• Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Mike D'Antoni "would be disappointed" if Russell Westbrook didn't improve his 3-point percentage this season.

    D'Antoni added, "I think we can do that. I think that just by knowing that that's kind of how we play and him having the green light to (shoot) and not worry about it." Westbrook shot just 29.0 percent from deep last season and has been under 30.0 percent in four of his last five campaigns, so there is definite room for improvement. It's possible that Westbrook will find more catch-and-shoot looks available next to James Harden, and moving away from pull-up threes could help him improve his efficiency, but we won't be able to tell for sure until we see the duo take the court in preseason. Improving his deep shooting would definitely help, but there are serious questions about the rest of Westbrook's stat set. Rebounds and assists may not be as available in a system that isn't specifically tailored to him, and free throws and turnovers still look like problem areas. It's not a bad on-court fit but Westbrook seems unlikely to return to his former top-30 glory.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love was the same solid asset on Thursday in a loss to the Heat, putting up a double-double with 21 points, 10 boards, and five defensive counters.

    The five defensive counters (as well as three triples) were a nice bonus from Love, who has been huge for fantasy purposes as the only star on this otherwise very unimpressive roster. As long as Love is healthy and on this team, he's a lock for high-end value.

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony has a agreed to sign with the Portland Trailblazers.

    The deal is reportedly non-guaranteed and with Portland sliding in the standings, the move screams desperation. Melo will be able to provide you some points on inefficient shooting if he can get minutes in the mid-20s and this move would mean Mario Hezonja and Skal Labissiere would lose most of their minutes. Nassir Little might slide over to the bench for Melo, but we'll find out soon enough. Carmelo Anthony hasn't been inside the top-100 in value since the 2016-2017 season and was barely inside the top-200 last season with 29.4 minutes a game. If you're scooping him up, make sure you're giving up nothing of real value.

  • Larry Nance Jr.
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Nance Jr. put up a nice 14 point and eight rebounds in 23 minutes of action on Thursday despite re-injuring a left thumb injury.

    Nance didn't come back after going to the locker room He aggravated his left thumb injury and we'll see if that keeps him out in future contests. If it does, we'll see more Tristan Thompson than usual. Otherwise, there isn't much additional value in the Cavs frontcourt

  • Hamidou Diallo
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Hamidou Diallo popped up as questionable on the injury report for Friday's game with a sprained left knee.

    Diallo struggled in Tuesday's game and was a non-participant in Thursday's practice so it hasn't been a great week for him. We'll see if he can suit up on Friday.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.

    KCP isn't worth a look in standard leagues right now so even if he does miss out it shouldn't have a big impact on most teams.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis is probable for Friday's game against the Kings.

    Davis missed Wednesday's game against the Warriors with shoulder soreness but he looks like he'll be ready to be back to his usual self on Friday. Roll him out as usual. Yay.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Chandler Parsons
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    Chandler Parsons (knees) is now available for Thursday's game.

    Parsons has been upgraded three times today, though we still don't imagine he'll play much, if at all, for the Hawks.

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Daniel Theis
    PF, Boston Celtics

    Daniel Theis (sprained pinky) is questionable for Friday's game.

    Theis missed Boston's last game but isn't expected to miss extended time. He could bump Enes Kanter back to the bench upon his return, though Kanter is coming off a solid performance on Wednesday. We have yet to see how the Celtics deploy a full-strength center group, so Theis remains worth holding where he's already rostered just to see how things shake out.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Robert Williams (ankle) is questionable ahead of Friday's game against the Warriors.

    The Celtics may not press their youngster in a winnable game against Golden State (that's still weird to say). If he does play, he'll be worth getting into lineups as a source of blocks and efficient, low-volume scoring. If Williams remains out, Enes Kanter, Vincent Poirier and Grant Williams should get the center minutes again, assuming Daniel Theis is also out.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Larry Nance Jr.
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Nance Jr. (left thumb) went back to the locker room in Thursday's game.

    Nance was already sporting a thumb wrap so hopefully this isn't a serious issue, though he looked to be in considerable pain. We'll keep you posted on his condition.

    Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter