DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: May 1
Ben Scherr

Hassan Whiteside wants to re-sign with the Miami Heat.

This has been the expectation all along, but it's still unclear if Miami is willing to bid what another team—or teams—will put on the table. There is chatter that the Heat will attempt to sell Whiteside on taking less than the max, but there will surely be at least one other club willing to give him a max contract. Pat Riley has previously said that Whiteside will be his team's No. 1 offseason priority, and there's no question that the best rim protector in the league will be in high demand.
1 hour ago

The Heat are open to bringing back Amar’e Stoudemire at the league minimum.

They're "open" to lots of possibilities, but that doesn't make their pursuit "likely" in any way, shape or form. "It would have to be a defined role (his return)," his agent, Travis King, said last week. "He loves Miami and the team but he loves playing. He’s looking somewhere he can play. He wants to contribute 10 to 20 minutes a night." Assuming Miami re-signs Hassan Whiteside, the odds of Stoudemire finding that role with the Heat are slim to none.
1 hour ago

Pau Gasol is considering skipping the Olympics because of the Zika virus.

The Spanish basketball player Gasol said Monday there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil and anyone going to Rio de Janeiro for the games should "think about" whether it's worth the risk. He said other Spanish athletes have also expressed their concerns about the virus and are also considering skipping the games. "It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk," Gasol said, adding that he was among the athletes making such considerations.
1 hour ago

Steve Kerr praised Andre Iguodala on his defensive performance in Game 6.

Iggy was absolutely sensational on Saturday night, holding Kevin Durant to 10-of-31 shooting, but that wasn't the most impressive part of his performance. Andre Eagle-Dollar stripped Durant and Russell Westbrook twice each in the final 1:40 of the game, setting the stage for Steph Curry to take over and send the Warriors-Thunder to a Game 7 on Monday night. Iguodala still doesn't seem to even be all that impressed by his own performance, deflecting any and all praise to his teammates while citing a defensive gem against Kobe Bryant in his prime in 2005 as his best defensive output. The Warriors will need him to be at his best once again for Game 7, locking down Durant while switching out on other players such as Westbrook.
11 hours ago

Warriors believe Stephen Curry looked like he had more bounce in Game 6 then he did in Game 5.

This might seem like obvious news as the unanimous MVP put up a near triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists in 41 minutes (impressive considering he's battling the ankle injury) on 6-of-13 shooting from downtown. He completely outplayed Russell Westbrook and will have yet another opportunity to prove he is the top guard in the league in Game 7 Monday night. Bank on Steph coming to play and outperforming even his elite expectations.
13 hours ago

Lakers and 76ers will try and sign DeMar DeRozan this offseason.

Teams will make a run at free agent to be DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors. But he has expressed a desire to stay in Toronto. The Raptors will be able to offer him a max contract of five years and $145 million whereas other teams can top out at $107 million. No matter where DeRozan and his 23.5 points average signs, he is line for a nice raise this offseason.
13 hours ago

Kevin Durant continued to downplay his recent shooting struggles, saying, "I tend to figure things out on the offensive end."

Durant has struggled in the last three games going a combined 30-85 from the field, and 5-22 from three point range. He remains one of the best players on the planet, and is capable of lighting it up at anytime on the offensive end, and will try to get the Thunder into the finals to face LeBron James.
17 hours ago

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he doesn't anticipate starting Andre Iguodala in Game 7 against the Thunder.

Even if the veteran does not start, he should continue to see big minutes as he has in the last three games. The Warriors are hoping Iggy's defense can slow down Kevin Durant a bit, especially with a trip to the Finals on the line.
18 hours ago

Grizzlies have officially named Dave Fizdale their new head coach.

Fizdale is a highly-respected assistant from the Heat, but he replaces a highly-respected head coach in Dave Joerger. The Grizzlies have a fascinating offseason ahead of them, as Mike Conley and Matt Barnes are free agents, and those roster decisions will likely be far more important than who they chose to coach the roster.
19 hours ago

Andre Iguodala is starting the second half Saturday for Harrison Barnes.

With the Warriors looking for a spark in the second half, they have benched Harrison Barnes. Andre Iguodala started the second half for Golden State and he has played with more energy than Barnes. Over 22 minutes in Game 6, Iguodala has six points and five rebounds.
1 day ago
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