July 4, 2016, 10:03 am
The Warriors are expected to renounce the rights to Harrison Barnes, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Kevin Durant is a clear upgrade over Barnes and there is no more reason for them to have to overpay someone that inconsistent. By doing this, the Warriors have cleared the way for Barnes to sign a maximum four-year, $94 million deal in Dallas.
Harrison Barnes update: Sources say Golden State will renounce him to make him unrestricted free agent but Dallas full steam ahead on Barnes
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2016
January 24, 2020, 9:56 pmBobby PortisPF, New York Knicks
Bobby Portis played 27 minutes off the bench on Friday, finishing with 12 points (5-for-8 shooting), four rebounds, three assists and a triple.
Portis played more minutes than starters Reggie Bullock (11 points, three rebounds, one assist) and Taj Gibson (four points, five rebounds, two assists, one block). It's tough to predict which Knicks bench player will produce each night.
January 24, 2020, 9:54 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden experienced some tightness in his thigh and went to the locker room on Friday to loosen it up on an exercise bike.
His return is up in the air right now and it all depends on how well Harden's thigh responds to the therapy. He's one of the toughest cookies in the league, so there's a good chance he guts this one out.
Source: Brian Hall on Twittere
January 24, 2020, 9:51 pmDamyean DotsonSG, New York Knicks
Damyean Dotson caught fire off the bench on Friday, scoring 21 points (7-for-10 shooting), four triples, a rebound and a steal.
Dotson needed only 27 minutes to tie for the team lead in scoring. This was an unsustainable shooting display from Dotson coming on a night the Knicks were dealing with some injuries. Nothing to see here at this time.
January 24, 2020, 9:50 pmAlex LenC, Atlanta Hawks
Alex Len has a right hip flexor strain and will not return to Friday's game.
Len managed to play 14 minutes in this one but missed all three shot attempts from the field to finish with zero points, four rebounds, one steal and three blocks. The defensive numbers may have been candy, but Len's lack of durability has been lemon-sour and he can be left on the wire until he's 100 percent right.
Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter
January 24, 2020, 9:47 pmJae CrowderPF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jae Crowder is in a nasty funk and it found a new low on Friday with the forward recording seven rebounds, three assists and one steal, going scoreless as he missed his only two shot attemps from the field (both 3s).
Crowder is not the 3-and-D guy you're holding out for, at least not lately with him flirting with top-240 value over the last two weeks. Needless to say, it's time to drop him for a more productive fella off the wire.
January 24, 2020, 9:43 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackon Jr. committed five fouls in Friday's 125-112 win over the Pistons, but found a way to be productive, putting up 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting with four 3-pointrs, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.
It's really only a matter of time until JJJ figures out how to play more intelligently on defense to avoid foul trouble. While it's not rocket science, he's struggled with it on and off this season. Once that enigma has been solved, his true greatness and fantasy dominance will finally be unleashed.
January 24, 2020, 9:42 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker chipped in 37 points (12-for-23 shooting), six assists, six triples, four steals, two rebounds and a block as the Celtics defeated the Magic 109-98.
Walker also drew 7 free throw attempts, draining all of them. It was a great night for Walker who had a clear path to production with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown missing the game.
January 24, 2020, 9:39 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward finished Friday's win with 22 points (8-for-18 shooting), 14 rebounds, five assists, three triples and a steal.
Hayward took full advantage of the Celtics missing several wing players and turned in a strong line. While the Celtics are expected to be full strength soon, Hayward will still be a good play.
January 24, 2020, 9:36 pmDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis logged 32 minutes in Friday's win adding 16 points (7-for-12 shooting), six rebounds, four assists and a block.
Theis also went a perfect two-for-two from the free throw line. He was third on the team in shot attempts as he seems to be settling into a role as the only healthy big man.
January 24, 2020, 9:33 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart chipped in seven points (3-for-11 shooting), seven rebounds, six assists, one triple, one steal and a block across 32 minutes in Friday's win.
Smart could not get his shot going but reminded us of the high floor that comes with his well-rounded game. Look for his shot to get back on track soon.