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According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, there are "whispers" that the Pelicans are interested in Otto Porter.

Porter is in the second year of four-year, $106.5 million contract, and O'Connor speculates that an offer of Julius Randle, Solomon Hill and a first-round pick could work. Porter is having his worst season since 2014 and has often found himself on the bench late in games with coach Scott Brooks rolling with Kelly Oubre and Jeff Green a lot. A change of scenery could be a good thing for Porter, especially to an offense as good as New Orleans, but there's been no indication that the Wizards are ready to deal despite their awful start.
Source: The Ringer
Nov 19 - 10:03 AM

Head coach David Fizdale said he doesn't think Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is as close to returning as the big man says he is.

New York's franchise player told GQ.com that he was closing in on a return and that he's already started contact drills, but those drills happened in rehab sessions and not at actual practice. "I know he’s feeling better, obviously his progress. We’re all excited about every step he takes forward," Fizdale said. He added that the Knicks have no interest in bringing him back before's 100 percent and that he doesn't envision Porzingis practicing anytime soon. There's no guarantee we see him at all this season, so he's just a stash if you have I.R. spots.
Source: Newsday
Nov 19 - 9:44 AM

When asked about his slow start to the season, Fred VanVleet said he's still not 100 percent.

"It’s just nicks and bruises," FVV said. "There’s nothing structurally there. It’s just something I have to continue to keep working through, rehabbing and strengthening." He missed four games early this season with a sprained toe and has battled through other minor ailments. If the Raptors weren't already shorthanded, coach Nick Nurse said he would have given the PG a game off last week. Instead, FVV may sit out a couple practices going forward, and he will look to build off his 18-point outing on Saturday.
Nov 19 - 9:25 AM

Kevin Durant was held to 8-of-25 shooting for 26 points vs. the Spurs on Sunday, adding 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in a road loss.

The Warriors have lost five of their past seven games, including three straight. Durant has been living at the free-throw line lately but he's out of rhythm from downtown -- he made 1-of-8 tonight and is a combined 1-of-17 over the past four games. His shot won't be off this badly for long, no matter what else is happening in Golden State, so a 3-point barrage should be imminent.
Nov 18 - 10:18 PM

Damian Jones had five points, three rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench on Sunday.

Jones started 16 consecutive games to begin the season but he's now come off the bench in two straight. "I think our center position is largely dependent on who’s available," coach Steve Kerr said. "There’s a domino effect [with the lineup] ... and the centers are the ones who are probably the pieces we move around most." For what it's worth, Jones' minutes have actually gone up the past two games.
Nov 18 - 10:17 PM

Quinn Cook stepped up on Sunday with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting in 29 minutes off the bench.

He added eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer, providing a steadying hand on a night the Warriors shot just 40.7% as a team. It wasn't enough to avoid a 104-92 road loss but if nothing else, Cook is proving that he belongs in the rotation. He's been solid with Steph Curry (groin) out of commission, so don't hesitate to deploy him while you still can.
Nov 18 - 10:16 PM

Jordan Bell contributed just one rebound in six minutes on Sunday.

Steve Kerr was explicit about why Bell has dropped out of the Warriors' rotation. "I need to get more shooting on the floor with Steph [Curry] out," he said. "All of a sudden, Jordan is sort of out of the rotation for the time being." He was barely playing even prior to Steph's injury, of course, and DeMarcus Cousins' eventual return will make matters even worse.
Nov 18 - 10:16 PM

Kevon Looney got another start vs. the Spurs on Sunday, posting six points, seven rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.

Damian Jones came off the bench for the second straight game but coach Steve Kerr said the center position is "fluid." That's rarely good news for fantasy owners, although neither Looney nor Jones tend to get big minutes regardless of where they begin games. Leave both guys on the wire in typical leagues.
Nov 18 - 10:15 PM

Damion Lee didn't score in 18 minutes off the bench on Sunday, going 0-of-2 from the field with three rebounds and no other stats.

Alfonzo McKinnie (foot) was out again but he was questionable before tip-off, so we could see him when Golden State returns to action on Wednesday. That could bump Lee from the rotation entirely, although coach Steve Kerr may find a way to squeeze him into the mix until Steph Curry (groin) returns.
Nov 18 - 10:15 PM

Jonas Jerebko made all three of his shot attempts to score eight points on Sunday, adding 10 rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes of action.

Draymond Green (sprained toe) was out again and Jerebko has been getting the nod because coach Steve Kerr wants to keep shooters on the floor without Steph Curry (groin). He's snared double-digit rebounds in three of the past four games -- throw in a few 3-pointers and that's the extent of his fantasy contributions.
Nov 18 - 10:14 PM

Rudy Gay started Sunday's game vs. the Warriors, posting 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 30 minutes.

Gay dropped 12 points in the first quarter and looked plenty healthy on a high-flying dunk (see link below). The 30 minutes were a surprise since he's on a limit and the Spurs are taking every precaution to avoid his recurring heel soreness from becoming a long-term injury. This was the first game in a back-to-back set, too, so it's possible Gay gets a DNP-CD on Monday. Check for updates in the afternoon.
Nov 18 - 10:14 PM

Marco Belinelli came off the bench for 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting in 25 minutes vs. the Warriors.

The veteran has settled into a reliable role with 9.3 points, 1.4 triples, 2.0 boards, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals in 23.1 minutes this month. The return of Derrick White hasn't hurt him but there's no reason to view Belinelli as more than a deep-league 3-point specialist.
Nov 18 - 10:13 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge found his shooting touch on Sunday, scoring 24 points on 10-of-16 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with 18 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

Aldridge came in shooting 37.6 percent in November, with a pair of single-digit duds mixed in. He said prior to tonight's win vs. the Warriors that he was confident he'd turn things around. "I don’t think I’ve ever gone through this," he said. "But I will figure it out ... My shot has felt fine. It’s just making the rhythm carry over to the game." He sank his typical array of mid-range jumpers tonight and owners can be confident the worst of his slump is over.
Nov 18 - 10:12 PM

Derrick White came off the bench on Sunday with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes.

It was a small sample-size, but the starting lineup with White had a net rating of -35. Rudy Gay was promoted to the starting lineup tonight, allowing DeMar DeRozan to handle the ball more, and the result was a much-needed win vs. the Warriors. White has a chance to lead the second unit but he needs to start making some shots -- he came in with a morbid True Shooting percentage of 46.3%, second-worst on the team. The potential is there but if there's a free agent you're itching to acquire, we can't argue against cutting the under-performing White.
Nov 18 - 10:12 PM

Dante Cunningham chipped in three points, five rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes on Sunday.

The Spurs were playing without Pau Gasol (sore left foot) and Davis Bertans (concussion), but there are no real winners in their absence. Cunningham has always been a hollow per-minute stat producer, Quincy Pondexter only logged three minutes tonight, and Jakob Poeltl didn't fare much better with four points and five boards in eight minutes.
Nov 18 - 10:10 PM



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