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    • Josh Smith will start at power forward Sunday
      Josh Smith will start at power forward on Sunday, sending Donatas Motiejunas to the bench. Rotoworld.com
      18 minutes ago
    • 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
      45 minutes ago
    • 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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    • J.R. Smith (heel) questionable for Sunday
      J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Portland.

      Advice: He has had some tough luck with plantar fasciitis and has now missed nine straight games so don't be surprised if he sits this one out. Owners in standard leagues can continue to ignore Smith while Tim Hardaway Jr. is definitely worth a look in all leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:55 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • Chris Bosh (calf) able to practice on Sunday
      Chris Bosh (calf) was able to participate in all of Sunday's practice, and is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday to determine his status for their game against the Magic.

      Advice: The Heat have been in shambles without him, going just 3-5 in his absence so it will be great for them to get him back. Bosh's owners will have to check back on Monday before activating him in their lineups, but things are finally starting to look up. Bosh's return would spell trouble for the value of Shawne Williams (foot) and Chris Andersen. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:46 am
       
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    • 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
    • Carmelo Anthony's status unclear for Sunday
      Carmelo Anthony's status for Sunday's game with Portland is unclear after he logged 46 minutes on Saturday in a loss to the Kings.

      Advice: We will leave him off of the injury report for now, but owners will want to check back for updates considering how much his knee has impacted him this season. The Knicks have no reason to risk Anthony's health considering how their season has gone, so be prepared to have a backup plan ready. Owners would be wise to sell-high before it's too late, as there is a real possibility of Melo shutting it down for the season in the near future. Expect Tim Hardaway Jr. to take as many shots as he pleases if Melo sits this one out. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:04 am
    • 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
    • Troy Daniels scores 14 in nine minutes
      Troy Daniels scored 14 points with four 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field in nine minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

      Advice: He scored all 14 of those points in the last five minutes of the game. Daniels isn't entrenched in the rotation yet, but coach Flip Saunders says it could be coming. Although, that could be moot with Kevin Martin (wrist) getting closer. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:43 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony looks healthy, scores 36
      Carmelo Anthony made 13-of-29 from the field for 36 points against the Kings during an overtime 135-129 loss with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

      Advice: Yeah, about that knee soreness. Anthony has played a whopping 41.8 minutes per game in his last four since returning from knee soreness, averaging 30.8 points, 7.5 boards, 3.5 dimes and 1.3 steals. He is a prime shut down candidate, so his hot streak right now presents a great sell-high chance for his owners. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:22 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
    • Patrick Christopher makes NBA debut Sat
      Patrick Christopher made his NBA debut on Saturday vs. the 76ers, but failed to connect on his only shot attempt and added just one steal in six minutes.

      Advice: It is great to see him make his debut, but he looked hesitant during his time on the court and likely won't be in the rotation anytime soon. You can safely ignore Christopher in almost all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:42 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
    • Kyle Korver has another sub-par game
      Kyle Korver had another quiet night against the Bucks on Saturday with six points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

      Advice: He only had three points on Friday against the Bucks, so coach Jason Kidd has his number. Korver doesn't take a ton of shots and even the best shooters slump, so he gets a pass. Maybe his fantasy owners don't realize he's posting early-round value. If he/she doesn't, go ahead and try to buy low. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:30 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
    • 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
    • J.R. Smith (heel) will not play on Saturday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will not play on Saturday vs. the Kings.

      Advice: This will be the ninth straight game on the sidelines for Smith, but the good news is that it appears he is getting closer to a return. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a look in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:36 pm
       
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      6:00 pm @ Por
    • 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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    • J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable Saturday
      J.R. Smith (heel) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings.

      Advice: He has missed eight straight games because of his plantar fasciitis, so even if he does play he will likely be eased into action. Smith is worth a flier in deeper leagues for his ability to knock down 3-pointers, but owners in standard leagues can safely monitor him from the waiver wire. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue playing big minutes if Smith sits this one out. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:22 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • Chris Bosh (calf) out on Saturday vs. Memphis
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. Memphis.

      Advice: Bosh was targeting this game for his return, but he will unfortunately remain on the sidelines and his owners will have to remain patient. Shawne Williams (foot) is also suddenly questionable for Saturday's contest, meaning Udonis Haslem would likely play all the minutes he can handle. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:02 am
       
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    • Josh Smith takes 21 shots in Houston debut
      Josh Smith led the Rockets in field goal attempts with 21 in his Rockets debut on Friday, and he hit just nine of them to finish with 21 points, eight boards and three assists.

      Advice: The jokes just write themselves and he was more or less a positive in this game, but as usual he missed both of his 3-point attempts and unlike normal he hit all three free throws without a steal or block in his 32 minutes. We learned tonight that Terrence Jones is going to be out at least a month, making this a two-man timeshare at the power forward position. Smith has been terrible in standard leagues because of his shooting and turnovers, but may be forced by new circumstances to reel himself in. He's well worth a speculative add if he has been dropped but there are no guarantees that he can change his stripes in his 11th season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:18 pm
    • Josh Smith will come off the bench
      Coach Kevin McHale said he will "play it by ear" on who he is going to start at power forward.

      Advice: It's going to be Donatas Motiejunas for the foreseeable future, but it should be Josh Smith in a week or two. Of course, Terrence Jones (leg) will be a factor here too. Fantasy owners shouldn't have high hopes for any of these three guys. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:21 pm
    • Josh Smith unlikely to start in debut
      Josh Smith is expected to "get some run" tonight but is unlikely to start against the Grizzlies.

      Advice: That suggests Donatas Motiejunas will start again. There were rumors that Smith wouldn't agree to joining a team unless he starts, so that will likely be happening soon. Motiejunas can be dropped in several formats while Smith's fantasy value isn't great in standard leagues either. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:43 am
    • Josh Smith set to make Rockets debut Friday
      Josh Smith has officially signed with Houston, and he's set to make his Rockets debut Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith will likely start which will send Donatas Motiejunas to the bench. However, the Rockets were forced to cut Tarik Black in order to make room for Smith on the roster, so Motiejunas could see some time as Howard's primary backup with Terrence Jones (leg) still on the shelf. Owners of Motiejunas should see how he performs tonight before making the cut. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:15 am
    • 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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    • Josh Smith is hopeful to play Friday vs. MEM
      Josh Smith is hopeful he'll be able to complete his physical and officially sign his deal with Houston early enough on Friday to be available for the Rockets' game vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: Smith has been guaranteed the starting power forward slot in Houston, and if he's cleared to play tonight Donatas Motiejunas will head to the bench. If Smith isn't able to complete all the necessary paper work in time for tonight's game, he's a sure bet for Sunday's game vs. San Antonio. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:37 am
    • 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
    • Chris Bosh (calf) targeting Saturday vs. MEM
      Chris Bosh expects to test his calf during Friday's practice, and if all goes well, he hopes to play Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

      Advice: "We have to read and react and see how everything goes and go from there," Bosh said. "It's kind of really like a day-to-day thing. I thought that I would be back the last game but it didn't work out like that. It's just something I have to cope with. We have a lot more games to play." We'll be monitoring Bosh's status closely, and we'll pass along any updates as they become available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:01 pm
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony's 34 points not enough for NY
      Carmelo Anthony logged a season-high 42.5 minutes during the Knicks' Christmas Day loss to the Wizards, putting up 34 points (13-of-28 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, and three turnovers.

      Advice: Melo has been logging heavy minutes over the past three games, however, that has not resulted in a win for New York. The Knicks have lost 16 of their past 17 games, and Anthony has admitted that his knee is still bothering him. Questions about Melo potentially shutting things down aren't going away anytime soon, so owners should seriously consider trying to sell-high while he's still in uniform. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:47 pm
    • Chris Bosh (calf) will not play Christmas Day
      Chris Bosh (calf) will not suit up for Miami's Christmas Day game vs. Cleveland.

      Advice: This will be Bosh's seventh consecutive game out of the lineup, and Dwyane Wade will again be the main man on offense for Miami. Expect more minutes for Shawne Williams and Udonis Haslem, with Williams offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:25 pm
       
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    • Josh Smith excited to join Houston Rockets
      Josh Smith said he is excited to join the Houston Rockets.

      Advice: Smith will join old friend Dwight Howard in Houston and referred to James Harden as the best shooting guard in the NBA. "It's an exciting time for me," Smith said on Wednesday. "Being able to be reunited with a good friend and one of the best teammates I ever played with, I think we can definitely do something special." While Smith has plenty of potential, he can be a frustrating player to own so fantasy owners will want to temper their expectations for the mercurial forward. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:09 am
    • J.R. Smith out Thursday vs Wizards
      J.R. Smith (heel) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith went through pre-game warmups, but wasn't feeling well enough to suit up for the Knicks' Christmas Day game against the Wizards. Tim Hardaway Jr. will pickup Smith's minutes and makes for a solid play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:14 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • J.R. Smith game-time decision Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Wizards, according to head coach Derek Fisher.

      Advice: Updating a previous item, it seems as if Smith is feeling well enough to be upgraded from doubtful to a game-time decision. This one looks like it will come down to the wire, but Tim Hardaway Jr. would be the biggest fantasy beneficiary if Smith sits. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:30 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • J.R. Smith likely to miss Christmas Day game
      J.R. Smith (heel) is likely to miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

      Advice: Smith had been hoping to play on Christmas Day, but the last two days of practice didn't go as well as he and the Knicks had hoped. "Right now it’s a no," Smith said of his availability for Thursday. "We’ll see how the treatment reacts today, if it swells up." We'll update his status prior to tip-off, but Tim Hardaway Jr. will be in line for big minutes on Thursday if Smith can't play. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:44 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • 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
      Wednesday, 2:59 pm
    • 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
      Wednesday, 10:23 am
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemie will play
      Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:21 am
    • 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
      Wednesday, 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
      Wednesday, 9:54 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • 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
      Wednesday, 7:20 am
    • Troy Daniels plays just five minutes Tuesday
      Wolves guard Troy Daniels didn't leave the bench until the final five minutes of Tuesday's loss in Cleveland.

      Advice: Daniels hopes to be unleashed as a perimeter scorer in Minnesota, but for now Flip Saunders is content to bench him in favor of guys like Zach LaVine, Mo Williams and Chase Budinger. Daniels should eventually emerge with a reserve role, but he'll be too limited for use outside of the deepest leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:59 pm
    • 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
    • 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
      Tuesday, 10:41 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • 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
      Tuesday, 8:49 am
       
      Injured
    • 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
    • Troy Daniels wants the green light
      Troy Daniels said he is hoping to " get the green light" from the Wolves to shoot.

      Advice: "I’m a shooter, so I have to do what I do, what got me here. Shoot the ball," Daniels said. "There will be a lot more threes. I can tell you that." The Wolves are dead last in triples, so they could use a guy like Daniels. Of course, he didn't score in his debut on Sunday, so he's only worth a look in very deep leagues. Coach Flip Saunders also mentioned Daniels won't get much playing time early on. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 12:23 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee is still hurting
      Carmelo Anthony admitted that his knee is still bothering him.

      Advice: Asked about shutting it down, here was Melo's reply: "We’re dropping further and further, but we’re in December it’s hard to for me to take it easy and sit out and see what happens. I never know what’s going to happen. If I sit it out, will [the knee] get better? I’m feeling it now.’’ The Knicks are showing zero signs of improvement, and those with Anthony on the roster should really think about moving him before it's too late, even if it means selling at a slight discount. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 22, 10:25 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
      Dec 22, 7:10 am
       
      Injured
      6:00 pm @ Por
    • Troy Daniels scoreless in his Wolves debut
      Troy Daniels was scoreless in his very brief debut for the Timberwolves on Monday.

      Advice: Daniels made a splash with the Rockets in last year's playoffs but he's had a hard time earning minutes this season, so a trade to Minnesota can only be a good thing. The Wolves' backcourt is banged up enough that Daniels is worth a look in very deep leagues, especially if you're hunting 3-pointers, but he's best-suited to the waiver wire in all other circumstances. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 7:32 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
    • Carmelo Anthony scores 28 points, Knicks lose
      Carmelo Anthony played 37 minutes during Sunday's loss, scoring 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, and two turnovers.

      Advice: The minutes suggest that Melo's knee is healthy, but with the Knicks owning a record of 5-24, there's always going to be talk of him shutting things down. Carmelo remains an elite option while he's in uniform, but owners may want to seriously consider selling high. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 3:37 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
      Dec 21, 2:59 pm
       
      Injured
    • 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
      Dec 21, 11:18 am
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony will play Sunday vs. Raptors
      Carmelo Anthony will play on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

      Advice: This is exciting news for Melo, and the good news is that he said his knee was feeling great after Saturday's loss. There will always be some risk of the Knicks opting to rest him, but this is definitely a good sign. Get Melo active in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 9:52 am
    • Carmelo Anthony says knee felt good Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony said that his knee felt good in Saturday's loss to the Suns.

      Advice: "These past three days, I was able to just kind of get my body right and stay off of the leg a little bit," Anthony said. "I felt pretty good out there. My knee felt good." Anthony had a great game on Saturday, scoring 25 points and pulling down 11 boards, and it doesn't appear that his status is in jeopardy for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors. Check back before tip-off just in case, but owners should be feeling a little more confident. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 8:40 am
    • 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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    • Kyle Korver makes 49th consecutive FTM
      Kyle Korver made his 49th consecutive free throw for a Hawks record on Saturday, finishing with 22 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes during a 104-97 win.

      Advice: It might sound like hyperbole, but Korver is one of the best shooters in NBA history. He already has the record for most consecutive games with a trey and he's about halfway for the NBA record for consecutive makes at the line. Cool streaks aside, he's posting early round fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 7:54 pm
    • Carmelo Anthony plays 40 minutes in return
      Carmelo Anthony played 40 minutes in his return to the lineup on Saturday during a 99-90 loss to the Suns, making 9-of-19 from the field for 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assist, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

      Advice: It was a solid game from Anthony and he didn't appear to be hindered by knee soreness. The Knicks are a total nightmare and haven't won a home game since before Thanksgiving and now have the second-worst record in the NBA. Anthony's fantasy owners should be prepared for him to rest somewhat frequently. He said he is planning to play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 12:52 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
    • 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
      Dec 20, 12:14 pm
       
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    • Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play Saturday
      Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play in Saturday's game against the Suns, and is listed in the starting lineup.

      Advice: This is excellent news for his owners, and coach Derek Fisher also said that he is hoping Melo would be able to play on Sunday. Melo is obviously a must-start option when he is healthy, and should be in for a good game against the up-tempo Suns. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 20, 8:23 am
    • 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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    • Troy Daniels headed to the Wolves
      Troy Daniels has been traded to the Wolves.

      Advice: He was lighting it up int he D-League last year and also has a game-winning shot in the NBA playoffs last season, but Daniels isn't quite a lock for minutes once the team is at full strength. However, with Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Kevin Martin (wrist) out, he could get some run. Of course, he's only worth a look in extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:43 am
    • 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
      Dec 19, 8:22 am
       
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    • 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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    • 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
    • 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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