• When Kevin Durant announced that he’d be joining the Golden State Warriors, many took that as a sign of Russell Westbrook’s leanings heading into his own free agent year. As it turns out, that never even came up.

    In a sitdown with USA Today’s Sam Amick, Durant opened up about his decision making process.

    Durant downplays the possibility of chemistry issues persuading him to seek greener pastures. While that’s a fine sentiment to share after the fact, it’s far from an unexpected answer. It’s not like he’s going to put Westbrook on blast immediately after he bolted Oklahoma City. Westbrook’s tendency to end possessions, either with a shot attempt or an assist, has long been rumored to draw Durant’s ire however minor it may have been. He’ll be in a whole new world with the Warriors’ effortless passing and movement.

    Interestingly enough, Durant also said that Westbrook’s free agency was never discussed. He dined with Westbrook and Nick Collison during the recruiting process but it was something the group didn’t touch on. So what did they talk about?

    “I mean we didn’t really talk about anything at all. I wish him nothing but the best, man.”

    Interesting. Talking about nothing at all hardly seems like a viable recruiting tactic, but you really can’t blame Durant for keeping some stuff under wraps. They allegedly have yet to have a lengthy conversation since the free agency fallout; it might take some time but it doesn’t seem like there’s bad blood between the two superstars.

    As usual, take everything said with a grain of salt. Durant, defensibly, doesn’t deviate too far from the standard statements. He does open up about his own emotions in the wake of his big move, expressing some empathy for those in OKC who felt particularly jilted by his departure. It’s an interesting talk with the NBA’s newest villain.

Fantasy News

  • Grayson Allen
    SG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Grayson Allen experienced left hip soreness in Friday's game and will not return.

    Allen managed to see just six minutes of action and missed his only attempt from the field to finish the game with one rebound and one turnover. He's not fantasy-relevant at this time,

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Josh Hart
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Despite dealing with left ankle soreness, Josh Hart will be out there to face the Nuggets on Friday.

    Hart is worth a look in 16-team formats, but his role in New Orleans is taking a hit as the team reorients itself around Zion Williamson. Until we see some more injuries arise to open up a larger role, Hart is nothing more than a streaming option that can give you 3-pointers and rebounds.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • JJ Redick
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    J.J. Redick (left hamstring strain) is available to play against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Redick's upside is capped surrounded by many healthy teammates on the Pelicans nowadays, but we all know he is going to nail 3-pointers when he is on the floor anyway. As long as you realize he is nothing more than a late-round play in standard leagues there is nothing wrong with having him around to fill out your roster.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Gary Harris
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris will be out there when the Nuggets face the Pelicans on Friday.

    It has been a roller coaster owning Harris this year, but now that Jamal Murray is out of the lineup we have another opportunity to see if Harris can live up to the hype. If nothing else he'll be useful for steals and 3-pointers, and if his shooting from the field finally turns around you will have a great asset on your hands.

    Source: Nuggets PR on Twitter

  • Michael Porter Jr.
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Michael Porter Jr. (back tightness) will be active against the Pelicans on Friday.

    The back flair up cost him one game. Gary Harris is returning on Friday and that is likely going to squeeze Porter out of a few minutes, but he still has a fair opportunity for standard league value while Paul Millsap remains out. MPJ's upside is tantalizing, and while the odds are against him on this loaded roster, he is still a worthwhile roll of the dice.

    Source: Mike Singer on Twitter

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dealing with a left ankle sprain, Steven Adams will not take part in the Thunder-Hawks matchup on Friday.

    While Adams is out Nerlens Noel will be in for an excellent opportunity to produce. Don't be afraid to have him in your DFS lineups. Adams should be ready to return in the near future, and had been playing well before the ankle sprain, but whether it's because of the competition or the injuries he has been unable to reach mid-round value this season.

    Source: Steve McGehee on Twitter

  • George Hill
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    George Hill scored 16 points (6-of-10 shooting) and two threes in only 24 minutes.

    Hill has ceded some minutes to Eric Bledsoe–and deservedly so–but today he was able to make the most of his limited role. We can't trust Hill to be this efficient now that the Bucks are at full strength, but he's always someone to keep on watch lists in case injures strike.

  • Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young is no longer on the injury report with a right thigh contusion, and he is all set to face the Thunder on Friday.

    Young should be well-rested and ready to go in this one. Before sitting out Wednesday he looked as good as ever with a 42-point and 15-assist effort on Monday. Activate him with confidence.

    Source: Peachtree Hoops on Twitter

  • Donte DiVincenzo
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Donte DiVincenzo continued his low-end way, putting up eight points, seven rebounds, two steals, a block and a three-pointer.

    We normally wouldn't blurb about DiVincenzo, but this is just to emphasize how much he's improved as a fantasy asset this season. He has one of the highest steal rates in the league and can contribute across the board when he isn't scoring. The Bucks have shown no indication that they're willing to unleash him, but DiVincenzo is rosterable in standard leagues even if his production may appear minimal on first impression.

  • Alex Len
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Alex Len is no longer on the injury report for his lower back strain and will participate in the Hawks-Thunder game on Friday.

    Len was able to successfully return on Wednesday and will get another run on Friday now. He received 20 minutes on Wednesday, and if you are in need of a center with 3-point shooting skills in deep leagues he is a solid pickup.

    Source: Peachtree Hoops on Twitter