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    • Josh Smith clears waivers on Wednesday
      Josh Smith cleared waivers on Wednesday at 5 pm EST.

      Advice: Obviously no team was going to claim Smith and help out the Pistons for their awful contract. He is going to sign with the Rockets for the bi-annual exception at $2.077 million. Interestingly, 25.8 percent of Smith's field goal attempts are long two-pointers of at least 16 feet. On the other hand, only 6.8 percent of the Rockets field goal attempts are long twos. Smith was just the 188th best player in standard leagues and is dead last in true shooting percentage among players with at least 26 minutes per game. Fantasy owners will probably not want to set their hopes too high for any Rockets power forward. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:59 pm
    • Kawhi Leonard listed as out for Christmas
      Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been listed as out for Thursday's game against the Thunder.

      Advice: There was some optimism that he would play on Christmas, but it doesn't look like it. Leonard's damage to his hand doesn't sound too serious and hopefully he can make it back on the court at some point in 2014. Kyle Anderson will start, but Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli are benefiting the most. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:30 pm
      Injured
    • Lance Stephenson (hip) ruled out for Friday
      Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the Thunder on Friday.

      Advice: He is not close to a return and coach Steve Clifford isn't exactly Lance's biggest fan. He is one of the least efficient players in the NBA and his defense has fallen off, too. Stephenson isn't necessarily a must-own player anymore. Gary Neal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Gerald Henderson will benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:19 pm
      Injured
    • Kevin Durant (ankle) listed as out for Xmas
      Kevin Durant (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.

      Advice: The team could change his status tomorrow, but for now he's not expected to play. This is a bit of a surprise considering the team called it a mild sprain and his owners will want to check back tomorrow morning to see if he goes through shootaround. For now, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson benefit. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:46 pm
      Injured
    • Terrence Jones (leg) working out on Wednesday
      Terrence Jones (leg) did some working out with the team on Wednesday.

      Advice: He is still without a timetable and it's possible the Rockets may have had interest in Josh Smith because of the severity of Jones' leg injury. Regardless, the Smith signing has essentially put the kibosh on a breakout for Terrence Jones, so patience has not paid off for his fantasy owners. His ceiling is severely capped and he is a cut candidate in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:03 am
      Injured
    • Martell Webster will not play on Thursday
      Martell Webster (back) will not play on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

      Advice: He is reportedly making a lot of progress and should be able to return soon. However, Webster likely won't be in the rotation anytime soon and can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:47 am
      Injured
    • Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemie will play
      Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: There was no chance that they would this miss this game, but it is great that we are able to confirm it this early. Both players should be in all lineups with just five games being played on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:21 am
    • Donatas Motiejunas likely headed to bench
      Donatas Motiejunas will likely return to a bench role once Josh Smith signs with Houston Wednesday evening.

      Advice: It really is a shame considering how well Motiejunas had done after filling in for Terrence Jones (leg) in the starting lineup, but it looks like his time for fantasy relevancy in standard leagues is coming to an end. Owners may want to give it a few games before making a decision, but we won't blame you if you decide to move on. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:15 am
    • J.R. Smith (heel) says he's doubtful Thursday
      J.R. Smith (heel) said that he is unlikely to play on Christmas vs. the Wizards.

      Advice: He is still dealing with plantar fasciitis so we doubt that he will be activated for Thursday. Smith can continue to be ignored outside of deeper leagues while Tim Hardaway Jr. is making a lot of sense in standard leagues for his 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:54 am
      Injured
    • Suns Trade Anthony Tolliver for Tony Mitchell
      The Phoenix Suns have traded forward Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tony Mitchell.

      Advice: Tolliver wasn't in the rotation in Phoenix and we don't see him playing a lot for the rebuilding Pistons, so this news shouldn't matter in most leagues. Tony Mitchell, on the other hand, has some potential but will likely be waived by the Suns. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:40 am
    • Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored
      Kobe Bryant will have his minutes monitored on a game-by-game basis moving forward according to coach Byron Scott.

      Advice: "It might be something I have to do periodically along with trying to get the minutes down," Scott said. "Sometimes I’ll have to give him days off as well as games off." While Bryant is fully expected to play on Christmas, it may be wise to sell-high on the Mamba with this news because there would be no reason to risk his health in a lost season for the Lakers. Nick Young and Wes Johnson would see their value rise whenever Bryant chooses to rest so plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:37 am
      New Player Note
      Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    • Jeff Green struggling since Rajon Rondo trade
      Jeff Green is struggling for the Celtics since the trade of Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks, and is averaging 11.8 points on 38.7 percent shooting from the floor in his last three games.

      Advice: He is clearly the biggest loser in the Rondo trade, and can't seem to get anything going on offense. To put these numbers in perspective, before the trade he was averaging 19.5 points per game on 44.7 percent shooting. However, Green's name has been consistently tossed around in trade rumors so owners should see how things play out in the near future before doing anything drastic. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:46 am
    • Jabari Parker gives himself a "C" for season
      Jabari Parker gave himself a "C" for his performance in his rookie season.

      Advice: "I don’t think that I did too well," Parker said. "I have the future to make up for it." While he is being a little too hard on himself, he should be able to come back even stronger next season and he is expected to make a full recovery. He finished his season with averages of 12.3 points, 5.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 30 minutes per game. Parker is expected to have surgery this week as soon as the swelling goes down, and we will continue to pass along updates as needed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:28 am
      Injured
    • Draymond Green plays only 23 minutes Tuesday
      Draymond Green sputtered in 23 minutes on Tuesday, making 1-of-6 shots to finish with two points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in a loss to the Lakers.

      Advice: Green didn't attempt a free throw or record any 3-pointers, steals or blocks, making this one of his worst statistical lines of the season. David Lee played well with 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench but Green's fantasy owners should view this as a fluke in an otherwise tremendous season. All signs point to Steve Kerr keeping his starting lineup intact -- when asked about it on Monday, Kerr said, "I mean, Draymond has been fantastic." Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:22 pm
    • Andre Iguodala vanishes in season-low 15 min
      Andre Iguodala played a season-low 15 minutes on Tuesday, scoring three points without any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.

      Advice: He also turned the ball over three times during his limited playing time, and this is an ominous development as his reduced minutes coincided with David Lee's return to a prominent role in coach Steve Kerr's rotation. Iguodala had picked up the pace over the past three games, chipping in enough 3-pointers, assists and steals to hold standard-league value, but he's best left on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:20 pm
    • Chandler Parsons struggles again on Tuesday
      Chandler Parsons' struggles continued on Tuesday, posting just seven points, eight boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

      Advice: He really struggled on offense and was just 3-of-9 from the field while turning the ball over a season-high six times. It should be noted that Parsons scored just four points on Monday, and while owners shouldn't do anything too drastic it looks like he is the clear loser in the Rajon Rondo trade. However, we fully expect Parsons to be better than this on most nights, and owners should continue to be patient for the time being. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:06 pm
    • Matt Barnes awful in Clips road loss to Hawks
      Matt Barnes struggled in Tuesday's road loss, scoring six points on 1-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

      Advice: He played only 21 minutes and has been lousy over L.A.'s past three games, averaging 3.3 points on 23.1 percent shooting, 0.3 triples, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.0 blocks. That three-game slump comes on the heels of a productive stretch during which he managed mid-round value. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:42 pm
    • Gerald Green drops 22 points off of bench
      Gerald Green dropped 22 points in 23 minutes on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding one assist, one board, one steal and six 3-pointers.

      Advice: He continues to be one of the streakiest shooters in the league, but when he is feeling it he can put on quite a show. Green shot 7-of-13 from the field and a ridiculous 6-of-9 from 3-point range as the Suns opted to use a smaller lineup down the stretch. Green has been able to hold his value pretty well with limited minutes, but if owners are patient they will be rewarded with big games like these occasionally. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:41 pm
    • Markieff Morris scores just nine points Tues
      Markieff Morris scored just nine points on Tuesday vs. Dallas, adding four boards, four assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

      Advice: Apart from the four steals, this line was rather disappointing as the Suns decided to go small for most of the game. Morris should be much better against the Kings on Friday, and his owners can expect him to have occasional bumps in the road like this one. That being said, he still belongs in all lineups. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:28 pm
    • Shawne Williams scores 17 points w/ three 3s
      Shawne Williams scored 17 points in a disappointing loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, going 6-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, one block and zero turnovers.

      Advice: He dropped 12 points in the third quarter alone, marking his highest-scoring quarter of the season, and he'll have ample opportunities with Josh McRoberts (knee surgery) expected to miss the rest of the season. Williams' specialty is 3-point shooting, but he has enough overall upside to be owned in the majority of fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:01 pm
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