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    • Patrick Patterson starting over Amir Johnson
      Patrick Patterson will start over Amir Johnson on Friday.

      Advice: It makes a lot of sense on offense to help space the floor for basically every other starter. Patterson's role shouldn't change too much and we're basically just going to see his minutes come next to different guys. Still, he has a nice upside and is worth a look in standard leagues in case he gets an extra 5-8 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:12 pm
    • James Harden (ankle) will start Friday vs. BK
      Updating a previous report, James Harden (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Head coach Kevin McHale said that he has no plan to limit Harden's minutes, but he will keep an eye on his ankle and make adjustments if he’s in any noticeable pain. Harden has been an absolute beast this season, leading the league in scoring with 27.2 points per game while chipping in 5.8 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.9 steals, and 2.7 three-pointers. Get him active for tonight's favorable matchup against the Nets. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:08 pm
    • Kevin Garnett out, Adreian Payne will start
      Kevin Garnett will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

      Advice: KG is going to sit out of a lot of road games this season. With him out, Adreian Payne will make his second start and should see around 20-24 minutes. Garnett is not worth owning in most leagues and Payne is a risky plug-and-play guy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:57 pm
       
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    • Cleanthony Early starting for Friday
      Cleanthony Early will start on Friday against the Pistons.

      Advice: He's basically taking Jose Calderon (Achilles) spot with Langston Galloway sliding over to the point. Early has been a disaster this season, so fantasy owners can keep him on the wire in most leagues. We'll let you know how he fares tonight considering he has some upside. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:21 pm
    • James Harden (ankle) likely to play Friday
      Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale believes that James Harden (ankle) will suit up for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: Harden is already a must-start guy every time he's in uniform, and with a very favorable matchup against the Nets, he's someone to strongly consider in daily leagues. He will be without a minutes restriction, and had a 30-point outing with a full line during his last matchup against Brooklyn, so make sure you have him on your active roster. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:21 pm
    • Evan Fournier (hip) out Friday vs. the Hawks
      Evan Fournier (sore right hip) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

      Advice: With Fournier and Aaron Gordon (ankle) unavailable, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris are going to be forced into heavy minutes, and both figure to be decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:15 pm
    • Bargnani, Cleanthony Early starting on Friday
      Andrea Bargnani and Cleanthony Early will start on Friday night against the Pistons.

      Advice: Jason Smith will move that the bench. Bargnani had a 30.7 usage rate on Wednesday, so this isn't a big surprise. He has been the main weapon in the offense when he's on the floor, but he's still injured a lot and is not shooting the ball well this season. Since his return, Bargnani averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 boards and 1.0 blocks on 39.5 percent from the field. Add him at your own risk, but letting him be someone else's problem isn't a bad idea. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:14 pm
    • 76ers going with the same starting five
      Coach Brett Brown he will start the same starting five for Friday against the Wizards.

      Advice: That means it'll be Isaiah Canaan, Jason Richardson, Robert Covington, Luc Mbah a Moute and Nerlens Noel. Covington was benched on Wednesday for poor defense, but he should be back to his old role. Start him. It'll be interesting to see where Jerami Grant fits in after playing 33 minutes. We can probably expect him to log 24-28 minutes tonight. We might see a little more out of Thomas Robinson now that he has shaken hands with Brown. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:25 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson says playing w/ Boozer helps
      Jordan Clarkson said that playing next to Carlos Boozer has helped his game.

      Advice: "It makes it a lot easier having Boozer on the court, a veteran guy that can knock down shots," said Clarkson. "He's out there talking to me throughout the whole time." The Lakers have made it clear that developing Clarkson will be a priority in LA, so it's quite possible that Boozer sticks with the starting lineup as Clarkson's mentor. Clarkson is averaging a respectable 13.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.2 steals since entering the starting lineup, and he's well worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:22 pm
    • Lin to start over Clarkson at some point?
      Coach Bryon Scott said he is thinking of starting Jeremy Lin at some point.

      Advice: The change is not going to happen tonight with the Lakers sticking with the same starting five. Lin may start over Jordan Clarkson or the team could go with a two-PG lineup, as well. Clarkson has played next to Lin for 23.3 percent of his minutes this season, so this isn't too bold and there won't be many fantasy implications here outside of Wayne Ellington being less appealing. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:37 am
       
      7:30 pm vs Mil
    • Rajon Rondo goes through full practice Friday
      Rajon Rondo went through a full practice on Friday, and he will return to the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Nets.

      Advice: Rondo has really struggled with the move to Dallas. He's averaging just 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.9 turnovers on 40.8 percent shooting since joining the Mavs. He's no longer putting up elite assist totals, which was really his only source of value, and with poor percentages and limited contributions in the major statistical categories, Rondo can be viewed as a drop-candidate in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:57 am
    • Amare Stoudemire (rest) practices on Friday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) was a full participant during Friday's practice.

      Advice: Stoudemire will likely be able to give it a go for Saturday's game vs. the Nets, but his minutes will be limited, making him a risky option in most leagues. Through two games with the Mavs this season, STAT has compiled averages of 10.0 points and 3.0 rebounds, and as a bench player for the Mavs he won't be worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:52 am
    • Quincy Miller sent down for D-League stint
      Quincy Miller has been sent down for a D-League stint.

      Advice: Miller isn't a major part of the Pistons' rotation, so you can go ahead and file this news in the irrelevant department. Over his past four games, Miller has scored a total of three points on 14.3 percent shooting, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:17 am
    • Kevin Garnett (rest) questionable for Friday
      Kevin Garnett is uncertain whether he will be able to give it a go for Friday's matchup with the Bulls.

      Advice: The Timberwolves play at Chicago on Friday, and then return to Minnesota for a home game vs. Memphis on Saturday. When Garnett was asked directly about his status for tonight's game he responded: "We'll see, we'll see. If not tonight, definitely tomorrow." We'll consider him on the doubtful side of questionable for tonight's game. If he does sit, Gorgui Dieng will have an opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:09 am
       
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    • James Harden (ankle) goes through shootaround
      James Harden (ankle) was able to go through shootaround, but he remains questionable for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

      Advice: We'll continue to monitor this situation closely, but if he's unable to go, Corey Brewer would likely slide into the starting lineup with Pablo Prigioni and K.J. McDaniels having the opportunity for extended minutes. As for the offense, Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith, Terrence Jones, and Donatas Motiejunas would all be asked to step up, and each of those guys would serve as quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:52 am
    • SVG likes what he has in Shawne Williams
      Stan Van Gundy said that claiming Shawne Williams off of waivers "was an easy decision," and he heaped praise on him following his first practice with the team.

      Advice: "We like to play a good part of the game, two-thirds of it, with the floor spread out," said Van Gundy. "And he gives us another guy, so if we hit foul trouble or injury or anything, we've got another guy to protect us and who I think we can go forward with into next year." While SVG does like what he has, it sounds like he doesn't plan on using his newly acquired asset unless Detroit gets hit by injuries or foul trouble, thus removing Williams from the standard league conversation. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:19 am
    • Dion Waiters scores 16 points against Suns
      Dion Waiters scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting on Thursday vs. the Suns, adding two steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

      Advice: He has now scored in double digits in each of his last four games, and he hasn't been shy about hoisting up shots either, averaging 15 shots per game over that span. That being said, Waiters still doesn't do enough outside of scoring to be considered in standard leagues, and the eventual return of Kevin Durant (foot) will hurt his value. Leave Waiters on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:31 pm
    • Draymond Green has five steals in loss Thurs.
      Draymond Green recorded five steals in Thursday's loss to the Cavaliers, finishing with 16 points, eight boards and four assists in 38 minutes.

      Advice: The five steals were one off his career-high of six which was set against the Wolves on Dec. 27, but this was actually just the fifth game this season in which he didn't record either a block or steal. Green has emerged as a fantasy stud for arguably the best team in the NBA, and he is going to be one of the most fun players to own for years to come. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:45 pm
    • Poor defense led to Covington's benching Wed.
      76ers' head coach Brett Brown said that Robert Covington's lackluster play on the defensive end was the reason he elected to bench him for the second and third quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Bucks.

      Advice: "The luxury that I have now that we kind of have bodies is you don’t feel a prisoner to somebody like Robert," said Brown. "We’ve got [Jason Richardson] and Hollis Thompson, so there are more options there. That’s not scolding [Covington], it’s just the way the landscape works. It’s a pecking order that’s built on the standards we have defensively." While Covington sat out a large chunk of Wednesday's game, he still put up 13 points with a full line, and hopefully this doesn't become a common occurrence. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:43 pm
    • James Harden questionable for Friday vs Nets
      James Harden (ankle) did not practice on Thursday, and is questionable for Friday against the Nets.

      Advice: With Dwight Howard (knee) already out and Patrick Beverley (illness) also questionable, missing Harden on Friday would be a big blow to the Rockets. We'll update his status as soon as possible, but some combination of Trevor Ariza, Josh Smith, Jason Terry, and Beverley (if he plays) would have to pick up the slack for Harden if he has to sit out on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:06 am
    • Rajon Rondo unlikely to return to Dallas
      Rajon Rondo is unlikely to return to the Mavericks after this season, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas.

      Advice: While Tyson Chandler expects Rondo's recent run-in with head coach Rick Carlisle to bring the team closer, McMahon thinks the altercation and ensuing one-game suspension will lead the free-agent-to-be to bolt Dallas after the season. A winning season could cure everything here, but Rondo has spoken about his desire to be wooed during the free agency period so this latest incident likely won't help the Mavericks' chances to retain the mercurial point guard. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:12 am
    • Rajon Rondo will start vs Nets on Saturday
      Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said Rajon Rondo will start against the Nets on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.

      Advice: An on-court verbal exchange and ensuing post-game shouting match in the locker room led to a one-game suspension for Rondo, but Carlisle is ready to move forward. "It’s one game, we’ll be off [Thursday]," Carlisle said. "He’ll practice Friday, and he’ll be back in the starting lineup on Saturday. The events of last night are in the past. And we’ve got to move forward." It sounds like it's safe for fantasy owners to plug Rondo back into their lineups for Saturday's game against the Nets, while J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will return to bench roles. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:12 am
    • James Harden limps out of arena after win
      James Harden suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter and played through it during a big 110-105 win over the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with four rebounds, 10 assists and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: "It’s pretty sore right now, but I’ll get some rest tonight and ice it," Harden said. "Hopefully be ready to go Friday." He limped out of the arena and he is likely going to be on the injury report for Friday's game against the Nets. Meanwhile, Harden finally stuck it to the Clippers. In his career, the Clippers kept Harden to an NBA-low 13.4 points per game before tonight. He is leading the NBA in VORP (value over replacement player) and is right at the top of the list for MVP candidates. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:56 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson scores career-high 22 in win
      Jordan Clarkson hit 10-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for a career-high 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.

      Advice: Jeremy Lin hit just 3-of-12 shots for eight points and three assists tonight, after going off for 25 and 18 points in his previous two games. Clarkson had cooled off recently and appeared to be losing traction to Lin, but is still averaging 13.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 0.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. As long as he's starting, he still looks like a much safer play than Lin at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:35 pm
    • Throwback: KG quiet in start for Wolves
      Just like the old days, Kevin Garnett started at power forward for Minnesota on Wednesday, but had just five points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes.

      Advice: He did add two assists, a steal and two blocks on 2-of-7 shooting, but the only thing the likes of KG, Adreian Payne and Nikola Pekovic seem to be doing is ruining the fantasy value of Gorgui Dieng. Then again, the Wolves blew out the Wizards, so maybe Flip Saunders knows something we don't. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:13 pm
       
      Injured
    • Robert Covington plays well after benching
      Robert Covington was benched for most of the first three quarters and did play the entire fourth quarter, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers.

      Advice: He wasn't in his usual spot on the bench for much of this game and it's unclear what exactly happened with him. However, Covington really played well down the stretch and he's very unlikely to be in jeopardy of losing his playing time. He should be considered as a top-50 player in standard leagues, especially after posting second-round value this month. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:21 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani making some knoise in NY
      Andrea Bargnani played 25 minutes and hit 5-of-13 shots for 17 points, six rebound and two blocks in another Knicks loss.

      Advice: That's four straight games in double figures for Bargs, who also has five blocks over his last five games. He's no longer a threat from downtown, and is likely to get hurt any day now, but if you need a big man and want to take a flier on him, he might be able to stay relevant for a couple more weeks or so. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:14 pm
    • Jerami Grant starts second half for Covington
      Jerami Grant started the second half for Robert Covington on Wednesday.

      Advice: There is no word of an injury and it looks like Covington has been benched for poor play. We'll look for an update following the game or perhaps before that time. Covington should be fine for the weekend. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:39 pm
    • Rondo, Carlisle had 2nd argument after game
      Rajon Rondo and coach Rick Carlisle had another "emotionally charged dispute in the locker room after the game," according to ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon.

      Advice: Rondo is not going to play tonight because of it and these arguments may hurt his playing time going forward, though Carlisle said Rondo will start Saturday's game as usual. The Mavericks are not much better with Rondo on the floor and they probably won't miss him tonight. In fact, his Mavs teammates made only 47.9 percent from the field off passes from Rondo. Before Rondo arrived, the Mavs were making 49.1 percent from the field off Monta Ellis passes. Rondo is not a must-own player in standard leagues. Meanwhile, J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will step up. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:58 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire (rest) out on Wednesday
      Amare Stoudemire (rest) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Mavs won't have two of their past-their-prime veterans tonight. With Amare out, there should be more minutes for Al-Farouq Aminu to play next to Dirk Nowitzki. Charlie Villanueva will also likely get more run. Stoudemire is not worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:42 pm
    • Mavs suspend Rajon Rondo for one game
      Rajon Rondo has been suspended for Wednesday's game against the Hawks due to conduct detrimental to the team.

      Advice: He got into an argument with Rick Carlisle on Tuesday and his coach benched him after that. Rondo has been awful this season and it'll be interesting to see how the Mavericks put their lineups together. The former Celtic has actually been below average as defender and the Mavericks have also fallen as an offense since he's joined them, so this suspension might help them tonight. With Rondo out, it'll be J.J. Barea likely to start with Devin Harris also getting more run. Expect to see Monta Ellis have a bigger responsibility as well. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:51 pm
    • Cleanthony Early dealing with an ankle sprain
      Cleanthony Early is dealing with a new ankle sprain, leaving his status uncertain for Wednesday's game vs. Boston.

      Advice: Lance Thomas (groin) will not play on Wednesday night, meaning players such as Travis Wear, Quincy Acy and Tim Hardaway Jr. could be in the mix for big minutes vs. the Celtics. Early isn't a reliable option in deeper leagues even when he is healthy, so owners cans safely leave him on the wire. Check back closer to tip-off for the latest updates. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:36 am
    • Rajon Rondo benched after argument w/ coach
      Rajon Rondo had a heated verbal exchange with coach Rick Carlisle early in the third quarter on Tuesday, after which Rondo never re-entered the game.

      Advice: "Emotional game and we had a difference of opinion," Carlisle said afterward. "Once it was over, it was over." Rondo appeared to ignore Carlisle's play call during an offensive possession, which led to a frustrated timeout during which Rondo and his coach openly yelled at one another in the huddle, and the fact that he didn't return to the game suggests it wasn't immediately "over" as Carlisle suggested. Rondo finished with four points and four assists in 18 minutes and we expect him to resume his typical role as a starter vs. Atlanta on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:49 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire plays 17 minutes vs. Raptors
      Amare Stoudemire logged 17 minutes in his second game with the Mavs, finishing a win vs. the Raptors with six points, three rebounds and one steal off the bench.

      Advice: Dallas may rest Amare during back-to-backs as a precaution, and his lack of an official minute-limit doesn't mean much while Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki are both healthy. He's a perpetual injury risk and isn't worth gambling on outside of the deepest formats. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:48 pm
    • Patrick Patterson (knee) has 12 pts in return
      Patrick Patterson returned from a sore left knee to finish Tuesday's road loss in Dallas with 12 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist and one block.

      Advice: He shot 5-of-11 from the field in 28 minutes of action and the knee injury doesn't seem likely to limit him going forward. Pat-Pat's steady contributions in 3-pointers (1.5), rebounds (5.3), steals (1.5) and blocks (0.7) have been enough for mid-round value over the past few months, especially since he shoots well from both the field and the FT line. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:42 pm
    • Dion Waiters w/ 14 points on 18 shot attempts
      Dion Waiters needed 18 shots to score 14 points during Tuesday's win vs. the Pacers, though four of his five makes came from beyond the arc.

      Advice: He shot 0-of-7 from within 16 feet of the basket, which is an extreme example of Waiters' season-long inefficiency. He's shooting just 50.3 percent in the restricted area, 36.4 percent in the paint, and his True Shooting of 45.5 percent leaves much to be desired. There's no reason to touch him outside of the deepest fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:13 pm
    • Patrick Patterson (knee) will play on Tuesday
      Patrick Patterson (left knee sprain) will play on Tuesday vs. the Mavericks.

      Advice: Patterson wasn't able to play on Monday against the Pelicans, but the fact that he is returning after just a one-game absence suggests that his injury is likely minor. With season averages of just 8.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.4 3-pointers in 26.5 minutes per game, his value is limited to deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:16 pm
    • Report: DET nabs Shawne Williams off waivers
      The Pistons have reportedly claimed Shawne Williams off waivers.

      Advice: Williams will slot into the backup power forward slot in Detroit, and he'll now be fighting for reserve minutes with Anthony Tolliver. Both these guys could be headed for a timeshare, and this is a situation that should be avoided in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:35 pm
    • Kevin Garnett will start Wednesday vs. WAS
      Kevin Garnett will replace Adreian Payne in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: Garnett isn't really capable of playing much more than 20 minutes a game, and with season averages of 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues despite the starter tag. He's going to cut into the minutes of Payne and Gorgui Dieng, but Dieng should be able to sustain his value regardless of how he enters the game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:40 pm
       
      Injured
    • James Harden scores 31, triple-doubles
      James Harden strengthened his case for MVP during a 113-102 win over the Wolves on Monday, scoring 31 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, four blocks and five 3-pointers.

      Advice: He's just the sixth player since 1985 to put up a 30-point triple-double with at least four blocks. The Rockets didn't have Patrick Beverley (illness) tonight and it was all Harden all the time. Harden's numbers in his last 10 are ridiculous, averaging 27.1 points, 6.8 boards 7.0 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.7 treys. He and Russell Westbrook are the two biggest stat machines in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:40 pm
    • Covington steals five, scores 16
      Robert Covington scored 16 points with four rebounds, two assists, five steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Heat on Monday.

      Advice: He had all five steals in the first quarter and he has stepped up in the steals department as a shooting guard, stealing six in his first start at shooting guard this season. Covington has at least three treys in five of his last six games and has 3.0 per game in February. He's a must-start player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:30 pm
    • Patrick Patterson out with knee sprain
      Patrick Patterson (left knee sprain) will not play against the Pelicans on Monday.

      Advice: He played his normal 24 minutes on Saturday, but didn't quite look like himself. Patterson should be considered questionable for Tuesday against the Mavs. Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas should get more minutes with Tyler Hansbrough playing a bit more. James Johnson should also get run at the four. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:41 pm
    • Patrick Patterson (knee) questionable Monday
      Patrick Patterson (sprained knee) is questionable to play on Monday against the Pelicans.

      Advice: If Patterson is forced to sit out, it would mean more minutes for the Johnson Bros* in Amir and James. Please note that these guys are not actually brothers, and that is just a nickname. Tyler Hansbrough could also see a small boost in minutes if Patterson is sidelined, but he's not worth fantasy consideration. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:33 am
    • Byron Scott still excited about J. Clarkson
      Byron Scott said that he's "still really excited about Jordan Clarkson."

      Advice: "I keep getting excited about that kid because his growth is getting better and better. I’m excited with the way he’s played so far, he’s come a long way in a short period of time," Scott said. Since becoming the starting point guard, Clarkson is averaging 12.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals in just under 29 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:27 am
    • Jeremy Lin scores 25 points in Lakers' OT win
      The Lakers stole an overtime win vs. the Celtics on Sunday behind Jeremy Lin, who scored 25 points and handed out six assists in just 30 minutes off the bench.

      Advice: Lin didn't play during the first quarter and seemed headed for another lousy night, but he caught fire as the game went on and was the difference-maker in L.A.'s comeback victory. The Lakers have won two of their past 18 games and they're headed nowhere this season, which is another reason to distrust Lin's ROS value, but he's at least worth stashing on your bench in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:56 pm
       
      7:30 pm vs Mil
    • Amare Stoudemire scores 14 points in debut
      Amare Stoudemire scored 14 points with three boards in just 11 minutes in his debut with the Mavericks on Sunday.

      Advice: The minutes are the big story here, as it's clear that the Mavericks will likely do everything they can to keep Stoudemire fresh for the postseason. At this point in his career, Stoudemire belongs on the wire in all but the deepest of leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:20 pm
    • Dion Waiters leads OKC reserves w/ 17 points
      Dion Waiters led all Thunder reserves with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Sunday's rout, adding one 3-pointer, three rebounds and one turnover in 27 minutes.

      Advice: "The whole team is having fun," Waiters said after the game. That's a far cry from his attitude while in Cleveland and he seems to be embracing a reserve role for OKC, though it helps that he got 15 shot attempts tonight with Kevin Durant (foot) out and starting swingman Kyle Singler in early foul trouble. He's shooting 36.5 percent over his past dozen games and remains a sketchy pickup in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:00 pm
    • Robert Covington scores 16 pts in tough loss
      Robert Covington's 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals weren't enough to prevent Sunday's 98-103 road loss in Orlando.

      Advice: He shot 6-of-13 from the field and continues to be Philly's most reliable offensive weapon, having scored double-digit points in nine of his past 10 games. Hassan Whiteside may finish as the waiver-wire pickup of the year, but Covington isn't all that far behind. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:15 pm
    • Evan Fournier scoreless in 14 minutes Sunday
      Evan Fournier came off the bench during Sunday's five-point win vs. the 76ers, finishing scoreless with three assists in 14 minutes.

      Advice: He was coming off a nice 16-point effort as a starter on Friday and plenty of owners got burned tonight, as Fournier pulled the short straw in interim coach James Borrego's rotations. Fournier should be benched until Orlando's backcourt settles into a reliable pattern, at least while Tobias Harris (knee) is healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:03 pm
    • Draymond Green fouls out w/ six points Sunday
      The Warriors fell to the Pacers on Sunday, as Draymond Green fouled out with six points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

      Advice: Dray's shot was off but his across-the-board production is familiar to his fantasy owners, who have reveled in top-30 production all season. He's slipped a bit over the past month but remains a quality early-round value down the stretch, and he's on pace to join Shawn Marion and Robert Horry as the only players since 1946-47 to average at least 1.4 threes, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:50 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani logs season-high 28 minutes
      Andrea Bargnani logged a season-high 28 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Cavs, putting up 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover.

      Advice: Bargnani has missed his standard one-half of the regular season, so perhaps he can stay healthy for the Knicks' remaining 27 games. There's not a lot of upside here as he basically just scores inefficiently, but if you're in an extremely deep league and you're desperate for a center... well, we still wouldn't recommend adding him. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:40 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire will not have minutes limit
      Amare Stoudemire will not have a minutes restriction on Sunday against the Hornets.

      Advice: This still doesn't mean that Amare will play many minutes, as the Mavericks are going to want to keep him fresh for the postseason. Head coach Rick Carlisle said that Amare will play more minutes at center rather than power forward, but he also didn't rule out playing him alongside Tyson Chandler at times as well. Regardless, Amare is still only worth holding onto in deeper leagues until further notice. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:55 pm
    • Cleanthony Early benched on Sunday vs. Cavs
      Cleanthony Early will shift to the bench for Sunday's game vs. the Cavaliers with Lance Thomas set to replace him.

      Advice: In his first career start at small forward on Friday, Early scored just two points on 1-of-7 shooting so clearly the rookie still has a long way to go in his development. Early is more of a stash in deeper leagues in case he ever turns things around, while Thomas' game doesn't translate to fantasy very well. Owners in standard leagues shouldn't even concern themselves with this situation. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:34 am
    • Pelicans waive forward Shawne Williams Sunday
      The Pelicans have waived forward Shawne Williams on Sunday.

      Advice: Williams will likely land on another NBA team for his ability to stretch the floor, but it's hard to imagine him having any significant fantasy value this season. Leave Williams on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:05 am
    • Amare Stoudemire to make Dallas debut Sunday
      Amare Stoudemire will make his debut for the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday against the Hornets.

      Advice: He's going to serve as the primary backup to Dirk Nowitzki, and the Mavs will probably limit his minutes in an effort to keep him fresh for the postseason. Outside of deeper leagues, there's no reason to grab Stoudemire off the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:47 am
    • James Harden scores 20 points in win
      James Harden scored 20 points to snap a two-game losing streak during a 98-76 win on Saturday over the Raptors, adding five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: He has multiple steals in each of his last six games and climbed to No. 3 in the league in steals because of it. In that span, he averaged 28.8 points, 6.8 boards, 6.7 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.5 treys on 47.0 percent from the field and 78.0 percent from the line. Harden also has an identical assist percentage and usage rate in that span at 30.5 while the Rockets are running at a pace of 101.6 possessions per 48 while he's out there -- the Warriors lead the NBA in pace at 101.1 per 48. Harden is an MVP candidate. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:48 pm
    • Dion Waiters plays 32 minutes vs. CHA
      Dion Waiters played 32 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday, making 4-of-15 from the field for 10 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover.

      Advice: The minutes are eye-catching, but he is by far the most likely to lose playing time once Kevin Durant comes back. The fact that D.J. Augustin played so much next to Russell Westbrook is a big reason why. Waiters is a so-so add for now while KD is out, but he's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:17 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson's starting spot is safe
      Head coach Byron Scott hinted that he might tweak his lineup for Sunday's game against the Celtics, and Jordan Clarkson is the only player who is guaranteed to start.

      Advice: This is excellent news for the rookie point guard, and it's clear that he has gained coach Scott's trust. Since entering the starting lineup, Clarkson is averaging 13.3 points, 3.9 assists, 3.1 boards and 1.2 steals in 30 minutes per game, and there's no reason why he won't keep improving as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:10 pm
    • Clarkson plays just 24 minutes on Friday
      Jordan Clarkson played just 24 minutes in Friday's loss to the Nets, scoring 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds and five assists.

      Advice: Clarkson did not have a steal or block and with the low minutes and talk of changes in the starting lineup, owners should start to look at other options pretty closely. Ronnie Price logged 27 minutes with six points, eight assists and three steals, and the entire rotation is in a state of upheaval. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:07 am
    • Jeremy Lin scores 18 points on Friday
      Jeremy Lin scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 5-of-8 FTs) with one rebound, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: We don't trust Byron Scott or Lin as far as we can throw them these days, but this is a decent showing for a guy who has been lacking in both confidence and production lately. He's not a must-add player or even a strong add, but he's worth keeping an eye on in case he can get on track with a terribly shallow squad. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:59 am
       
      7:30 pm vs Mil
    • Draymond Green steals three in win
      Draymond Green scored 11 points with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Spurs on Friday.

      Advice: While several Western Conference teams made some improvements in the trade market, none of them compare to the improvements made by Draymond. He's a huge difference maker in reality and in fantasy, averaging 10.0 points, 11.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.2 treys in his last five. The Warriors wouldn't have the No. 1 seed in the NBA without Green and his fantasy owners are probably looking good in the standings too. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:28 am
    • Rondo struggling mightily for the Mavs
      Rajon Rondo hit 6-of-9 shots for 13 points in the Mavs' 111-100 win over the Rockets on Friday, but managed just three assists to go with six turnovers in the rest of his box score.

      Advice: Rondo didn't grab a rebound and hit just 1-of-4 shots from the line, looking tentative as ever and one has to wonder how bad his confidence is shot right now. We can't think of too many better support systems and general situations he could find himself in compared to Dallas, so chances are he gets it together at some point, but he's not must-own player and in 9-cat leagues you can drop him without flinching unless you're punting turnovers. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:15 am
    • Andrea Bargnani scores 11 points
      Andrea Bargnani scored 11 points against the Heat on Friday with six rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

      Advice: Believe it or not, he hasn't been hurt for three games in a row. He is basically just putting up points on awful efficiency, so Il Mago doesn't really have any fantasy magic left. If you're in a 50-team league, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:37 pm
    • Cleanthony Early plays like a second-rounder
      Cleanthony Early made his first start at small forward in his career on Friday against the Heat, playing 23 minutes for two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal on 1-of-7 from the field.

      Advice: Starting isn't his thing, apparently. In his only start at shooting guard, Early only scored six points on 2-of-9 from the field. He's made just 20 percent from the field in the last month and there are no other stats to suggest anything is coming. However, coach Derek Fisher sounds like he's going to play him. Just keep an eye on him in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:18 pm
    • Patterson has nice peripherals on Friday
      Patrick Patterson scored seven points on 3-of-8 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday.

      Advice: Patterson isn't flashy but he's doing just fine in fantasy leagues this season, returning top 50-75 value overall (9/8 cat) despite playing just 26.5 mpg. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:58 pm
    • Fournier scores 16 points with six boards
      Evan Fournier hit 7-of-16 shots (including two threes) for 16 points, six rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes on Friday.

      Advice: As long as Tobias Harris (knee) is out, there might be enough breathing room for Fournier to be productive like this. Once Harris returns, all bets are off. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:36 pm
    • Robert Covington has a rough night
      Robert Covington scored just eight points with two rebounds, one assist and one steals in 29 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

      Advice: After scoring more than 20 points in back-to-back games coming into this one, Covington cooled off making just 2-of-10 from the field. Tonight was just his third game without a 3-pointer since Dec. 1. He is going to be a strong finisher and his owners have nothing to worry about. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:58 pm
    • Late on Early: Cleanthony Early starting
      Cleanthony Early will start at small forward on Friday against the Heat.

      Advice: He'll join Jose Calderon, Langston Galloway, Jason Smith and Lou Amundson. Coach Derek Fisher said the hopes of starting Early will help him relax, so it sounds like it'll stick. Considering the struggles of Galloway and Tim Hardaway Jr., we might get a decent look at Early for a while. He's capable of putting up steals and treys, so owners in deeper leagues will want to watch him tonight. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:56 pm
    • Evan Fournier starting at small forward
      Evan Fournier will start against the Pelicans on Friday.

      Advice: His numbers as the starting small forward are not good this season, averaging 8.7 points, 3.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.3 treys on 36.7 percent from the field. Still, he's worth a look as a punt play in DFS. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:23 pm
    • Kevin Garnett will not play Friday vs. PHO
      Kevin Garnett will be unavailable for Friday's game against the Suns, as expected.

      Advice: He is said to be targeting Wednesday against the Wizards, so it's safe to assume he'll be unavailable for Monday's game against the Rockets as well. He's not capable of playing much more than 20 minutes a game, and he should remain on the waiver wire in most leagues. Gorgui Dieng and Nikola Pekovic will man the Timberwolves frontcourt, and it's unlikely Garnett will overtake either guy as a starter. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:18 am
       
      Injured
    • Dion Waiters a loser from deadline day?
      Dion Waiters scored eight points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and two turnovers against the Mavericks on Thursday.

      Advice: The Thunder picking up D.J. Augustin is bad news for Waiters because it makes a lot of sense to play DJA next to Russell Westbrook. Augustin thrived off the ball next to Derrick Rose last season and will likely have a similar role -- not as many shots, though. That means Waiters probably won't play much more than 20 minutes. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:37 pm
    • Rajon Rondo looks bad in a loss
      Rajon Rondo's time off from a facial injury didn't help on Thursday against the Thunder, making 2-of-9 from the field for five points with two rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

      Advice: It's hard to say he looked rusty here because this is a typical Rondo line these days. It's abundantly clear Rondo won't match his fantasy output from his Boston days and he's surprisingly not even a must-own player considering how many players picked up value today. For what it's worth, he hasn't even been in the top 200 for standard leagues on per-game value since he arrived in Dallas. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:52 pm
    • Kevin Garnett expected to play on Wednesday
      Kevin Garnett is expected to play on Wednesday against the Wizards.

      Advice: That means he won't play Friday against the Suns and won't play in the Monday road game in Houston. Garnett won't be playing more than 20 minutes and will likely have not play in both sets of back-to-back sets on the season. Interestingly, he may sign an extension to play next season. For now, he can be left on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:05 pm
       
      Injured
    • Quincy Miller signs 10-day deal w/ Detroit
      Quincy Miller has reached an agreement to sign a 10-day deal with the Pistons.

      Advice: The Pistons are currently a bit thin at the small forward spot after Thursday's trade of Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler, leaving them with just Caron Butler and Tayshaun Prince to man the position. Miller will give them some depth, but he's unlikely to offer enough statistically to be considered in most leagues. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:40 pm
    • Pelicans intend to waive Shawne Williams
      The Pelicans intend to buyout Shawne Williams, whom they acquired as part of Thursday's trade for Norris Cole.

      Advice: Williams is making $1.2 million this year but the Pelicans have enough help at SF that they're willing to cut him loose. It shouldn't take him long to find a team looking to pad their bench with a 39.5 percent 3-point shooter. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:27 pm
    • Shawne Williams (hip) traded to the Pelicans
      Shawne Williams has been traded to the Pelicans.

      Advice: The Heat didn't play him at small forward much, but he may play there with his new team. Williams is far from a lock to be in the rotation and isn't worth owning in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:28 pm
    • Report: Kevin Garnett traded to the Wolves
      Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause and will be traded to the Wolves for Thaddeus Young, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.

      Advice: Nobody saw this coming until yesterday. KG will end his career where he started it and the Wolves are reportedly interested in extending his deal for two more seasons. He is only playing minutes in the teens right now, so he won't be nearly as great as he was in his Minnesota days -- he was the consensus No. 1 pick in fantasy leagues for several years there. Fantasy owners can leave him on the wire in almost all leagues. Mason Plumlee and Cory Jefferson should get more run. Shabazz Muhammad will play a lot more with Thad gone. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:36 am
       
      Injured
    • Amare Stoudemire will not play Thurs or Fri
      Amare Stoudemire (ankle) will not play Thursday or Friday.

      Advice: The newly-acquired Stoudemire will not suit up for Thursday's game against the Thunder or Friday's game against the Rockets, so the earliest we'll see him in a Mavs uniform is Sunday against the Hornets. STAT will basically serve as a backup to Dirk Nowitzki and will likely be on a minutes limit, so fantasy owners can feel free to leave him on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:01 am
    • Changes in store for Lakers' starting lineup
      Byron Scott suggested that he'll soon change the Lakers' starting lineup to let more players "show what they can do."

      Advice: "I do expect probably one more, at least, lineup change," Scott said. He didn't name any players who could lose or gain a starting role, but fantasy owners should be on notice with guys like Jordan Clarkson, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Kelly, Tarik Black and Robert Sacre all potentially on the bubble. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:48 am
    • Anything Is Possible: KG may waive no-trade
      There is "cautious optimism" from the Wolves that Kevin Garnett is leaning toward waiving his no-trade clause, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

      Advice: He reportedly doesn't want a buyout, so this is likely his only chance to change teams. Garnett is expected to make a bid on the Wolves after his playing days are over and a move to Minnesota would help. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:24 am
       
      Injured
    • Kevin Garnett rules out contract buyout
      Kevin Garnett has ruled out a buyout of his contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowki of Yahoo Sports.

      Advice: Despite the Clippers' strong interest in his services if he's bought out, Garnett has reportedly ruled out that scenario. Wojnarowski is reporting that KG is still considering waiving his no-trade clause for a deal that would send him to the Timberwolves and will reportedly meet with the team today. Whether KG is in Brooklyn or Minnesota, he's only played 15.6 minutes per game during the month of February and can be left on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:58 am
       
      Injured
    • Nets, Wolves talking Young-Garnett deal?
      The Wolves and Nets have discussed a deal to send Thaddeus Young to the Nets in exchange for Kevin Garnett, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

      Advice: Garnett has a no-trade clause, which may come into play with the Wolves being the further from a playoff spot than any other team. There is some talk of Garnett being bought out after the deadline, but he's not going to play much no matter where he winds up. In fact, KG has logged just 15.6 minutes per game this month. It's also worth mentioning KG hopes to buy the Wolves someday, so maybe that's a factor here. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:51 pm
       
      Injured
    • Mavs sign Amare Stoudemire
      Mans sign F/C Amare Stoudemire.

      Advice: The deal is official and it's expected to be for the league minimum, which is still expected to be $485,670 for STAT. The Mavericks are desperate for a big man and they've even had to play Dirk Nowitzki at the five. With Stoudemire in the mix, we should see a little less from Al-Farouq Aminu. Stoudemire is likely just going to back up Dirk Nowitzki because a Dirk-STAT frontline doesn't sound like a good solution on defense. He can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:27 pm
    • Shawne Williams (hip) will play on Friday
      Shawne Williams (hip) will play against the Knicks on Friday.

      Advice: He has been on the injury report since Feb. 3, but the Heat aren't necessarily going to use him. Williams plays almost all of his minutes at power forward, so he'll basically need Chris Bosh to miss time in order to get significant minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:42 pm
    • Andrea Bargnani will have to score more?
      Phil Jackson said the Knicks may need Andrea Bargnani to score more.

      Advice: Oh boy. Bargnani has been a disaster this season. He has a very high usage rate of 27.8 on the season, but he's only made 36.4 percent from the field and we all know about his "defense" recently. The Knicks are going to need all the help they can get, but fantasy owners can leave Bargnani on the wire due to his ineffective play and injury risk. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:25 pm
    • Swaggy P says Lin should pass more
      Nick Young said that Jeremy Lin should have "focused on passing a little bit more."

      Advice: "Especially when Kobe was out there, [Jeremy] needed to drop dimes," Young said. This is the least surprising quote of the week. Lin has a somewhat high 20.8 usage rate while he's on the court with Young this season, so Young would probably rather see it fall to like 2.08. Lin hasn't played well at all and isn't worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:41 am
       
      7:30 pm vs Mil
    • Rajon Rondo (face) expected to return Thurs.
      Updating a previous report, Rajon Rondo (face) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he is expected to return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: Rondo's return to the lineup will send J.J. Barea back to the bench, and hurt the value of Devin Harris. Rondo is averaging 9.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.5 assists on 40.4 percent shooting through 21 games with the Mavericks this season. It's unclear if he'll have any sort of minutes restriction upon his return, but with a favorable matchup against the Thunder (and only two games on the schedule for Thursday), he can be viewed as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    • Cuban says Rajon Rondo nearing a return
      Mavs' owners Mark Cuban said he believes that Rajon Rondo (face) is only "a couple days off" from making a return to the court.

      Advice: "He's coming along great," Cuban said of Rondo. "Because of the time off, his endurance isn't going to be there. But I don't think he's more than a couple of days off." He went on to say that Rondo has spent the time off working on his shot, and that "no one wants to be able to knock down 3-pointers more than he does." While Rondo is unlikely to sudden become a threat from 3-point range (career 26.2 percent from beyond the arc), it sounds like he'll be able to make a return to the court shortly after the All-Star break. His return will hurt the value of J.J. Barea and Devin Harris. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:22 pm
    • Draymond Green would be interested in Detroit
      Draymond Green would be interested in pursuing an offer sheet with the Pistons when he becomes a restricted free agent this offseason.

      Advice: While Green does enjoy playing for Golden State, he grew up in Michigan, and played for Michigan State during his college years. There will be no shortage of teams looking to give Green a big contract following this year's breakout season, however given the Warriors success this season which can largely be attributed to the fantastic play of Green, it would seem likely the Warriors do whatever they can to retain him. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:31 pm
    • Amare Stoudemire deal worth league mimimum
      Amare Stoudemire's impending deal with the Mavericks will reportedly be for the league minimum, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

      Advice: According to Stein, STAT's deal will pay him $477,150 and will carry a cap number of $301,492. While Stoudemire will fill a glaring frontcourt need for the Mavs, he can be left on waivers in standard leagues as his on-court value to the Mavs will greatly trump his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:54 am
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