Hornets General Manager Rich Cho said that Lance Stephenson must improve after his disappointing performance this season.
"Like I told Lance yesterday, I didn’t think he played well," Cho said. "He’s got to improve. In the 2013-14 season he shot 35 percent from [3-point range]. This year it was 17 percent. He’s got to improve that. He knows he had a bad year. I think he’s committed to getting better this summer." There is no denying that Stephenson is loaded with upside, but his stock is going to be really low heading into fantasy drafts next season. The Hornets may also continue to look for trade partners over the summer, so a move away from Charlotte could potentially give him a boost. That being said, It's probably best to let another owner deal with him next season.
Larry Sanders was reportedly in Milwaukee this week, but sources close to him say that he doesn't have any desire to play professional basketball again.
Sanders has some personal issues to work through and recently said that he quit basketball to find his true purpose in life, so it doesn't sound like we will see him in the NBA any time soon. There is too much uncertainly surrounding Sanders to consider drafting him next season, but we will monitor this situation very closely in the off-season.
Jeff Green (back) is questionable for Game 1 against the Blazers on Sunday.
Sources have intimated that Tony Allen (hamstring) is the only Grizzlies player to be in jeopardy and he'll probably do anything he can to get on the court. Among the group of banged up players in Memphis, Green's injury status has been a back-burner issue so owners may want to use him as they normally would.
Elfrid Payton will head to Orlando Summer League in July.
He's probably going to be one of the best guards for that event. Payton will also spend plenty of time working on his jumper with shooting consultant Dave Love. If you're in a points league fantasy format, Payton is going to be highly coveted. He should be a top 75-100 pick in standard leagues for now.
Aaron Gordon will take part in Orlando Summer League in July.
He was starting to come on and get minutes, but Gordon's offensive game is really raw. He potentially could be a fantasy stud and making his free throws this season was big for him. For now, Gordon isn't worth drafting in standard leagues yet and a lot will have to do with Tobias Harris.
David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.
That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly.
C.J. McCollum (ankle) went through a workout on Friday.
He looks fine and should be ready to go for Sunday's game in Memphis. McCollum was terrific down the stretch and he should be able to get minutes close to 30. He'll be a sneaky player to watch during the playoffs. Additionally, McCollum is shaping up to be a fantasy sleeper next season.
Arron Afflalo (shoulder) went through a workout on Friday and attempted some shots.
He was drenched in sweat and taking some shots today bodes well for his chances to play. Still, Afflalo was outplayed by C.J. McCollum, so he might not play more than 32 minutes in the first round. Fantasy owners might want to use someone else in postseason formats or in daily leagues.