Content provided by Player News - Saturday, February 13th, 2016
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|LaVine edges Gordon in awesome dunk contest||02-13-2016|
|Zach LaVine G MIN|
|Zach LaVine edged out Aaron Gordon in a thrilling 2016 Slam Dunk Contest.||It was one of the best dunk contests in years and LaVine put to rest the "LaVine is only good at through-the-legs dunk" talk. The two dunkers had to go to OT to decide it, which resulted in awesome dunks each time. Gordon had arguably two of the best dunks of the night and his creativity topped LaVine, too. Of course, LaVine didn't disappoint. Go check out all of Gordon's and LaVine's dunks ASAP.|
|Klay Thompson wins 3-point shootout||02-13-2016|
|Klay Thompson G GS|
|Klay Thompson won the 2016 3-Point Shootout on Saturday.||He was on fire in the championship round with a perfect money ball rack to get to 27 points. Stephen Curry and Devin Booker also made it to the championship round with Curry's 23 coming in second. Thompson and Curry are basically locks to be first and second in 3-pointers on the season.|
|Karl-Anthony Towns wins Skills Challenge||02-13-2016|
|Karl-Anthony Towns C MIN|
|Karl-Anthony Towns won the 2016 Skills Challenge on Saturday.||What can't this guy do? Towns has already become one of the best mid-range scorers as a young big, he is phenomenal at protecting the rim and he can score off the dribble. He's 20 and he's already being strongly considered as a top-five asset in Dynasty leagues.|
|LeBron says Melo-Love rumors are false||02-13-2016|
|Carmelo Anthony F NY|
LeBron James said the three-team trade rumors involving Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Boston are "false."
Michael Lee on Twitter
|Melo did say he's hoping to playing with a star, but he also shot down trade rumors, as well. He has a no-trade clause and that could be a huge hurdle for the Knicks if they want to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis.|
|Pacers still interested in Jeff Teague||02-13-2016|
|Jeff Teague G ATL|
The Pacers still have interest in Jeff Teague.
Steve Kyler on Twitter
|The Hawks are not actively shopping Teague and they probably shouldn't either. They're playing their best ball right now before the break and a lot of it has to do with Teague playing well. For now, expect Teague to stay with the Hawks through the season.|
|John Wall says his knee is good to go||02-13-2016|
|John Wall G WAS|
John Wall was able to dunk on Saturday and said that his knee is good to go.
Jorge Castillo on Twitter
|He was originally considered questionable to play in the All-Star game after bruising his knee on Thursday, but he confirmed to the media on Friday that he was going to play. It was always considered a minor injury for Wall, so there's no reason to be too concerned moving forward.|
|Chris Bosh has a strained calf||02-13-2016|
|Chris Bosh F MIA|
Chris Bosh (strained calf) explained his decision to sit out of Sunday's All-Star game.
|"It just lingered and I didn't feel it was wise to continue to push it, especially with this elongated week that we have off," Bosh said in regards to his calf. "I just wanted to make sure that I was taking the necessary precautions and being a good professional." His fantasy owners will be relieved that he's taking a little bit of extra rest, and hopefully he will be ready to for the Heat's next game on Feb. 19. He will be re-evaluated when he returns to Miami.|
|Kings not shopping DeMarcus Cousins?||02-13-2016|
|DeMarcus Cousins C SAC|
According to the Boston Globe, the Kings have it made it very clear that DeMarcus Cousins is not on the market.
|The Kings are five losses behind the Jazz for the eighth seed in the West, and while it feels like Cousins is in the rumor mill every season, the chances of him being moved appear to be incredibly slim. As long as he can stay healthy, he should be a monster down the stretch. Through five February games, he has averages of 25.4 points, 9.6 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers.|
|Kevin Seraphin hoping for minutes||02-13-2016|
|Kevin Seraphin F NY|
Kevin Seraphin is hoping for more minutes following the dismissal of coach Derek Fisher.
New York Daily News
|"I just hope for more playing time," Seraphin said. "That's the goal. It's a new opportunity for sure." Seraphin has dropped 25 pounds and is eager to carve out a role, and he logged 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wizards which was just the third time that he saw 15 or minutes since the new year. Unless his role continues to grow, he will only be on the radar in very deep leagues.|
|Greivis Vasquez (ankle) is targeting March||02-13-2016|
|Greivis Vasquez G MIL|
Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) said that is targeting a return to the court in 3-4 weeks.
Marc J. Spears on Twitter
|He had ankle surgery in December, but this report would mean he could play as early as March. However, the Bucks will ease him back into action upon his return after such an extended absence, and he's not really worth owning in most leagues while Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless are healthy.|
|Thaddeus Young linked to Raptors||02-13-2016|
|Thaddeus Young F BKN|
The Raptors have had "exploratory discussions" with the Nets regarding Thaddeus Young.
|Toronto also has Kenneth Faried, Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker on their radar, so it's clear that they're seeking an upgrade at the four in an attempt to close the gap behind Cleveland. Young's production would likely take a hit with a move to Toronto, but he would still have a stable role and would have no problem winning the starting spot over the likes of Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson. Expect the rumors to heat up after the All-Star game, but stashing a guy like Thomas Robinson in a deeper league makes some sense.|
|Warriors think they're getting Kevin Durant?||02-13-2016|
|Kevin Durant F OKC|
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Warriors are a legitimate threat to land Kevin Durant this summer.
|"There are people in Golden State who think they're getting him," Broussard said. "There are people in management and I think some players too. Kevin Durant likes the way they play. He likes their style, he likes the fact they play unselfishly. He sees himself fitting into that group." This report first gained steam when Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical said that the Warriors were "significant frontrunners" to sign him in free agency, so it shouldn't be completely dismissed. The Thunder's success in the postseason could be a pivotal factor in KD's decision.|
|Hawks recall Walter Tavares||02-13-2016|
|Walter Tavares C ATL|
The Hawks recalled Walter Tavares from the D-League on Friday.
Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
|Even with the latest injury to Tiago Splitter (hip), Tavares still isn't in the rotation. Unless Al Horford is moved at the deadline, Tavares' role isn't about to change.|
|Clippers worried about Chris Paul's workload||02-13-2016|
|Chris Paul G LAC|
According to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, the Clippers are worried about Chris Paul's workload.
Orange County Register
|The Clippers have been devastated by injuries to Blake Griffin (hand) and Austin Rivers (hand), so Paul has taken on a heavy workload to keep them near the top of the Western Conference. He averaged 38.8 minutes per game over his last five outings, so don't be surprised if coach Doc Rivers stays true to his word and gives him a maintenance day or two down the stretch. Regardless, his owners shouldn't be concerned and he can be treated as a top-5 guard moving forward.|
|Carmelo Anthony wants to play with a star?||02-13-2016|
|Carmelo Anthony F NY|
Amid rumors of a possible trade, Carmelo Anthony said on Friday that he hopes to play with another star.
New York Post
|"I think everybody always kind of dreams and hopes that they can play with another great player, another star player," Anthony said. "It's a star players' league. I think that's what we all talk about every time we get together." There was a report on Friday that linked Anthony to the Cavaliers in a three-team trade that would send Kevin Love to Boston, but those talks never made it out of the preliminary stage. Anthony has a no-trade clause and there hasn't been a real indication that he wants to leave New York.|
|Hawks not actively shopping Al Horford?||02-13-2016|
|Al Horford F ATL|
According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks are not actively shopping Al Horford.
Sirius XM NBA Radio
|Vivlamore added than anything the Hawks are doing right now is simply exploratory, which falls in line with previous reports that suggested that Atlanta would "listen" to offers. If the Hawks ultimately decide that they don't want to give him a max deal this summer, then that would give them a reason to go ahead with a trade. For now, nothing is imminent for the All-Star big man.|