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    • Josh Smith clears waivers on Wednesday
      Josh Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday at 5 pm EST.

      Advice: Obviously no team was going to claim Smith and help out the Pistons for their awful contract. He is going to sign with the Rockets for the bi-annual exception at $2.077 million. Interestingly, 25.8 percent of Smith's field goal attempts are long two-pointers of at least 16 feet. On the other hand, only 6.8 percent of the Rockets field goal attempts are long twos. Smith was just the 188th best player in standard leagues and is dead last in true shooting percentage among players with at least 26 minutes per game. Fantasy owners will probably not want to set their hopes too high for any Rockets power forward. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:59 pm
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) ruled out for Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is not close to a return and coach Steve Clifford isn't exactly Lance's biggest fan. He is one of the least efficient players in the NBA and his defense has fallen off, too. Stephenson isn't necessarily a must-own player anymore. Gary Neal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson will benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:19 pm
       
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    • Clint Capela called up for the Rockets
      Clint Capela has been called up from the D-League on Wednesday.

      Advice: He moves down even further on the depth chart and this is just a formality. Capela is a major project, so keep him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:26 am
    • Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He has missed the past two games in order to rest but he is all set to play in an exciting matchup with the Wizards. It will be interesting to see if the Knicks opt to bring him off of the bench or start him, but we will pass along any updates as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:30 am
    • Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful for Christmas
      Chris Bosh (calf) is doubtful to play on Christmas vs. the Cavaliers.

      Advice: He was initially targeting this game for his return so it is a little disappointing to hear this news one day before tip-off. Owners should check back on Thursday morning just to verify, but it looks like Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will continue to soak up his minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:23 am
       
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    • Josh Smith has committed to Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith has committed to play for the Houston Rockets after he clears waivers at 5:00 pm EST.

      Advice: Given his outstanding relationship with Dwight Howard and Houston's promise to put him in the starting lineup, this move was expected. It's a little interesting that the Rockets were so intrigued with Smith given how inefficient he is, but maybe he can turn things around and provide a boost to their playoff aspirations. Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas' value takes a huge hit with this news, but owners should use a wait-and-see approach to see how things pan out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:04 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:54 am
       
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    • Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver for Tony Mitchell
      The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

      Advice: Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:40 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
      Today, 9:29 am
    • Houston to promise Josh Smith a starting spot
      The Houston Rockets are assuring Josh Smith that he would be a starter if he signed on with them according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

      Advice: Houston has emerged as the most likely destination for Smith, and this latest report would only solidify that. We will watch this situation very closely, as he is expected to clear waivers at 5:00 pm EST. His arrival would put a huge dent in the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones, so owners will want to stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:20 am
    • Lance Stephenson linked to Denver Nuggets
      Lance Stephenson is rumored to be coveted by the Denver Nuggets, but he still hopes to stay in Charlotte and make things right.

      Advice: Denver Coach Brian Shaw had a strong relationship with Stephenson when they were together in Indiana, so we could definitely see this report gaining some traction. However, the Hornets fear that they won't get enough in return for him at the moment, and there is no indication that a deal is in the works right now. Owners can only hope that Stephenson gets traded, as his fantasy value has plummeted in Charlotte. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:02 am
       
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    • Jabari Parker gives himself a "C" for season
      Jabari Parker gave himself a "C" for his performance in his rookie season.

      Advice: "I don’t think that I did too well," Parker said. "I have the future to make up for it." While he is being a little too hard on himself, he should be able to come back even stronger next season and he is expected to make a full recovery. He finished his season with averages of 12.3 points, 5.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 30 minutes per game. Parker is expected to have surgery this week as soon as the swelling goes down, and we will continue to pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:28 am
       
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    • Danilo Gallinari has successful knee surgery
      Danilo Gallinari underwent successful knee surgery to repair his meniscus tear in his right knee on Monday, and he is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks.

      Advice: We wish him well and we hope to see him back on the court soon. Gallinari has had some tough luck with injuries the past couple of seasons and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Nuggets opt to hold him out even longer if they continue to fall out of the playoff race. Wilson Chandler will continue to play all the minutes he can handle for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:05 am
    • Jordan Hill blocks season-high four shots
      Jordan Hill had a season-high four blocks in Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors, adding four points, six boards and one assist in just 18 minutes.

      Advice: Owners shouldn't panic too much about the minutes, as the Lakers opted to play a little smaller to match up with the Warriors. Hill is still a double-double threat whenever he gets the minutes and we'll give him a pass for this performance. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:32 pm
    • Andre Iguodala vanishes in season-low 15 min
      Andre Iguodala played a season-low 15 minutes on Tuesday, scoring three points without any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.

      Advice: He also turned the ball over three times during his limited playing time, and this is an ominous development as his reduced minutes coincided with David Lee's return to a prominent role in coach Steve Kerr's rotation. Iguodala had picked up the pace over the past three games, chipping in enough 3-pointers, assists and steals to hold standard-league value, but he's best left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:20 pm
    • DeMarre Carroll scores season-high 25 points
      DeMarre Carroll set a new season-high with 25 points on Tuesday, going 5-of-6 beyond the arc while adding 10 rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in a rousing home win vs. the Clippers.

      Advice: The 28-year-old SF set a season-high for 3-pointers while recording his second double-double of the season. He's now scored double-digit points in four consecutive games, averaging 3.0 triples during that span. Carroll doesn't get much hype in fantasy leagues, but he's returning top-80 value and there's no reason to think he can't sustain it all season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    • Blake Griffin dishes season-high 11 assists
      Blake Griffin dished out a season-high 11 assists vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, while scoring 21 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block.

      Advice: He shot 9-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the FT line with only two turnovers in 36 minutes, but Blake's terrific game wasn't enough to avoid L.A.'s third loss in four games. Their bench production begins and ends with Jamal Crawford, which is the root of the problem, but Griffin's fantasy owners won't complain as he racks up top-30 value with FT percentage and turnovers excluded. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    • Matt Barnes awful in Clips road loss to Hawks
      Matt Barnes struggled in Tuesday's road loss, scoring six points on 1-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

      Advice: He played only 21 minutes and has been lousy over L.A.'s past three games, averaging 3.3 points on 23.1 percent shooting, 0.3 triples, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.0 blocks. That three-game slump comes on the heels of a productive stretch during which he managed mid-round value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:42 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire probable for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire is probable to play on Christmas day vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There is nothing wrong with him, and the Knicks simply opted to rest him the past two games. Owners will have to deal with random DNPs for the rest of the season due to the Knicks' plummeting record, but Stoudemire is still a decent plug-and-play option every time he is active. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:31 pm
    • Lance Stephenson (pelvic sprain) out Tuesday
      Lance Stephenson (pelvic sprain) will miss another game on Tuesday.

      Advice: The trade talk surrounding Stephenson has quieted down in recent days, and his value around the league continues to sink due to reports that he's already antagonizing Hornets' teammates off the court. This is his fourth straight DNP and he could return on Dec. 26, until which time there will be more opportunities for Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and P.J. Hairston. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:43 pm
       
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    • Howard would love to see Josh Smith in HOU
      Dwight Howard said he's already had some discussions with Josh Smith, and he would love to see his old friend in Houston.

      Advice: Houston is very confident they will be able to land Smith, and if he does end up in a Rockets uniform, he's really going to hurt the value of Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). The Kings, Clippers, Heat, and Mavs remain in the running, and Smith is expected to clear the NBA waiver process Wednesday at 5pm EST. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:50 am
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Christmas
      Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said he's unsure if Amare Stoudemire (rest) will play on Christmas day.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow and then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," said Fisher. We should have update on STAT after Wednesday's practice, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up for Christmas Day. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:49 am
    • J.R. Smith misses practice on Tuesday
      J.R. Smith (heel) missed practice on Tuesday and appears to be questionable to play on Christmas.

      Advice: "We’ll just see where they are tomorrow & then probably have a better feel how Thursday will look," coach Derek Fisher said. Smith's injury has kept him out for seven games and it's allowed Tim Hardaway Jr. to play more. Smith is not worth owning in standard leagues while THJ only has short-term value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:41 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh will miss 76ers game on Tuesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will miss Tuesday's game against the 76ers.

      Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Bosh had previously said he's targeting Miami's Christmas Day game against the Cavs. With Justin Hamilton (concussion) out Tuesday night, Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will both see increased minutes while providing limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:49 am
       
      Injured
    • Matt Barnes stays cold on Monday night
      Matt Barnes scored just four points against the Spurs on Monday during a 125-118 loss with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

      Advice: He's not going to light up the scoring column, so nights like this are going to happen. If there's a player you don't think will last on the wire for long, it's not a bad idea to drop Barnes due to his inconsistent ways. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:34 pm
    • Blake Griffin scores 22 points vs. Spurs
      Blake Griffin scored 22 points against the Spurs on Monday with 22 points, six boards, six assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

      Advice: He's hoisting a ton of shots lately with at least 20 in three of his last four games. Griffin blocked his 10th shot of the season tonight, which has probably passed his foul shooting woes for the biggest knock on his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:24 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari (knee) will have surgery
      Danilo Gallinari (knee) will have surgery on his meniscus on Monday.

      Advice: He is out indefinitely and the All-Star break seems like a fair estimation. Gallinari just can't stay on the court these days and the Nuggets might shut him down for the year. Wilson Chandler's minutes are safe while Alonzo Gee may also play more. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:51 pm
    • Rockets still in the lead to sign Josh Smith
      Josh Smith has been linked to the Heat in addition to the Kings, Clippers and Mavericks, but the Rockets remain the apparent frontrunner to sign him once he clears waivers.

      Advice: Miami has a clear need at PF with Josh McRoberts (knee) likely done for the season, and the Heat seem like a better fit than the Rockets, but Smith may be lured to Houston by the prospect of playing alongside Dwight Howard in the postseason. If he instead decides to sign with the Mavericks, beat writer Tim MacMahon reports that he'd fill Brandan Wright's former bench role -- Wright averaged under 19 minutes per game, so Dallas would be a poor fantasy destination for Smoove. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:12 pm
    • Houston leading the way for Josh Smith
      The Houston Rockets have emerged as the frontrunner for Josh Smith, according to Yahoo! Sports.

      Advice: From an offensive standpoint, this makes zero sense. Smith gave himself the nickname Mid Range Shawty a couple years ago and the Rockets take less mid-range shots than any team. He reportedly was "fixated" on joining the Rockets, who have two improving power forwards in Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones (leg). Owners in standard leagues might have an excuse to cut him now because he was just the No. 182nd player in those formats before today. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:46 am
    • Pistons pull plug on Josh Smith experiment
      Pistons waive F Josh Smith.

      Advice: It's a stunning move from the Pistons, and an admission that the free-agent signing never made sense to begin with when the move was made. Still owed $27 million after this season, Detroit will use the stretch provision to remove Smith from the roster. When Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons were going to prioritize the future, he wasn't kidding. Greg Monroe should become the starting power forward in Detroit for now, but it doesn't seem like the Pistons are done making moves. The Kings, Clippers, Rockets and Mavericks are expected to have interest when Smith clears waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:55 am
    • JR Smith more than just 'day-to-day w/ foot
      JR Smith (foot) could be facing more than just a "day-to-day" situation.

      Advice: Derek Fisher said Smith "may not have been day-to-day," but the Knicks listed him that way anyway on the medical report. Fisher then attempted to clarify with the following: "I think it's day-to-day. From the beginning, it may not have been day-to-day. It was probably going to be a few weeks or so." It's not clear when Smith might actually return yet, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. will continue seeing increased minutes with Iman Shumpert (shoulder) also out. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:10 am
       
      Injured
    • Stoudemire's status uncertain for Christmas
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) is uncertain to play on Christmas Day.

      Advice: It would be a surprise if STAT sits out considering the Knicks are off until Christmas after playing on Sunday, and there is nothing currently wrong with Stoudemire physically. Regardless, the Knicks and owners have plenty of time to figure it out with a few days until New York takes the court. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:02 am
    • Jordan Hill nearly double-doubles Sunday
      Jordan Hill nearly double-doubled vs. the Kings on Sunday, finishing with eight points, nine boards and one assist in 33 minutes.

      Advice: He recently recovered from an illness and was tasked with containing DeMarcus Cousins during Sunday's game, so he'll be better than this on most nights. Hill remains a must-own player moving forward, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat as long as he continues to see more than 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:07 pm
    • Josh Smith racks up stats w/ poor percentages
      Josh Smith posted 13 points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in just 28 minutes on Sunday, but he also shot 5-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from the FT line.

      Advice: If percentages count in your league, you should have come to terms with Smoove's fantasy deficiencies long ago. For everyone else his across-the-board production and defensive stats are fantasy gold, and he's seemingly in no danger of losing his starting job to backup big man Greg Monroe. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:07 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) hopeful to play Christmas
      Chris Bosh said that he's hopeful to suit up for Miami's Christmas day game vs. the Cavs, but he also said that worst-case he'll be out another month.

      Advice: "It’s a possibility, I think," Bosh said of playing this week. "That’s me being a glass-half-full kind of guy. It’s a work in progress, man." Bosh is being pretty vague with his quotes, so all owners can do is hope that he's ready to go soon. He has made significant progress the past few days, but he still needs to work on his conditioning, as he still hasn't been able to run. Shawne Williams has slid into the starting lineup, but he can only be viewed as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:59 pm
       
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    • Amare Stoudemire expected to play Thursday
      Derek Fisher expects Amare Stoudemire to be available for Thursday's game vs. Washington.

      Advice: STAT has been off since Dec. 18, so he'll have a full week of rest heading into Thursday's game, and we fully expect him to suit up for that one. His return would likely send Cole Aldrich back to the bench, stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:32 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) could be out another week?
      Derek Fisher was not optimistic when asked about J.R. Smith (heel), and speculated that he could be out another week in order to rest his heel.

      Advice: For as long as Smith is sidelined, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to soak up all his minutes, and he should be owned in most leagues. Over the past two weeks, Hardaway Jr. is averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers per game over 29 minutes of action and he has almost zero competition for minutes. Go grab him if he's still available. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:18 am
       
      Injured
    • Danilo Gallinari diagnosed with meniscus tear
      Danilo Gallinari was diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his right knee, and the tentative timetable is three weeks.

      Advice: This is a huge blow both Gallinari and the Nuggets, as he was finally showing signs of improvement before this setback. He will need surgery, and he is expected to miss at least three weeks. However, we wouldn't be surprised if he was held out for even longer, and it looks like Wilson Chandler will have no competition for playing time in the near future. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:33 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out on Sunday vs. Raptors
      J.R. Smith (heel) is out for Sunday's game vs. Toronto.

      Advice: He never had a real shot of playing in this one and there has been no update on his timetable. Smith can be cut in most leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start and is definitely worth a look. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:02 am
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Sunday's game against the Raptors.

      Advice: This is a tough blow for Amare's owners, as he was expected to play after taking the day off on Saturday. On the other hand, Smith was never expected to be available as continues to recover from plantar fasciitis. Cold Aldrich will likely continue to start for Amare, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:54 am
    • Lance Stephenson clashing with teammates
      According to league sources, Lance Stephenson is clashing with his teammates in the locker room, but coach Steve Clifford is hopeful that Charlotte's veterans will help Stephenson become more of a team player.

      Advice: This isn't surprising by any means, as Stephenson has been a major disappointment so far in Charlotte. However, it appears that the Hornets are no longer aggressively shopping him, as they feel like his value is too low to deal him right now. Unless Stephenson returns from his hip injury soon and starts to turn things around, he will be a really tough player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:22 am
       
      Injured
    • Blake Griffin scores 24 with eight dimes
      Blake Griffin handed out eight assists against the Bucks during a 106-102 win on Saturday, scoring 24 points with six rebounds and one steal.

      Advice: The assists have been the story lately with 6.4 per game over his last five to go with averages of 23.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 steals. Griffin is posting career highs in usage rate and assist percentage while turning in a career low in turnover percentage. He's not just a freak athlete anymore. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:58 pm
    • Matt Barnes lays a goose egg
      Matt Barnes did not score against the Bucks on Saturday with five rebounds and four assists.

      Advice: He had 16 points on Friday and went the other way tonight. Barnes was putting up No. 65 fantasy value over the past two weeks, so there is enough upside to cut him some slack unless it's to grab a hot free agent. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:37 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari plays 28 minutes, scores 19
      Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 19 points against the Pacers during a 76-93 win on Saturday with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It's the most minutes he's played all month and it crushed his previous monthly average of 17.1 minutes. Gallinari has been shut down due to knee soreness before and that concern will always be hanging over his fantasy value. Unless you're going to cut something you're not going to terribly miss, it's tough to add the Rooster. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:00 pm
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) out until Christmas
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play until Christmas.

      Advice: He is dealing with an injury to his pelvis and the Hornets won't have him for at least two more games following today. He should be considered questionable for Friday Dec. 26 against OKC. While he's out, Gary Neal, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams will benefit. None are worth owning in standard leagues, though. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:19 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh won't play on Sunday night
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Celtics on Sunday.

      Advice: He is also questionable to play on Tuesday and on Christmas. Bosh could be out until 2015, so his fantasy owners should plan on using someone else this week. With Bosh out, Shawne Williams, Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Hassan Whiteside will benefit. Although, Dwyane Wade will do just about everything, so there's very little fantasy impact as far as pickups go. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:14 pm
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) highly doubtful Sat
      Lance Stephenson (hip) is highly doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: He sat out on Friday against the 76ers, and there is almost no shot that he will play vs. the Jazz. Gerald Henderson will likely draw another start, while Gary Neal will also see a boost off of the bench. Stephenson has upside, but unless he is traded to a more favorable situation he will be really tough to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:49 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (heel) out for Saturday's game
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:36 am
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) and J.R. Smith (heel) are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

      Advice: It is just a scheduled day of rest for Amare, and he should be good to go Sunday vs. the Raptors. On the other hand, Smith is considered doubtful against Toronto, and likely won't even travel with the team, meaning Tim Hardaway Jr. should continue to stay hot. Cole Aldrich will draw the start in place of Amare, and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:27 am
    • Jordan Hill (flu) grabs just two rebounds
      Jordan Hill (illness) played 21 minutes on Friday against the Thunder, but managed just 10 points with two rebounds and one block.

      Advice: Hill has played well enough to be in many lineups this season, but owners may want to get him on the bench until he gets fully on track. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:36 pm
    • Griffin scores 32, hits 14-of-18 free throws
      Blake Griffin scored 32 points on 9-of-20 shooting (14-of-18 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Nuggets.

      Advice: Griffin's general performance has improved over the last few weeks but his low rebounding totals have kept him from truly capitalizing on the momentum in fantasy leagues. Hopefully for owners this signals the beginning of a comeback in that regard. Chris Paul went for 17 and 15 with three steals and DeAndre Jordan posted 11 and 14 with three steals and a block. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:21 pm
    • Barnes gets back on track in loss to Denver
      Matt Barnes bounced back from an off-night to score 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting (no threes) with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes on Friday against the Nuggets.

      Advice: Barnes has been a solid mid-round value lately and he should remain in all lineups. J.J. Redick scored just eight points with one trey, two boards and two assists, but he has been serviceable lately and owners might want to give him at least one night of slack. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Jordan Hill officially starting
      Jordan Hill is starting against the Thunder.

      Advice: He is on a minutes limit tonight, so there might be a few more minutes of Robert Sacre. Hill is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:34 pm
    • Jordan Hill expected to start with minutes limit
      Jordan Hill (illness) is expected to start against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is expected to have a limitation on his minutes. Hill has been sick for the past two days and was not at shootaround. His owners will want to check back and may want to consider him benching him considering this is a late game. If he's out, Robert Sacre will likely pick up his minutes while Ed Davis may also play a little more. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:22 am
    • Amare Stoudemire questionable for Saturday
      Amare Stoudemire is questionable to play Saturday vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Amare started out of necessity on Thursday with Carmelo Anthony (knee), J.R. Smith (foot), and Iman Shumpert (shoulder) sidelined and put up 16 points, six rebounds, and four blocks in a losing effort to the Bulls. If he's able to go on Saturday, he'll be one of the primary options on offense for a depleted Knicks squad. If he sits, expect his minutes to be split up between Cole Aldrich, Quincy Acy, and Travis Wear. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
    • J.R. Smith (foot) doubtful Saturday vs. PHO
      J.R. Smith (foot) is being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

      Advice: Smith has been a train wreck this season, and given his obvious struggles with grasping the triangle offense, he shouldn't be viewed as a stash candidate in standard leagues. If he's unable to go Saturday, Tim Hardaway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'd make for a quality option in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:42 am
       
      Injured
    • Report: Stephenson no longer on trading block
      The Hornets have reportedly pulled Lance Stephenson off the trading block as none of the offers they received were enticing enough to pull the trigger on a deal.

      Advice: The Hornets believe that Stephenson's groin injury has hindered him all season, and is the main culprit to his lack of production thus far. Charlotte feels that the injury affected Stephenson's movement and conditioning, and they would like to see him at full strength before sending him away for pennies on the dollar. While Stephenson may get traded away at some point this season, it is not likely to happen any time soon. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:01 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out Friday vs. Washington
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Friday vs. the Wizards, and remains without a timetable to return.

      Advice: Miami went with a starting frontcourt of Justin Hamilton and Chris Andersen during their last game with both Bosh and Josh McRoberts (knee) sidelined, but neither guy made a major impact on the boxscore. Andersen can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deeper leagues, while Hamilton hasn't really been worth using. Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem will see some increased opportunity, but both those guys have been struggling lately. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:22 am
       
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the 76ers, and he's being listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

      Advice: This is just a reminder to get Stephenson out of your lineups. Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal, and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will all be asked to step up with Stephenson sidelined in a favorable matchup vs. the 76ers. MKG and Neal offer the most upside, but neither is a lock for production. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:03 am
       
      Injured
    • Report: Heat express interest in Stephenson
      The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Lance Stephenson.

      Advice: Add Miami to the list of suitors that currently includes Indiana, Brooklyn, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Stephenson would have the most value in a return Indiana, but right now, everything is in the very early stages and nothing is imminent. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:19 am
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire steps up with 16 points
      Amare Stoudemire made a surprise start on Thursday with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a 103-97 loss.

      Advice: He was expected to rest tonight, but the Knicks needed him to play because of their lack of scoring depth. The Knicks have a back-to-back set starting on Saturday, so his fantasy owners can expect him to sit in one of those games. His owners in weekly leagues will have a tough time using him because of the DNPs. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:12 pm
    • Not Ready: Lance Stephenson (hip) out Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

      Advice: He did not travel due to his pelvic sprain and is expected to miss at least another game. With Stephenson out, Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will likely pick up some minutes. Neal is likely to benefit most, especially since he closes out several games for coach Steve Clifford. Stephenson's value can't get much lower than this. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:28 pm
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire starting Thursday vs. CHI
      Amare Stoudemire will start Thursday as the Knicks take on the Bulls.

      Advice: Stoudemire will draw a difficult matchup tonight against the Bulls, but with J.R. Smith (foot) and Carmelo Anthony (knee) not playing, he's going to be given a lot of responsibility on the offensive end. He remains a risky play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:43 pm
    • Jordan Hill (illness) probable for Friday
      Jordan Hill (upper respiratory infection) did not practice on Thursday, but he is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. OKC.

      Advice: This is Hill's second consecutive missed practice, but he doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of missing Friday's game. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update closer to Friday's tip, and if he's unable to go, Robert Sacre, Ed Davis, and Carlos Boozer will help fill the void. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:24 pm
    • Jabari Parker suffered a 'slight' ACL tear
      Jabari Parker reportedly suffered a "slight" ACL tear, and he won't have surgery for at least a week as they're waiting for the swelling in his knee to subside.

      Advice: Parker remains out for the season, and we wish him a speedy recovery. The Bucks have been bit by the injury bug hard this season with Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle), Ersan Ilyasova (nose), and John Henson (foot) all on the injury report, but those are the guys that will be asked to pick up the slack with Parker sidelined. Antetokounmpo is being listed as questionable for Thursday, but he'll be a nice plug-and-play option if he can give it a go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:04 pm
       
      Injured
    • Danilo Gallinari has a great game vs. HOU
      Danilo Gallinari returned from a three-game absence on Wednesday during a loss to the Rockets, playing 26 minutes with 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

      Advice: It was one of his best showings of the season and he shot the ball with a lot of confidence. Gallinari's knee has flared up on him multiple times and he was only playing 13.8 minutes per game in his four games before the rest, so fantasy owners in standard leagues shouldn't consider him "back" yet. Plus, he's not looking to shoot nearly as much as he has in his career. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:00 am
    • 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
      Wednesday, 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
      Wednesday, 11:48 pm
    • Josh Smith benched for hot Jerebko
      Josh Smith played just had seven points, two rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block on Wednesday, but also had four fouls and played just 19 minutes in the loss to Dallas.

      Advice: Jonas Jerebko played just 13 minutes, but hit 5-of-5 shots, 1-of-1 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws to finish with 13 points and two rebounds. Stan Van Gundy said after the game he stuck with the hot Jerebko and left Smith on the bench. Jerebko isn't going to be this hot on most nights, so don't panic if you own Smoove, who is also rumored to still possibly be heading to the Kings at some point this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:42 pm
    • Jordan Hill (illness) misses practice on Wed
      Jordan Hill (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Lakers are off until Friday, so Hill should be ready to go. He's been able to stay healthy this season despite the massive increase to 30.1 minutes per game. If for some reason he's not ready to play, the Lakers will have to come up with a patchwork group of Robert Sacre, Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer to help out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:32 pm
    • Kings are still interested in Josh Smith
      The Kings are still interested in acquiring Josh Smith from the Pistons.

      Advice: This rumor popped up over the summer and it was only a matter of time before it picked up steam considering how poorly the Pistons have played. Smith is playing a little better these days, so the Pistons should justifiably be asking for a fair amount. He would likely lose a touch of value with a trade, especially to Sacramento with Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins there. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    • J.R. Smith (foot) won't play on Thursday
      J.R. Smith (foot) will not play in Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

      Advice: It will be his fifth straight game out of the lineup and it is becoming pretty evident that this injury has become a real issue for him. Smith isn't worth owning in standard leagues as he has failed to succeed in the triangle offense and it is unclear when he will return to action. Tim Hardaway Jr. will play all the minutes he can handle Thursday and is worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:12 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out again on Wednesday
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

      Advice: This is no surprise, as Bosh is considered out indefinitely and could miss several weeks. Josh McRoberts (knee) could be lost for the season, so it will be up to Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Willimas to soak up extra playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:51 am
       
      Injured
    • Danilo Gallinari (knee) will play Wednesday
      Danilo Gallinari (knee) will play on Wednesday vs. Houston.

      Advice: The Italian has been a ghost of the player he used to be this season, and has really struggled with his knee. Wilson Chandler is locked in as the starting small forward for the Nuggets, and unless he is traded there is not a lot of playing time available. Until Gallinari strings together a few good games and stays active, he won't be worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:54 am
    • Jabari Parker is out for season with torn ACL
      Jabari Parker is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

      Advice: This is brutal news for the promising rookie and we wish him nothing but the best. Parker will finish his rookie season with averages of 12.3 points, 5.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 30 minutes per game. Outside of keeper leagues, Parker can be cut across the board while Giannis Antetokounmpo will see an increase in his minutes and should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:44 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jabari Parker (knee) headed back to Milwaukee
      Jabari Parker (knee) has left the Bucks on their current road trip to return to Milwaukee where he'll get an MRI.

      Advice: We'll be awaiting the results of his MRI, and will pass along updates as soon as they become available. The Bucks don't return to Milwaukee until Dec. 23, so Jabari could be sidelined for the rest of the week. Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to get plenty of opportunity as long as Jabari is out, and Ersan Ilyasova (nose) will be a name to watch when he's able to return to the rotation. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:19 pm
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (foot) out Tuesday vs. Dallas
      J.R. Smith (foot) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks, and his status for Thursday's game vs. Chicago remains uncertain.

      Advice: That means that Tim Hardway Jr. will get all the minutes he can handle, and he'll make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Hardaway Jr. has gone for 18, 16, and 23 points in his last three outings while seeing his minutes in the 30s, and with Smith's status uncertain for Thursday, he makes for a decent add in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:21 pm
       
      Injured
    • Clint Capela sent down for D-League stint
      Clint Capela has been sent down for another D-League stint.

      Advice: Capela has logged a total of 12 minutes over four games for the Rockets this season, and he's recorded more misses than any other statistic. He remains a negligible option in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:30 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari (knee) will play Wednesday
      Updating a previous report, Danilo Gallinari (knee) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. Houston.

      Advice: Gallinari is having a very disappointing season with averages of 6.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer per game. He can remain on the waiver wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:26 pm
    • Danilo Gallinari (knee) returns to practice
      Danilo Gallinari (knee) returned to practice on Tuesday.

      Advice: He may be able to suit up for Wednesday's game vs. Houston, but has been far too inconsistent this season to warrant an add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:35 pm
    • Spoelstra unsure how long Chris Bosh out
      Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said he doesn't know how long Chris Bosh (calf) will be out and can't even put a guess on it.

      Advice: While Bosh was a limited participant in Monday's practice, Spoelstra's comments allude to a lengthier absence than just a game or two. With Josh McRoberts (knee) out and Dwyane Wade (illness) questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets, we could see a lot of Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem, and Shawne Williams in the short-term. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:32 am
       
      Injured
    • Jabari Parker's X-rays come back negative
      X-rays on Jabari Parker's left knee came back negative, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

      Advice: This doesn't mean we're out of the woods just yet as Parker will still have an MRI on what is currently believed to be a knee strain on Tuesday. If Parker is forced to miss extended time, Giannis Antetokounmpo would become a must-own player in all fantasy leagues while Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova (nose) would also see a boost to their minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:19 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
    • Thompson posts empty line on Monday
      Tristan Thompson scored 10 points with five rebounds in 25 minutes on Monday.

      Advice: Thompson did not record a steal or block and owners that may have been chasing his hot streak are reminded of his limitations tonight. He's a deep league asset only. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:20 pm
    • Jabari Parker diagnosed with knee sprain
      Jabari Parker suffered a knee sprain on Monday and will not return.

      Advice: Based on his demeanor, Parker is looking at a long period of time on the sidelines. He was on the court for a while and couldn't put any weight on his leg. The team will give him an MRI tomorrow. Giannis Antetokounmpo should be owned in all leagues while Ersan Ilyasova is a good bet to start once he's back. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 7:57 pm
       
      Injured
    • Jabari Parker suffers leg injury vs. Suns
      Jabari Parker suffered a non-contact knee injury against the Suns on Monday.

      Advice: Not good. His knee buckled and he could not put any weight on his leg. Parker was also shaking his head as he was being carried. We'll keep you posted. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 7:33 pm
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh out Tuesday, could miss weeks?
      Chris Bosh (calf) was a limited participant in Monday's practice and will not travel to Brooklyn for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: Bosh is facing the possibility of missing weeks with his calf injury, but it sounds like it will really be day-by-day for the time being. With Josh McRoberts (knee) out indefinitely and Dwyane Wade (flu) questionable against the Nets, the Heat are devolving into a giant mess. Justin Hamilton, Udonis Haslem and Shawne Williams will help to fill in for Bosh (and McRoberts). Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 11:19 am
       
      Injured
    • J.R. Smith (plantar fasciitis) skips practice
      J.R. Smith (foot) did not practice on Monday.

      Advice: Smith was announced as a starter on Sunday, but then he was ruled out just moments before tipoff. Considering he's dealing with a plantar fascia tear, it's going to be an issue of pain tolerance for Smith that will determine his availability moving forward. With Iman Shumpert (shoulder) already out, Tim Hardaway Jr. could soon find himself playing big minutes after logging 30-plus in each of his last two. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:45 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh admits to losing quickness, speed
      Chris Bosh admitted to losing some quickness and speed in a recent interview.

      Advice: Discussing how his game has changed since taking over as the primary option, Bosh explained, "My mid-range is more solid, which it has to be, because I've lost some quickness and speed. My three-point shot is a lot better. I'm a better passer, and the game is a little bit more under control." Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:08 am
       
      Injured
    • Chris Bosh (calf) could be out for weeks?
      There is a possibility that Chris Bosh (calf) could be out for "a few weeks."

      Advice: Bosh is being listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Nets, but he's expected to be reevaluated on Monday. Bosh had no explanation for the injury, and he said that if he tries to play through the injury, "the muscle could tear away from the bone." If Bosh misses extended time, Dwyane Wade will be asked to carry a bigger load for the Heat, but pretty much everyone will have to step up as no one man will replace Bosh's statistical production. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 8:53 am
       
      Injured
    • J. Kidd heaps praise all over Jabari Parker
      Jason Kidd praised Jabari Parker's performance after battling Blake Griffin in Saturday's win over the Clippers.

      Advice: "I don't judge on first or second (halves)," Kidd said. "I just look at the complete game and I thought he did a great job against one of the top players in the world in Blake (Griffin)." Griffin had just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting in 39 minutes, while Parker had 12 points and five rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting. Parker didn't score in the second half, but Kidd was pleased with the rookie's performance. Expect some inconsistencies to continue, but Parker is trending in the right direction. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 6:19 am
       
      Injured
    • Andre Iguodala drops 20 points in OT road win
      Andre Iguodala scored double-digit points for the first time in nine games on Sunday, making 7-of-12 field goals with three 3-pointers to finish with 20 points.

      Advice: He added five rebounds but had zero assists, steals or blocks in 38 minutes. The increased playing time is interesting but likely unsustainable, as his 25-30 minute bench role hasn't been sufficient for reliable value. Iguodala is averaging a career-low 6.3 points per game this season and David Lee's impending return is yet another threat to his playing time. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 6:21 pm
    • Gallinari (knee), Foye (knee) out Sunday
      Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Randy Foye (knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs.

      Advice: Neither of these guys are currently worth owning in standard leagues. Wilson Chandler and Aaron Afflalo will continue to log heavy minutes with both their backups sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 4:11 pm
    • 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
      Dec 14, 6:03 am
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