The Hawks have picked up their team option on Dennis Schroder.
Schroder is going to split minutes with Shelvin Mack, backing up starting point guard Jeff Teague, and that's not a recipe for fantasy success. Leave him on the waiver wire.
The Sixers have exercised their team option on Tony Wroten for the 2015-16 season.
Wroten has started off the year with a bang with Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) sidelined as he put up 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals during the Sixer's first game of the season. It's unclear how long Wroten will be able to sustain his value, as he could be headed to the bench upon MCW’s return, but for now he remains a solid option in standard leagues. Continue to roll him out there, and enjoy the ride while it lasts.
The 76ers have picked up their team option on Nerlens Noel for the 2015-16 season.
This move is more of a formality than anything, but Noel will now remain with the Sixers through 2016. Health will be a concern for Noel after sitting out his rookie season, but his upside in blocks will make him a fun player to own. Noel's greatest detriment to his fantasy value will be his horrid free throw shooting, so he's more suited for teams punting that category.
The 76ers have picked up their team option on Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) for the 2015-16 season.
The move was expected after MCW led all rookies in points (16.7), assists (6.3), and steals (1.9) last year on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award. Carter-Williams remains sidelined with a shoulder injury, but he is scheduled to go through a full practice on Nov. 6, after which, the 76ers will have a better idea as to when he can make his sophomore season debut. Stay tuned.
Russell Westbrook suffered a fracture to the second metacarpal in his right hand, and the Thunder say they will release a timetable for his return after getting a better look at it on Friday.
The Oklahoman is speculating that Westbrook could be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, but we'll wait for an official update from the Thunder organization. OKC is going to really struggle to find offense with only eight healthy bodies available, but everything is likely going to be going through Serge Ibaka and Perry Jones. Sebastian Telfair is currently the only healthy point guard on the roster, so he's going to be seeing a lot of minutes and makes sense as a speculative add in deeper leagues, although the Thunder are probably searching for an additional backup guard to join the team (Will Bynum?) Reggie Jackson (ankle) is going to have a lot on his plate upon his return, and he is going to get all the minutes he can handle.
Chris Paul scored 22 points during a close 93-90 win over the Thunder, scoring 22 points with four rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.
The Clippers did not look good on offense at all. They led the NBA in offensive efficiency rating, but put up a 39/23/72 percent shooting line from the field, beyond the arc and at the line, respectively. As for Paul, he's probably going to be the best point guard in fantasy hoops as long as he's on the court.
Blake Griffin fouled out in 38 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers.
He shot 8-of-18 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line tonight. Griffin is creating his shot a lot more these days, which should give him a higher usage and possibly lower efficiency. Regardless, he's going to be an elite guy even if his foul shooting doesn't continue to trend up.
Matt Barnes started off his season nicely with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer on Thursday.
He shot a pathetic 3-of-36 in the preseason, so a 3-of-6 tonight is a nice turnaround. Barnes isn't going to light up the box score, but he'll add stats just about everywhere.