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Courtside Seat: Do the Knicks have a point?

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MIAMI -- Knicks point guard Baron Davis is not expected to play in Fantasy Week 6 with his back injury, but he could return soon. Coach Mike D'Antoni is hopeful Davis is back in Week 7, but Fantasy owners shouldn't be holding their breath since he has yet to play this year.

In the meantime, several players have emerged as legitimate Fantasy options as the Knicks sort out their backcourt. The player to benefit the most has been rookie Iman Shumpert, who got off to a hot start but has cooled off of late.

Shumpert said in an interview with CBSSports.com that he remains confident in his ability and expects to finish the season strong, including when Davis returns.

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"I feel like the season has been a little fast," said Shumpert, who is averaging 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists. "For myself individually, I feel like I've been up and down. I have to try and stay consistent and try to keep my mindset the same every game."

Shumpert remains a key reserve for Fantasy owners, and he could emerge as a starting option in all leagues if he starts playing with more consistency, as he said. Another Knicks guard who is on the rise is Landry Fields, who is averaging 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his past five games. Fields has scored in double figures in seven of his past eight games and should be considered a starting Fantasy option in deeper leagues.

Toney Douglas, despite scoring 16 points at Miami on Friday, has also slowed down of late and is averaging just 8.8 points and 3.6 assists in his past five games. Still, he remains confident in his game and expects to remain a contributor once Davis starts playing.

"I just have to stay on top of everything and keep working," Douglas said. "As the season goes on I'll be fine. It's a long year."

Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much from Douglas once Davis is active, but Shumpert and Fields should be fine as part of a three-guard rotation, especially in deeper leagues. We expect Davis to have the most Fantasy value of the trio, but he has to get on the court and start playing now before it's too late.

Each week we will take a look at a variety of topics around the NBA. We will look at guys to trade, trade for, add off the waiver wire and also answer some of your social media questions, among other things.

More on the Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire is having a down year as he tries to adjust to playing with Carmelo Anthony. He is averaging 17.6 points and 8.0 rebounds, which are his lowest stats since 2005. But Stoudemire said he's not concerned and expects to improve.

"It's just a matter of us moving the ball," Stoudemire said. "It will loosen up out there. When we move the ball, they can't guard everyone. They can key in on me, that's fine. We have four other people on the court who are deadly weapons, and we just have to exploit that."

Stoudemire is a good buy-low candidate. He still has eight double-doubles on the season in 19 games, and when the Knicks are 100 percent healthy with Davis we could see the best stretch of production from Stoudemire this year.

Buy-low candidates

Gerald Henderson, SG, Bobcats
Why you should trade for him: Henderson has been slowed of late due to a lower-back injury, but he played 30 minutes Tuesday night at the Lakers and should be fine going forward. Some Fantasy owners might think the start he had this season was a fluke, but team owner Michael Jordan has invested plenty of time in making sure Henderson plays well. He should continue to thrive this year with the Bobcats in need of scoring, especially with Corey Maggette (hamstring) still out.

Jrue Holiday, PG, Sixers
Why you should trade for him: Holiday has not taken the leap in production many hoped for this season since his assists are down from last year and his scoring has only improved marginally. But even though Holiday has struggled he remains a Top 20 guard in Head-to-Head leagues and should continue to post quality production. He also has room to improve, and if you can get him for the right price from a disgruntled owner he could pay dividends to close the season.

Stephen Jackson, SG, Bucks
Why you should trade for him: There's a chance you might find Jackson on the waiver wire soon since some owners in shallow leagues could drop him. But we suggest holding on to Jackson in case he's traded or the Bucks start using him with Andrew Bogut (ankle) out. And if someone is willing to part with him for nothing then you might want to acquire him because if he's traded to a team in need of scoring he could close the season on a high note. We don't have high expectations for Jackson, but in the right scenario he could play well.

Chris Kaman, C, Hornets
Why you should trade for him: We know the Hornets plan to trade Kaman soon, and in the right scenario he could be helpful to Fantasy owners. This is, after all, a center who averaged 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds last season with the chance to be 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds like he was in 2009. He may never reach those stats again, but he could end up as a No. 2 Fantasy center if he's traded to a team where he can get significant playing time. If you do get Kaman just be patient until he is traded, which hopefully will be soon.

Dirk Nowitzki, PF, Mavericks
Why you should trade for him: Nowitzki has struggled in the two games he played after missing four with a knee injury. He averaged 10.0 points and 8.5 rebounds over that span, which is a shell of what Nowitzki is capable of doing. There are going to be plenty of disgruntled Nowitzki owners, and we expect him to improve as the year goes on. In one mixed Rotisserie league on CBSSports.com, Nowitzki was traded for Ricky Rubio and he also was traded for Brandon Jennings in a Head-to-Head league. Those are two good trades to buy low on Nowitzki with the chance for him to play like he has historically.

Free agent watch

Here are five guys I am looking at in my leagues:

Anthony Morrow, SG, Nets
Owned: 60 percent of leagues

Jerryd Bayless, PG, Raptors
Owned: 46 percent of leagues

Ersan Ilyasova, PF, Bucks
Owned: 40 percent of leagues

Jason Thompson, PF, Kings
Owned: 31 percent of leagues

Trevor Booker, PF, Wizards
Owned: 18 percent of leagues

Morrow has stepped up his game since MarShon Brooks (toes) went down. He is averaging 19.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in his past five games with 11 3-pointers over that span. Brooks is out indefinitely, and Morrow's value will continue to rise, especially if he does more than just score. Bayless has done well since he moved into the starting lineup at shooting guard, and hopefully he will continue to get playing time. Ilyasova is averaging 9.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in his past five games and will be counted on to help replace Bogut. Thompson is coming off a double-double Tuesday against Golden State and has done well even with Chuck Hayes (shoulder) coming back. And Booker has scored 14 points in each of his past two games, narrowly missing a double-double Monday against Chicago, and should benefit with Andray Blatche (calf) out 3-5 weeks.

Social media corner

@Big_Head0184 on Twitter wants to know: Trade Wesley Matthews for DeMar DeRozan?

It depends on what you are looking for. DeRozan has more upside since the Raptors need him to succeed. Matthews is just a role player for the Trail Blazers, who have plenty of weapons. The stats are similar for both players, but I would take the upside of DeRozan, especially with his move to small forward. The only reason to keep Matthews is he is a better shooter with more made 3-pointers and better percentages from the field and foul line.

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Report: Wizards seeking to land free agent PF David West
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) The Wizards can be added to the list of teams strongly pursuing veteran power forward David West, sources have told ESPN.

West had been reportedly most interested in San Antonio and Golden State. He expressed a desire to land with a winning team and Washington also fits that description, though not to the extent of the Spurs and Warriors.

The 34-year-old West has clearly begun his career descent. He averaged just 11.7 points per game for Indiana last season, his lowest total in 10 years.


Report: SG Marco Belinelli seekingto stay with Spurs
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11:01 am ET) Shooting guard Marco Belinelli is hoping to stick with the Spurs, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The ability or desire of the team to bring him back could be influenced greatly by financial considerations revolving around premier free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, who is considered a strong possibility to join San Antonio.

Belinelli was a strong contributor off the bench last season. He averaged 9.2 points in 22 minutes per game, but his shooting percentages from beyond the arc and overall took a pronounced dip from the previous year.


Report: Kings eyeing free agents Josh Smith, Lou Williams
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:24 am ET) Having struck out on guard Wesley Matthews and with money to spend after a salary dump, the Kings are now setting their sights on forward Josh Smith and guard Lou Williams in free agency, league sources have told SI.com.

Smith has already bounced from Atlanta to Detroit to Houston since 2013 and his production has waned. He averaged only 12.4 points a game last season, his lowest output in nine years, and shot just 41.9 percent from the floor.

Williams continued to display his offensive explosiveness in 2014-15. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award by averaging 15.5 points in just 25 minutes per game.


Heat SG Dwyane Wade admits social media influenced decision
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:12 am ET) Some players don't pay attention to social media, particularly in regard to influencing decisions on where they will take their talents.

Dwyane Wade cannot be counted among them.

The all-star shooting guard tracked fan sentiment through social media and cited how many wanted him to stay with the Heat. So that's what he did.

"I can't tell you how much I appreciated what they all said," Wade told Associated Press.

That appreciation led to a one-year deal worth $20 million. Wade could have signed elsewhere - rumors had him rejoining LeBron James in Cleveland - but he's not complaining.

"I could never look at that and roll my eyes," he said. "I am from Robbins, Illinois. Look at what I've been through in my life."


Report: Lakers still a possibility for free agent LaMarcus Aldridge
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:24 am ET) The Lakers are not out of the running in the LaMarcus Aldridge Sweepstakes quite yet, according to the Orange County Register, which is reporting that he met again with the team Thursday.

A meeting Tuesday reportedly focused more on off-the-court appeal to playing for the Lakers rather than basketball and he came away unimpressed. The team alleviated that problem in the latest session, bringing in only Byron Scott and general manager Mitch Kupchak and leaving out Kobe Bryant, who reportedly unwisely compared Aldridge to Pau Gasol in regard to his future role Tuesday.

San Antonio is still considered the front-runner for his services.


Report: Free agent Robin Lopez commits to join Knicks
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:00 am ET) Free-agent center Robin Lopez has made a commitment to join the Knicks, sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

Lopez will join the Knicks unless free agent DeAndre Jordan chooses the franchise during his free agency.

Lopez averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 59 games for the Trail Blazers last season.


Report: Wes Matthews agrees to four-year deal with Mavericks
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:55 am ET) Free-agent guard Wesley Matthews has agreed to join the Mavericks on a four-year deal, sources told NBA.com's David Aldridge.

Matthews averaged 15.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season for the Trail Blazers before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury.

Matthews reportedly received a multi-year contract offer from the Kings as well.


Report: Knicks discussing $12-13 million per year for Robin Lopez
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Center Robin Lopez is in talks with the Knicks on a deal that could average him $12-13 million per season, according to Yahoo! Sports

This follows news that Lopez met with the Knicks about potentially joining their roster. During the 2014-15 season with the Trail Blazers, Lopez averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 28 minutes per game. 


Report: Kings offer $45 million deal to Wesley Matthews
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Kings have offered guard Wesley Matthews a sizable contract, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. 

The deal is reportedly for three years and in the $45 million range. This news comes on the heels of Matthews meeting with the Raptors and Mavericks in recent days. Before his Achilles injury, Matthews averaged 15.9 points in 33 minutes per game with the Trail Blazers.

Previous reports indicated Matthews wanted a deal averaging $15 million per year, which would have the Kings right in the ballpark. 


Report: Pacers to re-sign F Lavoy Allen
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Pacers are re-signing forward Lavoy Allen, according to Yahoo! Sports

Allen's deal will be for multiple years. During the 2014-15 season, Allen averaged 5.0 points, 5.1 boards and 1.2 assists in a backup role. 


 
 
 
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