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|Stephen Curry hopeful to return before May 9||04-29-2016|
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Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.
Monte Poole on Twitter
|He's not wasting any time to get back out there and is getting treatment three times per day. Curry is starting to do some work in the training room, but the big step will be to do some practice with contact. He'll likely miss at least a couple games in the second round, which will start on Sunday or Tuesday depending if the Clippers-Blazers series goes to seven games.|
|Stephen Curry not doing on-court work yet||04-29-2016|
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Stephen Curry (knee) has been doing well in the training room, according to coach Steve Kerr.
Marc Stein on Twitter
|He is not doing on-court work yet and preview reports suggest he's shooting to start that next week. Curry is likely going to miss the first two games of the second round and will likely be rooting for the Clippers tonight to push back Game 1 to Tuesday. It'll be Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala stepping up the most with more Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.|
|Rudy Gobert won't play for France||04-29-2016|
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Rudy Gobert won't play for France during the qualifying tournament for the Olympics this summer.
|"This season I had several injuries, so Jazz want me to stay in Salt Lake in June to work on my body," Gobert said. He did add that he will play in Rio if France qualifies, but it makes sense for the big man to get as much rest as possible after battling knee and ankle issues this season. He will be a bounce-back candidate for the 2016-17 campaign.|
|Deron Williams expected to opt out of contract||04-29-2016|
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Deron Williams (hernia) intends to opt of his contract with Dallas for the 2016-17 season.
|He will look for a multi-year contract in free agency, but there is said to be mutual interest between Williams and Dallas for a return. "I would love to be back," Williams said during his exit interviews. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season and played well for the most part, but he struggled with injuries once again and a sports hernia ended his 2015-16 campaign. He will need surgery to correct the issue, but he's expected to be healthy by training camp.|
|Knight is prepared to play on or off the ball||04-29-2016|
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Brandon Knight (hernia) said that he will be prepared to play both on and off the ball next season.
|"I'm going to be good whether on the ball or off the ball. I just know I'm going to be a better player next year. I'm prepared and ready for that," Knight said. "Once I'm healthy, I'm excited about what I'll be able to do individually and what our team will be able to do as well." The Suns will have a crowded backcourt next season due to Devin Booker's emergence and the return of Eric Bledsoe from knee surgery, but for now Knight is still a target in the middle rounds for owners who don't mind a volatile FG percentage and high turnover rate.|
|Eric Bledsoe (knee) is 'nearly fully recuperated'||04-29-2016|
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Eric Bledsoe's knee is "nearly fully recuperated" according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
|He had knee surgery in December to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, but this confirms that his rehab is going well and he should be ready to go for training camp. Bledsoe said that coach Earl Watson "was probably one of the main reasons" he was playing so well at the beginning of the season, so he could have a solid 2016-17 campaign if he can stay healthy. The durability concerns means he should be available at a discount as well.|
|Earl Watson says he believes in Alan Williams||04-29-2016|
Suns coach Earl Watson said he can't wait to see what Alan Williams can do in the summer league.
|"We have to work with him but I believe in him," Watson said. "I can't wait to see him play in Summer League so I can see him on the sideline and go crazy for him." It sounds like there's a pretty good chance that the Suns will pick up his team option for the 2016-17 season, but he likely won't be a factor in fantasy leagues unless Phoenix decides to move Tyson Chandler.|
|Pau Gasol says Spurs could be an option||04-29-2016|
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In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Pau Gasol said that the Spurs would be an "interesting option" in free agency this summer.
|"There's talk about passing of the torch with San Antonio and a hypothetical passing of the torch with [Tim] Duncan," Gasol said. "For starters, nobody knows if Tim is retiring and he's somebody whom I have maximum respect for. In closing, I have to admit the Spurs would be an interesting option for me." The Bulls took a massive risk by not dealing Gasol at the trade deadline, and there's a good chance that he leaves Chicago this summer in the pursuit of another ring. To be clear, a move to San Antonio wouldn't be great for his fantasy value.|
|Hassan Whiteside says his hand isn't an issue||04-29-2016|
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Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be an issue in Game 6 on Friday.
Ira Winderman on Twitter
|He is dealing with some swelling, but X-rays came back negative and the injury isn't believed to be serious. Whiteside is averaging 14.0 points, 12.2 boards and 3.0 blocks during the postseason and is safe to leave in all active lineups.|
|Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 6||04-29-2016|
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Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will be in the rotation for Game 6 on Friday vs. Charlotte.
Manny Navarro on Twitter
|Olynyk says shoulder surgery is a possibility||04-29-2016|
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Kelly Olynyk said that he will consider undergoing shoulder surgery this summer.
A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter
|He admitted that his shoulder wasn't even 80 percent during the playoffs, so give him credit for playing though the injury. Olynyk is still evaluating different options and is getting a second opinion as well, so it's not a lock that he will need surgery. Olynyk only averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season in 20.2 minutes per game in Boston's crowded frontcourt, so the Celtics would likely have to move some pieces around in order for him to have a larger role.|
|Tyreke Evans struggled to learn the offense||04-29-2016|
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|Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evans (knee) struggled to learn the offense because he missed training camp.||''We had a small sample size,'' Gentry said. ''He never had an opportunity to go through training camp. So we just rushed in, and said, 'Ok', now this is way we play. I think he had some great moments and I think he struggled some." Evans played in just 25 games this season with averages of 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds, but he's had three knee surgeries since May and has some serious durability concerns. He's going to be a risky pick in fantasy drafts next season.|
|Anthony says he still believes in Phil||04-29-2016|
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Carmelo Anthony said that he still has to believe in what Phil Jackson is doing.
|"At this point, I still have to believe in what Phil is doing. I can't say that I don't believe in him no more, this is over with. I still have to believe in him," Anthony said. "I'm here. I still want to be here. I still want to be successful here, so I don't have no other choice but to believe in [his plan]." Anthony still controls his future with the Knicks due to his no-trade clause, and he recently made it clear that he intends on retiring as a Knick. Regardless, what the Knicks accomplish this summer could obviously change Melo's stance.|
|Stanley Johnson may not play summer league||04-29-2016|
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Stanley Johnson may not play in the summer league because Stan Van Gundy wants him to focus on skill development.
|"My concern for him is I know Stanley's mentality," Van Gundy said. "I want him working on things he needs to work on. I don't want to put him in situations where his concern is doing what he can do well right now to try to win that game." Van Gundy added that Johnson needs to work on his shooting, footwork and ballhandling this summer. Still just 19 years old, the future is very bright for Johnson.|
|Evan Turner hints about his future with BOS||04-29-2016|
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Evan Turner indicated that his positive experience in Boston will play heavily into his decision as a free agent this summer.
|"It's definitely going to play a lot," Turner said. "Players definitely play their best when they're happy. Most importantly, I found a situation and coach that tended to myself, and my teammates, to what they do well." Regardless of what Turner decides, he's going to get a serious raise this summer after a promising postseason with averages 13.2 points, 5.7 boards, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals.|
|Kemba Walker praises Jeremy Lin||04-29-2016|
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Kemba Walker said that Jeremy Lin's aggression has forced the Heat to shift their defensive philosophy.
|"[When] me and Jeremy [Lin] are in attack mode, getting into the lane, we're able to dish the ball out and get some [open] 3s," Walker said. "It's definitely helped us, especially last game." Walker and Lin have combined for 59 free throws in this series as a result, and Lin has arguably been one of the biggest surprises of the postseason with averages of 14.0 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 boards and 0.6 3-pointers on 44.7 percent shooting. Despite the return of Nicolas Batum in Game 5, Lin still played 35 minutes so he should have a significant role the rest of the way.|
|Paul George is open to playing 48 minutes||04-29-2016|
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|Paul George says he's willing to play 48 minutes in Game 6 in Indiana on Friday.||"If that's the direction that the game is going, I'm all for it," George said. "Whatever we got to do to win, I'm doing it." Coach Frank Vogel already hinted that he will play him all 48 minutes "if necessary," as PG-13 was a +15 in 41 minutes in Tuesday's loss. DFS owners can feel good about locking George into lineups tonight.|