|Sat Apr 19||10:29||Amir Johnson (ankle) ready to play vs. Nets||Amir Johnson||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Amir Johnson said that his ankle feels "good" as he prepares to defend Paul Pierce in the first round of the playoffs.
It's a tough matchup for Johnson and it will be even harder if his ankle limits his mobility. Since the All-Star break Johnson has averaged 10.4 points on 60.0 percent shooting, with 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
|Fri Apr 18||17:01||J.J. Redick feeling refreshed for playoff run||J.J. Redick||SG||Magic||Free Agent|
J.J. Redick said he feels "refreshed" on Friday as the Clippers prepare for a deep playoff run.
He has been dealing with a bulging disc in his back, missing 25 games while rehabbing. When asked if he anticipates head coach Doc Rivers placing a limit on his minutes, Redick said he will remain ready when his number is called. "If we look at it from need in the game, needing every win we can get, if he needs me, I'm available." Redick posted a career-high 15.2 points per game in his first season in Los Angeles.
|Source: Los Angeles Clippers on Twitter|
|Fri Apr 18||12:23||Shaun Livingston (toe) is practicing Friday||Shaun Livingston||PG||Bucks||Free Agent|
Shaun Livingston (toe) is practicing Friday.
Livingston sat out the final five games of the regular season to rest his sore big toe. He's fully expected to play and start in Game 1 against the Raptors Saturday. Livingston was an underrated glue guy during the regular season, averaging 9.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals in his 54 starts.
|Source: Mike Mazzeo on Twitter|
|Fri Apr 18||11:36||Kings plan to keep Rudy Gay no matter what||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
The Kings will try to retain Rudy Gay even if he exercises his opt-out clause.
Gay can become an unrestricted free agent by opting out of a contract that will pay him $19.3 million next year. We'd be a little surprised if he passed up that kind of cash, but it's possible considering how much the Kings coaches and front office reportedly like him. Gay may see the opt-out as a chance to get a more guaranteed money in a long-term deal.
|Source: Sacramento Bee|
|Fri Apr 18||09:29||Report: Joel will exercise player option||Joel Anthony||C||Heat||Free Agent|
A source tells CSNNW.com that Celtics F/C Joel Anthony will exercise his player option for the 2014/15 season.
It's a no-brainer decision for Anthony as he'll earn a guaranteed $3.8 million next season and then become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015. He averaged 7.1 minutes per game in 21 appearances for the Celtics this season.
|Thu Apr 17||17:49||Warriors still debating on starting center||Jermaine O`Neal||C||Celtics||Free Agent|
Coach Mark Jackson said he's still debating whether to start Jermaine O'Neal or Draymond Green for Game 1 vs. the Clippers on Saturday.
Both players are likely going to see a ton of minutes next to David Lee, but Jackson just needs to figure out how he's going to get production out of his second unit. Green has really picked up his skills on offense, so he might be better suited off the bench and turn in a higher usage rate there.
|Source: Rusty Simmons on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 17||13:10||Ersan Ilyasova not likely for World Cup||Ersan Ilyasova||PF||Bucks||Free Agent|
Ersan Ilyasova says he'll make a decision about playing for Turkey in the World Cup some time in the next month.
He was shut down early this year with an ankle injury and simply never got healthy over the course of the season. He says he's leaning toward skipping the event and if he wants to revive his NBA career, it's probably a good choice, as he simply has to find a way to get healthy and stay on the court.
|Source: Andrew Gruman on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 17||10:51||Varejao dresses, gets DNP in home finale||Anderson Varejao||C||Cavaliers||Free Agent|
Anderson Varejao was dressed and ready to play to make one final appearance in front of his home fans on Wednesday, but was left on the bench by coach Mike Brown, who simply chose not to play Varejao in a meaningless blowout win over the Nets. .
That was likely Varejao's last game as a Cavalier and Brown also failed to play Zydrunas Ilgauskas back in 2009 on a night he would have broken the team's all-time games played record, a move that drew the public ire of LeBron James at the time. Michael Curry also points out that Brown, in fact, has never really made a true "significant relationship" with one of his players in his entire career. While Brown is a respected NBA coach, his treatment of Ilgauskas and Varejao will not go unnoticed by some players around the league and could impact Cleveland's ability to sign free agents at some point down the line.
|Source: Michael Curry on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 17||03:28||Josh Powell was claimed off waivers by HOU on Wednesday April 16.||Josh Powell||PF||Hawks||Free Agent|
Josh Powell was claimed off waivers by HOU on Wednesday April 16.
|Thu Apr 17||01:05||Rudy Gay played just 16 minutes on Wednesday||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Rudy Gay played 16 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday, scoring six points with six boards, two assists and one turnover.
It was a bit of a surprise to even see him in the lineup after missing Sunday's game due to a back injury. Gay had a tremendous turnaround with the Kings after putting up some horrible efficiency with the Raptors earlier this year. The Kings got him more buckets in transition and he was much better off screens, so he could keep it up in 2014-15.
|Thu Apr 17||00:43||Greg Oden plays 14 minutes in finale||Greg Oden||C||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Greg Oden played 14 minutes in Wednesday's finale and had two points and five rebounds.
Coach Erik Spoelstra hasn't ruled out starting Oden in playoffs, but says it depends on who they're playing. LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen all took Wednesday off, but it looks like the Heat will be at full strength when they take on the Bobcats in Round 1 of the playoffs.
|Thu Apr 17||00:20||Amir Johnson rolls ankle on Wednesday||Amir Johnson||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Amir Johnson looked to suffer an ankle injury against the Knicks on Wednesday.
There has been no word from the team just yet, but he did play only 15 minutes after he seemed a bit hobbled. Johnson scored just two points with four boards, one assist and two turnovers in a loss. He'll need the two days off as the Raptors head into the playoffs. They'll face the Nets this weekend.
|Thu Apr 17||00:14||Cole Aldrich looks great on Wednesday night||Cole Aldrich||C||Thunder||Free Agent|
Cole Aldrich filled the stat sheet against the Raptors during a 95-92 win with 13 points, 16 boards, one assist, two steals and five blocks in 40 minutes.
He had a double-double on Tuesday and finished the season about as well as anyone would have thought. Tyson Chandler did not play tonight and it allowed Aldrich to get serious run as the primary option in the paint. Aldrich was a lottery pick with the Thunder and there's a decent chance this will be his best game of his career from a fantasy standpoint.
|Wed Apr 16||23:43||Ronny Turiaf plays 16 minutes in return||Ronny Turiaf||PF||Knicks||Free Agent|
Ronny Turiaf played 16 minutes in his return to the lineup on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with eight boards, one steal and three blocks.
He missed Monday due to a knee injury and was very effective in just 16 minutes. Turiaf turned in a better game than Gorgui Dieng, who had four points, seven boards, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes. He has really struggled to stay healthy, but he's a solid second-unit big man.
|Wed Apr 16||22:16||Jordan Hill leads Lakers over Spurs||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Jordan Hill had 18 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and two blocks on 7-of-13 shooting as the Lakers beat the resting Spurs in Wednesday's finale.
The Lakers weren't very good at tanking over the last week, and got a very balanced attack in the win. Nick Young scored 16, Kendall Marshall had 15 points and 11 assists, Jodie Meeks scored 14, Ryan Kelly scored 12, Wes Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Robert Sacre and Jordan Farmar chipped in with 10 a piece. We think we speak for all Lakers fans when we say that it's finally over. Many of these guys came through for fantasy owners tonight, but the minutes were too evenly divided for any of them to really go nuts.
|Wed Apr 16||21:05||Rudy Gay, Isaiah Thomas will play on Wed.||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Rudy Gay (back) and Isaiah Thomas (quad) will play on Wednesday night.
This is a bit of a surprise and Gay's back must be feeling good. He missed Sunday's game and should be busy tonight with DeMarcus Cousins (suspension) out. Derrick Williams could still get some run at power forward tonight and is a possible fantasy option.
|Source: James Ham on Twitter|
|Wed Apr 16||20:16||Ronny Turiaf is available to play on Wed.||Ronny Turiaf||PF||Knicks||Free Agent|
Ronny Turiaf is available to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.
His knee injury kept him out of the lineup on Monday and chances are he'll be limited tonight. It's been the Gorgui Dieng Show at center and he should have a big night in a great matchup.
|Source: Jerry Zgoda on Twitter|
|Wed Apr 16||19:43||Will Bynum will not play on Wednesday||Will Bynum||PG||Pistons||Free Agent|
Will Bynum (foot) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.
His foot injury will have kept him out for the final seven games of the season. Bynum has been effective off the bench and the Pistons play better team ball when he's out there.
|Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter|
|Wed Apr 16||19:04||Jeremy Lin will not play on Wednesday||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Jeremy Lin will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.
He'll get some rest in the finale and it will allow Isaiah Canaan another chance at minutes. Lin is healthy and should be ready to go against the Blazers in the first round.
|Source: Craig Ackerman on Twitter|
|Wed Apr 16||19:01||Omer Asik will not play on Wednesday||Omer Asik||C||Bulls||Free Agent|
Omer Asik will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.
He's getting some rest tonight as the Rockets prepare for the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. Donatas Motiejunas will back up Dwight Howard tonight.
|Source: Craig Ackerman on Twitter|