• Kevin Durant joining the Warriors rocked the NBA landscape, and now we’re beginning to see the aftershocks ripple across the rest of the league.

    The Warriors will have to do some cap gymnastics to fit Durant onto the roster, namely trading Andrew Bogut and allowing Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli to walk in free agency.

    Ezeli’s first suitor appears to be the Portland Trail Blazers, who had previously struck out on big men Hassan Whiteside and Dwight Howard in free agency. Beat writer Joe Freeman reports that the Blazers are interested in Ezeli, even though GM Neil Olshey hasn’t reached out to Ezeli’s camp just yet.

    Ezeli, coming off a disappointing postseason, would make for an intriguing fit in Portland. The 26 year old would provide another big body for Terry Stotts to use off the bench in support of Mason Plumlee and while he’s hardly the impact big man Portland so desperately coveted, he could still be a nice piece of the puzzle for the Blazers.

    Portland is looking to surround Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum with complementary pieces that can speed up Portland’s Western Conference Ascension. After signing Evan Turner earlier this offseason to bolster their wing depth, they will be looking to add to their frontcourt.

    Assuming Mo Harkless is gone, Ezeli would combine forces with Plumlee, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis and Meyers Leonard to help control the paint. Ezeli isn’t the ideal rim-running fit, but a talented young guy would fit nicely with Portland’s trajectory.

Fantasy News

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler got to the line 18 times on Wednesday and hit 16 of those attempts on his way to scoring 24 points with 10 assists and seven rebounds in 34 minutes.

    Butler did his damage at the line on Wednesday and provided a high-percentage, high-volume boost to free throw percentage for his fantasy owners. Butler has been on the fringe of first-round value all season and shouldn't fall outside the top-20 moving forward.

  • Derrick Favors
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Derrick Favors double-doubled on Wednesday night, ending with 11 points, 10 rebounds and a single steal.

    Favors was able to make an impact in the game despite Zion Williamson entering the fray. The biggest loser here is Jaxson Hayes who saw 16 minutes and only put up nine points and three rebounds with a block.

  • Goran Dragic
    PG, Miami Heat

    Goran Dragic double-doubled on Wednesday with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 10 assists in 30 minutes.

    Dragic has held late-round value throughout the season for his points, assists and threes off the bench. His value is at his ceiling though because of the depth in Miami.

  • Brandon Ingram
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Brandon Ingram shot 6-of-22 from the field on Wednesday but still managed 22 points to go with his three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Ingram probably tanked your field goal percentage today and didn't add many popcorn stats to make up for it. In his first game with Zion Williamson, Ingram still had plenty of opportunities but just couldn't convert. His usage might take a slight hit as Zion's minutes tick upwards, but there's not need to worry at this point.

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    Tyler Herro caught fire from deep, shooting 7-of-9 from beyond the arc on his way to 25 points with three rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes on Wednesday.

    It's certainly fun to own Herro on nights like this, but he is inconsistent because of the depth in Miami. Herro will have late-round value with little upside because of situation in Miami.

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson put on a show in his NBA debut on Wednesday night, ending with 22 points (including 17 straight 4th quarter points), seven rebounds and three assists on 8-of-11 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc.

    Williamson only played 18 minutes but had the stadium rocking in the 4th quarter when he scored 17 straight points, keeping the Pelicans competitive before ultimately returning to the bench to see them fall to the Spurs. As his minutes increase, it will be exciting to see the damage he's capable of causing in the league and the headache he gives opposing defenses. It's a promising start for this talented rookie's career and we can't wait to see where this trajectory takes him.

  • Davis Bertans
    F, Washington Wizards

    Davis Bertans scored 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting with four assists, one steal, one block and four triples in 32 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    The 32 minutes is the most Bertans has played since returning from his right quad strain two weeks ago. He is a must-own player in standard leagues for his 15.3 points and 3.7 threes per game.

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 38 points (16-of-24 from the field), nine rebounds and five assists in a 134-129 overtime loss to the Heat on Wednesday.

    Beal will post early-round value while he's on the court, but his public frustration with the Wizards adds uncertainty to his fantasy value late in the season. It is worth trying to sell-high on Beal to avoid dealing with this situation during the fantasy playoffs.

  • Ian Mahinmi
    C, Washington Wizards

    Ian Mahinmi posted a double-double on Wednesday with 10 points (3-of-8 from the field), 10 rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Mahinmi has been a top-70 player over the past two weeks, averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 27.6 minutes per game. He's worth a look in standard leagues as he continues to start and outplay Thomas Bryant (six points and six rebounds in 17 minutes on Wednesday).

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis worked the Suns in a 112-87 win on Wednesday, tallying 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and the line, adding 13 rebounds, one block and four dimes.

    Sabonis has had 34 double-doubles this season, which is sick, considering he tallied 30 in the whole of 2018-19. He's been a beast and looks to be a strong candidate to finish the season flirting with top-25 value on and off.