• JR Smith
    SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavs have waived J.R. Smith, per Shams Charania.

    There was a 5:00 PM waiver deadline and the Cavs tried to deal him prior to its passing, but to no avail. Smith will likely latch on with a contender or a team that is lacking on the wings, though he shouldn't be expecting a big role after sitting on the sidelines since November when the Cavs sent him away from the team for off-court reasons. The Lakers have been the most frequently mentioned landing spot so far.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Terry Stotts said this morning that Kent Bazemore will get his second straight start on Tuesday night when the Blazers face the Knicks.

    Bazemore is the next man up after Rodney Hood went down with an Achilles injury and he should be added in all formats. He logged 36 minutes in his first start on Sunday.

    Source: Dan Sheldon on Twitter

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    As expected, Thunder veterans Chris Paul, Steven Adams, and Danilo Gallinari are all available, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

    Oklahoma City seems willing to take on bad contracts and unwanted money, according to O’Connor, who hears that getting out of tax territory isn’t necessarily a priority for the club. Adams and CP3 are likely to be heavily shopped and a potential trade wouldn’t really affect their value. Gallinari meanwhile is on an expiring deal and has once again exceeded expectations so far this season, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to try and sell high on him.

    Source: The Ringer

  • Robert Covington
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Rockets are interested in acquiring Wolves’ forward Robert Covington, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

    This is consistent with an earlier report that claimed the Rockets were after a wing. Their lack of depth has been apparent through the early stretch, and adding a 3-and-D star like Covington could boost their all-around game heading into the rest of the season. Despite sending a pile of picks to the Thunder in the Russell Westbrook blockbuster trade, Houston can still move its 2020 and 2022 first-round picks, which should make for some interesting bargaining. It’s hard to envision the Wolves parting with RoCo but trade season looks to be upon us once again.

    Source: The Ringer

  • Jordan Poole
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors are considering sending Jordan Poole to a G League assignment, in a major step in the process to help the rookie shooting guard rediscover his game.

    The move is a response to Poole failing to find any rhythm, shooting 25.8 percent from the field, including 24.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Warriors are certain Poole is better than what he has shown, but injuries left them in no position to be without any healthy player in recent weeks. The move, if it happens, could have a positive impact on the rookie who has been asked to do more than he is capable of delivering at this point of his career.

    Source: NBC Sports Bay Area

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Sam Amick and John Hollinger of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni are likely to part ways if the team does not win the NBA championship this season.

    D’Antoni is currently in the final year of the four-year contract he signed in 2016, going 188-80 (.701) in 268 regular-season games and 23-16 (.590) in 39 postseason games. Both winning percentages are the highest by any coach in Rockets’ franchise history but that might not be enough for him to remain in Houston. The coach and the team tried multiple times during the 2019 offseason to secure a contract extension, but they were unable to come to terms. D’Antoni’s potential availability could have a ripple effect on coaching situations elsewhere in the league, with other NBA teams possibly making a plan to pursue him once his current deal expires.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Pascal Siakam
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    Masai Ujiri turned down a massive contract extension offer from the Raptors last offseason, according to sources that spoke with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

    The contract of Ujiri is believed to run through the 2020-21 season, but has an out clause under certain circumstances. It is believed that Ujiri declined since he would like to keep his options open at this time and the Knicks are likely to knock on his door pretty soon.

    Source: The Athletic

  • 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.