The Red Sox have reportedly agreed to send franchise cornerstone and former AL MVP Mookie Betts to Hollywood. Report: Red Sox agree to trade Mookie Betts and David Price to Dodgers — Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Dodgers have agreed to a deal with the Red Sox that would send star outfielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to the Dodgers pending medical reviews. Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda would go to the Twins, while OF Alex Verdugo and pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol would go to Boston. The Sox stud becomes a free agent in one year, and after plenty of speculation over where he’d land, it looks like Betts will be an Angelino rather than a San Diegan. Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Joc Pederson would go from the Dodgers to the Los Angeles Angels if the blockbuster is completed. Per Passan, infielder Luís Rengifo will go back to the Dodgers in exchange for Pederson. — Mitchell Lapierre Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez tweeted out his reaction to the reported deal:
BREAKING: The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox that would send star outfielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to the Dodgers, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Deal is pending medical reviews.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 5, 2020
😔 — J.D. Martinez (@JDMartinez28) February 5, 2020
Another gigantic trade broke shortly after midnight ET, although this time it was in the NBA. The Rockets, Hawks, Timberwolves and Nuggets have agreed to a package highlighted by Clint Capela and Robert Covington, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Here are the full details:
-Rockets get Timberwolves SF/PF Robert Covington and Timberwolves PF/C Jordan Bell
-Hawks get Rockets C Clint Capela and Rockets C Nene Hilario
-Timberwolves get Nuggets PG/SG Malik Beasley, Nuggets SF/PF Juancho Hernangomez, Nuggets SF/PF Jarred Vanderbilt and Hawks PG/SF Evan Turner
-Nuggets get Timberwolves PG Shabazz Napier, Timberwolves PF/C Noah Vonleh, Timberwolves SF/PF Keita Bates-Diop, Rockets SG/SF Gerald Green and a Rockets first-round pick
Impact of Robert Covington to Rockets, Clint Capela to Hawks — The key pieces of Wednesday morning’s reported trade involve Covington going to the Rockets and Capela going to the Hawks. For Houston, Covington is an excellent fit for how the Rockets like to play, as Covington is a strong wing defender who is capable of switching on the perimeter, which gives arguably the most switch heavy defense in the league a significant defensive upgrade that they can use in a potential playoff series against the Clippers, who have elite wing players. Capela is currently injured, but when he is able to return, he will help the Hawks on the glass. Capela ranks as the league’s eighth best rebounder by the percentage of missed shots rebounded, a good fit for a Hawks team that ranks as the fourth worst rebounding team by that metric. — Timothy FinneganWe also saw the reveals of the participants for the events of NBA All-Star Saturday night.
Skills challenge competition participants pic.twitter.com/IN46PmkzRg— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) February 4, 2020
Your 3-Point Contest participants… pic.twitter.com/XB7gO0IoTB — Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 4, 2020
All-Star Saturday Night participants announced — The ballots have closed and we now know all of the contestants for the Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Shootout and Skills Challenge. Starting with the latter, Derrick Rose comes back to Chicago as he tries to take back the Skills crown that he had back in 2008-09. Jayson Tatum aims to repeat, though, as the only Celtics player repping Boston in any of the Saturday night contests. Dwight Howard returns to the dunk contest for the first time since 2009, while Aaron Gordon will reach for his first slam dunk title in his third appearance. Dame Lillard and Trae Young headline the Three-point Shootout, though Joe Harris will try to defend his title — Mitchell Lapierre Meanwhile in the Big Apple, the Knicks parted ways with team president Steve Mills TWO days before the trade deadline.
Your Slam Dunk Participants… pic.twitter.com/SFkN4qxMWX— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 4, 2020
New York is parting ways with President Steve Mills, league source tells ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2020
Report: the Knicks are parting ways with Steve Mills — Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Knicks are moving on from Mills, who served as team president. Even though he is gone, the Knicks are expected to retain GM Scott Perry. The only staples of the Knicks’ organization in recent years has been turnover and losses. Coaches, management, players, the people are always changing, but the team always loses. The Knicks are 15-36 and will once again be in the mix for the top pick in the draft at the end of the season. — Greg Ehrenberg
In addition, a gigantic four-team NBA trade was reported.
NIGHTLY RECAPThe focus for fantasy owners on Tuesday was a four-game NBA slate and 13-game NHL slate on DraftKings. Here’s how DK Live recapped some of Tuesday’s most noteworthy fantasy NBA performances:
James Harden with back-to-back 40-point performances — The Rockets were without Russell Westbrook and Clint Capela, which of course meant that James Harden ($12,000) would go bonkers once again. As noted prior to the game, when both Russ and Capela are off the court, Harden has a 49.2% usage rating and scores 71.15 DKFP per 36 minutes. The result tonight? A total of 40 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in 40 minutes for a slate-leading 79.25 DKFP. Harden was just one rebound shy of a triple-double, something he hasn’t accomplished in nearly a month. He’ll have a much more difficult matchup on Thursday night as the Rockets travel to L.A. to take on LeBron’s Lakers. — Mitchell Lapierre
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s double-double dominance continues vs. Pelicans — Another night, another double-double for the Greek Freak. He is now tied at 41 with Andre Drummond at the top of the league in two fewer games. Antetokounmpo ($11,400) extended his 30-point game streak to four in a row, while also gobbling up 17 rebounds and increasing his average to 13.2 RPG. Fans finally got to see a clash between Giannis and the young Zion Williamson ($7,100; 36.25 DKFP), and while the rookie impressed with his athleticism and 20 points of his own, the big Buck brought home the win with 67.75 DKFP. Milwaukee will head into Thursday night’s matchup against Philadelphia while standing strong at the top of the NBA. — Mitchell Lapierre
Jerami Grant (ankle) exits early in win vs. Trail Blazers — Toward the tail end of Tuesday night’s 127-99 victory over the Trail Blazers, Grant ($5,700; 30.50 DKFP) fell awkwardly and promptly made his way to the locker room. The Nuggets declared it was a right ankle sprain, and head coach Michael Malone later said it’s “not too too severe,” though he doesn’t think he will play tomorrow night against the Jazz. Grant came into the night with a questionable tag with back tightness, but ultimately started. Leaving a few minutes before the end, he finished his night with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. Nikola Jokic ($10,800; 69.75 DKFP) recorded yet another first half double-double, ending up with 29 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. — Mitchell Lapierre
And here’s how DK Live recapped some of Tuesday’s most noteworthy fantasy NHL performances and news:
Alex Ovechkin records 27th hat trick — Ovechkin ($8,500) further validated his nickname, “Alexander the Great,” after single-handedly beating the Los Angeles Kings in the nation’s capital tonight. After going down 2-1 in the third period, Ovie put the entire team on his back and netted three goals in the final seven minutes. The lowly Kings understandably had no answer. This marks Ovechkin’s 27th career hat trick, and if he gets one more, he’ll double the amount of the next closest player in the NHL’s long history. With his third hat trick in six games, Ovechkin has now surpassed David Pastrnak for the season lead in goals. — Mitchell Lapierre
Sergei Bobrovsky records 44 saves in loss at old stomping grounds — Bobrovsky ($7,500) returned to his former club’s arena tonight on a mission to remind Columbus fans of his greatness. After seven seasons with the Blue Jackets, Bob came to the Panthers and has been instrumental in their quest for a playoff berth. Tonight, he recorded 44 of 45 saves (second most this season), but without any help from the offense, Zach Werenski’s ($6,000; 20.50 DKFP) overtime goal took a potential win away from Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets and the Panthers could very well be battling it out for a Wild Card spot as we come down the home stretch of the regular season, so this one will certainly hurt Florida. — Mitchell Lapierre
Andre Burakovsky and Avalanche bury Buffalo — The Buffalo Sabres found the back of the net with one second left in the first period, but that was the extent of the relationship. As for the Avalanche, things got hot and heavy. Six goals from six different skaters. Now that is what we call spreading the love. The man who was most involved was Burakovsky ($4,500), recording three assists and one goal to rack up 29.30 DKFP. Though it was his second highest fantasy output of the season, the four points were the most he’s tallied up in a single game. The Avalanche cross the Buffalo border to head to Ottawa for a Thursday night matchup with the Senators. — Mitchell Lapierre
Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford with two goals apiece to cruise past the Canes — If it wasn’t for the two Carolina goals late in the third period, this one would’ve been even more of a blowout. But a 6-3 victory was more than enough to maintain the Blues’ Western Conference dominance, now seven points clear of everyone else. St. Louis’ top line center scored two goals accompanied by an assist to total a season-high 28 DKFP, but Schenn’s ($4,900) performance was overshadowed by the hot streak of a second-liner. Sanford ($3,100; 22.8 DKFP) notched two goals while extending his point streak to six games, making a case for himself as a viable fantasy option moving forward. Speaking of which, the Blues host the Jets on Thursday night. — Mitchell Lapierre
Mark Giordano (lower body) exits early vs. Sharks — After firing a shot from the right side across the face of the net, Giordano ($6,400) awkwardly twisted to the ice and was slow to get up. He eventually skated off the ice mid-shift, but was unable to return to the game. The Flames top defenseman had an assist and three shots on goal before exiting the game, but will finish with just 9.5 DKFP. Calgary is fighting to maintain a Wild Card spot and will need Giordano’s leadership in their final 28 games. Without any indication on the severity, we’ll see if he can return to the ice for Thursday night’s game against the Predators. — Mitchell Lapierre
A LOOK AHEADWednesday has a nine-game NBA main slate on DraftKings. Set your lineups here: NBA $400K Wednesday Shootaround [$100K to 1st].
Here’s an early look from DK Live at some notable NBA injuries.
Kemba Walker (knee) and Marcus Smart (thigh) headline a lengthy injury report Wednesday vs. Magic — Walker ($7,700) has missed the past two games for Boston, while Smart ($6,300) just missed Monday’s game in Atlanta. This is an upgrade in status for both players, so they’re trending in the right direction for Wednesday. Enes Kanter ($4,200), who played well in limited minutes on Monday, has returned to the injury report with a nagging hip issue, but is probable to face Orlando. Gordon Hayward ($7,600), who racked up 44 DKFP in the ATL with Kemba and Smart sidelined, has also been added to the injury report — he’s probable with a calf issue. Daniel Theis (ankle) suffered a bad ankle sprain late in the win over the Hawks, and has already been ruled out. We’ll need to see a final injury report from the C’s before identifying who the plays are. — Julian Edlow
D’Angelo Russell (quad) is expected to play Wednesday vs. Nets — After the Warriors held Russell out of Monday’s game against the Wizards because of a quad injury, he is expected to play on Wednesday after practicing on Tuesday. This sets up a fun narrative for Russell. This will be his first game playing in Brooklyn since the Nets traded him away in a sign-and-trade in the offseason. Last season Russell was an All-Star, but he’s having a better fantasy season with Golden State. DLO is averaging over 40 DKFP for the first time in his career. — Greg Ehrenberg
Meyes Leonard (ankle), Tyler Herro (foot) ruled out Wednesday vs. Clippers — Leonard suffered the ankle injury in a blowout win over the Sixers on Monday, and didn’t make the trip to Los Angeles to face the Clippers. Tyler Herro ($4,800), who is battling a foot injury, did make the trip with the Heat, but he has also been downgraded to out for Wednesday’s contest. Leonard’s absence could lead to a larger role for Kelly Olynyk ($3,400) and mean Miami needs to lean on Bam Adebayo ($8,200) even more for some minutes in the middle. — Julian Edlow
Jonas Valanciunas (knee) is questionable Wednesday at Mavericks — Valanciunas ($7,500) has been on a role lately, averaging 45.75 DKFP over his past four games. He’s coming off his best of the bunch, dropping 59.75 DKFP on the Pistons in just 30 minutes. Valanciunas’ status will be key for this matchup in Dallas, opening up a ton of usage in the frontcourt if he winds up sitting. Both Jaren Jackson Jr. ($6,300) and Brandon Clarke ($4,900) would see massive boosts if the big man is ruled out. Stay tuned for updates on Wednesday. — Julian Edlow
Seth Curry (knee) and JJ Barea (ankle) are questionable vs. Grizzlies — Curry ($4,800) missed Monday’s game against the Pacers, and Barea ($4,300) went down just nine minutes in, leaving Dallas even more shorthanded in the backcourt during Luka Doncic’s (ankle) absence. If either is able to return without any restrictions, they could make for a solid play against a fast-paced team like Memphis. If both remain out, then we can continue to look to the likes for Dorian Finney-Smith ($6,100), Jalen Brunson ($5,800) and Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5,600) for some extra production. Kristaps Porzingis ($8,300) should continue to do the heavy lifting regardless of who’s available. — Julian Edlow
Svi Mykhailiuk (hip), Derrick Rose (hip) ruled out Wednesday vs. Suns — As per usual, there’s a lot going on with Detroit’s injury report. Still, the main takeaway should be the status of Mykhailiuk. The Pistons have already ruled the shooting guard out of Wednesday’s contest against Phoenix, a welcomed change to their order of operations on Monday. Mykhailiuk had been ruled active prior to Detroit’s eventual loss to Memphis, only to be ruled out mid-way through the second quarter with a hip issue. Derrick Rose (hip) will also miss his second-straight start as the Pistons look to maintain the health of their best trade chip. Markieff Morris ($4,200), on the other hand, has been listed as questionable to suit up. — Garion Thorne
Kris Dunn (knee) will be re-evaluated in two weeks — Dunn was forced out of Friday’s game against the Nets early with the injury occurring 13 seconds after tip-off. Thaddeus Young fell into Dunn’s leg and prompted Dunn to the locker room. It’s now been announced that he’s dealing with a sprained MCL and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Chandler Hutchison ($3,400) is getting the first crack in the starting lineup in the Bulls’ (+10.5; O/U 216) matchup at the Raptors on Sunday, a role he’s averaging 15.5 DKFP in, which isn’t much of a difference from his 14.5 off the bench. Ryan Arcidiacono ($3,200) and Shaq Harrison ($3,400) should benefit off the bench replacing Hutchison when needed. C Daniel Gafford ($3,500; thumb) is also available. — Steve Buchanan
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