June 26, 2020, 4:11 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
During a conference call that was heavily focused on coronavirus concerns, Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts continued to express an eagerness to resume play in the Orlando bubble.
While a handful of players have chosen to sit out the resumption of play, the parties involved largely displayed a united front today. The situation in Florida and the United States is worsening, but it appears that all parties have confidence that they've taken a high level of caution in planning out the Orlando campus. Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala were amongst the players joining the conference call, and expressing optimism that they can handle the challenges ahead. The league and the players have also made important progress on collaborative efforts regarding social justice issues. Silver admitted that an outbreak of of positive tests that could shut down the entire operation, but the league is prepared to handle an all-star player testing positive and continuing on while the player goes into quarantine.
Source: David Aldridge on Twitter
June 12, 2020, 10:38 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and a group of other players (including NBPA President Chris Paul and Garrett Temple) expressed their concerns about the NBA's plan to resume the the season in Orlando.
Reports in recent days have indicated that there are more than a couple NBA players scheduled to resume play when the league returns who are very concerned with the feasibility of the plan as it currently stands. Some of the players, including Anthony, have voiced their doubts as to whether or not the continuation of the NBA season next month is healthy. The group, which notably is made up of mostly players in the bottom half of the projected playoff bracket at the moment, isn't sure whether or not resuming league play is the safest, most intelligent plan that was proposed in discussions with the league. This should situation should formulate further over the weekend.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 18, 2020, 2:17 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder have become the 17th team to open up their practice facility for voluntary workouts.
Oklahoma City was famously the site where the NBA season crashed to a halt. The Thunder will be testing asymptomatic personnel, unlike many other teams who have opened things back up. They've been given assurances that that won't affect the availability of tests for the public.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
May 12, 2020, 10:09 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
According to Shams Charania, the National Basketball Players Association sent a memo to agents on Tuesday evening indicating that the sense is both the players and people around the league office would like to conclude the 2019-20 season, which is currently postponed.
This comes on the heels of commissioner Adam Silver's video conference with Chris Paul (the president of the NBPA) and multiple other high-profile NBA superstars that occurred earlier Tuesday. During the call, players apparently made it clear that they would like to finish the current season. The memo from the players also announced that Paul, Russell Westbrook, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Lowry and Dwight Powell will be serving on a newly-formed committee that will work alongside the NBA on ways to safely and successfully play games during the current public health predicament posed by the coronavirus. With other leagues like Major League Baseball and NASCAR slowly planning their returns to competitive action, basketball fans can finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 12, 2020, 8:40 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
On Tuesday afternoon, NBA commissioner Adam Silver participated in a video conference call initiated by Players' Association President Chris Paul to discuss the league's next steps as far as a return to play, resulting in a 'united front' by the players to resume the current season.
Other NBA superstars including LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Giannis Antetokounmpo participated in the video call. From what we've gathered recently and what has been reported from the call, the players want to continue the season, which was put on an abrupt pause two months ago due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe. The rumblings from around the league aside from the active players, including Shaquille O'Neal, have indicated that it may be best to "scrap" the current season and start strong for the 2020-21 campaign. Silver, for his part, has not explicitly stated a desire to cancel the remainder of the season. He seems quite open to taking the players' input into account, and it seems as though the players resoundingly want to finish what they started. Fans are dearly missing sports after two months without them, and a return of any kind would be celebrated.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
May 8, 2020, 10:35 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN was able to acquire an audio recording of Adam Silver's call with the NBPA, which included him taking questions from NBPA president Chris Paul and executive director Michele Roberts, and Silver reinforced that the league's return will look much different than people are accustomed to.
As much as 40 percent of the NBA's revenue comes from game nights at arenas, and it's almost certain that fans will not be present whenever the league holds games again (whether it be the continuation of the current season or the beginning of the next one). Silver reiterated that no decision in that respect needs to be made yet and he feels comfortable biding his time and assessing the league's options into the beginning of June. There were also questions regarding the current CBA between the players and the league, as it predictably does not contain anything regarding a pandemic scenario. Also of note, Silver bluntly stated that the NBA would not be "taking tests from needy people" for players and/or personnel. It sounds like Silver is still weighing all of his options. His final statement to the players on the call was simple. "Until there's a vaccine, or some cocktail preventing people from dying from the virus, we are going to be dealing with this collectively," Silver said. "The ultimate issue is how much risk we're all comfortable taking."
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski for ESPN
April 8, 2020, 4:12 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA and ESPN are close to finalizing a televised Horse competition that expects to feature Trae Young, Chris Paul, Zach LaVine and others.
It is also believed that there will be some participants from the WNBA as well as recent NBA alumni. The NBA has been trying to find any way to get their product back on television and this seems like the easiest way to make that happen in the current environment. The NBA might still be a ways away but NBA fans will be able to watch some of their favorite athletes in a good old fashioned Horse competition.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 9:21 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul went off in a 105-104 win over the Celtics on Sunday with 28 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Paul shot 9-of-19 from the field and knocked down 10 free throws in 37 minutes of action. Paul remains a top-15 option and his value is boosted even higher in games like this one when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is out. Danilo Gallinari put up 18 points and six boards on 6-of-17 shooting. Gallinari is a lock for top-50 value for the rest of the season.
March 6, 2020, 10:03 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul had a field day against the Knicks on Friday, leading the Thunder to a 126-103 victory with 21 points (8-of-13 shooting), four treys, three rebounds, 12 assists and three steals.
Who you calling old? CP3 may be up there in the age category, but the future Hall-of-Famer's still got it. He's been a strong top-10 play to close out the season so far and his vintage revival run does not look like it's ending anytime soon.
March 4, 2020, 10:24 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul scored 16 points with four rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 114-107 win over the Pistons on Wednesday.
Paul turned the ball over six times, which is unusual for a player averaging only 2.2 per game on the season. Paul has fallen off slightly and is now a top-20 player per game in 9-cat leagues. That jumps up to top-10 in total value as Paul has had one of the most durable seasons of his career. He will post top-20 value the rest of the season as the Thunder fight for playoff position in the West.
February 28, 2020, 10:48 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul was barely a bright spot for the Thunder on Friday as he tallied 18 points (7-of-17 shooting) in 27 minutes.
Paul also hit one 3-pointer, adding three rebounds, five dimes and one steal to the box score in this one. CP3 has been a top-10 value on per game rankings, so this line was not indicative of his 2019-20 campaign. Chalk this one up to a nasty blowout and keep him rostered with extreme confidence.
February 27, 2020, 10:36 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul showed out again on Thursday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go with four rebounds, a game-high seven dimes, two steals and a 3-pointer.
Paul had the rare off night against the Kings during the first three quarters, but he had help from his teammates to keep the game close. When it came down to the wire in the clutch, Paul delivered. Time and time again he's killed it in the fourth quarter and this isn't anything new, but it's just news because he's doing it at 35 years of age on an OKC team that many thought he wouldn't want to play for. This is the best fantasy season for the Point God since his Clippers days when you factor in health and production and his 2020-2021 season draft stock is surely rising.
February 23, 2020, 9:52 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting with 13 rebounds and four assists in a blowout win over the Spurs on Sunday.
SGA knocked down all five of his attempts from the stripe and knocked down one triple as well. He is locked in at top-50 value, while his teammate Chris Paul continues to hover around top-10 value. Paul put up 12 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in this one.
February 21, 2020, 11:03 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul absolutely took control of the game in the fourth quarter en route to 29 points (11-for-17 shooting), four triples, four rebounds and two assists as the Thunder beat the Nuggets 113-101.
Paul continues to be dynamite in crunch time this season as he hit big shot after big shot in the fourth quarter to hold off any comeback attempts by Jokic and the Nuggets. CP3 has been healthy and productive all season, one of the best stories of fantasy hoops in 2020.
February 13, 2020, 10:43 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul double-doubled on Thursday with 14 points and 12 dimes to go with eight boards, two steals and two triples.
Paul went 5-for-12 from the floor and was in full control for most of the game, but took a backseat to the hot hands in Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder late. He's staying on the floor and providing the Thunder with some veteran experience and elite point guard play which is translating into a high win percentage in close games. Long live the Point God.