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Kelly Oubre Jr. expected to sign with 76ers

Mon Sep 18 7:45pm ET
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Free-agent guard/forward Kelly Oubre Jr. is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reported Monday.

Oubre played the last two seasons with the Charlotte Hornets and averaged a career-high 20.3 points in 48 games (40 starts) during the 2022-23 campaign. The 27-year-old missed significant time last season after having surgery to fix a torn ligament in his hand.

Oubre is entering his ninth NBA season and could play a pivotal role with the 76ers, who are dealing with James Harden's public demands to be traded. The club has said it has ended trade discussions for Harden, who vowed he will never play for 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey again.

In 527 career games (202 starts), Oubre, who was selected 15th overall in the 2015 draft by the Atlanta Hawks, has averaged 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist with the Washington Wizards (2015-16 to 2018-19), Phoenix Suns (2018-19 to 2019-20), Golden State Warriors (2020-21) and Hornets.

Player Notes
Josh Hart Sat May 18 6:50pm

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, New York Knicks forward Josh Hart "will attempt to play through" the abdominal strain he suffered during Friday's loss to Indiana. The 29-year-old has played a pivotal role in the Eastern Conference semifinals, averaging 13.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals. Unfortunately, he was injured in Game 6 and didn't return, resulting in a questionable designation for Game 7 on Sunday. However, even if Hart is officially cleared to suit up, he won't be fully healthy, so his DFS potential is limited.

Luka Doncic Sat May 18 6:40pm

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (ankle, knee) is good to go for Saturday's matchup against the Mavericks. He's been battling knee and ankle soreness throughout the series. However, Doncic was listed on the injury report as probable, so most had assumed he'd be available. While the multi-time All-Star has struggled in the five meetings with OKC, he might turn it around, with the Mavs looking to advance to the Western Conference Finals with a win on Saturday night.

Jamal Murray Sat May 18 6:30pm

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (calf) is questionable for Sunday's Conference semifinal finale versus Minnesota. This isn't Murray's first appearance on the injury report because of a nagging calf strain. But assuming he didn't suffer a setback since Thursday's loss, he'll be available. At any rate, the 27-year-old has struggled during this series, averaging 15.7 points per contest, meaning he's a risky DFS option for Game 7.

Josh Hart Sat May 18 6:20pm

New York Knicks forward Josh Hart (abdomen) is questionable for Sunday's Conference semifinal finale against Indiana. Hart has been an Iron Man throughout the series. But he strained an abdominal muscle during Friday's loss and eventually left the contest. With that said, the Knicks need anyone available to get by Indiana, so Hart will do all he can to get on the floor. If he's unavailable, it could mean even more minutes for Isaiah Hartenstein due to his offensive rebounding prowess. However, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, and Miles McBride should lead the way offensively, assuming OG Anunoby (hamstring) doesn't return for a pivotal Game 7.

OG Anunoby Sat May 18 6:20pm

New York Knicks forward OG Anunoby (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's contest against Indiana. Stefan Bondy of the New York Post reported Saturday morning that the former Raptor won't play. However, the last edition of the injury report seems to indicate he has a shot to be in the lineup after sitting out since Game 2 because of a hamstring strain. With Josh Hart (abdomen) questionable, the Knicks need Anunoby back in the lineup. But if he can't return for Game 7, Precious Achiuwa would get more minutes and remain a hit-or-miss DFS option.

Luka Doncic Sat May 18 3:30pm

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (knee, ankle) remains probable for Saturday's contest against OKC. The 25-year-old has taken a beating during the postseason. However, it will take more than ankle and knee soreness to keep him off the floor in Game 6. Doncic has struggled in this series, averaging 23.8 points, six fewer than he had in six playoff appearances versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Yet, with the Mavs looking to finish off the Thunder on Saturday night, Doncic could be incentivized to turn things around.

OG Anunoby Sat May 18 3:20pm

New York Knicks forward OG Anunoby (hamstring) won't play on Sunday against the Pacers. The 26-year-old began the series by amassing 13 points and nine boards in the series opener on May 6. While he scored 28 points in Game 2, he tweaked his hamstring in that contest and hasn't been available since. The Knicks are plagued by injuries across the roster, with Josh Hart injuring his abdomen in Friday's loss. Hart will likely carry an injury designation heading into the finale. But if he's also ruled out, Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo would likely see the most chances on the offensive end. There would also be room for added production from Isaiah Hartenstein, Alec Burks, Precious Achiuwa, and Miles McBride.

Donovan Mitchell Fri May 17 12:00pm

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell has a big decision looming this offseason and it will potentially force a couple of decisions from the Cavaliers' front office at the same time. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said that Mitchell knows he needs to make a decision and both he and his agent will meet with the team "at the right time." There isn't any word on when that time maybe, but he's eligible to sign an extension worth up to $209 million for four years. Reports say that if Mitchell decides to stay, then Darius Garland and his agents will request a trade and the Cavaliers will need to scramble to find the right supporting cast for Mitchell and Evan Mobley.

Evan Mobley Fri May 17 11:50am

Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Evan Mobley is entering the final year of his rookie contract next season and it looks like the team is more than happy with his growth so far. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Cavs are likely to offer Mobley a rookie scale max extension this offseason. Unfortunately, he was hit by the injury bug this past season, but still averaged 15.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game with shooting splits of .580/.373/.719. The 22-year-old was one of the team's best players this postseason outside of Donovan Mitchell, and their offseason seems like it could bring a shakeup to surround their core with more talent.

Jaden McDaniels Fri May 17 11:40am

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels cashed in an ultra-efficient performance in Game 6, which ended in a complete blowout and a Game 7 on the horizon. McDaniels has been a defensive force for this team throughout the playoffs so far and he's thrown in a few big offensive efforts for good measure. In Game 6, McDaniels posted 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting while chipping in four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks. His defensive versatility has been the biggest key to the Timberwolves' engine. McDaniels hasn't been a big offensive producer in the away games in this series, though, so he may not be the best DFS option for Game 7.

Nikola Jokic Fri May 17 11:40am

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was the only one on the team to score more than 12 points in a 45-point drubbing in Game 6. The three-time MVP put up 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers while shooting 9-for-19 from the floor and 0-for-4 from deep. Jokic will likely bounce back, as will the Nuggets, while they go back home for a series-deciding Game 7. With how this series has gone so far, there aren't any promises just because the game is on their home court. Jokic remains a must-play in DFS as he's likely to provide some big points even if he has an off game.

Bruce Brown Fri May 17 11:10am

Toronto Raptors guard/forward Bruce Brown went from key piece on a championship team to bouncing around multiple teams in the matter of one season. His tenure in Toronto was shaky as he never established a role on the team and bounced between the starting lineup, bench, and injury report. As of right now, it seems that the Raptors are preparing to pickup Brown's option which is worth $23 million next season, and then look for a trade partner around the time of the NBA Draft. If they find a trade they deem valuable for Brown, then that could mean signing Gary Trent Jr. to an extension after that, according to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.

Anthony Edwards Fri May 17 10:30am

Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Anthony Edwards bounced back in a big way in Game 6 to lead the team to a 45-point win and force a Game 7. The budding superstar finished the game with 27 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one turnover while shooting 8-for-17 from the floor and 4-for-9 from downtown. With the series shifting back to Denver, it's worth pointing out that he's only had one subpar game there so far in this series. In Games 1 and 2, Edwards scored 43 and 27 points respectively while shooting no worse than 58% overall.

Mike Conley Thu May 16 3:40pm

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Mike Conley (calf) is set to play in Game 6 versus the Denver Nuggets. The starting point guard missed Game 5 of the series and was originally listed as questionable with a right soleus strain, however, he appears healthy enough to suit up as Minnesota faces elimination. Nickeil Alexander-Walker filled in for the veteran in Game 5, but will likely revert to his role off the bench. Conley has played a valuable role in the Timberwolves' success this postseason, averaging 11.3 PPG and 7.0 ASG.

Josh Giddey Thu May 16 10:20am

Oklahoma City Thunder guard/forward Josh Giddey led the second unit with 11 points in Wednesday's 104-92 loss to the Mavericks. Giddey has struggled in the series, and Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault dropped him on the bench for Game 5 in favor of Isaiah Joe. The move worked out well for Giddey, as he enjoyed his best outing of the series, adding three rebounds and two assists to his tally with 5-for-8 shooting across 12 minutes. However, with the team losing and now 3-2 behind in the series, Daigneault might be forced to make further adjustments. Joe had a quiet outing with six points. The lineup change also resulted in Cason Wallace logging a playoff career-high 27 minutes off the bench. He couldn't get going either, shooting 1-for-7 to finish with three points.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Thu May 16 10:10am

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had another 30-point effort in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to Dallas, reaching the plateau for the fourth consecutive game with 12-for-22 shooting. He was 2-for-4 with the three-ball and continued to make an impact all over the court. Gilgeous-Alexander's stat line included six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one block. He's been highly productive at both ends in the series, but it looks like the Thunder need even more from Gilgeous-Alexander as the team faces elimination in Game 6 on Saturday.

Derrick White Thu May 16 9:50am

Boston Celtics guard Derrick White was back in form in Game 5 against Cleveland on Wednesday, recording 18 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals in a 113-98 win. After being limited to only five points in Game 4, White had twice as many points in the first quarter alone on Wednesday. He was quiet for the rest of the game but still ended up with a good stat line, shooting 4-for-9 from deep and 7-for-17 overall. For some reason, White has struggled to post defensive stats in the postseason, but he continues to play a significant part in Boston's success. The 29-year-old averages 18.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.8 assists with 43.5 percent three-point shooting in the playoffs.

Luka Doncic Thu May 16 9:50am

Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic registered a 30-point triple-double as the team moved one win away from a Conference Finals spot with a 104-92 road victory against the Thunder Wednesday night. Doncic has been held back by multiple injuries in these playoffs, but it was smooth sailing for him on Wednesday, as the Mavericks superstar shot 12-for-22 from the field en route to a game-high 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. He had five three-point makes with 11 attempts and also registered one block. Doncic will go after his first career three-game postseason triple-double streak when Dallas tries to close out the series in Game 6 on Saturday.

Jayson Tatum Thu May 16 9:40am

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum came very close to his second postseason triple-double as the C's closed out the Cavaliers on Wednesday with a 113-98 win. Tatum played his part on offense with a team-high 25 points and nine assists while grabbing 10 rebounds. He had a major impact at the other end as well, recording four of Boston's six steals. This was a pretty rough series for Tatum shooting-wise, but he finally got things to click in Game 5, hitting 9-for-16 from the field with a 3-for-7 effort from deep. He can now start preparing for already his fifth Conference Finals series in seven years.

Al Horford Thu May 16 9:40am

Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford got his fingerprints all over Wednesday's 113-98 win over Cleveland, notching 22 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three blocks with six makes from downtown. At 37 years old, Horford became the oldest player in league history to finish a playoff game with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five triples His efforts in the postseason tend to be inconsistent, but Horford was certainly a man on a mission Wednesday night. He can now get his body some rest as Boston awaits its Conference Finals opponent from the Knicks-Pacers matchup. Kristaps Porzingis (calf) is expected to return in the next series, pushing Horford back to the bench, but the savvy veteran should still find ways to impact games.