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  • Report: PHI showing interest in Blake Griffin
    The 76ers had discussions with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, according to Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio.

    Advice: OK. First and foremost, a discussion about a trade doesn't seem like much. Secondly, the 76ers dealing for Griffin would be one of the most shocking developments of all time. For now, it's safe to assume this won't happen. Today, 12:10 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. Today, 11:33 am
  • Martin, Garnett & Pekovic not close to return
    Coach Sam Mitchell said the Kevin Martin (wrist), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle, foot) are not close to returning.

    Advice: "I love the way we're playing right now," Mitchell said. In other words, those guys are basically out of the rotation. This is terrific news for Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng. Martin is on the trade block for next to nothing and will need to be dealt to have value. Today, 11:30 am
  • LAC had talks with DEN about Blake Griffin?
    The Clippers reportedly discussed a Blake Griffin trade with the Nuggets according to Mitch Lawrence of Sirius XM Radio.

    Advice: It's not clear what pieces were involved in the reported talks, but it would likely take a massive offer from the Nuggets to get the ball rolling. Nothing is imminent by any means, so take this report with a grain of salt until we hear something more concrete. Today, 11:09 am
  • Jabari Parker says he's still adjusting
    Jabari Parker said that he's still adjusting to the NBA game.

    Advice: "It was all difficult," Parker said. "Getting your rhythm back, getting your wind back. Getting a feel for the game. Being able to develop a role now because guys weren't used to playing with me." Parker missed most of his rookie season after tearing his ACL, so it's not a surprise that he's still finding his role with Bucks. Milwaukee is rumored to be shopping Michael Carter-Williams and Greg Monroe before the deadline, so a trade could open up more responsibility for Parker on the offensive end. He's averaging 11.4 points and 4.6 boards on 49.2 percent shooting from the field. Today, 10:22 am
  • Jazz sign Erick Green to 10-day deal
    The Jazz have signed G Erick Green to another 10-day contract.

    Advice: He has made just two brief appearances for the Jazz and that may not change while Raul Neto and Trey Burke are healthy. Leave Green on the wire. Today, 9:56 am
  • Nuggets looking to deal Joffrey Lauvergne?
    The Nuggets would reportedly want a late first-round pick in exchange for Joffrey Lauvergne.

    Advice: King Joffrey is behind Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic on the depth chart, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the Nuggets tried to deal him at the deadline. Nothing is imminent at the moment, so there's no real reason to stash Lauvergne in most formats. The 24-year-old center is averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 boards in 17.6 minutes per game this season. Today, 9:35 am
  • Hassan Whiteside will come off the bench
    Hassan Whiteside will come off the bench again on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra declined to comment if this would be a permanent move, but the Heat are likely just being cautious with the oft-injured big man. Whiteside played just 17 minutes on Wednesday, piling up 10 points with nine rebounds, one steal and five blocks. Whether he starts or not, Whiteside is a must-start player. As for Amare Stoudemire, he could continue to have some value in deeper leagues moving forward, but he will have to stay healthy. Today, 9:05 am
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) has no timetable
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) still doesn't have a clear timetable to return.

    Advice: "I'm just waiting on some things to get resolved to see what's next, what's best for it and how we approach the next step," Nelson said. "I'm always going to be honest with Coach, the organization and the training staff. I just told them I was hurting." The veteran has already missed eight games because of his wrist this season, so the Nuggets won't rush him back. Emmanuel Mudiay and Randy Foye will continue to pick up the slack in his absence. Today, 8:53 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) out Friday
    Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play on Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: This will be his second straight game on the shelf and the Cavs shouldn't be in any hurry to rush him back. Mo Williams played just 11 minutes on Wednesday as the backup point guard, so there's no real reason to consider him outside of deeper leagues. Today, 8:06 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. Today, 7:58 am
  • Clint Capela returned to action on Thursday February 4. Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 in loss
    Damian Lillard scored 27 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday during a 110-103 loss.

    Advice: The assists have been really nice for Lillard with three double-digit dime games in his last five. The should-be All-Star's team losing this one drops them out of the eighth seed with Utah moving up. It'll be interesting to see what the Blazers do at the deadline, but it won't affect Lillard. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Tarik Black scores four in 16 minutes
    Tarik Black (foot) scored four points in 16 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with two rebounds.

    Advice: His foot injury didn't bother him. The Lakers are playing Black at power forward and center, but he's not a great add in almost any league. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Norris Cole scores two points in 13 minutes
    Norris Cole scored two points on 1-of-10 from the field against the Lakers on Thursday, adding two assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He was in foul trouble tonight and coach Alvin Gentry just opted to keep him out. Cole had some major problems with consistency in his Miami days, but he's been fine up until tonight. He's only a low-end guy and should hold some value while Tyreke Evans (knee) is without a timetable. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Trevor Ariza goes off again, scores 22
    Trevor Ariza went off again with 22 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and three 3-pointers against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He was killer as a power forward last year with Kevin McHale, but now he's rolling in that role again with coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Since being shifted to power forward back on Jan. 22, he averaged 17.9 points, 4.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 3.8 treys. That's good for top-10 value in that span and has boosted him to fourth-round value on the year now. If you bought low, you look really smart. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 10 points
    Clint Capela scored 10 points with four rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not play next to Dwight Howard at all and those days might be done. Capela isn't the greatest per-minute guy and those are trending down, too. He's a drop candidate unless you want to use him as Dwight Howard insurance. Yesterday, 9:17 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. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Clint Capela (hip) cleared to play vs. PHX
    Clint Capela (hip) has been cleared to play against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He will come off the bench behind Dwight Howard, who hasn't finished a game in over a week due to ejections and a suspension. The Rockets are likely going to go small a lot, so Capela isn't a great fantasy asset right now. Yesterday, 4:34 pm
  • Clippers could punish Blake?
    Owner Steve Ballmer said "there needs to be consequences" for Blake Griffin's incident last week.

    Advice: "It's the right thing to do," Ballmer said. The league is also looking at a punishment for Blake, so he might get at least a game or two. He is out for this month and could make it back for next month. Wes Johnson has been the best pickup by far. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Friday vs. Chicago
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Nelson doesn't have a clear return date, and he's a pretty low-upside guy to own with Emmanuel Mudiay healthy. Leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 3:23 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. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Clint Capela (hip) a game-time decision Thurs
    Clint Capela (left hip flexor, thigh) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Donatas Motiejunas said that the reason he's headed back to the D-League on Thursday is because "Clint is healthy," and Capela reportedly ran around at shootaround with "little difficulty," so it sounds like he'll be out there tonight. With Clint active, Marcus Thornton's minutes will likely take the biggest hit. Yesterday, 12:43 pm
  • Clint Capela (hip) moving well at shootaround
    Clint Capela (left hip flexor, thigh) was moving well during Thursday morning's shootaround, according to beat reporter Jonathan Feigen.

    Advice: The Rockets sent Donatas Motiejunas back to the D-League on Thursday, which could be an indication that Capela is feeling good enough to play. We'll have another update on his status closer to tip-off, but if Capela is out there, there will be less minutes available for Josh Smith and Marcus Thornton. Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • Tarik Black (foot) expected to play Thursday
    Tarik Black (foot) is expected to play Thursday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Black doesn't play enough minutes in Los Angeles to matter in most leagues. Leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 11:09 am
  • Hassan Whiteside feels fine playing w/padding
    Hassan Whiteside (oblique) played with extra padding on Wednesday and said he felt fine after the game.

    Advice: Whiteside only played 17 minutes on Wednesday, but was able to put up 10 points, nine rebounds, one steal, and five blocks in limited action. "It's weird, but it's ok. I can still dunk on people," Whiteside said of the extra padding. Whiteside is still getting over his injury, but his stat line from Wednesday shows he's a must-start player as long as he's on the court. Yesterday, 6:58 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. Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Norris Cole scores 14 vs. Spurs
    Norris Cole scored 14 points with four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He continues to surprise with the increased assists, averaging 7.5 per game in his last four. Cole has put up seventh-round value in that span, which is pretty close to his ceiling. That's still enough to give him a long look until we see Tyreke Evans (knee) back on the court. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside hits all 5 shots in return
    Hassan Whiteside returned from an oblique injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-5 shots for 10 points, nine rebounds, a steal and five blocks in just 17 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Wow. That's quite a stat line for just 17 minutes of action and it's time to get him back into your lineup ASAP. He missed his previous six games due to the injury, and most of a seventh, so tonight's line was great to see, especially considering the low minutes. Wednesday, 8:56 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. Wednesday, 6:11 pm
  • Martin, Garnett and Pekovic all out vs. Clips
    Kevin Martin (wrist), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (foot) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The severity of Martin's injury isn't known, but he might not even be in the rotation upon his return anyway. Leave him on the wire. Zach LaVine should get 30 minutes or so and is worth holding in standard leagues. Wednesday, 6:09 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside warming up, intends to play
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) is warming up with the intention to play against the Mavs.

    Advice: If he can give it a go, he will likely come off the bench. Whiteside will likely have his minutes monitored, as well. His return would also mean less burn for Amare Stoudemire and most of the wings. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play
    Matt Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is going to rest his bothersome hamstring and it sounds like it's precautionary. The Cavs figure to get Mo Williams back in the rotation tonight, but he's not a reliable fantasy option unless you are hoping for garbage time against a shorthanded Hornets team. Wednesday, 2:57 pm
  • Matt Dellavedova (hamstring) a game-time call
    Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) is a game-time decision to face the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been fighting the issue for a week and only played 12 minutes on Monday, so perhaps this hamstring issue explains why. The Cavs don't need Dellavedova too much right now and could opt to throw Mo Williams back in the rotation. We'll have another update shortly. Wednesday, 2:39 pm
  • Tarik Black (left foot) probable for Thursday
    Tarik Black had an X-ray on his left foot and the results were negative.

    Advice: It's good news and he's probable to play on Thursday. Black is getting some minutes now with Larry Nance out and temporarily ahead of Ryan Kelly. He can be ignored in most leagues. Wednesday, 12:04 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable vs. LAC
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was questionable for Tuesday and did not play. Martin has been out since Jan. 23 and he's also very likely to be traded. If he does play, Zach LaVine may play a little less. Martin is probably closer to doubtful for this one. Wednesday, 11:34 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. Wednesday, 10:37 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (hip) questionable Wednesday
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: Whiteside said on Tuesday that he's no longer experiencing pain in his hip, so perhaps he's able to get back on the floor tonight. For what it's worth, the Heat are currently listing Amare Stoudemire as a starter, although the game notes (particularly out of Miami) tend to be unreliable. Check back for another update on Hassan closer to Wednesday's tip. Wednesday, 10:05 am
  • Clint Capela (hip) questionable for Thursday
    Clint Capela (left hip flexor, thigh) is questionable to play Thursday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: If Capela is unable to give it a go tomorrow, look for Josh Smith and Terrence Jones to see an uptick in minutes, with Smith offering the most upside. Houston could also go with some more small ball lineups against the up-tempo Suns, which would result in Corey Brewer and Marcus Thornton getting some extended run. Wednesday, 10:02 am
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Wednesday vs. Utah
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: With Jameer on the sidelines Wednesday night, Emmanuel Mudiay figures to log minutes in the high-30s with Randy Foye having the opportunity for some extended run off the bench. Nelson belongs on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. Wednesday, 9:51 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. 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. Wednesday, 5:54 am
  • Jabari Parker struggles with foul trouble
    Jabari Parker picked up three fouls in the first half of Tuesday's game vs. the Blazers, finishing with six points, one board, one assist, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: His playing time didn't really suffer because of the foul trouble as he played 21 minutes in the second half as the Bucks tried to rally. Parker did score a total of 33 points in his previous two games (16.5 ppg), so his owners shouldn't cut him for one bad performance. He's a low-end player in standard leagues, but hopefully the Bucks will feature him on offense more down the stretch. Tuesday, 10:20 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 14 w/ 12 dimes
    Damian Lillard scored 14 points with 12 assists, five boards and three turnovers in Tuesday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: C.J. McCollum carried the Blazers with 30 points, so Lillard was happy to be the facilitator and he was able to record his tenth double-double of the season. Lillard and McCollum have the Blazers right in the middle of the playoff race, and they also became one of three pairs of teammates to have 1,000 points each along with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Warriors. Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores 9, but fills stat sheet
    Trevor Ariza hit just 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer, but finished Tuesday's game with nine points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.

    Advice: He wasn't great tonight, but did a little bit of everything, salvaging a decent line. He was red hot a week ago, but has scored nine or fewer points in three of his last four games. He should go on another hot streak at some point, but it's anyone's guess as to when it happens. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) out for Tuesday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Lakers as expected.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable but coach Sam Mitchell never expected him to play. K-Mart is likely going to be traded, but he isn't worth stashing in almost any format at the moment. Zach LaVine will benefit on Tuesday and from here on out. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Clint Capela, Montrezl Harrell out Tuesday
    Clint Capela (thigh) and Montrezl Harrell (illness) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Josh Smith is expected to start at center, but Terrence Jones will likely split minutes with him. Capela is day-to-day, but he isn't worth picking up in most leagues because Dwight Howard is dealing with just a one-game suspension. Tuesday, 4:15 pm
  • Clint Capela (thigh) questionable for Tuesday
    Clint Capela (thigh) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: With Dwight Howard (suspension) set to spend Tuesday's game on the sidelines, Terrence Jones could make his way back into the rotation tonight if Capela is unable to play, and there would be more minutes available for Josh Smith. The Rockets would also likely go with a lot of small ball lineups sans Capela, which would translate to more minutes for Corey Brewer and Marcus Thornton. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 2:07 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) questionable for Tuesday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers, although head coach Sam Mitchell said he didn't think he would play.

    Advice: Martin should be listed as doubtful here, and it would be very surprising to see him take the court tonight. We should have official confirmation soon enough, but Zach LaVine will be the primary beneficiary with Martin likely on the sidelines Tuesday night, and he's on the radar in DFS with a favorable matchup against the Lakers. Tuesday, 1:07 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. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Whiteside no longer dealing with pain in hip
    The pain in Hassan Whiteside's hip has subsided, and he reportedly looked "fluid" while going through some 3-on-3 work during a recent practice.

    Advice: Whiteside won't play Tuesday vs. the Rockets, but he's progressing well, so there's a chance he's able to get back on the court for Wednesday's game in Dallas. With Whiteside out vs. the Rockets, look for Justise Winslow to pick up some extra minutes with Amare Stoudemire filling in as the starting power forward. Loul Deng will also see some more touches on offense sans Whiteside. Tuesday, 12:22 pm
  • Jameer Nelson listed as 'out' for Wednesday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) is being listed as "out" for Wednesday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: After returning from a six game absence, Nelson suffered a setback with his wrist, and it's looking like he's going to spend some extended time on the shelf. Emmanuel Mudiay will continue to get all the run he can handle with Nelson on the sidelines, with Randy Foye logging extended minutes off the bench. Nelson belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Tuesday, 11:24 am
  • Hassan Whiteside out vs Rockets on Tuesday
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) will miss Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Whiteside was able to make the trip to Houston with the Rockets, but will be unable to suit up on Tuesday night. With Dwight Howard suspended, the Heat will likely go small against the Rockets, so we could see some more of Justise Winslow filling in for Whiteside along with starter Amare Stoudemire. Tuesday, 9:39 am
  • Clint Capela will start vs Heat on Tuesday
    Clint Capela will start against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: Clint Capela will get the start against the Heat while Dwight Howard is suspended on Tuesday. Josh Smith and Terrence Jones will also get a one-game value boost, but Capela is the player to target as the starter on Tuesday. Tuesday, 9:29 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 8:57 am
  • Blake Griffin still waiting on discipline
    Blake Griffin (hand) is still waiting to hear from the league about his punishment from the league.

    Advice: The Clippers are hoping to hear from the league about Griffin's discipline soon, but a decision may not be imminent, according to sources. Griffin is expected to miss up to two months with a fractured right hand and will likely miss more time due to a suspension when he returns, so fantasy owners may not get him back until mid-to-late March. Short of having a a free IR spot, stashing Griffin could be a detrimental move for fantasy owners. Tuesday, 6:20 am
  • Jabari Parker scores 16 points in loss
    Jabari Parker scored 16 points with seven boards, two assists, two steals and two turnovers vs. the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: He was 8-of-12 from the field, but he didn't get to the free throw line in this one. Parker is basically the fourth option on offense behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe and Khris Middleton, but even though he doesn't shoot 3-pointers he is still helping his owners enough in points, boards, FG percentage and FT percentage to warrant ownership in standard leagues. Monday, 9:47 pm
  • Norris Cole drops 23 points in loss
    Norris Cole scored 23 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: He's been a pleasant surprise with some nice consistency. The ups and downs in Miami is why the Heat dumped him, but Cole has played with more control and is trusting his teammates more. His value will dip once Tyreke Evans (knee) comes back, but that might not happen any time soon. Monday, 9:10 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) plays three minutes
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) played just three minutes on Monday vs. the Raptors and hit both of his shots to finish with four points.

    Advice: King Joffrey isn't in the rotation right now and it's not a good sign that he played just a few minutes in a blowout win. This is Nikola Jokic's world now and Lauvergne is no longer a viable option in fantasy leagues. Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Kevin Martin doubtful for Tuesday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) is doubtful to play against the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It would be a shock to see him play. Zach LaVine is seeing minutes in the upper 20s with plenty of minutes at both guard spots. He should be owned in standard leagues now while Martin should have been dropped in most leagues. Monday, 4:45 pm
  • Garnett, Pekovic and Martin are doubtful
    Kevin Garnett (knee), Nikola Pekovic (sore foot) and Kevin Martin (wrist) are all considered doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: To be clear, KG isn't going to play. The 39-year-old veteran is a shut-down candidate and plays minutes in the teens when he is active, so he can be ignored in all leagues. Gorgui Dieng is a must-own player. Monday, 4:45 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) out Monday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He experienced a setback, so he's likely going to spend some time on the shelf. Emmanuel Mudiay is going to be looking at significant minutes, while Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick could play more as well. Leave Nelson on the wire. Monday, 4:26 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hip) listed as questionable
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) is listed as questionable against the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Heat are listing a lot of players questionable, so this doesn't mean much. If he goes through shootaround on Tuesday, that would speak louder volumes than this. For now, expect Whiteside to sit while Amare Stoudemire starts again. Monday, 1:55 pm
  • Dwight Howard still has pain in shoulder
    Dwight Howard (shoulder) said he still has pain and it's "not something that's going away in the next couple days."

    Advice: He said it wasn't serious at Monday's practice. After being ejected twice this past weekend, Howard also said he won't do anything in the direction of the refs. He sounds like he'll be good to go for Tuesday against the Heat. Monday, 12:31 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) experiences setback
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) experienced a setback, and he's now doubtful to play on Monday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: For now, he's considered just day-to-day, but the team is deciding whether an "extended absence" is necessary. Nelson had played in each of the last two games, but he's taken a major backseat to Emmanuel Mudiay as the rookie point guard has played better and Denver emphasizes a youth movement. Now dealing with a recurring wrist injury and staring a potential shutdown in the face, Nelson's proper home in your fantasy league is on the waiver wire. Monday, 9:32 am
  • Hassan Whiteside without timetable to return
    Hassan Whiteside (hip), who is not expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Rockets, is without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: Whiteside still can't make it through a full practice, so the day-to-day tag is a little misleading. He's missed five straight games, and there is good reason to believe Whiteside is doubtful for Miami's back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, the Heat play on both Friday and Sunday to wrap up a four-game week. Amare Stoudemire should continue to start so long as Whiteside is sidelined, but Miami will also utilize small-ball lineups more often. Monday, 9:03 am
  • Report: HOU trying to rescind Howard's techs
    The Rockets "have petitioned the NBA to rescind the four technical fouls" Dwight Howard has received over his last two games, a source told ESPN.

    Advice: Houston might have a problem after interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff roasted the zebras for "the way referees officiate Dwight" following Saturday's loss to Washington, but the Rockets will at least try to put Howard in a better situation to avoid an automatic one-game suspension as a result of his technical fouls. Bickerstaff criticized the officials for failing to do their jobs while adding that the referees purposefully allowed the opposition to attack Howard beneath the basket. Good luck with that petition. Monday, 6:16 am
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) out Sunday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This is Martin's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines and he won't play until he is 100 percent because he is on the trade block. Zach LaVine will pick up some extra minutes vs. the Blazers. Sunday, 4:44 pm
  • Kevin Garnett, Kevin Martin out Sunday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) and Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This will be Garnett's fourth straight game on the shelf and the Wolves won't be in any hurry to rush him back. Gorgui Dieng has been playing really well as the starting power forward, so he should benefit the most on Sunday. Sunday, 4:44 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) probable for Monday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is probable to play Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Lauvergne picked up a DNP-CD on Saturday, and his minutes have been on a downward trajectory as of late with Nikola Jokic playing very well as the starting center. Lauvergne can be cut in most leagues at this point. Sunday, 1:56 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hip) out Sunday vs. Atlanta
    Hassan Whiteside (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: With Whiteside on the sidelines Sunday, Amare Stoudmire will continue to see around 20 minutes as the starting power forward, with guys like Luol Deng, Justise WInslow and Josh McRoberts all chipping in to help fill the void. Chris Bosh will spend most of his time at the five-spot. Whiteside still hasn't been able to make it through a full practice, so we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of the questionable tag for Tuesday's game in Houston. Sunday, 1:22 pm
  • Lakers recall Tarik Black
    The Lakers have recalled Tarik Black from the D-League.

    Advice: This means he will be available for Sunday's game vs. the Hornets, but he will only see limited minutes at best. Sunday, 10:10 am
  • Tarik Black assigned to D-League
    Tarik Black has been assigned to the D-League.

    Advice: Head coach Byron Scott hasn't been pleased with Black's development this season, but he will likely get some minutes towards the end of the season with the Lakers tanking. Black is not a fantasy asset, though. Sunday, 6:35 am
  • NBA still looking into Blake Griffin incident
    The NBA's investigation of Blake Griffin (hand) is still ongoing.

    Advice: Griffin is expected to miss up to two months of action because of his hand, but he could face some discipline from either the NBA or the Clippers. "He feels awful about it, and he's let everyone know that," Coach Doc Rivers said. "That's all you can do. You have to forgive people at some point. I believe that. We built Richard Nixon a library. I mean, my goodness, you forgive people." Unless you have an IR spot, stashing Griffin at this point in the season will be very difficult. Sunday, 6:09 am
  • Clint Capela (thigh) plays 17 minutes
    Clint Capela played through a thigh injury on Saturday vs. Wizards, but finished with just one point, four boards, one steal and two blocks in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Dwight Howard was ejected for the second straight game, but Capela looked awful down the stretch and shot just 1-of-8 from the free throw line. The Rockets have been playing a lot more small ball with Trevor Ariza at the four, so Capela is only looking at minutes in the teens for the foreseeable future. He's safe to drop in most leagues. Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Lauvergne gets a DNP-CD
    Joffrey Lauvergne was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: It took a while, but the cream has risen to the top and Nikola Jokic is getting some heavy burn. Lauvergne can be dropped in most leagues. Saturday, 7:06 pm
  • Kevin Martin, Kevin Garnett doubtful
    Kevin Martin (wrist) and Kevin Garnett (knee) are doubtful to play against the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Both players are likely out and Martin has a chance of not playing for the Wolves anytime soon with him being in the trade block. The Zach LaVine SG experiment is back on and he's made it very clear he wants to run minutes there, so he is worth owning right now to see if he can keep getting better. Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful for Sunday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is doubtful vs. the Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Wolves will not let the 39-year-old veteran play at less than 100 percent, so don't expect to see him out there. Coach Sam Mitchell has finally freed Gorgui Dieng, so he is a must-start player until further notice. Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is expected to play
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is expected to play on Saturday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has missed two games in a row, but the big man went through shootaround and must be feeling a lot better. King Joffrey has only been getting minutes in the teens lately, but hopefully he doesn't take any playing time away from Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic. He is not on the fantasy radar. Saturday, 9:22 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 22 points in win
    Damian Lillard scored a game-high 22 points against the Hornets on Friday during a 109-91 win, adding five rebounds, six assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lillard is in the top 10 for points, assists and treys while the Blazers are knocking on the door of the eighth seed, but he did not get an All-Star bid. He also had a throw-down on Tyler Hansbrough (in link below). He's sitting on top-15 value in his last 10. Friday, 11:29 pm
  • Jabari Parker cooling off again
    Jabari Parker scored 17 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 39 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: He didn't have a backup with Johnny O'Bryant out and he had a decent game tonight. Parker is playing 35.0 minutes per game in his last five, averaging 12.0 points, 7.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals on 54.8 percent from the field. He's kind of been "on" in that span, that's still barely top-80 value. Friday, 9:53 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores eight in loss
    Trevor Ariza scored eight points with six rebounds, five assists, five steals, one block and two 3-pointers against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: The bad news is he only made 3-of-12 from the field, but that's OK with all these other stats. He's really picked it up lately and clearly the small-ball lineup is helping him. Ariza did the same exact thing last year because he didn't light it up until January, so he could still be a fantasy stud going forward. Friday, 9:08 pm
  • Kevin Martin (wrist) out Friday
    Kevin Martin (wrist) will not play on Friday vs. the Jazz as expected.

    Advice: Martin is a trade candidate, so the Wolves have no incentive to play him at less than 100 percent. His absence will open up more minutes for Zach LaVine, and that's a good thing considering the young guard went off for 35 points in his last outing. Friday, 10:08 am
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play Friday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play on Friday vs. the Jazz as expected.

    Advice: A 39-year-old veteran dealing with a sore knee is not good, so expect KG to miss more time. Gorgui Dieng exploded for 21 points and nine boards in his last game, so he should benefit the most in KG's absence. Friday, 10:07 am
  • Report: Blake Griffin could miss two months
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, Blake Griffin (hand) could miss two months of action.

    Advice: His original timetable was established at 4-6 weeks, but even Doc Rivers suggested that the timetable wasn't realistic. This would mean that Griffin wouldn't return to the court until the end of March at the earliest, so his owners may be forced to evaluate other options if they don't have an IR spot. In the meantime, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and Chris Paul will all benefit. Friday, 9:26 am
  • Wolves still looking to trade Kevin Martin
    The Wolves are still looking to trade Kevin Martin before the deadline.

    Advice: Minnesota is determined to open up more minutes for Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad, and Martin's role has declined significantly since the start of the season. His value on the open market should be very low because he is shooting just 37.5 percent from the field and he has a player option for next season which could scare some teams away. You shouldn't be looking to stash Martin. Friday, 6:46 am
  • Norris Cole drops 17-7-10 game in win
    Norris Cole played 38 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with 17 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He ran the offense for close to 20 minutes while getting some run next to Jrue Holiday, too. Tyreke Evans (knee) could miss a lot of time and is a shut-down candidate, so Cole does have more appeal in standard leagues now. Thursday, 9:36 pm
  • Jabari Parker struggles in loss
    Jabari Parker struggled on Thursday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring seven points with eight boards and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't very aggressive and shot just 2-of-5 from the field. Parker has been taking a backseat to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe and Khris Middleton on offense, and he doesn't have much upside because he doesn't take 3-pointers. He is averaging 10.4 points, 6.4 boards, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks on 55.6 percent shooting over his last five games, which is only good for top-100 value. Thursday, 9:25 pm
  • Jameer Nelson returns on Thursday
    Jameer Nelson scored six points in his return to the lineup on Thursday, adding one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He started out tonight with a bang, but didn't do much after that. Nelson's playing time should be less than it was before he dealt with his wrist injury earlier this month because Emmanuel Mudiay is on the upswing. Thursday, 8:11 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (wrist) will play on Thursday
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) will play Thursday vs. Washington.

    Advice: Nelson will return from a six game absence, and his return to the rotation will likely take away some playing time from Emmanuel Mudiay. As a reserve, Nelson is averaging just 7.2 points, 4.2 assists and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 36.6 percent shooting, so there's no reason to give him a second thought in standard leagues. Thursday, 3:19 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) out Thursday vs. WAS
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: It'll be Lauvergne's second straight game on the sidelines, which will open up minutes for Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic. Faried makes sense as a DFS play tonight with a favorable matchup against the Wizards. Thursday, 3:08 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doubtful Friday vs. Utah
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Garnett did not practice on Thursday, and it's looking like he'll spend his third straight game on the sidelines on Friday. Gorgui Dieng started on Wednesday with Garnett out, tallying 21 points, nine rebounds, one steal and a block over 27 minutes, so he's the primary beneficiary with KG out. Thursday, 1:55 pm
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) doesn't practice Thurs
    Kevin Garnett (knee) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Garnett's sore right knee has forced him to miss three of Minnesota's past four games, and there are no guarantees he can get back on the court for Friday's game in Utah. If he's out, Nikola Pekovic, Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica will continue to split his minutes, with Dieng offering the most upside. Thursday, 11:29 am
  • Jameer Nelson probable for Thursday vs Wiz
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) is expected to play against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: Nelson will return after missing six straight games, but is stuck behind starting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. While his veteran presence helps the Nuggets young roster, he doesn't do enough to warrant a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:10 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne questionable for Thurs
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: There are a lot of moving pieces in the Nuggets frontcourt with Lauvergne, Nikola Jokic (knee), and Darrell Arthur (quad) all questionable heading into Thursday night. We'll have more updates after shootaround, but Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic stand to benefit if all three players sit. Thursday, 8:26 am
  • Jameer Nelson questionable for Thurs vs Wiz
    Jameer Nelson (wrist) is questionable for Thurdsay's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Nelson was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on Thursday, so he's inching closer to playing after missing six consecutive games. While his impending return will help the Nuggets, Nelson won't make enough of a difference on fantasy rosters to warrant a pickup in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:17 am
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) out for Wednesday
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) will not play for Wednesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: That means we should see some more Nikola Jokic because of Jusuf Nurkic not having his conditioning under control. Jokic should be owned in most leagues while he's going strong. Lauvergne is not the answer in Denver. Wednesday, 3:57 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) a game-time decision
    Joffrey Lauvergne (toe) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: If Lauvergne is unable to give it a go tonight, there will be more minutes available for guys like Nikola Jokic, Jusuf Nurkic and Kenneth Faried. Lauvergne hasn't been a major part of the rotation as of late, and the logjam for minutes in Denver's frontcourt has essentially rendered him a non-option in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:24 am
  • Blake Griffin apologizes to LAC organization
    Blake Griffin took to Twitter to apologize to the Clippers' organization for the physical altercation that happen between him and a Clipper staffer, and resulted in a fractured hand for Blake.

    Advice: "A situation among friends escalated and I regret the way I handled myself towards someone I care about," Griffin said in the statement. "I want to apologize to the Clippers organization, my teammates and the fans for creating this distraction." Griffin is set to spend at least the next 4-6 weeks on the sidelines, but Doc Rivers indicated he feels that timetable is a bit optimistic, so owners without an IR-spot will need to consider cutting Blake at this point. Wednesday, 7:56 am
  • Damian Lillard hands out 13 assists in win
    Damian Lillard matched his career high with 13 assists in Tuesday's 112-97 win over the Kings, finishing with 15 points, five boards, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He shot just 5-of-16 from the field and had four turnovers, but he gets a pass because he erupted for 36 points in Saturday's win over the Lakers. The Blazers have now won six out of their last eight games and moved ahead of the Kings for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race. C.J. McCollum added 18 points, five assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. Tuesday, 10:03 pm
  • Jabari Parker scores 15 in another start
    Jabari Parker hit 6-of-8 shots for 15 points, seven rebounds and a block in 33 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: Parker has scored in double digits in all but one of his January games and came into this one averaging 12.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals for the month. And that makes him a low-end starting forward option in most leagues. Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • Doc says 4-6 weeks for Griffin is unrealistic
    Doc Rivers stated on Tuesday that he believes Blake Griffin's current 4-6 week timetable for his fractured right shooting hand is "unrealistic."

    Advice: "I always say, four to six weeks with a broken hand is unrealistic, I’ll tell you that," said Rivers. This is a tough injury in fantasy hoops, and depending on where you're sitting in the standings, owners without an IR-spot may need to consider cutting Blake at this point. Chris Paul has been a monster with Griffin on the sidelines, and there's no reason to believe that trend won't continue. DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick will also benefit statistically in Blake's absence. Tuesday, 4:06 pm
  • Blake Griffin out 4-6 weeks after surgery
    The Clippers confirmed that Blake Griffin suffered a spiral fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right shooting hand, and after undergoing a procedure on Tuesday morning to correct the issue his timetable has been set at 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: "This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who we are as a team," read a statement from the Clippers referencing Blake getting into a physical altercation with a member of the Clippers staff. "We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken." Griffin will likely be facing a suspension here, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Chris Paul will be the primary beneficiary sans Blake. Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Report: Griffin (hand) set to miss 4-6 weeks
    Blake Griffin (fractured right hand) has a broken hand and his initial timetable has been set at 4-6 weeks, according to sources of beat reporter Dan Woike.

    Advice: This is an unfortunate setback for a guy that has been sidelined since Christmas with a torn quad, and Blake could certainly be facing some disciplinary actions from the league or the Clippers here, as that tends to be the result when players get into physical altercations. Chris Paul has been phenomenal with Blake on the sidelines, and through the month of January he ranks in the top-3 in standard leagues. Paul will continue to shoulder the load on offense sans Blake, while J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan will also see an uptick in value. Tuesday, 11:31 am
  • Utah Jazz sign G Erick Green
    Utah Jazz sign G Erick Green.

    Advice: Green will join the Jazz on a 10-day contract, as per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Even if Green is able to play his way to a second 10-day contract, he isn't on the fantasy radar. Tuesday, 10:25 am
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