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  • LeBron says Melo-Love rumors are false
    LeBron James said the three-team trade rumors involving Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Boston are "false."

    Advice: Melo did say he's hoping to play with a star, but he also shot down trade rumors, as well. He has a no-trade clause and that could be a huge hurdle for the Knicks if they want to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Chris Bosh has a strained calf
    Chris Bosh (strained calf) explained his decision to sit out of Sunday's All-Star game.

    Advice: "It just lingered and I didn't feel it was wise to continue to push it, especially with this elongated week that we have off," Bosh said in regards to his calf. "I just wanted to make sure that I was taking the necessary precautions and being a good professional." His fantasy owners will be relieved that he's taking a little bit of extra rest, and hopefully he will be ready to for the Heat's next game on Feb. 19. He will be re-evaluated when he returns to Miami. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 am
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  • Kings not shopping DeMarcus Cousins?
    According to the Boston Globe, the Kings have it made it very clear that DeMarcus Cousins is not on the market.

    Advice: The Kings are five losses behind the Jazz for the eighth seed in the West, and while it feels like Cousins is in the rumor mill every season, the chances of him being moved appear to be incredibly slim. As long as he can stay healthy, he should be a monster down the stretch. Through five February games, he has averages of 25.4 points, 9.6 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Kevin Seraphin hoping for minutes
    Kevin Seraphin is hoping for more minutes following the dismissal of coach Derek Fisher.

    Advice: "I just hope for more playing time," Seraphin said. "That’s the goal. It’s a new opportunity for sure." Seraphin has dropped 25 pounds and is eager to carve out a role, and he logged 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Wizards which was just the third time that he saw 15 or minutes since the new year. Unless his role continues to grow, he will only be on the radar in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:26 am
  • Thaddeus Young linked to Raptors
    The Raptors have had "exploratory discussions" with the Nets regarding Thaddeus Young.

    Advice: Toronto also has Kenneth Faried, Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker on their radar, so it's clear that they're seeking an upgrade at the four in an attempt to close the gap behind Cleveland. Young's production would likely take a hit with a move to Toronto, but he would still have a stable role and would have no problem winning the starting spot over the likes of Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson. Expect the rumors to heat up after the All-Star game, but stashing a guy like Thomas Robinson in a deeper league makes some sense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Warriors think they're getting Kevin Durant?
    According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Warriors are a legitimate threat to land Kevin Durant this summer.

    Advice: "There are people in Golden State who think they're getting him," Broussard said. "There are people in management and I think some players too. Kevin Durant likes the way they play. He likes their style, he likes the fact they play unselfishly. He sees himself fitting into that group." This report first gained steam when Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical said that the Warriors were "significant frontrunners" to sign him in free agency, so it shouldn't be completely dismissed. The Thunder's success in the postseason could be a pivotal factor in KD's decision. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Carmelo Anthony wants to play with a star?
    Amid rumors of a possible trade, Carmelo Anthony said on Friday that he hopes to play with another star.

    Advice: "I think everybody always kind of dreams and hopes that they can play with another great player, another star player," Anthony said. "It’s a star players’ league. I think that’s what we all talk about every time we get together." There was a report on Friday that linked Anthony to the Cavaliers in a three-team trade that would send Kevin Love to Boston, but those talks never made it out of the preliminary stage. Anthony has a no-trade clause and he denied recent reports that he wants to leave New York. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:33 am
  • Hawks not actively shopping Al Horford?
    According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Hawks are not actively shopping Al Horford.

    Advice: Vivlamore added than anything the Hawks are doing right now is simply exploratory, which falls in line with previous reports that suggested that Atlanta would "listen" to offers. If the Hawks ultimately decide that they don't want to give him a max deal this summer, then that would give them a reason to go ahead with a trade. For now, nothing is imminent for the All-Star big man. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Nothing happening with Love trade
    Nothing is happening with Kevin Love (shoulder) and a trade to the Celtics.

    Advice: There will definitely be rumors around Love heading into the deadline because of how playoff teams attack him in pick-and-roll. Love's shoulder injury seems like it's minor, so he should be ready to roll next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
     
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 30 points in BBVA
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge with five rebounds four assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was the crowd's favorite non-Canadian player. Team World got 30 points out of Emmanuel Mudiay and 29 from Andrew Wiggins. Porzingis has a decent chance to be an All-Star next year, especially with the fan voting. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Al Horford will play in All-Star Game
    Al Horford will replace Chris Bosh in Sunday's All-Star Game.

    Advice: He is en route to Toronto at the time of this report. Horford's name has popped up in trade rumors, but the Hawks are playing really well. They actually have the second-best net rating in their last six games, so they could make a postseason run. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:02 pm
  • Chris Bosh will not play in All-Star Game
    Chris Bosh will not play in Sunday's All-Star Game due to a strained calf.

    Advice: The specifics are not known yet on Bosh, who played 35 minutes on Tuesday night and didn't appear to be hurt. The Heat don't play again until Friday Feb. 19, so there could be a decent chance he is ready to return for action with the team. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:59 pm
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  • Chris McCullough has a 14-minute limit
    Chris McCullough said that he's restricted to no more than 14 minutes per game for the time being.

    Advice: He spent over a year rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee, so it's not a surprise that the Nets are easing him into the rotation. The 21-year-old forward is one of the few building blocks that Brooklyn has, but the Nets would have to make a trade or two at the deadline to open up some more minutes. For now, McCullough is just a stash in dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:19 am
  • Byron Scott praises Julius Randle
    Lakers coach Byron Scott heaped praise on Julius Randle but wouldn't commit to him as the starting power forward.

    Advice: "He’s been fantastic," Scott said of Randle. "He’s not going overboard as far as trying to go too fast. He’s picking his moments and he’s rebounded the hell out of the ball." Scott is a huge Larry Nance (knee) fan, so we should see a position battle right after the All-Star break. To be clear, Randle is still the big to own in Los Angeles. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:57 am
  • John Henson will be re-evaluated after ASB
    John Henson (back) will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

    Advice: The Bucks took the cautious approach with Henson and held him out for seven straight games. He will hopefully be good to go after the break, and he isn't the worst stash if you need blocks in case the Bucks decide to move Greg Monroe at the deadline. He owns season averages of 6.8 points, 3.9 boards, 1.0 assist and 2.0 blocks in 16.7 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:19 am
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  • Heat looking to trade Jarnell Stokes?
    The Heat are reportedly willing to trade Jarnell Stokes for a second round pick.

    Advice: Stokes has only made a handful of brief appearances for Miami and he has spent the majority of his time in the D-League, so the Heat are simply looking to open up a roster spot. Unless Stokes is traded to an ideal situation, he would likely be looking at a very limited role. He's not worth stashing at this point. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:53 am
  • Chandler Parsons says his body feels great
    Chandler Parsons said that his body "feels great."

    Advice: "I'm feeling great," Parsons said. "It's some of the best basketball I've ever played in my career. My body feels great. I'm as confident as I've ever been. And I'm in a good place." His knee surgery is a distant memory and the forward has been playing excellent with averages of 25.0 points, 4.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.0 3-pointers over his last two games. That pace likely isn't sustainable, but he's poised for a solid finish to the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:13 am
  • Stevens is surprised by Crowders development
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens is surprised how fast Jae Crowder has developed.

    Advice: "I think for any of us to say that we would have thought he would have been averaging what he's averaging [and] being as focal a part of what we're trying to do — I don't know if any of us would have thought it would have happened that quickly," Stevens said. "But he got better and better as his opportunities increased last year and just kind of took off from there." The forward has also been a surprise in fantasy, returning top-30 value on the season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.7 triples. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:54 am
  • Asking price for Horford and Teague too high?
    According to Chris Mannix of the Vertical, the asking price for Al Horford and Jeff Teague is "borderline ridiculous."

    Advice: "From everything I’ve been told in the last two or three days, Atlanta’s requests for both Al Horford and Jeff Teague have been borderline ridiculous," Mannix said. "The kind of things teams like Boston, or Milwaukee, or Denver simply won’t deal for the players they want." Boston seems like the team that's most willing to make a major move, and Mannix adds that the Hawks could lower their price as the deadline (Feb. 18) approaches. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:23 am
  • KD scores 23 points in win
    Kevin Durant scored 23 points during a 121-95 win over the Pelicans on Thursday, adding three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He dropped back down to third in scoring in a very odd game. This was his first game without a free throw attempt since 2012 and only his sixth game ever. Durant is obviously fine as a top-two option in fantasy leagues. Excluding his injury on Nov. 10, KD has scored 20 or more in every game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:30 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony challenges Knicks teammates
    Carmelo Anthony challenged his Knicks teammates to bounce back after the All-Star Break.

    Advice: The Knicks are on a six-game losing streak and have lost 10 of 11 heading into the All-Star Break, but Anthony thinks the team can still make a playoff push. "We have to go get it at this point," Melo said. "Take this break, kind of reboot, mentally, physically, come back and be ready for a dogfight. Everybody — top to bottom — everybody’s got to be ready." Playoffs aside, Anthony's balky left knee has turned into a concern and his fantasy owners may want to gauge his trade value as he could be a shutdown candidate if the Knicks fall further out of the playoff race. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Kevin Love doesn't expect to miss any time
    Kevin Love (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss any time after suffering a left shoulder stinger on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love injured his surgically-repaired left shoulder during Wednesday's win over the Lakers, but looks to have avoided a serious injury. "It felt like fire was running down my arm," Love said. "Just a stinger, and doctors decided we'll be cautious and use the break for it to feel better, but it actually feels OK right now." We'll keep an eye on Love over the All-Star Break, but it sounds like he'll be ready to go for the second half of the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:11 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
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  • Julius Randle's double-double streak ends Wed
    Julius Randle's double-double streak screeched to a halt on Wednesday, as he posted just seven points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Randle made 2-of-7 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs in one of his worst games in recent memory. Bryon Scott is warming to Randle, saying recently, "He's maturing. He's really starting to understand this game and understand some of the things that he can do on a night-to-night basis. I love where he is right now." Unfortunately, Scott also "loves" Larry Nance Jr. and wouldn't commit to keeping Randle with the starters once Nance is healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:55 pm
  • Jae Crowder posts all-around gem in 38 mins
    Jae Crowder notched 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block with zero turnovers in 38 minutes of action vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Crowder has been plagued by a high ankle sprain but refused to miss any games, and the All-Star break comes at an ideal time. He doesn't play again until Feb. 19, at which point he should resume playing at a top-40 level. If your trade deadline hasn't passed, consider floating a buy-low offer in case Crowder's owners are still flustered by his recent lull. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:13 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins piles up 28/12/5 in comeback
    DeMarcus Cousins finished Wednesday's comeback win in Philly with 28 points, 12 boards (four offensive), five assists, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins has thrived in this matchup, averaging 30.3 points and 16.0 rebounds in his past four games vs. Philly. The Kings are in disarray as they hover 4.5 games out of playoff contention, but Cousins' owners can rest assured that he'll be a beast as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) won't miss games
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he won't miss any games due to his left shoulder contusion.

    Advice: He said he only had a stinger, so it doesn't sound like anything is wrong structurally. Love should be close to 100 percent after the break, so his fantasy owners dodged a bullet here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:01 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
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  • Kevin Love (left shoulder) out for game
    Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder contusion and will not return on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news is that this report adds Love "most likely" will be fine. He is still likely to be re-evaluated to make sure he didn't aggravate his shoulder surgery from the summer. Love finished with eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes. There's no need to make a speculative add right now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:29 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
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  • Kevin Love (shoulder) goes to locker room
    Kevin Love hurt his left shoulder and went to the locker room on Wednesday.

    Advice: Not good. His arm was hanging like something was wrong and he was in pain. This is the same left shoulder that needed surgery last summer, so that adds extra concern. Tonight is a really bad night for shoulder injuries. We'll be looking for updates on Love. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:07 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
     
  • Jarnell Stokes sent back to the D-League
    Jarnell Stokes has been assigned to Miami's D-League affiliate.

    Advice: He's going down for the D-League All-Star game. Stokes is not a fantasy option in any format. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:23 pm
  • John Henson out again for Thursday
    John Henson (back) will not play against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: It'll be Miles Plumlee starting again on Thursday. Hopefully, Henson will be back after the break and get close to 20 minutes. He's not the worst stash out there on the off chance the Bucks break up their team. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:30 pm
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  • Carmelo Anthony committed to Knicks' future
    Carmelo Anthony said that he'll continue to trust Phil Jackson in wake of Derek Fisher's firing, and that he has no intention of seeking a trade away from New York.

    Advice: "This is something I didn't see coming, [that] nobody saw coming," Anthony said of Fisher's firing. "So you have to continue to put your trust into Phil. At this point, what could you do? Can't shy away from that. Can't go against it. So for me, it's continue. I have to trust in it. I decided to stay here. I decided to make that decision to trust in the Knicks and trust in Phil. I have to continue doing that." Anthony's surgically repaired left knee is a concern, but as long as New York is in the playoff hunt, owners can expect Melo to fight through the discomfort. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Report: It will take mega-deal to land Boogie
    Kings’ GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive have not seriously considered a DeMarcus Cousins trade, and it would take a mega-deal for that to change.

    Advice: Despite constant trade rumors, the Kings have been adamant that they have zero interest in trading away their franchise center, so a Cousins deal seems highly unlikely at this point. As for fantasy hoops, DMC is currently putting up second-round value on the year with averages of 26.8 points, 11.0 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.2 three-pointers and 3.7 turnovers per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 72.6 percent from the charity stripe. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:50 am
  • Report: Al Horford to BOS a real possibility?
    A deal sending Al Horford to the Boston Celtics is reportedly a "legitimate possibility" according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: "I think Boston -- Al Horford is a legitimate possibility for the Celtics," Mannix said. "I think that is the guy, one of the guys across the league that Danny Ainge is the most excited about." Mannix added that while Horford will cost a lot of money to re-sign as a free agent, the Celtics will be willing to foot the bill. Horford does make sense in Boston as Ainge is reportedly looking for a low-post scorer at the deadline, but it's difficult to predict his value in Boston without knowing the moving pieces. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:32 am
  • Cousins, Rondo and Gay are all probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), Rajon Rondo (turf toe) and Rudy Gay (ankle) are all probable for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The Kings have been listing Cousins and Rondo as probable for a week now, so this report really doesn't mean anything. Expect them to all be out there against Philly in what should be a pivotal game for coach George Karl. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Chandler Parsons leads Mavs with 24 in loss
    Chandler Parsons hit 8-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 24 points, one rebound, one steal and one block in 36 minutes of Tuesday's overtime loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: After slumping for a couple games, Parsons is setting up nicely for a big run after the All-Star break, scoring 26 and 24 points in his last two games with eight 3-pointers and nine rebounds. He was tough to stomach over the first couple months of the season, but patient owners are now being rewarded on most nights. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 18 points w/ three treys
    Jae Crowder (ankle) looked great on Tuesday vs. the Bucks, scoring 18 points with five boards, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens admitted that Crowder's ankle is still bothering him, but he's incredibly tough and it's safe to say that he isn't interested in missing any time. The All-Star break should help him heal up, so his owners should be feeling very confident. He finished 7-of-12 from the field and didn't turn the ball over. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony drops 33 & 13
    Carmelo Anthony's knee looked just fine on Tuesday when he went off for 33 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers on 12-of-22 shooting in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Melo has had a pair of MRIs in the last few weeks and there's still plenty of concern about his role if the Knicks fall out of the playoff race, but until that happens, it looks like he's going to be playing on most nights. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis rolling again for Knicks
    Kristaps Porzingis had 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: After going through a mini slump, Porzingis is rolling right now, double-double in his two previous games and then putting up tonight's beauty that included 8-of-14 shooting and 30 minutes. There are no indications that the arrival of Kurt Rambis is going to hurt Porzingis going forward, either. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. MIL
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: "This is the most opportunity he's ever gotten," said Brad Stevens on Crowder. "He's a versatile player." He'll continue to fight through the pain, and is safe to activate in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:40 pm
  • Report: CLE unlikely to trade Kevin Love
    The Cavs are reportedly unlikely to trade away Kevin Love at the deadline.

    Advice: Cleveland management would reportedly like to see how Love fits into the Cavs' new system before making a major change, so while he could be dealt during the offseason, a trade at the deadline seems like an unlikely scenario for Love. He's been a third-round guy on the year with averages of 15.8 points, 10.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.1 three-pointers and 1.9 turnovers per game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:01 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
     
  • Report: Atlanta could blowup team at deadline
    The Hawks are reportedly considering trading away their core players of Al Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague at the trade deadline.

    Advice: The Hawks haven't been able to recapture the magic from last year's 60-win season, and it's clear that while they're a playoff team, they are no championship contender. Horford is in a contract year, and Atlanta may not be willing to sign him to a max-deal this offseason. The Magic, Celtics and Nuggets have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Horford, and Atlanta is also listening to offers on Teague and Millsap. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:17 am
  • Jae Crowder dealing with high-ankle sprain
    Jae Crowder (ankle) said he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain.

    Advice: While Crowder's ankle is obviously giving him trouble, he said he's committed to playing through the injury. "It's a high ankle sprain," he said on Tuesday. "It's mind over matter. I'm trying to suck it up; do my job." Crowder has been a revelation for his owners in season-long leagues and should continue to be started, but he's a risky play in DFS as long as he's dealing with his injury. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:25 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 32 points in win vs. PHX
    Kevin Durant scored a game-high 32 points during a 122-106 win over the Suns on Monday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 25 in the second half and is a scoring machine in his last seven, averaging 34.4 points, 9.9 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.9 steals and 3.3 treys on 50.3 percent from the field, 45.1 percent from deep and 92.8 percent from the line. KD is getting close to a 50/40/90 year again at 50.6 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from deep and 89.5 percent from the line. He's created some separation as fantasy's No. 2 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Al Horford bounces back in loss
    Al Horford scored a team-high 27 points during a 117-110 overtime loss to the Magic on Monday, adding six rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

    Advice: He was 12-of-18 from the field and hit both free throws for an eight-category line. Horford was putting up an underwhelming February before this gem, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 treys. He's been a top-20 player this year and that should continue. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Julius Randle scores 15 with 19 boards
    Julius Randle matched his career-high 19 rebounds against the Pacers on Monday with 15 points, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is really starting to come around and coach Byron Scott also said Randle was "fantastic" tonight. Randle also said it "feels like the game is going easy for me." He likely has earned more run even when Larry Nance (knee) is back from his injury. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:38 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 14 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points with eight rebounds, three assists and one block during a 120-100 loss to the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: Coach George Karl Watch is fully on right now and he might not make it to the All-Star break. Cousins said the team not playing well is not due to the players and Rajon Rondo had some comments this time. "With optional shootarounds it’s tough" Rondo said on Monday. "When three or four guys show up for shootaround this morning, how can you expect to win?" We'll see if Karl will coach the Kings on Wednesday against the 76ers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Thaddeus Young scores 20 w/ three blocks
    Thaddeus Young scored 20 points with seven boards, two assists, three blocks and one steal vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: He has now put together four dominant performances in a row with three double-doubles in that span. Young and Brook Lopez have been solid all season for the Nets despite their team's struggles, and the only thing that can really hurt them would be a trade. Lopez finished with 16 points, four boards and one block in 31 minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Kevin Love returns, scores 11 points
    Kevin Love scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: It's his first game back after missing one game due to a quad bruise. Love should be better his next time out and be an early-round guy. All that Love trade talk has subsided a bit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:02 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
     
  • Chris McCullough plays 11 minutes in debut
    Chris McCullough (knee) played 11 minutes in his NBA debut on Monday vs. the Nuggets, scoring two points with two boards, one block and one steal.

    Advice: The rookie was incredibly active in his limited minutes and his athleticism really stood out. The Nets are obviously going to ease him into the rotation because of how much time he missed due to his knee surgery, so expect him to have some minute restrictions for a while. He's an excellent stash in dynasty formats and owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:57 pm
  • Chris McCullough (knee) could debut Monday
    Chris McCullough (knee) could make his NBA debut on Monday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: A previous report said that he is expected to play, but coach Tony Brown said the rookie will only play if the right situation presents itself. He has been rehabbing his knee for about a year, so expect his minutes to be very limited right out of the gate. Owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings
    Kevin Love (quad) will play against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: He was probable and was never in jeopardy of missing this game after missing Saturday. HIs return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench while Tristan Thompson shouldn't play as much as Saturday. Start Love like you normally would in a favorable matchup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:24 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
     
  • John Henson (back) remains out on Tuesday
    John Henson (back) did not practice on Monday, and he will not play on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: This will now be six straight games in street clothes for Henson, and there is no clear timetable for his return. It's irresponsible to stash Henson in standard formats considering he's just a blocks specialist even when healthy, but those in deeper leagues (16-plus teams) should wait until we get a clear diagnosis until making a decision. The time off during All-Star Weekend should help. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 am
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  • Julius Randle expected to play on Monday
    Julius Randle (ankle) is expected to start on Monday vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Randle twisted his ankle after stepping on a cameraman in Saturday's loss to the Spurs, but postgame X-rays were negative and as Randle said, he's fine. Averaging 12.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists on 47.8% from the field over his last four games, Randle should keep getting big minutes without Larry Nance (knee) in the lineup. With how well he's been playing, it would be a surprise if Randle was sent back to the bench once Nance is ready to return. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:05 am
  • Kevin Love (thigh) probable to play on Monday
    Kevin Love (quad) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Assuming Love plays, he'll wind up missing just a single game with the quad injury. His return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench where he belongs, while Tristan Thompson will slide back over and assume starting center responsibilities. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:17 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    GTD
     
  • Report: Melo had two MRIs in last three weeks
    Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) has had two MRIs in the last three weeks, sources told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

    Advice: Despite both coming back clean, "the concern over his long-term health is very real," per Isola. Obviously there are a number of things going wrong in New York right now, and Melo's health woes are right at the top of the list. If the soreness in his surgically-repaired knee doesn't improve after the All-Star break, Melo will be a shutdown candidate as the Knicks fall further and further out of the playoff race. Anthony's absence would mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Derrick Williams and Lance Thomas while Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo would each assume a larger role in the offense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:14 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) may need more DNPs
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) has been assured that the pain in his surgically-repaired knee is "part of the recovery," but he suggested that he might sit out more games to rest his knee.

    Advice: "I can feel it when I'm out there, as far as the rhythm, mechanically shooting the ball," said Anthony. "It's not aligned for me right now." He has missed three of the Knicks' past eight games and although the All-Star break should help, owners have to prepare for occasional DNPs down the stretch. Melo's recent MRI came back negative and he said on Sunday that he intends to play in the All-Star game, which at least suggests that he's not overly concerned. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 5:29 pm
  • Chris Bosh scores 17 points with three treys
    Chris Bosh went just 5-of-17 from the field and 4-of-7 from the line during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, on his way to 17 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Bosh has been producing just eighth-round value over the past month with averages of 19.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 turnover per game on 46.5 percent shooting. However, his rebounding, 3-point shooting and defensive numbers should trend up after the All-Star break, so he qualifies as buy-low candidate. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 3:19 pm
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  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will play in A.S. game
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) said that he will play in the All-Star game, though he admitted that his knee "[isn't] gonna heal in a week ... or even two weeks."

    Advice: He recently had a precautionary MRI which ruled out structural damage, and Derek Fisher thinks Melo will be fine "long term," but this is still a huge concern for fantasy owners. New York is five games out of the playoff picture, dropping nine of their past 10 games, and the prospect of a shutdown looms larger with each defeat. His fantasy appeal is tanking, making it hard to extract value in a trade, but owners may want to see what opposing GMs think he's worth. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:52 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) drops 31/7/6 Sunday
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday, making 11-of-25 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs in a tough road loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: The Kings have now lost seven of their past eight games and their season has reached a tipping point -- they are 4.5 games out of the playoff picture and may have a new head coach after the All-Star break. Cousins was coming off a triple-double and over the past three games he's averaged 28.3 points, 9.3 boards and 6.7 assists -- he'll be a fantasy stud no matter who's calling the shots in Sacramento. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:37 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis double-doubles w/ 21 & 13
    Kristaps Porzingis notched his second straight double-double on Sunday with 21 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to avoid the Knicks' fifth straight loss.

    Advice: KP shot 10-of-23 from the field with one make from downtown -- he wasn't very effective from mid-range with the exception of the right wing, where he shot 4-of-4. KP said before the game that the struggling Knicks "need a guy like 'Melo who you can give the ball and he will score, he will get to the line and he will make plays for others." If Anthony's knee injury eventually forces a shutdown, Porzingis may need to be that guy in the final stages of the Knicks' season. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:33 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) plays 35 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) finished Sunday's home loss with 21 points (7-of-19 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), six rebounds, seven assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Melo is shooting a career-worst 42.4 percent from the field and his surgically-repaired knee is a constant concern for fantasy owners, though coach Derek Fisher tried to downplay the severity. "I think he'll be fine long term," Fisher said. "I think we just have to get through this next set of days into the break and hopefully re-evaluate him from there in terms of something that's not reoccurring." This loss knocked New York five games behind the No. 8 seed Pistons, and Melo's owners can only hope that they don't fall further out of the playoff picture. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 1:29 pm
  • Al Horford scores 11 points with two blocks
    Al Horford struggled with his shot during Sunday's loss to the Magic, going 5-of-15 from the field on his way to 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Horford isn’t the most exciting guy to own, but his solid percentages (on most nights), limited turnovers and relatively high assist numbers (3.1) for a big man has him churning out second-round value on the year. He’s also incorporated a 3-point shot to his game, draining 1.0 triple per contest, and he’s yet to miss a single game for Atlanta. He’s the captain of team boring for early-round studs. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 12:40 pm
  • Chris McCullough expected to play Monday
    Chris McCullough (knee) is expected to make his season debut on Monday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The rookie has been rehabbing a knee injury all season and he was on the active roster for the first time on Friday. McCullough will likely be very limited right out of the gate, but he's worth keeping an eye on in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 8:54 am
  • Jarnell Stokes recalled from D-League
    The Heat have recalled Jarnell Stokes from the D-League.

    Advice: He will be available to play against the Clippers on Sunday, but he likely won't touch the floor. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 8:47 am
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He didn't look right on Friday vs. the Cavs, scoring just three points on 1-of-9 shooting with seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. However, Crowder is as tough as they come and doesn't want to take any time off, so he shouldn't have any restrictions vs. the Kings. He's a risky play in DFS, but owners in season-long leagues should activate him. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 8:24 am
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday
    Carmelo Anthony (knee) will start on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: He participated in Saturday's light practice and was always expected to return to the court against his former team. Anthony is still battling soreness in his knee and clearly isn't 100 percent, so the shut-down risk will grow if the Knicks don't start winning games. They have lost four straight. Langston Galloway will return to the bench for Sunday's game. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 8:19 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins and Rondo are probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) and Rajon Rondo (turf toe) are both probable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Kings likely won't update their status before tip-off, but both players are going to play barring a late setback. The Kings have lost six out of their last seven games and coach George Karl is on the hot seat, so Sunday's game vs. the Celtics is going to be very interesting. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 6:48 am
  • Julius Randle (ankle) is probable for Monday
    Julius Randle (ankle) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: This is wonderful news. Randle looked like he was in obvious pain in the closing moments of Saturday's game, but he insisted that he's fine and x-rays were negative on his ankle. Randle was excellent vs. the Spurs with 15 points, 17 boards, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes, so he belongs in most lineups as long as you don't expect him to help you out in steals or blocks. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 6:36 am
  • Jae Crowder returned to action on Friday February 5. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:55 pm
  • Kevin Durant's 40 points are not enough
    Kevin Durant scored 40 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors during a 116-108 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: The Thunder clawed back from an 18-point deficit to make this a game, but it just wasn't enough. As for KD, it's his third 40-point game on the year and he is tearing it up on offense right now. In his last 10, Durant averaged 32.1 points, 9.3 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.6 treys. He is up to 27.7 points per game and trails James Harden for second by just 0.1 points per game. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 9:33 pm
  • X-rays negative on Julius Randle's ankle
    X-rays on Julius Randle's left ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Randle was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain, but he insists that he's fine and he expects to play on Monday vs. the Pacers. However, he will be re-evaluated at Sunday's practice, so his owners should check back then for an official update. If he is forced to miss any time, Brandon Bass and Ryan Kelly would benefit the most, with Bass being the better add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 8:56 pm
  • Thaddeus Young double-doubles again
    Thaddeus Young scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block against the 76ers during a 103-98 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He's back with some well-rounded output. In his last five, Young averaged 15.2 points, 10.2 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks. Young's rebounding numbers fell off in the middle of January, so getting that back is huge. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 8:38 pm
  • Chandler Parsons drops 26 points w/ 5 treys
    Chandler Parsons was phenomenal in Saturday's 114-110 overtime win over the Grizzlies, scoring 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting.

    Advice: He had a six-point dud vs. the Spurs on Friday, so it was great to see him get back on track. The forward added eight boards, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 41 minutes, helping the Mavericks snap a three-game losing skid in the process. Keep Parsons locked in all lineups. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 8:10 pm
  • Julius Randle will have x-rays on ankle
    Julius Randle tweaked his left ankle at the end of Saturday's game vs. the Spurs and will have x-rays.

    Advice: He was in a lot of pain, but he never went to the locker room and was talking to the team trainer. The Lakers already lost Roy Hibbert to an ankle sprain on Saturday, so hopefully it's not serious. Randle finished with 15 points, 17 boards, four assists and two steals in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Brandon Bass and Ryan Kelly would have to step up. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 7:59 pm
  • Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Love (quad) will not play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's a quad contusion from Friday night, which he was unable to return from in the loss. With Love out, the Cavs will likely be giving more minutes to Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov. Interestingly, Kyrie Irving's usage rate is 31.6 without Love and with LeBron James, so he has a nice chance tonight. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 2:51 pm
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  • Chris Bosh wasn't concerned with ankle
    Chris Bosh said the Heat are having more success with high pick-and-roll plays.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle in the first half and needed to be re-taped, but it looks like a non-issue. The Rockets were really aggressive on Bosh isolations on Tuesday, which may have caused so many PNRs on Friday. Bosh's output has dipped to just seventh-round value in his last 10, so expect him get it going again soon. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 12:55 pm
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  • Chandler Parsons scores 6 pts in blowout loss
    Chandler Parsons only managed to score six points on 3-of-9 shooting during Friday's blowout loss to San Antonio, adding one rebound, one assist, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs trailed by 36 points at the half, which was the largest halftime deficit in franchise history, so it's hard to take away much from this unproductive performance from Parsons. He should be able to bounce-back on Saturday vs. Memphis. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 11:33 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis blocks six shots in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points during a 91-85 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday with 10 rebounds, six blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He finally broke out after a slump in the past week and change. After the game, Porzingis had some suggestions on the offense regarding pick-and-roll. "I think we need to do that a little more," he said. Porzingis should be an early-round player regardless of how many PNR chances he gets. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:36 pm
  • Thaddeus Young lights up Kings
    Thaddeus Young scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 39 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: He's finally on the right track again coming off a 16-point, 14-board game. The Nets handed out 29 assists and Thad's seven were a season high. He should be back to being a top-50 guy going forward. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:16 pm
  • Boogie Cousins triple-doubles in loss to BK
    DeMarcus Cousins put up his first triple-double of the season with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Nets during a 128-119 loss on Friday.

    Advice: Boogie was not happy at the end of this game as his team allowed the Nets to score a season-high 128. "Not going to keep blaming the guys in the locker room," Cousins said. "We got a bigger issue." Fire up the grass and snake emojis? The Kings are fading fast while the Jazz have won five straight, so the Kings have a tough job on their hands. Expect the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors to start up in some capacity even if they don't hold a lot of weight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 9:06 pm
  • Jae Crowder hits just 1-of-9 shots in 32 mins
    Jae Crowder was clearly bothered by his sore right ankle during Friday's win over the Cavs, hitting just 1-of-9 shots on his way to three points, seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crowder said that he felt like he was playing on one leg, and that he probably would have sat out if the Celtics were playing a different team. He did play some nice defense, but he didn't have any lift on his jumper, and his three points didn't come until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out Sunday's game vs. Sacramento, which would likely result in Evan Turner returning to the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 8:54 pm
  • Al Horford scores 21 points in win
    Al Horford scored 21 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Pacers during a 102-96 win on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, there is a reason why any team would love to have Horford on their squad. He's grown as a 3-point shooter, is a very good defender and is one of the most efficient players without requiring a high usage. Horford is just coasting along with top-20 value on the season. He also had an awesome dunk (in link below). Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 7:46 pm
  • John Henson (back) out Friday vs. the Jazz
    John Henson (back) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: It'll be Henson's fifth straight game on the sidelines, which will allow Miles Plumlee to get some extra run, although that doesn't matter in almost any league. Henson is nothing more than a shot blocking specialist, and he's not really worth holding onto in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 5:31 pm
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  • DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo start
    DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are starting against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: They were expected to play the whole time and the Kings probably should've never even said they were probable. Cousins should be the focal point as per usual tonight in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 4:41 pm
  • Chris McCullough active for Nets on Friday
    Nets rookie Chris McCullough will be on the active roster on Friday.

    Advice: McCullough has been out due to a knee injury all season and this is the first time he'll be active, though it's unlikely that he'll get any playing time. "It's gravy to get him games this season," interim coach Tony Brown said recently. "Experience wise, he's behind. Even though he was hurt, potentially, if he was healthy he could be a lottery pick in next year's draft." For now, he's not worth touching in re-draft leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 3:39 pm
  • Jae Crowder will play, has ankle taped
    Jae Crowder (ankle) will play against the Cavs and had his ankle taped.

    Advice: Crowder said his ankle is "stiff as hell" for the game. He might be a little limited as far as performance goes against LeBron James, but there has been no talk of his minutes being limited tonight. Start him like you normally would in standard leagues. It'll be interesting to see how LeBron attacks Crowder tonight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 3:34 pm
  • Jae Crowder (ankle) still on track to play
    Jae Crowder (ankle) is still on track to play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with swelling and missed shootaround, so he might not be at 100 percent against LeBron James. Crowder is fine to start in season-long leagues, but he's a very risky play in DFS tonight. He's been a fantasy steal. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 3:05 pm
  • Karl and Cousins are doing OK
    Coach George Karl said DeMarcus Cousins is "cool" and he's "enjoyed the adventure" of tweaking his offensive game.

    Advice: "I don't think Boogie is ever going to like coaches," Karl said. Karl did admit he did "stupid" things involving Cousins, so it was nice to see him take the blame. Karl praised Cousins' attitude in the preseason, as well. Cousins is expected to play tonight. Rotoworld.com Feb 5, 2:39 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis struggling right now
    Kristaps Porzingis scored five points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Thursday.

    Advice: He hasn't been involved in the offense much. In his 57 minutes next to Carmelo Anthony in his previous three games, Porzingis only has made 33.3 percent from the field and a 21.9 usage rate. His efficiency on jumpers is down about 10 percent in the previous 10 games, too. Porzinigis' blocks are also down, so nothing is going right. As bad as this sounds, he's still put up seventh-round value in his last 10. He's a buy-low guy. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 8:14 pm
  • Jarnell Stokes sent back down to D-League
    Jarnell Stokes has been sent down for yet another D-League stint.

    Advice: He's played in just four games for the Heat this season, leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 2:20 pm
  • Chandler Parsons confused by late benching
    Chandler Parsons said his late-game benching during Wednesday's loss to Miami was "definitely strange."

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle opted for Raymond Felton over Parsons to close the game and explained the move by saying that Parsons had been struggling for most of the game. "It's definitely strange to me, especially after how I've been playing," Parsons said after the game. "It's definitely different, but every game calls for something different." Parsons has been on fire as of late and should be be in all fantasy lineups as he's due for a rebound against the Spurs on Friday. Rotoworld.com Feb 4, 6:25 am
  • Not Nice: Durant hits game winner, scores 37
    Kevin Durant hit 27-foot game-winner during a 117-114 victory over the Magic on Wednesday, finishing with 37 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals, three blocks and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: KD is not nice. He gave Tobias Harris a dirty crossover to get free for the shot with 0.5 seconds left (video in link below). Durant is rolling in his last five, averaging 33.8 points, 9.8 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.8 steals and 3.0 treys on 50.5 percent from the field and 90.2 percent from the line. Yes, teams have interest in signing him this offseason. Rotoworld.com Feb 3, 9:11 pm
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