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    • Tristan Thompson posts 18 & 11 vs. Pistons
      Making another start at center for the Cavs, Tristan Thompson finished Sunday's blowout loss with 18 points and 11 rebounds, making 7-of-8 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws.

      Advice: Thompson is locked into big minutes with Anderson Varejao (Achilles) done for the season, and he's worth owning in all formats for points, rebounds and FG percentages, with the understanding that he doesn't contribute much in other categories. Veteran center Brendan Haywood chipped in seven points and three boards in eight minutes off the bench, and the Cavaliers are scouring the league for help in the middle. Rotoworld.com
      32 minutes ago
    • Chris Kaman will play on Sunday vs. Knicks
      Chris Kaman will play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He missed Friday's game because his wife gave birth to their child, but Kaman will be back in action against a weak Knicks team. Kaman is currently coming off of the bench for Portland, and his value is limited to deeper leagues until coach Terry Stotts decides to give him a bigger role. Rotoworld.com
      52 minutes ago
    • Raymond Felton will be activated on Sunday
      Raymond Felton will be active for Sunday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: He may be active, but there are no guarantees he plays. If he does step on the court, it will likely be in limited spurts, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:57 pm
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) will be active Sunday
      Updating a previous report, Patty Mills (shoulder) will suit up for Sunday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Mills will likely be eased back into the rotation, so he's not going to have much value tonight in an unfavorable matchup with the Rockets. However, if he can get up to full speed before Tony Parker returns from his hamstring injury he could provide some short-term value in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:31 pm
    • Lakers waive Xavier Henry
      The Lakers have waived Xavier Henry.

      Advice: Henry has really struggled with injuries throughout his career, and he was only able to get through nine games this season before going down with a season-ending Achillies injury. Given his constant struggles with health, it could be difficult for him to find another NBA contract. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:21 pm
    • No Show: Larry Sanders (flu) out Monday
      Updating a previous report, Larry Sanders (flu) will not suit up for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

      Advice: The Bucks will also be without Ersan Ilyasova (concussion), so Zaza Pachulia is going to get all the minutes he can handle, with John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant seeing some increased opportunity. Sanders is not currently traveling with the team, so we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs. He’s been very disappointing this season, and can no longer be considered a must-own guy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:44 pm
       
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    • Larry Sanders (illness) questionable for Mon.
      Larry Sanders (illness) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Charlotte.

      Advice: If Sanders misses Monday's game, Zaza Pachulia will get all the run he can handle, with John Henson and Johnny O'Bryant seeing extended minutes. Zaza offers the most upside out of the group, and owners in deep leagues can consider Henson for his upside in blocks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:48 am
       
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    • Julius Randle (leg) spotted shooting FTs
      Julius Randle (leg) was spotted getting up some free throws during Sunday's shootaround.

      Advice: Randle will remain out for the 2014-15 season, and this is just a small step in what will be a lengthy recovery for the 2014 lottery pick. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:35 am
       
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      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • James Young assigned to NBA D-League
      James Young was assigned to the NBA D-League on Sunday.

      Advice: He recently recovered from a shoulder injury, so it will be good to see him back on the court. Young has plenty of potential, but he doesn't project to have any fantasy value this season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:48 am
    • Noah Vonleh sent down to NBA D-League
      Noah Vonleh was sent down to the NBA D-League on Sunday.

      Advice: He simply isn't getting enough minutes with the Hornets, so it will be good for the rookie to get some experience. Vonleh is not on the radar in standard leagues, but those of you in keeper leagues would be wise to track his progress. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:33 am
    • Brian Cook to play with Riyadi in Lebanon
      Former NBA forward Brian Cook signed a contract to play in Lebanon with Riyadi.

      Advice: It is doubtful that we will see him back in the NBA anytime soon and he is safely off of the fantasy radar in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:34 am
    • Joel Embiid staying home on road trip
      Joel Embiid is no longer traveling with the 76ers on their current road trip in order to speed up his recovery process.

      Advice: "Joel has all the resources that he needs back in Philadelphia," coach Brett Brown said. "It's more of a structured, stable environment where he has the machines that he can lift on, the people that he can see, team-doctor-wise. He's at an interesting stage of his recovery." Embiid is making excellent progress in his recovery, and the 76ers are doing everything they can to improve his health. However, he is still not expected to return this season and won't be worth owning outside of dynasty leagues. We will continue to track his progress very closely and pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:41 am
       
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    • Jusuf Nurkic impressing in rookie season
      Jusuf Nurkic drew praise from coach Brian Shaw after his superb play recently.

      Advice: "He's a guy that I have confidence throwing the ball inside to," Shaw said. "He can post, and he can score. And if he doesn't have that, he's shown the propensity to make plays for his teammates when they cut off him. I think now his teammates are starting to cut harder when he has the ball, because they know he'll pass it." Nurkic has slowly seen his minutes rise and coach Brian Shaw said they will likely continue to climb. He is averaging 7.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in the reserve center role in just 16.1 minutes per game over his last eight. Owners in deep leagues should have already taken notice, and if Timofey Mozgov ends up getting traded Nurkic will become a must-own asset in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:32 am
    • Zach LaVine hands out 14 dimes vs. Warriors
      Zach LaVine handed out a career-high 14 assists against the Warriors during a 110-97 loss on Saturday, adding 12 points, four rebounds, one steal and five turnovers.

      Advice: It was just his second double-double of his career. LaVine is not shooting the ball well, making just 37 percent from the field over his last 11 games. With Ricky Rubio (ankle) set to return in a couple weeks, LaVine is even less of an attractive fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:54 pm
    • Cole Aldrich looks great in start vs. Kings
      Cole Aldrich had his best game of the season on Saturday with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in just 24 minutes.

      Advice: He fouled out and certainly was handled by DeMarcus Cousins, but Aldrich's arrow is pointing up. He was tremendous in his brief time in summer league and is arguably the best healthy two-way big man on NYK, so he might have some short-term value while Amare Stoudemire is out. He might have value beyond STAT's return, too. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:10 pm
    • Rodney Hood scores four points in start Sat
      Rodney Hood scored just four points while starting in place of Alec Burks (shoulder) on Saturday, adding five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He was 1-of-8 from the field and also aggravated his ankle in what was a long night for the rookie. He will continue to start as long as Burks is sidelined, but he is too unreliable for all but the deepest of leagues. Ignore Hood on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:37 pm
    • Rodney Hood (ankle) returns on Saturday
      Rodney Hood (ankle) left Saturday's game against the 76ers, but has since returned and is available to play.

      Advice: After landed awkwardly under the rim, Hood quickly emerged from the locker room after getting his ankle re-taped and it looks like he is good to go. We will pass along any further updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:48 pm
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) is out for Sunday
      Patty Mills (shoulder) will not play on Sunday vs. Houston.

      Advice: He is said to be targeting a return in late December, so his next chance to suit up would be on Tuesday vs. Memphis. Mills could have some short-term value in deeper leagues with Tony Parker (hamstring) sidelined, but he will likely be eased into the rotation upon his return. Keep a close eye on him moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:26 pm
    • Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith starting vs. Kings
      Cole Aldrich and Jason Smith are starting against the Kings on Saturday.

      Advice: They'll get to guard DeMarcus Cousins, so good luck. Aldrich has played much better on the offensive side while Samuel Dalembert's mental mistakes have piled up. He'll have to hit the boards pretty hard to be a fantasy factor, but it's possible. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    • Rodney Hood in the starting lineup
      Rodney Hood will start in place of Alec Burks (shoulder) on Saturday against the 76ers.

      Advice: The Jazz are also gaining some confidence in Dante Exum, so he may get more playing time. Hood is shooting the ball a little better from beyond the arc and he did play 21 minutes on Monday, so there's a chance he gets time in the high 20s tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:25 pm
    • Larry Sanders (illness) out again on Saturday
      Larry Sanders (illness) will not play against the Hawks on Saturday.

      Advice: He keeps missing games for strange reasons and this will be his second consecutive DNP due to an illness. The Bucks will have to lean on Zaza Pachulia and John Henson to handle their minutes at center while Johnny O'Bryant should get another start at power forward. Sanders isn't a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:49 pm
       
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    • Chris Kaman hopeful for Sunday
      Coach Terry Stotts is hopeful Chris Kaman (personal) will play on Sunday against the Knicks.

      Advice: He was not with the team on Saturday, but his wife gave birth to their child this morning. Kaman should be in line for more minutes than usual with LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) doubtful to play. He'll be an option in fantasy leagues on Sunday, but that's contingent on him being at shootaround on Sunday morning. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:19 pm
    • Julius Randle (leg) sheds his crutches
      Julius Randle (leg) has shed his crutches and is now traveling with the team on road trips.

      Advice: While he is still ruled out for the season, it is great to see the rookie making progress from his gruesome leg injury he suffered during the season opener. We will continue to monitor his progress closely and pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:17 am
       
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      6:30 pm vs Pho
    • Tristan Thompson logs 40 minutes
      Tristan Thompson played 40 minutes against the Magic on Friday with nine points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He had six offensive boards and that's how he's going to have to produce on offense. Thompson's ceiling isn't more than around top 80 because of poor shooting and not much besides boards and points, so he's a low-end player to own in standard leagues. Plus, his playing time was a little inflated tonight with Kevin Love being benched. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:09 pm
    • Chris Kaman (wife having baby) out Friday
      Chris Kaman (wife having baby) will not play on Friday night.

      Advice: There was a report that the Kamans would induce labor on Christmas, but apparently they waited a day. Kaman should be back for Sunday night. While he's out, expect Joel Freeland, Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson to hold down the frontcourt minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:29 pm
    • Raymond Felton (ankle) out on Friday
      Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Lakers.

      Advice: He's not in the rotation. It's a good thing the Mavericks received one of the best centers in the NBA in a trade with the Knicks or else they might care about Felton missing time. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:12 pm
    • Tristan Thompson moving to starting lineup
      Tristan Thompson will start at center against the Magic on Friday.

      Advice: The Cavs don't really draw up plays for him, so most of his output on offense is going to come off the offensive glass. For what it's worth, he only has a usage rate of 15.1 when he's on the floor with LeBron James and Kevin Love. He's a decent bet for a double-double with not much else. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:20 pm
    • Larry Sanders (flu) out Friday vs. Atlanta
      Larry Sanders (flu) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: With Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) also unavailable, Zaza Pachulia and Johnny O'Bryant are going to get all the minutes they can handle (which for O'Bryant isn't much). John Henson (foot) has been upgraded to probable, and the Bucks could certainly use him. Pachulia will make for the best play in daily leagues, but he's not a lock for production. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:53 am
       
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    • James Young healthy enough to play, inactive
      James Young (shoulder) is healthy enough to play, but will remain on the inactive list for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Young is not a part of the Celtics' rotation, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:32 am
    • Patty Mills (shoulder) is nearing a return
      Patty Mills (shoulder) is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup for one of the Spurs' four remaining December games.

      Advice: While Mills is optimistic, head coach Gregg Popovich will need some convincing before he allows him to step into any game-time action. "I’m going to hold him off as long as I can," Popovich said. "There will be a point he won’t allow me to do that any more and that’s fine. But for right now I’m winning the battle." Mills will likely be brought along slowly, and as long as Tony Parker is healthy, Mills can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:38 am
    • Tristan Thompson quiet in loss to Heat
      Tristan Thompson came off the bench and had six points, nine rebounds and a block in Thursday's loss to the Heat.

      Advice: He played 26 minutes and came off the bench behind Shawn Marion, who had just two points and five rebounds in 19 minutes. We're guessing Thompson still has a good shot at starting at center going forward, as Anderson Vareajao is out for the year, but even if he's coming off the bench, he's worth owning in all leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:19 pm
    • Patty Mills cleared to practice, not play
      Patty Mills (shoulder) has been cleared to resume basketball activities, but still isn't close to playing in a game.

      Advice: Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Mills was cleared to practice two days ago, but Mills isn't expected to see game action until mid-January, at the earliest. He'll only be worth a look by owners in deeper leagues, at least as long as Tony Parker is somewhat healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:14 am
    • Tristan Thompson likely starter for Cleveland
      Tristan Thompson will likely step into the starting lineup after it was learned that Anderson Varejao has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

      Advice: Thompson is a capable big who can rebound and score, but he isn't the most efficient player on offense and doesn't register a lot of defensive stats with season averages of 0.9 blocks and 0.4 steals per game. However, he should be in line for a big boost in playing time and should be worth owning in all leagues moving forward. Varejao can be cut across the board. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:29 am
    • Zach LaVine still starting at PG for Wolves
      Zach LaVine started at PG ahead of Mo Williams again on Tuesday, finishing with six points, six assists, four steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

      Advice: LaVine has an atrocious Player Efficiency Rating of 8.5, with an assist rate (21.1 percent) nearly as high as his turnover rate (19.8 percent). He's had a few nice games but is nowhere near being a reliable fantasy asset, and whatever value he might still have will be crushed by the return of Ricky Rubio (ankle) in January. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:57 pm
    • James Young (shoulder) inactive for Tuesday
      Updating a previous report, James Young (shoulder) will be inactive for Tuesday's game vs. Orlando.

      Advice: Young isn't currently in the rotation, and he can remain on the waiver wire in most leagues until he does something worth noting. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:58 pm
    • James Young goes through practice
      James Young (shoulder) went through practice on Monday and will be available to play on Tuesday

      Advice: It was a full-contact practice and he should be getting closer to a return. Young is a major offensive project, but he could get in the rotation now that Rajon Rondo is gone. He's only worth a look in ridiculously deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 2:01 pm
    • Zach Lavine takes backseat to Mo Williams
      Zach LaVine's downward trajectory continued on Sunday with nine points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 16 minutes vs. the Pacers.

      Advice: He started the game but quickly ceded the court to Mo Williams, who finished with a team-high 24 points off the bench. A healthy Williams is enough reason to avoid LaVine, whose outlook should get even bleaker with Ricky Rubio (ankle) targeting a January return. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:31 pm
    • Cole Aldrich puts up low-end line on Sunday
      Cole Aldrich shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field on Sunday, putting up 11 points, seven rebounds, one turnover, and two blocks in his third game with the starting unit.

      Advice: Aldrich also shot 3-of-3 from the line, making this a serviceable low-end line. However, he’s averaging a pedestrian 9.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks as a starter, so there's not much reason to pick him up in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 3:51 pm
    • James Young (shoulder) making progress
      James Young is making progress in his recovery from his separated right shoulder, and was able to do some non-contact work during shootaround Sunday.

      Advice: He remains without a timetable to return, but it is great to see him making progress. Young is loaded with potential, but he won't have any fantasy value this season. Keep him on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:36 am
    • Larry Sanders scores 10 points in start
      Larry Sanders scored 10 points against the Clippers on Saturday with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

      Advice: He did commit his usual five fouls, but did make 5-of-6 from the field. Sanders made 76.2 percent from the field over his last four with averages of 8.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks. If you really need blocks, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 10:30 pm
       
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    • Chris Kaman plays 22 minutes, scores 16
      Chris Kaman played 22 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday with 16 points, six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: According to the Blazers broadcast, Kaman's wife is expecting their first child, but they've actually past her due date. If she is still pregnant on Christmas, they will induce labor. In actual basketball news, Kaman should see minutes in the mid-20s, which will give him low-end value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 6:30 pm
    • Raymond Felton likely out until Christmas
      Coach Rick Carlisle doesn't think Raymond Felton (ankle) will be back before Christmas.

      Advice: The Mavericks just landed Rajon Rondo, and already have two solid point guards off of the bench in Devin Harris and J.J. Barea. Felton belongs on the waiver wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 4:09 pm
    • Cole Aldrich scores four in 17 minutes
      Cole Aldrich scored four points in 17 minutes against the Suns on Saturday with one board, two assists and one block.

      Advice: He didn't really get the ball much, but Aldrich didn't have a bad game in actuality. He's a bigger body and can do more than just block and board, so he should be in the rotation for now. Of course, there is no reason to add him in anything but a ridiculously deep league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 12:28 pm
    • Larry Sanders will return for Saturday's game
      Larry Sanders will return from his one-game suspension on Saturday vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: He was suspended for Thursday's game against the kings for pushing Nicolas Batum in the back, but the Bucks will be glad to have him back in time to play against DeAndre Jordan. However, Sanders has been very inconsistent this season with averages of 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game, so owners may want to bench him until he turns it around. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 8:14 am
       
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    • Kaman quiet against the Spurs on Friday
      Chris Kaman scored just six points with five boards, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Spurs.

      Advice: The Spurs had no problem containing Kaman and he has yet to make good on any of the opportunity presented by Robin Lopez's long-term hand injury. There's a long way to go with that, however, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the double-doubles come down the road. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:50 pm
    • Cole Aldrich double-doubles on Thursday
      Cole Aldrich double-doubled on Thursday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes against the Bulls.

      Advice: If not for some injuries, he would have been the most impressive big man at Summer League. Aldrich did not play at all in his previous three games, but perhaps this game gets him going. Obviously, you would have to be in a ridiculously deep league to even think about adding him. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 7:48 pm
    • Cole Aldrich, Travis Wear starting vs. Bulls
      The Knicks will start Jose Calderon, Tim Hardaway Jr., Travis Wear, Cole Aldrich and Amare Stoudemire against the Bulls on Thursday.

      Advice: Not exactly the greatest starting lineup for national TV. Aldrich was outstanding over the summer and he's a much better offensive force than Samuel Dalembert, so it makes sense to give him more run with Carmelo Anthony out. He's a decent rebounder and may also help out on blocking shots. If you're in a pinch, Aldrich could have a decent game for deep-league owners. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 3:42 pm
    • Larry Sanders (suspension) out Thursday
      Larry Sanders has been suspended for Thursday's game against Sacramento for pushing Nicolas Batum in the back as he elevated towards the basket.

      Advice: That means that Zaza Pachulia is going to get all the run he can handle with Sanders, John Henson (foot), and Ersan Ilyasova (nose) unavailable, and he makes for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Johnny O'Bryant may see some extended minutes off the bench, but he's still working himself into basketball shape, so Zaza is the guy to target here. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 1:14 pm
       
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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
      Dec 18, 10:50 am
       
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    • James Young's shoulder improving w/treatment
      James Young (shoulder) said his separated right shoulder is improving with treatment.

      Advice: Young also added that he's been able to begin basketball activities, but remains without a return timetable. The rookie is part of the Celtics' future plans, but that doesn't include the 2014-15 season so fantasy owners outside of dynasty leagues can feel free to move to the next news item. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 9:58 am
    • Chris Kaman's role doesn't change
      Chris Kaman played 18 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday, making 3-of-12 from the field for six points and three boards.

      Advice: The Blazers are not going to completely unleash him because of his age and injury history, so owners shouldn't consider him as a game-changing pickup. Kaman should have some low-end value and be better than this, though. Give him a look if you need a big man. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:44 pm
    • Larry Sanders plays 21 minutes
      Larry Sanders played 21 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with nine points, four rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: He is not getting minutes at power forward, so he's not going to benefit from the injury to Jabari Parker (knee). Before tonight, Sanders has actually played just 67 minutes this season without Jabari next to him, so tonight foreign territory to a small degree. He's an inconsistent player and that's not going to change. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 17, 11:12 pm
       
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