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    • Joel Embiid shooting free throws on Thursday
      Joel Embiid (foot) was seen shooting free throws at Thursday's practice.

      Advice: Embiid has been present at Sixers' practice for the last two weeks and has been allowed to shoot free throws and standstill shots. He still has several steps to go in his rehab from offseason foot surgery, however, and isn't expected to play in 2014-15, so he only belongs on dynasty league fantasy rosters right now. Rotoworld.com
      48 minutes ago
       
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    • Aaron Gordon getting X-ray to check progress
      Aaron Gordon (foot) will get an X-ray on Thursday to check on the progress of his surgically-repaired left foot.

      Advice: Gordon's X-ray comes a month after his foot surgery and he's still targeting a mid-February return to the court. The rookie will likely be eased into the Magic's rotation upon his return, so fantasy owners can feel free to leave him on waiver wires. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:02 am
       
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    • Mavericks reassign Ricky Ledo to D-League
      Mavericks reassign Ricky Ledo to D-League.

      Advice: Ledo will again join the Texas Legends as Dallas continues to shuffle him back and forth between the Mavericks and the D-League. Fantasy owners can feel free to ignore this news. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:54 am
    • Tyreke Evans questionable for Thursday
      Tyreke Evans (right knee contusion) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Rockets.

      Advice: Evans is averaging 23.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.0 treys over his last five games, so his fantasy owners will have to keep their fingers crossed that he'll be able to play Thursday night. If Evans sits, Austin Rivers and Luke Babbitt would see increased playing time, though neither are a very attractive plug-and-play option. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:50 am
    • Lance Stephenson doubtufl for next two games
      Lance Stephenson (pelvis) is doubtful for the Hornets' next two games with a pelvic sprain.

      Advice: The Hornets play the 76ers on Friday and the Jazz on Saturday and it looks like they'll have to do so without Stephenson. We'll update his status after Friday's shootaround, but fantasy owners can expect to see more of Gerald Henderson, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gary Neal if Stephenson is out for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:30 am
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony expected to sit Thursday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee soreness) is now expected to miss Thursday's game against the Bulls, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, Melo is now expected to sit Thursday night as he's dealing with knee soreness that Isola is reporting will require surgery after the season. With Amare Stoudemire (rest) already declared out for Thursday night, Tim Hardaway Jr. should see all the minutes he can handle if Anthony does indeed sit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:24 am
    • Marcus Smart expected to practice Thursday
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is expected to practice on Thursday and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Timberwolves.

      Advice: Smart had to leave Tuesday's practice after aggravating his Achilles injury, but looks to be on the mend due to his practice status. While the rookie has had a rough start to the 2014-15 season, he's worth a flier for fantasy owners who have an open roster spot as trade rumors surrounding Rajon Rondo are picking up steam. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:21 am
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony questionable for Thursday
      Carmelo Anthony (knee soreness) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Bulls.

      Advice: Amare Stoudemire (rest) has already been declared out for the game, so the Knicks will be extremely short-handed for Thursday's game if Melo sits. We'll update his status after shootaround, but Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith could be in for big minutes if Melo joins Amare on the Knicks' bench Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:29 am
    • Goran Dragic missing second half stamina
      After missing two games with a lower back strain, Goran Dragic said his stamina wasn't there during the second half of Wednesday's win over the Hornets.

      Advice: Dragic only scored four points in the second half of the win after pouring in 16 in the first half, but it was a good sign for fantasy owners to see him back on the court nevertheless. With his back issues seemingly behind him, the 28-year-old will be able to put full games together and should provide his fantasy owners with top-50 value for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:37 am
    • LeBron James not embarrassed by Hawks loss
      LeBron James said he wan't embarrassed by Wednesday's 29-point loss to the Hawks.

      Advice: After Cavs head coach David Blatt characterized the loss as embarrassing in his post-game press conference, LeBron didn't seem to be on the same page as his coach. "Nah, I'm embarrassed losing the Finals," James said when asked if the loss was embarrassing. While James and the Cavs still have some work to do, he's averaging 31.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers over his last four games so his fantasy owners can't be too upset. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:24 am
    • Rajon Rondo open to re-signing with DAL/HOU
      Rajon Rondo has indicated that he is open to re-signing with Dallas or Houston if he is traded to either team.

      Advice: With Rondo set to be a free agent after the season, any team trading for him would seek assurances that he would re-sign and reports say that he would be open to doing so with the Mavericks and Rockets. While a trade to the Rockets would benefit Rondo's fantasy owners more than a deal to the Mavericks, owners with an open roster spot would be wise to take a flier on Marcus Smart. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:11 am
    • Rajon Rondo says trade rumors a way of life
      Rajon Rondo responded to recent trade speculation by saying that trade rumors have become a way of life for him.

      Advice: With reports swirling that the Celtics are shopping their star point guard, Rondo said, "[trade rumors have been] a way of life since I’ve been here. It’s just part of it." Nothing is imminent, but a rumored trade to the Mavericks would put a minor dent in Rondo's fantasy value, while owners with an extra roster spot will want to give strong consideration to taking a flier on Marcus Smart. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:45 am
    • James Harden scores 41 points in OT win
      James Harden added his newest piece of evidence in his bid for MVP during a 115-111 overtime win over the Nuggets on Wednesday scoring 41 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He made 11-of-21 from the field and 18-of-21 from the field in 45 minutes. This line is pretty ridiculous and he became the sixth player since 1985-86 to have more than 20 attempts from the field, more than 20 attempts from the line, and at least 10 assists. The other five are Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kenny Anderson. Harden is good. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:52 am
    • Timofey Mozgov gets Dwight'd again
      Timofey Mozgov was shut down against the Rockets on Wednesday with one point, six rebounds and four fouls in 19 minutes.

      Advice: Foul trouble was a factor and Dwight Howard made him look pretty bad. He has hit a really bad rough patch lately, but both of those games came against the Rockets. Mozgov gets a date with the Clippers on Friday and hopefully he doesn't end up on a Blake Griffin highlight again. All these negatives aside, he's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:12 am
    • DeAndre Jordan goes for 15-23-2 in win
      DeAndre Jordan abused Roy Hibbert for 15 points, 23 rebounds and two blocks on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit just 7-of-15 shooting, but you don't care about his free throw percentage if you own him, as his struggles from the line are not a surprise, nor is he going to improve from there any time soon. DJ's line will be overshadowed by what Andre Drummond did tonight (19 points, 24 rebounds, four steals, three blocks), but Jordan's line was certainly noteworthy. Make a note to play opposing centers against Hibbert and the Pacers going forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:52 pm
    • Matt Barnes disappears in win over Pacers
      Matt Barnes hit just 1-of-3 shots for three points, two rebounds, four assists and a block in 31 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: He came in sort of hot, but never got it going tonight. He's been playing much better over the last two weeks, so we fully expect him to bounce back in his next game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:49 pm
    • Blake Griffin torches Pacers for 31 & 16
      Blake Griffin hit 11-of-27 shots for 31 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: His field goal percentage wasn't good, but he did hit 9-of-13 free throws and had a big line. His free throw shooting has greatly improved, and his fantasy value as followed as a result. Congratulations if you drafted him this year. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:48 pm
    • Joel Freeland plays 13 minutes off the bench
      Joel Freeland played 13 minutes off the bench against the Bucks with six points and six boards.

      Advice: He's probably going to get some starts in the future with Robin Lopez (hand) out. The Bucks run a lot of small lineups, so coach Terry Stotts went with Thomas Robinson. Regardless, Freeland's ceiling is only going to be 22 minutes or so, which makes him just a deep league target at best. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:42 pm
    • David West double-doubles in loss to LAC
      David West hit 8-of-15 shots for 17 points, 10 rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: West has been fairly disappointing after missing much of the season with an ankle injury but came through tonight. He might finally be getting into game shape and could be ready to start producing for his owners, who have had a rough time waiting for him to get it together. Tonight was a step in the right direction. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:27 pm
    • Zaza Pachulia plays 26 minutes
      Zaza Pachulia played 26 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with five points, eight rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

      Advice: He is sharing minutes at center and coach Jason Kidd is not using him at power forward these days. Perhaps one takeaway is the Bucks need Ersan Ilyasova (face) to come back. Pachulia is not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:17 pm
    • Khris Middleton drops 17 points in 33 minutes
      Khris Middleton scored 17 points in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with three rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: He started the second half with Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) going down in the second quarter. Middleton is certainly going to benefit with the injury to Jabari Parker (knee) and does have a usage rate of 20, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. His prospective owners just need to remember that coach Jason Kidd runs some wild rotation and Antetokounmpo's injury is not serious. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:59 pm
    • Kyle Lowry stays hot in win over Nets
      Kyle Lowry had 20 points, three rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and just two turnovers on 7-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: He's been on fire ever since DeMar DeRozan went down with a groin injury and is showing no signs of slowing down. And given Toronto's great win-loss record this season, he's also in most MVP discussions, to boot. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:53 pm
    • Jonas Valanciunas hits 6-of-7, double-doubles
      Jonas Valanciunas hit 6-of-7 shots for 16 points, 10 rebounds and a block in 28 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

      Advice: He totaled just 14 points in his previous two games, but is still averaging 11.6 points and 12.0 rebounds over his last five games, while shooting 53 percent. Keep running him out there and hope he gets enough shots in the Raptors offense. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:51 pm
    • Quincy Pondexter plays 23 minutes in start
      Quincy Pondexter played 23 minutes in start against the Spurs on Wednesday with four points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Advice: Pondexter had a solid preseason, but he's been quiet on the season. Vince Carter has found the fountain of youth off the bench, so Pondexter is going to have a tough time having fantasy value even with Tony Allen out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:34 pm
    • Mario Chalmers struggles in 32 minutes
      Mario Chalmers came off the bench for 11 points, one rebound, zero assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 3-of-13 shooting in 32 minutes on Wednesday.

      Advice: Chalmers has been quiet since the return of Dwyane Wade, but Norris Cole played just 17 minutes tonight and had one point and zero assists. If Chalmers can reclaim the starting job from Cole, which could be coming, he'll be a must-own player going forward. Just hang onto him for now, if you own him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:12 pm
    • Dwyane Wade scores season-high 42 in loss
      Dwyane Wade hit 12-of-19 shots for a season-high 42 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.

      Advice: The bad news is he hit just 16-of-21 free throws and committed six turnovers, but the fact he played so well in a pair of back-to-backs (while battling an illness tonight) speaks volumes. The Heat are off until Friday, so hopefully Wade is able to get some rest and will be ready to go. He had 28 on Tuesday against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:01 pm
    • Boris Diaw scores 17 points with 13 boards
      Boris Diaw scored 17 points with 13 boards, five assists and three 3-pointer sin 39 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

      Advice: It was his first double-double of the season and he matched his season high in triples tonight. Diaw has been a valuable piece for the Spurs this season when they sit their veterans. While he is 32, he hasn't sat any game this season, which could change after tonight. He's a low-end player to own in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:56 pm
    • Goran Dragic scores 20 points in return
      Goran Dragic looked terrific in his return against the Hornets on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with three rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He missed the previous two games due to a strained back and was his aggressive self tonight. Dragic was really turning it on while Isaiah Thomas was out earlier this month and that might be due to his mentality and not because of the personnel. He should be able to flirt with top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    • Mavericks emerge as frontrunners for Rondo
      The Mavericks have emerged as the frontrunners for Rajon Rondo and could offer at least one first-round pick along with Brandan Wright to get him.

      Advice: The Rondo rumors are flying around from all different angles, so it's sounding like a deal could be in the works. There is nothing imminent, but Rondo owners can probably start assuming he's headed to Dallas at some point -- Jameer Nelson did not score tonight. The Kings, Knicks and Rockets are also in the mix, though. Stashing Marcus Smart is making more sense right now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:25 pm
    • Rajon Rondo goes off in win over Magic
      Rajon Rondo hit 6-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, seven rebounds, 15 assists and two steals in Wednesday's easy win over the Magic.

      Advice: Trade rumors are swirling, with the Mavericks the newest team in the hunt for Rondo's services, and he's playing well again. It would appear that he'll likely be moved by the trade deadline, but for now, as long as he's starting for the Celtics, he should be starting for your team. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:03 pm
    • Mavs, Rockets interested in Rajon Rondo
      The Mavericks and Rockets are interested in trading for Rajon Rondo.

      Advice: Both teams make plenty of sense with Dallas as a much better fit. The Rockets have James Harden as their maestro while Patrick Beverley is a near perfect fit for his defense and improved shooting. Dallas also has Monta Ellis, so it's not like they're a tremendous fit either. Rondo would lose some fantasy value with a move. If you're in a deep league, it makes some sense to stash Marcus Smart (Achilles). Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:37 pm
    • Joel Freeland coming off the bench
      Joel Freeland will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Bucks.

      Advice: He was listed as the starter this afternoon, and he should get a start down the line. The Bucks don't have too much size and do a lot of their work on the perimeter, so Thomas Robinson makes sense as the starter tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:12 pm
    • LeBron posts pedestrian line in ugly loss
      LeBron James hit 8-of-16 shots for 21 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's blowout 127-98 loss to the Hawks, the Cavs' most lopsided loss of the season.

      Advice: It's hard to explain how this one happened, as the Hawks were playing without starting point guard Jeff Teague, but Shelvin Mack got hot in the second quarter and the Cavs never threatened again. James played OK, but his owners were hoping for more than this in most instances. Due to the lopsided score, LeBron and most other starters were on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:05 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play on Wednesday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: He was very ill on Tuesday and reportedly feels better heading into tonight. Wade played well through the illness, scoring 28 points in a win over the Nets. With Chris Bosh out, he's going to be very busy and should be in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:52 pm
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) out on Wednesday
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Magic.

      Advice: He pulled himself out of practice on Tuesday, so the writing was on the wall for this one. He has now missed 13 of the first 23 games this season, and can't seem to stay healthy. However, the injury is not thought to be serious, and the trade rumors about Rajon Rondo are intensifying, so Smart makes a lot of sense as a stash in deeper leagues. In the meantime, Evan Turner will see some increased minutes for the Celtics. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:39 pm
       
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    • Goran Dragic (back) will start Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) will start on Wednesday vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: After missing the previous two games, Dragic is back and his owners can safely activate him in their lineups. He has a favorable matchup against the Hornets, and should be in for a nice night if his back doesn't flare up on him. Gerald Green will shift back to the bench on Wednesday, while Isaiah Thomas' value takes a slight hit with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:19 pm
    • Celtics have renewed interest on Rondo deal?
      The Boston Celtics "are exhibiting a renewed willingness" to pursue trade packages that include Rajon Rondo, according to Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: According to the report, league officials have said the asking price is "pretty high, probably higher than most want to pay," which is fairly obvious because there is no deal in place. The Celtics are looking to get a draft pick, so Marcus Smart would likely be their future point guard. Owners in deep leagues should consider stashing Smart while Phil Pressey and Evan Turner would also gain value. Rondo's value probably wouldn't change too much and he remains a No. 2 fantasy point guard who is better suited for points leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:46 pm
    • Joel Freeland listed as starter for the Blazers
      Joel Freeland is listed as the starting center to face the Bucks on Wednesday.

      Advice: Coach Terry Stotts has changed his lineups just before tip several times, so this is not necessarily set in stone. It does make sense because Chris Kaman isn't capable of playing big minutes at age 32 with a ton of injuries in his career. Additionally, Kaman's wife is expecting to give birth, so that could be a factor here, too. Kaman is still worth a look in standard leagues while Freeland could have value in deep formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:34 pm
    • Goran Dragic (back) probable for Wednesday
      Goran Dragic (back) is probable for Wednesday's game after going through shootaround.

      Advice: He has missed the last two games after his back flared up on him during Friday's game vs. the Pistons, but he appeared to turn the corner and should be good to go Wednesday. Dragic has a favorable matchup against the reeling Hornets, and owners will want to get him active in their lineups. Gerald Green will likely shift back to the bench Wednesday and Isaiah Thomas will also see a decrease in minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:22 am
    • Mario Chalmers plays well off bench Tuesday
      Mario Chalmers played well in Tuesday's win against the Nets, scoring 10 points to go with seven boards, five assists and four steals in 31 minutes.

      Advice: Chalmers is tough to own when Dwyane Wade is active, but tonight was an exception. Mario was excellent on both ends of the floor and the four steals illustrates why he is so valuable in fantasy. He also shot 6-of-6 from the free throw line on the night, despite turning the ball over three times. He should be owned in all leagues, and will become a must-start player if Norris Cole goes down with an injury. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    • Dwyane Wade leads Heat with 28 points in win
      Dwyane Wade led the Heat to a win over the Nets on Sunday, finishing with 28 points, five boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

      Advice: He definitely made his owners nervous when he appeared to tweak his knee late in the game, but he stayed on the floor and was able to finish what was a great night for the Heat. Wade looked very active all night and looks determined to shoulder the load without Chris Bosh (calf) in the lineup. As you have learned by now, check back before Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz to see if Wade is active, as it wouldn't be out of the question for him to rest on the second night of a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:53 pm
    • Tyreke Evans scores 19 with six assists
      Tyreke Evans scored 19 points in Tuesday's win over the Jazz, adding six assists, and four boards in 33 minutes.

      Advice: After two games in a row in which he scored 31 or more points, Evans fell back down to earth in Tuesday's game. While he did fail to hit a 3-pointer or record a block or a steal, Evans has been a revelation this season and owners really don't have anything to complain about. Keep him active in all lineups, but expect a slight dip in production now that Anthony Davis is back. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:56 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony posts big line in ugly loss
      Carmelo Anthony hit 11-of-23 shots and two 3-pointers for 26 points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block in Tuesday's brutal 107-87 loss to the Mavericks.

      Advice: Props to Melo for playing through his sore knee and that's a Durant-esque line, but with the Knicks sitting at just 5-22, you have to wonder just how long he's going to keep abusing his body for nothing. The groundwork has been laid for him to shut it down early with a knee injury this season and it really feels like it's just a matter of time before it happens. You may not be able to get a bona fide stud in return for Melo these days, but if you can move him before it all comes crashing down, we'd advise doing so. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:40 pm
    • Heat vs. Nets temporarily delayed due to leak
      The Heat and Nets game was temporarily delayed due to a leak in the roof at the Barclays Center, but the game is now expected to resume.

      Advice: In what was a bizarre series of events at the Barclays Center, it now appears that the leak in the roof has been resolved and both teams are back out on the court. There is no longer any need to worry about a cancellation and the game will go on. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:19 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Tuesday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Wade will draw a very favorable matchup vs. the Nets tonight, and with Chris Bosh (calf) also sidelined, he's going to be asked to carry the offensive workload. He makes for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues, despite the fact that he is sick. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:07 pm
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) doubtful Wednesday
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) pulled himself out of Tuesday's practice, and is doubtful to face the Magic on Wednesday.

      Advice: Smart is averaging a meager 5.9 points and 1.5 assists on the season, and he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Evan Turner will get some extra run if Smart isn't able to go, but his game doesn't translate very well to fantasy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:24 pm
       
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    • Dwyane Wade misses Tuesday shootaround
      Dwyane Wade (illness) missed Tuesday's shootaround in advance of the Heat's game against the Nets.

      Advice: With Shabazz Napier and Danny Granger both sick and Josh McRoberts (knee) and Chris Bosh (calf) out, the Heat may enter Tuesday's game with a short bench. We'll update Wade's status prior to game time, but Mario Chalmers and Luol Deng could be looking at huge minutes against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 am
    • Celtics hope Marcus Smart can return Weds
      The Celtics are hopeful that Marcus Smart (achilles) will be able to return for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

      Advice: Smart is still dealing with a left achilles strain that he suffered on Friday, but could be available to suit up for the injury-depleted Celtics on Wednesday. Smart could see some extra minutes upon his return with Marcus Thornton (calf) sidelined for two weeks, but he's better off left on waiver wires for now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:53 am
       
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    • Pacers owner leaving Stephenson trade to Bird
      Pacers owner Herb Simon said he would support a trade to bring Lance Stephenson back to Indianapolis, but is leaving the decision to team president Larry Bird.

      Advice: With Stephenson eligible to be traded starting Monday, the Hornets have been rumored to be looking for a trade partner and the Pacers have been the low-hanging fruit in those rumors. "I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits," Simon said. Stephenson has struggled in his short time in Charlotte, so a trade would be good news for his fantasy owners as it can't get much worse than his 38.9 percent field goal percentage and 10.4 points per game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:33 am
       
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin posts 18-7-7 line in blowout
      Blake Griffin scored 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (including a three) with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Griffin has rehabilitated his season-long value into the top 50-60 range and he's been a solid top-30 play over the last two weeks. It wouldn't be surprising if he continues along that trajectory. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:00 am
    • Barnes hits three treys for 10 points
      Matt Barnes scored 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting (including three triples) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal over 24 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Pistons.

      Advice: Barnes is on a roll with top-50 value over the last two weeks, averaging 14.5 points with 2.2 treys, 1.7 combined steals and blocks, 53.2 percent field goal shooting and 88.9 percent shooting from the line. Pick him up in all standard formats and hope he doesn't faceplant. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:56 pm
    • Point Bebe: Boris Diaw drops nine dimes
      Boris Diaw handed out a season-high nine assists against the Blazers on Monday with 10 points, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: He didn't top 26 minutes in any of his previous six games, but was up to 36 tonight with the Spurs resting the cavalry. Diaw has fared well on most of his nights while Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are resting, so just keep this line in mind in the future. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:43 pm
    • Freeland could be looking at playing time
      Joel Freeland played 15 minutes in Monday's win, scoring six points on 3-of-6 shooting with four rebounds and he could see a big playing time boost with Robin Lopez (hand) getting hurt.

      Advice: Freeland has had a few nice moments this season and would be ahead of Meyers Leonard if we're guessing by looking at this season's results. Chances are Terry Stotts will use both guys and also Thomas Robinson (seven points, three boards, nine minutes) in equal amounts -- negating the upside of any of them. Chris Kaman is the only beneficiary here and he's a must-add player. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:42 pm
    • Lowry posts big line in win over Magic
      Kyle Lowry scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in the Raptors' 95-82 win over the Magic on Monday.

      Advice: Lowry is more or less giving owners what they bargained for on draft day, returning mid-second round value with no signs of letting up. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:29 pm
    • Khris Middleton hits game-winner vs. Suns
      Khris Middleton hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Suns on Monday, finishing with 14 points, one rebound, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He did play some power forward tonight and the Bucks look like they're going to need to replace a ton of minutes with Jabari Parker (knee) going down. Middleton will likely have a handful of bad games and coach Jason Kidd's rotation is unpredictable, so he's only an add in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:35 pm
    • LeBron posts massive line in win over CHA
      LeBron James scored 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting (including two threes) with seven rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and three blocks in Monday's 97-88 win over the Hornets.

      Advice: James is starting to get it going and the biggest issue with his fantasy value is his 49 percent shooting this year. For comparison's sake he shot 56.6 percent over the last two seasons and it's a reflection of the struggles the Cavs are having getting to know one another. Look for that to improve, but a bad fantasy playoff schedule and new competition at the top of fantasy leagues have taken the crown off his head. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:37 pm
    • Stephenson scores eight points on Monday
      Lance Stephenson scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting with two rebounds, four assists and two steals in 25 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: Stephenson's two steals make this line a lot better than what we see on most nights, but the real issue here is where he'll be traded and what that will do to his value. It can't get much worse than it is in Charlotte, making him a buy low guy with a bigger name than fantasy game due to all of his deficiencies in standard formats. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:35 pm
       
      Injured
    • Goran Dragic will not play on Monday
      Goran Dragic (back) will not play against the Bucks on Monday.

      Advice: His back flared up on him on Friday and he missed Sunday, so he could miss additional time. Although, it's somewhat encouraging that the Suns ruled him out just a little over an hour before the game started. With Dragic out, expect to see more of Eric Bledsoe handling the offense. Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas also get upticks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:22 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (sick) questionable for Nets game
      Dwyane Wade (illness) missed practice on Monday and is questionable to play against the Nets on Tuesday.

      Advice: The good news is that he did travel with the team. Players are missing games due to illnesses all over the place, but Miami is really going to need Wade with all of their injuries. Miami does play four games this week, so owners in weekly leagues can still probably plug him in there. If he's out, Mario Chalmers will benefit most while Luol Deng figures to help out. Shabazz Napier would also get more run. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:23 am
    • Carmelo Anthony doesn't practice Monday
      Carmelo Anthony (rest) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: Anthony is not 100 percent with his knee injury, but there's nothing to suggest this is anything other than an ordinary rest day. Expect the Knicks to do this again with Melo playing through the injury. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:41 am
    • Rajon Rondo's left hand not an issue anymore
      Rajon Rondo's left hand is no longer an issue.

      Advice: Rondo's left hand is the one he previously injured, so it's good news it's not an issue. However, the piont guard has struggled scoring the ball this season, as he's got just six games of 10 points or more. While Rondo's scoring and shooting (39.5 percent) have struggled, he is averaging 8.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 10.8 assists and 1.6 steals. His 32.4 percent clip from the foul line is atrocious, but he's only taking 1.7 attempts per game. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:04 am
    • David West wants Pacers' chemistry to improve
      David West said the Pacers' chemistry has to improve in order for the team to win games.

      Advice: It seems obvious, doesn't it? "Obviously, the chemistry has to get better," West said. "Get a better feel for one another. We just got to continue to prepare and critique what we're doing and figure it out. We got to shoot the ball better. I don't think we're trusting each other on defense. (We're) relying on individual matchups to hold your own and that's not who we've been the last few years." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:51 am
    • Goran Dragic's back flared up on him Friday
      Goran Dragic's back initially flared up on him on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: "You get cold and it's more stiff," Dragic said. "It was better (Saturday) when we did therapy. (Sunday), we didn't have practice and it is even tighter." Dragic should be considered questionable to play on Monday against the Bucks, and if he can't give it a go, look for Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe to make up for Dragic's absence, with Gerald Green collecting some extra time as well. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:48 am
    • Pacers have had talks to reacquire Stephenson
      The Indianapolis Star confirmed the Pacers have had talks to reacquire Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: However, there's nothing to suggest the two teams are in active discussions or anything is close. A reunion between Stephenson and the Pacers makes sense on a number of levels, but it's not going to be easy for the dream to become a reality. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:43 am
       
      Injured
    • Timofey Mozgov double-doubles in defeat
      Timofey Mozgov double-doubled in Sunday's loss to the Spurs, finishing with 11 points, 13 boards and two blocks in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He did shoot just 4-of-12 from the field and struggled with foul trouble, but owners can't complain about this production. JaVale McGee (tibia) is expected to miss significant time, so Mozgov is locked in as the starting center and should be a double-double threat every time he plays. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:52 pm
    • Tyreke Evans pours in 34 points in OT defeat
      Tyreke Evans followed up Friday's 31-point, 10-assist outburst with 34 points vs. the Warriors on Sunday, making 13-of-25 field goals and 6-of-9 free throws in a tough home loss.

      Advice: Evans added two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks before fouling out after 41 minutes of action. His field goal percentage has turned around over the past eight games, during which he's averaged 18.6 points on 48.6 percent shooting, up from his 41.8 percent average through Dec. 1. The potential return of Eric Gordon (shoulder) in a few weeks could bump Evans back to SF, where he could struggle again, but for now his owners should be grateful for his efficient production. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:28 pm
    • Goran Dragic (back) out Sunday vs. OKC
      Goran Dragic (lower back strain) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder, and Gerald Green will start in his place.

      Advice: Gerald Green, Isaiah Thomas, and Eric Bledsoe will all see an uptick in value with Dragic sidelined, and all of those guys will make for quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:08 pm
    • Report: Hornets shopping Lance Stephenson
      Lance Stephenson will become trade-eligible on Monday, and the Hornets are reportedly looking for a trade partner.

      Advice: Charlotte and Indiana have had preliminary discussions regarding Stephenson, but the talks haven't gone far, according to sources. So far, Charlotte has been unwilling to include a first-round draft pick in order to unload Stephenson, which has been a hindrance to any deal involving Lance. The Nets and Clippers have also reportedly begun looking into Stephenson, but have yet to express serious interest. Stephenson would see a major uptick in value if he returned to Indiana, but as it stands right now, nothing is imminent. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:54 pm
       
      Injured
    • LeBron James said that his knee is doing OK
      LeBron James said on Sunday that his knee is doing OK, and said that it responded well to the flight back home.

      Advice: This is excellent news for his owners and while it is possible it could flare up again, it looks like the coast is clear for now. After sitting out against Oklahoma City on Thursday, James responded in a big way on Friday scoring a season-high 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting. He should be all set for Monday's favorable matchup against the Hornets, and owners can deploy him like they normally would. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:06 am
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) out for Monday's game
      Marcus Smart (Achilles) is listed as out for Monday's game vs. the 76ers, and is not travelling with the team.

      Advice: He reportedly has a chance to play on Wednesday and should practice on Tuesday, so the injury isn't thought to be too serious. However, Smart isn't a big part of the rotation and would need an injury or trade of Rajon Rondo to be relevant in standard leagues. Leave Smart on the waiver wire for now. Evan Turner should receive a few extra minutes with this news. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
    • Aaron Gordon (foot) could return in February
      Aaron Gordon (foot) is going to be re-evaluated around the beginning of January, and if he shows progress he could return to the court before the All-Star break.

      Advice: We hope this is the case as the NBA has been plagued with injuries this season, especially with rookies such as Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, and Doug McDermott. However, when Gordon does eventually return the Magic will more than likely ease him back into action and he won't see enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:48 am
       
      Injured
    • Matt Barnes fined $25,000 in Friday's loss
      Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 in Friday's loss to the Wizards after he kicked a water bottle into the stands and used profane language to the fans.

      Advice: This has become very typical for Barnes, as he loves playing the villain role in the NBA. If anything, this incident must have a lit a fire under him considering he responded with his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with one board, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers. If you are in need of a player, Barnes is worth a look as long as he continues to start for the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:03 am
    • James Harden drops third trip-dub of career
      James Harden logged the third triple-double of his career on Saturday with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He did make just 7-of-20 from the field, which dropped his season shooting to just 41.7 percent. On the other hand, he's made 89.1 percent of his 9.6 free throws per game, which boost his true shooting percentage to 57.8 percent. Harden is the third-best player in fantasy leagues despite his poor shooting and turnovers. He's a monster everywhere else, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:11 pm
    • Timofey Mozgov has some foul trouble
      Timofey Mozgov had some foul trouble on Saturday, finishing with no points, four boards, one assist and five fouls in 14 minutes.

      Advice: Ouch. He had double-digit rebounds in three straight before tonight and Dwight Howard usually causes some problems for centers, so he gets a pass here. Mozgov is still worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:38 pm
    • Lance Stephenson struggles again on Saturday
      Lance Stephenson struggled again on Saturday, scoring 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting while adding two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

      Advice: He has quickly lost the trust of his head coach, and you can tell it is impacting his confidence. The trade rumors also might have caused some distractions for him, but at this point a trade may not be a bad thing for his value. Stephenson is still a must-own player for his upside, but owners should pull a Steve Clifford and bench him until he turns it around. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:04 pm
       
      Injured
    • Khris Middleton scores 14 points vs. Clips
      Khris Middleton scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

      Advice: In coach Jason Kidd's rotation, there is going to be a random guy going off almost every night. Middleton scored just nine points combined in his previous two, so you can leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:43 pm
    • Matt Barnes scores season-high 26 points
      Matt Barnes had his best game of the season on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with one rebound, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 10-of-18 from the field and is starting to come on. Over his last five games, Barnes has averages of 14.0 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 steals and 2.4 triples. Fantasy owners in standard leagues could use those numbers and he was a top-40 guy after the break last year, so there is some incentive to picking him up. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:29 pm
    • David West scores 12 points in a loss
      David West scored 12 points in 33 minutes during a 95-85 loss to the Blazers, adding four rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and no turnovers.

      Advice: It wasn't the most exciting line, but he filled the stat sheet nicely with his dimes and defense. West started out his season with a very high usage, but it's come back in a big way while he hasn't been efficient either. He should still get better because his minutes are safe and has no competition, so try to buy low if you can. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:35 pm
    • Rajon Rondo admits need to be more aggressive
      Rajon Rondo admitted that he needed to be more aggressive in Friday's loss to the Pistons in which he scored just two points in 32 minutes.

      Advice: It wasn't all bad news for him, as he was still able to contribute 10 assists, seven rebounds and one steal. "Yes, I do [have to be more aggressive]," he said. "I was trying to take what the defense gave us tonight, get in our sets, but we have to find a way to get stops. When you play against a set defense, you call plays and I try to get us into the offensive flow." If Rondo can find a way to score more efficiently and hit his free throws, he will become an elite fantasy asset. For now, owners have to be satisfied with the fact that he is going to be a triple-double threat every time he takes the floor, so there is not a lot to complain about here. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:32 am
    • Wade scores season-high 29 points with flu
      Dwyane Wade played through an illness and scored a season-high 29 points in Friday's road win over the Jazz, hitting 10-of-16 shots (1-of-1 3PTs, 8-of-12 FTs) with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

      Advice: Wade sure didn't look sick tonight and these are the types of lines he needs to make up for his absences and somehow justify his ADP. Chris Bosh went for 22 and nine with a steal and two blocks as his excellent year continues, and Luol Deng scored 14 points with six rebounds, a steal and a three in the win. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:33 am
    • Chalmers quiet on 1-of-7 shooting night
      Mario Chalmers hit just 1-of-7 shots (including a three) for four points, three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: We know how Dwyane Wade essentially ruins things for Chalmers, but he has been worth owning on the whole this year and his upside when Wade goes out is worth the roster slot. At least for now. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:31 am
    • Dragic posts big 18-5-5 line in loss
      Goran Dragic scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Suns' 105-103 home loss to the reeling Pistons on Friday.

      Advice: This was a bad loss for the Suns and for Dragic and Eric Bledsoe's (16 points, five boards, two threes, one steal, one block) owners it's bad news that Isaiah Thomas is back. We like Bledsoe to hold his value better than Dragic, so if you own Dragic this is a good time to see what you can get in return via trade. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:28 am
    • Tyreke Takeover: Evans drops 31 points in win
      Tyreke Evans took over against the Cavs on Friday with 31 points, two rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on 13-of-24 from the field.

      Advice: He attempted six shots from deep and the other 18 shots came from within six feet, which has been his calling card for the past two seasons. Evans bounced back nicely from arguably his worst game of the season on Wednesday and he'll look to keep it going on Sunday against the red-hot Warriors. If Anthony Davis (chest) needs to miss time, Evans should be a beast. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:19 pm
    • LeBron James' 41 points are not enough
      LeBron James matched his season high with 41 points against the Pelicans on Friday with five rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers on 17-of-24 from the field.

      Advice: Surprisingly, this was LeBron's first game over 65 percent from the field on the season. On Dec. 12 of last season, he had already had five of those games, so hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Additionally, his knee injury looked just fine tonight and added that resting is not in his nature. James will look to keep it going against the Hornets on Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 pm
    • Lance Stephenson has a thumb issue
      Lance Stephenson suffered an apparent thumb injury on Friday against the Grizzlies, finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: He did stay in the game, but was in serious pain for close to a minute. Stephenson didn't play down the stretch in overtime and coach Steve Clifford doesn't seem to have total confidence in him. He is a buy-low player to a degree because he's the No. 229 player on per-game value this season, but he's very unlikely to be a mid-round guy. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:14 pm
       
      Injured
    • Valanciunas double-doubles in win
      Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled for a career-high third straight time in the Raptors' 106-94 win over the Pacers on Friday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting with 14 rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

      Advice: It's not the cleanest line but he did add 4-of-4 free throws to shine it up. Owners are hoping there will be a tipping point that frees Valanciunas up for heavy minutes, but it's still unclear if we're going to see that this season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:13 pm
    • West gets back on track in loss to Raptors
      David West got back on track in Friday's loss to the Raptors, scoring 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists and one block.

      Advice: West is going to facilitate a lot of offense anyway, but with no George Hill around he is going to be in the middle of everything. Make sure he wasn't somehow dropped. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:01 pm
    • Carmelo (knee) plays and scores 22 points
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) played in the Knicks' road win over the Celtics, scoring 22 points on 9-of-20 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks in 39 minutes.

      Advice: Owners are going to have to deal with the threat of injury all season long as Anthony doesn't have much to play for in a losing season on the front-end of his massive contract. See what you can do in trades after the big games he's bound to have and otherwise cross your fingers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:51 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan makes all three FTs
      DeAndre Jordan made all four shots from the field and all three from the line for 11 points during a 104-96 loss to the Wizards on Friday with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: It was the first time he's attempted at least three attempts from the line and made all of them since Feb. 12 and also the first time he made 100 percent in a game this season. In other news he extended his league-leading field goal shooting to 74.3 percent. Jordan actually had a non-dunk tonight, too. He's a monster around the rim. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:24 pm
    • Blake Griffin finally has a down game
      Blake Griffin was held in check against the Wizards on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes.

      Advice: He averaged 24.3 points per game over his previous 10, including a 45-point night on Monday. Griffin was just 6-of-13 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line tonight, so this was one of his lowest usage rates of the season. He'll be fine and will likely torch the Bucks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:13 pm
    • Marcus Smart (Achilles) out for game
      Marcus Smart suffered a left Achilles strain on Friday and will not return.

      Advice: Not good. He was on the exercise bike for a minute and went to the locker room under his own power. Smart had a bad ankle sprain last month and he looks like he's going to miss time with this issue. Marcus Thornton and Evan Turner are going to get even more playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:18 pm
       
      Injured
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Friday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) will play Friday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: Get him active as Wade remains a must-start guy every time he's in the lineup. He also has a favorable matchup tonight against the Jazz, and although he's sick, he's still Dwyane Wade and worthy of consideration in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:26 pm
    • LeBron James will play on Friday night
      LeBron James (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Friday night.

      Advice: He went through warmups and everything seems like he's ready to go. James sat out on Thursday and there was talk of the Cavs taking it easy on him, so he should be relatively close to 100 percent. Get him in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:51 pm
    • LeBron James (knee) going through warmups
      LeBron James (knee) is going through warmups on Friday.

      Advice: It sounds like he's going to play on Friday, but nothing is certain just yet. James didn't go through warmups on Thursday, so he has a better chance than yesterday. He's a little closer to probable now, but we should have another update before the 8:00 EST tip. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:24 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony is starting vs. Boston
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start against the Celtics on Friday.

      Advice: This comes as a big surprise based on some of the comments casting some doubt on Melo at shootaround.The Knicks are expected to play him shorter minutes while he's out there, so his 35.7 minutes per game will likely be more like 30 or so. He'll be worth starting in season-long fantasy leagues but probably not on Daily Fantasy Sites (DFS). Tim Hardaway Jr. also loses a lot of his luster. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:05 pm
    • Ricky Ledo back up with the Mavericks
      Ricky Ledo has been called up for the Mavericks for Saturday.

      Advice: This doesn't bode well for Jameer Nelson (shoulder) to play and perhaps it could be a negative on Chandler Parsons (back). Ledo is one of the wildest players to watch in the NBA, but he's not going to have fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:33 pm
    • Dwyane Wade (illness) doubtful for Friday
      Dwyane Wade (illness) missed shootaround and is doubtful to play Friday vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: If Wade can't go, expect Mario Chalmers to return to the starting lineup and see a major increase in his offensive workload. Chalmers has been solid with the starting unit, boasting averages of 17.4 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers per game, and he'll make for a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues if Wade is indeed ruled out. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:34 am
    • Carmelo Anthony denies trade request rumor
      Carmelo Anthony has denied the rumor that he would waive the no-trade clause in his contract, and reaffirmed that he wants to remain a Knick.

      Advice: "After the work I did to get back here, if it was to get up and want to leave, it makes me have a weak mind," Anthony said. "I’ve never been a person try to run from any adversity. I’m not going to pick today to do that. If we were winning, we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about a story out there that says I want a trade. It comes with the territory. We have to deal with it. I accept it." Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:58 am
    • Rajon Rondo not worried about criticism
      Rajon Rondo is not concerned with the individual criticism he's received for the Celtics' fourth quarter struggles this season.

      Advice: "It doesn’t matter to me," said Rondo. "I’ve been here longest, I’m the team captain, and I’m the point guard, so, just like in football, in the beginning they blamed [quarterback Tom] Brady a lot [when the New England Patriots struggled]. It’s part of it. It’s not weighing on me at all." Rondo has struggled late in games this year, and he currently boasts a plus/minus rating of minus-47 during the fourth quarter. He is, however, leading the league in assists and triple-doubles, so as per usual with Rondo, owners will need to take the good with the bad. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:55 am
    • LeBron James (knee) questionable for Friday
      LeBron James (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

      Advice: The Cavs don't seem overly concerned about James' knee, and maintain that the decision to have him sit on Thursday vs. OKC was merely a precaution, so we'll be monitoring his status closely. If James can’t go Friday, expect to see a lot of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Matthew Dellavedova also had a nice outing on Thursday, and he'll have some short-term value as long as LeBron is sidelined. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:19 am
    • Anthony (knee) Smith (heel) unlikely for Fri.
      Carmelo Anthony (knee) and J.R. Smith (heel) are unlikely to play Friday vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: If both Melo and Smith are unable to go on, expect Amare Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Iman Shumpert to step it up on the offensive end. Stoudemire has the most favorable matchup of the group, and Hardaway is coming off a 23-point outing, while Shumpert has been slumping lately. As a side note, Anthony's camp has denied the earlier report that Melo would waive his no-trade clause, calling the story "utter nonsense." Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:05 am
    • Carmelo Anthony would drop no-trade clause?
      Carmelo Anthony would reportedly drop the no-trade clause in his newly signed five-year, $125 million contract if Phil Jackson could strike a deal with a team he'd be interested in joining.

      Advice: "He thought things would be better than this, but he still wants to stick it out for now," a source said. "He trusts Phil, but I think he’s afraid of Phil." This Knicks squad is currently on pace to be the worst Knicks team in franchise history, and a lot of the Knicks players (Anthony included) have struggled with learning the triangle offense. However, with Melo dealing with a knee issue, and a nearly untradeable contract, it's extremely unlikely that he will be moved anytime soon. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:20 am
    • What back injury? James Harden scores 44
      James Harden put the Rockets on his back during a 113-109 overtime win against the Kings on Thursday, scoring a season-high 44 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He made 14-of-32 from the field and 13-of-15 from the line and had the ball in his hands throughout the night in 48 minutes. Harden is leading the NBA in scoring at 26.4 points per game while also posting averages of 6.2 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 triples. He's a stat factory and his shooting percentage is starting to come around, too. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:16 pm
    • LeBron James (knee) out Thursday vs. OKC
      LeBron James will not play Thursday vs. OKC due to soreness in the back of his left knee.

      Advice: Wow, the Cavs are listing LeBron as day-to-day, and he's being considered questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans. It's worth noting that the Cavs don't believe this to be serious, and coach David Blatt said the decision to withhold James tonight was simply because they are "being cautious." Expect Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to handle most of the offensive responsibilities, with Shawn Marion and Dion Waiters getting some increased opportunity as well. Matthew Dellavedova will slide into the starting lineup, with Marion starting at SF, but he doesn't look like a great option, as he's a fifth-option on offense. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:39 pm
    • Report: Teams interested in Lance Stephenson
      Four to five teams have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Lance Stephenson from the Hornets, though no deal in imminent.

      Advice: The marriage between Stephenson and the Hornets has not gone as smoothly as anticipated as the Hornets currently boast a record of 6-15. However, Stephenson remains committed to helping turn things around in Charlotte, and through three games in December he's put in respectable averages of 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the field. With nothing imminent, this is just something to make a note of for now. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:27 pm
       
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony (knee) questionable for Fri.
      The Knicks are listing Carmelo Anthony (knee) as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

      Advice: It's interesting that the Knicks are listing Anthony as questionable and not doubtful after an earlier report stated he would be out indefinitely. Owners should check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip, but it would be surprising if he's able to go. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will have a lot on their plate if Melo sits. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:51 pm
    • LeBron James (knee) headed for GTD Thursday
      LeBron James (knee soreness) was not a participant during shootaround, and will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: LeBron's knee soreness seems very minor, so we'd expect him to play today. However, owners will want to check back closer to tip-off for an official update. If he’s unable to go Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving would pick up most of the offensive workload, with Shawn Marion and Dion Waiters seeing some increased opportunity. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:24 am
    • James Harden scores 34 in loss to Dubs
      James Harden played through a back injury and had 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and three 3-pointers on 14-of-27 shooting, but the Rockets fell to the Warriors.

      Advice: He outshined Stephen Curry (20-7-7) and Klay Thompson (21-4-4) tonight, but the Warriors got the last laugh with their 14th straight game and now sit at a ridiculous 19-2 on the season. The Rockets were 7-1 over their last eight games and were in this game until the end, but weren't able to win it in the end. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:45 pm
    • Boris Diaw fills it up against the Knicks
      Boris Diaw scored 12 points in an easy 109-95 win over the Knicks on Wednesday with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: That's three games in a row with at least four assists and Diaw's 3.4 per game on the year are his highest with the Spurs. Diaw has provided low-end fantasy value in standard leagues, but he should be worthy of starting in most formats on the nights coach Gregg Popovich sits his stars. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:29 pm
    • Tyreke Evans crashes back to earth
      Tyreke Evans, coming off his best game of the season, hit just 4-of-11 shots for eight points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block on Wednesday.

      Advice: It was going to be tough for him to duplicate Tuesday's 27-point effort and he didn't even come close. Look for him to bounce back on Friday against LeBron James and company. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:43 pm
    • Marcus Smart cools off on Monday night
      Marcus Smart did not score in 12 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday, adding two rebounds and one assist.

      Advice: He put up 23 points on Monday for the best game of his career, but coach Brad Stevens didn't unleash him tonight. Smart is likely going to only see minutes in the teens most nights, so he can be left on the waiver wire while the Celtics are healthy in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:48 pm
       
      Injured
    • David West awful in loss to Clippers
      David West hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points and three rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

      Advice: West has totaled just 10 points in his last two games and probably belongs on your bench until he gets it going. Especially since he doesn't do anything but score and grab a few boards. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:34 pm
    • Rajon Rondo drops a trip-dub in a loss vs CHA
      Rajon Rondo triple-doubled against the Hornets on Wednesday with 12 points, 10 boards, 10 assists, one steal and four turnovers.

      Advice: He even made 6-of-11 from the field in the loss. There was obviously nothing to worry about after his benching on Monday, but a nice game certainly solidifies it even more. Rondo and the Celtics are 3-7 over their last 10, but Rondo will be putting up his points, boards and dimes as long as he's in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:34 pm
    • DeAndre Jordan dominates Pacers for 12 & 19
      DeAndre Jordan had 12 points, 19 rebounds, a steal and three blocks in a dominant performance over the Pacers on Wednesday.

      Advice: He hit 5-of-8 shots and 2-of-3 free throws in one of his best performances of the season. He should be in your lineup night in and night out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:20 pm
    • Matt Barnes now relevant for Clippers
      Matt Barnes hit 4-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, five rebounds, an assist and a block in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: He's starting, getting minutes, has scored in double figures in three of his last five games, and is averaging 11.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers over that stretch. He's worth a look if you have some dead weight at the end of your bench. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:11 pm
    • Blake Griffin double-doubles in win
      Blake Griffin hit 7-of-17 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Wednesday's win.

      Advice: Griffin has blocked four shots in his last five games and is shooting 79 percent from the line over that stretch. Those used to be two of his Achilles heels, but that no longer seems to be the case, giving him the potential for first-round value for the first time in his career. And by the way, the Clippers have now won nine straight games. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:06 pm
    • Rockets: James Harden (back) will play vs GSW
      James Harden (back) will play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: This report comes from the team and Harden has said he's playing tonight, as well. The Rockets play the late game, so it couldn't hurt to check back later tonight to make sure everything is still good to go. Harden is going to be extremely busy tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:07 pm
    • James Harden goes through shootaround
      James Harden (back) went through shootaround on Wednesday and is likely a game-time decision against the Warriors.

      Advice: He did add that he thinks he is good to go. Harden played through his back spasms on Saturday, so the few days off look to have helped him. He could still miss this game with the late start time, so his owners will have to check back. If he's out, it'll be a collective effort from Patrick Beverley, Jason Terry and maybe even Nick Johnson helping out at the guard spots. Again, it sounds like he will play. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:34 am
    • Goran Dragic scores 16 points in loss Tuesday
      Goran Dragic scored 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, adding four boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

      Advice: Fellow guard Eric Bledsoe struggled mightily on Tuesday, so it was left to the Dragon to carry the Suns, though he fell just short. Isaiah Thomas (ankle) could return as soon as Friday, so owners should expect a slight dip in production very soon. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:16 pm
    • Tyreke Evans scores 27 points on 11-of-15 FGs
      Tyreke Evans poured in a team-high 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's home victory, adding one 3-pointer, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and four turnovers in 34 minutes of action.

      Advice: We've been harping on Evans' poor FG percentage and tonight's performance was a big step in the right direction -- he took only four shots beyond four feet of the hoop, and was a combined 9-of-11 in the paint. Evans hasn't made more than half of his shots in consecutive games this season, so hopefully he can reverse that trend in Dallas on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:08 pm
    • Kyle Lowry gets 16 pts, season-high 14 dimes
      Kyle Lowry scored 16 points and handed out a season-high 14 assists in Tuesday's disappointing road loss, while adding two 3-pointers, four rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: He shot just 6-of-18 from the field but also played 40 minutes without a single turnover, rounding out another terrific fantasy line in DeMar DeRozan's absence. Lowry hasn't missed a game all season and he's averaging career-highs in points (20.3) and rebounds (4.8), establishing him as one of the best fantasy PGs in the game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:45 pm
    • Jonas Valanciunas posts 18 & 15 in defeat
      Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds on Tuesday, making 6-of-7 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in 37 minutes vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: JV has now double-doubled in two straight games for the first time this season, and he's playing at a different level than he had through the first few weeks of the season. Fantasy owners' patience is beginning to pay off and coach Dwane Casey has played JV more than 30 minutes in five of the past six games, which is a huge development for his value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:44 pm
    • James Harden (back) questionable Wednesday
      James Harden (back spasms) is questionable to play vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

      Advice: If Harden is unable to go, Jason Terry could slide back into the starting lineup, and he'd make for a solid option in daily and standard leagues. Terry is averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 3.3 three-pointers per game with the starting unit this year. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:19 am
    • Joel Embiid progresses to standstill shooting
      Joel Embiid (foot) has been allowed to progress to standstill shooting during practice, according to 76ers' head coach Brett Brown.

      Advice: "He cleared the first layer,'' Brown said. It's unclear what other layers Embiid has to clear, but this is good news for the rookie as he rehabs his surgically-repaired foot. While it's unlikely that we'll see the rookie debut during the 2014-15 season, his fantasy owners in dynasty leagues have to be happy with this progress. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:58 am
       
      Injured
    • Blake goes nuts for 45 & 8 w/ game-winning 3
      Blake Griffin scored a season-high 45 points on 14-of-24 shooting (2-of-2 3PTs, 15-of-17 FTs) with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Clippers' 121-120 overtime win against the Suns.

      Advice: This game is going to be on replay all week and it was a vintage Griffin performance, as he and P.J. Tucker went at it for most of the night and he goaded Tucker into a key foul late. His 3-pointer at the buzzer hit front iron and got the lucky bounce to wrap up the game, and Griffin would promptly let Tucker know all about it. And for the rest of us we were all notified that the buy low window is slammed shut. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:36 pm
    • Barnes stays productive in overtime win
      Matt Barnes hit 4-of-11 shots (no threes) for eight points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in Monday's overtime win over the Suns.

      Advice: Barnes has rehabilitated his standard league value and has played at a solid mid-round level over the last two weeks, averaging 9.5 points with 1.5 treys, 4.5 boards and a combined 1.4 steals and blocks. Yes, injuries or lackluster play could derail him, but a late-round projection seems to be a bit better than a coin flip. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:30 pm
    • Smart scores season-high 23 points
      Marcus Smart has a career-best game with 23 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and four threes in 35 minutes off the bench in Monday's double-overtime loss.

      Advice: Brad Stevens went heavy with the bench and let them finish out the game after they made a huge comeback. Smart is going to have a hard time providing consistent fantasy value in 12-14 team leagues as things stand right now, but it's good to see him productive when he's on the floor. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jonas Valanciunas double-doubles w/ 4 blocks
      Jonas Valanciunas had one of his best games of the season against the Nuggets on Monday with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes.

      Advice: He set a season high with his four blocks and added his double-double since Nov. 24. Valanciunas has been inconsistent, but he is still posting top-80 value even before this game. His fantasy owners should just stay the course and look for him to come on strong late like he has in every season he's been in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:00 pm
    • David West has poor showing on Monday
      David West scored eight points in a 108-92 loss to the Hawks on Monday with four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes.

      Advice: He still hasn't hit his stride, averaging 14.2 points, 6.8 boards, 2.2 assists and 0.4 blocks in 27.4 minutes per game. West is getting a ton of shots from the field, but he isn't to the line line he usually does. He'll be better and is a buy-low option. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:06 pm
    • Joel Embiid shooting free throws at practice
      Joel Embiid (foot) was taking free throw attempts at practice on Monday.

      Advice: He is still extremely unlikely to be on the court this season. Embiid should be fine for the 2015-16 season and could be a sneaky pick in drafts. For now, Robert Covington has benefited the most as a stretch four with Nerlens Noel playing some center. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:56 am
       
      Injured
    • James Harden spotted wearing heating pad
      James Harden (back) was spotted wearing a heating pad during Saturday's game.

      Advice: Harden was very clearly not 100 percent healthy, and the fact he had to wear a heating pad on the bench is an indication that it's not just a minor tweak. "I had a real tight back," Harden said. "It was hard for me to even move. It was hard for me to change directions, and it was hard for me to really move and push off. It was a tough night." The Rockets are off until Wednesday, but Harden's owners will want to monitor his status to be certain he's not in jeopardy of missing any time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 8:50 am
    • Tyreke Evans' struggles in paint continue
      Tyreke Evans logged 27 minutes vs. the Lakers on Sunday, finishing the Pelicans' road win with 11 points, five rebounds, six assists and three turnovers.

      Advice: Evans made 5-of-6 free throws but was just 3-of-9 from the field, including a 1-of-5 mark from within five feet of the basket. He's shooting just 50 percent in the restricted area this season, the lowest mark of his career, and his poor FG percentage (40.1 percent) and FT percentage (60.3 percent) are a heavy anchor for his 8-cat/9-cat fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 7, 9:19 pm
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