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Paul George said he's not interested in playing for "multiple teams" throughout his career.

"The decision I make will ultimately be to build something," said George of his upcoming free agency. "So, this next decision, whatever it is, is to make sure I'm there for a duration." PG-13 will be one of the biggest names to hit the open market this summer, and with L.A. roots and the Lakers having the ability to sign two max players this summer, Los Angeles could be an option. However, OKC is hoping that a deep playoff run will entice him to re-up there. We're in for a fun offseason.
Source: Oklahoman
Feb 18 - 4:28 PM

Joel Embiid said his ankle is feeling better and that he's aiming to be the MVP during Sunday's All-Star Game.

"On Sunday, I expect to go harder," Embiid said after playing just eight minutes in the Rising Stars game Friday. "I’m going for that MVP. Guys better make sure they find me because I’m looking to have a good game." He admitted that his ankle "didn't feel so good" on Friday, but he's doing better and his fantasy owners and 76ers fans are just hoping he comes out of this game healthy.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 18 - 12:00 PM

Joakim Noah reportedly had a physical altercation with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek.

This was quite a while ago, but it's clear that Noah's days in New York are numbered. While no punches were thrown, Hornacek reportedly shoved Noah first before the two had to be separated. If Noah does part ways with the Knicks, the Wolves would be the most likely destination. "I know [Noah] wants to play. He wants to help win. He’s a great dude," Jimmy Butler said of his former teammate. "I talked to him a little bit, not a lot. All in all, I want him to be happy."
Feb 18 - 9:44 AM

Donovan Mitchell won the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.

He broke out the Vince Carter jersey for the "it's over" 360 dunk to clinch it. Dennis Smith Jr. still had the best dunk of the night with his wild through-the-leg jam, but the judges weren't fans of his first dunk. Mitchell continues to shine with his in-game dunks as one of the best values in fantasy hoops.
Feb 17 - 10:22 PM

Devin Booker won the JBL 3-Point Contest.

Massive props to Booker for not only saying he would win, but also calling that Klay Thompson would finish second when he was on the Suns broadcast last week. He'll have the rest of the break to get his hip injury right and he has said he doesn't want to rest down the stretch. Booker's fantasy owners can expect a strong finish.
Feb 17 - 9:23 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

He beat Jamal Murray in the semifinal and Lauri Markkanen in the final to earn the trophy. Dinwiddie has been a serious candidate for Most Improved Player and arguably the best pickup in fantasy hoops. He's a great story and a Los Angeles kid, but Dinwiddie said the best part of his win was helping someone get a scholarship.
Feb 17 - 8:38 PM

Paul George hinted he knows what he'll do this offseason.

To clarify, George was asked if he knows what he'll do this summer. "I don't," he said. "I know what I feel is best." So if he knows it, does he have an idea of his plan? Russell Westbrook also suggested that he thinks PG is going to stay, so this will obviously be a huge story this summer.
Feb 17 - 6:15 PM

Channing Frye said he had an appendectomy.

"I’m pretty sure that i got my appendix removed I’ll be able to dunk at least [three times] a month now," Frye said on Twitter. This probably explains why Frye was out for personal reasons on Thursday and now he’ll be targeting an early March return.
Feb 17 - 5:27 PM

Vince Carter is expected to spend the rest of the season in Sacramento, as the Kings reportedly prefer not to buy him out.

There were rumors in Toronto that Carter and the Raptors might reunite if VC was bought out and became a free agent this month. However, it appears the Kings want to hold onto their vet. Yet, it sounds like there is an outside chance that the 41-year old Carter finishes his career where it began by signing a one year deal with the Raps over the summer.
Feb 17 - 1:04 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters that he was unsure when Reggie Jackson (ankle) would return to game action.

Next Tuesday will mark two months since Jackson suffered his Grade-3 right ankle sprain. He was initially projected to miss 6-8 weeks, but it sounds like Jackson "might need a few more weeks." He has shed his walking boot but has not yet been cleared to practice with the team. "I don’t have any preconceived notion at all of when he’ll be back," Van Gundy said on Wednesday. "When (the team doctors) tell me he’s back, he’s back." Ish Smith will continue to start at point guard, with Jameer Nelson backing him up.
Feb 17 - 12:11 PM

Klay Thompson said that "hopefully" he will re-sign with the Warriors.

Thompson won't have an opportunity to test free agency until July of 2019, but he is already getting asked questions about potentially leaving Golden State. While being the offensive focal point of another squad would be ideal for his fantasy production, it sounds like Klay is content to play his role on the stacked Warriors. "Playing for one team your whole career is definitely special. Only so many guys have done it in professional sports, so it’ll be a goal of mine," said Thompson. "Hopefully it all works out."
Feb 17 - 11:09 AM

Frank Ntilikina said he would love to start at point guard if coach Jeff Hornacek decides to replace Jarrett Jack in the starting lineup.

After the Knicks loss to the Wizards on Wednesday, Hornacek told reporters he would likely tinker with the starting lineup after the team returned from the All-Star break. The player most likely to be bumped to the bench is aging veteran Jarrett Jack. Ntilikina or newly acquired Emmanuel Mudiay are expected to inherit the starting PG gig. Either way, both Mudiay and Ntilikina should see additional minutes over the second half of the season.
Feb 17 - 9:40 AM

C.J. Watson has signed with Turkish League team Usak Sportif.

Watson played 62 games for the Magic last season, averaging 4.5 points and 1.8 assists in 16.3 minutes. He's unlikely to sign with another NBA team.
Feb 17 - 9:22 AM

Bogdan Bogdanovic led Team World to a 155-124 win over Team USA in the Rising Stars Game, scoring 26 points with six assists, four rebounds, two steals and seven 3-pointers.

He was lights out from deep and some of them were from way downtown. Looking ahead, the Kings don't have much to play for except lottery balls, but Bogdanovic gives them a reason to be hopeful for the future and we're going to see him run a lot of offense alongside De'Aaron Fox after the break. "I trust him with the ball," Kings head coach Dave Joerger said. "I don’t think he’s a shooter, I think he’s a playmaker who can shoot." His teammate Buddy Hield added 29 points, Ben Simmons racked up 11 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals, while Jaylen Brown led Team USA with 35 points.
Feb 16 - 10:44 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said recently-acquired center Brandan Wright will be "insurance, mostly" for the frontcourt depth.

"He’s to me the type of center we like," D'Antoni said. "He’s long, vertical spacing and athletic, can run. He’s another kind of Clint [Capela]. We have Nene and Tarik [Black] being one type and them being another type. That’s the depth. He’s a good guy. He’s going to be a good locker room game. All that’s positive." Wright probably won't see minutes unless the Rockets are missing at least two of the aforementioned guys.
Feb 16 - 3:52 PM

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