• Will Barton
    G/F, Denver Nuggets

    There is 'strong momentum' for the Nuggets and unrestricted free agent Will Barton to get a deal done quickly at the start of free agency — at 12:01 a.m. according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    This is a highly specific and reliable report probably designed to scare off other teams if it's Denver leaking it. It's also probably a concession to Michael Malone after the team saw Michael Porter Jr. slide to them in the draft. Malone has been in the crosshairs of several local media and has not made the playoffs in a tough Western Conference. Despite being on the hot seat he still has locker room support and the team has shown growth during his time there. Having a possible redshirt player in Porter isn't exactly management supporting their coach in a win now scenario, so retaining Barton would balance the scales a bit.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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  • 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.

  • Ish Smith
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Ish Smith shot poorly in Friday's loss to the Cavs, going 2-for-12 from the field to finish with five points, five rebounds, six assists, one trey and two steals in 30 minutes.

    The minutes are still there for Smith, which is a good thing. Shabazz Napier played just 18 minutes and posted eight points (3-of-8 shooting), two 3s, one rebound, four assists and one steal. Smith, despite his struggles, remains the PG to own out of Washington with top-115 value over the last month.

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic had it going again on Friday night with 33 points (10-for-21 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists, four triples, one steal and one block across 34 minutes as the Mavs beat the Magic 122-106.

    This Doncic performance was especially sweet because Kristaps Porzingis also dominated. The pair seems to be mastering their chemistry and learning how to make each other better. Buckle up for a fun second half in Dallas.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis posted a monster line on Friday night, finishing with 24 points (8-for-16 shooting), 10 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and four triples as the Mavs topped the Magic.

    It's starting to look like a trend that both Porzingis and Luka Doncic can be productive at the same time in Dallas, which is a scary thought for the rest of the NBA. Nine combined threes and blocks is definitely on the higher end of outcomes for Porzingis, but is exactly the type of skillset that had him as a top-25 player prior to his injury.

  • Rui Hachimura
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Rui Hachimura was a solid performer for the Wizards on Friday, chipping in 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, plus seven rebounds, one triple, three dimes and two steals.

    Hachimura has been playing well as of late and figures to have a strong finish this season as the team's second scoring option behind Bradley Beal. We like the trey, boards and steals tonight and as long as he keeps those peripherals going a top-120 finish in 2019-20 might be a realistic expectation

  • Tim Hardaway Jr.
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Tim Hardaway Jr. posted 16 points (5-for-9 shooting), six rebounds and three triples across 33 minutes on Friday.

    At full strength, Hardaway's upside is somewhat limited but still provides consistent value as a three-point streamer. He may not be for everyone, but certainly has a role on three-point needy squads.

  • Maxi Kleber
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Maxi Kleber fininshed Friday's win over the Magic with 26 points (10-for-13 shooting), three rebounds, three triples, an assist and a block.

    Kleber was feeling it on Friday night, as he found all the open spots on the floor and only missed three shots. Kleber is part of a deep rotation in Dallas but is worth a look in deeper leagues.

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Thomas Bryant (sore right foot) returned to action on Friday and was able to see 16 minutes off the bench, producing eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with five rebounds and two blocks.

    Bryant missed both shot attempts from the line which dampened his otherwise encouraging first game back since experiencing a setback with the stress reaction in his right foot. He's going to be brought along slowly but assuming his progression goes without delay this time around, Bryant can flirt with top-30 value if he gets minutes in the high 20s to low 30s.