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  • 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 Today, 12:30 pm
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  • Bucks sticking with lineup change?
    Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams will come off the bench again on Thursday against the Wizards.

    Advice: It worked out for Monroe with 29 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes in a big win. He and Michael Carter-Williams will back up Miles Plumlee and O.J. Mayo. Plumlee and Mayo are not strong pickups with Mayo the more appealing add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:24 pm
  • Terrence Jones officially ruled out
    Terrence Jones (concussion) will not play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was not expected to play. The Rockets had some nice success with their small-ball lineups against the Warriors, so expect that to continue. Trevor Ariza has been fantastic. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:37 am
  • Matt Bonner (calf) will not play on Wednesday
    Matt Bonner (calf) will not play on Wednesday against the Magic.

    Advice: He has a history of calf pulls and the All-Star break is coming at the right time. Bonner may not have played anyway with Tim Duncan (knee) back tonight. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:19 am
  • Tim Duncan (knee) will return on Wednesday
    Tim Duncan (knee) will return on Wednesday against the Magic.

    Advice: He's been doing more in practice and has been working in pre-game warmups. Duncan has been out since Jan. 22, so expect his minutes to only be around 20 tonight. That will push David West to the bench and the chances of a Boban Marjanovic sighting drop tonight. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:12 am
  • Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic out Wednesday
    Kevin Garnett (sore right knee) and Nikola Pekovic (sore right ankle) have been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Both Garnett and Pekovic belong on the waiver wire in all leagues. Gorgui Dieng will continue to see his minutes unimpeded as Minnesota's starting power forward with both The Big Ticket and Big Pek out. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:44 am
  • Tayshaun Prince (personal) out Wednesday
    Tayshaun Prince (personal) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Prince has been granted permission from Minnesota to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit tonight, which is why he will not be with the team. With Prince on the sidelines Wednesday night, Zach LaVine could find himself back in the starting lineup and there will also be more minutes available for Shabazz Muhammad. However, neither guy makes for all that great of a DFS target with a tough matchup against the Raptors, particularly with 12 games being played tonight. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:44 am
  • Mirotic (appendectomy) still in a lot of pain
    Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) is "still in a lot of pain," and remains without an official timetable to return, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg.

    Advice: Hoiberg added that Mirotic's return to the court is currently being measured in weeks and not days, and that he's lost 15 pounds due to complications of the surgery. It doesn't sound like he'll be back on the court any time soon, and Taj Gibson will be the primary beneficiary in his absence as Chicago's unquestioned starting power forward. Bobby Portis will also continue to see his minutes in the 20s, although that's not enough time for him to make a difference in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:24 am
  • 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 Today, 9:11 am
  • Ersan Ilyasova (illness) doubtful Wednesday
    Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. Denver.

    Advice: If Ersan isn't able to give it a go tonight, Anthony Tolliver would draw the start in his place, and he would be worth a punt play in DFS as he could see his minutes in the 30s with very little depth behind him. Check back for another update on Ersan's status closer to the tip. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:52 am
  • Report: Toronto interested in adding a PF
    The Raptors are reportedly interested in adding a power forward at the deadline.

    Advice: Names such as Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young and Markieff Morris have surfaced as potential targets for the Raptors, although it's worth noting that these rumors have not come directly from Toronto's side. Faried is not on the trading block according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has said that he'd like to keep Brook Lopez and Young together. Morris has some obvious attitude concerns, and could disrupt the chemistry in Toronto's locker room, so we're a bit skeptical that the Raptors make a deal at the deadline. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:36 am
  • Tobias Harris (ankle) likely a game-time call
    Tobias Harris (ankle) did not participate during shootaround and will likely be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with the Spurs.

    Advice: Harris will test his ankle during pregame warmups, and given that Scott Skiles hasn't yet ruled him out, there's a chance he takes the court tonight. If Harris is able to give it a go, Evan Fournier will likely return to the bench, and his value will take a slight hit with the return to the second-unit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:28 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 Today, 7:50 am
  • Toronto's interest in Morris, Tucker unclear
    The Raptors may not be all that interested in trading for Markieff Morris or P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: The initial report that linked Morris and Tucker to the Raptors, while credible, did not come from Toronto's side and GM Masai Ujiri doesn't often make in-season trades. The Raptors also currently own the No. 2 seed out East with a record of 35-16, and Ujri may not want to mess with the team's chemistry by bringing on someone like Morris. For now, it doesn't seem all that likely that Toronto makes a major move at the deadline. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:01 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 Today, 6:32 am
  • Report: Miami interested in Omri Casspi?
    The Heat have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Omri Casspi.

    Advice: The Heat are looking to add a shooter at the deadline, and Casspi (a 42.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc this season) certainly fits the bill. From a fantasy perspective, however, Casspi's value would take a sizable hit in Miami. Tyler Johnson (shoulder) would reportedly be the guy that would come to Sacramento in a potential Casspi deal. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:25 am
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles vs. Warriors
    Dwight Howard double-doubled vs. the Warriors on Tuesday with 16 points, 15 boards, two assists and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He shot an efficient 7-of-12 from the field, but it was a different story at the charity stripe where he finished just 2-of-10. Howard was shooting 54.9 percent from the line prior to Tuesday, so even this was really bad by his standards. To make matters worse, he turned the ball over four times and will now have to face the Blazers on the second night of a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Terrence Jones (concussion) inactive Tuesday
    Terrence Jones (concussion) was not on the active list for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: The Rockets never updated his status, so it's safe to say that he will not play on Wednesday vs. the Blazers either. Jones will have to pass the league's concussion protocol, but the Rockets won't be in any hurry to rush him back. Unless Jones is moved before the Feb. 18 trade deadline, he won't be worth owning in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Draymond Green struggles with foul trouble
    Draymond Green got into a little bit of foul trouble on Tuesday vs. the Rockets, scoring eight points with nine rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Incredibly, this was just his fourth game of the season without a 3-pointer, block or steal. Regardless, Green leads the league in triple-doubles this year (10) and is still returning top-15 value on the season, so there's absolutely no reason to be concerned. He gets a cupcake macthup vs. the Suns on Thursday before he makes his first trip to the All-Star game in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Harrison Barnes looks good vs. Rockets
    Harrison Barnes scored 17 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors defeat the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was 8-of-12 from the field and added seven boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Barnes didn't look the same when he returned from his ankle injury back in early January, but he's starting to find his groove again and is coming off a 19-point performance vs. the Thunder on Saturday with three treys. He needs to be in all lineups and his fantasy arrow is pointing up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Marreese Speights plays well off the bench
    Marreese Speights played well off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Rockets, scoring 15 points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 12 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 15 points in his last outing and has taken firm control of the backup center spot with Festus Ezeli (knee) out indefinitely. However, Speights is only going to play minutes in the teens on most occasions, so he's not a great add outside of deeper formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Derrick Favors playing well for Jazz
    Derrick Favors had 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a steal in 35 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Favors was excruciating to own while he was out for a month with a sore back, but is rolling, averaging 13.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his last five. He didn't have a block in either of his last two games, but went 5-6-4 in that department in his previous three games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:31 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 Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Jared Sullinger scores four points in loss
    Jared Sullinger scored just four points on 2-of-8 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: He did save his line with 11 boards and five assists, but he played just 20 minutes. The Celtics are still using five bigs in their rotation, so hopefully they make a move at the deadline to clear up that logjam. Despite the low minutes, Sully is still worth owning in most leagues until we see what happens at the Feb. 18 deadline. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge stays hot with 28
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 10-of-16 shots and 8-of-8 free throws for 28 points, four rebounds, four assists and a block in 32 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Heat.

    Advice: LA looks like a different player right now, averaging 26.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.2 blocks on 60 percent shooting over his last five games. He's put up big numbers in seven straight games and it appears that the only thing that can slow him down right now would be getting 'Pop'd' by his coach. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Miles Plumlee plays 18 minutes in start
    Miles Plumlee replaced Greg Monroe in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics, but he played just 18 minutes with six points, five boards and one block.

    Advice: Coach Jason Kidd said before the game that Monroe's minutes would remain the same, so Plumlee isn't going to see a major boost in playing time even if he continues to start. Keep in mind that John Henson (back) is still on the shelf, so his eventual return will eat into Plumlee's minutes as well. He's not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 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 Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Greg Monroe thrives off bench, scores 29
    Greg Monroe came off the bench in a win over the Celtics on Tuesday, but he thrived with a season-high 29 points, 12 boards, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks had lost their five previous games, so coach Jason Kidd changed his lineup looking for a spark. "I talked to [Monroe] after practice and for [Monroe], it's about the team," Kidd said. "I think he's all for the team and he understands what we're trying to do." Kidd added that Monroe's minutes would remain intact and he closed out the game tonight, so his owners really shouldn't be too concerned. Starting center Miles Plumlee played just 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Miles Plumlee will start Tuesday vs. Boston
    Miles Plumlee will start over Greg Monroe for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Jason Kidd said that Plumlee has been a "plus" for the Bucks while on the floor this season and that he needs to "find time to get [Miles] more minutes," so perhaps he's set to earn more playing time in Kidd's wonky rotations. However, with Greg Monroe fully healthy, Plumlee is unlikely to earn enough minutes to make a difference in standard leagues, and owners in most settings can use a wait-and-see approach here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:01 pm
  • Greg Monroe will come off the bench Tuesday
    Greg Monroe will come off the bench behind Miles Plumlee for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Well this is about the most Jason Kidd move of all time. Kidd did say that Monroe will see just as many minutes as he usually does, "if not more," coming off the bench so owners shouldn't hesitate to fire him up for tonight's matchup with the Celtics. Plumlee isn't much of a stat sheet stuffer, so owners in most leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with the four-year veteran. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:44 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Tim Duncan out Tuesday against Heat
    Tim Duncan (knee) will miss Tuesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Duncan had been upgraded to questionable on Monday, but it now looks like the Spurs will rest him through the break. While San Antonio plays the Magic again on Wednesday, it would be a surprise to see Duncan back for that game with the break looming. David West will continue to start in Duncan's absence. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:50 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 23 points
    Markieff Morris scored 23 points during a 122-106 loss to the Thunder on Monday with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers.

    Advice: Before the game, Kevin Durant said Markieff is "playing at an All-Star level right now." Morris is playing hard and he's transformed into a different player under coach Earl Watson. Morris likely boosted his trade value and the Suns may be able to get something for him. He should be owned, but a trade will hurt his value a lot. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:08 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
  • Kenneth Faried scores 22 w/ 13 boards
    Kenneth Faried scored 22 points with 13 boards, two assists and one block in 29 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He would've had the game-winning layup off an impressive drive, but Joe Johnson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Nets. Faried had a couple of nasty fouls tonight, but he looked great down the stretch and closed out the game beside Danilo Gallinari in the frontcourt. A recent report by the Denver Post said it would take a "too good to be true" offer to convince the Nuggets to part ways with the Manimal at the deadline, so his value should be safe. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:47 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
  • Tobias Harris (ankle) out for Monday night
    Tobias Harris (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: He did not play against the on Sunday, which led to huge output for Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier. Both guys are in play for DFS and should be owned in all leagues. Harris did warm up for this one, so he has a good chance to play no Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:33 pm
  • Tim Duncan upgraded to questionable Tuesday
    Tim Duncan (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: He was listed as out earlier today, but the official team report says he has a chance to play. Duncan will likely be limited upon his return, which would also mean less run for David West. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:06 pm
  • KG out for Monday against Pelicans
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: He probably won't be back until next week. Gorgui Dieng is getting huge minutes and that should continue going forward. Leave Garnett on the wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:37 pm
  • Matt Bonner out for Tuesday night
    Matt Bonner (calf) will not play against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hurt his calf at the end of Friday's game. Bonner has dealt with calf issues before and he's likely out until after the break. There will be a few extra minutes for Boris Diaw and David West. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:26 am
  • Tim Duncan (knee) out for Tuesday night
    Tim Duncan (knee) will not play against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Spurs are likely going to keep him out through the break, which would mean he would be out for close to four weeks. With Duncan out, it'll be David West in the starting lineup while the Spurs haven't played Boban Marjanovic much. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:24 am
  • 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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  • Nikola Mirotic's return date still uncertain
    Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) does not have a target date for his return.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Mirotic was targeting just after All-Star weekend, but that timeline sounds like it will get pushed back. Fred Hoiberg reported Mirotic was feeling better and is starting to eat again after being forced to a liquid diet, but admitted it will take time to build up his conditioning and stamina in order to get back on the floor. Mirotic could still get back on the court in late February, but it may not come right after the break. While he's out, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will see increased minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:07 am
  • 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
  • Report: ORL listening on Tobias Harris deals
    The Magic "aren't discouraging" trade offers for Tobias Harris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: You could really say this about almost any player in the NBA beyond obvious franchise building blocks, but we digress. Harris was re-signed to a 4-year, $64M deal in the offseason, but the Magic are (rightfully) looking into his market with Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja in the fold. It wouldn't be surprising if Harris is moved, but we would have said the same thing prior to this report, as well. A potential offseason trade seems more likely than a drastic midseason shakeup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:01 am
  • Garnett endorses Sam Mitchell, coaching staff
    Kevin Garnett recently praised interim coach Sam Mitchell and his staff for the job they've done this season.

    Advice: "I feel real good about the progression of this team since Day 1, and I think it needs to be said and needs to be understood that I’m endorsing Sam Mitchell and our coaching staff and this organization," Garnett said. KG's words carry weight in the organization, but that may not prevent a coaching change at the end of the season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:16 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 Sunday, 5:29 pm
  • 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 Sunday, 1:52 pm
  • Jared Sullinger ties season high w/ 21 points
    Jared Sullinger tied his season high on Sunday with 21 points, making 10-of-13 shots with six rebounds, three steals and one assist in just 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Sullinger hadn't scored more than 18 points since Nov. 6, as his shot has abandoned him for long stretches this season -- he's shooting just 41.9 percent overall. This mini-eruption came vs. a Kings team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency and first in pace, at 102.1 possessions per game, so it was an ideal matchup for Sullinger. Consistent playing time is the biggest issue for his fantasy value, and that's unlikely to change after one efficient performance. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:44 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 Sunday, 1:37 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 Sunday, 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 Sunday, 12:40 pm
  • Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic doubtful Monday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are doubtful to play Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Neither guy is a major part of the rotation, and both can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Gorgui Dieng will continue to earn minutes in the high-30s as Minnesota's starting power forward with both Garnett and Big Pek out. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:12 pm
  • 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 Sunday, 8:19 am
  • Tobias Harris (ankle) will not play Sunday
    Tobias Harris (sore left ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He was initially dealing with a cut above his eye and was expected to play, but he was held out of practice on Saturday due to soreness in his left ankle. Harris does have a history of ankle issues, so the Magic might just be exercising some caution here. With Harris on the shelf, we can expect to see a lot of Aaron Gordon today, while Mario Hezonja should see more playing time as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:14 am
  • Report: Kenneth Faried is not on the trade block
    According to the Denver Post, Kenneth Faried is not officially on the trade block.

    Advice: The Manimal has plenty of suitors and his value is very high around the league, but the Denver Post said that it would take a "too good to be true" offer to convince the Nuggets to part ways with the athletic forward. It's still unclear if the Nuggets will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, but nothing is imminent by any means. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:10 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 Sunday, 6:48 am
  • Markieff Morris scores 17 w/ eight dimes
    Markieff Morris scored 17 points with seven boards, eight assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His stat line was fantastic, but the only negative is that he shot just 6-of-22 from the field because the Suns weren't generating any easy looks. The Suns have been using Morris as the focal point of their offense, but to be clear they are more than likely just showcasing him for a trade. Regardless, he needs to be owned in all leagues right now with averages of 16.0 points, 6.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.6 steals and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scored 19 points
    Harrison Barnes scored 19 points with four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: Harry B is finally coming around. In his last five, he averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.8 treys. Barnes still hasn't climbed into the must-start guy, but the efficiency is coming and he is still a low-end hold. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:38 pm
  • Draymond Green scores nine with 14 boards
    Draymond Green scored nine points with 14 rebounds and six assists against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He was the unsung hero -- he always seems like the unsung hero. Green had the perfect microcosm of his style late in the game with a huge offensive board and eventually hitting Stephen Curry for a layup after killing the 24-second clock. He may have only scored nine points, but the Warriors probably would've lost without him. He's a fantasy stud, as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:35 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge stays hot with 26 points
    LaMarcus Aldridge was excellent against the Lakers, scoring a game-high 26 points with nine boards and two assists in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The game was a lot closer than many were expecting, so his owners were fortunate that he played significant minutes even though it was the second night of a back-to-back set. Aldridge has benefitted from the absence of Tim Duncan (knee) with averages of 23.8 points, 6.2 boards and 2.0 blocks over his last five games, so this is a great time to sell high because the scoring and block numbers are not sustainable. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:18 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 Saturday, 8:10 pm
  • Ghostface Ilya has tough night
    Ersan Ilyasova made 1-of-8 from the field for four points with one 3-pointer and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: His shot was off and coach Stan Van Gundy went away from him for most of the second half. SVG did say he's going to pull Ghostface Ilya at times to get more perimeter players out there, so this isn't a surprise. Ilyasova is a low-end asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:58 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 17 in 41 minutes
    Dwight Howard played 41 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with 17 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and four steals.

    Advice: The minutes are a good sign for Dwight and his minutes cap is obviously gone. Howard even played in garbage time tonight, so that's a ringing endorsement of his current health. He gets a fun matchup against the Warriors on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • Tim Duncan (knee) is making progress
    Tim Duncan (knee) has been participating in 3-on-3 in practice and is nearing a return.

    Advice: There is still no timetable for his return, and at this point it would be surprising if the Spurs let him return before the All-Star break. For now, his owners should continue to stash him in an IR slot. David West, Boban Marjanovic and Boris Diaw will all see more minutes in his absence. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:58 pm
  • KG out for Saturday vs. Bulls
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He is not close to a return and is likely out through the break. Garnett can be ignored in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:38 pm
  • Terrence Jones out of hospital
    Terrence Jones (concussion) is out of the hospital on Saturday and is unlikely to return to action until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: He is still in the concussion protocol and will be checked out by team doctors today. Jones is not going to play on Saturday, which means the Rockets will go small a ton against the Blazers tonight. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:25 pm
  • Tobias Harris (eye) is expected to play
    Tobias Harris (eye) is expected to play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He is dealing with a cut above his left eye that required stitches, but the injury sounds very minor. There will be another update after Sunday's morning shootaround, but it's safe to pencil him into all active lineups. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:39 am
  • Matt Bonner (calf) out Saturday
    Matt Bonner (calf) will not play on Saturday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He picked up the injury during Friday's blowout win over the Mavs, but he's not a regular in the rotation even with Tim Duncan (knee) out. Leave Bonner on the wire. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:06 am
  • Tim Duncan (knee) ruled out Saturday
    Tim Duncan (knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Lakers as expected.

    Advice: He was never expected to play and the Spurs still haven't released a timetable for his return. Coach Gregg Popovich did say on Friday that Duncan was making some progress, so stash him in an IR spot if possible. David West, Boris Diaw and Boban Marjanovic will pick up the slack. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:04 am
  • Popovich says Tim Duncan is improving
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said that Tim Duncan is "coming along slowly but surely."

    Advice: The Spurs haven't released a timetable for Duncan's return, but don't expect to see him on Saturday vs. the Lakers. Stash Duncan in an IR spot if you can, and in the meantime expect David West, Boris Diaw and Boban Marjanovic to continue to fill the void. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Fisher says Carmelo will be fine long-term
    Knicks coach Derek Fisher said that Carmelo Anthony will be fine "long-term."

    Advice: "He’s carrying a big load,’’ Fisher said. "Coming off an ankle injury, he got thrown into an intense week. It hasn’t calmed down completely since then. He’ll be fine long-term, but we just have to get through these next seven days and hopefully reevaluate from there so it’s not something that’s recurring.’’ An MRI came back clean and Anthony is expected to play on Sunday vs. Denver, but his owners should be concerned about a possible shutdown after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:22 am
  • 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 Friday, 11:33 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubles w/ two swats
    LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubled during Friday's easy win over the Mavs, tallying 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with 10 boards, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Aldridge has been playing extremely well since Tim Duncan (knee) went down, producing averages of 20.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and just 1.5 turnovers per game which has been good enough for top-20 value in standard leagues. However, Aldridge has never averaged more than 1.2 swats per game, so now seems like a good sell-high opportunity for a guy that's producing unsustainable numbers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:47 pm
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles with five block
    Derrick Favors scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and five blocks in 32 minutes against the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: Teammate Joe Ingles does commercials for mattresses, so one would think every mattress store around Salt Lake City would be calling Favors' agent. The big man is changing his mattress to fix his back problems and he's been rolling with second-round value in his last four. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:26 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 Friday, 9:06 pm
  • Matt Bonner (calf) heads to locker room
    Matt Bonner went to the locker room with a left calf injury and did not return

    Advice: With Friday's game being a massive blowout, Bonner was finally able to get into the rotation, but he lasted just four minutes. He's not worth owning in any league, not even with Tim Duncan (knee) out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Jared Sullinger scores 12 points w/ 3 blocks
    Jared Sullinger scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting Friday, with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The players in Boston's frontcourt have been annoying to own this season, and while Sully has had his moments, he's been putting up just thirteenth-round value over the past month in standard 9-cat leagues. Amir Johnson played just 14 minutes tonight, on his way to six points, six rebounds and an assist, while Kelly Olynyk contributed a meager two points, one steal and one turnover in his 12 minutes off the bench. Sullinger is more of a stash to hope things improve after the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:46 pm
  • Miles Plumlee ejected for elbowing Joe Ingles
    Miles Plumlee was ejected from Friday's game vs. the Jazz for elbowing Joe Ingles in the head.

    Advice: With Plumlee now out for the remainder of the game, Greg Monroe is going to be forced into heavy minutes tonight with John Henson (back) also out. It wasn't a smart decision from Plumlee, but he's not likely facing a suspension here. He'll end his night with six points, three boards, three swats and one steal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:58 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 Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Tobias Harris gets stitches above eye
    Tobias Harris received stitches above his left eye and he will not return.

    Advice: He was bleeding quite a bit as he went to the locker room. Harris may go through concussion testing, but there is no word of anything on that front yet. He has a good chance to play on Sunday against the Hawks. Harris finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and one turnover in 28 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:20 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 Friday, 5:31 pm
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  • Kevin Garnett (leg) doubtful Saturday vs. CHI
    Kevin Garnett (leg) is doubtful to play Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Garnett isn't close to making a return, so plan on him being out tomorrow. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start, and needs to be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:44 pm
  • 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 Friday, 4:41 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony (knee) out on Friday
    Carmelo Anthony (left knee) will not play against the Grizzlies on Friday night.

    Advice: This is his surgically repaired knee that also kept him out for two games last month. An MRI ruled out any structural damage, but this isn't the usual DNP-REST with the news of needing an MRI. Coach Derek Fisher said there is no thought of shutting him down, but Melo could miss more games. Langston Galloway and Derrick Williams are the beneficiaries here while Arron Afflalo and Kristaps Porzingis also get more shots. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:51 pm
  • Terrence Jones (concussion) out for Saturday
    Terrence Jones (concussion) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered the concussion in the car accident on Wednesday. Jones will have to go through the protocol and could miss games through the break. That means more run for Josh Smith while Trevor Ariza continues to thrive at power forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:42 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 Friday, 2:39 pm
  • Cousins, Rondo and McLemore expect to play
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, knee), Rajon Rondo (toe) and Ben McLemore (wrist) are all expected to play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: This isn't the biggest update of the day because all three are probable. Cousins had a couple minor bumps and bruises on Wednesday and it seems like every night he's suffering at least something small. For now, his owners can keep him in their lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Kevin Garnett likely out through break?
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is not close to a return.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell said he likes the rotation as is. That means Gorgui Dieng should be locked in to the starting lineup. His scoring is way up, but Dieng's blocks have fallen off. He should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:33 am
  • Rockets gauging interest in Dwight Howard?
    According to Yahoo Sports, the Rockets have been gauging interest in Dwight Howard.

    Advice: The Celtics were one of the teams involved, but those talks have cooled because they don't want to part with any of their key assets or picks. The Rockets have downplayed the rumors, but if they didn't then that would reduce their leverage in trade talks. Howard is 30 years old with back and knee concerns, so several teams around the league would be hesitant to take a chance on him, especially considering he will be a free agent this summer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:58 am
  • Cousins, Rondo, McLemore all probable for SAC
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle, knee), Rajon Rondo (toe) and Ben McLemore (wrist) are all listed as probable for Friday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: All three played on Wednesday, but Rondo didn't look great and Cousins went down a couple times during the game after getting popped in the knees. It sounds like all three players are good to go, but it's probably best to watch for updates just in case something comes up during the day on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:21 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 5, doesn't get ejected
    Dwight Howard scored five points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 33 minutes against the Suns.

    Advice: Hey, at least he didn't get ejected tonight. Howard's minutes were solid at 33, but Alex Len played nice defense on him. He'll be fine as long as he avoids getting more technical fouls. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Markieff Morris cools off in loss
    Markieff Morris made 4-of-12 for 14 points against the Rockets on Thursday with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The offense went through him quite a bit tonight, but the efficiency wasn't there like it was in his 30-point explosion. Morris was even teaching the younger guys tonight, which didn't happen often under Jeff Hornacek. A trade will kill his value, but he's worth owning as long as he's starting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Carmelo not shooting well, passing more?
    Carmelo Anthony made 4-of-18 from the field and 10-of-14 from the line for 19 points against the Pistons during a 111-105 loss on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's not shooting the ball well at all. In his last six, he's made 32.6 percent from the field for 17.2 points per game. Only 15.7 percent of his shots have been at the rim and he's not hitting jumpers either. The good news is that his dimes and boards are up. With some concern about his knees last month, there's slightly more concern of Melo missing games. To be clear, there is no word of him being hurt right now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:19 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 12 points
    Ersan Ilyasova scored 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: It looked like he was going to get going after two triples in the first two minutes, but that was half of his production. With Stanley Johnson getting minutes at shooting guard, that should help Ilyasova keep his run. He's a low-end hold right now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:28 pm
  • Tim Duncan (knee) ruled out for Friday
    Tim Duncan (sore right knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: It'll be Duncan's sixth straight game on the sidelines, and the usual suspects of David West, Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson and Boban Marjanovic will continue to earn some extended run in his absence. For now, we'll be considering Duncan doubtful for Saturday's game against the Lakers. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • Report: Rockets intend to keep Dwight Howard
    The Rockets reportedly have no intention of trading away Dwight Howard.

    Advice: Howard's name has been popping up in the rumor mill as of late, but for now, it would appear that the trade speculation involving big D-12 is nothing more than rumors. Howard would prefer to remain in Houston, and one source of ESPN insists that the Rockets have yet to have any "meaningful conversations" regarding Dwight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:19 pm
  • Report: Bucks have made Greg Monroe available
    The Bucks have reportedly made Greg Monroe available "at the right price."

    Advice: The Bucks have been underperforming this season sitting on a 20-31 record, and while Monroe has been putting up solid numbers during his first year in Milwaukee, his defense hasn't been very good at all. "From what I’m hearing is they (the Bucks) are willing to trade anybody not named [Jabari] Parker, [Giannis] Antetokounmpo or [Kris] Middleton,’’ an NBA executive said. "I even heard they'd listen [to offers] for Parker and Middleton, but it would have to be some crazy offer." Monroe's fantasy value should be safe regardless of what jersey he's wearing. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:38 am
  • Nikola Mirotic targeting return after ASB
    Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) is targeting a return after the All-Star Break.

    Advice: Mirotic has been discharged from the hospital after two surgeries and is now hoping to return to the Bulls after the All-Star Break. While Mirotic is worth a stash if he was dropped, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis will continue to see a value boost while Mirotic is out. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:25 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge feeling like old self again
    LaMarcus Aldridge was back to feeling like his old self after Wednesday's win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Aldridge scored a season-high 36 points against the Pelicans on Wednesday and said he's feeling like his old slef again. "The ball’s been going in," Aldridge said. "Taking the shots and making them, playing more confident, more like myself, and I think the team has fed off that energy." While Aldridge isn't providing the returns his fantasy owners expected, his last two games could go a long way towards getting his value back on track. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:27 am
  • Dwight Howard shoots down trade rumors
    Dwight Howard attempted to shoot down trade rumors involving the Celtics.

    Advice: There had been reports that the Celtics were interested in acquiring Howard's services, but D-12 did his best to downplay those rumors. "There's always going into be rumors and speculation," Howard said. "I don't want to pay attention to it. I didn't say it. What can I do? There's nothing I can say." Howard can opt-out of his contract after the season, so there is some incentive for the Rockets to explore his trade value. For now, fantasy owners should continue to start Howard as long as he's healthy as he's averaging 14.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals on 60.8 percent shooting from the field. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:46 am
  • 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 Thursday, 6:25 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores season-high 36
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 36 points against the Pelicans during a 110-97 win on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: He was 12-of-20 from the field and made all 12 free throws. Aldridge is coming off a season-high 28 from Monday and he's rolling in his last four, averaging 26.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks on 64.9 percent from the field. He'll cool off, but this is nice to see for those who overspent on him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops 16-11-6 in win
    Derrick Favors had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks on 7-of-14 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: He's played 30-plus minutes in each of his last three games, and it looks like he's back and good to go. That was a long month that he was listed as day-to-day with his back injury, so let's just quietly hope he stays healthy the rest of the way. He's averaging 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in his five games since returning from the injury. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Draymond Green posts 10th trip-dub of year
    Draymond Green logged his 10th triple-double of the season during a win over the Wizards on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: That's back-to-back triple-doubles for Green and he managed to keep his lead over Russell Westbrook, who dropped his eighth triple-double on the season tonight. Green's blocks had also dropped in each full month this year, so he got a nice start there in February. He's one of a kind. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Jared Sullinger plays well in just 18 minutes
    Jared Sullinger played just 18 minutes, but still hit 6-of-11 shots for 12 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: He played 17 minutes on Tuesday but had just four points and two rebounds. He's been giving up minutes to Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller, and will simply need more than 18 minutes a night to make a real fantasy impact. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 16 in loss to Boston
    Ersan Ilyasova started and played 26 minutes, hitting 6-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points and two rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: Not his best game of the season, but not too bad, either. Ilyasova looked like he might be a dead duck after suffering an adductor injury, but has played well (in solid minutes) over his last two games. If he was dumped in your league, he's probably worth an add, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered a potentially serious groin injury tonight. Ghostface Ilya, Marcus Morris and Stanley Johnson are all going to see a big boost if KCP is out for as long as we think he might be. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • KG out again for Wednesday night
    Kevin Garnett will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Wolves should probably do us all a favor and rule him out to the break. Garnett can be ignored in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:11 pm
  • Terrence Jones involved in car accident
    Terrence Jones was involved a car accident on Wednesday and has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: The Rockets are saying that Jones is not injured, but they want to hold him out for one game which is likely just a precaution. Jones has fallen out of favor in Houston, so his absence won't have a significant impact on the Rockets' rotations. Josh Smith will pick up a few extra minutes on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Al Horford not concerned with rumors
    Al Horford said he's not concerned with the trade rumors.

    Advice: "This is my team," Horford said. "I feel like Atlanta is my home so my focus is on the team. I’m not going to pay attention to all of that." He might be the best player who has been even mentioned in trade rumors, but he'll have solid fantasy value wherever he goes for his across-the-board output and stellar efficiency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Stein: Raptors interested in Markieff Morris
    The Raptors are showing interest in Markieff Morris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Stein reported earlier that the Raptors have interest in P.J. Tucker. The Raptors and Suns played last night, which included Morris going for a season-high 30 points in his best game of the season. Coach Earl Watson called Morris "the main focus" of the offense, so a trade to Toronto would cripple his value. If he's moved, that would help Mirza Teletovic, who is also believed to be on the block. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:53 am
  • Kevin Garnett (leg) doubtful vs. LAC
    Kevin Garnett (right knee) is doubtful to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is probably not going to play, which puts Gorgui Dieng in the starting lineup. Garnett can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Hoiberg unsure on timeline for Nikola Mirotic
    Fred Hoiberg said that he doesn't know when Nikola Mirotic (appendectomy, hematoma) will be able to return to the court for the Bulls.

    Advice: Mirotic, who had an appendectomy on on January 27 was hopeful to get back on the court some time after the All-Star break, but he was forced to undergo another procedure on Tuesday to have a hematoma removed, putting his initial timeline in jeopardy. Taj Gibson will be the unquestioned starting power forward for however long Mirotic is out, with Bobby Portis seeing around 20 minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:09 am
  • Report: Dwight Howard to Boston unlikely
    The reported talks between Boston and Houston revolving around Dwight Howard are unlikely to advance past the discussion phase, according to sources of A. Sherrod Blakely.

    Advice: Boston is reportedly looking to add a low-post scorer so that they can become more efficient in halfcourt sets, but both health and attitude concerns for the 30-year-old veteran have the Celtics hesitant to give up much to land big D-12. He's also likely to opt-out of his contract this offseason in order to hit free agency, so it doesn't seem likely that the Celtics will give up meaningful assets for what could be a half-year rental. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:37 am
  • NBA rescinds one technical foul for Howard
    The league has decided to rescind one technical foul for Dwight Howard, bringing his total for the season down to 11.

    Advice: Howard is going to need to do a much better job of controlling his emotions as he was ejected in back-to-back games to close out the month of January, and he was also suspended for Tuesday's game for making contact with an official during Saturday’s loss to the Wizards. If D12 gets to 16 techs, he'll face another one-game suspension. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:58 am
  • Report: Boston interested in Dwight Howard?
    The Celtics have reportedly reached out to the Rockets to discuss the availability of Dwight Howard.

    Advice: At 30 years old, and set to hit free agency this offseason, Dwight isn't a great fit at all with the Celtics. It doesn't seem very likely that Celtics GM Danny Ainge would be willing to give up much to land the Houston big man, so it doesn't seem likely that anything will come of this report. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:54 am
  • Watson: Markieff Morris is 'focus' of offense
    Earl Watson said after Tuesday's game, when Markieff Morris exploded for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer, that Morris is now the focal point of the team's struggling offense.

    Advice: "He is the main focus of our offense moving forward, we know that," Watson said after the game. Morris racked up season highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks (tie) and is officially a must-pickup player in fantasy hoops. He could flop at any time or be traded into a bad situation, but based on what his coach said tonight, you have every reason to try to get him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Markieff Morris goes for 30 & 11 in start
    Markieff Morris started over Mirza Teletovic on Tuesday and went off for 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 13-of-20 shooting in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The points, boards, assists and blocks (tie) were all season highs for the disgruntled Morris, and the Suns and new coach Earl Watson are in full showcase mode as they hope to trade Morris. This will certainly help his trade value and he is officially the hottest pickup of the night in fantasy. He could fade just as quickly as he exploded, but he's probably worth grabbing if you have someone to drop. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Terrence Jones has 11 & 7 in 29 minutes
    Terrence Jones played 29 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: He still came off the bench, but saw a big boost in minutes with Clint Capela (thigh) and Dwight Howard (suspended) in street clothes. Jones played a grand total of 20 minutes with six points and two rebounds in his previous two games, so look for him to take a big step back with Capela and Howard close to returning. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Sullinger, Johnson struggle for Celtics
    Jared Sullinger played just 17 minutes and hit 2-of-6 shots for of our points, two rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Sully had just five points and four rebounds on Sunday after double-doubling in his previous game. Kelly Olynyk looks like the better play right now, despite coming off the bench. Amir Johnson was also quiet, going for four points and four rebounds in just 15 minutes, and has scored in single figures in nine straight games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:43 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (hematoma) has no timetable
    Nikola Mirotic underwent a "hematoma removal" procedure over the weekend and the Bulls have not released a timetable for his return.

    Advice: He also had an appendectomy last Wednesday and was originally targeting the All-Star break, but now the Bulls will have to reassess his timetable. To be clear, he's likely looking at additional time on the shelf. Mirotic will be released from the hospital in a few days to begin his rehab, and the Bulls should have an update on his status at practice on Wednesday. Taj Gibson is locked in as the starting power forward, while Bobby Portis could continue to see around 20 minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:13 pm
  • Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday
    Markieff Morris will start on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Suns will likely be sellers at the trade deadline and Morris is a candidate to be moved, so they're clearly trying to boost his value. He hasn't played well this season, and a trade to a contender wouldn't necessarily be a good thing for his value. For now, he's better suited for deeper leagues. Mirza Teletovic will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:55 pm
  • Jones will play center if Capela out Tuesday
    J.B. Bickerstaff said that if Clint Capela (thigh) can't play Tuesday vs. the Heat, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith will split minutes at the center spot with Dwight Howard (suspension) also unavailable.

    Advice: Jones logged a season-low six minutes in his previous outing, but he'll likely return to a 20-minute role with the Rockets if Capela can't give it a go tonight. Josh Smith would likely see his playing time in the high-20s, but neither guy makes for all that attractive of a DFS option with a tough matchup against Miami. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:43 pm
  • Markieff Morris could start Tuesday vs. TOR?
    Markieff Morris may return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors, according to beat reporter Paul Coro.

    Advice: Coro is basing this assessment off newly appointed interim head coach Earl Watson's quotes from earlier today when he said he's going to "nurture and embrace" Morris. Markieff's playing time could be trending up with a new coach at the helm, so he's someone to consider as a speculative add in deep leagues if you have someone to cut. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Harrison Barnes says he's getting rhythm back
    Harrison Barnes said that he feels he's playing his way back into game shape and is starting to find his rhythm again after spending all of December on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

    Advice: "I’m feeling good," Barnes said. "I’m just getting back to playing into game shape and getting my rhythm back. I feel like I’m getting to the point where I can go out there and contribute and not have any pain… I’m still looking to get my explosion back and not have any pain." Barnes hasn't exactly hit the ground running since returning from the injury, as he shot just 42.4 percent from the field through the month of January. However, he has mid-round upside, so Barnes warrants a hold in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:42 pm
  • Watson says the Suns will 'embrace' Markieff
    Coach Earl Watson said the Suns are going to "nurture and embrace" Markieff Morris.

    Advice: He said the team needs him and for Morris' attitude "to be positive no matter what." Watson talked a lot about a family environment, passion and honesty in his press conference, so Morris may be receptive at least in the short term. Morris and Watson have a good relationship and the new coach says he wants clearer roles, so there's a good chance Morris gets the lion's share of power forward minutes tonight. He's not playing well, so he's only worth a look if you have something to cut for now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:08 pm
  • Tim Duncan (knee) out Wednesday vs. Pelicans
    Tim Duncan (sore right knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Wednesday will mark Duncan's fifth straight game on the sidelines, and he's currently without an official timetable to return, so his absence could extend into the All-Star break. David West, Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson and Boban Marjanovic will continue to see some increased opportunity with Duncan in street clothes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:11 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (leg) out Tuesday vs. Lakers
    Kevin Garnett (leg) will not play Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Garnett said that it's his right leg, and not specifically his right knee that has been bothering him, but he added that it's been feeling better and he expects to get back on the court "soon." His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday vs. the Clippers, so we'll be considering him questionable for that one. However, Garnett is only playing 14.7 minutes per game this season, so there's no reason to own him in any league. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Dwight Howard suspended for Tuesday vs MIA
    Dwight Howard has been suspended for Tuesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Howard will miss Tuesday's game for contacting an official during Saturday's game against the Wizards. Howard will be back for Thursday's game against the Suns, while Clint Capela, Josh Smith, and Terrence Jones will all see a boost in value on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:57 am
  • John Henson out Tuesday vs Trail Blazers
    John Henson (back) will miss Tuesday's game against the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: Henson will miss his fourth consecutive game on Tuesday and shouldn't be owned in anything by deeper fantasy leagues at this point. Miles Plumlee will see some extra run against the Blazers, but doesn't carry much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:40 am
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  • Derrick Favors back problems due to mattress?
    Derrick Favors scored 13 points with eight rebounds and four blocks in 38 minutes against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: There's still no word if he got a new mattress, but nobody will be sleeping on him in fantasy leagues anymore. Favors is coming off a 20-point game on Saturday and should be an early-round player going forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:42 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge drops season-high 28 points
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 28 points against the Magic during a 107-92 win on Monday, adding four rebounds and five blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: His five blocks were also a season high and topped his entire January total of four. It's pretty wild to see Aldridge set a season high tonight at 28. In fact, he scored 28 or more 10 different times before Feb. 1 of last season with the Blazers. Aldridge is definitely trending up. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 24 w/ 12 boards
    Greg Monroe scored 24 points with 12 boards, three assists, one block, one steal and one turnover in Monday's loss to the Kings.

    Advice: He caught a break with DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) sitting this one out, and he finished with an efficient 11-of-16 shooting from the field. Monroe hasn't had to worry about John Henson because he has been sidelined due to a lower back issue, so he's a solid play in DFS until further notice. Monroe has scored 21 or more points in six straight games and needs to be in all lineups. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:35 pm
  • Al Horford scores 10 in sub-par game
    Al Horford scored 10 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The trade rumors are starting to heat up on Horford with him heading into free agency. Horford is having a great year as an offensive weapon thanks to extending his range. He put up top-15 value last month thanks to doing a little bit of everything. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Chandler Parsons grabs 11 boards
    Chandler Parsons grabbed a season-high 11 boards against the Hawks on Monday, adding 19 points, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He has been marvelous and the rebounds are on the upswing, averaging 7.8 per game in his last five. Parsons added averages of 18.6 points, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.4 treys. He's dominating for his owners. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 16 points in return
    Ersan Ilyasova (adductor) returned on Monday with 16 points, six rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: His minutes were fine and he didn't look limited. The only time he was visibly in pain was after Thaddeus Young blocked him and put him on the ground. Ilyasova is putting up enough value to own, but his upside isn't very attractive. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:48 pm
  • Ersan llyasova and Reggie Jackson will play
    Ersan Ilyasova (adductor) and Reggie Jackson (dehydration) will play on Monday against the Nets.

    Advice: He is likely going to start, which pushes Anthony Tolliver back to the bench. If Ilyasova is not 100 percent, we could see more Stanley Johnson off the bench. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:43 pm
  • John Henson (back) will not play on Monday
    John Henson (back) will not play against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: His back injury could keep him out beyond tonight. Miles Plumlee would likely get some more run behind Greg Monroe tonight, but has very little value. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:22 pm
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  • Derrick Favors back problems due to mattress?
    Derrick Favors said his back problems may have been due to sleeping on his stomach and from having a soft mattress.

    Advice: "I’m in the process of of changing my mattress now," Favors said. "It wasn’t soft, but it was kind of outdated. I had it for a couple of years." Former Jazzman Al Jefferson spent over $23K on his mattress in his Utah days, so maybe Favors can give him a call for help. Whatever the case, Favors has looked fantastic recently and dropped 20 points on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Feb 1, 12:00 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova (adductor) expected for Monday
    Ersan Ilyasova (adductor) is expected to play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Ghostface Ilya was forced out of the lineup on Saturday due to the injury, but his absence looks like it will be of the single-game variety. With Ilyasova back in the fold, Anthony Tolliver will head back to the bench while Marcus Morris could lose some playing time with Stanley Johnson's role increasing. Rotoworld.com Feb 1, 9:28 am
  • No timetable for Tim Duncan's (knee) return
    The Spurs have no timetable for Tim Duncan's (sore right knee) return.

    Advice: Duncan will miss his fourth straight game on Monday vs. Orlando, and Gregg Popovich declined to offer any kind of timeline for TD's potential return. Although Duncan had an MRI and is currently rehabbing, we still don't know the results of what the scan did or didn't show. For now, it will be David West, Boris Diaw, Kyle Anderson and Boban Marjanovic will continue to try and fill the void. Rotoworld.com Feb 1, 7:08 am
  • Harrison Barnes struggles vs. the Knicks
    Harrison Barnes was quiet against the Knicks on Sunday, scoring eight points on 3-of-8 shooting with three boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Klay Thompson and Draymond Green ran the show for the Warriors, and even Stephen Curry was quiet in this one. Barnes hit a game-winning 3-pointer vs. the 76ers on Saturday, but his averages of 8.2 points, 4.6 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games are underwhelming. He is shooting just 36.4 percent in that span, so he's simply in a slump. He has enough upside to warrant a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 31, 7:24 pm
  • Chandler Parsons cools off, hits 5-of-14 FGs
    Chandler Parsons chipped in 15 points to help the Mavericks beat Phoenix on Sunday, hitting 5-of-14 shots with two rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Parsons has been particularly excellent when Dirk Nowitzki is resting, but he cooled off tonight and wound up deferring to his teammates. He should continue to earn minutes at PF even when Nowitzki is in the lineup, however, and is locked in for top-50 value rest-of-season. Rotoworld.com Jan 31, 7:15 pm
  • John Henson (back) questionable Monday
    John Henson (back) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: The big man has missed the last two games with a sore lower back, so don't be surprised if the Bucks err on the side of caution. Greg Monroe will play heavy minutes if Henson can't play, while Miles Plumlee could see a few minutes off the bench. Henson is only worth stashing if you need blocks in a deeper league. Rotoworld.com Jan 31, 7:00 pm
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  • Jared Sullinger plays only 18 minutes vs. ORL
    Jared Sullinger finished Sunday's defeat with only five points and four rebounds in 18 minutes, shooting 2-of-7 from the field without any assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: He's played no more than 21 minutes in four consecutive games and sat out the final 18:24 tonight, as Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko manned the frontcourt. Sullinger has plenty of upside, which he flashes on occasion, but his low playing time makes him very frustrating to own. Patience is warranted in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 31, 6:55 pm
  • Draymond Green records 9th triple-double
    Draymond Green recorded his ninth triple-double of the season with 20 points, 10 assists and 10 boards in Sunday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: He was a perfect 9-of-9 from the field and added two steals, two blocks, two 3-pointers and four turnovers in 37 minutes. Green blamed his "selfish unselfishness" after chasing stats in his previous game vs. the 76ers in which he turned the ball over a career-high seven times, but he didn't force a lot of passes tonight. For what it's worth, the last Warrior to go a perfect 9-of-9 from the field on at least nine attempts was Chris Mullin in 1990. Rotoworld.com Jan 31, 6:55 pm
  • Terrence Jones plays six minutes in loss
    Terrence Jones played a season-low six minutes in Saturday's loss to the Grizzlies, scoring two points on 1-of-4 shooting.

    Advice: Prior to Saturday's game, coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that the Josh Smith trade has hurt Jones' playing time and he took the blame for the forward's recent struggles. Regardless, Jones is clearly out of the rotation in Houston, so only a trade can save his season at this point. If you're still stashing him, feel free to let him go if he is not dealt by the Feb. 18 trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Jan 30, 9:15 pm
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