Heat guard Mario Chalmers
took a hard screen in the third quarter of Wednesday's Eastern Conference Finals against the Pacers, suffering a left shoulder injury. He would not return to the game, finishing with 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting in 21 minutes. His status moving forward in the series is not yet known, but the injury was diagnosed as just a bruise.
Chalmers is averaging 7.3 points per game in the postseason, after putting up 8.6 points per game in the regular season. This injury might not be a big concern, but it will be something for Miami to keep an eye on in the next few days heading into Game 2. Chalmers shot 40.9 percent from three-point range this season, and that is where his Fantasy value will always come from. This injury is unlikely to linger into the offseason, so it should not change his Fantasy value for next season. He remains useful in deeper Rotisserie Fantasy formats on Draft Day.
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony
shot just 41.6 percent from the field after suffering a shoulder injury in Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs against the Celtics, and now we know why. Despite playing at least 35 minutes in each game from that point on, Anthony was dealing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, according to a New York Daily News
report Wednesday. The team hopes that Anthony will not need surgery, but that determination will not been made until he rests for at least three weeks. If Anthony does need surgery it could keep him sidelined three to four months, potentially bumping up against the start of the regular season.
Anthony struggled throughout the playoffs with his shot, but he was clearly limited by the injury. When healthy this season, Anthony was tremendous, averaging 28.7 points per game en route to his first scoring title. We will keep an eye on his recovery throughout the offseason, as there appears to be an outside chance this could impact his availability for the start of next season. Fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on this injury heading into Draft Day, but Anthony should still be a first-round Fantasy option in all formats.
Pelicans announce Gordon has surgery
, SG, NO
The New Orleans Pelicans announced Friday that guard Eric Gordon
underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure Thursday in his left ankle to alleviate pain caused by particles of scar tissue. Gordon is currently recovering from the procedure and will begin rehabilitation immediately while returning to basketball activities later in the summer.
Gordon can't avoid the injury bug, whether it was his knee or now his ankle. We hope he will make a full recovery in time for the start of next season, but continue to monitor his recovery. When healthy and active, Gordon is a standout Fantasy option in all leagues, but health is always the key with him. If he is ready for the start of next year then plan on drafting him with a mid-round pick.
Gasol has knee procedure
, PF, LAL
The Los Angeles Times
reports that Lakers forward Pau Gasol
will not resume basketball-related activities for 12 weeks after undergoing a knee procedure Thursday aimed at curbing pain in his knees that sidelined him for eight games this season. He is expected to make a full recovery. The report says a probe inserted into Gasol's knees directed ultrasound wavelengths to debride degenerated tissue of his patellar tendons. Gasol will also receive autologous stem-cell injections next week to stimulate regeneration of his tissue.
Gasol sustained career lows in scoring (13.7 points) and accuracy (46.6 percent) while also missing 20 games because of an internal tear in the bottom of his foot and five games because of a concussion. Gasol, who turns 33 in July, has one more year and $19.3 million remaining on his contract. If he returns to the Lakers as expected then consider him a solid Fantasy option in all leagues worth an early-round selection.
Rondo 'doing great' in rehab
, PG, BOS
ESPN reports that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said things are going well with point guard Rajon Rondo
, who is rehabbing from ACL surgery in February. "So far he looks good," Ainge said. "From everything our medical staff has told us, Rondo is doing great and he should be ready by training camp."
It sounds like Rondo should be ready to go for the start of next season. Continue to monitor his status during the offseason, and when Rondo is given clearance he should be able to return as an elite-level point guard. If he's on track for a full go by the time the season starts then consider him an early-round selection in all leagues.
Bryant making steady progress
, SG, LAL
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant
provided another update of his recovery from a torn left Achilles when he tweeted a picture of himself standing on his left foot without the help of a walking boot. Foot on the ground! Bryant wrote on Twitter before posting a picture on his Instagram account. Bryant is expected to be sidelined anywhere between 6-12 months with his injury.
While Bryant still has a long way to go in his recovery, it appears he is making slow but steady progress. However, he hasn't even started walking on his foot yet, so we don't to get too excited about his progress just yet. This will be the just one of many updates to come regarding Kobe's status, so Fantasy owners should check back over the next few weeks for the latest updates. While Bryant averaged 27.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds on 46.3 percent shooting from the field prior to his injury, no one is sure if he will be able to perform like his usual must-start self once he returns. Still, we will continue to list Bryant as a high-end option until he proves otherwise.
As expected, Bulls guard Derrick Rose
was ruled inactive for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Heat. Rose, who has yet to play this season while recovering from torn ACL, would not rule out a return later in the series. Its still in the air. I might have a chance," he said. However, Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that Rose has already decided to sit out the remainder of the postseason and will not change his mind.
The Rose saga won't go away as he continues to leave the window open for a possible return, despite the most recent Yahoo! Sports report. However, we would be very surprised if he returned at this point and it appears his teammates feel the same way. Still, all Fantasy owners care about his is status heading into next year. Rose should be fully healthy heading into the 2013-14 campaign, and based on what he has shown us already in his brief career, he will be considered a must-start option. Still, we would strongly advise owners to keep tabs on his status throughout the summer just to be on the safe side. As long as Rose looks be at 100 percent, he would be worthy of first-round pick in all formats next fall.
Williams' rehab 'going great'
, SG, ATL
Hawks guard Lou Williams
, who underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee back in February, said his rehab is "going great", the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reports. Williams said he is still unable to jog but added that he has been able to do some stand-still shooting. "This is the first time I've been injured in my life. Its very different territory that Im facing. Its going to be a different summer. Im used to being able to do what I want to in the summertime. Obviously that is not in the cards for me this year. So, if you have a long enough career, you are blessed to experience all things."
The original timetable for Williams' return was listed at 6 to 9 months and he is on month four right now. While he is making steady progress in his recovery, it is way to early to tell if he will be ready for the start of training camp. Williams averaged 14.1 points on 42.1 percent shooting from the field prior to his injury, while primarily being used in his customary sixth-man role. Fantasy owners will have to keep a close eye on Williams' recovery over the summer. However, based on the fact that he is coming off of a major knee injury, we wouldn't plan on spending anything other than a late-round pick on the 26-year-old.
Center Zaza Pachulia
, who will be an unrestricted free agent over the summer, said he wants to return to the Hawks next season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reports. Pachulia is still wearing a walking boot after undergoing surgery to repair his partially torn right Achilles. How can I not (want to be back), Pachulia said. I've been here eight years. I call Atlanta home. You guys know the relationship between me and fans. I would love to be back again. This is my third time being a free agent, and we all understand the business, but again, well see what July brings.
While Pachulia wants to return to the Hawks next season, the 7-footer is expected to garner a great deal of interest from many teams this summer. The 29-year-old appeared in 52 games, including 15 starts, and averaged 5.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.3 minutes. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Pachulia's recovery over the summer as well as where he winds up playing next season. Still, unless he ends up in a starting role, he likely won't have much Fantasy value heading into the 2013-14 campaign.
Rockets forward Carlos Delfino
's postseason came to a close a few hours before his teammates, due to a bone fracture in his right foot that will require surgery. Delfino was announced as out for the playoffs hours before the Rockets lost Friday's Game 6 against the Rockets. Delfino averaged 9.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in the postseason. He is expected to be ready for the start of next season.
Delfino is under contract for a very reasonable sum of $3 million, and the Rockets should be able to put him to use again next season. He spent time as a small forward and shifted to the power forward spot at times, where he took advantage of mismatches against bigger defenders. He averaged 10.6 points per game, the third-best total of his career, and he shot a very solid 37.5 percent from three-point range. Delfino should remain a useful Fantasy option in deeper, category-based formats, and he should be worth a late-round pick in many leagues on Draft Day.