Alex Len C PHO 34 Mins
Suns rookie Alex Len plans to stay in Phoenix this summer, where he'll be "getting healthy, getting stronger and getting better."
"Missing last summer hurt me a lot," said Len, who struggled with injuries and averaged 2.0 points on 42.3 percent shooting as a rookie. "I just need to try to play as much as I can because the game was too fast for me this year. It is going to slow down with getting playing time." Len has considerable upside but we'll need to see it on the court before recommending him as a fantasy pick next season.
Dion Waiters SG CLE 48 Mins
Luol Deng said that Cavaliers guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters "love" to play together and have no off-court issues.
"There's times where they've looked great," Deng said. "They're human, but in terms of can they play together? Yeah. I've played in this league for 10 years and I know they can." The talented duo have struggled to co-exist offensively, a problem which may have been exacerbated by keeping Waiters in a sixth-man role early in the season, but they showed steady improvement last in the season and their mutual respect bodes well for the future of the Cavs backcourt.
Nick Calathes G MEM 14 Hrs
Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug Policy.
The suspension starts now which means he won't be see postseason action. Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, an over-the-counter athletic supplement. He was solid this year and filled in admirably while Mike Conley was out earlier this season, averaging 14.7 points, 4.7 boards, 4.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.3 triples in his seven starts. Beno Udrih will back up Mike Conley, who figures to get more than 40 minutes per night vs. OKC in round one.
Darrell Arthur PF DEN 17 Hrs
Darrell Arthur is planning to pick up his player option of $3.4 million this offseason.
It's kind of a no-brainer for Arthur after yet another injury-plagued season. He played just 17.1 minutes per game and couldn't really get much playing time despite the Nuggets having very little depth down the stretch. He The 26-year-old forward won't have much fantasy value next season.
J. J. Redick SG LAC 17 Hrs
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.
Roy Hibbert C IND 17 Hrs
Coach Frank Vogel said he'll adjust his rotations on a game-by-game basis during the playoffs.
"It'll vary night by night and we'll see how the flow of the game is going," Vogel said. The first player that comes to mind here is Roy Hibbert. He's been yanked from games on several occasions and has quickly become a huge liability on offense. In fact, he had the second-worst effective field goal percentage among qualifiers this season and looked as slow as his teammate Andrew Bynum.
Eric Bledsoe G PHO 18 Hrs
Eric Bledsoe has remained noncommittal about his status as a restricted free agent this summer.
He was superb in his first season with the Suns and the team did not extend his contract heading into the season. However, the Suns will almost do anything they can to bring him back, and Bledsoe seems to be a part of the team and wasn't happy about missing out on the playoffs. "The way we lost the last couple games to the Spurs and Dallas, it definitely put a taste in my mouth," Bledsoe said. He'll have high-end fantasy value next year no matter where he lands.
Ognjen Kuzmic C GS 18 Hrs
The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic from the D-League on Friday.
He was sent to the D-League for extra playing time against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Kuzmic grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds in the win. In three D-League games he posted averages of 20.3 points, 15.3 rebounds, and shot an outstanding 77.1 percent from the field.
Isaiah Canaan SG HOU 19 Hrs
The Rockets recalled Isaiah Canaan and Robert Covington on Friday.
The two were sent down to the D-League to get extra playing time. Canaan played well in the loss, scoring a game-high 25 points and he will continue to be the Rockets third-string point guard behind Patrick Beverley and Jeremy Lin.
Pau Gasol PF/C LAL 19 Hrs
General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that Pau Gasol is a "priority" this offseason.
"If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board," Kupchak said. While this isn't a surprising quote, the Lakers should certainly look to bring Pau back despite their ending result on the standings. He finished with averages of 17.4 points, 9.7 boards and 1.5 blocks, so he'll be a high pick in fantasy leagues next year.