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  • Matt Barnes SAC SF
    Matt Barnes: Expected to be waived by Sacramento
    13h 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
    13h 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
    14h 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
    14h 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
    15h 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
    15h 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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  • John Tavares NYI C
    Islanders' John Tavares: Breaks goal drought
    2h ago

    John Tavares scored the game-winner in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Devils.

    The former first-round pick went the past eight games without scoring a goal until Sunday. Still, that goal gives Tavares five points in the past five games. In addition, no offensive players on the New York Islanders sees more ice time than Tavares, who is averaging 20:15 minutes per game. Heading into the thick of the playoff hunt, the 26-year-old will have the chance to be a valuable fantasy weapon.

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  • Evander Kane BUF LW
    Sabres' Evander Kane: Adds goal Sunday
    3h ago

    Evander Kane scored Buffalo's only goal in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

    This goal makes it seven goals over the past seven games, and Kane has one assist in this stretch too. With a shooting percentage of 29.4 percent, the 25-year-old forward is one of the hottest players in the NHL right now. Buffalo isn't playing a bunch of non-contenders either, six of these seven goals came against serious playoff contenders -- St. Louis, Chicago, San Jose, and Toronto. Buffalo's mandatory five-game break started Monday, and Kane's fantasy owners better hope he can maintain this type of play afterward, as this is a time where teams tend to lose whatever momentum they previously had.

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  • Artem Anisimov CHI C
    Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov: Adds insurance goal Sunday
    3h ago

    Artem Anisimov scored a goal in Sunday's 5-1 win over Buffalo.

    The 28-year-old now has three goals and four assists over seven February games. Anisimov has never had more than 22 goals or 44 points in an 82-game season. This season, he already has 21 goals and 20 assists over 55 games, putting himself in prime position to have a career year. A huge contributing factor to this is Anisimov boasts the second-best shooting percentage in the NHL with 21.4 percent. This sniper is bound to break his previous career highs -- we're just excited to see by how much.

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  • Jonathan Quick LA G
    Kings' Jonathan Quick: Continues to trend towards March return
    3h ago

    Jonathan Quick (groin) could be working towards a simulated game soon after his most intense practice to date Monday, LA Los Angeles Kings Insider reports.

    Quick's next steps towards a return center around his ability to occupy one of the nets by himself in a practice and then working his way towards a simulated game environment. The Kings remain hopeful that he'll be able to return by the the middle of March as they battle for a playoff spot down the stretch.

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  • Vladislav Namestnikov TB C
    Lightning's Vladislav Namestnikov: First February goal
    3h ago

    Vladislav Namestnikov scored a first-period goal against the Avalanche on Sunday.

    This was Namestnikov's first goal in the past 10 games, and he has only added two assists in that time. This production isn't drastically low for the Russian forward, but it's also not ideal for fantasy owners. He's getting the chances, though, with 40 shots on goal in 20 games since the calendar flipped to 2017. The 24-year-old's position on the power play should also keep these opportunities coming, but until he can start capitalizing, his fantasy value will remain stagnant.

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  • Erik Johnson COL D
    Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Practices for first time since injury
    3h ago

    Erik Johnson took part in practice Monday for the first time since breaking his leg on Dec. 3, the Denver Post reports.

    Unfortunately, fellow Avs blueliner Nikita Zadorov broke his ankle during the same practice and is done for the year, which pretty much sums up how bad Colorado's luck has been this season. Johnson donned a red no-contact sweater but otherwise took drills at full speed, so there's a chance he could return later in the week -- potentially at Nashville on Thursday or at home Saturday versus the Sabres.

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  • Chris Stewart PIT C
    Pirates' Chris Stewart: Participating in spring training
    43m ago

    Chris Stewart (knee) is healthy entering spring training after undergoing knee surgery in September, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are purposely giving Stewart a light workload during camp in an effort to preserve the 34-year-old for the regular season. At this point in his career, he offers little in the way of offense. Stewart slashed .214/.319/.286 in 113 plate appearances in 2016.

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  • Kendall Graveman OAK SP
    Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Displaying impressive command early
    1h ago

    Kendall Graveman , who slots in as the A's' No. 3 starter going into spring training, has impressed manager Bob Melvin with his command thus far, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

    The 26-year-old righty, who brought his BB/9 down from 2015's 2.96 to 2.27 last season, is working on tightening up his control even further in the coming season. Graveman has been successful in that quest so far by all accounts, and is also focused on improving his changeup in an effort to keep right-handed hitters off balance. Gravemen looked impressive in what was his first time facing hitters Monday, and will engage in another round of batting practice later in the week.

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  • Jedd Gyorko STL 2B
    Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko: Smacks monster homer in batting practice
    2h ago

    Jedd Gyorko produced mixed results in Monday's batting practice session, struggling against Carlos Martinez but hitting a monstrous homer off Trevor Rosenthal, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    The slugging infielder, who smacked 30 homers in his first St. Louis Cardinals season in 2016, made waves in the morning session with a blast to right field off Rosenthal, who is trying to make the transition from closer to middle reliever or starter this spring. As encouraging as his round-tripper off Rosenthal was, Gyorko had also been humbled in an earlier round of at-bats against Martinez, who stymied him with his trademark changeup. "He's got good stuff. He's the guy that we leaned on last year, and we're going to lean on him again this year to be quality and go out and give us good innings."

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  • Randal Grichuk STL CF
    Cardinals' Randal Grichuk: Adjusting to new role in left field
    2h ago

    Randal Grichuk , who is moving to left field in 2017 with the arrival of Dexter Fowler, is looking forward to his new position and the coming season in general, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Last year, I tried to feel for the ball a little too much - trying to be a hitter that I'm not. This year, I'm going to let it fly and have some fun, like I did the last month or month-and-a-half of the year," said Grichuk, who had 12 of his 24 homers in August and September.

    Grichuk tallied a career-high 24 homers and 68 RBI in 2016, despite struggling with a left knee that ended up requiring cartilage repair surgery in November. However, the 25-year-od did concede that the knee bothered him "a good amount" throughout the campaign, which likely played a part in his .240 average and .289 OBP. Now fully healthy, Grichuk and the St. Louis Cardinals feel his speed, strong throwing arm and previous experience playing left field will help him make a seamless transition to his new position. At the plate, Grichuk also will aim to make much more consistent contact, considering he's posted 31.4-and-29.5-percent strikeout rates, respectively, over his last two major league seasons.

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  • Alex Cobb TB SP
    Rays' Alex Cobb: Solid in batting practice session
    2h ago

    Alex Cobb threw live batting practice Monday and was happy with the session, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. "There weren't too many hitters, I had a lot of injured guys in my group who were kind of just tracking," Cobb said. "I had Brad Miller, who was swinging, and he swung often, thankfully [which allowed Cobb to see how a hitter reacted to his pitches]. But it was good."

    The 29-year-old righty struggled and in five starts at the big league level last season after missing the entirety of the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. Cobb was 1-2 with a mammoth 8.59 ERA and 1.77 WHIP over 22 innings in five starts at the tail end of the season, and enters spring training looking to solidify a spot in the Tampa Bay Rays starting rotation. Considering his difficult stretch in 2016, Cobb is looking forward to getting a fresh start this spring and getting some live game action in. "You go from flat-ground work in mid-January, progress up to the bullpens, and live BP. The games. Just another step in that direction. I was happy to get that under my belt."

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  • Brett Anderson CHC SP
    Cubs' Brett Anderson: Feels healthy early in camp
    2h ago

    Brett Anderson feels that he is fully recovered from a bulging disk in his lower back that cost him most of the 2016 season, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The back injury limited Anderson to just four games last season, and he acknowledged that another serious back injury could end his career. For the moment, Anderson is healthy and competing with Mike Montgomery for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. The talent has always been there for Anderson, but he's only reached 100 innings once in the last six seasons due to a variety of injuries.

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  • Sam Brenner DEN G
    Broncos' Sam Brenner: Considering retirement
    3h 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
    4h 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
    4h 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
    6h 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
    8h 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
    8h 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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