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  • Mitchell loves Towns' ability to hit triples
    Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said that Karl-Anthony Towns' 3-point shot keeps defenders honest.

    Advice: "The fact he can step out and shoot one or two a game is great," Mitchell said. "It keeps his guy honest. It adds another dimension, another weapon. It keeps space and flow and timing. But Karl can do too many things to say I want him to stand out there and shoot 10 threes a game." The rookie is shooting 37.5 percent from deep this season and just won the 2016 Skills Challenge on Saturday. His game is incredibly versatile for such a young player and his potential in fantasy is incredible. 52 minutes ago
  • Andre Miller on the move?
    An unidentified team is reportedly "kicking the tires" on Andre Miller.

    Advice: Even if Miller were to be moved, he likely wouldn't be anything more than bench insurance for his new team. His days of fantasy relevance are long gone. Today, 10:05 am
  • David Lee drawing no interest
    With the trade deadline approaching, David Lee continues to draw very little interest around the league.

    Advice: Teams are just not willing to take on Lee's bloated contract. Out of the rotation in Boston, it's possible he will just be bought out. Even then, Lee would have minimal fantasy value elsewhere. Today, 9:24 am
  • Report: Okafor, Noel unlikely to be dealt
    According to Tom Moore of The Intelligencer, neither Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel are expected to be moved by the trading deadline.

    Advice: Moore cites the ongoing question marks surrounding Joel Embiid (foot) and the Sixers hesitance to take on salary as reasons why a deal is unlikely. Philadelphia may re-visit this in the summer, as some have questioned whether a Okafor-Noel pairing will ever work, but for now it looks as though both players will be staying put. Today, 9:07 am
  • Horford happy in Atlanta
    Amid trade speculation, Al Horford expressed his love for the city of Atlanta on Saturday.

    Advice: "I’m very happy in Atlanta," Horford said. "I’ve said it repeatedly. I love the city. My family, we all live in Atlanta, we stay there in the offseason, so my focus is just to keep playing and taking it day by day and, right now, it’s to enjoy this weekend." The latest report has the Celtics linked to Horford, but a deal still seems unlikely even though he could walk away from the Hawks as a free agent this summer. Today, 8:47 am
  • Jokic taking advantage of every opportunity
    Nuggets coach Mike Malone recently heaped praise upon rookie Nikola Jokic, citing his work ethic and improved conditioning.

    Advice: "What do you do with the opportunity given to you?" Malone said. "We had injuries, we had guys banged up. He kept on working and every time he was given an opportunity, he took full advantage of it. I think it speaks to his work ethic, his desire to be a great player." Jokic has shed 30 pounds since arriving in Denver, and despite his recent struggles, we still like his fantasy outlook the rest of the way. The 20-year-old's future is very bright. Today, 8:22 am
  • The Heat are gauging interest in Whiteside?
    According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Heat are "at least gauging" what the trade market would be for Hassan Whiteside.

    Advice: Whiteside is on an expiring contract and the Heat have been frustrated with him at times due to his immaturity, so it makes sense for them to at least entertain the idea of a trade. Nothing is imminent by any means, but Whiteside's fantasy value would likely be safe no matter what jersey he was wearing. In case you missed it, he is suspended for Friday's game vs. the Hawks for elbowing Boban Marjanovic in the Heat's last game. Today, 8:02 am
  • Carmelo dismisses trade rumors
    Carmelo Anthony brushed off recent trade rumors on Saturday and expressed his desire to stay with the Knicks.

    Advice: "I don't want to run," Anthony said. "I could have ran somewhere when I was a free agent. I came back for a reason. I don’t feel like I got to keep expressing that part of why I came back to New York." Melo has a no-trade clause, but doesn't sound interested in waiving it, even if it means joining a contender. Today, 7:55 am
  • Rondo: I'm still elite
    Rajon Rondo said that he still feels like an elite point guard.

    Advice: "I don't think I was playing bad last season," Rondo said. "I’m playing a lot better this year just because probably the coaching staff, our style of play is very open court. I get out in transition and I make a lot of the plays. Coach has allowed me to do what I do best." Rondo is averaging 11.9 assists per game this season, which would set a career high, and his value should be safe despite the uncertainty in Sacramento at the moment. Today, 7:31 am
  • J.J. Hickson is still expected to be moved
    According to the Boston Globe, J.J. Hickson is still expected to be moved before the trade deadline.

    Advice: Hickson is on an expiring deal and has fallen out of the rotation in Denver, but this report isn't a surprise because he has been on the trade block for a while now. The big man should draw some interest because he's a capable rebounder, but the Nuggets won't get a lot in return for him. He's a poor free throw shooter and would likely just be a role player if he was moved, so he's not a great stash. Today, 6:58 am
  • LaVine edges Gordon in awesome dunk contest
    Zach LaVine edged out Aaron Gordon in a thrilling 2016 Slam Dunk Contest.

    Advice: It was one of the best dunk contests in years and LaVine put to rest the "LaVine is only good at through-the-legs dunk" talk. The two dunkers had to go to OT to decide it, which resulted in awesome dunks each time. Gordon had arguably two of the best dunks of the night and his creativity topped LaVine, too. Of course, LaVine didn't disappoint. Go check out all of Gordon's and LaVine's dunks ASAP. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns wins Skills Challenge
    Karl-Anthony Towns won the 2016 Skills Challenge on Saturday.

    Advice: What can't this guy do? Towns has already become one of the best mid-range scorers as a young big, he is phenomenal at protecting the rim and he can score off the dribble. He's 20 and he's already being strongly considered as a top-five asset in Dynasty leagues. Yesterday, 5:32 pm
  • LeBron says Melo-Love rumors are false
    LeBron James said the three-team trade rumors involving Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Boston are "false."

    Advice: Melo did say he's hoping to play with a star, but he also shot down trade rumors, as well. He has a no-trade clause and that could be a huge hurdle for the Knicks if they want to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • John Wall says his knee is good to go
    John Wall was able to dunk on Saturday and said that his knee is good to go.

    Advice: He was originally considered questionable to play in the All-Star game after bruising his knee on Thursday, but he confirmed to the media on Friday that he was going to play. It was always considered a minor injury for Wall, so there's no reason to be too concerned moving forward. Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Chris Bosh has a strained calf
    Chris Bosh (strained calf) explained his decision to sit out of Sunday's All-Star game.

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

    Advice: The Kings are five losses behind the Jazz for the eighth seed in the West, and while it feels like Cousins is in the rumor mill every season, the chances of him being moved appear to be incredibly slim. As long as he can stay healthy, he should be a monster down the stretch. Through five February games, he has averages of 25.4 points, 9.6 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers. Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Greivis Vasquez (ankle) is targeting March
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) said that is targeting a return to the court in 3-4 weeks.

    Advice: He had ankle surgery in December, but this report would mean he could play as early as March. However, the Bucks will ease him back into action upon his return after such an extended absence, and he's not really worth owning in most leagues while Michael Carter-Williams and Jerryd Bayless are healthy. Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Carmelo Anthony wants to play with a star?
    Amid rumors of a possible trade, Carmelo Anthony said on Friday that he hopes to play with another star.

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

    Advice: Vivlamore added than anything the Hawks are doing right now is simply exploratory, which falls in line with previous reports that suggested that Atlanta would "listen" to offers. If the Hawks ultimately decide that they don't want to give him a max deal this summer, then that would give them a reason to go ahead with a trade. For now, nothing is imminent for the All-Star big man. Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Zach LaVine scores 30 points
    Zach LaVine was named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during a 157-154 win over Team World on Friday, scoring 30 points with seven rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a little preview for his big show tomorrow night when he defends his crown for the Slam Dunk Contest. D'Angelo Russell (22), Devin Booker (23) and Jordan Clarkson (25) were all over 20 points for Team USA. LaVine is growing more as a shooting guard and should play minutes close to 30 going forward. Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Al Horford will play in All-Star Game
    Al Horford will replace Chris Bosh in Sunday's All-Star Game.

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

    Advice: The specifics are not known yet on Bosh, who played 35 minutes on Tuesday night and didn't appear to be hurt. The Heat don't play again until Friday Feb. 19, so there could be a decent chance he is ready to return for action with the team. Friday, 12:59 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
  • John Wall (knee) will play in All-Star game
    John Wall (knee bruise) said that he will play in Sunday's All-Star game.

    Advice: He bruised his knee during Thursday's game vs. the Bucks and was able to keep playing, so the injury sounds pretty minor even though he did have some swelling. Regardless, this report confirms that Wall will likely be fine moving forward, so his owners shouldn't be too concerned. Friday, 10:27 am
  • Vasquez (ankle) still has no timetable
    Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) still has no timetable for a return.

    Advice: He was reportedly aiming to return to the court at the end of January, but that was always way too optimistic. The Bucks are falling out of the playoff hunt, so they won't be in a hurry to rush the guard back. Vasquez is not worst stashing in most formats. Friday, 8:14 am
  • Asking price for Horford and Teague too high?
    According to Chris Mannix of the Vertical, the asking price for Al Horford and Jeff Teague is "borderline ridiculous."

    Advice: "From everything I’ve been told in the last two or three days, Atlanta’s requests for both Al Horford and Jeff Teague have been borderline ridiculous," Mannix said. "The kind of things teams like Boston, or Milwaukee, or Denver simply won’t deal for the players they want." Boston seems like the team that's most willing to make a major move, and Mannix adds that the Hawks could lower their price as the deadline (Feb. 18) approaches. Friday, 6:23 am
  • John Wall is dealing with a knee bruise
    John Wall said that he is dealing with a knee bruise.

    Advice: "It’s a deep bruise," Wall said. "As you can see, it’s swollen. It hurts and I’ll do as much treatment as I can on it." He banged his knee during Thursday's loss to the Bucks but he was able to play through the issue. While he's questionable to play in the All-Star game, this shouldn't be an injury that lingers and he should be considered day-to-day. Friday, 6:10 am
  • John Wall could miss All-Star Game?
    John Wall (knee) isn't sure if he'll play in the All-Star Game on Sunday.

    Advice: He was fouled as he went to the hoop and was grimacing for a few minutes. It looked to be a minor injury and he did play through it. It was only a fall after a foul and he didn't show signs of pain after a couple minutes. Wall is getting treatment and should continue to see the training staff this weekend if something is wrong. There should be an update on Friday. Thursday, 10:16 pm
  • John Wall scores 15 points in loss
    John Wall scored 15 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, two blocks, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers during a 99-92 loss to the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Wizards. They are now 3.5 games behind the Hornets for the eighth spot in the East. As for Wall, he's looked great with Bradley Beal back and should be a top-20 player going forward. Thursday, 7:54 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside suspended one game
    Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic in the head during Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Whiteside definitely deserved the suspension for his actions, and he'll now be forced to sit out next Friday's game in Atlanta. With Whiteside unavailable, Amare Stoudemire will continue to start with Chris Bosh logging extended minutes at the five-spot. Josh McRoberts and Justise Winslow also figure to earn some extended run sans Hassan. Thursday, 12:06 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony challenges Knicks teammates
    Carmelo Anthony challenged his Knicks teammates to bounce back after the All-Star Break.

    Advice: The Knicks are on a six-game losing streak and have lost 10 of 11 heading into the All-Star Break, but Anthony thinks the team can still make a playoff push. "We have to go get it at this point," Melo said. "Take this break, kind of reboot, mentally, physically, come back and be ready for a dogfight. Everybody — top to bottom — everybody’s got to be ready." Playoffs aside, Anthony's balky left knee has turned into a concern and his fantasy owners may want to gauge his trade value as he could be a shutdown candidate if the Knicks fall further out of the playoff race. Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Wolves win behind Karl-Anthony Towns' 35 pts
    Karl-Anthony Towns went off vs. Toronto on Wednesday, piling up a career-high 35 points with 11 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and zero turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: KAT is incredible. He made 12-of-19 FGs and 11-of-13 FTs tonight, got Jonas Valanciunas into early foul trouble, and the Raptors simply had no answers for him. He's scoffing at the notion of a rookie wall, getting better as the season goes along, and should flirt with first-round value after the All-Star break. If you have him in a dynasty league, you're set for the next decade. Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Zach LaVine starts w/ Tayshaun sidelined
    Zach LaVine started in place of Tayshaun Prince on Wednesday, pitching in 13 points, four rebounds, five assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Prince missed the game to attend Chauncey Billups' jersey retirement in Detroit, so we expect him to resume starting on the other side of the break. LaVine shot just 4-of-13 from the field tonight but the playing time is encouraging, and it's not purely a result of Prince's absence -- he's logged 30+ minutes in five of the Wolves' past nine games. Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays 25 minutes vs. Pistons
    Nikola Jokic played 25 minutes on Wednesday and posted five points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: He was limited to 14 minutes vs. Brooklyn on Monday but had better luck in that department, despite a touch matchup vs. Andre Drummond. Jokic played 1:09 alongside Jusuf Nurkic in the first half, but that's a pairing that coach Mike Malone still doesn't seem to like. The good news is that Jokic doesn't need many minutes to be productive -- he's been a top-50 value (9-cat) since Jan. 1, despite averaging a mere 21.6 minutes per game. Imagine what he could do if the Nuggets fully unleash him. Wednesday, 9:45 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor posts 25 & 10 w/ five assists
    Jahlil Okafor came up huge vs. the Kings on Wednesday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-18 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Okafor had some rookie moments defensively, and he earned Brett Brown's ire by failing to box out for a few rebounds, but the good easily outweighed the bad tonight. It must be noted that Nerlens Noel (knee) wasn't available tonight, gifting Okafor more minutes and touches in the paint -- the 39 minutes tied a season high set back on Nov. 14. Wednesday, 8:54 pm
  • Rajon Rondo double-doubles w/ full line
    Rajon Rondo posted 14 points and 15 assists vs. the Sixers on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds and three steals with only two turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo has been vocal about the Kings' problems, saying that his team has to "stop making excuses," and tonight's comeback victory at least gives them some positivity heading into the All-Star break. Rondo has crushed expectations all season long, returning top-40 value in 9-cat leagues and first-round value in most points formats. Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins piles up 28/12/5 in comeback
    DeMarcus Cousins finished Wednesday's comeback win in Philly with 28 points, 12 boards (four offensive), five assists, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins has thrived in this matchup, averaging 30.3 points and 16.0 rebounds in his past four games vs. Philly. The Kings are in disarray as they hover 4.5 games out of playoff contention, but Cousins' owners can rest assured that he'll be a beast as long as he's healthy. Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. Toronto
    Zach LaVine will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors with Tayshaun Prince (personal) away from the team.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins will slide over to the three with LaVine back in the starting five, and Shabazz Muhammad will have the opportunity for some extended run off the bench sans Prince. LaVine does have a tough matchup tonight, so owners should take that into consideration before activating him. Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Report: It will take mega-deal to land Boogie
    Kings’ GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive have not seriously considered a DeMarcus Cousins trade, and it would take a mega-deal for that to change.

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

    Advice: "I think Boston -- Al Horford is a legitimate possibility for the Celtics," Mannix said. "I think that is the guy, one of the guys across the league that Danny Ainge is the most excited about." Mannix added that while Horford will cost a lot of money to re-sign as a free agent, the Celtics will be willing to foot the bill. Horford does make sense in Boston as Ainge is reportedly looking for a low-post scorer at the deadline, but it's difficult to predict his value in Boston without knowing the moving pieces. Wednesday, 6:32 am
  • Spo not pleased with Whiteside's ejection
    Erik Spoelstra was noticeably frustrated when discussing Hassan Whiteside's ejection for a flagrant 2 foul during Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: "That's something that we'll deal with, with Hassan," Spoelstra said. "We don't condone that kind of play. We've been through this with him before, but it's a disappointing play." Whiteside elbowed Boban Marjanovic during Tuesday's game, which resulted in the ejection, and Dwyane Wade also voiced his displeasure with Hassan's behavior saying there's only so long "you can hold somebody's hand and walk them through it." Whiteside could very well receive a suspension for his actions. Wednesday, 6:21 am
  • Cousins, Rondo and Gay are all probable
    DeMarcus Cousins (ankle), Rajon Rondo (turf toe) and Rudy Gay (ankle) are all probable for Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The Kings have been listing Cousins and Rondo as probable for a week now, so this report really doesn't mean anything. Expect them to all be out there against Philly in what should be a pivotal game for coach George Karl. Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • John Wall puts up massive line in win over NY
    John Wall had the early line of the night with 28 points, five rebounds, 17 assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 10-of-24 shooting in 43 minutes of Tuesday's thrilling win over the Knicks.

    Advice: The 17 dimes aren't even a season high, as he had 19 of them back on Dec. 21, but he is rolling right now, double-doubling in four straight games and averaging 25.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting in February. And in case that wasn't enough, he also committed just one turnover tonight in his 43 minutes. Tuesday, 8:06 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. Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside ejected for flagrant 2 foul
    Hassan Whiteside was ejected from Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs for a flagrant 2 foul.

    Advice: The ejection was warranted as Whiteside threw an obvious elbow into Boban Marjanovic. Whiteside has been in trouble with the league before for similar reasons, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he received a suspension. He finished with 14 points, six boards and two blocks in 25 minutes. Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) active Tuesday
    Hassan Whiteside (ankle) will be available to play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle during Sunday's game, but he made it through tonight's warmups and is ready to give it a go. Whiteside's minutes are still being held in check by coach Erik Spoelstra, but he's still a must-start player in season-long leagues. Tuesday, 5:11 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (ankle) intends to play Tues
    Hassan Whiteside (ankle) will warm up with the intention of playing Tuesday vs. the Spurs, although he remains a game-time decision.

    Advice: Whiteside's suffered a minor ankle tweak during Sunday's game, but head coach Erik Spoelstra said after Monday's practice that he could play "big minutes" vs. San Antonio, so it sounds like he'll be out there tonight. He will, however, come off the bench as Spoelstra said he'll go with the same starting five of Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Amare Stoudemire and Chris Bosh for Tuesday's game. Tuesday, 3:23 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. Tuesday, 11:17 am
  • Hassan Whiteside game-time for Tues vs Spurs
    Hassan Whiteside (left ankle) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Whiteside was able to practice on Tuesday and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said he was encouraged by how the big man looked, so it's likely we'll see him on the court against the Spurs. Check back to make sure he's active for Tuesday, but Whiteside should be started as long as he's in the Heat lineup. Tuesday, 8:27 am
  • NBA teams waiting for David Lee buyout
    Teams are waiting for David Lee to be bought out rather than trade for him, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: The Celtics are trying hard to trade Lee, but teams aren't as willing to take on his contract when they can just wait for him to be bought out. Lee would theoretically see more playing time on a new team as he's fallen out of the Celtics rotation, but he still wouldn't produce enough to warrant a roster spot in most fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 6:11 am
  • Zach LaVine scores 12 points in loss
    Zach LaVine scored 12 points with two boards, two assists, one 3-pointer and three blocks on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The blocks were obviously a career high and he didn't record more than one block in a game this season prior to tonight. LaVine was 4-of-10 from the field in the loss and didn't have any turnovers, so his fantasy arrow is still pointing up. As the year progresses, his role should only grow. Monday, 9:22 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. Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays just 14 minutes in loss
    Nikola Jokic played just 14 minutes in Monday's loss to the Nets, scoring two points with three boards, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He struggled against Brook Lopez and shot just 1-of-5 from the field. The Nuggets gave Jusuf Nurkic 17 minutes and played Kenneth Faried next to Danilo Gallinari in the frontcourt down the stretch, so this was likely just a matchup-based decision. Jokic also played just 19 minutes vs. the Knicks on Sunday, but it's still not time for his owners to panic. Stick with him and expect him to be much better vs. the Pistons on Wednesday. Monday, 7:42 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. Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores seven with 16 assists
    Rajon Rondo made 1-of-8 from the field for seven points with eight rebounds, 16 assists, three steals, six turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: The assists are nice, but that is some brutal efficiency. Rondo ending 18 possessions and only coming away with seven points is pretty rare air. He does like the current offensive system of coach George Karl, but he should be fine regardless. Monday, 7:17 pm
  • Whiteside (ankle) expected to play on Tuesday
    Despite not practicing on Monday, Hassan Whiteside (left ankle) is expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Although Whiteside's ankle swelled on him overnight, Erik Spoelstra said Whiteside is okay and "could play big minutes tomorrow." It's unclear if that's Spo's way of hinting that Whiteside will be back in the first five, but Amare Stoudemire is tentatively expected to stick in the starting lineup for now. Either way, Whiteside should be active on all fantasy rosters. Feb 8, 10:58 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. Feb 8, 8:14 am
  • Whiteside done talking to Spoelstra about 4Q
    Hassan Whiteside said he's "done" talking to Erik Spoelstra about his fourth quarter playing time.

    Advice: "I’m done talking to Coach about it," he said. "I have nothing else– We’ve talked about it so many times, ain’t no reason to keep talking to him about it. I’m just gonna play." While Spo said the "offense needed a little bit of a punch" on Sunday in explaining Whiteside's crunchtime benching, this has been a theme throughout the season. The coach did admit that Whiteside's ankle tweak was part of the big man sitting, but the big man said he was "fine" and it seemed like a convenient excuse for Spoelstra. Regardless of when his minutes are coming or whether or not he's starting, Whiteside should be locked into all lineups. Feb 8, 7:06 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. Feb 7, 5:29 pm
  • Chris Bosh scores 17 points with three treys
    Chris Bosh went just 5-of-17 from the field and 4-of-7 from the line during Sunday's loss to the Clippers, on his way to 17 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Bosh has been producing just eighth-round value over the past month with averages of 19.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 turnover per game on 46.5 percent shooting. However, his rebounding, 3-point shooting and defensive numbers should trend up after the All-Star break, so he qualifies as buy-low candidate. Feb 7, 3:19 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in 17 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside put up 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes off the bench on Sunday, but failed to record a block for the first time since January 8.

    Advice: Whiteside again spent the entire fourth quarter on the bench, as head coach Erik Spoelstra elected to go small, and he said after the game that while it was "a little surprising," there's nothing he can do about it. Hassan did suffer a minor left ankle tweak during the game, but that was not the reason he spent the fourth quarter on the sidelines, and he said during his post-game interview that he's "fine," and he could have played through the injury. For now, we'll consider him probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs. Feb 7, 2:52 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. Feb 7, 1:52 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) drops 31/7/6 Sunday
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers on Sunday, making 11-of-25 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs in a tough road loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: The Kings have now lost seven of their past eight games and their season has reached a tipping point -- they are 4.5 games out of the playoff picture and may have a new head coach after the All-Star break. Cousins was coming off a triple-double and over the past three games he's averaged 28.3 points, 9.3 boards and 6.7 assists -- he'll be a fantasy stud no matter who's calling the shots in Sacramento. Feb 7, 1:37 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has 14 & 15 w/ six steals in loss
    Rajon Rondo (turf toe) had 14 points, 15 assists, six steals, five rebounds and one 3-pointer vs. his former team on Sunday, committing four turnovers in a tough loss at Boston.

    Advice: He shot 5-of-10 from the field with all five misses coming within three feet of the hoop. For what it's worth, Rondo defended embattled coach George Karl after Friday's loss, saying, "It has nothing to do with the coaches, it's about us. We don't sacrifice enough to do what it takes to win consecutive games." The best news for his fantasy owners is that his turf toe has yet to cause him any DNPs. Feb 7, 1:36 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. Feb 7, 1:29 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays 19 minutes vs. New York
    Nikola Jokic logged 19 minutes on Sunday, finishing an impressive win in New York with 13 points, six rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Jokic is playing through a nagging shoulder injury, but he's now hit at least one 3-pointer in five straight games, going 6-of-10 during that span. This was his lowest playing time in six games and it was a direct result of Joffrey Lauvergne's effective play off the bench -- Jokic has been terrific for the past three weeks and owners shouldn't read into today's relatively quiet outing. Feb 7, 1:25 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. Feb 7, 12:40 pm
  • Nuggets still looking to trade Hickson
    The Nuggets are still looking to trade J.J. Hickson before the deadline.

    Advice: The 27-year-old veteran has played a total of two minutes over the Nuggets' last 14 games, so it's obvious that he is no longer needed in Denver. Hickson would likely be traded to a contender if he was dealt, so there's no reason to stash him in most formats. Hickson has season averages of 6.9 points and 4.4 boards in 15.3 minutes per game. Feb 7, 7:03 am
  • Rajon Rondo (turf toe) is probable
    Rajon Rondo (turf toe) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: To be clear, Rondo is fully expected to play against his former team. He scored 15 points with 15 assists in his last outing, so his owners can comfortably deploy him in all lineups. Feb 7, 6:50 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. Feb 7, 6:48 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 26 points in win
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 26 points during an impressive 112-105 win over the Bulls on Saturday, adding 17 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and two turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell said after the game he likes how Towns and Dieng are playing together. Mitchell also hinted he could be giving Towns more run, which is music to his fantasy owners' ears. Even in just 34.2 minutes per game in his last 10, he's No. 4 in standard fantasy leagues. KAT has no ceiling. Feb 6, 9:11 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor grabs career-high 17 boards
    Jahlil Okafor grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds during a 103-98 win over the Nets on Saturday, adding 22 points, one steal and three blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Perhaps the most interesting part of tonight is that he played 17 minutes next to Nerlens Noel, which is very unusual these days. Coach Brett Brown has shown some concern about Okafor at the four, but not tonight. "I thought he had a hell of a game," Brown said. Okafor should be a double-double threat most nights and could trend up. Feb 6, 8:26 pm
  • Chris Bosh wasn't concerned with ankle
    Chris Bosh said the Heat are having more success with high pick-and-roll plays.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle in the first half and needed to be re-taped, but it looks like a non-issue. The Rockets were really aggressive on Bosh isolations on Tuesday, which may have caused so many PNRs on Friday. Bosh's output has dipped to just seventh-round value in his last 10, so expect him get it going again soon. Feb 6, 12:55 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Bosh Mia - PF,C
  • 76ers will continue to play Okafor at the 4
    The 76ers will continue to experiment with Jahlil Okafor at the four and Nerlens Noel at the five.

    Advice: "We're trying some things with Jahlil, trying to see if he can guard perimeter four men-types and let Nerlens block shots," Brown said in regards to Friday's game. "We tried that at the start and even persevered even in the third period to start the second half. That hurt us, but it's something I don't regret. That's what our job is. We've got to see how to pair those two up. So we're trying different things." Okafor has struggled in his last three games with averages of 10.7 points and 3.7 boards, but the 76ers are determined to find out if he can coexist with Noel. He's not a must-start player at the moment. Feb 6, 8:17 am
  • Nikola Jokic scores 14 with 12 rebounds
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) scored 14 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He committed a couple dumb fouls to get him an early exit. That issue aside, Jusuf Nurkic played just 12 minutes and Joffrey Lauvergne played just 14 minutes while they combined for 1-of-10 from the field. Coach Mike Malone said he wouldn't trade Jokic for anyone, so it's fairly obvious Jokic has a clear runway going forward. Feb 5, 10:05 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. Feb 5, 9:06 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 15 points with 15 dimes
    Rajon Rondo scored 15 points with 15 assists, one rebound, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Before the game, he said he wants to be in a system that allows him to have the ball in his hands and he doesn't have to shoot treys. Rondo did say the Kings are that kind of system, so don't start that rumor mill just yet. His toe injury didn't seem to bother him tonight. Feb 5, 8:57 pm
  • John Wall triple-doubles in win over 76ers
    John Wall triple-doubled against the 76ers during a 106-94 win on Friday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Wizards offense is starting to click again and going small is probably the reason why. Wall had a really tough cold spell last month and it's probably not a coincidence that's when the team went with Nene (calf) at power forward. Expect to see Wall put up some big lines going forward. Feb 5, 8:44 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets 21 minutes in start
    Jahlil Okafor got the start on Friday against the Wizards with nine points, four rebounds and one turnover in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He made Marcin Gortat's list and he probably will want to stay off it for now. Okafor did only play 8.0 minutes next to Nerlens Noel tonight and the 76ers looked pretty bad in that playing time. He'll likely be around top-100 value going forward. Feb 5, 8:27 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). Feb 5, 7:46 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play on Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) will play Friday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: He'll have a favorable matchup against Chicago tonight, so go ahead and get him active. Feb 5, 5:27 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. Feb 5, 4:41 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor starting next to Nerlens Noel
    Jahlil Okafor will start next to Nerlens Noel on Friday against the 76ers.

    Advice: He'll join Ish Smith, Nik Stauskas and Robert Covington in the first unit. The Marcin Gortat vs. Okafor storyline also gets a fun little boost tonight. The 76ers not having Richaun Holmes (ankle) should mean more run for Okafor, too. Feb 5, 2:49 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. Feb 5, 2:39 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (turf toe) probable for Friday
    Rajon Rondo (turf toe) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He was questionable on Wednesday and played 31 minutes, but he didn't look great and scored just six points with two rebounds, nine assists, three steals and four turnovers. The Kings are in the playoff hunt, so Rondo cant afford to lose any time and will likely continue to play even though he isn't 100 percent. Feb 5, 6:15 am
  • Nikola Jokic (shoulder) probable for Friday
    Nikola Jokic (shoulder) is probable to play Friday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Jokic played through the shoulder injury on Wednesday, and there's no reason to believe he'll miss Friday's game. He had a disappointing performance against the Jazz, but he should be able to bounce-back on Friday with a much more favorable matchup against the Bulls. Feb 4, 3:25 pm
  • 76ers experiment with Jahlil Okafor at PF
    The 76ers experimented with Jahlil Okafor at power forward on Wednesday.

    Advice: The experiment didn't go so well as 76ers head coach Brett Brown wasn't pleased with the big man's perimeter defense, but he said he wanted to at least try it. "Just trying to look at it. I think that we want to learn as much as we can about how to pair Nerlens [Noel] and Jahlil, and give them different matchups from time to time," Brown said. While the rookie is still developing as an NBA player, he's worth a nightly start in standard fantasy leagues as he's averaging 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game this season. Feb 4, 7:28 am
  • Zach LaVine gets 34 minutes, scores 17
    Zach LaVine scored 17 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Sam Mitchell went with a lineup quartet of LaVine, Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns for 15.3 minutes -- that combo actually has a positive net rating on the year, too. The UCLA product has hinted he likes playing shooting guard more and he's had some solid success there recently. LaVine should be owned in standard leagues. Additionally, he will be in the dunk contest next week. Feb 3, 11:57 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns turns it up late
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not score in the first half and got hot late. Towns is putting up an all-time rookie season and it's obviously translating to fantasy. In his last 10 games, only Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant have more value than Towns. He's 20. Feb 3, 11:41 pm
  • Rajon Rondo starts, scores six
    Rajon Rondo played through a turf toe issue with 31 minutes, scoring six points with two rebounds, nine assists, three steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: He was a little hobbled for one of his worst games of the year. Turf toe isn't something that will go away overnight, so Rondo might have to manage this one until the break. He's still worth starting in season-long leagues. Feb 3, 10:42 pm
  • Nikola Jokic quiet in loss to Jazz
    Nikola Jokic, who was dealing with a sore shoulder, started and played 29 minutes on Wednesday, but hit just 3-of-9 shots for eight points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and zero blocks.

    Advice: Maybe he got 'Gobert'd' tonight, but it was nice to see the big minutes after he was a little iffy coming in. He double-doubled in his previous three games and got the same amount of playing time as usual, so don't be concerned about the low production. Feb 3, 9:27 pm
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