• According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Kings have been interested in taking on long-term contracts to help facilitate a Jimmy Butler trade.  Wojnarowski’s notes on the Kings’ involvement are below:

    “To facilitate a Butler trade, the sort of broader deal necessary to meet the financial needs of Minnesota and Butler’s future team, circumstances will necessitate bringing the Sacramento Kings into the process. If the Timberwolves remain intent on unloading backup center Gorgui Dieng and the three years and $48 million left on his contract, they will need the Kings. No one in the NBA comes close to the $11 million in salary-cap space that the Kings possess to absorb a contract, as well as the several expiring contracts — including Zach Randolph ($11.6 million), Iman Shumpert ($11 million) and Kosta Koufos ($8.7 million) — to move onto a team that prefers to clear cap space in July.

    “In recent days, Sacramento has been aggressive in courting Minnesota and several of Butler’s trade suitors — offering to use its space as a landing spot for bloated contracts. The Kings are without their first-round draft pick in 2019 and uniquely positioned to leverage that cap space into, at a minimum, a future first-round pick and maybe more as part of a Butler blockbuster. The Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers and Miami Heat all have contracts that they would love to unload, and a Butler deal could mean that they deliver Sacramento a pick and cash to take on a veteran player.”

    Unloading that contract may not be necessary for a trade to happen, but as Wojnarowski points out, the Kings have by far the most cap space available in the league, making them an ideal third party if a contract needs to be dumped.  The report also notes that Sacramento has multiple players on expiring contracts that could be used in a trade to take on a long-term deal and help the Timberwolves, or another team, add cap space for next summer.

    While the Kings may not be needed in an eventual Jimmy Butler trade, they do seem likely to use their cap space at some point this season to acquire a young player or draft pick.

Fantasy News

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley looked off his game as he missed his lone shot attempt from the field for zero points, three rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes on Friday.

    That's pretty much rock-bottom for a not-injured PatBev. Owners will just have to write this stinker off as he's capable of bringing it strong and ticking multiple category boxes on most nights. Stay patient. Off the bench, Reggie Jackson flirted with a triple-double, recording 10 points (4-of-6 shooting), eight rebounds, seven assists, two 3s and one steal in 19 minutes.

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George looked more like his 100-percent healthy self in Friday's easy win over the Nuggets, notching 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

    PG13 had the hot hand and led his team with 6-of-8 shooting from deep to complement his four rebounds and two assists. This has been his best performance since returning from his latest hamstring injury. Hopefully, it signals his improved recovery and that he's closer to being back to 100 percent – where he can pose as a top-10 fantasy threat.

  • Montrezl Harrell
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell had one of is better games on Friday night, putting up 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and a 4-of-4 run at the line in 20 minutes as the Clippers easily dispatched with the Nuggets 132-103.

    Harrell actually double-doubled, recording 10 rebounds and added four assists and three blocks to cap off his solid line for the night. The big man is shooting .769 at the line over the last week, making him the 50th best player in the league in 9-cat scoring formats. His partner in crime, Lou Williams, also had a good run tonight with 17 points (6-of-12 shooting), five threes, seven assists and a steal in 22 minutes.

  • Will Barton
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton was back to his old tricks on Friday, tallying 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting with four 3s, four rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes.

    Barton, who had been slowed by some inflammation in his right knee recently, found his way back to fantasy-productivity with tonight's line. He's been playing outside the top-150 over the last week, but a few more of games like this should pull his needle closer to the mid-round range that its been for most of the season.

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic struggled to keep the Nuggets within striking distance of the hot Clippers on Friday, logging 25 minutes in a blowout loss but still recording 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

    Jokic nearly double-doubled with his nine boards and was also able to chip in two assists and one steal to the box score. This was not par for his top-10 trend lately, but was more a testament to how good the Clippers are than how poor the Nuggets play. Jokic will surely bounce back with a stellar top-10 worthy line sooner rather than later.

  • Michael Porter Jr.
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Michael Porter Jr. was invisible in Friday's loss to the Clippers, getting just nine minutes off the bench from coach Mike Malone and wound up chipping in seven points on 3-of-4 shooting with three rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist and one block.

    So much for MPJ being someone the Nuggets would like to see develop this season. He's shown his fair share of flashes this season, but random night like this make him difficult to trust, even in ultra-deep H2H leagues. Drop him if your fantasy team needs a consistent end-of-bench kinda guy.

  • Jerami Grant
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Jerami Gran was productive yet again in 29 minutes off the bench in Friday's 103-132 loss to the Clippers, providing the Nuggets with 20 points (5-of-15 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, two assists, two steals, two treys and one block.

    It appears that Grant is fully engaged on both ends of the floor, which has allowed him to be stay productive despite returning to a reserve role. Paul Millsap was nothing short of a hot mess in his 21 minutes as the starting four, delivering zero points (0-of-2 shooting), three rebounds, two assists and one block. Grant's the guy to own right now. That's for sure. Give him a look in case he was dropped in your league.

  • Jordan Clarkson
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Jordan Clarkson was heavily involved on offense in Friday's win over the Wizards, registering 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists, two treys and two steals.

    Clarkson made up for his nine-point disappointment on Wednesday with tonight's output. He's been up and down all season, but has seen much more consistency since joining up with the Jazz. He's a late-round value as a scoring specialist with some minor peripheral contributions ROS.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points (9-of-21 FG, 6-of-14 3PT), 13 rebounds and two assists in Friday's 126-118 loss at the hands of the Heat.

    This qualifies as Porzingis's most 3-point attempts in a game this season, but only by one. His season average is 35 percent from deep, which is respectable, and he knocked down six of them tonight. KP has been a beast lately and has provided top-10 value over the past two months. If it weren't for his injury history, he'd be a lock to go in the first-round of fantasy drafts next fall, especially with Luka as the primary distributor for the Mavs for the foreseeable future. Keep riding this extended hot streak he's on right now.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert was a beast on the defensive end of the floor for the Jazz in a 129-119 win over the Wizards, recording three steals and four blocks to go with his nine points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes.

    While the scoring was not there and Gobert shooting 1-of-4 from the stripe, his contributions in the defensive categories were surely well received by his owners. Gobert's post-game was not too much part of the equation tonight as the Wizards tried to push the pace of the game. He should have a more balanced two-way performance soon.