Jazz pick up option for Gobert
Rudy Gobert | UTA
(October 25, 2014 12:21 PM EDT)
The Jazz exercised their third-year option on Rudy Gobert.
He was the talk of summer league and it's carried over into the preseason. Gobert will be in the mix for leaders in blocks and rebounds per 48 minutes, and is certainly on the radar for any owner seeking help in those areas.
Jazz pick up option on Trey Burke
Trey Burke | UTA
(October 25, 2014 12:19 PM EDT)
The Jazz picked up the third-year option on Trey Burke.
Despite a letdown in 2013-14, this was an easy call to bring Burke back on his rookie scale deal. He had a nice October and could be worthy of a pick later in fantasy drafts.
Knicks might not keep Shane Larkin
Shane Larkin | NY
(October 25, 2014 11:48 AM EDT)
The Knicks may opt to not exercise the option on Shane Larkin's contract.
The team was expected to pick up his option earlier this month, but they may want to keep the cap space. Larkin is expected to get some run in the second unit and may have value if Jose Calderon (calf) needs to miss time.
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Cavs not close to extension with Tristan
Tristan Thompson | CLE
(October 25, 2014 10:56 AM EDT)
The Cavs and Tristan Thompson are not close to coming to terms on an extension.
It sounds like he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Thompson does have a big opportunity in front of him, but he will be coming off the bench. That said, he doesn't have a lot of presence in defensive stats and is inefficient, so we like other people later in drafts.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Evan Fournier puts up a nice line
Evan Fournier | ORL
(October 25, 2014 10:49 AM EDT)
Evan Fournier played well off the bench against the Mavericks on Friday with 12 points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.
He's on the fantasy radar as a deep-league pickup while Victor Oladipo (face) is on the mend. Fournier will handle the ball a lot and should be have some nice short-term value.
Jameer Nelson returns from ankle tweak
Jameer Nelson | DAL
(October 25, 2014 10:47 AM EDT)
Jameer Nelson returned from a minor ankle tweak on Friday, finishing with four points, four rebounds and seven assists in 25 minutes.
He just needed to be re-taped and everything is fine. Nelson had a productive preseason thanks to Raymond Felton going down, so fantasy owners missing out on point guards shouldn't hesitate to grab Jameer with their last couple picks.
Larry Sanders hopes to be ready for opener
Larry Sanders | MLW
(October 25, 2014 10:43 AM EDT)
Larry Sanders said he hopes to play in the season opener.
He had a surgery earlier this month and has been going through some non-contact practice. In some of the videos of practice, Sanders worked up a good sweat, so he's a little closer to probable. Like most Bucks stories, this is a guessing game and we still don't even know what his surgery was for. He's worth the risk later in drafts and he should be able to fall to you near 100.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Trey Burke still plays OK, cools off a bit
Trey Burke | UTA
(October 25, 2014 10:02 AM EDT)
Trey Burke made 5-of-14 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Suns on Friday.
He was coming in scorching hot from deep, making 16-of-30 (53.3 percent) in his previous seven games. Burke was much better this month and only shot below 30 percent from the field in one game, something he did more than any other player last season. He is one of a handful of players to show major improvement this month and is worth a look later in drafts.
Enes Kanter has itchy trigger finger
Enes Kanter | UTA
(October 25, 2014 9:58 AM EDT)
Enes Kanter made 4-of-14 from the field in 33 minutes as the starting center against the Suns on Friday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
Amazingly, Kanter now has a block in his last three preseason games, which he failed to do in his first five games this month. He did add a 3-point shot to his arsenal, but ended up shooting just 3-of-15 (20 percent) on those. Kanter could improve and staying in shape is nice, but other players in the later rounds may have more upside.
Markieff Morris puts up a nice game in finale
Markieff Morris | PHO
(October 25, 2014 9:53 AM EDT)
Markieff Morris finished his preseason on a high note with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.
He shot 5-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line, which was nice to see after a mildly disappointing preseason. Obviously, we're not concerned and are expecting him to grow from his top-50 numbers after the break last season. He's a player you'll want to reach for.