• Brian Scalabrine made some waves during a radio hit earlier today by suggesting that the Golden State Warriors could have Klay Thompson on the trade block. Scal, currently in employ with the Celtics’ broadcast team, also said that the Celtics have been linked to the sharp-shooting two guard.

    Firstly, any move of Thompson makes very little sense. The Warriors, beyond their insane collection of basketball talent, have flourished thanks to a tremendous culture and organizational environment; one that would be torn apart by trading Thompson away. The immense loss of goodwill would extend out to the fan base and place an enormous burden on whoever is coming back in return to deliver multiple titles. The Warriors are already good enough to win with Thompson on board so there’s almost no chance the team rocks the boat in such a major way.

    Secondly, ff such a deal were to take place, the Warriors would likely be looking for a rim protector or another athletic big man along with a bushel of draft picks. Boston certainly has the draft capital to get things done but any theoretical deal falls apart immediately thereafter. The closest thing they have to a big man that Golden State would exchange for Thompson is Al Horford, and there’s zero chance that the C’s trade away their big free agent acquisition one year into his max deal.

    A three team trade might be able to assemble the kind of package that Thompson would command, but that creates another chain of potentially complex moves. The rumor (transcribed here by Masslive.com), which Scalabrine himself seems to doubt (“That can’t be true,” he said Monday morning), would involve the Nets’ first rounder, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley headed to Golden State with the pick being flipped for a rim protector.

    While the removal of Thompson would necessitate another shooting guard coming back (hello Mr. Bradley), adding Crowder to the mix would only serve to push Golden State smaller. Crowder would presumably play the four and send Draymond Green into the five spot full-time. That’s a hell of a defensive group, but it just doesn’t make a ton of sense for the Warriors to go this route.

    I know we’re waiting for some tangible news to hit the wire right about now, but this seems like a video game fever dream. I’ll gladly eat crow if a Thompson trade comes to pass but the pieces just don’t seem to fit.

Fantasy News

  • Jacob Evans
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Jacob Evans (concussion) will be absent from Monday's game against the Blazers.

    That makes three consecutive games that Evans has been forced to sit out. He has not been able to crack the Warriors depleted rotation for a consistent role this year, and it is safe to assume that it is not going to happen anytime soon. Evans is only worth owning in the deepest of fantasy leagues when he is healthy.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Abdel Nader
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Abdel Nader will miss Monday's showdown against the Rockets due to a left ankle sprain.

    That'll be Nader's fourth straight game on the sidelines. He's been receiving minutes in the mid-teens lately and does not make much of them. Best to not bother wasting your fantasy memory space on Nader.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchison is probable to play against the Bucks on Monday due to a sore right shoulder.

    The injury has not cost him any games yet, although there were some concerns when it first arose back on Wednesday. You should feel comfortable including him in your lineup if you own him. Hutchison has been on a roll in the steals department lately.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Ryan Arcidiacono
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Ryan Arcidiacono (right elbow discomfort) is probable to face the Bucks on Monday.

    Arcidiacono receives this designation all the time but does not seem to have any issue playing through it. You can assume he'll be out there on Monday, but he is not going to do much stats wise.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jeremy Lamb
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Jeremy Lamb was able to play through his bruised left hip on Monday against the Nuggets, but it led to horrendous results with zero points (0-of-7 FG), one rebound, one assist, one block.

    While it was nice to see Lamb play through the injury, this is not what we had in mind. Things will get tougher for Lamb once Victor Oladipo returns, but it is best to tackle that logjam once it becomes an issue at this point. For the time being, Lamb is worth having in your lineup in standard leagues.

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis had a great performance to lead the Pacers to victory over the Nuggets, notching 22 points (10-of-16 FG), 15 rebounds, 10 assists and five turnovers.

    The left knee soreness does not appear to be much of a factor right now for Sabonis, and it is a relief to see a swift bounce-back from the stinker he had against the Wolves on Friday. He played nearly 41 minutes against Nikola Jokic in this one and put up a nice imitation of the triple-double performances we've come to expect from the Serbian. Keep deploying Sabonis with confidence.

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon continued his strong play on Sunday vs. the Nuggets, going for 22 points (8-of-17 FG, 4-of-4 FT), eight assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers and two turnovers.

    Brogdon has been excellent since returning from strep throat and lower back soreness. He is resembling the early-season production that had him returning early-round value, and while that may be too much for Brogdon to do over an 82-game campaign, he is going to be a mid-round asset, even when Victor Oladipo rejoins the fold for the Pacers. Justin Holiday had a decent line off the bench, going for 14 points, four rebounds, three 3-pointers and one block. The Pacers have a number of options off the bench, making Holiday more of a 16-team play.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    TJ Warren had a solid outing on Sunday versus the Nuggets, totaling 22 points (7-of-13 FG, 8-of-8 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Thank goodness Warren had a solid night from the field and free-throw line to keep this line productive. Then again, that is the rub with Warren, who makes his living as a mid to late-round player thanks to his healthy scoring average (18 PTS) in combination with his strong percentages (.509 FG) (.813 FT) for the season.

  • Michael Porter Jr.
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Michael Porter Jr. put up 10 points with eight boards in 23 minutes of action in a loss to the Pacers on Sunday.

    Porter Jr. has been gaining some serious hype since he has started getting more minutes in the rotation. He has put up top-100 value over the past two weeks and should be picked up in all formats as he should see over 20 minutes per game for the remainder of the season.

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Doug McDermott caught fire down the stretch on Sunday against the Nuggets, leading the Pacers' comeback with 24 points (9-of-10 FG), six 3-pointers, two rebounds and two assists.

    This was McDermott at his finest as a sharp-shooter from long range, but we also saw the emptiness he is known for as he did barely anything beyond the 24 points and six 3-pointers. He is still just a 3-point specialist on a deep Indiana roster. He was able to snatch some minutes from Jeremy Lamb tonight thanks to his hot streak.