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Kobe Bryant said he doesn't expect to have any problems negotiating a contract extension and plans to retire as a Laker.

Kobe's comments come one day after he said he wouldn't take a pay cut from the $30 million he's scheduled to make this year. That said, Kobe seemed to backtrack Thursday, noting it was difficult to say what salary he would command because there have been no talks to this point. The Lakers reportedly had planned to discuss an extension after the season, but that was before Kobe tore his Achilles. Depending on Bryant's health, he might have a hard time commanding $30 mill annually in his next deal, which should make negotiations fascinating to watch.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 05:08:00 PM

Ricky Rubio hit just 4-of-12 shots, but also knocked down 13-of-13 free throws on his way to 21 points and 10 assists in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 115-114 win over the Pacers.

He also hit the game-winning free throws late, which should give him a boost of confidence as well. Rubio was struggling pretty badly earlier in the season, but has turned it around to become a force down the stretch. If you bought low or held onto him through the dark period, it's paying off right now. He's averaging 15 points, 10.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 39 percent shooting over his last five games, but also hasn't missed a free throw in his last eight games (38-of-38).
Mar 28 - 10:48 PM

Monta Ellis started again for the Pacers and hit 8-of-11 shots to tie his season high of 19 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in Tuesday's 115-114 loss to the Timberwolves.

He's played very well in three straight games and might be the starting shooting guard going forward. He's scored in double digits in three straight games, averaging 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 3-pointers over his last three games. He's hit 19-of-31 shots over that stretch, good for 61 percent, and might be worth picking up if you are looking for a shooting guard right now. He displaced C.J. Miles in the starting unit two games ago and while the Pacers lost tonight, the move could stick.
Mar 28 - 10:36 PM

Timothe Luwawu scored 17 points with a career-high four 3-pointers on Tuesday vs. the Nets.

TLC got a nice bump because Gerald Henderson (hip) didn't play tonight, but he's expected back on Wednesday vs. the Hawks. The rookie finished 5-of-12 from the field and hoisted up 10 3-point attempts, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. This was his first good line in over a week, so we'll need to see him do it again.
Mar 28 - 10:29 PM

Gordon Hayward (bruised left quad) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Kings.

This isn't really an update, but his owners can expect a real one after Wednesday's morning shootaround. If Hayward misses his second game in a row, Joe Ingles is the clear pickup in fantasy after he scored 19 points with five triples on Monday. Joe Johnson will also benefit.
Mar 28 - 10:19 PM

Robert Covington went off for 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 106-101 win over the Nets on Tuesdays.

The 76ers only dressed nine players, so RoCo logged 38 minutes and posted a gem of a line with one assist, two steals, two blocks and one triple. The biggest knock on him is that he doesn't shoot it efficiently from the field, but he hit 9-of-15 shots in addition to a pair of free throws. He's been a top-12 player in standard fantasy leagues for two months and is a monster in real life too -- he's ranked inside the top five in the entire league in Defensive Real Plus-Minus.
Mar 28 - 10:08 PM

Draymond Green tweaked his left ankle during the second half of Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets, but he's available to return.

He was in the locker room for about five minutes and had a noticeable limp at first, but he had his ankle re-taped and looked much better walking back to the bench. We'll have an update after the game, but it looks like his owners dodged a bullet.
Mar 28 - 9:46 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

The big man has missed two games in a row and the Pelicans haven't said much about the injury. The Pelicans will hold a shootaround Wednesday morning, so that's when his owners will have a better idea of his status. If he's out, Dante Cunningham will likely start, but you would have to be very desperate to look his way. Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis will have higher ceilings if Boogie sits.
Mar 28 - 9:31 PM

Ian Mahinmi (hip) and Bojan Bogdanovic (back) will play on Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

Mahinmi went through a full practice on Monday and should be ready for his normal workload off the bench. However, fantasy owners can continue to ignore him while Marcin Gortat is healthy.
Mar 28 - 9:13 PM

Jordan Clarkson (hand) will play on Tuesday vs. Wizards.

He was diagnosed with a bruised fifth metacarpal on Sunday, but he was able to play through the injury. We'll let you know how he fares tonight, but his fantasy owners can go ahead and deploy him in lineups.
Mar 28 - 8:53 PM

Jon Leuer is starting in place of Tobias Harris on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

Interesting. Coach Stan Van Gundy previously said that Harris would start for the rest of the season, but the Pistons have lost four straight games and SVG is going to shake things up. Leuer's numbers only get a modest bump in the first unit, so he's just a low-end pickup. The big man is averaging 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.4 triples in March.
Mar 28 - 7:26 PM

Taurean Prince will draw another start on Tuesday vs. the Suns.

Thabo Sefolosha (groin), Paul Millsap (knee) and Kent Bazemore (knee) are all out, and Bazemore is the only player expected back on Wednesday. That means Prince is looking at a significant workload tonight and could have some nice short-term value this whole week. In his previous start, Prince went off for 17 points, six boards, one assist, three steals, one block and two triples in 38 minutes.
Mar 28 - 7:19 PM




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