April 26, 2019, 9:23 amDerrick FavorsF/C, Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors said he is looking to cut more weight during the offseason.
“It’s something I’ll be focusing on again in the offseason,” Favors said. “I’ll be slimming down even more. Getting quicker so I’ll be able to guard on the perimeter and be able to guard in the pick and roll.” Favors dropped 26 pounds during heading into the 2018-19 season and just finished his second straight season with at least 76 games played. Favors has one more on contract with the Jazz and will likely pick up his player option this summer.
Source: Associated Press
February 22, 2020, 7:28 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) will sit out Sunday's tilt with the Lakers.
Walker recently had his knee drained but he's still day-to-day status-wise. Obviously this isn't great news but we're still not panicking about his long-term outlook just yet. Look for all of the other Celtics to pick up more shots, with Brad Wanamaker the big winner in terms of sheer minutes. The other Celtics are better fantasy plays.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:15 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle soreness) will play on Saturday without minutes restrictions, as will the rest of the Suns aside from Frank Kaminsky.
For those keeping track, that's good for Aron Baynes, Elie Okobo and Dario Saric. Everyone played on Friday but there was some concern over whether everyone would be ready for the back-to-back situation. Fire up your Suns as usual.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:13 pmSeth CurrySG, Dallas Mavericks
Seth Curry (right knee soreness) is in the starting five on Saturday night.
Curry was initially questionable but could be looking at a big night with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis both out. Feel free to fire him up, with Delon Wright and Jalen Brunson also in the mix.
Source: Dallas Mavericks on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:04 pmIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac came away with eight points and 15 rebounds on Saturday.
Zubac needed only 20 minutes to do that damage, adding a block for good measure. He took advantage of a matchup against the undersized Harry Giles but will settle down in the near future. Zubes is a traditional big with a late-round ceiling, though he's viable when he's playing well like this.
February 22, 2020, 7:03 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard posted 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in Saturday's 103-112 loss to the Kings.
The Clippers' funk continues, but fantasy GMs may be alright with it if it forces Kawhi to keep playing at his exceedingly high level. The other reliable Clippers did their thing today in the losing effort, with Montrezl Harrell posting 16 points and 10 boards and Lou Williams clocking in with 24 points and two threes, though he did also commit eight turnovers.
February 22, 2020, 7:00 pmMarcus MorrisPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcus Morris put up six points on 3-of-9 shooting in Saturday's home loss.
Morris started and played 32 minutes, so there really isn't any excuse for this performance. He might be worth hanging onto as a low-end option for as long as Paul George is out but it's hard to envision him maintaining the volume he needs for middle-round value when the Clippers get to full health.
February 22, 2020, 6:57 pmReggie JacksonPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Reggie Jackson started in his Clippers debut on Saturday but wasn't anything special, producing eight points, four assists and two 3-pointers on 3-of-9 shooting in 23 minutes.
Jackson may hold low-end value while Patrick Beverley is out but will just be a depth option when the Clippers are fully healthy. Even now, he's not a recommended option if you're trying to preserve FG% and is really just a specialist for threes and assists.
February 22, 2020, 6:55 pmKent BazemoreSG, Sacramento Kings
Kent Bazemore finished Saturday's road win with 23 points, six rebounds, two 3-pointers, four steals and a block in 30 minutes off the bench.
Bazemore's minutes are trending up as Luke Walton continues his game of chicken with Buddy Hield, and he's been a top-150 option in high-twenties minutes in the past. He's got six threes and six steals over his last three contests so give Bazemore a look for 3-and-D numbers.
February 22, 2020, 6:53 pmHarry Giles IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles delivered 14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and a block in 32 minutes on Saturday afternoon.
Giles has a great opportunity in front of him and put his foot down with Alex Len returning to potentially threaten his minutes. Injuries have always been the problem with Giles, but as long as he can stay healthy he'll be a deep-league option with some upside as the Kings continue to roll shorthanded up front. If he can keep getting 30 mpg it'll be a fun finish to the year, but Giles is averaging just 12.9 mpg on the full season so that's far from a guarantee.
February 22, 2020, 6:51 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield only saw 15 minutes of action on Saturday against the Clippers, scoring seven points with a 3-pointer and a steal.
Issues between Hield and the Kings have been festering for a while now, and it seems like there's been a total breakdown of trust between player and organization. Kent Bazemore had a big game which might help explain this, but Hield is definitely trending downward. If his minutes continue to stay in this range then all bets will be off, but Hield should still be able to deliver middle-round value as long as he has a reasonable workload.