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February 22, 2015 Updates

As you finalize your FantasyScore lineup for Sunday, make sure to keep an eye on the status of Oklahoma City Thunder F Kevin Durant (foot). He missed Saturday's game, and in his absence, G Russell Westbrook ($9,000, 18.0% of cap) exploded for 55.75 FantasyScore points. If Durant sits again tonight, make sure to make room in your lineup for Westbrook. Featured stud: G Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers. $9,000 salary | 18.0% of cap. He lit up the Spurs for 53.50 FantasyScore points in his first game out of the break, and he should have another big performance tonight against an Indiana team that he scored 52.75 against earlier this year. HoopsHype

February 21, 2015 Updates

Thunder forward Kevin Durant (foot soreness) will not play against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night, according to The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Friday that Durant isn't at risk, but he is sore, and the team will continue to look at ways "to best manage the situation." Oklahoman

There are many big names in the fantasy basketball pool tonight. However, Oklahoma City Thunder SF Kevin Durant ($9,300 FantasyScore salary; 18.6% of your cap) didn't look healthy Thursday, and Charlotte defends the position well. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook ($9,000; 18.0%) continues to be a must-start. Houston Rockets SG James Harden ($9,300; 18.6%) has a decent matchup against a Toronto Raptors team that has struggled in two of its last five games. Chicago Bulls PF Pau Gasol ($8,200; 16.4%) has a so-so matchup against Phoenix. New Orleans Pelicans PF Anthony Davis ($9,400; 18.8%) is coming off a disappointing 30.3-point effort on FantasyScore Friday, but he faces the reeling Miami Heat. As usual, undervalued players will be critical to allotting space for all the available studs. HoopsHype

February 20, 2015 Updates

On the surface, it seems as though the trade request Jackson's agent made on Wednesday -- first reported by Yahoo and confirmed by a source -- was what frayed his relationship with Durant and some teammates. But his standing with teammates, primarily the leaders of the locker room, had been deteriorating throughout the season. The request simply hammered home what everyone in the organization knew since October: Reggie Jackson didn't want to be there. ESPN.com

In the locker room, the divide was growing. Injuries to Durant were keeping the team from finding a rhythm, and without the band-aid of winning to heal wounds, the Thunder's chemistry was suffering. The cliquish aspect was impossible not to notice. Jackson, Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb all had lockers together on one side; Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka were on the other. Jackson, Lamb and Jones are close, shooting pregame together and often leaving the arena together. All three had also fallen out of favor with Brooks. ESPN.com

And hours before general manager Sam Presti pulled the trigger, Russell Westbrook – one of the franchise’s two cornerstone – said he and Kevin Durant had no desire to be consulted on the decision. “Not my job,” Westbrook said. “My job is to come out and play. We have a great general manager, great owner and great coach who have done a great job thus far putting this team together. So I’m pretty sure they know what’s best for us.” When asked if Presti ever comes to them to gather their opinion, Westbrook reiterated his previous answer in the most Westbrook way possible. “I don’t want to repeat the same answer, so whatever I just said last time use it as that answer,” he said. Oklahoman

Kevin Durant summarized the Oklahoma City Thunder trading Reggie Jackson simply: "He got what he wanted. You can't really --," Durant said, before pausing to think for a moment. "He got what he wanted." The Thunder traded Jackson on Thursday to the Detroit Pistons in a three-team deal that including center Kendrick Perkins going to the Utah Jazz with Enes Kanter, DJ Augustin, Kyle Singler and Steve Novak headed back to Oklahoma City. "Made some great moves," Durant said. "It's tough, losing Perk. And other guys." ESPN.com

"It was pretty easy," Durant said. "We felt like everybody wanted to be here except for one guy. So it wasn't like everybody was going crazy at shootaround. I went to sleep and woke up and we had new players. It goes like that sometimes. Everybody that wants to be here is here, we're excited about our new guys, and it hurts to see [ Perkins] leave, but we're still going to remain brothers until we're both gone. It was definitely a tough day, but a good day as well. " ESPN.com

"You have to have guys that want to be here," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "You have to have guys that are committed. Reggie is obviously a very good player, and he did a lot of good things for us over the years. But he wanted to start. He wanted to be a starting point guard. I don't know if you know this ... but [Russell Westbrook] is pretty good. So it just didn't happen if he wanted to start at the point. But Reggie was good for us, and I have nothing but a lot of good things to say. He's still a young and developing player and we wish him the best." ESPN.com

Durant said he favors the trade despite losing Perkins, whom he singled out for his late-night motivational phone calls during his infamous MVP speech. "I like the pickup of those guys," Durant said. "Me as a leader, I've got to make sure they feel comfortable the second they walk through that door. "I like what everybody brings to the table. It's just a matter of us building the chemistry up." USA Today Sports

February 19, 2015 Updates

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