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February 21, 2015 Updates

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

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February 17, 2015 Updates

Any word on Steven Adams? Rehab, from what I've heard, is going well. But he's still at least a couple weeks away. Russell Westbrook had this same injury earlier this season and missed a month. Adams fractured his hand on February 8th and had surgery on the 9th. The Thunder has 10 more games between now and March 9th. I'd expect him back somewhere around there. Oklahoman

February 16, 2015 Updates

So they’ll get where they need to go, but what will Westbrook do differently this postseason after the criticisms of him reached a fever pitch a year ago in OKC’s flameout against the Spurs in the conference finals? If you ask LeBron, which I did, the answer is … “Be Russell Westbrook. Stop caring about what everybody else thinks. He doesn’t have to change.” I pressed LeBron on what he meant by that — caring about what everyone else thinks. “Just be yourself,” James said, repeating himself. “That’s all. That’s all that matters. Russell Westbrook is one of the best gifted talents this game has ever seen. And he goes out every night and proves that and shows that. I don’t need to tell him anything. He’s doing great. SheridanHoops

February 15, 2015 Updates
February 14, 2015 Updates

Westbrook is quickly shooting up the list of the NBA’s most sought after players. In addition to his clothing line, Westbrook XO, and his signature eyewear, Westbrook Frames, he also has a signature Jordan Brand shoe set to release in June. Westbrook also has partnered with Subway, U.S. Cellular, Mountain Dew, Zenith Watches, True Religion, Six Star Pro Nutrition and King and Jaxs, a designer underwear company. He’s also endorsed Ozarka Water and BancFirst. Oklahoman

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