouldn't affect him much, so he's a viable stud to play in your DFS lineups tomorrow.
Apr 21 - 2:25 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) participated in most of a non-contact practice on Saturday.

The Warriors are saying Curry will do some "modified team practices" over the next week as he ramps up on-court activity. If the Warriors and Pelicans advance in 4-6 games, the conference semifinals could move up to Apr. 28 or 29. Curry is going to be re-evaluated on Apr. 27, so he's likely out for Game 1.
Apr 21 - 2:14 PM

Coach Tyronn Lue said that George Hill (back spasms) is having an MRI and that he is questionable for Game 4 on Sunday.

Hill's back flared up on him in Game 1, and it's been a problem for him since. He was initially listed as questionable for Game 2, but did end up playing. He finished with six points, three assists and two turnovers in 20 minutes before fouling out. If Hill is unable to suit up, Jose Calderon will likely draw the start at point guard, with Jordan Clarkson seeing an uptick in minutes off the bench. This is not an ideal scenario for the Cavs in what is essentially a must-win game.
Apr 21 - 1:40 PM

Thon Maker made a major impact off the bench against the Celtics in Game 3 on Friday, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, one steal, five blocks and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

He was knocking down open treys with plenty of pick-and-pop action, and he was terrific on help defense as the Celtics attacked the basket. John Henson (back) was ruled out with plenty of time to spare before tip, so maybe Maker gets another chance to put up numbers. He'll be a DFS play, but don't expect him to be this good.
Apr 20 - 11:58 PM

Jabari Parker scored 17 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Celtics in Game 3 on Friday.

He wanted playing time, and he got it in this big win. Parker did get some minutes in garbage time, but the damage was already done with 17 points before the final five minutes. If John Henson (back) is out again, Parker should be able to find minutes in the upper 20s or even low 30s if he's hot.
Apr 20 - 11:57 PM




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