• Marc Gasol had an interesting take on his brother’s looming free agency during Memphis’ end-of-season interviews today.

    Per Ronald Tillery, Marc said his older brother should head to San Antonio. How serious he was is unclear at this time. It’s an interesting idea for Pau, who would be following in the footsteps of experienced players looking for a ring to wind down their careers. On that spectrum, he definitely profiles more towards David West and Kevin Martin as reduced-cost veterans who can still play a healthy role than he does “token old guy” a la Tracy McGrady. Even so, Pau is a much better player than West or Martin and will command a hefty sum on the market this summer. Gasol also differs in that he has already been an NBA champion, so the ‘last chance at a ring’ reasoning isn’t as strong as it has been in other cases.

    While a nice thought from Marc, Pau joining the Spurs seems unlikely. West is already under control for another season and the Spurs frontcourt is relatively packed with Tim Duncan (pending retirement decision), West, LaMarcus Aldridge, Boris Diaw and the looming presence of Boban Marjanovic. Financially, the move makes little sense for the elder Gasol, who would need to take a massive pay cut to join San Antonio, lest the Spurs undergo some major reshuffling (roughly 0% chance).

    Fit-wise — if Duncan were to retire — Gasol could occupy his role, though the defensive drop off between the two may be too much for the Spurs to stomach. More than anything else, it’s simply unclear whether Pau would be interested in sacrificing big money to take on a reduced role when he already has a championship. While Marc’s advice will likely go unheeded, it serves as a reminder of the cachet the Spurs have as basketball’s model franchise.

Fantasy News

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw (illness) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.

    Terence Davis would be in line for additional minutes if Patrick McCaw can't suit up for this one.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

    Ntilikina is looking likely to miss his second straight game. With Elfrid Payton probable for this one, Ntilikina would be pushed back to a reserve role if he can get cleared. Dennis Smith Jr. will again look to pick up extra minutes in this one.

    Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton (sore right ankle) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's contest against the Hornets after missing the previous two games.

    Payton should slide right back into the starting lineup, where he was on a tear before the break. Over the past month, Payton has provided top-20/30 per-game value in 9/8 cat leagues on the back of 13.4 points, 9.4 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. Feel free to get him back into all lineups.

    Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker (left knee soreness), who has already been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Blazers, is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

    Marcus Smart will be in line for yet another start if Walker is unable to go, while Brad Wanamaker would again see additional minutes as well.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Brook Lopez
    C, Milwaukee Bucks

    Brook Lopez (sore back) is being listed as probable ahead of Tuesday's game against the Raptors.

    Lopez missed Monday's overtime win against the Wizards on Monday but looks to be ready to go on the second night of a back-to-back against the number two seeded Raptors. Robin Lopez, who started in place of his brother, will return to ar reserve role off the bench.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon (sore knee) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies but expects to suit up.

    Gordon got the start on Monday with Russell Westbrook sitting, but left early and did not return. It looks like he shouldn't miss any time as a result, and will look to slot back in as a scorer off the bench. Gordon is averaging 14 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 threes in two games since the All-Star break.

    Source: Cayleigh Griffin on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    Team, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook (sore thumb) is expected to suit up when the Rockets take on the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Westbrook missed Monday's game with the issue, but it was never thought to be anything more than for precautionary reasons. Westbrook cut down on his three-point attempts in early December and has been a per-game beast ever since, sitting on top-16/8 per-game value in 9/8 cat leagues over the past three months. Westbrook owners can also breathe a sigh of relief that the Rockets have just one remaining back-to-back set on the schedule.

    Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchison (shoulder), Denzel Valentine (hamstring) and Luke Kornet (ankle) will all be held out against the Thunder on Tuesday.

    The Bulls will once again have only nine active players for tonight's game as Ryan Arcidiacono, Shaquille Harrison and Adam Mokoka should again see minutes in the high teens. None are worth much of a look, as the Bulls have five days to get their roster healthy before their next game on Saturday.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter Jr. (left foot fracture) is being ruled out ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Thunder.

    The Bulls continue to take the cautious approach with Porter Jr. and will give him an additional five days to ramp up his activity before potentially being activated for Saturday's game against the Knicks.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle) is being ruled out ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Thunder.

    Carter Jr. returned to Bulls' practice over the All-Star break eyeing a return, but he will now miss the first four games after the break. Luke Kornet (ankle) remains out as well, as Daniel Gafford and Christiano Felicio should continue to stay busy. Carter's next opportunity to return will be on Saturday against the Knicks.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter