• Pau Gasol scored 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting (including a career-high three treys) with six rebounds, two steals and two blocks over 33 minutes in the Bulls’ 83-80 win over the Clippers on Thursday.

    The Bulls are sort of desperate right now and they went with Gasol and Taj Gibson (12 points, eight rebounds, zero steals or blocks, 29 minutes) for the majority of minutes, which is an interesting indicator of who they feel best about when things are tight.  Nikola Mirotic grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds to go with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, one three and one steal, but he played just 14 minutes and it’s the defense we’ve always been worried about.  Joakim Noah got 20 minutes and did well to grab 13 rebounds with one steal and two blocks as he continues to return low-end value for owners over the last week or so. 

Fantasy News

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets are willing to give up future assets in order to boost their 2019-20 roster, with a likely emphasis on wing players, according to a report published on Monday by Shams Charania of the Athletic.

    The timing of the report is significant since December 15th is the date that most players who signed last offseason are eligible to be dealt. The team’s best future assets would likely be first-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft and/or the 2022 NBA Draft. No names were mentioned by Shams but look for trade rumors to intensify in the next couple weeks.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Nicolas Claxton
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Nicolas Claxtont suffered another hamstring injury in Monday’s loss of the Long Island Nets to the Raptors 905.

    There is currently no update on the severity of the injury but the rookie was again bothered by his hamstring earlier this season. He had four points, one rebound and one assist in six first quarter minutes of play before leaving the game early.

    Source: Nets Daily

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Interim head coach Mike Miller said on Monday that Frank Ntilikina will remain the starting point guard and that each game will dictate his minutes.

    Miller seems determined to continue with the same recipe so the point guard committee will remain intact in New York. Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr. haven’t done anything to separate themselves and it’s simply impossible to trust any of the Knicks point guards right now.

    Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell struggled in Monday's 102-110 loss to the Grizzlies, scoring 18 points on 6-of-22 shooting to go with three boards, seven assists, a steal and four triples.

    Russell is going through one of his patented cold spells again, but he should pick it back up soon. There's really no alternative for this Warriors team as Alec Burks (18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers) was tied with D-Lo as a leading scorer tonight.

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green was solid again on Monday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with three rebounds, five assists, a steal, three blocks and a 3-pointer.

    Green got his numbers across the board and the main talking point should be the fact that he played. As long as he can stay on the floor he should give late-mid round value, but there's so much risk involved with him being shut down with load management days that it's best to sell-high when given the chance. Whenever Green misses time we can expect Eric Paschall (five points, two rebounds and one block) to see an uptick in usage.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
    C, Golden State Warriors

    Willie Cauley-Stein scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go with eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks on Monday.

    Cauley-Stein racked up the defensive numbers tonight and he's maintained a 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals average in 21 games so far this year. He's been better than Kevon Looney (10 minutes, zero points, three rebounds and one steal) this year and is the guy to own until further notice.

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant returned to action on Monday from back spasms and led the Grizzlies in scoring with 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Morant was on a hot streak before suffering from back spasms and it's good to see him pick back up where he left off. The minutes limit is only temporary and we're looking at an easily achievable top-50 floor with him.

  • Dillon Brooks
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dillon Brooks scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on Monday against the Warriors.

    Brooks has been providing steady value for owners in need of triples and points. Grayson Allen (15 points, two rebounds, one block and three triples) had a solid game, but can be left on the wire as Brooks is the better of the two to own in Memphis.

  • Jonas Valanciunas
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled on Monday with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with four assists and two triples.

    Valanciunas was absolutely killing it heading into this game and it's a great sign that tonight can be considered a weak game by his standards.

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jaren Jackson Jr. filled up the stat sheet on Monday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting while adding three boards, two dimes, one steal, three blocks and two triples.

    JJJ had a solid night scoring the ball and the defensive numbers came in as well. The Warriors aren't stiff competition, but JJJ just needs to stay out of foul trouble to produce top-40 numbers.