We’ve got action between the Pistons and Pelicans, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Pistons and Pelicans seriously discussing a Brice Johnson-Dante Cunningham deal, league sources tell ESPN.
Dante Cunningham has veto power on any trade based on the 1 year bird restriction.
Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring this season (26.1 PPG), and he is moving on up after a stellar 30-day stretch. During the past month, Lillard’s 29.2 PPG ranks third in the league behind only Harden (30.8) and Anthony Davis (30.2). Impressively, he has made 49.1 percent of his shots during that stretch.
Sacramento Kings: At 18-39 on the season, no team in the NBA has fewer wins than the Kings as we exit the All-Star break. Oddly enough, five other teams are, however, also at 18 wins. In any case, it’s clear that the Kings need to spend the final months of the regular season seeing what they have in their young players, and we have already seen the beginning of that trend. In seven games this month, the team’s four leaders in minutes per game are Bogdan Bogdanovic (30.4), De’Aaron Fox (29.7), Willie Cauley-Stein (28.0) and Justin Jackson (28.0).
San Antonio Spurs: Danny Green’s 12.0 PPG this month ranks second on the Spurs behind only LaMarcus Aldridge, and the veteran swingman is chipping in with 2.5 3PG, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 SPG and 1.2 BPG during that stretch. Somehow, he is still available in more than 92 percent of ESPN leagues.
Atlanta Hawks: Taurean Prince tends to go overlooked in the fantasy world, but the second-year swingman is playing more minutes and scoring more points than anyone else on the Hawks this month aside from Dennis Schroder. The 12th pick in the 2016 draft needs to get his 3-point shot squared away, though, as he is only 1-for-25 from long range in his past four games.
Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart (hand) practiced with the Celtics on Wednesday and has been cleared to return to the court on Friday against the Pistons. Smart hasn’t played since late January due to a severe laceration on his hand, and his return to the rotation will take away minutes from Terry Rozier, who busted out with averages of 15.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in his past 10 games.
Brooklyn Nets: D’Angelo Russell has played 30 minutes or more only once since returning to the Nets lineup, but that will likely start to change as he continues to build his endurance and get in game shape. A bigger concern might be Russell’s inefficient shooting; he is shooting 40.9 percent, including 22.2 percent from 3-point range, in his past five games. Right now, Russell isn’t a top-100 fantasy option.