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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.
Apr 17 - 10:27 PM

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.
Apr 17 - 6:39 PM

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.
Apr 17 - 6:36 PM

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.
Apr 17 - 5:40 PM

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.
Apr 17 - 5:04 PM

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.
Apr 17 - 4:36 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.

He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field.
Apr 17 - 4:14 PM

Larry Bird said that he would like to bring back Luis Scola next season.

Scola is a quality reserve in the league, but with season averages of just 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds, he’s nowhere near being a standard league asset.
Apr 17 - 3:42 PM

James Ennis said that his primary focus during the offseason will be "getting stronger" and working on his "ball-handling."

Ennis showed some flashes during his rookie season with the Heat, and he ended the regular-season on a high note by putting up his first-career triple-double. If Luol Deng opts out of his contract and leaves Miami during the offseason, Ennis could potentially be looking at a starting role with the Heat. However, there are far too many ifs right now to accurately project Ennis' value, and with season averages of just 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, he has a long ways to go before entering the standard league equation.
Apr 17 - 3:38 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee) is planning on playing in Game 1 against the Rockets.

He practiced today and he should be able to give it a go. Parsons said his conditioning is a little suspect, so he may only be in the high 20s for minutes. Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will play less.
Apr 17 - 3:36 PM

The NBA could move up the start of the season in 2016-17 to help with scheduling issue.

The league would like to cut back on the back-to-back sets and four games in five nights. Obviously, this past season was out of control with all the players resting in road games in back-to-back sets. Hopefully, the adjustment comes in 2015-16.
Apr 17 - 3:31 PM

Lance Stephenson acknowledged that his 3-point shooting was "terrible" this season, and he will spend the summer trying to regain his confidence after a horrific season with the Hornets.

"My 3-point percentage was the lowest ever in history. That’s terrible," Stephenson said. "I have to come in and figure out how to be a better shooter. Being a good shooter will help my overall game... It’s confidence – just wanting the shot to go in so bad and then you lose your confidence. That plays a major part when you don’t have confidence in your shot. This summer I’m going to find my confidence." Born Ready was not so ready for the move to Charlotte, and his name will likely regularly surface in various trade rumors throughout the year, it's finding a taker that's the tricky part.
Apr 17 - 3:26 PM

Mike Scott (back) was a limited participant in practice on Friday and will be evaluated this weekend.

"He is progressing," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We’ll know more between now and (Game 1) Sunday. I don’t think we can say either way that he is definitely in or definitely out. He went through a lot of practice today. We’ll see how he feels today and Sunday. We are hopeful he’ll be ready to go." With Paul Millsap back, Scott isn't going to be as important. If he's limited Mike Muscala would get more run with the second unit.
Apr 17 - 3:22 PM

Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel said while he didn't discuss David West's contract option with him during his exit meeting, his gut feeling is that West will opt in for next season.

West reportedly spoke about "next year" during his exit meeting, implying that he will pick up the player option on his contract worth $12.6 million for the 2015-16 season. West will be 35-years-old next year, and with his numbers steadily declining over the past three years, it's unlikely he'd command such a high salary on the open market. He ended the 2014-15 season with averages of 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.7 steals and blocks per game on 47.1 percent shooting. At this point in his career, he's more of a deep league guy.
Apr 17 - 3:14 PM

Larry Bird said that he hopes to bring back Rodney Stuckey next season.

"I think it’s important for us to get [Stuckey] back here," said Bird. "We need guys like Rodney. He was a major plus for our franchise." The disparity in the way Bird talks about Stuckey and Roy Hibbert could be viewed as insulting by Hibbert's side, and it'll be very interesting to see if Hibbert decides to pick up his player option next season for a team that has basically said they could care less if that happens. Head coach Frank Vogel said that if Stuckey does decide to return, he envisions him playing the Sixth Man role off the bench, which is fine by Stuckey.
Apr 17 - 3:05 PM


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