NBA Player News
|10/31/2014||Vitor Faverani, C||Faverani is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month.
Analysis: Faverani already underwent surgery on his meniscus in March, so this setback is especially discouraging.
|10/31/2014||Marcin Gortat, C||Gortat had 20 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday's win at Orlando.
Analysis: Gortat is off to a strong start with 38 points in two games on 17-of-27 shooting. He's also plus-18 for the Wizards.
|10/31/2014||John Wall, PG||Wall enjoyed a big night in Thursday's win at Orlando, scoring 30 points with 12 assists.
Analysis: Wall, who also had two steals, only committed two turnovers after having six in Wednesday's opening loss at Miami.
|10/31/2014||Nikola Vucevic, F-C||Vucevic scored 23 and grabbed 12 rebounds in Thursday's loss to Washington.
Analysis: Vucevic has shown in the past he's capable of putting up big numbers, and he should be even more valuable with Victor Oladipo sidelined, leaving more shots available.
|10/31/2014||Evan Fournier, SG||Fournier scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting in Thursday's loss to the Wizards
Analysis: After bombing in Tuesday's opener with 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting, Fournier took much better advantage of the opportunity afforded to him by Victor Oladipo's injury. He's worth starting, at least with Oladipo sidelined.
|10/31/2014||Ben Gordon, SG||Gordon scored 22 points in Thursday's loss to Washington.
Analysis: Gordon showed he might have some one-dimensional fantasy value - as a scorer - after struggling in the opener with five points on 1-of-8 shooting.
|10/31/2014||D.J. Augustin, PG||Augustin scored 20 points and had six assists in Thursday's loss at Minnesota.
Analysis: Augustin is a player to a keep an eye on as he played at least 28 minutes off the bench in each of Detroit's first two games.
|10/31/2014||Caron Butler, SF||Butler scored 24 points in Thursday's loss at Minnesota and collected eight rebounds.
Analysis: Butler isn't worth starting but could be a player to keep an eye on.
|10/31/2014||Thaddeus Young, F||Young scored 19 and was 7 of 13 from the field in Thursday's win over Detroit.
Analysis: Young has 45 points on 17-of-31 shooting through his first two games with the Timberwolves. He also has five steals.
|10/31/2014||Nikola Pekovic, C||Pekovic scored 17 and grabbed 10 rebounds in Thursday's win over Detroit.
Analysis: Pekovic bounced back from a rough opener in Memphis when he was 2 for 9 with five points.
|10/31/2014||Perry Jones, F||Jones scored a career-high 32 points in a 93-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
Analysis: With Kevin Durant out and Russell Westbrook suffering a hand injury Thursday, someone will have to score for the Thunder. Jones might just be that guy.
|10/31/2014||Chandler Parsons, F||Parsons had 21 points in a 120-102 win over Utah on Thursday after struggling in his debut with Dallas.
Analysis: Parsons made eight of 16 shots after going 2 for 10 and scoring five points in a loss to San Antonio on Tuesday.
|10/31/2014||LeBron James, F||James had 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting and eight turnovers in his return to Cleveland on Thursday, a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks.
Analysis: The Cavs star will next face the team that was the best defensively against him in 2013-14. The Chicago Bulls limited James to 18.3 points and 39.2 percent shooting in three matchups last season.
|10/31/2014||Kevin Love, F-C||Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his Cleveland debut, a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday.
Analysis: Love has averaged 17.9 points in the last five seasons against Cleveland's next opponent, Chicago. That's tied for his second-lowest versus any opponent. He's also shot 40.2 percent in those games, his third-worst mark since 2009-10.
|10/31/2014||Alec Burks, G||A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Utah Jazz have agreed with Burks on a four-year, $42 million extension that could be worth $45 million after incentives.
Analysis: Burks was the 12th overall pick in 2011. He averaged 14.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in his third season in the league last year and is off to a nice start this season with 16.5 points on 50 percent shooting in the Jazz's first two games.
|10/31/2014||Klay Thompson, G-F||A person with knowledge of the deal says the Golden State Warriors and Thompson have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth about $70 million.
Analysis: The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. The sides had until the end of Friday to get a deal done or Thompson could have become a restricted free agent next summer, when the Warriors would've had an opportunity to match any offer sheet he signed with another team.
|10/31/2014||Anderson Varejao, F-C||The Cavaliers have signed starting center Anderson Varejao to a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not immediately known, but the sides had been discussing a three-year, $30 million contract.
Analysis: Varejao was in the final year of a six-year contract he signed in 2008. He was eligible to become a free agent this summer, but the Cavs decided to lock him up for a few more seasons. Known for his non-stop energy on the floor, the 32-year-old Varejao has played in 535 games with Cleveland, averaging 7.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He has appeared in a franchise-record tying 71 postseason games.
|10/31/2014||Jimmy Butler, G-F||Butler appears headed toward restricted free agency next summer. Butler was still hoping he and the team could agree on a contract extension before Friday's deadline, saying "we got `til, what, 11:59 (Eastern time)?"
Analysis: Agent Happy Walters says negotiations are finished. Barring a late change, Butler will hit the market and the Bulls will have the right to match any offer he receives. Drafted with the 30th pick in 2011, the Marquette product has averaged 8.9 points. He broke out last season, scoring a career-high 13.1 points per game while making the NBA's all-defensive second team.
|10/30/2014||Roy Hibbert, C||Hibbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks in Wednesday's opener against Philadelphia.
Analysis: Hibbert is off to a great start after a forgettable showing last season. He finished 6 of 8 from the floor and made 10 of 13 free throws.
|10/30/2014||Tony Wroten, PG||Wroten had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday's opener at Indiana.
Analysis: Wroten could prove valuable until Michael Carter-Williams returns from injury.
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