NBA Rumors: LeBron James

More rest coming for LeBron James? 

March, 11, 2015
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LeBron James needed some rest earlier in the season as he missed games from Dec. 30 through Jan. 11. There is a chance James might sit for some games in the final five weeks of the regular season to ensure he is fresh for the 2015 NBA playoffs and that's fine with him.

LeBron James' next game 

January, 12, 2015
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are desperate for LeBron James to rejoin the active roster as the team has lost five straight games and are 1-8 overall without their starting small forward. There is a chance he might play on Tuesday in Phoenix should he feel good after Monday's practice.

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LeBron James to return next week? 

January, 8, 2015
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LeBron James said he needed about two weeks of rest for his strained left knee and lower back to heal and the timeline appears to be on schedule.

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LeBron James remains committed to Cavs 

January, 1, 2015
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LeBron James has missed the Cleveland Cavaliers last two games due to a sore left knee. According to James, his knee has not been 100 percent pain-free for a while.

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Time to reduce LeBron's minutes 

November, 19, 2014
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The Cleveland Cavaliers play against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday and like a lot of players, LeBron James would like his team to be like Tim Duncan's team. The Spurs are ahead of the other 29 teams in several areas and right at the top is how head coach Gregg Popovich manages the minutes of his top players. No Spur reached 30 minutes per game last season and that helped all of them stay fresh for the run to the 2014 NBA title.

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Jackson's plan to clear room for LeBron? 

July, 9, 2014
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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is attempting to perform a miracle by finding teams to take the expiring contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire ($23.4 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($11.5 million) off the payroll. Why?

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Trade assets key for Cavaliers? 

July, 6, 2014
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So long as LeBron James continues to mull his free agency over behind closed doors, the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to hold out hope that they can convince him to return. Per Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Cavs believe they have enough trade assets to make their roster enticing for James, perhaps even luring Chris Bosh there.

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Just a few days ago, it looked like Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade would re-sign with the Miami Heat at a discount in order to re-join LeBron James, who would get a max deal. However, that plan remains entirely up in the air at this point, partially because Bosh may decide to chase the big bucks elsewhere.

"A rival team executive told CBSSports.com Friday that the growing belief around the league is that Bosh would prefer a four-year max deal with another team to a discounted, longer-term deal with Miami," wrote Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

Berger noted that there are many teams which are, or could be, in position to give Bosh a max offer.

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Could Clippers make play for LeBron? 

June, 18, 2014
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LeBron James met with the media for the last time this season on Tuesday and as expected he was asked about the possibility of exercising his early termination option so he can become a free agent. Just like on Sunday, James is unsure what he's going to do.

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History on Heat's side Sunday? 

June, 8, 2014
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For all of the hubbub surrounding the Game 1 air-conditioning failures, all the Miami Heat need to do is beat the San Antonio Spurs Sunday evening in order to swing the home-court advantage back to South Beach.

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Could LeBron James return to Cavs? 

June, 7, 2014
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Cleveland center Anderson Varejao was interviewed on ESPN Brazil on Thursday and was asked if he thinks LeBron James will return to the Cavaliers. Marcelo Urbano tweeted: "Andy just declared on ESPN Brazil that he ask LeBron about a possible comeback, LeBron told him that they will talk later about that."

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LeBron wants Jones to get more time 

May, 12, 2014
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James Jones did not play a lot during the regular season, but when given a chance did well. The same can be said in the playoffs and if it's up to LeBron James, Jones will get even more time on the floor, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Could LeBron James return to Cavs? 

March, 19, 2014
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LeBron James, along with the rest of the Miami Heat, played in Cleveland on Tuesday and according to Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, the Akron native was asked if he could ever see himself playing for the Cavs again.

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LeBron James a lock to re-sign with Heat? 

January, 7, 2014
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LeBron James will exercise the early termination option in his contract in June so he can join the 2014 class of free agents in July. There has been some talk that James might consider going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, however that is not possibly if Luol Deng is re-signed.

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Fantasy Rumors: Brandan Wright's value 

December, 17, 2013
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What is Brandan Wright's fantasy upside?

The Dallas Mavericks couldn’t have asked for a much better season debut from Wright than the one he had Saturday night against Milwaukee: 19 points and 6 rebounds on 9-of-10 shooting in only 19 minutes off the bench.

Production? Check. Efficiency? Major check. Turned the corner in this, his sixth season in the league?

“It's unlikely his game will fundamentally change at this point in his career,” notes ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton. “But he's been effective enough on a per-minute basis that he doesn't really have to turn the corner so much as sustain this level over more minutes if he can beat out Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair for more playing time.”

Wright is available in 95.1 percent of ESPN leagues, and given Dalembert’s DNP-CD on Saturday, he appears to already have an edge over the veteran 7-footer in the Mavs’ rotation. As long as that continues to be the case, Wright will probably average right around 20 minutes per game, which is enough time for him to make a positive impact on your roster in terms of field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks.

Antetokounmpo's here to stay

Two weeks ago, we told you to keep a close eye on Giannis Antetokounmpo's minutes, because if the rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks continued to lose, they’d be more likely to turn things over to the team’s younger players.

Since then, they’ve gone 2-6 and the stat-stuffing rookie has averaged 22.4 minutes per game, due in large part to Caron Butler's absence and Ersan Ilyasova's continual struggles. And based on what Bucks coach Larry Drew said over the weekend, the time is now to pick up Antetokounmpo (currently owned in less than 1 percent of ESPN leagues).

"The game plan was to get him in there when you can," Drew explained to the Journal Sentinel on Sunday. "What he has done, he has shown he is ready to play.

"We still have to live with certain matchups; we have to live with mistakes. But I really believe that's going to be a big part of his growth and playing through that."

Antetokounmpo may not be a star in this league just yet, but if he averages 25-30 minutes a game for the tanking Bucks over the rest of the season, he could become a fantasy star. Considering how he can impact virtually every category, and that he’s likely to improve as he sees more time on the court, it’s entirely possible that the recently turned 19-year-old could be a top 50 fantasy player heading into next year’s draft -- making him particularly enticing for keeper league owners.

Is it time to give up on Koufos?

When Marc Gasol went down with a sprained MCL in late November, those fantasy owners savvy enough to act quickly and add Kosta Koufos were rewarded handsomely in the weeks that followed.

Stepping into the starting lineup, Koufos pulled down 11 or more rebounds in six of Memphis’ first seven games without Gasol. He also contributed in a number of other ways, averaging 10.4 points, 2.1 blocks and 1.0 steals during that stretch.

However, the emergence of third-year forward Jon Leuer, the Wisconsin product who is averaging 16.5 points and 8.2 rebounds over the past five games, has started to change the complexion of the Grizzlies’ frontcourt rotation.

Leuer has outplayed Koufos in Memphis’ last two games, 60 minutes to 30, and Koufos’ production has nosedived as a result (4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds). If that continues to be the case Tuesday night when the Grizzlies face the Lakers, it may be time to drop Koufos for a better option. One of those could be Leuer, who is still available in 79.4 percent of ESPN Leagues.

Bumps and bruises

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