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According to sources of the Washington Post, the Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year max deal.

We already knew the Wizards wanted to re-sign Beal, but he's been adamant about receiving a max deal and it sounds like Washington will give it to him. His durability issues are a major red flag, but the Wizards don't really have any alternative options and the rising salary cap will allow them to take some risks. He's a restricted free agent, so the Wizards will still be able to match any opposing offers if they change their mind about giving him the max. Free agency begins on July 1st.
May 27 - 10:37 AM

Pat Riley hinted that he fully expects to re-sign Dwyane Wade this summer.

"He wants to win, I think, as much as he wants to do anything," Riley said. "Compensation to a player is not just a way to get paid and to live your life. Compensation to a player is about recognition and respect and place. We know where he belongs…He’s a lifer. What he’s done in this city over the last 13 years is irreplaceable and so we’re going to do the right thing. There’s no doubt." While Wade is fully expected to return to Miami, it's unclear if he's willing to take a discount to give his team more financial flexibility in free agency.
May 27 - 10:26 AM

According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the 76ers are more likely to trade Jahlil Okafor than Nerlens Noel this summer.

The 76ers have a serious logjam in their frontcourt and it will likely get even more crowded this summer when they draft either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. "I think that there's a very high likelihood, that whether it's to move up in the draft or use them to grab a free agent in a sign and trade or just to a trade, that you will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season," Ford said. "I think that they'll gauge the interest of both players." A trade would likely benefit both Noel and Okafor, so this will be one of the most interesting storylines of the summer.
Source: CSN Philly
May 27 - 9:18 AM

Stephen Curry looked healthy during a Game 5 120-11 victory over the Thunder on Thursday, making 9-of-20 from the field for 31 points with seven rebounds, six assists, five steals and three 3-pointers.

With all the rumors swirling around Curry saying he's only at 70 percent, he looked much better. After the game, coach Steve Kerr said Curry "looked like 91 percent" in what was his best scoring output in this series. A big difference for Curry was his on-ball plays as he was able to get to the rim more often with his eight shots within three feet. He'll have Friday off, so maybe he'll be at 95 percent for Game 6 in OKC as the Warriors look to tie the series at three.
May 27 - 12:30 AM

Draymond Green got it going during a Game 5 win over the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, four blocks and two turnovers in 39 minutes.

He turned it around after four sub-par games during this series, especially in the last two. The bad news is that Green picked up his fifth technical foul, so two more and he will be suspended for one game. This is on top of Green possibly being suspended for another flagrant foul. After the lineups with Green at the five were smoked in the last two, he played only one of the first 46 minutes at center tonight -- the Warriors went small to prevent threes late. The move to the four should help in Game 6.
May 27 - 12:21 AM

Marreese Speights filled it up in just nine minutes with 14 points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

In true Mo Buckets fashion, he had a 48.1 usage rate and a 76.1 true shooting percentage. Speights' output off the bench was very helpful while the starters were resting. He won't play a bunch, but he sure can fill it up in minimal playing time.
May 27 - 12:11 AM

Harrison Barnes played just 25 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with six points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He likely would've played less if the Warriors didn't have a decent lead late. Coach Steve Kerr gave some of Barnes' first-half minutes to Andrew Bogut, which should continue going forward. Barnes' best postseason for scoring has been his rookie season back in 2013 and it's not close, so the downward trend is discouraging. The 23-year-old wing hasn't helped his earning potential this summer.
May 27 - 12:06 AM

Andrew Bogut was a huge part of Thursday's Game 5 win over the Thunder, scoring a postseason career-high 15 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

His increased minutes tonight may have been the difference. Bogut played just 23 minutes combined in the last two games, but the Warriors went much bigger in this game. Bogut's presence around the rim on defense was a big part of limiting easy buckets for OKC while his passing and four offensive boards went a long way for the Dubs' offense. The Aussie is probably going to be a bit sore after this one, but expect him to get some extended run again on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr gets a lot of credit for this rotation change.
May 26 - 11:55 PM

Kevin Durant's 40 points were not enough during a 120-111 Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

It's the most points he's scored in this series and his second most of this postseason (41 vs. Spurs). While Durant was 12-of-31 from the field, he went 13-of-13 from the line gave him a respectable 54.4 true shooting percentage. The Thunder didn't go small nearly as much, so not exerting more energy on the defensive low block may have helped Durant's offensive usage. Based on the adjustment from the Warriors, we should be looking at a lot of scoring chances from Durant in Game 6.
May 26 - 11:54 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points during a loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, five steals, seven turnovers and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

It was a very Westbrook game with lots of highs and lows. He had a couple bad stretches with careless turnovers while he hit a number of impressive off-the-dribble jumpers. The Thunder will live and die by Westbrook with the All-NBA First Team guard playing some of his best ball of his career. In this series, he's averaging 28.0 points, 6.6 boards, 11.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.2 treys. His numbers are better at home, so we have high expectations for his stat output in Game 6.
May 26 - 11:52 PM

Serge Ibaka scored 13 points with eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

The Ibaka at the five lineups were not nearly as successful tonight as they were in Game 3 and 4. Ibaka still was outstanding on both ends with a couple clutch treys in the fourth to keep the Thunder in the game. Thanks to his ability to defend the perimeter, he's all set for big minutes in Game 6 regardless of how coach Billy Donovan tweaks his rotation.
May 26 - 11:42 PM

Dion Waiters did not score on Thursday with four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

Up until tonight, the Thunder were effective when he was on the court during this series, including a plus-56 in plus-minus during his 66 minutes in the last two games. Tonight was a different story with Waiters posting a team-low minus-18. Coach Billy Donovan used Waiters as a ball-handler once again during this game, but he couldn't get free too often for scoring. He will be as risky as ever for Game 6.
May 26 - 11:39 PM

Andre Roberson fouled out in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with six points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

He's coming off the best career of his game because the Warriors left him alone in most offensive sets on Tuesday. However, it was a little different this time with his teammates missing him on some open looks. Roberson's minutes should be safe, but the Thunder may not go small as much now that the Warriors made an adjustment to go bigger. Still, Roberson's DFS owners have to be satisfied with this and can dial him up again in Game 6.
May 26 - 11:37 PM

James Michael McAdoo is active for Game 5 on Thursday.

It's usually Brandon Rush on the inactive list, so this could be a hint the Warriors go bigger. They have been smoked on small-ball lineups in the last two, so maybe we see more Festus Ezeli and Andrew Bogut. He is just insurance.
May 26 - 8:49 PM

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will start against the Thunder in Game 5.

The Warriors have to make some adjustments tonight, but it won't be out of the gate. Harrison Barnes made several mistakes in the last two while Bogut has been in a tough spot with all this pace. We should still see plenty of Andre Iguodala and possibly more Festus Ezeli.
May 26 - 8:24 PM



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