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    • Andre Iguodala returned to action on Sunday January 25. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 pm
    • Zach LaVine returned to action on Sunday January 25. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 pm
    • Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to meet w/ doctor Mon
      Kobe Bryant (shoulder) has an appointment with a specialist on Monday, after which he'll decide whether to have surgery or pursue a different treatment option.

      Advice: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reiterates that so far "everyone has recommended surgery." It's safe to assume that Kobe is done for the season but he's performing his due diligence to explore every rehab possibility, and he and the Lakers should make an official announcement early this week. Assuming he does have rotator cuff surgery, he'd be looking at approximately six months of recovery. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:03 pm
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
      Injured
    • Report: Mavs sure they'll get Jermaine O'Neal
      The Mavericks are reportedly "confident" that they'll eventually sign 36-year-old free agent Jermaine O'Neal.

      Advice: Dallas hopes to sign O'Neal by the All-Star break, according to ESPN.com, and the team is "inching closer to [an] eventual signing." J.O. has suddenly become a coveted asset, as he's also drawn interest from the Cavaliers, Warriors, Blazers and Clippers. His ailing knees won't allow him to play heavy minutes and his eventual whereabouts aren't likely to cause more than a ripple in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    • Trevor Ariza shoots 3-of-14 in win vs. Lakers
      The Rockets cruised to a win in L.A. on Sunday, with Trevor Ariza chipping in nine points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

      Advice: He turned the ball over just once but his line was marred by a 3-of-14 mark from the field. Ariza is taking a lofty 61.4 percent of his attempts from downtown this season, which is a double-edged sword for fantasy owners -- 2.3 triples per game are excellent, but they're attached to a 37.4 percent shooter. It's a caveat his owners will happily live with, as he's still returning top-50 value on a season-long basis. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    • Ryan Kelly scores two points in another start
      Ryan Kelly struggled in another start for L.A. with two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal in 20 minutes during Sunday's home loss.

      Advice: Kelly will get an extended audition as a starter and his role is relatively secure with Kobe Bryant (shoulder) out of commission. Whether he'll have any fantasy appeal remains to be seen, however, and nearly all owners should observe him from a safe distance. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:10 pm
    • Nick Young benched Sunday, logs eight minutes
      Nick Young went scoreless in eight minutes off the Lakers' bench on Sunday, and Byron Scott said afterward that Young looked as though he "didn't want to be here."

      Advice: There was no swag tonight as Young missed both of his shot attempts and turned the ball over three times in a sloppy performance which led Scott to bench him. L.A.'s rotations are a complete mess and Young doesn't do much beyond scoring on a good night, so owners must brace themselves for some turbulent production. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 pm
    • Jeremy Lin scores 14 pts to lead failed rally
      Jeremy Lin returned to the Lakers' rotation on Sunday with 14 points, six assists and three turnovers off the bench, making 2-of-9 field goals and 10-of-14 free throws.

      Advice: He attacked the basket throughout his 28 minutes and picked up some cheap production in garbage time, so it's hard to read much into tonight's line. Lin remains a very shaky option now that Jordan Clarkson has usurped the starting PG job from Ronnie Price, but he's at least worth a stash in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:08 pm
    • James Harden still on fire, scores 37 points
      James Harden ran roughshod over the Lakers' defense in Sunday's road win, scoring 37 points (12-of-20 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with four 3-pointers, eight boards, five assists, two steals and six turnovers.

      Advice: Harden is averaging 37.0 points over Houston's past four games and continues to lead the NBA in scoring at 27.3 points per game, well ahead of LeBron James (26.0), Kevin Durant (25.3), Anthony Davis (24.2), DeMarcus Cousins (24.2) and Carmelo Anthony (24.1). Just get comfortable and enjoy the fireworks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • Joey Dorsey starts w/ Dwight Howard ailing
      Joey Dorsey made a rare start on Sunday with Dwight Howard (ankle) unavailable, notching four points with seven boards, one steal, one block and four personal fouls in 25 minutes.

      Advice: Tonight's line is a good indication of Dorsey's lack of value, even if Howard's injury forces him to miss more games. Josh Smith (11 points, five boards) and Donatas Motiejunas (eight points, nine boards) are better targets in Dwight's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 pm
    • Ronnie Price held to seven minutes vs Rockets
      Ronnie Price barely played on Sunday, coming off the bench for two points and one steal in seven minutes.

      Advice: The former starter is banged up physically and his lack of offense may have finally cost him his role, as he's shooting just 29.4 percent in January. Anyone who still owns him should peruse the waiver wire for a replacement. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    • Jordan Clarkson struggles vs Houston, Pat Bev
      Jordan Clarkson couldn't get anything going in 28 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, going 2-of-10 from the field to finish with eight points, two assists, one steal and five turnovers.

      Advice: Patrick Beverley will have this effect on opposing PGs and Clarkson gets a pass for the dud. Lakers coach Byron Scott said he'll keep his current starting lineup intact for "15 to 20 games" which gives Clarkson a nice window to establish himself. Deep-league owners should already own him, and he's firmly on the radar in all formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    • Tarik Black (ankle) returns in garbage time
      Tarik Black (ankle) logged seven minutes in garbage time on Sunday, finishing with three points, five rebounds and three turnovers vs. his former team.

      Advice: Black gave the Lakers' some much-needed energy, sparking a futile run late in the fourth quarter. He's carved out a steady bench role since being picked up by L.A. but isn't a viable fantasy option, especially now that Robert Sacre has unexpectedly taken over the starting center job. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:03 pm
    • Carlos Boozer leads Lakers w/ 18 & 11 Sunday
      Carlos Boozer led the Lakers with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 22 bench minutes on Sunday, hitting 9-of-13 shots with two assists and a block.

      Advice: Byron Scott will reportedly maintain his current starting lineup for at least 10 games, temporarily dashing any hopes of Boozer starting again. He's been productive in a bench role but isn't worth owning outside of deep leagues while playing just 23 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 pm
    • Josh Smith solid in 25 minutes vs LAK defense
      Josh Smith chipped in across the board in an easy win vs. the Lakers, scoring 11 points with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 25 minutes vs. L.A.

      Advice: Smith has been nowhere near standard-league value since coming to Houston, especially when you factor in his ridiculous 36.7 percent FT shooting over the past month. Terrence Jones' eventual return is another threat to Smith, so don't let the occasional efficient performance lull you into wasting a roster spot on him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 pm
    • Jusuf Nurkic gets four fouls in 19 minutes
      Jusuf Nurkic racked up four personal fouls in just 19 minutes of action on Sunday, finishing a tough loss to the Wizards with six points, nine boards, two assists and one steal.

      Advice: Nurkic has a golden opportunity with Timofey Mozgov gone and JaVale McGee (tibia) still inactive, but he can't get out of his own way with the foul trouble. He's still a late-middle round value over the past month, in just 20.2 minutes per game, and simply has too much upside to cut in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:00 pm
    • Isaiah Thomas drops 25 pts in 25 minutes
      Isaiah Thomas, who was averaging 24.3 points over the past three games, finished Sunday's loss to the Clippers with 25 points in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He made 6-of-11 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs with four triples and one assist. The Clippers are giving up 35.0 points per game to opposing benches this season (6th most in the NBA), as well as 9.1 assists (2nd most), which makes Thomas' outburst somewhat predictable. He'll look to keep the good times rolling vs. the visiting Wizards on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:56 pm
    • Gerald Green quiet in 20 minutes Sunday
      Gerald Green played 20 minutes vs. the Clippers on Sunday, shooting 2-of-9 from the field (2-of-6 from deep) to finish with six points, two assists and one block.

      Advice: He was rolling along in his last four games, averaging 14.8 points and 2.5 triples, but the bottom can fall out unexpected for Green thanks to Phoenix's stacked backcourt rotation. He's been a liability in 12-team leagues over the past month, so think twice before deploying him in the Suns' upcoming three-game week. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:53 pm
    • Iman Shumpert logs 14 minutes vs. Thunder
      Iman Shumpert scored three points with one rebound and one steal in 14 minutes off Cleveland's bench on Sunday.

      Advice: He played 10 minutes in his return on Friday, but isn't likely to earn a big enough role for reliable fantasy value in Cleveland. J.R. Smith continues to start alongside LeBron James, and he finished Sunday's home victory with 14 points and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:34 pm
    • Derrick Rose scores 19 on 7-of-17 shooting
      Derrick Rose scored 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting on Sunday, adding four assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block, and four turnovers.

      Advice: Low shooting percentages and a high turnover rate have really limited Rose' value this season, but at least he's managed to stay healthy. However, he is having a nice January with averages of 19.7 points, 5.3 assists, 2.3 three-pointers, 2.7 turnovers, and 1.0 steal per game. However, with the injury risk that is Rose, selling-high at this point would be advisable. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:23 pm
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