San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray is a name to watch for the rest of this season and also next season and beyond. The second-year point guard continues to show promise as a scorer, rebounder, distributor and defender — putting up 12.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4.0 APG and 1.8 SPG in his past four games — and he has top-100 fantasy value for the remainder of this season. Once he adds range to his game and starts hitting 3-pointers, he’s someone with top-30 fantasy potential in another season or two.
Toronto Raptors: Dating back to Valentine’s Day, a span of three games, Serge Ibaka has posted scoring nights of 20, 18 and 19 while swatting six shots and making seven 3-pointers. Ibaka is capable of being a key piece on a strong fantasy team when he plays like this, and there’s a reason he is up to No. 69 on ESPN’s Player Rater.
On March 14th at 4 p.m. ET, the 2018 free-agency period (and trading period) will begin. However, beginning March 12, teams will be permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 14. But a contract cannot be executed with a new club until free agency begins.
NFL free agency in 2018 is expected to be unusually active in terms of the quarterback market. In a preview of that market, SN has pointed out which QBs might be on the move this year.
Westbrook, George’s teammate in Oklahoma City, didn’t take too kindly to the chant by the locals. Westbrook signed an extension to remain with the Thunder last summer, and he will be instrumental in persuading George to pass on LA and stay in the Midwest.
When he heard the, We want Paul! chant, Westbrook shouted, That’s out! Paul ain’t going nowhere. It’s over for that.
If you’re an NBA fan here, that might have been the highlight of the weekend — a tug of war between Westbrook and fans over whether the Lakers could sell cap space to an upcoming free agent. That says something about the state of play for the teams. Never has LA been so underrepresented in an All-Star Game, even as the weekend has unfolded in this city.
As the deadline nears, all eyes remain on Cleveland, with the Cavs still wary of parting with the Nets’ draft pick they obtained from the Celtics as part of the Kyrie Irving deal. For much of the year, the Cavs have let teams know that the pick has been off limits, though most around the league felt that Cleveland would have to change its stance if things got desperate.