• Shams Charania is reporting that the Blazers have no plans to offer Jusuf Nurkic a contract extension, meaning he will face restricted free agency next offseason.

    It’s far from surprising as Portland has been trying to clear money this offseason and can let other teams set the market for Nurkic next summer. A few teams got nice bargains this offseason as their right to match any offer seemed to scare off potential suitors and drive down their RFAs’ eventual contracts. The Blazers do run the risk of potentially alienating Nurk, who could accept a qualifying offer and then try to bolt in unrestricted free agency two years from now. Half of that saga has already played out in Dallas with Nerlens Noel but we’re a long way from that here. Nurkic should deliver middle-round value so long as he stays healthy this season.

Fantasy News

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled against the Kings on Thursday with 17 points and 10 boards while chipping in three assists, a block and a 3-pointer.

    Cousins logged 27 minutes and has surpassed the 25-minute mark in his last four games played (excluding the Blazers game he sat out). Stashing him has paid off and the all-around production will keep coming.

  • Klay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors

    Klay Thompson scored 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and a steal on Thursday.

    Thompson was a bit icy from deep from his standards but the Warriors got enough firepower from their main two superstars to pull through with a win.

  • Draymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green logged 34 minutes on Thursday and scored 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists, a steal and three 3-pointers.

    Green came through for the Warriors at the end of this game and it was his best shooting display from deep in quite some time. He's gaining confidence (not like he needed anymore) and was integral for the Warriors in the fourth quarter as they barely pulled out a win against a tough Kings team.

  • Marvin Bagley III - F - Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley went bananas on Thursday, scoring 28 points on 8-of-19 shooting with 14 rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer.

    Bagley feasted on the Warriors and brought his high energy on both ends of the floor. The Warriors looked like they had no answer for the booming rookie and his stock has been trending upwards for quite some time now.

  • Nemanja Bjelica - F - Sacramento Kings

    Nemanja Bjelica received a DNP-CD against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Bjelica is now the odd man out with Bogdan Bogdanovic starting and Harrison Barnes entering the fray as well. It doesn't help that Marvin Bagley has been going bonkers and as of now Bjelica is waiver wire fodder.

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic - G - Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic started on Thursday and scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with a 3-pointer, three rebounds, six assists and two steals.

    Bogdanovic finally drew the start and it's about time the Kings started their best forward. He and De'Aaron Fox are both playmakers and it's good to see them both handing out enough dimes to keep their owners satisfied.

  • Buddy Hield - G - Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield scored 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting with two triples, seven boards, two dimes and a swat on Thursday against the Warriors.

    Hield went 2-for-8 from deep but still found a way to get up to his scoring average for the season. Him and De'Aaron Fox (18 points on 6-of-14 shooting with three rebounds, eight assists, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers) played against the backcourt they're hoping to be in the next few years but as tonight showed, they're still a couple steps behind.

  • Harrison Barnes - F - Sacramento Kings

    Harrison Barnes scored 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds, an assist and a 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Barnes had an empty scoring line and the volume is going to be lowered on the Kings. He's joining a team with more mouths to feed than the Mavs so his value is going to take a dip.

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in their 98-97 win on Thursday against the Celtics with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer.

    Antetokuonmpo started off the game slow and neither team could buy a bucket in the first quarter, but he was able to finish the game strong and lead his team to another win. While other players are tearing up the box scores in streaks, the Freak has consistently carried the Bucks to the best record in the league with averages of 27.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks on .581 shooting. If we're going by the best player on the best team then Antetokounmpo is without a doubt the MVP.

  • Malcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Malcolm Brogdon continued chugging along with 15 points, six boards and four assists against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Brogdon is consistent and consistently good for fantasy owners. His workman-like numbers night in and night out have put him on the fringes of the top-50 which was not really in the picture at the start of the year. Keep him in your lineups. This should be a smooth ride.