September 27, 2017, 8:18 am
Not one…Not two…Not three…well, probably not any seeing that the Warriors are so good but hey, anything can happen. That’s right, after getting bought out by the Bulls, Dwyane Wade reached an agreement with the Cavs on a one-year, $2.3 million deal.
Wade is reunited with LeBron James for at least one season before the two bolt and leave Cleveland high and dry. He may officially join the Cavs as soon as today. Wade will be in the mix with J.R. Smith as the starting shooting guard. With Isaiah Thomas projected to be out until January, Wade gives the Cavs a much needed ball handle and can help the second unit once the Cavs get healthy. The Cavs waived JaCorey Williams to make room for Wade.
From a fantasy perspective, Wade can produce top-100 numbers, but you know the drill. He will rest for tons of games and will be a frustrating player to own for the rest of his career. It’s a guessing game with him for much of the season. Let someone else have that headache.
AROUND THE ASSOCIATION
- Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told the media that Zach LaVine (ACL) won’t take contact in practice until mid-November. This means LaVine probably won’t get in to the groove of things until perhaps December. The Bulls are in no rush to bring LaVine back, as they are in full rebuild mode. Kris Dunn will start at point guard in the interim.
- Knicks GM Scott Perry conceded that the team is considering scenarios where they could clear the logjam at center on the roster. The Knicks currently have Enes Kanter, Willy Hernangomez, Joakim Noah and Kyle O’Quinn. Hernangomez and Kanter are the clear frontrunners to playing time, so it will be interesting to see what the Knicks do with Noah and KOQ. Temper expectations from a fantasy standpoint until a move happens.
- Thunder coach Billy Donovan confirmed that the Thunder will start newly-acquired Carmelo Anthony at power forward. Melo already told the media that he liked the idea of playing the four in OKC, but it was nice to see Donovan confirm his role. Consider him a mid-round value this season.
- Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is excited about the new look of the Bulls offense, telling reporters that “there is no more holding the ball” and “now it’s more free.” The Bulls are in clear rebuild mode and while there is plenty of opportunity to go around, it is tough to invest in Bulls players until we see how minutes are divided to start the season.
- A few big names missed practice on Tuesday. Russell Westbrook (knee) sat out since he had a PRP injection last week. There is nothing to see here. Safely draft him in the top half of your drafts. Brook Lopez (back spasms) sat out drills but was able to get some shots up. After health was always his concern in the past, Lopez has played 72, 73 and 75 games over the last three seasons. If he holds up again, he should keep top-50 status as an elite center with nice efficiency percentages.
That’ll do it for Wednesday’s Daily Dish, offseason edition! As always, be sure to follow me on Twitter, I’m @RiazD. Don’t forget to follow all of our breaking news and rumors @HoopBallTweets. We are less than three weeks from tipoff!!
April 25, 2019, 2:06 amLou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams went off for 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in a 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Williams went 1-of-2 from deep and 8-of-9 from the stripe. He also contributed four rebounds and 10 assists to the stat sheet. When the Clippers were down 118-117 with under two minutes left, Williams hit a 4-point play to go up three points. After that play, he made two more buckets to widen the gap to 125-118. Williams iced the game for the Clippers and he is one of the cogs that keeps the team successful when he is on his game.
April 25, 2019, 2:00 amPatrick Beverley - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley put up 17 points with 14 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
He shot 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-11 from 3-point territory. His attitude and energy provide the young Clippers much-needed confidence. His defense and toughness have helped the Clippers push this series to six games and possibly further, which is something many people would have counted out before the playoffs started.
April 25, 2019, 1:53 amDanilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari put up 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting in a team-high 42 minutes as the Clippers beat the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday to avoid elimination.
He did not shoot the ball well from beyond the arc as he went 3-of-11, but he did shoot 5-of-6 from the stripe. He also contributed seven rebounds, two assists and one steal to the box score. Gallinari has not been efficient during this series, and it is quite disappointing to see him taking a dip from his high level of production in the regular season. Gallinari will need to bring another performance like this one if the Clippers hope to force a Game 7.
April 25, 2019, 1:44 amMontrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell played well in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday as he had 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting in 27 minutes of action.
He added five rebounds, two assists and one block while shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from the line. Harrell provided energy and paint dominance for the Clippers throughout this game, which lifted them to a win to force a Game 6. Harrell's only block came late in the fourth quarter on a Kevon Looney dunk attempt, which shifted momentum in the Clippers' favor.
April 25, 2019, 1:38 amJaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green started in Game 5 and scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three triples in 27 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors on Wednesday.
Green was guarding Kevin Durant for much of his court time during Game 4, and Game 5 was no different. Durant is unguardable, so the 45 points that he scored is not Green's fault. He has been playing well in the starting lineup and there is no reason to believe that his role will change for Game 6.
April 25, 2019, 1:29 amStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry scored 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in Game 5 as the Warriors lost to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors are still up by one game in the series, but it would have been nice to end it on their home court. Curry added three rebounds, four assists, and one block to the box score while shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Curry has had a phenomenal series thus far, which is seemingly inevitable with the Warriors' stars. The rest of the roster will need to step up in order to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:20 amKlay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson followed up his 32-point performance in Game 4 with a 22-point outing in Game 5 on 9-of-20 shooting in a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
He made four triples while adding three rebounds and two assists to the box score. Thompson is having a solid series with averages of 18.3 points and 2.5 triples per game in the first four games, The Warriors will have another chance to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:14 amKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant put up 45 points on 14-of-26 shooting with six rebounds and six assists in a Game 5 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors had a chance to end the series tonight but could not capitalize as they got absolutely torched by Lou Williams down the stretch. Durant added two steals, one block and five 3-pointers to the box score. He was their main scoring option down the stretch and really kept them in the game, but Williams got the best of him and pulled out the win.
April 24, 2019, 11:13 pmChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul got it done in Wednesday night's win over the Jazz, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three turnovers.
Paul finished this series scoring 17.4 points on 46 percent shooting, both above his regular season averages. He has a habit of increasing his production in the post season and should continue to be a linchpin for the Houston offense as long as he stays healthy.
April 24, 2019, 11:02 pmClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela looked healthy in Wednesday's 100-93 win over the Jazz, scoring 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
Coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that Capela was feeling a lot better and it certainly looked it tonight. The lob-catching big man is essential to Houston's playoff success and could be in for a huge role in a potential showdown with the Warriors.