Kevin Love left Cleveland's mini-camp early, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
To be clear, Love was never expected to stay there the whole time and wanted to take part in some of the camp to show leadership. Now 32 years old, Love is coming off a promising season in which he averaged 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 triples. His best days are behind him, and we'd like him much better as a fantasy asset if he didn't play for a team that is looking at a very lengthy rebuild. We can't count on a trade either due to his bloated contract.
Kevin Huerter, who battled knee pain in both legs this season, said his offseason regimen has helped him immensely.
“The knees have been great,” Huerter said. “The diet that I’m on, the strength training, the rehab type of stuff that we’ve been doing has been great. I haven’t felt that in a long time, knock on wood, doing that every day." Huerter did add that he suffered a left ankle injury about a month ago, but said he's almost fully recovered from that. Huerter has a bright future ahead and nearly posted top-100 9-category numbers in his second season with 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 triples.
Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, plans to give Raptors president Masai Ujiri an extension.
Ujiri, who has one year left on his deal, has an amazing reputation around the league and would be instantly pursued by several teams if he became available. Tanenbaum said that an extension will likely get done right after he extends GM Bobby Webster. “We have time and we’re going to work through the process in the right time and the right way, I know that for sure,” Tanenbaum said.
Alex Caruso tallied 11 points (5-of-7 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one blocked shot in 26 minutes Saturday vs. Denver.
Caruso has been a key contributor off the bench throughout the Lakers’ run, which will continue on into the NBA Finals. The return of Rajon Rondo, who finished with eight points, three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 13 minutes, was certainly a key but “AC Fresh” should not be overlooked either. Three Lakers reserves scored at least eight points in Game 5, with Kyle Kuzma adding eight points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes. Caruso will be key in the Finals, as both the Celtics and Heat favor smaller rotations chock full of guys who can make plays on the perimeter.
Jerami Grant played 46 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Lakers, accounting for 20 points (7-of-18 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.
Grant emerged as one of Denver’s indispensable players in the Western Conference Finals, due to the combination of his stellar play and Nikola Jokic’s failure to stay out of early foul trouble. Grant scored 17 points or more in each of the last three games of the series, a good way for him to head into the offseason. It’s worth noting that he has a player option for next season, and this playoff run has likely helped Grant on the market were he to go the free agency route.
Nikola Jokic was limited to 30 minutes in Saturday’s loss to the Lakers, posting a line of 20 points (9-of-16 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.
Jokic picked up two fouls within the first six minutes of Game 5, remaining on the bench for the rest of the quarter as a result. And he would only play eight minutes in the first half due to the foul trouble, which once again limited his impact. Jokic will undoubtedly have first-round value in all formats next season, but he’ll need to get better at avoiding silly fouls. Jamal Murray added 19 points, four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 43 minutes, with a sore right knee giving him some trouble in the second half.
Michael Porter Jr. tallied 10 points (4-of-7 FGs), two rebounds, and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes Saturday vs. the Lakers.
Porter Jr. reached double figures in four of the five games in the Western Conference Finals, including a 15-point effort in Denver’s Game 2 loss to the Lakers. There’s a lot to build on for the rookie, especially on the offensive end of the floor, heading into next season. Porter Jr. should be a mid-round pick in most formats next season, with his willingness to improve as a defender and Jerami Grant's status (he can opt out and become a free agent) set to impact his ceiling. Monte Morris also played well off the bench Saturday, as he accounted for 10 points, two rebounds and seven assists in 28 minutes.
Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.
Vincent has been slowed by right knee and right shoulder ailments in the postseason, and he's once again listed as questionable. He was made inactive for Game 5, and that will likely be the case for Game 6 as well. Even when healthy Vincent was not an integral part of the Heat rotation, so his status won't have an impact fantasy-wise.
Malik Beasley was arrested Saturday night on charges of marijuana possession and receiving and concealing stolen property, as first reported by The Athletic.
Per the report Beasley remains in custody without bail at the Hennepin County Jail until he has the opportunity to see a judge, which could take up to 24 hours according to The Athletic. Per the report, police had received multiple trespassing complaints on Beasley's home in the past. Due to be a restricted free agent at season's end, Beasley has been participating in the Timberwolves minicamp and team president Gersson Rosas has said in the past that he would like to re-sign both Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders described Jake Layman as a "plug and play type of guy" during his press conference on Sunday.
"I found out that he is a plug and play type of guy," Saunders said when asked about Layman. "He is not going to complain about a role. He is a guy who can provide versatility and he is a team-first type of player and you need that." Layman missed much of this season with a left toe injury, appearing in 23 games (two starts) and posting averages of 9.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers in 22.0 minutes per contest. How valuable he is fantasy-wise next season will hinge upon what happens with Juancho Hernangomez, who will be a restricted free agent this offseason. Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas has said in the past that he hopes to bring Hernangomez back, and that would hurt Layman's fantasy prospects even with his ability to fill a variety of roles.
Jaylen Brown tweaked his left ankle on Sunday, but kept playing to finish with a team-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in 40 minutes.
Brown was undercut by Jimmy Butler on a layup attempt. No foul was called, but it was an obvious violation -- the good news is that Brown looked OK despite the collision. He's an emerging star who will cost fantasy managers a pick in the 30-40 range next season. Given that the Celtics are off until the start of 2020-21, there's no need to put Brown on the injury report.
Marcus Smart scored 20 points during the Celtics' 125-113 Game 6 defeat on Sunday.
Smart opened the game 4-of-5 from deep, then went ice cold with zero makes on his final eight attempts from deep. His defensive impact is unimpeachable, but he'll need to be a more consistent scoring threat to push Boston to the next level in 2020-21. He hit 2.3 triples this year, so there's hope, but he also shot 38.0% from the field overall.
John Collins made 100 consecutive free throws at the end of Sunday's practice.
Collins' free-throw percentage has improved each year in the NBA. He hit 71.5% as a rookie, 76.3% in his second season, and 80.0% in 2019-20. He's already exceptional from a FG% perspective, and ramped up his contributing stats last year with 1.4 triples (on 40.1% from deep), 1.6 blocks and 0.8 steals. He's a fantasy star in the making.
Stephen Curry's personal trainer, Brandon Payne, said that Curry has gotten "more chiseled" during his time off, and he's been moving with a "fluidity" that he hasn't seen from him before.
"He's a young 32. He's still gaining strength, he's still gaining power, he's still getting faster," said Payne. "Those aren't things you see out of guys that are 32 years old. He's still refining movement patterns... not only is his skill level evolving continually, but is body still is developing. And that is a rare thing for a guy at 32 in the NBA." Curry put his body through a lot of stress while going on four straight Finals runs, but he'll be refreshed for the 2020-21 season after essentially sitting out his 2019-20 campaign. People will be hesitant to take him with the No. 1 pick, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him churn out that sort of production.
Klay Thompson went through some 5-on-5 work at Tuesday's practice.
This is the first time that Thompson has gone through a controlled scrimmage with the team since tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, so this is a meaningful step in his rehab. The Dubs will be taking it easy on him at this voluntary minicamp, but there's no doubt about him being ready for the 2020-21 season.
Dion Waiters (left groin) is not being listed on the injury report for Game 1 of the Finals against the Heat on Wednesday.
Waiters hasn't played since Game 2 of the Lakers' second-round series with the Rockets, but it's possible he'll be on the active roster for Game 1 of the Finals. It's also possible this is simply a clerical error, so he might be added to the IR report tomorrow. Either way, he's irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Klay Thompson did not participate in Tuesday's scrimmage.
The Dubs will be going easy on him at this minicamp, but he's fully recovered from the ACL tear and reportedly looked "really good" while going through 3-on-3 work on Tuesday. Eric Paschall also sat out Tuesday's scrimmage, but he's not dealing with any sort of injury.
Bam Adebayo said he needs to be smarter about avoiding "ticky-tack" fouls against the Lakers while staying active on defense.
"We can't just let them get free layups and get in motion," said Bam. "That's when everything starts clicking for them." Foul trouble wasn't a major issue for Adebayo during the regular season, but he averaged 3.3 fouls during the Eastern Conference Finals, and the Lakers will make it a point to go right at Bam to force the refs to make some tough decisions. Hopefully, he will be able to avoid foul trouble, because the matchup between Bam and Anthony Davis will be a pleasure to watch.
Mark Cuban helped reunite Delonte West with his mother on Monday, and West has checked himself into a rehab facility in Florida.
West played for the Mavs in his final NBA season in 2012, but he's been going down a dark spiral ever since then, living on the streets in Dallas and occasionally showing up in extremely sad viral videos; looking very distraught. Former players and coaches have tried reaching out to West in the past to try and get him back on the right track, but Cuban took the most direct action on Monday by actively seeking him out in the Dallas area and getting him to agree to check into rehab. West is a prime example of the debilitating nature of certain mental health issues, but hopefully, he'll finally get the help he needs.
Mark Cuban helped reunite Delonte West with his mother on Tuesday, and West has checked himself into a rehab facility in Florida.
West played for the Mavs in his final NBA season in 2012, but he's been going down a dark spiral ever since then, living on the streets in Dallas and occasionally showing up in extremely sad viral videos; looking very distraught. Former players and coaches have tried reaching out to West in the past to try and get him back on the right track, but Cuban took the most direct action on Tuesday by actively seeking him out in the Dallas area and getting him to agree to check into rehab. West is a prime example of the debilitating nature of certain mental health issues, but hopefully, he'll finally get the help he needs.
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