• Magic Johnson
    Team, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers expressed interest in taking on bad contracts for a first round pick.

    The Lakers want to get another first round pick so they can sweeten the pot in a deal for Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs do not want to trade Leonard to the West so it will take a major haul to sway them. That haul would prob have to include at least two of he following: Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, or Lonzo Ball. The Lakers presumably would like to get Leonard before LeBron James makes his decision to enter free agency on Friday.

    Source: ESPN.com

Fantasy News

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren scored 27 points (10-for-21 shooting), eight rebounds, three assists, two triples, two steals and a block across 37 minutes on Friday.

    Warren was questionable to play in this one but came through with a huge performance. There's a chance Victor Oladipo cramps Warren's style a bit but so far so good. Keep him rolling if healthy.

  • Malcolm Brogdon
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Malcolm Brogdon scored 11 points (4-for-14 shooting), eight rebounds, seix assists and a steal across 34 minutes on Friday.

    It was an ugly night from the field for Brogdon but he filled the stat sheet up in other areas salvaging a solid fantasy line. It remains to be seen if the extended time off during the all star break will help him capture his early-season form.

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio scored 13 points on 4-of-9 FG and added nine assists and four steals in the Suns' loss to the Raptors on Friday.

    Rubio still did not shoot the ball all that well, but the four steals made this a very usable fantasy game. He has kept his value in the top 80 this season and while his performances are often nothing to write home about, he is still a must-own player.

  • Cedi Osman
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Cedi Osman found his groove in Friday's 113-108 win over the Wizards, tallying 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting with 10 boards, three triples, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Osman had been playing poorly over the last couple of games prior to this gem. As always, Osman brings a lot of volatility to the table, so owners will have to have their seatbelts strapped on tight. He's still a hold in 14-teamers and is a streamer in shallower leagues.

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Doug McDermott went 4-for-6 in 14 minutes off the bench on Friday, finishing with 14 points and two triples.

    McDermott has one role on this team and that is to shoot threes, which he did quite efficiently on Friday night. Leave him on the wire unless you need threes in a deep league.

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina started and led the Knicks in minutes with 32 on Friday, adding 14 points (5-for-11 shooting), two triples, two rebounds, two assists and two steals as the Knicks fell 98-106 to the Pacers.

    Ntilikina saw extra time with Elfrid Payton out and put up a serviceable line. Look at him as a streaming source of steals and assists with some scoring while Payton is out.

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love (right Achilles soreness) returned to action and started for the Cavs on Friday and quietly put up nine points (3-of-8 shooting), one rebound, two 3s and one assist in 23 minutes.

    With the season already a lost cause for the Cavs, there really isn't a lot of incentive for the team to give Love a lot of run as it winds down. Despite his arrow pointing down, Love should do enough to land closer to top-75 value after the season's dust settles. That is, of course, if he manages to stay healthy.

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    RJ Barrett scored 17 points (8-for-19 shooting), four rebounds and two assists in Friday's 98-106 loss to the pacers.

    Barrett missed all five of his three-point attempts and two of his three free-throw attempts but still did enough damage inside the arc to lead the Knicks in scoring. There really is nothing to see here as Barrett will struggle to put up relevant production even with a ton of minutes.

  • Bobby Portis
    PF, New York Knicks

    Bobby Portis notched 19 points (6-for-11 shooting), six rebounds, three triples, one assist and a block across 28 minutes off the bench on Friday.

    Portis was by far the leading scorer off the bench for the Knicks. Portis shouldn't factor into leagues outside of deep leagues. The next best bench player was Mitchell Robinson who had 8 points (4-for-5 shooting), eight rebounds and four blocks.

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal had a rough outing in Friday's loss to the Cavs, finishing the night with 26 points on 9-of-28 shooting, adding three rebounds, one assist, one trey and three steals with six turnovers.

    The Cavs clamped down on Beal and he struggled to carry the Wizards to victory. Not for a lack of trying though, going 1-for-10 from downtown. Beal will need more impact from his supporting cast if the Wizards are going to sneak into the playoffs. Until they're mathematically out of the running, expect Beal to play hard and bring early-round value more often than not.