• Marc J. Spears of ESPN spoke with Harrison Barnes about his free agency and the changes that have gone on for him since the Warriors signed Kevin Durant.

    In the story, Barnes discusses how he feels that the “decision was made for [him]”, which echoes what we’ve been hearing from him all off-season, and is also a fairly accurate description of what happened.

    The fact is that Golden State clearly didn’t want to offer a contract to Barnes until after they had heard from Kevin Durant.  It’s not hard to understand why this could be a tough thing to hear, especially after Barnes was an important part of the team during both trips to the finals.

    An interesting note in this story is that while many point to the increased salary that Barnes got by rejecting the extension offer that the Warriors gave him last season, he also gained the ability to choose where he ended up this season.  A trade certainly could have been on the table this off-season had he signed that extension, and not signing led to him deciding where he wanted to be most, if that wasn’t Oakland.

    The other side of that is that Barnes may not have been traded if he had signed, and the Warriors may have held on to him for that amount instead of trying for Durant.  It’s tough to know for sure, but deciding between Harrison Barnes on a max contract and Kevin Durant on a one year deal with a player option is not a tough choice.  If you have Barnes locked up for what you deem to be a good value well below the max, then maybe you have to think more about trading him, especially after winning 73 games.

    Barnes also discussed the fact that he sent personalized messages to his teammates through text after his departure.  He still seems to have a close relationship with them, which was not a guarantee after reports came out that players from the Warriors have been recruiting Kevin Durant for a while now.  This is always good to see, and you would hate for him to be on a team that he feels is trying everything they can to replace him, including his teammates.

    For now, it may be best for Barnes to forget about how everything unfolded, and move on to his new opportunity in Dallas.  Barnes is still a very young player that the Mavericks certainly hope can be a vital part of their franchise moving forward, and concentrating his energy and time on his new team and teammates may be the best move going forward.

Fantasy News

  • DeMarre Carroll
    SF, San Antonio Spurs

    The Rockets are expected to sign DeMarre Carroll after he clears waivers.

    The Spurs just waived Carroll, who played sparingly this season in San Antonio. He figures to be fill a depth role on the Rockets.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jeff Green
    SF, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have reportedly signed Jeff Green to a 10-day contract.

    Green was waived by the Jazz in late December. He played just 18.4 minutes per game there, averaging 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • DeMarre Carroll
    SF, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have agreed to buy out DeMarre Carroll.

    Carroll only played 15 games this season with the Spurs and there were rumors that he would be traded. It's possible that the Rockets will sign him, but he hasn't been worth owning in fantasy at any point this campaign.

    Source: Jeff McDonald on Twitter

  • Kris Dunn
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    According to reports, there is a growing expectation within the Bulls organization that Kris Dunn may miss the remainder of the season due to his right knee MCL sprain.

    Nothing is certain at the moment, but fantasy owners should prepare for the possibility that Dunn will be shut down. He has dealt with a lot of swelling and the Bulls are now five games behind the Magic, who currently hold the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Coby White could see steady minutes at guard the rest of the way, but he has only shot 37 percent from the field this season.

    Source: NBC Sports Chicago

  • Brandon Ingram
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    It's reportedly a "foregone conclusion" that the Pelicans offer Brandon Ingram a max contract this summer.

    No surprises there, as Ingram has erased the health concerns that lingered this summer with a huge season. He's blossomed into an All-Star after missing the end of last year with DVT in his right arm and is averaging career-highs across the board. New Orleans is a great spot for fantasy value so this is a win for everyone involved, assuming pen does eventually meet paper.

    Source: The Athletic

  • John Beilein
    , Cleveland Cavaliers

    John Beilein and the Cavs have discussed the possibility of Beilein stepping down from his head coaching job during the All-Star break, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Beilein's transition to the NBA has not gone well, but abandoning a five-year commitment so soon would be absolutely shocking. He has struggled to make the jump from the college game, altering his game plans and terminology in an effort to help get the Cavs on the same page, though he's had a few notable off-court missteps and has had trouble relating to his players. Even if he doesn't leave in the coming days, one has to imagine that Beilein won't be in Cleveland much longer.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo could not will his team to the win against Team LeBron on Sunday in what was the most competitive All-Star Game we have seen in quite some time.

    Antetokounmpo scored 25 points with 11 boards on 12-of-21 shooting. He had two clutch blocks on LeBron James to keep his team alive, but ultimately Team LeBron was able to overpower Team Giannis. Antetokounmpo's value is being dragged down by free-throw shooting and turnovers, but he remains a top-30 asset nonetheless.

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis secured the win for Team LeBron on Sunday with a game-winning free throw.

    Davis scored 19 points with nine boards on 9-of-16 shooting. Kyle Lowry pulled him to the ground to send him to the line with a chance to win the game and AD delivered. Davis remains the No. 1 player in 9-cat formats and should have no issue maintaining that spot.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard won the first Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award with 30 points as Team LeBron beat Team Giannis 157-155 on Sunday.

    Leonard came out the gate hot as he knocked down eight triples prior to the extremely competitive fourth quarter. He turned it up with some clutch steals down the stretch and helped Team LeBron secure the win. Leonard is a lock for top-10 value as we shift our focus to the second half of the season.

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. won the Dunk Contest on Saturday in an epic showdown with Aaron Gordon.

    Jones and Gordon extended the Dunk Contest into overtime and treated us to some of the best dunks in recent memory. Jones put on a spectacular performance with one 360, between-the-legs dunk that was reminiscent of Vince Carter. Gordon dunked over Tacko Fall in his final dunk and put up dunks worthy of a trophy himself. Jones earned the nickname of Airplane Mode on Saturday and is an option at the end of your bench in 14-team leagues.