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Perry big for Thunder?
Perry Jones 320 ((USATSI))
Russell Westbrook's injury leaves the Thunder without their two best players. Chris Towers says that makes Perry Jones a must add for Fantasy owners. Full Story
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Most Added Players
Player% ±
1Perry Jones, OKC, SF41
2Ed Davis, LAL, PF35
3Donald Sloan, IND, PG34
4Norris Cole, MIA, PG29
5Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, CHA, SF28
6Andrew Wiggins, MIN, G27
7Jabari Parker, MIL, SF26
8Elfrid Payton, ORL, PG24
9Tony Wroten, PHI, SG21
10Marcus Smart, BOS, PG21
Most Dropped Players
Player% ±
1Jodie Meeks, DET, SG-19
2Ramon Sessions, SAC, PG-17
3Raymond Felton, DAL, PG-17
4Gerald Henderson, CHA, SG-17
5Shawn Marion, CLE, PF-17
6Kendall Marshall, MIL, PG-16
7Andray Blatche, BKN, C-16
8Paul George, IND, SF-15
9JJ Hickson, DEN, PF-15
10John Henson, MIL, C-14
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Report: Warriors, Klay Thompson agree to max contract extension
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:14 pm ET) The Warriors and guard Klay Thompson have reached an agreement on a four-year max contract extension, which is projected to be worth in the $70 million range, according to Marc Stein of ESPN on Friday. The 24-year-old averaged a career-best 18.4 points per game in 2013-14. He also averaged 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Report: Bucks' Brandon Knight to enter restricted free agency 2015
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:41 pm ET) Extension talks between the Bucks and guard Brandon Knight have concluded without an agreement, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports Friday. Both sides had until midnight to come to terms with an extension. Knight now plans to enter restricted free agency in July.

Report: Rubio-Timberwolves extension could go down to wire
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) The opportunity still exists for Ricky Rubio to sign an extension with the Timberwolves before the midnight deadline on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. Wojnarowski notes that an agreement may come down to the wire.

The Timberwolves are willing to offer a four-year extension, worth approximately between $52-$54 million, according to 1500 AM ESPN Radio in Minneapolis. If both sides can't reach an agreement, Rubio will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.


Warriors C David Lee still not cleared for contact drills
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:29 pm ET) Warriors center David Lee, who missed the season opener with a hamstring injury, was unable to participate in contact drills during Friday's practice. He remains questionable for the second game of the season, Saturday night against the Lakers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Extension doesn't appear likely for Cavaliers F Tristan Thompson
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:26 pm ET) The Cavaliers and power forward/center Tristan Thompson are still far apart in extension talks and both sides are unlikely to to come to an agreement by Friday's midnight deadline, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports.

Thompson averaged 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season. He'll become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, if both sides fail to reach an agreement.


Reggie Jackson becomes a must-start player with OKC injuries
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:49 pm ET) At the Fantasy Basketball Today blog, I evaluated the impact of Russell Westbrook's broken hand and its Fantasy ramifications. An obvious one is the likely emergence of Reggie Jackson as the team's go-to offensive option, a load he has never shouldered before. Here is what I wrote about Jackson at the blog:

"Jackson should be a Fantasy stud with Westbrook out, especially since he is basically the only reliable playmaker on the roster now. Jackson averaged 21.2 points and 6.8 assists per-36 minutes in 529 minutes without Westbrook and Durant on the floor last season, and posted a massive 32.6 percent usage rate, a mark that would have ranked third in the league for the whole season."

This is a Thunder team built around the talents of its two stars, and it has little experience playing without both of them. Jackson is the closest thing to an offensive star the team has left, and should put up huge numbers once he gets back from an ankle sprain. For the next month, he just may be a must-start Fantasy option. 


Nets' Brook Lopez suffers setback in recovery from foot injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:46 pm ET) Nets center Brook Lopez suffered a setback in his recovery from a soft tissue injury in his surgically repaired right foot, The Record reports. As a result, Lopez will not play Saturday against Detroit and his status is becoming uncertain for Monday against Oklahoma City.

"I was optimistic every day," Hollins said. "When he doesn't come out and practice, I'm not optimistic any more. But he was doing part of the drills so I figured he was getting better. Now he didn't practice today so he's not going to play tomorrow."


Report: Spurs' Kawhi Leonard will be restricted free agent in 2015
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:42 pm ET) Extension talks between the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard are over and the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player is expected to explore restricted free agency at the end of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports Friday. Leonard's agent, Brian Elfus, is seeking a max contract for the four-year forward.

"We feel Kawhi is deserving of a max contract, and we are disappointed that something couldn't get done," Elfus told Wojnarowski . "There’s no debating Kawhi's value. The market has been set. He's done everything the Spurs have asked of him, exceeded all of their expectations. Coach [Gregg] Popovich has gone out of his way to call Kawhi the future face of the franchise. We have great respect for the Spurs organization, but here, we simply agree to disagree."

The 23-year-old averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season.


Perry Jones now a must-add Fantasy option
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:41 pm ET) Over at the Fantasy Basketball Today blog, I took a look at the Thunder's Fantasy outlook in the wake of yet another crushing injury. Russell Westbrook will join Kevin Durant on the sidelines for up to a month, leaving a massive hole in the team's rotation, one Perry Jones filled more than capably Thursday night, and here is what I had to say about him at the blog:

"Jones looked fantastic against the Clippers and clearly deserves to be seen as a must-add Fantasy option, but he still needs to prove himself before we consider him a must-start player."

Jones made a slew of tough shots Thursday and looked very impressive, but he also made just 1 of his 9 field goal attempts in the season opener. He has the talent and might have the opportunity, but Fantasy owners probably still need to see more before penciling him into the starting lineup on a daily or weekly basis. 


Heat F Josh McRoberts practices in full Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:39 pm ET) Heat forward Josh McRoberts could be ready to make his debut on Saturday. He was a full participant in practice on Friday, just a day before Miami faces Philadelphia, according to the Associated Press. The team has not provided an update on his status for the game.

 
 
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