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  • Willy Hernangomez will start again Thursday
    Willy Hernangomez will start at center on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Joakim Noah tweaked his hamstring right before the break and will probably miss extended time. The rookie looks like a great pickup and is averaging 11.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 block and 1.7 steals in three previous starts this season. His rest-of-season outlook is very promising, especially if the Knicks are sellers at the deadline. Rotoworld.com 53 minutes ago
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) ruled out Thursday
    Joakim Noah (left hamstring) will not play on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: This will be the sixth game in a row on the shelf for the oft-injured big man as he tweaked his hamstring again right before the All-Star break. Based on his history, don't expect him back soon. Willy Hernangomez will draw the start according to coach Jeff Hornacek and looks like a great pickup in standard leagues. Kyle O'Quinn also gets a nice bump. Rotoworld.com 59 minutes ago
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  • Joakim Noah, Lee sit out practice Tuesday
    Courtney Lee (illness) and Joakim Noah (left hamstring) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Noah missed the last five games before the break, so it's a concern that he's not 100 percent yet. The Knicks could be sellers at the trade deadline and Noah's outlook would take a hit if they started rebuilding, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues. Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez benefit every time Noah sits, but Hernangomez has the better outlook. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:41 pm
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  • Serge Ibaka expected to practice Wednesday
    Serge Ibaka is expected to practice in full with the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ibaka wasn't able to make his Toronto debut for the final game heading into the break, but all indications are that that will happen Friday vs. Boston. Ibaka's value should relatively steady in Toronto, but his arrival is bad news for the rest-of-season outlook for guys like Jonas Valanciunas and Lucas Noguiera. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:48 pm
  • No 'serious' talks regarding a Drummond deal
    Stan Van Gundy said that while Andre Drummond's name may come up in trade discussions, he hasn't had any "serious" talks with opposing teams regarding his starting center.

    Advice: The Pistons would reportedly be open to parting ways with Drummond should the right deal come along, but it sounds like Van Gundy's asking price is up there, making a trade unlikely. Reggie Jackson seems like the most likely Pistons' player to be dealt should a deal be struck. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:26 pm
  • Magic wants more minutes for Ivica Zubac
    Magic Johnson said he'd like to see Ivica Zubac get more minutes during the final few months of the NBA season.

    Advice: "I think he has really established himself as a quality backup center and I would like to see him get even more minutes," said Johnson. Head coach Luke Walton has already hinted that he'll make a better effort to give Zubac some extended run as the NBA season comes to a close, so he makes for a fine stash for anyone in need of a big that can really rack up the swats. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:01 pm
  • Report: DET open to moving Andre Drummond
    The Pistons will reportedly not discourage other teams from inquiring about Andre Drummond at the trade deadline.

    Advice: Most of the trade news that has come out of Detroit has indicated Reggie Jackson as one of the more likely players to go, but there have been whispers that Stan Van Gundy would be willing to part ways with Drummond should the right deal come along. Drummond should be a double-double machine regardless of his jersey, but if he's sent away, we could see Jon Leuer's minutes consistently in the high-30s. Detroit reportedly shot down a Jonas Valanciunas-Drummond swap, so it'll take a lot for a deal to go down. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:19 pm
  • Nets lower asking price on Brook Lopez
    The Nets have lowered their asking price on Brook Lopez and are now willing to accept a first and second-round pick, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Nets were initially demanding two first-round picks in exchange for their best player. However, after seeing how little the Kings got in return for DeMarcus Cousins, it appears they have been forced to re-evaluate Lopez's market value. If Lopez were to get traded, his usage rate would likely decline, as he is the focal point of the Nets offense, but a new team would likely play him more than Brooklyn does. Ultimately, we would have to wait and see where he might end up before attempting to predicting his future fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:01 am
  • ESPN: Pacers have interest in Jahlil Okafor
    Indiana is pursuing Jahlil Okafor prior to Thursday's trade deadline, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

    Advice: At this point, it seems as though more than half the league has been attached to a Jahlil Okafor rumor. Chris Hayes of ESPN had previously reported that the Pacers would be willing to trade their 2017 first-round pick in the right deal if it meant improving its roster, which would ultimately increase their chances of re-signing Paul George. However, a pick in the mid-teens seems like an awfully small return for Sixers to accept for Okafor, who was selected with the third overall pick in the 2015 draft. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:58 am
  • Report: BOS may discuss Bogut trade w/ Dallas
    The Mavs and Celtics are expected to discuss a deal that would send Andrew Bogut to Boston in exchange for one of the Celtics first-round picks, according to Mike Fisher of Scout.com.

    Advice: This rumor has not been confirmed by any other national outlets, so it's unknown how accurate it is. The report states that such a trade is dependant on Boston first making another, larger move. The deal with Dallas would purportedly center around Bogut and his expiring contract in exchange for Tyler Zeller and one of Boston's less valuable future first-round picks. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:45 am
  • Report: Suns interested in Derrick Favors
    The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the Suns have expressed interest in potentially trading for Derrick Favors.

    Advice: Favors has had a disappointing season due largely to a nagging knee injury he has been battling since training camp. He is averaging just 9.2 points (while shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 63.5 percent from the free throw line) and 6.1 rebounds in the 40 games he has appeared in. Still, when healthy, he has shown star potential and he's locked into an affordable contract through 2018. According to the report, "Utah has been willing to listen" to offers for Favors. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:57 am
  • Nets not 'actively shopping' Brook Lopez
    According to the New York Porst, the Nets are not "actively shopping" Brook Lopez, as they have found other teams are unwilling to meet their asking price.

    Advice: Brooklyn was willing to trade Lopez if they got two first-round picks in return. However, with DeMarcus Cousins netting relatively little in return for Sacramento, Brooklyn saw that the market had been set. In addition, New Orleans was one of the teams that the Nets were discussing a deal with. Also, the Nets don't own the rights to their first-round pick this year or next, so they have no motivation to dump Lopez simply to secure a higher draft pick. It now seems likely Lopez will remain with the Nets past the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:34 am
  • BOS not expected to trade for Blake Griffin
    The Celtics have reportedly "talked intermittently" with the Clippers about Blake Griffin, but a deal "is extremely unlikely."

    Advice: Griffin is set to hit free agency this summer, so the Celtics aren't going to throw away assets at the deadline when they can simply pursue him during the offseason if they still have cap space. The Pacers aren't returning Boston's calls about Paul George, so it sounds like Jimmy Butler remains their primary target with the deadline looming. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Jazz exploring the market for Derrick Favors?
    Zach Lowe of ESPN said that the Jazz have explored the market for Derrick Favors over the last few weeks.

    Advice: Favors hasn't been the same since he suffered a knee injury during the preseason, but it sounds like the Jazz are just doing their due diligence. The Jazz are hoping to re-sign both George Hill and Gordon Hayward, so they are going to be financially strapped when Favors hits free agency during the summer of 2018. The Jazz don't want to weaken their team ahead of the playoffs, so if they do move Favors they probably wouldn't do it until the offseason. There's no reason to stash Trey Lyles outside of very deep leagues unless we get wind of something. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins deal finalized on Monday
    The trade sending DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and some draft picks was finalized on Monday.

    Advice: "It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization, said Vlade Divac. "Winning begins with culture and character matters." Divac went on to half-heartedly thank Cousins for his time in Sacramento and tried to justify the trade by hyping up the draft picks, but the line about "culture" and "character matters" is a pretty obvious shot at Boogie. Both Cousins and Anthony Davis will be sacrificing some touches as they learn to play together, but both of them should still be able to fill up the stat sheet. For what it's worth, Divac also said he had a better offer a couple days ago, so there's that. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:37 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein looking at more run?
    Willie Cauley-Stein is looking at a bump in minutes in Sacramento.

    Advice: DeMarcus Cousins and his 34.4 minutes per game are gone and the Kings didn't bring back a center in their deal with New Orleans, so WCS is a candidate for a much larger role. Coach Dave Joerger has been hesitant to use the second-year center for most of the season, but now he doesn't really have a choice. WCS has per-36 minute averages of 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks, so feel free to take a flier on him if you need a big. Just keep in mind that he's a career 63.3 percent shooter from the line. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Report: DeMarcus Cousins traded to Pelicans
    The Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Kings are expected to get Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a future first-round pick and a future second-round pick. This is a stunning move that gives New Orleans an overwhelming frontcourt with Cousins joining All-Star MVP Anthony Davis -- the Pelicans are currently 2.5 games out of the playoff picture, so they could make a late run. Cousins' fantasy value could take a hit in New Orleans, since his usage rate should dip, but he's still an elite fantasy option. Teams on the bubble of the playoff picture out West have been put on notice, and we can't wait to see how Cousins and AD play as a frontcourt duo. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:45 pm
  • All-Star DeMarcus Cousins faces trade rumors
    DeMarcus Cousins reportedly asked to play limited minutes during Sunday's All-Star game because he was "dinged up."

    Advice: DMC is healthy and his limitations during Sunday's meaningless game aren't a concern. His owners should be monitoring the swirling trade rumors, however, as the Kings are reportedly "strongly considering" an offer from the Pelicans which would send Cousins to New Orleans in exchange for Buddy Hield and two first-round picks. Plenty of teams will likely get involved in a bidding war, assuming the Kings are open to moving Cousins before the deadline, so this storyline is far from over. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:26 pm
  • Anthony Davis posts All-Star record 52 points
    Hometown hero Anthony Davis was named the MVP of Sunday's All-Star game in New Orleans, scoring an all-time record 52 points on 26-of-39 shooting with 10 rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Davis blew past Wilt Chamberlain's previous record of 42 points, set in the 1961-62 season, and his Western Conference teammates were looking for him in the Pelicans' home arena -- his 39 shots tonight were almost equal to the rest of the West's starting unit combined. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:06 pm
  • Cousins' agent shoots down trade rumors
    DeMarcus Cousins' agent Jarinn Akana shot down rumors that the Kings are looking to deal Cousins at the trade deadline.

    Advice: "We met with Vlade [Divac] and ownership and they assured us and DeMarcus that he's not being traded," said Akana. "As far as we're concerned, nothing has changed." The Kings are reportedly willing to listen to potential godfather offers from other teams, but it seems unlikely that Sacramento will be trading away Boogie at the deadline, particularly with Divac at the helm. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:54 pm
  • Report: Kings considering trading Cousins
    The Kings have reportedly been "engaging" in trade talks regarding DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: This is the first credible report we've heard regarding Sacramento shopping Cousins since GM Vlade Divac briefly quelled the rumors earlier in the year saying that the Kings intended to re-sign DMC to a massive deal during the offseason. Cousins has been linked to the Celtics and Suns this year, and Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Kings recently had discussions with the Pelicans, although Sacramento is still debating Cousins' future with the franchise internally. As for fantasy hoops, Boogie's value should be fairly safe regardless of where he's playing. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:47 pm
  • Suns shopping Chandler, Knight and Tucker
    The Suns are shopping Tyson Chandler, Brandon Knight and P.J. Tucker prior to the deadline.

    Advice: All three of these guys have been in the rumor mill all season, so the only takeaway here is that the Suns are still looking to accumulate draft picks and more young talent. There are a ton of centers on the market, so moving Chandler's contract won't be easy. It makes some sense to put Alex Len on your watch list if you need a big, while Chandler would more than likely lose value with a potential trade. Nothing is imminent by any means. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:07 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis wins Skills Challenge
    Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills Challenge on Saturday night.

    Advice: He is the first Knick to win the Skills Challenge and is the second big in a row to win it with Karl-Anthony Towns taking it home last year. Porzingis was also effective with 24 points in the World's victory in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, so he had a solid weekend on the court. You could make an argument he should've made the All-Star team over Carmelo Anthony, too. After dealing with an Achilles issue for three different stints last month, he's back up to 31.1 minutes per game in February. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:38 pm
  • Report: Blazers were very close on Okafor
    The 76ers pulled Jahlil Okafor from their lineup last week because a deal with Portland was close to happening, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.

    Advice: The Blazers lost interest in this deal because they went with Denver's offer for Jusuf Nurkic and a first-round pick for Mason Plumlee. The Blazers were reportedly interested in Okafor before this, but it's interesting to hear that may have been the main reason why Okafor was out of the lineup. The second-year big man may be the most likely to be traded before Thursday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:37 pm
  • Anthony Davis says Westbrook is close friend
    Anthony Davis called Russell Westbrook one of his closest friends in the league.

    Advice: The two share the same agent and are frequently asked questions about teaming up down the line. In fact, Westbrook was asked about joining Davis this weekend, but he answered with a question about fashion. Davis will be starting for his home team on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:34 pm
  • Joel Embiid wants 76ers to keep Jahlil Okafor
    Joel Embiid said he wants the Sixers to keep Jahlil Okafor, as opposed to trading him at the deadline.

    Advice: "We got a lot of talent, and I feel we can use everybody if we want to get to where we want to," said Embiid. "We have a lot of talent. Anytime you have that type of talent, you got to find ways to make it work." The Sixers have seemingly been on the brink of an Okafor deal for a week now, but Okafor is still a member of the 76ers. With five days remaining before the Feb. 23 deadline, plenty more rumors involving Okafor will inevitably surface. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:48 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis unhappy with recent play
    Kristaps Porzingis expressed frustration with inconsistent play over the last two months.

    Advice: "I’ve been up and down a little bit," Porzingis said. "I haven’t been consistent. I’m just trying to get back in my rhythm, trying to play the right way." KP also said his nagging left Achilles injury and recent stomach illness have made it difficult to find his rhythm. Porzingis was averaging 20.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers over the first 32 games of the season (before his Achilles injury). He's averaging 14.4 points, 5.6 boards 1.4 3-pointers in the 16 games he's played since. Hopefully he bounces back over the final two months of the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:27 am
  • Magic turned down a deal for DeMarcus Cousins
    According to a report from Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, earlier this season the Kings offered DeMarcus Cousins to Orlando for Nikola Vucevic and either Evan Fournier or draft picks, but the Magic declined.

    Advice: That certainly would have been a blockbuster. Cousins is posting career-highs in numerous statistical categories this season, including scoring (27.8 points per game), assists (4.9) and 3-pointers (1.7). DMC, along with Russell Westbrook, have a chance to become the first players since Larry Bird in 1984-85, to average at least 27 points, ten boards and five dimes over the course of a full season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:17 am
  • Nikola Jokic flirts with a triple-double
    Nikola Jokic scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Rising Stars game on Friday.

    Advice: We all know flirting with a triple-double was nothing new. It looked like Jokic was on his way to lead the night in highlights with four no-look passes in the first half, but the World got away from it and just chucked treys. Just like he does during the season, Jokic brought the ball up and is a true point center. His fantasy owners should be expecting him to flirt with first-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:23 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 32 points
    Frank Kaminsky scored 32 points in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, adding three rebounds, two assists and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: He kept the USA in it with a late 3-point barrage, needing only 12 attempts from deep total. Kaminsky now has coach Steve Clifford's confidence as a backup five man, so he may be able to get minutes at two positions even when Cody Zeller (quad) comes back. Kaminsky has posted eighth-round value in his last 10 games, so he's a possible asset in standard leagues until he cools off. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 24 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.

    Advice: This is pretty much a regular KAT line even in a game without defense. In his last 12 NBA games, Towns has scored at least 22 points, averaging 28.5 points, 11.5 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.3 treys on 56.2 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the line. He has been by far the No. 1 player in standard leagues over that stretch. Meow. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Joel Embiid hoping to play right after break
    Joel Embiid (knee) said he thinks he can "probably" play in the first game after the All-Star break.

    Advice: In case you missed it, he had suffered a minor tear to his meniscus late last month. He said as long as the practices go well and he's not dealing with swelling or soreness, he expects to be out there against the Wizards on Feb. 24. Embiid said he's been getting through some workouts about every other day to help get him going, as well. This is encouraging news for The Process and perhaps he can get back out there, but obviously the training staff and front office will have their say on this matter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:08 pm
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  • Andrew Bogut doesn't believe he'll be traded
    Andrew Bogut doesn't believe he will be moved prior to the NBA trade deadline.

    Advice: Bogut played 18 minutes on Wednesday, his first appearance in February. When asked afterward about a potential trade, Bogut replied: "That's not a question for me to answer. But I don't think anything's going to happen." Bogut has been unable to stay healthy this season and has very limited fantasy value, whether he stays in Dallas or is traded elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:45 am
  • Jeff Ayres leaves D-League for Japan
    Jeff Ayres has left the Lakers D-League affiliate and signed with Toyota Alvark in Japan.

    Advice: Ayres played with the Clippers last season. He started this season in Russia with CSKA Moscow before returning to NBA D-League. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:40 am
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  • Raptors may consider trading Jared Sullinger
    Beat writer Doug Smith is reporting that while Toronto does not want to trade any of their young players, they would be willing to move Jared Sullinger and a 2017 first-round pick.

    Advice: "League sources insist Toronto will not give away any more young assets such as Delon Wright, Jakob Poeltl, Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam, Norm Powell or Fred VanVleet, but that doesn’t mean a package can’t be put together," writes Smith in the Toronto Star. Smith adds that the Raps could be in the market for "an offensively creative big small forward." Sullinger, who is on a one-year deal worth $5.6 million, has fallen completely out of the Raptors rotation and has no fantasy value at the moment. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:30 am
  • Playoffs is the priority for the Timberwolves
    Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor says that his team is focused solely on trying to qualify for the postseason.

    Advice: The Wolves are currently four games behind the Nuggets in the loss column, with four teams in between them and Denver. However, Wolves ownership and front office aren't thinking about the lottery. "We're all of the same mind, to get in, get the experience," said Glen Taylor. "Just the winning of games to try to get there is worth it. Our guys can't see anything positive about losing games. They must win games, and then if we can win enough to get into the playoffs, that in and of itself would be a major step for our young players." Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 am
  • Kendrick Perkins to attempt a comeback
    Kendrick Perkins is attempting an NBA comeback and hopes to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Advice: Perkins last played for the Pelicans in April of 2016 but has been working out in hopes of getting one last cup of coffee in the league. "I’m still trying to get back in. I’ve been working two-a-days over the last couple of months. Just been going hard... Just trying to get back in and see what it do. One more push." Even if Perkins were to get picked up by OKC or another team, he would have no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:20 am
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  • Cousins hopes to sign extension with Kings
    DeMarcus Cousins says he is "very happy" in Sacramento and intends to sign an extension with the Kings this summer.

    Advice: Cousins had been mentioned in trade rumors frequently over the past couple of seasons but signing an extension would put those discussions to rest. He will be able to sign a five-year extension worth up to $219 million this summer. "I'm a guy that's all about loyalty and honesty," Cousins said. "It's hard, but at the end of the day you gotta remember that this is a business." Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:09 am
  • Report: Tiago Splitter is a trade candidate
    Tiago Splitter could be moved prior to the Feb. 23 deadline according to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore.

    Advice: Splitter has yet to play this season due to injuries, but his expiring contract could be attractive to other teams. The Hawks are expected to be buyers at the deadline and Splitter might be the most likely to be traded in addition to Thabo Sefolosha. It's still unclear when Splitter will be cleared to play and there's no reason to stash him in almost any format. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:25 am
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  • Taj Gibson not concerned with trade rumors
    Taj Gibson said the trade rumors swirling around him aren't a concern.

    Advice: "Of course it's gonna get hotter," Gibson said about the trade talk. "No matter what happens, you're still in the NBA. You're still getting paid a lot of money to play basketball. People don't understand that. They think it's bad half the time. No it's not. It's the same paycheck, just on a different team." Gibson is playing on an expiring contract and many expect the Bulls to shake things up at the deadline. Gibson was linked to the Raptors before they acquired Serge Ibaka, but any contenders in need of a PF will likely entertain the idea of adding Gibson if the price is right. To be clear, a trade could hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:27 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 17 points vs. Hawks
    Blake Griffin scored 17 points during a 99-84 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, nine assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Clippers won this game with defense to end their first half on a four-game winning streak. They were dominating with defense earlier this season and are 19-3 when they hold their opponents under 100 points this season. Griffin is also coming into the break on a roll, averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 boards, 5.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 treys on 53.4 percent from the field and 80.8 percent from the line in his previous February games. He'll have a tough time keeping up these numbers when Chris Paul (hand) comes back and BG has been a little injury prone, so this may be a decent sell-high moment. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein shoots 6-of-16 in 24 mins
    Willie Cauley-Stein got extended run in garbage time on Wednesday, finishing 6-of-16 from the field for 13 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings lost the third quarter 42-15, ending their dreams of beating the Warriors in two consecutive meetings, and it was garbage time after that. DeMarcus Cousins didn't play down the stretch, allowing WCS to play the entire fourth quarter, so take this game in context. His role is increasing but he's still a tough sell in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:21 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays just 11 minutes Wednesday
    Kosta Koufos started vs. the Warriors on Wednesday but had only one point, two rebounds, one block and four personal fouls in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Koufos was similarly quiet in his last game vs. the Warriors -- it's not a good matchup for him, and tonight was a perfect storm with both foul trouble and a blowout conspiring against him. Willie Cauley-Stein is gaining traction and there's no reason to own Koufos in typical leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins held to 23 mins in blowout
    DeMarcus Cousins played only 23 minutes during Wednesday's blowout loss to Golden State, scoring 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting with six assists, four rebounds, one block and three turnovers.

    Advice: Hey, at least he didn't pick up a technical foul tonight. "It's obvious I can't be myself," Cousins said after getting his 17th tech on Sunday. "Me playing how I play is what makes me the player that I am. Obviously it's not acceptable." It seems inevitable that he's going to face at least one more disciplinary DNP stemming from his technical foul issues, and fantasy owners can only hope that he stays on the court when the fantasy playoffs roll around. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez chips in across the board
    Willy Hernangomez started Wednesday's game and racked up eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 32 minutes vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (hamstring) was out again tonight, predictably, and the rookie center used the opportunity to turn in his best fantasy line in four games. He's prone to some disappearing acts, but with the Knicks struggling this season they have every reason to develop him in their final 26 games after the break. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 24 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points with 19 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple in 39 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was KAT's 12th game in a row with 20+ points, but his streak of 36 straight free throws came to an end tonight as he finished 7-of-8 from the line and 8-of-19 from the field. He has 42 double-doubles this campaigh and his "slow" start to the season is behind him, as he's been the top player in standard leagues for the past month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores just 19 points vs. MEM
    Anthony Davis scored 19 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal and three turnovers during a 95-91 win in Memphis on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies continue to do an outstanding job on Davis. In his previous two, Davis averaged 19.0 points, 11.5 boards, 1.0 assists, 3.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.0 treys on 32.5 percent from the field. As he heads into the break, his fantasy owners have to be pleased to see he hasn't missed a game since Jan. 23. The Pelicans are also just 2.5 games out of the eighth spot. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Nikola Jokic fills it up again in loss to MIN
    Nikola Jokic filled it up again on Wednesday with 15 points, 14 rebounds (four offensive), four assists, four blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Jokic played alongside Mason Plumlee for most of the game, but that was mostly out of desperation with so many frontcourt guys injured. He shot just 6-of-19 from the field but also hit two 3-pointers and lit it up everywhere else, the type of performance that's becoming ho-hum for the elite big man. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 27 points in 37 minutes
    Frank Kaminsky picked up 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting on Wednesday, hitting three 3-pointers with five boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) were both out tonight, so Kaminsky was basically playing unchallenged minutes in the middle. Zeller and Plumlee should both return to action after getting extended rest during the break, however, so it's hard to love Frank the Tank's rest-of-season outlook. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Andre Drummond quiet vs. the Mavericks
    Andre Drummond was eerily quiet vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday, finishing with nine points, 11 rebounds, three assist and two turnovers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up three fouls in the first half and couldn't get it going the rest of the night, finishing 4-of-8 from the field. Drummond also had a tough time sticking with Dirk Nowitzki on the perimeter, so the Pistons turned to Aron Baynes for most of the night. According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Pistons have quietly explored the "trade market for each of its franchise centerpieces," but Lowe added that a Drummond deal is a longshot at this point. His value is safe and expect him to bounce back after the break against the Hornets on Feb. 23. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor back in action, plays 17 mins
    Jahlil Okafor returned to action on Wednesday, posting four points, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 17 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Okafor had been a DNP-CD recently, due to swirling trade rumors, but Philly surprisingly did an about-face and activated him tonight. He had a few defensive lapses and didn't do much to increase his trade appeal, but he's still a prime suspect to be playing elsewhere after the break. He's just a stash in the hopes that he lands in an ideal spot. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:36 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays 18 minutes in return
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) returned to action on Wednesday vs. the Pistons, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't played since Jan. 30 and wasn't even expected to give it a go tonight, but the Mavs probably wanted to prove that he was healthy with the trade deadline looming -- Bogut's name has been in the rumor mill all season and his expiring contract makes him an obvious trade chip. Bogut is a nice per-minute guy, but the problem is that he can't really handle significant workloads at this point in his career. He would likely join a contender if he was moved, so there's not much stash appeal here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:20 pm
  • Lopez hits six 3-pointers and blocks 8 shots
    Brook Lopez posted a historic stat line in the Nets loss to Milwaukee on Monday night, as he became the first player in NBA history to make at least six 3-pointers and block eight shots in a game.

    Advice: Lopez scored 36 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including 6-of-10 from 3-point territory. In addition to the eight blocks, he also added four rebounds, one assist and one steal. The eight blocks tie a career-high. Lopez had made a total of three 3-pointers over the first eight years (487 games) of his NBA career. He enters the All-Star break this season having knocked down 90 treys in 51 games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Serge Ibaka will not make his debut vs. CHA
    Serge Ibaka will not make his debut against the Hornets on Wednesday

    Advice: He did take his physical, but there is no word of him being cleared yet. That likely means Terrence Ross could also be unavailable for the Magic. With Serge out, the Raptors are likely going to have to use Jakob Poeltl, Lucas Nogueira and Pascal Siakam will get minutes. Plus, there could be some DeMarre Carroll at the four against Marvin Williams. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:51 pm
  • Serge Ibaka hopeful to play Wednesday vs. CHA
    Serge Ibaka is hopeful that he'll be able to make his Raptors' debut Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Both Ibaka and Terrence Ross need to clear their physicals before they can suit up for their new teams, and we're still waiting for word on that. However, both guys were healthy prior to the trade, so there's a good chance both will be in action tonight. Check back for an official update closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Noah (hamstring) out, Hernangomez starting
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, and Willy Hernangomez will get the start in his place.

    Advice: Hernangomez has been solid as a starter this season, owning averages of 13.5 points, 11.5 boards, 2.5 dimes and 1.5 steals per game on 55.0 percent shooting, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares tonight with a tough matchup against OKC. Kyle O'Quinn should be able to flirt with minutes in the 20s sans Noah, but Hernangomez makes for a more attractive DFS target. Noah belongs on the waiver wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:06 am
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  • Jokic will replace Embiid in Skill Challenge
    Nikola Jokic will replace Joel Embiid (knee) in the Skills Challenge at All-Star weekend.

    Advice: Jokic will also be competing the Rising Stars Challenge, so he'll be busy at All-Star weekend, a trend that will likely continue for a very long time. Jokic has been a top-25 guy on the year, and over the past month, he's established himself as a first-round stud in standard 9-cat leagues. The sluggish start to the season is now a distant memory for The Joker. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:45 am
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will play Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Bogut was originally ruled out for Wednesday's game, but after going through shootaround the Mavs decided to let him take the court for Dallas' final game prior to the break. He's been on the sidelines since Jan. 30, so he may not be working with a full complement of minutes tonight. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:28 am
  • Jahlil Okafor will be available to play Weds
    Jahlil Okafor was a full participant during shootaround and he'll be available to play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Okafor will come off the bench behind Nerlens Noel tonight, so he's not a great option in most leagues with 14 games on the slate. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:17 am
  • Joel Embiid will not play in All-Star events
    Joel Embiid (knee) will be in New Orleans with the 76ers medical staff for the All-Star festivities, but he will not participate in either of the events he was selected for.

    Advice: Embiid was supposed to compete in the Rising Stars game, as well as the Skills Challenge, but unfortunately, this knee injury will preclude him from participating in those events. He's also not with the team in Boston for today's game against the Celtics, but the 76ers continue to suggest this lengthy absence for Embiid has been largely precautionary, so perhaps he gets back on the court after the break. Nerlens Noel will start tonight with Jahlil Okafor backing him up. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:15 am
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  • Anthony Davis committed to staying in NO
    Anthony Davis said he has no plans of leaving the Pelicans.

    Advice: "I don't plan on leaving, so make sure you write that down," Davis said when asked about trade speculation. Davis also shot down the recent rumors that he's planning on joining up with Russell Westbrook in Los Angeles, saying, "I don't pay attention to [the rumors]. I don't know who said it or how it came about. I'm with the Pelicans right now." Davis is in the first year of a five-year deal, so it would be absolutely shocking to see the rising superstar change jerseys anytime soon. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:01 am
  • Jahlil Okafor expected to play on Wednesday
    Jahlil Okafor is expected to come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Okafor missed the 76ers initial flight to Boston, but he's now rejoined the team and is expected to be in the rotation tonight. As a reserve, Okafor tends to only see around 20 minutes a night, so he's not a great option in most settings. Nerlens Noel will get the start. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:21 am
  • Boogie Cousins goes for 40-12-8 in win
    DeMarcus Cousins racked up 40 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 13-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's 97-96 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Boogie didn't pick up a technical foul tonight and played like a man possessed, or a ball hog, depending on your perspective. He had six turnovers, but filled up the stat sheet and willed his team to a win. He's one technical foul away from another suspension, but he will be out there rocking and rolling again against the Warriors tonight. He had 32 points, 12 boards and eight dimes in their last meeting on Feb. 4. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • Ivica Zubac plays 10 minutes in loss
    Ivica Zubac played just 10 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Kings, finishing scoreless with four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: None of the Lakers' bigs had success against DeMarcus Cousins as Boogie finished the game with 40 points. Zubac still has a short leash and coach Luke Walton will pull him on the nights that he doesn't have it going, but hopefully that changes after the All-Star break. He's still a nice stash and his outlook is promising. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:14 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor joins the 76ers in Boston
    Jahlil Okafor joined up with the 76ers in Boston in advance of Wednesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: This doesn't mean he will play by any means, as the 76ers don't want to risk an injury while they continue to shop him. For what it's worth, coach Brett Brown said the team will welcome him back with open arms if they don't find a new home for him. He belongs on the wire unless you have the roster spot to stash him with the Feb. 23 deadline looming. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 26 in loss to Cavs
    Karl-Anthony Town hit 11-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a block in Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: KAT looked great at times tonight but didn't have one of his monster lines, mainly because the offense ran through Andrew Wiggins. Towns is having a great season after a slow start and could be even better down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:36 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) out Wednesday
    Andrew Bogut (strained right hamstring) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: He previously said he was going to play, while coach Rick Carlisle initially gave him a 25 percent chance of suiting up. His next chance to play will be on Feb. 24 against the Wolves, assuming the Mavs don't deal him before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • Serge Ibaka out Tuesday, could play Wednesday
    Serge Ibaka (trade) will not play Tuesday vs. the Bulls, but there's a chance he could make his Raptors' debut Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: In order for the trade to be finalized, all players involved must report to their new teams and undergo a physical. There's just not enough time for that to take place on Tuesday, but Ibaka taking the court Wednesday night isn't entirely out of the question. His value should hold steady in Toronto, but the arrival of Ibaka could hurt Lucas Nogueira and Jonas Valanciunas may have a tougher time hitting the 30-minute mark. Norman Powell may be able to see more consistent minutes with Terrence Ross no longer around, though. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • Serge Ibaka officially headed to Toronto
    Serge Ibaka has officially been traded to the Raptors in exchange for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick.

    Advice: So, to clear things up, the Magic essentially traded away Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova and Ibaka for Ross and a late 2017 first-rounder; so, not the best return on investment. Ibaka's value should be fine in Toronto, but there's a chance he could take away some minutes from Lucas Nogueira. As for Ross, he should get some solid run in Orlando for a team desperate for offense, but inconsistency will likely confine him to deep league status. Hopefully, the departure of Ibaka will open up some more minutes for Aaron Gordon at PF, but Frank Vogel has been tough to predict this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:41 pm
  • Serge Ibaka to be traded to Toronto
    Orlando has agreed to trade Serge Ibaka to Toronto for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: Wow. On the same day Cleveland loses Kevin Love for six weeks due to knee surgery, the Raptors add one of the more versatile and talented bigs in the conference. This move fills a major need for Toronto, as they have been shuffling different power forwards in and out of the starting lineup all season long. Ibaka was averaging a career-high in FG attempts per game (12.6) and usage rate (21.0) in Orlando this season. Thus, his fantasy value will likely take a slight hit, as he won't see the same number of scoring opportunities playing alongside Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. However, Ibaka's FG percentage and rebound rate will likely increase in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 am
  • Willy Hernangomez may continue to start
    Team president Phil Jackson views Willy Hernangomez and Kristaps Porzingis as the "starting frontcourt tandem of the future," according to Mark Berman of the New York Post.

    Advice: Sunday was the first time Hernangomez started alongside Porzingis and Knicks posted arguably their most impressive win of the season, a 94-90 victory over the Spurs. Joakim Noah (hamstring) is expected to miss at least one more game, so Hernangomez will likely start again on Wednesday vs. OKC. If Noah is healthy after the All-Star break, coach Jeff Hornacek will have a tough decision to make. Either way, Hernangomez had done enough to earn consistent minutes going forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:08 am
  • Embiid (knee) injury not expected to linger
    Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo said that he does not believe Joel Embiid's knee injury will linger long-term but that Embiid will not return to the court until he’s fully free of all symptoms.

    Advice: "If the injury presents as asymptomatic, and he can show he’s healthy and able to play basketball, there’s no reason he shouldn’t play," Colangelo said. "I don’t think there’s any potential long-term effects. This is not thought to be a severe injury. It’s thought to be a complicated injury." It is highly unlikely Embiid will play in the Sixers final game before the All-Star break on Wednesday. We will likely have to wait until early next week for a thorough update on Embiid's knee and will then find out how soon we can expect to see him back in action. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:39 am
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  • Anthony Davis scores 24 points in win
    Anthony Davis led the Pelicans in a 110-108 win over the Suns on Monday, scoring 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting in 40 minutes.

    Advice: AD was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line and grabbed 10 rebounds with four blocks, two assists and three turnovers. This was Davis' ninth game of the season with 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 4+ blocks, while the rest of the NBA has 11 such games combined. Davis' outlook should be fine as long as the Pelicans keep their eyes on the No. 8 seed out West. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:37 pm
  • Tyson Chandler (ankle) scores four points
    Tyson Chandler (ankle) returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Pelicans, scoring four points on 1-of-3 shooting.

    Advice: He hit a pair of free throws and logged 28 minutes, adding eight rebounds, two assists and one block. Suns coach Earl Watson said Chandler "could’ve played [on Saturday vs. Houston] if it were a playoff game," so expect Chandler to be active again on Wednesday vs. the Lakers in a great matchup. He's worth owning despite tonight's quiet line. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 13 points
    Derrick Favors scored 13 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 24 minutes vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: You could argue that Favors was Utah's best player tonight, as Gordon Hayward and George Hill combined to score 13 points and Rudy Gobert was outplayed by DeAndre Jordan. Favors hit 5-of-11 shots from the field and 3-of-6 from the line, a welcome sight for his owners after he was held to six points in each of his last two games. He's been a bust and probably isn't close to 100 percent after battling a knee issue since the preseason, but he's worth holding onto. Maybe he will get it going after the break. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:14 pm
  • Triple-Jokic: Nikola triple-doubles again
    Nikola Jokic hit 7-of-13 shots for 17 points, 21 rebounds, 12 assists and two steals in Monday's blowout 132-110 win over the Warriors, racking up the second triple-double of his career.

    Advice: Jokic set a career high in boards with this one and easily crushed his 20-13-11 triple-double from Feb. 3. This guy is tearing up the league right now and is making a case to be a Top 10 fantasy pick next season. He got off to a slow start this year, but is playing as well as anyone in the league these days, averaging 23 points, 12.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 58 percent shooting over his last five. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 points in win
    Blake Griffin scored 26 points to lead the Clippers to a 88-72 win over the Jazz on Monday.

    Advice: Griffin was just named the Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 26.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists in his last three games, and he certainly looked the part tonight. He finished 11-of-18 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, adding 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal in 34 minutes. As good as Griffin has been, he has some tough games coming up agains the Hawks, Warriors and Spurs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:41 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) targeting Wed return
    Andrew Bogut (strained right hamstring) said that he expects to return vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I’d like to do something before the All-Star break," Bogut said. The veteran's desire to take the court might not correspond to the training staff's wishes, however, especially since we're so close to the lengthy All-Star break. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle gave him a 25 percent chance of playing Wednesday, for what it's worth. Even if he does return, he'd assuredly play just a handful of minutes to scrape off some rust. Check for updates after Tuesday's practice. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:07 pm
  • Brook Lopez needs 18 shots to score 17 points
    Brook Lopez needed 18 shots to score 17 points in Brooklyn 112-103 loss to Memphis on Monday.

    Advice: Lopez was just 7-of-18 from the floor, including 1-of-5 from 3-point territory. Lopez did dish out a team-high five assists, but grabbed just three rebounds and failed to block a shot. Lopez had scored at least 20 points and hauled down at least five boards in each of the Nets five previous contests, so there is no need for Lopez owners to worry about this relatively disappointing performance. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Andre Drummond goes for 21 & 12 in loss
    Andre Drummond had 21 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and no blocks in Monday's 102-89 loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: Drummond hadn't scored more than 21 points in his previous two games, but has grabbed at least 12 rebounds in five straight games. The Bucks don't have a true starting center at this point so Drummond was able to take advantage. He's averaging 16.6 points, 15.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.4 blocks over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:46 pm
  • Serge Ibaka gets 17 & 8, makes 7-of-9 FGs
    Serge Ibaka played only 28 minutes on Monday, but he made 7-of-9 shots to finish with 17 points, eight rebounds, one steal and one block in a win vs. Miami.

    Advice: Ibaka hit one 3-pointer and it's a solid return for fantasy owners, despite the relatively low playing time. He's prone to dips in minutes but usually bounces back quickly, and should play 30+ vs. LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:19 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky double-doubles in start
    Frank Kaminsky double-doubled vs. the 76ers on Monday, scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds.

    Advice: Frank the Tank couldn't find his shot and finished 5-of-16 from the field, but logged 38 minutes and added two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and three blocks (matching a career-high). This was Kaminsky's fourth start at center this season and he averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.7 triples in his previous three, so keep rolling him out there with confidence until Cody Zeller (quad) is able to return. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Tyson Chandler starting, Alex Len to bench
    Tyson Chandler (ankle) will start on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: His ankle only forced him to miss one game, so go grab him if he was dropped in your league. Chandler is averaging 8.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 0.7 steals this season, while Len belongs on the wire in most leagues unless Chandler is moved at the deadline. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 5:22 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) out Monday
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will not play vs. the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: He has a 25 percent chance of playing on Wednesday vs. the Pistons according to coach Rick Carlisle, but the Mavs are likely going to hold him out through the All-Star break. Bogut is not worth stashing and will have a limited role upon his return. Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell each get a slight boost with Bogut out. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 6:59 am
  • Nets want two first-round picks for Lopez
    The Nets' asking price for Brook Lopez is still two first-round picks according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Nets are able to stand firm with this price through the deadline as Lopez is under contract through the 2017-18 season. However, his value would be much higher this season as opposing teams could view him as a one-season rental if they wait until next season. He's going to be a headache to own in Brooklyn with all the maintenance days and the shut-down risk, so a trade wouldn't be a bad thing. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 6:47 am
  • ESPN: Serge Ibaka 'could be on the move'
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, there's a "growing sense around the league" ‎that Serge Ibaka could be on the move before the Feb. 23 deadline.

    Advice: It feels like there is a new Ibaka rumor every day, but that's what happens to talented impending free agents on struggling teams. The Magic may not be confident about their ability to re-sign Ibaka this summer and they may be wary about what kind of contract he could command, but it would be devastating for the franchise if he walked this summer without the Magic getting anything back in return. Rival teams are expecting the Magic to keep fielding offers up until the deadline, and Stein adds that Miami and Toronto are two of the teams that have expressed an interest this month. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 6:25 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins leads Kings with 28 points
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points with 14 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block in Sunday's 105-99 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Cousins briefly headed to the locker room to cool off, as he was hit with his 17th technical foul of the season, one away from a one-game suspension, but that did not stop him from recording his 32nd double-double of the season. The big man flirted with a triple-double for the third time in the last five games and is averaging seven dimes per game during that stretch. The only concern for fantasy owners, are the potential suspensions he can face down the stretch due to the technical fouls. He has also averaged five turnovers per game in the last month. Aside from that, he remains a top 10 fantasy player and is second in the league with a 37.5 percent usage rate. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 8:43 pm
  • Anthony Davis gets 32 & 10 w/ complete line
    Anthony Davis scored a game-high 32 points on Sunday, making 11-of-24 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws in road loss to the Kings.

    Advice: Davis added 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer. The all-around performance negated his six turnovers in most leagues, and he's cruising into the break with top-three roto value (8-cat and 9-cat). The Pelicans are just 3.0 games out of the playoffs, moreover, which reduces the risk that AD will be shut down in the final weeks of the regular season. He's missed only four of the Pelicans' 55 games this season. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 8:41 pm
  • Jared Sullinger gets healthy DNP-CD Sunday
    Jared Sullinger was a healthy DNP-CD vs. the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: Sullinger was called up from the D-League earlier in the day, as the Raptors are doing whatever they can to get him in shape following knee surgery. He's never been known for his dedication to conditioning, so it could take a while. He's waiver wire fodder in all leagues until his role evolves. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 5:56 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 16 pts w/ four blks
    Kristaps Porzingis finished a win vs. the Spurs on Sunday with 16 points (4-of-10 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists, four blocks and one steal in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Porzingis moved back to power forward tonight, although coach Jeff Hornacek said he might still experiment with KP at center in certain situations. Porzingis didn't look at all hesitant tonight and coach Jeff Hornacek praised his aggression, which is a great sign after his Achilles injury. As a footnote, this was the first time two Latvian players have played in the same NBA game, with Porzingis being joined by Spurs forward Davis Bertans. "It’s a big deal," Bertans said before the game. "In Latvia, there’s going to be people staying up all night to watch." Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 4:06 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez plays 29 minutes as starter
    Willy Hernangomez returned to the Knicks' starting lineup on Sunday with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds, three steals and one assist in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The impressive rookie played just nine minutes in New York's previous game, but coach Jeff Hornacek mixed up the rotations again tonight with Kristaps Porzingis sliding back to PF. Willy's owners may have cut him following Friday's disappointing game, but anyone in need of a high-upside center should grab him and hold on tight. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 4:03 pm
  • Taj Gibson limited by early foul trouble Sun
    Taj Gibson struggled with early foul trouble on Sunday, finishing an ugly loss vs. the Wolves with two points on 1-of-4 shooting, five rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Chicago finished their six-game road trip with a 2-4 record, and they were severely short-handed tonight. "It seems like that OKC game was 35 days ago and it was on the same road trip," said coach Fred Hoiberg. "We have to continue to fight and battle." Gibson was poised for a hefty role today but the fouls prevented him from going off, to the chagrin of many DFS owners. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 3:11 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor doesn't make team flight Sunday
    Jahlil Okafor did not make the 76ers' team flight to Charlotte for Monday's game, according to beat writer Keith Pompey.

    Advice: Okafor was held out of Saturday's game because coach Brett Brown said "there were trade rumors that were happening before the game," so this curious turn of events is sure to inspire tons of trade chatter. For now we'll consider him questionable to play on Monday, but Brown already suggested that Okafor will be held out Monday and Wednesday to avoid any risk of injury. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 1:11 pm
  • Jared Sullinger recalled from D-League
    Jared Sullinger has been recalled from the D-League.

    Advice: Bruno Caboclo and Fred VanVleet were also called up prior to Sunday's game vs. the Pistons. Sullinger is out of shape and hasn't played more than nine minutes in the Raptors' past four games. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 12:18 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez starting, Jennings to bench
    Willy Hernangomez will start Sunday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: This means that Brandon Jennings is headed back to the bench. Hernangomez played only nine minutes on Friday and it's safe to assume that his minutes will spike in a starting role, so don't hesitate to run him out there. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 11:48 am
  • Knicks 'may change' starting lineup Sunday
    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said that he "may change" his starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The Knicks have lost four straight games and it's probable that Kristaps Porzingis will slide back to power forward, with either Kyle O'Quinn or Willy Hernangomez starting at center. The game tips off at 3:30 ET, so we won't have to wait long for confirmation. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 11:25 am
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) likely out Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) is expected to miss Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He's already been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Spurs. With only one game in Week 17, it makes sense for the Knicks to shut Noah down so he can heal up over the All-Star break. Kyle O'Quinn has posted a couple of solid games in a row, while Willy Hernangomez should be more involved on Sunday if the Knicks move Kristaps Porzingis back to the four. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 11:05 am
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  • Talks between 76ers and Nuggets have stalled
    Talks between the Nuggets and 76ers regarding a potential trade for Jahlil Okafor have "stalled" according to 76ers reporter Keith Pompey.

    Advice: Pompey adds that the talks could pick up again quickly, but it wouldn't make much sense for the Nuggets to take a chance on Okafor. The big man has also been linked to the Bulls, Pelicans and Blazers, so we could see a trade sooner rather than later. If you're punting free throws, feel free to stash Okafor. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 10:15 am
  • Joel Embiid (knee) listed as out for Monday
    Joel Embiid (knee) has been listed as out for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He's expected to be sidelined through the All-Star break, so expect him to miss Wednesday's game vs. Boston as well. Embiid is dealing with a "very minor" tear in his meniscus in his left knee, but he reportedly doesn't need surgery and is considered day-to-day. With Jahlil Okafor expected to be moved shortly, Nerlens Noel and Richaun Holmes will soak up the center minutes for the next two games. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 10:02 am
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  • Brown confirms why he held out Okafor
    76ers coach Brett Brown explained his decision to hold out Jahlil Okafor on Saturday vs. Miami.

    Advice: "There were trade rumors that were happening before the game," Brown said. "I was aware of those. In those situations, I felt that it was best to not complicate things and not play Jahlil. We talked about it together before the game and I explained to him that this was going to happen for this reason. That’s why I made the decision." Brown also confirmed that Okafor likely won't play Monday in Charlotte and Wednesday in Boston, as the 76ers don't want to risk an injury. According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, the Bulls, Pelicans, Blazers and Nuggets are all interested in the big man. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 6:23 am
  • Derrick Favors struggles vs. Boston
    Derrick Favors scored six points with six rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: He was starting to look a little better this month, but it wasn't there today. Favors isn't making an impact on the stat sheet with his lack of blocks and his usage falling off as well. He's likely going to be annoying to own and just hasn't looked right since his preseason knee problem. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 9:37 pm
  • Nikola Jokic only scores 27 points in loss
    Nikola Jokic scored 27 points during a 125-109 loss to the Cavs on Saturday, adding 13 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: While it wasn't a 40-point explosion like Friday at MSG, this is still a terrific line. Besides his ridiculous passing, Jokic has been one of the most efficient shooters among bigs. He's turned in a wonderful 59.3 effective field goal percentage on his jumpers over his last 11 games, which helped him get to a 65.8 true shooting percentage. Jokic is getting close to Karl-Anthony Towns territory in reality and in fantasy, and both have been top-10 players in their last 10 games. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 7:26 pm
  • Blake Griffin drops a 20-12-8 line in win
    Blake Griffin scored 20 points in a 107-102 win over the Hornets on Saturday, adding 12 rebounds, eight assists and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: After an 11-point first quarter, Blake did not score in the second and didn't score again until 3:00 was left in the third quarter. He also picked up his eighth assist with 5:37 left in the third quarter, so Griffin probably should've had his second triple-double of the week -- he had one against the Raptors on Monday. BG is cooking with gas right now and is back to his early-round ways as the focal point of the offense. He's also on the table for DFS on any given night these days. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 5:04 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 20 points vs. Clippers
    Frank Kaminsky started at center during a 107-102 loss to the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 20 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It looked like Kaminsky was in for a rough day with a foul in the first 20 seconds of this game. However, it was DeAndre Jordan getting into foul trouble with Kaminsky doing a solid job against the All-Star. After this game and the game against Rudy Gobert last Saturday, coach Steve Clifford seems to have some confidence in Frank at the five. Cody Zeller (quad) shouldn't miss more than a couple games, so Kaminsky is only a short-term add. He is trending up and could also get some backup five minutes once Zeller is healthy. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 4:51 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) could play Wednesday
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) could return on Wednesday vs. Detroit according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: The timetables for Bogut have been all over the place but there's still a good chance that he will be held out until the All-Star break -- Carlise gave him a 25 percent chance of playing before the break. He's a trade candidate and the Mavs may want to show teams that he's healthy, so that might be the thinking here if he plays Wednesday. To be clear, his minutes will be limited and he's not worth the trouble. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 4:30 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) has minor meniscus tear
    Joel Embiid (knee) has a "very minor" tear in his meniscus in his left knee, according to general manager Bryan Colangelo.

    Advice: He is still only day-to-day and Colangelo said that players play through minor meniscus tears a lot. This is not expected to require surgery and this minor tear was found back on Jan. 20. That means Embiid did play through this injury back on Jan. 27 against the Rockets on national TV. Embiid also admitted on Saturday that he is not healthy, so this injury will almost certainly hold him out until the All-Star break. Until then, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor should split the minutes at the five. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 4:27 pm
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  • Frank Kaminsky starting vs. DeAndre Jordan
    Frank Kaminsky will start at center for Cody Zeller (quad) against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: Kaminsky has dealt with some tough matchups at center. He started against Rudy Gobert and Brook Lopez in the last week, so starting against DeAndre Jordan isn't a huge deal. He'll be a viable DFS play today and a stream. Zeller could miss a couple more games, so he's worth a look for his short-term boost. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 12:29 pm
  • Joakim Noah will not play against the Spurs
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) will not play against the Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: That'll make it four games in a row for the oft-injured Noah. The Knicks mixed it up on Friday with Kristaps Porzingis as the starting center, but coach Jeff Hornacek was not pleased on the defensive end. Kyle O'Quinn is probably going to start and will look to build off his big 16-point, four-block game. Willy Hernangomez should play more than nine minutes and is a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 12:20 pm
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  • Joel Embiid: I'm not healthy
    Joel Embiid (knee) said on Saturday that he's not healthy.

    Advice: "I think my [left] knee [has a] bone bruise," Embiid said. "It's been on and off working out. It swells up a little bit, and then it kind of slows down." Embiid also said missing time has nothing to do with the 76ers tanking. The "get off my lawn" folks can probably get on Embiid for dancing shirtless on stage at a Meek Mill concert on Friday, but dancing and playing basketball at the highest level are two different things. For now, expect Embiid to sit out until the break. Jahlil Okafor will start while Nerlens Noel backs him up. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 11:53 am
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  • Tyson Chandler (ankle) will not play Saturday
    Tyson Chandler (ankle) will not play Saturday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Chandler injured his ankle in the second quarter of Friday night's game and was unable to return. He will not travel with the team in order to stay back in Phoenix and get treatment. Alex Len was suspended for Friday night's contest but will available to play on Saturday. He will likely split minutes with Alan Williams, who played well on Friday. Williams tallied 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes. Marquese Chriss could also see a few extra minutes at center. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 10:30 am
  • Hornacek unhappy with Porzingis' defense
    Coach Jeff Hornacek let it be known he was unhappy with Kristaps Porzingis' defense on Friday night.

    Advice: Porzingis got annihilated by Nikola Jokic, who scored 40 points and looked like he barely broke a sweat. "He should be quicker than [Jokic]," Hornacek said of KP’s defensive troubles. "He might get overpowered at some point, but a lot of shots, he just lined ’em up. If our guys think that’s a challenged shot, we need to redefine what that is." Porzingis' offensive output has also dipped over the last six weeks. In his last 13 games, KP is averaging 14.4 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor and 25.9 percent from 3-point territory. KP is still returning fourth-round value on the season. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 8:08 am
  • Tyson Chandler (ankle) doubtful for Saturday
    Tyson Chandler (sprained right ankle) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets

    Advice: Chandler sprained his right ankle in the second quarter of Friday's night's win over the Bulls and did not return to the game. In fact, speaking with reporters after the game, coach Earl Watson didn't sound optimistic that Chandler would even travel to Houston. Alex Len was suspended for Friday night's contest but will be back on Saturday. Also, Alan Williams played very well off the Phoenix bench on Friday, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 6:32 am
  • Anthony Davis scores 42 points in win vs. MIN
    Anthony Davis scored 42 points during a 122-106 win in Minnesota on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He bounced back nicely from a 12-point dud against Rudy Gobert on Wednesday. Davis picked up his 750th block of his career to become the fourth-youngest player to hit that mark. He also had his sixth 40-point scoring game and hit double digits in the first quarter for the 23rd time this season. After a showdown with fellow Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns today, he'll get another one against DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 10:34 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays 18 minutes
    Kosta Koufos (finger) played 18 minutes on Friday vs. the Hawks, scoring two points on 1-of-4 shooting with four boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: His right ring finger was very swollen on Wednesday, so he's fortunate that he was able to play tonight. To be clear, he doesn't have much fantasy value anyways and Willie Cauley-Stein could be coming for his minutes soon. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 10:24 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 36 points in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 36 points during a 122-106 loss to the Pelicans on Friday, adding eight rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: That makes it nine straight games with at least 23 points with four 33-plus games in that mix as well. Towns has seen his usage rate rise to 30.0 in the last four games without Zach LaVine while his efficiency has been elite at 71.0 true shooting percentage. The KAT is on the prowl as the top player in standard leagues over his last dozen games. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 10:13 pm
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