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Luol Deng is expected to come to an agreement with the Wolves this week according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Of course he will. Now coach Tom Thibodeau just needs to bring in Joakim Noah to recreate the 2010 Bulls. Deng should have a role, and if he's going to steal minutes from someone they could come from Taj Gibson or Andrew Wiggins. Assuming Deng signs, that would be bad news for rookie Keita Bates-Diop as well.
Sep 10 - 11:09 AM

DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 34 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block, three steals and no turnovers in 41 minutes during a 112-109 loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

It's not often coach Gregg Popovich gives his star players big minutes and DeRozan sits just under 37 minutes per game on the year. No player has really even been close to that in the Pop era since Tim Duncan played 36.6 minutes per game back in 2003-04. The big volume, high usage, and six-plus dimes on strong efficiency has him as a top-20 player in standard leagues. Given his durability, he has an excellent chance to stay in that neighborhood.
Nov 16 - 1:17 AM

Jamal Murray was benched on Thursday for "a small violation of team rules" and he will start again on Saturday against the Pelicans.

It was a big surprise that Monte Morris got the start over Murray, but it was just a one-time thing for one of the NBA's best young guards. Despite the Nuggets going on a four-game losing streak before tonight, their starters haven't been the problem with only a -4.0 net rating in the four losses. Whatever the case, Murray should be a mid-round player going forward.
Nov 16 - 12:05 AM

Paul Millsap scored 18 points with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes during a 138-93 win over the Hawks on Thursday.

Revenge game? The Hawks have seen a lot of players go off against them, so Millsap putting up one of his best lines of the year is no surprise. That said, Millsap is on one of his best stretches of the year over his last three, averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 boards, 4.0 dimes, 2.0 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.3 treys on 51.4 FG% and 81.3 FT%. He's creating a bit of a sell-high window.
Nov 15 - 11:54 PM

Juancho Hernangomez scored a season-high 25 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday night.

He saw run in garbage time to add to a brilliant night at home. The Hawks are among the best matchups for wings, so Hernangomez's big night does come with a grain of salt. He didn't score more than eight points in any of his previous six games, but he's played at least 30 minutes in each of his last three. He's trending up, but we'll need to see more games like this one before going all in on him. This was just his second game this season in double digits, and both of those were 20-point games.
Nov 15 - 11:41 PM

Trae Young made 2-of-11 from the field for six points during a 138-93 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, adding two boards, five assists, one steal and five turnovers in 27 minutes.

He did look to bang knees in the second half and hobbled to the bench, but Young apparently didn't go to the locker room. Young is really struggling over his last two with a 2-of-12 shooting line for a season-low four points on Tuesday night, but he's still had solid shot selection. Before today, 36.0% of Young's shots this season came at the rim, but he's obviously struggled there given his lack of size. He'll be a negative in FG%, but the other guard stats should be there for Ice Trae.
Nov 15 - 11:29 PM

James Harden scored a game-high 27 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one turnover and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes during a 107-86 win over the Warriors on Thursday.

The one turnover is the highlight here after Harden averaged 5.0 per game over his last five outings, but he did make just 8-of-23 from the field as he continues to struggle with misses. Plus, Harden is starting to make his free throws again and was 7-of-8, but there was never any concern he would remain under 80% for long -- came into tonight at 78.9%. Despite the discouraging start for the reigning MVP, he is still a top-five value in fantasy going forward.
Nov 15 - 11:04 PM

James Ennis scored a season-high 19 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

For the start of the season, it looked like Ennis' value was going to be tied to the success of Carmelo Anthony. Well, needless to say Melo won't have success in Houston anymore, so Ennis is looking at a clear runway for minutes. He's coming off a 16-point, 34-minute game on Tuesday and his minutes look to be staying in the 30s. He has some Trevor Ariza-Like appeal, so he could be worth a pickup in competitive 12-team leagues.
Nov 15 - 10:54 PM

Kevin Durant scored 20 points during a 107-86 blowout loss in Houston on Thursday, adding five rebounds two assists and one block in 30 minutes.

The other four starters picked up just 20 points combined as the Warriors scored by far their season-low in points on the year -- it was 98 with 108 being second worst. Durant was on cruise control coming into this game and he'll likely get it going again in a back-to-back set in Dallas and San Antonio on Saturday and Sunday. Oh and he didn't have any on-court issues with Draymond Green today.
Nov 15 - 10:41 PM

DeAndre Bembry is listed as a starter for Taurean Prince (Achilles) against the Nuggets on Thursday.

It'll be his second start of the season with his first start only resulting in seven points, five boards, two dimes, one steal, one trey and three blocks. He'll likely be looking at huge minutes and he drives the ball a lot in the high-pace offense, so he could have some short-term value if Prince is out for multiple games.
Nov 15 - 8:47 PM

Monte Morris will start over Jamal Murray against the Hawks on Thursday.

This is a big move for the Nuggets and it'll be Morris' first start of his NBA career. He's been terrific all week and the Nuggets have really been roasted on defense, so coach Mike Malone will try something new. Morris has been effective per minute this year, so he makes sense as an add in competitive leagues.
Nov 15 - 8:36 PM

Andre Iguodala is starting over Quinn Cook against the Rockets on Thursday.

The Warriors will get some extra size and defense against James Harden and Chris Paul today. Iguodala has been limited at times this season, so the Warriors likely won't give him heavy minutes even in the starting lineup.
Nov 15 - 7:55 PM




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