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The Knicks could have a real shot at signing Russell Westbrook after the 2016-17 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

We've got a ways to go until Westbrook is an unrestricted free agent, but Woj thinks the Knicks have a legitimate chance at luring the star guard to New York City. While Knicks president Phil Jackson has some work to do hiring a new coaching staff and building a better roster for Westbrook, this idea gives Knicks fans something to potentially look forward to. For the time being, Westbrook's fantasy owners can continue to enjoy his elite production as one of the best players in all of fantasy.
Feb 9 - 9:26 AM

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 32 points during a 122-106 win over the Suns on Monday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers.

He scored 25 in the second half and is a scoring machine in his last seven, averaging 34.4 points, 9.9 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals and 3.3 treys on 50.3 percent from the field, 45.1 percent from deep and 92.8 percent from the line. KD is getting close to a 50/40/90 year again at 50.6 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from deep and 89.5 percent from the line. He's created some separation as fantasy's No. 2 player in standard leagues.
Feb 9 - 1:19 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 29 points against the Suns on Monday with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

He is crashing the glass like few other guards and is close to triple-doubles more often than not. In his last six, Westbrook averaged 24.5 points, 10.2 boards, 12.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.2 blocks and 1.3 treys. His slump from last month is behind him.
Feb 9 - 1:14 AM

Kevin Durant scored 40 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors during a 116-108 loss on Saturday.

The Thunder clawed back from an 18-point deficit to make this a game, but it just wasn't enough. As for KD, it's his third 40-point game on the year and he is tearing it up on offense right now. In his last 10, Durant averaged 32.1 points, 9.3 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.6 treys. He is up to 27.7 points per game and trails James Harden for second by just 0.1 points per game.
Feb 7 - 12:33 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 27 points with three rebounds, 12 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

He did not have any field goal makes in the fourth quarter. Westbrook's three rebounds are tied for his third-lowest output in that category. His scoring is starting to come up again with just one game below 24 points in his last seven games. Before that stretch, he had six such games in his previous seven.
Feb 7 - 12:24 AM

Serge Ibaka scored eight points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

This is pretty close to rock bottom for Serge. He's seen his usage rate really fall off and he isn't blocking shots like he usually does. His body of work suggests he'll get it turned around, so Ibaka is still a buy-low player.
Feb 7 - 12:17 AM

Enes Kanter scored 14 points with 15 rebounds and one assist against the Warriors on Saturday.

He is actually in a really nice rhythm in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 9.4 boards, 0.8 blocks and 0.4 steals on 63.2 percent from the field and 92.9 percent from the line. This is probably his peak, so try to sell high if you can.
Feb 7 - 12:14 AM

Kevin Durant hit 27-foot game-winner during a 117-114 victory over the Magic on Wednesday, finishing with 37 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, three blocks and six 3-pointers.

KD is not nice. He gave Tobias Harris a dirty crossover to get free for the shot with 0.5 seconds left (video in link below). Durant is rolling in his last five, averaging 33.8 points, 9.8 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.8 steals and 3.0 treys on 50.5 percent from the field and 90.2 percent from the line. Yes, teams have interest in signing him this offseason.
Feb 4 - 12:11 AM

Russell Westbrook went bonkers during a win over the Magic on Wednesday, making 10-of-18 from the field for 24 points with 19 rebounds, 14 assists, two steals and just two turnovers in 38 minutes.

That makes three straight triple-doubles for Westbrook with a career high in boards and he just missed joining Dwight Howard and Andre Drummond as the only players to post a 20-20 this year. Westbrook made 52.8 percent from the field in his last five for 24.2 points per game. Interestingly, he's attempted a whopping 49.4 percent of his shots at the rim in that span, so there's your reason for the bump in FG%.
Feb 4 - 12:03 AM

Serge Ibaka blocked six shots against the Magic on Wednesday with nine points, seven rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 36 minutes.

He had a great block on Victor Oladipo to deny the Magic from a lead before Kevin Durant hit a game-winning trey. Ibaka has not been very good lately and has only posted sixth-round value in 2016. He busted loose last year late in the season before an injury and has a very high floor, so he could improve later this year.
Feb 3 - 11:56 PM

Serge Ibaka said that spending more time away from the rim has contributed to the downward trend in his shot blocking and rebounding numbers.

"It's tough. Four years ago, I used to be in the paint most of the time, so I used to get more blocks, more rebounds," said Serge. "Now the way they play, we have to change." For the first time in Ibaka's career, Russell Westbrook is averaging more rebounds than him at 7.4 per game, although Serge has still managed to put up top-50 value on the season largely due to his 2.1 blocks per game. Ibaka qualifies as a buy-low guy, but there are no guarantees he can be a top-20 player to close out the year.
Source: Oklahoman
Feb 3 - 2:15 PM

The idea of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook signing with the Lakers as free agents is "almost laughable," according to sources of Basketball Insiders.

The initial KD and Westbrook to Los Angeles story was spawned by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, who tends to favor sensationalism over journalism, and the reality is that if the pair would like to remain together they'd make more money by staying in OKC. Additionally, it wouldn't make sense for Durant to leave the Thunder in order to pursue a championship and then wind up going through a rebuild with the Lakers. For now, Los Angeles seems like a very unlikely destination for the Durantuala.
Feb 3 - 9:05 AM

Kevin Durant went through a full practice on Tuesday without wearing any brace or sleeve on his right knee.

Durant wore a right knee brace during Monday's game, but he produced a standard stat stuffing line, and after going through a full practice on Tuesday there's nothing to be concerned about here. Move along.
Feb 2 - 4:37 PM

The Warriors have emerged as "significant frontrunners" to sign Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent if he decides to leave the Thunder this offseason, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski

In order for the Dubs to create the cap space for this move, they would need to trade away Andre Iguodala, stretch Andrew Bogut and Jason Thompson, and withdraw Harrison Barnes' qualifying offer. Durant is also by no means a lock to leave OKC this offseason, and another idea that has been floated around is him signing a two-year deal with the Thunder with a player option on the second-year, so that he would hit free agency with Russell Westbrook. This is obviously going to be a huge story this offseason, but for now, Durant is fantasy basketball's No. 2 overall option.

Kevin Durant wore a brace on his right knee during Monday's win over the Wizards, but the Thunder didn't elaborate on the reason.

Head coach Billy Donovan said reporters would have to ask Durant about the brace/sleeve that he wore on his right knee, but Durant left the locker room without talking to reporters. While he was seen icing the knee on the bench, KD didn't look any worse for the wear on the court en route to scoring 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting. We'll keep an eye out for updates, but it doesn't sound like this is anything fantasy owners should worry about just yet.
Source: Oklahoman
Feb 2 - 9:37 AM


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