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Following Wednesday's 104-80 loss to the Bulls, Knicks president Phil Jackson said the team isn't ready for showtime just yet.

Wednesday's loss was about as bad as Knicks fans could have envisioned the start to the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era and Jackson wasn't sugar-coating it. "Not ready for showtime, were we guys?" Jackson said to reporters. "I can’t tell how long it’s going to take."
Oct 30 - 10:25 AM

Kobe Bryant told Julius Randle (leg) to have a good cry upon hearing he will miss the rest of the season with a broken tibia.

No stranger to season-ending injuries as of late, Bryant had some words of wisdom for the rookie, "Get it out your system, just like I did, with a nice hard cry then it’s time to go from there." While Ed Davis now becomes a solid add for fantasy owners, Randle can be safely dropped in standard leagues.
Oct 30 - 9:53 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still optimistic about signing Tristan Thompson to a contract extension.

With clock is ticking towards the October 31 deadline that would keep Thompson from become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, the Cavs are still expressing optimism. "We’d like to sign Tristan long-term to the Cavaliers. I don’t think that’s any secret," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. "I believe they’d like to do that as well. So we’ll hopefully see what happens this week." Thompson will be primarily backing up Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao this season, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury.
Oct 30 - 9:36 AM

Pau Gasol thinks his brother Marc may end up with the New York Knicks when he hits free agency after the 2014-15 season.

The Knicks are a logical suitor as they'll have over $20 million in cap space next summer, but it sounds like the brother have already spoken about Pau's former coach. "Hopefully he’ll have a strong year and all the options in the world, because he’s one of the top centers, interior players in the league, so any team would be fortunate to have him," Pau said. "It’s a personal decision. I talked to my brother enough about Phil that he knows what he brings to the table. Gasol had a strong season opener with 32 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks and is one of the better centers in fantasy basketball as long as he is healthy.
Oct 30 - 9:15 AM

Reggie Jackson (ankle) and the Oklahoma City Thunder are unlikely to agree on a contract extension before the October 31 deadline, according to sources.

Though Jackson will become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season if a deal isn't reached before the deadline, Thunder GM Sam Presti has said that the team intends to keep the Boston College alum. With Eric Bledsoe and Kemba Walker recently signing extensions that pay them upwards of $12 million, the 24-year-old's price tag likely just went up. Jackson is currently nursing an ankle injury, but fantasy owners won't find much fantasy value in Perry Jones III and Andre Roberson as both struggled in Wednesday's opener.
Source: Oklahoman
Oct 30 - 9:06 AM

Isaiah Thomas filled it up in just 20 minutes during an easy 119-99 win over the Lakers on Wednesday, making 9-of-11 from the field for 23 points with one rebound, three assists and five 3-pointers.

That's good for a ridiculous 104.5 effective field goal percentage, 17.8 assist ratio and a 29.2 usage rate. Thomas is definitely going to have some down nights with his minutes taking a hit, but he just looks so good in this up-tempo offense. He won't be this great, but should be a player worth starting now and would become a tremendous asset should Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe need to miss time.
Oct 30 - 4:03 AM

Goran Dragic made 6-of-12 from the field and all six shots at the line against the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes.

His minutes would have been higher, but the Suns just demolished the Lakers to get this game to garbage time. Dragic was still the focal point of the offense and had no problems getting into the lane. He was more of a top-40 player while Eric Bledsoe was in the lineup last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't have the bar set too high right now.
Oct 30 - 3:53 AM

Miles Plumlee committed five fouls in 25 minute against the Lakers on Wednesday with 10 points, six boards, one steal and one block.

Just like his brother Mason, he had a couple egregious fouls and was easily the worst player in the starting five tonight. Plumlee should still be safe as the starter and would really have to have a meltdown, but the Suns going with smaller lineups will keep his minutes and touches limited. Fantasy owners in 16-team leagues can probably do better.
Oct 30 - 3:47 AM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len played 19 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with three points, five rebounds and one block.

Not bad. Len looked good tonight and seemed to have a good grasp of the offense. That said, we'll need to see him stay healthy before even considering suggesting him as an add.
Oct 30 - 3:44 AM

Anthony Tolliver made both attempts from the field for seven points with six rebounds, two 3-pointers and two turnovers in 19 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday.

He is going to take a lot of triples and may actually be near 1.0 makes per game. Tolliver is still not a fantasy option in almost any format.
Oct 30 - 3:41 AM

Gerald Green played 22 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Wednesday with four points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and three turnovers.

He did get some run at small forward, but Marcus Morris was easily the better option. Green is going to need a lot of things to happen to make his way onto the fantasy landscape in standard leagues. Coach Jeff Hornacek did say he could start Green at small forward if the matchup is right, but obviously he might change his tune.
Oct 30 - 3:39 AM

Markieff Morris played 26 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He was a bit quiet tonight, but still made 5-of-10 from the field and didn't turn the ball over. Morris looked great in transition and filled the lane nicely and he also helped space the floor. He'll have bigger lines ahead of him and looks poised for a breakout season.
Oct 30 - 3:35 AM

Marcus Morris caught fire against the Lakers on Wednesday with 21 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers as the starting small forward.

He owned the Lakers last season and got it going tonight in the blowout. In the post-game interview, Morris said he was practicing 200-300 attempts from beyond the arc per night, so it paid some immediate dividends. P.J. Tucker is still out for two more games, so fantasy owners should consider Marcus a near must-start option until further notice.
Oct 30 - 3:31 AM

Kobe Bryant attempted 25 of the Lakers' 86 shots from the field, making 11 of them for 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a blowout 119-99 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.

If you're scoring at home, he had a usage rate of 43.6, which is a basically 150 percent of what the 2013-14 league leader posted. Usage is obviously not going to be a problem for Kobe, so the stats are going to be there as long as you're OK with some efficiency issues. He should get better and just needs to stay healthy.
Oct 30 - 3:27 AM

Wesley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

He hasn't fared very well against his former team with only one positive outing in five tries. Johnson should get similar minutes with a decent allotment of shots until Nick Young (thumb) is out. Still, fantasy owners can part ways with him if they aren't enjoying all these blowouts and the lack of production.
Oct 30 - 3:18 AM


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