The “Quantico” actress dropped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday to chat about her new movie, “Isn’t It Romantic,” as well as her relationship with Jonas, with whom she tied the knot last month. Though Chopra and her now-husband have had lengthy acting and singing careers, she admitted neither of them knew much about the other’s work when they first began dating in 2018.
“Everyone knew the Jonas Brothers. I just didn’t know the music. ... I really didn’t know much about them,” she told DeGeneres. “In fact, Nick and I both didn’t know much about each other, so we did a show-and-tell after we started dating, where we showed each other our work from when we were younger ― the embarrassing stuff, the horrible things. It was great.”
And the newlyweds can thank social media for helping to bring them together. As to how she was first introduced to Jonas, Chopra quipped, “He DMed me, actually.”
“He DMed me on Twitter,” she said. Having recently watched the music video for Jonas’ 2016 hit “Close,” she was intrigued.
“I was like, ‘Just text me,’” she added.
Professionally, Chopra will return to the big screen just before Valentine’s Day alongside Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth in “Isn’t It Romantic,” a romantic comedy that playfully skewers rom-com tropes.
“I had so much fun doing it,” she said of the film, in which she plays a yoga ambassador. “It was a quick, beautiful project to do, and I love Rebel. This is her first time producing, so that’s awesome. I would do anything to support that.”
Like Wilson, Chopra is set to make the transition to producing, as she and Barry Levinson are adapting “Wild Wild Country,” Netflix’s documentary about controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, as a feature film.
Rachel Brosnahan’s new fashion project is a meaningful one.
The award-winning star of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the new face of the spring campaign for Frances Valentine, the label Kate Spade founded in 2016. Not only is the actress, 28, one of the brand’s most loyal supporters, she’s also the niece of the late designer, who tragically died by suicide at the age of 55 in June 2018.
“In the wake of Katy’s passing, my family and I were so overwhelmed and encouraged by the love and support we received from those who were touched by Katy’s work, many of whom were strangers from around the world,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “When you lose someone you love, you search for boundless ways to keep their memory alive. This felt like a way to do that through her beautiful creations and an opportunity to share them with all of those who her work meant so much to.”
The label has always had family at the heart of it — Kate founded Frances Valentine with her husband of 24 years, Andy, 56, as well as Elyce Arons, who was her best friend since they were college freshmen. The designer also named it after her daughter, Frances Beatrix (“Bea”), 13. (The Spades and Arons launched the line a decade after Kate left her namesake empire, which they helped build together.)
Therefore, when it came time to casting the campaign for spring, turning to Kate’s niece was an obvious choice. “She’s always been very close to Katy, and she’s been a part of the company since the beginning,” Arons, now the CEO of Frances Valentine, says of Brosnahan. “She said yes to the idea, and here we are!”
The campaign itself is a tribute to the late designer’s signature colorful aesthetic and vision of spreading joy through vibrant fashion designs that feature whimsical touches. And many details of the shoot incorporated things the designer loved.
The photographs were shot in one of Kate’s favorite places, her Frances Valentine New York showroom overlooking Bryant Park. “It has really high ceilings, and all of Katy and Andy’s art is up everywhere,” says Arons. “It’s such a beautiful space to be in.”
Plus, a playlist that Kate, Andy and Arons put together for the showroom featuring Kate’s favorites songs by John Lennon, Joni Mitchell and the Rolling Stones played in the background. “I couldn’t keep a smile off my face, it was such a fun day,” says Arons.
Then, the photos themselves, taken by Frances Valentine art director Maggie Cepis, are reminiscent of Kate’s signature look. With an undone bun, stacks of beautiful baubles, colorful bags in her hand and in a vintage-inspired ensemble, Brosnahan is a mirror-image of her aunt.
“I think it’s more meaningful than any other campaign we’ve done because it’s [Rachel], and she was so close to Katy,” says Arons. “I know it would really make Katy smile.”
The products Brosnahan wears are also significant, as many pieces in Frances Valentine’s spring line are inspired by Kate’s personal wardrobe and named after those closest to her.
For example, in one of the campaign shots, the actress holds a square yellow satchel named the “Midge.” Arons shared that Kate actually named it after her niece’s beloved character on Maisel after the first season was released in 2017, before Kate’s death. It now comes in a variety of colors, from light blue to pink. “Katy loved color,” says Arons. “She was not afraid of it.” For this bag, however, Arons thinks she would have picked green. (The “Midge” and the rest of the pieces Brosnahan wears in the campaign are all available now on francesvalentine.com.)
The actress, meanwhile, is happy to help keep her aunt’s legacy alive and be a part of the future of her label Frances Valentine. Last night, she even hosted an event at the brand’s Madison Avenue pop-up shop to raise money for a cause close to her heart, the Covenant House, which helps homeless youth.
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What’s wrong with this bill? Its ‘existence,’ lawmaker says
“I do have, and I know others share, concerns about if not the reality, the appearance of this concept,” Lavielle said during an education committee meeting Monday. “Many people that I have heard from have been very distressed simply because of the existence of the bill regardless of what it may ultimately say.”
There was immediate negative reaction to the bill from both Democrats and Republicans, largely from Fairfield County.
“A wholesale leap to regionalization at this time is not only unwise, but imprudent and would likely undermine our high quality system,” Weston Superintendent William McKersie said in a letter to parents.
Lavielle, in fact, an eight-year veteran of the legislature, said she’s never seen such a backlash against a bill.
“The distress has been so great I’ve never quite seen anything like it,” she told other members of the committee.
The problem, according to Lavielle, is the “forced” nature of regionalization.
The bill, “while although ambiguous on many counts does clearly talk of forced regionalization of school districts,” she said. “The distress is due to the forced character of the hypothetical regionalization the bill is suggesting.”
Sen. Douglas McCrory, who co-chairs the committee, said he hadn’t even read the bill, but saw it as little more than a way to begin a conversation about regionalization.
“I don’t think anyone’s very supportive of anything being forced,” he said.
Lavielle said she “would feel more comfortable if the title of the concept said it was enabling voluntary regionalization of services,” a suggestion McCrory did not consider.
“It’s going to stay that way until further notice,” he said. “I will not put an idea away because I feel scared.”
Jordan Fenster is the digital products editor for Hearst Connecticut. [email protected]
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – It was 10 a.m., and B. Smith was shuffling around her house in socks and leggings and a bright red sweatshirt emblazoned with “Wilhelmina,” the prestigious modeling house to which she once belonged.
She is still model-slim at 69, actually. Her face, now framed with a halo of tight gray curls, is just as it was 20 years ago, when B. Smith was on TV, on the cover of magazines and books, when she had restaurants, when everyone seemed to call her “the black Martha Stewart,” as if it weren’t enough to just be B. Smith.
Not long after, B.’s restaurants shuttered. Her appearances dried up. With Dan Gasby, her husband and business partner of more than two decades, she turned her efforts to speaking about Alzheimer’s and advocating for research. Then, she didn’t do much talking at all.
Then, in December, Dan posted a Facebook photo of himself with a woman with a thick blond mane and delicate features. They are beaming, a dapper couple out to dinner. But the caption referenced, of all things, an old rap song by 50 Cent and the Game. “Hate it or love it,” it read. “You can debate, but for me, I’m feelin’ great.” He even used a hashtag: #whylie.
Dan had never been the type to bite his tongue, never bothered with niceties.
At 64, he had a wife, and he had a girlfriend named Alex Lerner. He was happy and in love.
And, well, why lie?
In sickness and in health. Every day, people say the words. But what could they possibly mean to you, until you’ve experienced sickness? B. and Dan and Alex are reckoning with it still.
A few days after Christmas, they were together under one roof. B. was munching on pretzels as she circled the living room. One of their five hulking Italian mastiffs was snoring contentedly on the floor.
“Hellllllo!” B. said as she shuffled over to Alex, whom she has come to know only as her friend.
“How are you?” Alex, 53, asked warmly. She has a room in this house, where she stays when she makes the roughly two-hour drive from her Manhattan home.
“Wait, wait, wait, lemme, Barbara,” B. said, wrapping Alex in a hug. “I was talking over there, with the baby . . . that was caught late . . . she’s a little, you know. We were there, we played candy, we do it all the time.”
Alex smiled and nodded, though she knew there was no baby. B. is still a charmer, quick to join conversations, full of laughter. But her sentences are often just words, incongruously strung together.
They settled onto a leopard-print sofa, where Dan was describing his family’s new dynamic: “If ‘This is Us,’ and ‘Modern Family’ came together, it would be us,” he said.
“You don’t bring your mistress in the house where your WIFE lives. She’s not dead,” one wrote on Facebook this month.
“She’s having her lifestyle funded by a black woman, and this white woman didn’t have to build a thing with you,” a YouTube vlogger inveighed in one video that’s racked up more than a hundred thousand views and thousands of unsympathetic comments.
They’ve called for court intervention, a petition or anything that might save B. Smith from what, to them, looked at best like cruelty and at worst, predation.
It riles Dan to hear how many of them assume he’s some kind of Svengali, manipulating B., living off his wife’s success, when he’d helped make it reality.
So, on social media, he pokes back. “Especially the ones who have a direct line with The Almighty I need your heavenly insights!” he wrote sarcastically in one recent Facebook post.
Dan believes his critics are racists who have targeted him because he happens to love a white woman, suggesting “that I’m flaunting her,” he said, looking at Alex.
“I have been married to a black woman for 26 years,” he said. “I have a PhD in black love.”
Alex reached over and touched B.’s hand, and then got up to pour her some ginger ale.
Barbara Elaine Smith met Dan Gasby in the dining room of her first B. Smith’s restaurant, not far from Times Square.
A girl from rural Pennsylvania, B. worked as a babysitter, a governess and a lounge singer till she got her big break in modeling: In 1976, she became the second black woman to snag the cover of Mademoiselle. The work dispatched her to France and Italy, where she lived for a time, learning to love food, drink and beautiful things. At what seemed like the height of her career, she seemed to simply sashay into the restaurant business.
They’d both been married before. But this coupling was synergistic.
At their 1992 wedding, Dan didn’t use flowery prose to describe their relationship. He used sports terminology. He and B. were each other’s cutmen, he told the models and city officials and celebrities who attended. “A cutman,” Dan explained, “is the guy in the corner of the boxing ring who cleans up fighters and sends them back to battle.”
“We’ll always be in each other’s corner,” he concluded.
They managed 18 happy years before B. got sick. B. Smith scored a television show, “B. Smith With Style,” and a regular stint on the “Today” show; launched a magazine; and opened three successful restaurants. (At Washington’s Union Station for nearly 20 years, B. and Dan ran what one critic called “the grandest dining room on the Hill and maybe in the city.”) She still has home goods for sale at Bed Bath & Beyond.
She parented his daughter, Dana, teaching her a love for cooking. Their house bustled with famous friends, Dana recalled, like Aretha Franklin and Maya Angelou. Dan was by B.’s side for all it.
“This is what I do,” she began. “I marinate it in reduced . . . ummm . . .” Guthrie tried to help, to fill in the blanks like a game of Mad Libs, but B. could not remember the name of the liquid in the bowl right in front of her. Her diagnosis came not long after.
There had been signs. Dana saw them in 2008, when she was away attending American University. “We would have the same conversation three times in one day,” she recalled. B. also told her she felt a tingling in her face. “I WebMD’d it, and I said, ‘Oh, she has Alzheimer’s.’ “
B. and Dan brushed her off.
“You know how, if you didn’t know a hurricane was coming,” Dan explained all these years later, “you would think it was only raining?”
For most of their marriage, B. and Dan split their time between a swanky Manhattan flat and a home on the water in Sag Harbor, a historic beachfront refuge for the New York’s African-American elites. As her Alzheimer’s progressed, B. began walking out the door, only to turn up later somewhere on the beach, located by neighbors.
But B. could not hide it forever. She made the newspapers in 2014 when, on her way to Sag Harbor from the city, she hopped off her bus and somehow ended up back in New York alone. She walked to Harlem and ferried to Staten Island and bused back to Manhattan before finally being recognized in a cafe in Midtown the next day, Dan revealed on Facebook later, adding, oddly, “So there are no rumors.”
Soon after, they moved to this East Hampton house, a sleek white box with a tennis court and a pool, in a clearing on 10 otherwise wild acres. But its primary draw was its gate, so B. can no longer wander away.
The reviews and interviews, the glossy ads in which she sold Vaseline lotion or sportswear have been tucked into a room devoted to B.’s achievements, few of which she can remember. As Dana pored over them that day in December, B. walked over to look, fixating on a photo she had taken with Dan years ago. “He’s handsome,” she said. She didn’t know who the woman in the photo was.
Dana moved back home to help in the caregiving. “B. is my mom,” she said. But even B.’s smile, Dana said, has changed somehow. So much has.
Dan and Alex had long been in each other’s orbit, two minor planets in Hamptons society.
Both were posted up at the same bar one night in summer 2017, when Alex, a few stools over, happened to overhear Dan talking with a friend. She recognized something in him, the same feeling the mother of three had during her divorce: A despairing grief, so thick it enveloped him. A loneliness bubble.
Before she left, she leaned in and told Dan, “If you ever want to talk . . .” She left her number.
So he met her for coffee. Eventually, she told Dan that he ought to visit Le Bilboquet, the new Hamptons boîte that was all the rage. “You know I work there, right?” she asked him. “Aren’t you curious what it looks like?”
Le Bilboquet was the new tenant in the old B. Smith’s.
“Ron owes me an invitation,” he sniffed, meaning Ron Perelman, the billionaire, who was one of its owners. A couple of days later, Dan came strolling in.
In their book, Dan admitted that he could be a bon vivant, that he enjoyed flirting. But, he wrote, he had never cheated on B.
So, it all moved so much more slowly than Tinder speed. “We were friends,” Alex said. “I didn’t want to go out with a married man.” Plus, she’d socialized with B. at charity events. But when Dan invited her to breakfast a popular hotel with B., she accepted.
Finally, she saw. “This is not a man cheating on his wife,” she told herself. In the middle of breakfast, Alex helped B. to the bathroom.
Alex had a nurturing spirit. And she saw the same in him. “What I admire about him,” she said, “is that he takes care of her.”
Soon after, they started dating, with Dana’s blessing. “When he told me,” Dana said, “I was like, ‘Thank God. I’m happy.’ “
Dana also pointed out that her father has not abandoned B. by any measure. “She’s in this house. She’s here every day,” she said.
And, on many days, so is Alex. “If I can be compassionate to her,” Alex said, her voice breaking, “if I can do anything for her, it makes me feel good. If it is giving her something to drink, or making her something to eat – she loves to eat – I feel good.”
When B. was lucid, she and Dan sometimes clashed over his flirtations. Now, in photos and videos Dan posts on social media, his wife and his girlfriend seem like friends. But are they?
As they talked, B. was in the background, chatty. “Boop-boop-boop,” she said, interrupting. “This looks like a . . . No, I’m not going to say that. I’m not going to say that. I’m not going to say it. Over there. He’s not in there. He’s not in there,” she said. “The guy.”
“What’s his name? What’s her name?” Dan asked, gesturing at Alex.
“You OK?” Dan asked, softening a bit.
B. looked over at her husband.
Video: Dan Gasby says his relationship with another woman helped him become a better caretaker to his wife who has Alzheimer’s. (Ashleigh Joplin /The Washington Post)
Some familiar faces from the past are back on the fantasy radar, while others hear their names being mentioned in the rumor mill as the NBA's trade deadline looms.
Here's a look at the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 30 teams around the league:
Atlanta Hawks: Not only has John Collins put up team highs in scoring (20.6 PPG) and rebounding (9.4 RPG) this month, he has also made a team-best 62.7 percent of his shots. Clearly, the Hawks found a steal when they selected Collins No. 19 overall in the 2017 draft out of Wake Forest. If Collins has a weakness in his game, it's his lack of impact on the defensive end, where his 0.3 BPG and 0.3 SPG are well below the average contributions of most power forwards.
Boston Celtics: Kyrie Irving missed Monday's game against Brooklyn after waking up "stiff and sore," and he isn't expected to play Wednesday against Charlotte either. He has missed seven games this season and has exceeded 72 games only once (75 games, 2014-15 with Cleveland) during his first seven seasons in the NBA. If you have Irving on your fantasy squad, you know this comes with the territory.
Brooklyn Nets: Shabazz Napier has started to play a bigger role on the Nets with Spencer Dinwiddie out of the lineup following thumb surgery, cashing in for 18, 20 and 24 points during his past three games. Napier has improved as a 3-point shooter too, draining 10 during this span and tying a career high with five 3s against the Bulls on Tuesday night.
Charlotte Hornets: Nicolas Batum quietly has had a solid month of January (10.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.8 BPG and 1.8 3PG) and at this point is the second-best fantasy option on the Hornets after Kemba Walker. The 11th-year pro has averaged 34.0 minutes during his past 10 games, adding to his value when you consider all the ways he can fill up a box score.
Chicago Bulls: Jabari Parker remains on the trade block in Chicago, and Tuesday night's 22-point, 9-rebound, 2-block, 2-steal effort against Brooklyn can only help his NBA trade value. Parker may not be the perfect fit in today's 3-point-happy NBA, but he's still only 23 and can be a strong fantasy contributor if he settles into the right situation. With Wendell Carter Jr. out for the season, Parker is back in the rotation for now and getting minutes he wasn't getting earlier this month.
Cleveland Cavaliers: As most teams around the NBA approach the 50-game mark, the Cavaliers are a distant last on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, Cleveland's 114.6 points allowed per 100 possessions is 3.2 points worse than the next team on the list, the Suns. Make sure to get your players in the lineup whenever they're facing the Cavs.
Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. has played three games since returning to the Dallas lineup, and while still not the most efficient guard, he is showing the upside that gives him a chance to be a top-100 fantasy player. He has averaged 16.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 5.0 APG and 1.3 3PG, and it can't be overlooked that he has put up 1.3 SPG this season while raising his FG% from 39.5 percent as a rookie to 44.1 percent this season
Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray (left ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game in New Orleans, and this will mark the third straight game he has missed due to the injury. In his absence, expect Will Barton to continue to fill in as the Nuggets' starting point guard. During the past two games with Murray sidelined, Barton has averaged 32 MPG, 18 PPG and 4.5 RPG but only 1.5 APG.
Detroit Pistons: Blake Griffin has scored 35 or more points in three of his past five games and has reached the 30-point plateau in six of his past nine contests. A force in both points leagues and roto leagues this season, the Pistons' star power forward is on pace to set career highs in points per game (26.3) and 3PG (2.4).
Golden State Warriors: Many expected Draymond Green's numbers to take a big hit once DeMarcus Cousins joined the rotation, and while that could still happen, it certainly hasn't been the case so far. In fact, during the past two games that both Green and Cousins played together, Green went for 15 rebounds against Washington and 11 rebounds against Boston. Green has also averaged 9.0 APG during his past five games.
Houston Rockets: Tuesday's 19-point, 11-rebound performance by Kenneth Faried gave the veteran rebounder his third consecutive double-double, and so far, he has performed very nicely with his new team. During his first five games with the Rockets, Faried has put up 15.2 PPG and 9.8 RPG and shot 56.4 percent from the field. Lots to like here, with Clint Capela still out for another month or so.
Indiana Pacers: Domantas Sabonis is having a nice season in his third year in the league, but his shooting percentage has dipped with every month. After making 70.7 percent of his shots in October, he fell to a more sustainable 62.8 percent in November, then to 59.6 percent in December. This month, the Gonzaga product has shot 56.7 percent. Sabonis is still one of the league's most efficient players, but this is a downward trend worth keeping an eye on.
LA Clippers: Suddenly, Avery Bradley is back on the fantasy radar. Following an extremely underwhelming first half of the season, Bradley has upped his game lately by making 2.4 3PG during his past five games while contributing in the rebound and assist categories as well. Part of the draw to Bradley is how much playing time he's getting: 35.0 MPG during his past five games.
Los Angeles Lakers: Amid talk of LeBron James nearing a return to the lineup and rumors of players like Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac heading to New Orleans in a potential deal for Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo has quietly returned to the lineup and played well. The veteran point guard has averaged 9.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 11.7 APG and 1.0 SPG during that small stretch of games, and while the numbers are sure to suffer as soon as LeBron returns, there's no doubt that Rondo can still be a big fantasy force at this stage of his career.
Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr. (illness) and JaMychal Green (knee) are both listed as questionable for Wednesday's game in Minnesota. If they aren't able to play, it would likely mean more minutes for Ivan Rabb and Bruno Caboclo, and could force Kyle Anderson into extended minutes in only his second game back from injury.
Miami Heat: The revolving rotation in Miami has put a strain on the team, as playing time comes and goes, and staying in rhythm is harder than spelling the word "rhythm." Nobody has felt this more than Kelly Olynyk, who has played in only three of the past five games and averaged 15.4 MPG this month, second lowest on the team after Wayne Ellington. Olynyk has been a solid fantasy contributor over the years and likely will be again in the future, but for now he belongs on the waiver wire.
Milwaukee Bucks: It seems like a long shot, but a report Tuesday indicated that the Bucks have entered the Anthony Davis sweepstakes and offered the Pelicans any players on their roster not named Giannis Antetokounmpo. If such a deal goes down before the Feb. 7 deadline, it will have drastic fantasy implications, as there's a good chance it would cut into the production of both Davis and Antetokounmpo.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Jeff Teague (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game, which will mark the fifth straight game the Timberwolves will be without their veteran point guard. In his absence, Jerryd Bayless has stepped up nicely (15.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.5 APG, 1.0 SPG and 3.5 3PG during his past four games) and is worthy of adding in leagues where he is still available.
New Orleans Pelicans: Jahlil Okafor scored a season-high 27 points on Tuesday night, stepping up while Davis (finger), Julius Randle (ankle) and Nikola Mirotic (calf) were all out of the lineup. Davis has missed the past five games and wants out of New Orleans, Randle has missed the past three games and Mirotic could be sidelined through the All-Star break. Given all that and the rising confidence of Okafor, who has put up 21.2 PPG, 11.0 RPG and 2.6 BPG during his past five games, he's certainly fantasy-relevant once again.
New York Knicks: According to this story by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insider, the Knicks are not only trying to "move off of big man Enes Kanter and guard Courtney Lee, they have also recently opened the door on deals involving guards Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke." Writes Kyler: "According to teams that have talked with the Knicks about these players, it seems both could be gone by the deadline."
Oklahoma City Thunder: It's rare to see Steven Adams out of the lineup; the 25-year-old has appeared in 80 games or more in three of his first five full seasons in the league, but an ankle injury caused him to miss his second game of the season on Tuesday night. If there's a silver lining here, it's the play of fill-in Nerlens Noel, who played 34 minutes and stepped up with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks in a win over the Magic.
Orlando Magic: D.J. Augustin doesn't get a lot of attention as a 3-point shooter, especially on a team with Terrence Ross, but very quietly the longtime point guard is putting up his best season to date from long range. Entering Wednesday, Augustin's 43.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc ranks ninth in the NBA.
Philadelphia 76ers: When you talk about the 76ers' big three of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler, the big question continues to be chemistry and how well they will mesh together as the regular season turns into the playoffs. One indisputable bright spot since the three joined forces, though, is how efficient they've been; during the month of January, Embiid (50.4 FG%), Butler (51.6 FG%) and Simmons (55.0 FG%) have all scorched the nets.
Phoenix Suns: Kelly Oubre Jr. has played at least 31 minutes during the past four games, and the rise in minutes always adds fantasy appeal, however the lack of efficiency in Oubre's game limits his value. He has shot just 30 percent during this four-game stretch, going 20-of-60 from the field while shooting only 20.8 percent (5-of-24) from 3-point range.
Portland Trail Blazers: According to Kyler, the Trail Blazers are the top team to watch in trade talks for Memphis center Marc Gasol. "Sources close to the situation labeled the Blazers as the more likely team to land Gasol if the Grizzlies do a deal, but there was not a sense that anything was close enough to call," he writes. The challenge for the Blazers will be putting together a package that doesn't include Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum, but this is something to keep an eye on leading up to the NBA's Feb. 7 trade deadline.
Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III will always have the distinction of "being drafted ahead of Luka Doncic" hanging over him, but the No. 2 overall pick is pretty good in his own right and starting to get more of an opportunity to show it. Though Bagley has just one start this season, moving back to the bench after an impressive spot start against the Raptors last week, he is proving to be an efficient scorer, strong rebounder (6.4 RPG) and shot-blocker (1.0 BPG). The areas Bagley needs to improve before becoming more of an option in category leagues are steals (0.5 SPG) and 3-pointers (0.3 3PG).
San Antonio Spurs: Davis Bertans has stepped up with DeMar DeRozan out of the lineup with a knee injury. During the past two games, the 6-foot-10 Bertans has averaged 19.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.5 APG, 2.0 SPG and 5.0 3PG. His value will plummet once DeRozan returns, and that could be any game now, but this is something to keep in mind any time DeRozan is out again this season.
Toronto Raptors: The Raptors continue to find plenty of opportunities to rest Kawhi Leonard, and for that reason, he has played just nine games in January. That being said, the rest has paid off, as Leonard has averaged 31.8 PPG in those games on 55.4 percent shooting. He continues to be a top-15 type of talent, but the frequent DNP-Rest occurrences make him one of the game's most frustrating fantasy stars.
Utah Jazz: An ankle injury has kept Dante Exum out since Jan. 6, and the Jazz have been tight-lipped about how long the former lottery pick will be out. On Tuesday, Jazz reporter Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News tweeted that Exum will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.
Washington Wizards: Tomas Satoransky's 47.9 percent shooting in 13 games this month is the most efficient of all Wizards regulars, aside from Thomas Bryant, and is a sneaky good part to Satoransky's game. The fill-in for John Wall has averaged 11.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.5 APG and 1.6 SPG in January.
Rafa Camacho made 'most important challenge of his life' on Wilfried Zaha in Crystal Palace win... now the teenage star could feature against Leicester as Liverpool look to go seven points clear
- Liverpool are without Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and James Milner
- 18-year-old Rafa Camacho made a match-saving tackle on Wilfried Zaha
- He was thrown on in closing stages of nervy win over Crystal Palace
- Camacho is a right-winger converted to a full-back by the club's academy
Liverpool have the chance now to reclaim the seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League that they squandered at the Etihad earlier this month.
Leicester are the visitors to Anfield on Wednesday and won't be taken lightly after wins over City and Chelsea during the Christmas period.
Rafa Camacho looks set to feature again as Liverpool host Leicester on Wednesday night
Jurgen Klopp threw the 18-year-old on in the closing stages of the nervy Crystal Palace win
With 15 games to go, this represents Liverpool's biggest game of the season, a chance to assert their authority on the title race.
But Jurgen Klopp has a major dilemma at right-back with first-choice Trent Alexander-Arnold injured, stand-in Joe Gomez still on the sidelines and James Milner suspended.
The mini crisis has shoved an 18-year-old Portuguese youth international into the limelight, but he has already played a decisive role in Liverpool's season.