• Pickups of the Night: Thursday, February 7 ($)

    We had another busy six-game Thursday night so let’s dive right in . As usual, players owned in at least 50 percent of leagues will not be covered since they are already widely owned.

    Pickups

    Patrick Beverley, LAC (38% owned) had nine points, a three, five boards, three assists, a steal and a block in only 24 minutes. The minutes were down as the game got out of hand early, but Beverley has a more secure role with Avery Bradley being traded. He’s had top-50 value over the last two weeks, and while he probably won’t maintain that output, a top-100 finish to the season is certainly in play.

    Cory Joseph, IND (10%) tied Bojan Bogdanovic for a team-high 32 minutes and he scored 13 points to go with a trey, nine boards, six assists, a steal and one turnover. Jospeh has been a top-100 play in 9-cat over his last four games and if Tyreke Evans (outside the top-300 over the same span) continues to throw up stinkers, Joseph’s increased run should stick, though he probably won’t be that good to end the season; it’s more likely he ends up an asset for 14-16-deep.

    Josh Okogie, MIN (2%) continues to start had a nice game with 13 points, a three, four boards and three steals but he hasn’t been able to put together a stream of strong games, and with value outside the top-200 in pretty much all time frames, he’s best left on the wire.

    Fred VanVleet, TOR (48%) exploded for 30 points, four treys, six assists and five rebounds in a spot-start and we pretty much know the score with FVV at this point: when one of either Kawhi Leonard or Kyle Lowry misses games, he’s a top-90 play with considerable upside, but when he’s coming off the bench he’s relegated to a low-end, but still usable, guard at the end of your roster. Considering the shaky health of both Leonard and Lowry, it’s not a stretch to assume VanVleet will be a top-100 play going forward.

    Norman Powell, TOR (1%) had 11 points (with a triple) and not much else in 21 minutes. He’s solidified his role as a bench gunner but the lack of run or defensive stats means he’s not likely to exceed the top-185ish value he’s had for several months which makes him strictly a deep-league streamer.

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LAL (38%) pumped in five 3s and added 17 points and a single assist. KCP has been a low-end top-150ish play over the last few months and his biggest problem is not being able to maintain any semblance of consistency. He’s a deep-league guy until he can do that.

    Lance Stephenson, LAL (7%) continued his low-minute, high-popcorn output with 14 points, three 3s and two assists in just 17 minutes. He’s surprisingly been outranking KCP over the last two weeks with top-120 value in 9-cat despite only getting 23 minutes a game. LeBron James is back so don’t go adding Stephenson expecting him to duplicate that. For deeper-leagues or streaming purposes, KCP is still the preferred play.

    Terry Rozier, BOS (48%) got hot off the bench with 19 points, five treys, six assists, four boards and a steal in only 19 minutes and though he’s been a top-70 play over the last two weeks, Kyrie Irving is still in Boston and Marcus Smart (46%) is still starting and getting more run. Smart is still the preferred own, but if you’re already rolling with Rozier, you can ride him ‘til the wheels fall off.

    Daniel Theis, BOS (1%) has been a top-75 play over the last two weeks and he didn’t disappoint tonight with 20 points, two 3s, six rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes. He’s useful as a low-usage stream as long as Aron Baynes (left foot contusion) is out as he’s the only player backing up the 4 and 5 spots. When he cools off, it won’t be pretty.

    Ivan Rabb, MEM (26%) has been added with the quickness as he’s been putting up top-130 9-cat value over the last week for a tanking Grizzlies squad. Rabb had 15 points, a three, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 31 minutes and with the team trading away Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green, only new addition Jonas Valanciunas stands in his way to maintaining value. It remains to be seen if coach Bickerstaff uses J.V. in a reduced role similar to his last two coaches.

    Bruno Caboclo, MEM (1%) had one of the best games of his career with 16 points, three 3s and five rebounds in 31 minutes. He didn’t record a block but has been averaging 1.3 swats per game over the last two weeks so they will come. Aside from the bad shooting from a big (34.0% on the season), Caboclo could be a difference maker down the stretch for deeper-formats.

    Al-Farouq Aminu, POR (49%) fell under the ownership threshold and deserves a mention. He got 11 points (on 3-of-5 shooting), eight rebounds and a steal but only played 21 minutes, which has become a trend and the reason why he’s been dropped so much (that, and he’s in a shooting slump). Until he can start getting consistent minutes in the late-20s, he’ll be more of a deep-league asset.

    Rodney Hood, POR (10%) played his first game in a Blazer uniform and dropped in 14 points (6-of-7 from the field) with two 3s, three rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes off the bench. This is a one game sample size, but Hood looked good playing off Lillard and McCollum so maybe it sticks. Until he gets hurt. And he didn’t have a great track-record in Cleveland, either.

    Jake Layman, POR (5%) was able to have a good game despite Rodney Hood joining the rotation. Layman scored 13 points with a three, two assists, three rebounds and a steal and a steal in 31 minutes. He’s been returning top-100 value over the last two weeks but it’s hard to see him and Rodney Hood get heavy run but maybe they both do at the expense of Aminu.

    Bryn Forbes, SAS (23%) managed to collect 11 points and three 3s in 23 minutes but he only had five field goal attempts and has been losing run to Patty Mills.

    Patty Mills (15%) had seven points, one trey and eight assists in 29 minutes. Mills has also been playing better than Forbes over the last two weeks (top-115 vs. top-185). Mills is a stream while he’s hot and until Derrick White returns.

Fantasy News

  • Patrick McCaw - G - Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw, who has been dealing with a personal issue for the last few games, is active for Game 6 on Saturday vs. the Bucks.

    It looks like McCaw got things sorted out. With him active now, the Raptros will get a bit more depth at the guard spot. That said, Fred VanVleet has been playing well, so McCaw will not likely see a lot of burn tonight outside of potential garbage minutes (if any).

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw - G - Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw (personal) is back with the Raptors but will not play in Saturday's Game 6.

    McCaw has been away from the team and hasn't played at all in the Conference Finals. Odds are he needs time to work back into shape, and we have a hard time imagining that Nick Nurse introduces him into the mix in Game 6 or a possible Game 7.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics

    According to Anthony Puccio of SNY, there's mutual interest between Kyrie Irving and the Nets.

    Irving reportedly likes what the Nets have been building, and the fact that he grew up as a Nets fan certainly doesn't hurt either. The Celtics and Knicks are also known suitors in the Irving sweepstakes, with the Lakers becoming a more popular rumored destination by the day. Brooklyn would love to pair Irving with D'Angelo Russell and have room to add a max free agent.

    Source: SNY

  • OG Anunoby - F - Toronto Raptors

    OG Anunoby was spotted on the court before Saturday's Game 6, where he was taking jumpers and working on dribbling and footwork drills.

    Anunoby still has no timetable to return but he is trending in the right direction. Should the Raptors make the Finals the general expectation is that Anunoby would at least be an option at some point, but there's not much to act on until we get a more concrete update from the team.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Arash Markaz of the LA Times said on Colin Cowherd's show that he's been told the Clippers do not want to sign Jimmy Butler.

    Markaz hinted that the Clippers will go after bigger names than Jimmy Butler this offseason and that the Lakers would likely land him if they were to offer him the max. LeBron James has reportedly already reached out to Butler as well. He will be 30 years old at the start of season and should remain in his prime for at least a couple more seasons. Over 12 playoff games with the 76ers, he averaged 19.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.0 triples while shooting 45.1 percent from the field.

    Source: Arash Markazi on Twitter

  • Taylor Jenkins - C - Milwaukee Bucks

    The Grizzlies have interviewed Bucks assistant coach Taylor Jenkins for their vacant head coaching position.

    Jenkins has been on Mike Budenholzer's staff over the last six years with the Hawks and Bucks and was a head coach for the Spurs G-League team prior to that. He is the sixth known candidate to interview for the position with the others being Alex Jensen, Nate Tibbetts, Jarron Collins, Igor Kokoskov and Adrian Griffin.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Mike DAntoni - Coach - Houston Rockets

    Despite Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta stating his intention to bring back coach Mike D’Antoni, recent departures of key staff may indicate that the team is trying to nudge MDA out according to NYT’s Marc Stein.

    Large parts of D’Antoni’s staff including assistant coach Roy Rogers, assistant Mitch Vanya, video coordinator John Cho and player development coach Irv Roland (noted for his work with James Harden) will not be returning next season for the Rockets. There’s some speculation that despite Fertitta’s comments, GM Daryl Morey isn’t fully on board and might be the primary reason behind the recent firings. D’Antoni has one more season on his contract and it’s looking increasingly likely that there will be another shoe to drop.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    Kevin Durant (calf strain) still hasn’t progressed to on-court work.

    Durant has already been declared “unlikely” for Thursday’s Game 1 of the Finals and considering DeMarcus Cousins has practiced in full and scrimmaged with the team, it’s looking like he might return to action before Durant. There’s almost a week until the Finals start so we’ll have an update before then.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad) scrimmaged on Friday with coach Steve Kerr adding that he looked good.

    It's still unclear what the timetable is for Cousins but he hasn't yet been ruled out for Game 1 of the Finals. We'll have an update as we draw closer to the start of the Finals next Thursday.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter

  • Adam Silver - Commissioner - Free Agent

    The NBA has moved the start time of free agency to 6 p.m. ET on June 30.

    Previously, free agency officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 but the league is moving it up by six hours to accommodate an extra evening in the news cycle. Additionally, teams have permission to set up free agent meetings starting at 6 p.m. ET on June 29.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter