• It’s been fairly quiet on the Jimmy Butler front of late. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN opened up a bit more on the process teams are facing when contacting the Wolves.

    “Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden, who is the point man for trade conversations, continue to leave rival executives and owners unclear about both the specific players and broader kinds of assets that the Wolves value in a deal, sources said. Even more doubt exists about whether there is even yet alignment between (Glen) Taylor and Thibodeau on a structure and timetable for a deal”

     

    After numerous reports regarding Butler surfaced over the weekend, it’s been surprisingly dry this week. This quote likely explains why. If Woj’s sources are to be believed (when have they not been?) a great disconnect still remains between Thibs and Taylor, so much so that inquiring teams aren’t getting a clear signal and are even frustrated with the whole process. Woj even suggests that Thibs might be “reluctant to bring strong offers” to Taylor and move forward with a trade.

    There seems to be no lack of suitors with the Heat being the most active and the Kings willing to facilitate as a third team to take on money. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported this morning that Butler’s camp has now informed the Wolves (specifically Taylor, for what it’s worth) that Miami is his preferred destination, seemingly out of desire to complete a deal as soon as possible.

    Earlier this morning, Woj also reported that Phoenix was perhaps willing to jump into the trade as they continue their pursuit of a starting point guard. Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones were specifically mentioned, but Goran Dragic could also be an option.

    Including Teague and Dragic into the mix complicates matters and still may require the Kings to take on a contract or two, but trading at this point in the offseason necessitates creativity as teams are mostly settled into their salary. As the days go on, though, it’s looking more likely Miami will be Butler’s new home.

    Out of training camp Jon Krawczynski is reporting that Derrick Rose has been working with the first team in Butler’s absence. This is likely just temporary as the team awaits to resolve the Butler situation, but a reminder that Rose will have a large role this season if Thibs sticks around.

    Tyus Jones was involved in the Wolves’ most productive lineups last year, but Rose averaged 14 points in the playoff series versus Houston and has a long history with Thibodeau.

Fantasy News

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green has been ejected from Thursday's game against the Lakers after scoring two points with one rebound, four assists and a steal in 10 minutes of action.

    Green picked up his second technical arguing with a ref in the second quarter and has been tossed out of tonight's game.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside put up a strong double-double on Thursday with 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Blazers fell 106-100 to the Pacers.

    Whiteside has rebounded and blocked his way to an unlikely top-10 fantasy season and at this point, that's mostly sustainable especially with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins with uncertain timelines. Keep rolling Whiteside out there.

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony had a quiet 12 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes on Thursday night.

    Anthony didn't do a ton offensively in this contest but was at least efficient in what he did do. He made five of his eight shots and only turned it over twice. Anthony and Trevor Ariza have both settled in as top-140 values this season and that should continue. Ariza had an off night, scoring eight points and hitting two triples in 37 minutes.

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum's 28 points on 11-of-27 shooting and eight assists wasn't enough as the Blazers' rally came up short on Thursday night.

    McCollum is the primary scorer for this team without Damian Lillard, and he's going to continue to shoot at high volume. We like the scoring numbers, assists and the three triples, but 27 shots is a few too many to be comfortable with. Hopefully Lillard returns soon to take some pressure off of McCollum in these upcoming must-win games.

  • Gary Trent Jr.
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Gary Trent Jr. played a game-high 41 minutes on Thursday, scoring 20 points and hitting five 3-pointers in a loss to the Pacers.

    Trent Jr. has been very useful in this short run without Dame Lillard. Hopefully for the Blazers, Lillard returns in short order which would greatly mute Trent's production. Still, he may manage to hold late-round value like he has over the last two months in 25 minutes per game. At that point, he'll likely be a streaming option.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren was productive in 38 minutes on Thursday, scoring 15 points, grabbing five boards and picking up two steals.

    Warren is the Pacers' leading scorer and has primarily been an efficient point-producer on his way to top-60 value. For the time being, we expect that to continue for Warren. He seems quite underrated in general, much like his teammate Justin Holiday, who is providing top-120 value as a good 3-and-D option. Holiday had 11 points, three triples and a steal in this contest.

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo (sore back) put up 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with seven boards in 26 minutes on Thursday night.

    We may not see peak Oladipo at any point this season but we're happy to see him out there and contributing at any level. For the time being, he needs to be held in hopes of a brighter tomorrow. Hopefully the shot starts to fall and he can make the most of limited minutes

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon struggled from the floor on Thursday, shooting 7-of-20 en route to 17 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two cash counters in a team-high 38 minutes.

    The percentage dip has really pushed Brogdon down the board this season and he's currently sitting right on the edge of top-100 value after a disappointing and injury-riddled past two months. He should be decently productive the rest of the way and should improve as Victor Oladipo gets back to full strength and takes away more defensive attention.

  • Danilo Gallinari
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Danilo Gallinari had a game-high 24 points with six boards, one steal and four triples in Thursday's 112-108 win over the Kings.

    Gallinari has put together another strong fantasy season by his standards, mainly due to the fact that he's stayed healthy. He came into tonight in a bit of a funk, but his past two games have been much more in line with his normal play. The Rooster has been huge for the Thunder lately, especially in crunch time, so enjoy the ride.

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel came off the bench on Thursday and scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Noel logged 20 minutes and was part of a bench mob that ran up the score against the Kings in order to claw back from a double-digit deficit. He's a solid defensive stats streamer and a must-add if Steven Adams ever goes down.