Celtics are reportedly engaged in talks with the Cavaliers about acquiring No.1 pick.
Reports, according to CSNNE.com who are claiming a league source told them, "If the Celtics were able to secure the top overall pick, they are expected to choose between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker...although multiple sources indicate Boston would lean more towards Wiggins than Parker." Any deal for the number one overall pick would likely involve the Celtics sending one or both of their first round picks (No. 6 and No. 17 overall) to the Cavs, and with that type of ammo to bring to the trading table it seems that Boston has a legitimate chance of prying the top pick away from the Cavs.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Danny Ainge clarifies that Kelly Olynyk has bruised shoulder not partially dislocated.
It was originally feared that Olynyk dislocated his shoulder which would have meant the center would be sidelined for a couple of weeks. The Celtics don’t return to the court until February 19 so there’s a chance Olynyk won’t miss any games. This is a situation to follow over the All-Star break, but Olynyk’s status won’t become clearer until later next week. The center is averaging 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Analysis: Phil Backert
Jacob deGrom is open to signing an extension with the Mets.
deGrom isn’t a free agent until after the 2020 so there isn’t any rush, but a deal would at least cover the first year or two of deGrom’s free agent years and give the talented right-hander a security blanket in case of injury. deGrom has been lights out in his two years in the big leagues as he has a career ERA of 2.61, WHIP of 1.047 and a very impressive K:BB ratio of 349:81. deGrom is an SP 1 in fantasy baseball in 2016 and will continue to help owners in all categories. Analysis: Phil Backert
The Atlanta Hawks believe PG Dennis Schroder can be the starting point guard.
This is very important because it appears the Hawks are ready to move on from starting point guard Jeff Teague. It’s not unrealistic to believe Schroder can’t handle a starting workload as he is currently averaging nearly 21 minutes a game. In those minutes, the point guard is averaging 10.7 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. Schroder’s fantasy value would sky rocket if Teague is traded and he becomes the starting point guard for the Hawks. Analysis: Phil Backert
The Orlando Magic are interested in Atlanta Hawks PG Jeff Teague.
Teague has been involved in trade rumors for over a month so it’s becoming more and more likely that his tenure with the Hawks is coming to an end. Along with the Magic, the Pacers are also a possible landing spot for the point guard. The 27-year-old is averaging 15.1 points, 5.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds and will help any team he ends up on, but it’s hard to gauge his exact fantasy value until the inevitable destination is confirmed. Analysis: Phil Backert
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) will have an MRI Thursday.
Tough blow for Kidd-Gilchrist as this is the same shoulder that he injured in the preseason which required surgery to repair a torn labrum. The expectation is for the guard to miss the next several weeks due to the injury, but the MRI will give an exact timetable. Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in seven games and was starting to get back in the groove after missing most of the season due to the shoulder surgery. Jeremy Lin and P.J. Hairston will benefit the most with Kidd-Gilchrist being sidelined. Analysis: Phil Backert