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  • Matt Barnes SAC SF
    Matt Barnes: Expected to be waived by Sacramento
    22h ago

    Matt Barnes is expected to be waived by the Kings, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

    With the Kings taking back three players (Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway) and trading away two (DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi) is a blockbuster trade Sunday, Sacramento needed to drop a player from their roster to facilitate the new additions. The decision to get rid of Barnes is a surprising one, given the team's lack of depth at forward along with the fact that he had been in the midst of his best run of production on the season. The 36-year-old Barnes, who is averaging 10.9 points (on 45.6% shooting), 9.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 three-pointers in 31.6 minutes per game over eight February appearances, could attract interest from contending clubs looking for veteran depth on the wing.

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  • Johnny O'Bryant DEN PF
    Johnny O'Bryant: Second 10-day deal expires
    22h ago

    Johnny O'Bryant 's second 10-day contract with the Nuggets expired Friday, Chris Reichert of The Step Back reports.

    Rather than signing O'Bryant for the rest of the season, the Nuggets elected to let the forward head back to the D-League ranks. O'Bryant, who suited up for the Northern Arizona Suns in the D-League All-Star Game, could get another look from an NBA team in the final two months of the season.

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  • Kyrie Irving CLE PG
    Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Posts 22 points, 14 dimes in All-Star Game
    1d ago

    Kyrie Irving tallied 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-8 3Pt), 14 assists, seven rebounds and three steals across 22 minutes in the Eastern Conference's 192-182 loss to the Western Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game.

    In a game where defense was essentially optional, Irving was able to have his way throughout the evening, leading the Eastern Conference in both assists and boards. The point guard is averaging a career-best 24.4 points per game on the season and doesn't figure to see his scoring take much of a hit after the break, especially with Kevin Love (knee) likely out until late March or early April.

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL SF
    Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Leads Eastern Conference with 30 points Sunday
    1d ago

    Giannis Antetokounmpo submitted 30 points (14-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block across 23 minutes in the Eastern Conference's 192-182 loss to the Western Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game.

    The up-tempo, dunk-happy nature of the exhibition game played to the strengths of Antetokounmpo, whose speed and length made him a go-to finisher on fast breaks. It was an excellent All-Star debut for the 22-year-old, who will now turn his focus back to aiding the Milwaukee Bucks to a playoff berth. He's averaging career highs across the board this season with 23.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 steals in 35.4 minutes per game.

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  • Kevin Durant GS SF
    Warriors' Kevin Durant: Notches triple-double in All-Star Game
    1d ago

    Kevin Durant posted 21 points (9-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals across 27 minutes in the Western Conference's 192-182 win over the Eastern Conference in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

    Durant didn't let his deteriorating off-court relationship with former teammate Russell Westbrook affect his performance in the exhibition, as the pair connected on an alley-oop dunk in the first quarter. The Golden State Warriors forward would go on to fill up the stat sheet, but he never had a serious case for MVP honors with Anthony Davis scoring a All-Star Game record 52 points.

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  • Russell Westbrook OKC PG
    Thunder's Russell Westbrook: Posts 41 points in Western Conference win
    1d ago

    Russell Westbrook tallied 41 points (16-26 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and one steal across 20 minutes in the Western Conference's 192-182 win over the Eastern Conference on Sunday.

    Much was made prior to the All-Star Game about the frosty relationship between Kevin Durant and Westbrook, but the former teammates didn't let any friction between them affect their on-court performance. Westbrook, who was seeking his third straight All-Star Game MVP, would have normally had a worthy case for those honors, but Anthony Davis' 52-point outing ended Westbrook's bid.

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  • Capitals' Travis Boyd: Ascends to big club
    21m ago

    Travis Boyd was recalled from AHL Hershey on Tuesday.

    The 23-year-old prospect has been tearing it up in the minors this season, notching 11 goals with a team-high 32 helpers through 53 games. Boyd adds depth for a Washington Capitals team that is expected to be without Andre Burakovsky (hand) until mid-to-late March.

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  • Christian Dvorak ARI LW
    Coyotes' Christian Dvorak: Stays hot with goal against Ducks
    2h ago

    Christian Dvorak scored the opening goal during Monday's win over Anaheim.

    With six goals and nine points through his past nine games, the rookie is catching fire and returning excellent offensive numbers. Dvorak scored 52 goals and 121 points with the London Knights last season, so there is significant offensive upside, and a solid finish to the season isn't out of the question. Dvorak is a potential add in deeper seasonal leagues and currently checks out a low-priced option in daily contests.

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  • Mike Smith ARI G
    Coyotes' Mike Smith: Picks up win despite exiting in third period
    2h ago

    Mike Smith (head) saved 27 of 28 shots before exiting early in the third period of Monday's win over Arizona. A concussion spotter informed the Arizona training staff that Smith had to exit the game after a collision, Jerry Brown of NHL.com reports.

    It's advised to take a wait-and-see approach with Smith and not make any hasty roster decisions until the severity of the injury is known. It's rare for a concussion spotter to actually call for a player to exit the game, but it could prove to have been a false alarm, too. It's worth noting his solid play of late, as Smith has a .929 save percentage, 2.59 GAA and five wins over his past seven starts.

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  • Nick Ritchie ANA LW
    Ducks' Nick Ritchie: Chips in assist against Coyotes
    2h ago

    Nick Ritchie collected a second-period assist and registered four shots on goal during Monday's loss to Arizona.

    Ritchie has skated primarily with Ryan Getzlaf the past two games, and the 21-year-old winger has picked up an assist in each outing. The offensive contributions have been too few and far between to consider Ritchie a reliable fantasy asset in most settings, but there is upside if he can stick on Getzlaf's flank. It isn't out of the question to take a speculative flier on Ritchie in deep leagues, and he's also a potential low-priced option in daily contests.

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  • Ryan Getzlaf ANA C
    Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf: Scores twice against Coyotes
    2h ago

    Ryan Getzlaf scored two goals and registered five shots on net during Monday's loss to Arizona.

    After falling behind 3-0 in the first period, Getzlaf did his best to lead the comeback charge, but Anaheim and its captain fell short. Since missing four games with a lower-body injury in early January, Getzlaf has a respectable six goals, 15 points and 37 shots through 18 games. While he's no longer a top-tier scorer, the 31-year-old pivot is still a strong fantasy asset. He should continue to flirt with a point-per-game pace leading into the playoffs, too.

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  • Jonathan Bernier ANA G
    Ducks' Jonathan Bernier: Allows three goals before first-period exit
    2h ago

    Jonathan Bernier saved just three of six shots before being pulled in the first period of Monday's loss to Arizona.

    With just a single win, .888 save percentage and 3.37 GAA through his past five appearances, Bernier has been an underwhelming fantasy contributor recently. Additionally, with John Gibson shining (.941 save percentage and 1.76 GAA since the beginning of January), Bernier could see even fewer starts going forward. It's best to avoid Bernier outside of soft matchups until he shows better form.

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  • Jordan Schafer STL RP
    Cardinals' Jordan Schafer: Works in outfield Monday
    1h ago

    Jordan Schafer , trying to stick with the St. Louis Cardinals this spring as a possible two-way player, practiced exclusively in the outfield during Monday's workouts, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    The veteran, a career outfielder, is in the midst of adding pitching to his resume this spring, but the Cardinals reportedly have designs on deploying him as a possible two-way threat. Schafer had worked in his new role until Monday, when he put in a full workday as an outfielder in between a bullpen session Sunday and his expected turn against hitters Tuesday. The team appears set to follow the same schedule for the time being, while limiting the amount of throws he makes from the outfield so as to not overwork his arm.

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  • Glen Perkins MIN RP
    Twins' Glen Perkins: Another bullpen session on tap Wednesday
    1h ago

    Glen Perkins (shoulder) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

    The Minnesota Twins are take it slowly with Perkins in the spring while he recovers from surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, which limited him to just two appearances in 2016. There's plenty of risk of Perkins failing to return to the form that made him record three 30-plus-save seasons in a row, and he could be forced to spend the beginning of 2017 on the DL if he's unable to pitch in Grapefruit League games by the time the spring ends. Perkins will need to make demonstrable progress in the coming weeks if he hopes to displace Brandon Kintzler as the team's closer to begin the season.

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  • Dallas Keuchel HOU SP
    Astros' Dallas Keuchel: Plans to make five spring starts
    1h ago

    Dallas Keuchel (shoulder) isn't expected to make his Grapefruit League debut until early March, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Keuchel suggested he's not behind the curve in his recovery from a bout of shoulder inflammation that sidelined him late last season, but it sounds like the Houston Astros aren't inclined to overextend him early on in the spring. He already resumed throwing off a mound last week and came through the session without incident, and is still on track to make about five starts during spring training. The former Cy Young award winner saw his numbers decline considerably a season ago, but with some better luck on balls in play and a reduction in his home-run rate closer to what he provided in 2014 and 2015, it's not unrealistic to expect him to turn in a sub-4.00 ERA in 2017.

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  • Joe Kelly BOS RP
    Red Sox's Joe Kelly: Simplified arm action leads to better results
    1h ago

    Joe Kelly shortened the arm action in his delivery last season when he was moved to the bullpen full time, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. After moving to the pen, Kelly had a 1.02 ERA and 1.019 WHIP, striking out 21 and walking five over 17.2 innings.

    Instead of raring back and seeing how high he could register on the radar gun, Kelly kept his arm closer to his body, an adjustment that led to a more consistent release point and allowed him to stay on top of his pitches. That in turn led to consistent location of those pitches -- a fastball directed to the outside corner, stayed on the corner. And likewise pitches thrown on the inside corner. No longer were his pitches leaking over the plate where they could get hammered. It's a whole new world for Kelly in the pen. He'll be an important setup piece for closer Craig Kimbrel and will get fireman duty in high-leverage, non-save situations.

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  • Carlos Correa HOU SS
    Astros' Carlos Correa: Takes batting practice in cage Tuesday
    2h ago

    Carlos Correa (teeth) logged a workout Tuesday and was able to take about 50 swings in the batting cage, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

    Correa's start to spring training was delayed after he had his wisdom teeth removed last week, but his activity Tuesday suggests any lingering pain in his mouth is no longer an issue. The shortstop should soon resume doing the same workouts as the rest of his teammates and doesn't look to be in any danger of missing the beginning of Grapefruit League play.

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  • Jose Abreu CHW 1B
    White Sox's Jose Abreu: Motivated to put struggles of 2016 behind him
    2h ago

    Jose Abreu says he learned from the experience of 2016 when struggled to hit early in the season, Scott Merkin of the Chicago White Sox 's official site reports. "I never in my life experienced some kind of struggles like I did last year," Abreu said. "But that put me in a better position as a player, as a person too. I'm in a better position now for this season because I learned from the experience."

    Abreu opened the 2016 season hitting .242 with a .686 OPS and six homers in his first 52 games, before coming around in June. Perhaps the poor start was partially attributable to his conditioning to start the season. The 30-year-old Cuban said he put a lot of effort into his body during the offseason with eye toward better coming out the gate in April.

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  • Sam Brenner DEN G
    Broncos' Sam Brenner: Considering retirement
    13h ago

    Sam Brenner (concussion) has cleared concussion protocol but is contemplating retirement, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Brenner spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve after suffering a head injury last July. He said he's feeling well and has been training as intensely as he normally does in the offseason, but it looks as if he is keeping an open mind to the possibility of ending his career in the name of mental health.

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  • Kellen Moore DAL QB
    Cowboys' Kellen Moore: Fully recovered from broken leg
    13h ago

    Kellen Moore (lower leg) is fully recovered from the season-ending leg fracture he suffered last summer, KTVB.com reports. "I'm 100 percent now. It's been good. For the last month or two I've been healthy. I've been able to start doing everything as usual," he elaborated.

    Moore broke his ankle last August and spent the entire season on injured reserve. However, he appears to have been healthy for a while now and should be fully prepared to hit free agency at the end of the league year in March. The Dallas Cowboys like what they have in the Boise State product, so with Mark Sanchez an unrestricted free agent as well and Tony Romo (back) destined for a trade or release, Moore likely possesses the greatest odds of returning as Dak Prescott's backup in 2017.

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  • Packers' T.J. Lang: Remains on crutches
    14h ago

    Lang (foot) remains on crutches due to offseason hip surgery, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

    In addition to an ailing hip, Lang is also nursing a broken left foot, but there is no word on whether he required surgery for that this offseason as well. There is no timeline for when he's expected to be back in action either, but with unrestricted free agency looming, Lang will presumably look to return to full form as soon as he can. Green Bay is the only place he's ever called home in his professional career, but considering the team hasn't even made contact with him yet, he doesn't appear to be one of the organization's top priorities.

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  • Cole Wick DET TE
    Lions' Cole Wick: Returns to full health
    15h ago

    Cole Wick (knee) is healthy and "itching to get back" on the field, The Detriot Free Press reports.

    Wick finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing up his knee in Week 7. He declined to say whether he required surgery or not, but, regardless, he's healthy now and fully expected to attend voluntary offseason workouts in April. Outside of starter Eric Ebron, Wick is the only tight end under contract through 2017 who played a down for the Detroit Lions last year. Thus, he currently appears to be the frontrunner for No. 2 duties next season, although Detroit could always bring in competition for the role via free agency or the draft.

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  • Cowboys' Tyron Smith: Agrees to contract restructure
    17h ago

    Smith has agreed to a restructured contract with the Dallas Cowboys , ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

    Smith signed a lucrative eight-year, $109 million extension with Dallas back in July of 2014, but in restructuring his deal now, the All-Pro left tackle will help save the Cowboys over $17 million in cap space this year.

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  • Travis Frederick DAL C
    Cowboys' Travis Frederick: Restructures contract
    17h ago

    Travis Frederick has agreed to a restructured contract with the Dallas Cowboys , ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

    Frederick and fellow lineman Tyron Smith's restructured deals will reportedly open over $17 million worth of cap space for the Cowboys heading into the new league year. Named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, Frederick signed a six-year, $56.4 million extension with Dallas last August.

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