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  • Chris Paul gets near triple-double & zero TOs
    Chris Paul dished out 17 assists with zero turnovers on Sunday, adding 15 points and nine rebounds in 41 minutes during an overtime win vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: CP3 had never recorded seven assists and five rebounds in a single first quarter in his esteemed career, but he did it in the first quarter tonight. He also passed John Stockton with the most games of at least 15 points and 15 rebounds without a single turnover, having done it six times. He shot an uncharacteristic 4-of-18 from the field tonight, but needless to say, he's looked perfectly healthy since returning ahead of schedule from thumb surgery. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 22 points on 9-of-16 FGs
    J.J. Redick had it going early on Sunday, finishing 9-of-16 from the field with three 3-pointers to score 22 points with two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Redick typically starts games hot and assumes a less prominent role as the game progresses, and that was the case again tonight. Fortunately for his fantasy owners, his 16 first-half points were enough to buoy his value in almost any format, and his 38 minutes tonight tied a season high. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 43 points, hits three 3s
    Blake Griffin made a career-high three 3-pointers vs. Charlotte on Sunday to finish with 43 points (15-of-26 FGs, 10-of-16 FTs), 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: Blake's 43 points were the most scored by a Clippers player this season. The Hornets are giving up a league-high 11.3 triples per game and Blake took full advantage of their perimeter defense. He also did plenty of work in the paint, including one soaring putback dunk, and concerns about his explosion after knee surgery are getting quieter on a nightly basis. The star PF even logged 42 minutes with just one turnover tonight, rounding out a stellar performance. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan gets 20 & 19, hits 9-of-10 FGs
    DeAndre Jordan piled up 20 points and 19 rebounds during an overtime win on Sunday, making 9-of-10 shots with three steals, two blocks and one assist.

    Advice: DJ played 43 minutes and he was a tolerable 2-of-4 at the FT line, even though Charlotte committed a few intentional fouls late in the game. He went through a fallow period without Chris Paul prior to the All-Star break, but with CP back Jordan's owners can expect his typically dominant production. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Austin Rivers goes quiet in Sunday's OT win
    Austin Rivers vanished during Sunday's game, scoring just five points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound, one assist and zero defensive stats in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Rivers came in hot and foul trouble played a role tonight, so most owners should cut him some slack. He hadn't played fewer than 26 minutes in a game since Dec. 30, but owners obviously shouldn't expect the lofty playing time he got while Chris Paul was injured. Rivers is a low-end hold in most situations. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 19 points vs. Clippers
    Jeremy Lamb stepped up in 37 bench minutes on Sunday, scoring 19 points with six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in a road loss vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Lamb made 5-of-10 field goals and 8-of-8 free throws for his second-highest scoring game of the season, and his contributions were critical in taking pressure off Kemba Walker and Nic Batum. The fifth-year swingman has found a solid niche off Charlotte's bench the past two seasons, but he doesn't typically do enough for standard-league ownership. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky fouls out with 16/5/4 vs. LAC
    Frank Kaminsky fouled out of Sunday's game after scoring 16 points with five rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Kaminsky made 5-of-13 field goals with one 3-pointer, while going 5-of-5 at the free throw line. Injuries to Miles Plumlee (calf) and Cody Zeller (quad) have thrust him into a huge role and he's responded well, but the Hornets simply don't have any depth at center. He had a rough time corralling the Clippers' explosive frontcourt tonight. Owners should keep deploying him until his role changes. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Nicolas Batum w/ season-high eight 3-pointers
    Nicolas Batum set a new season high with eight 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with 31 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one block in 43 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers have held opponents to 9.0 threes per game this season, sixth-fewest in the league, which makes Batum's eruption surprising. The fact that all eight of his threes came in the second half and overtime makes it surreal, as he helped the Hornets stay in this game until the bitter end of OT. The veteran has consistently flirted with top-40 value in roto leagues this season. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist quiet w/ foul trouble
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was limited by foul trouble on Sunday, fouling out with just two points on 1-of-3 shooting, six rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Hornets blew up in the third quarter with an 18-1 run to erase a 17-point deficit, but MKG didn't contribute much to the run. He was out-of-position much of the game defensively, due to Charlotte's lack of frontcourt depth, which is part of the reason he picked up so many fouls. Expect much better vs. the Lakers on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Kemba Walker's 34 points, six 3s not enough
    Kemba Walker carried the Hornets on Sunday with 34 points, six 3-pointers, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in a tough road loss vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Kemba has never beaten the Clippers in his career, now sporting an unenviable 0-10 record. He forced overtime with a clutch 3-pointer, followed by a pair of free throws, to quickly erase a five-point deficit with under 30 seconds left. His undermanned team didn't have enough in the bonus frame, however, and the struggling Hornets are now 2.5 games out of the No. 8 seed. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic's lost crowns replaced on Sunday
    The two crowns that were knocked out of Jusuf Nurkic's mouth on Sunday have been repaired.

    Advice: Nurk didn't even leave the game after losing his two teeth, so it's safe to assume that he'll be in the starting lineup on Tuesday. We'll leave him on the injury report, to be safe, but there's no real ambiguity here. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas (lacerated shin) returns
    Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) returned to Sunday's game to finish with six points, four rebounds and one steal in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Motie left for a while in the first half to get some stitches, but this isn't an injury that should jeopardize his status going forward. His minutes were inflated due to DeMarcus Cousins' foul trouble tonight, so don't read anything into this performance. Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • Reggie Jackson posts 17 points on Sunday
    Reggie Jackson (neck) finished with 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal over 34 minutes in Sunday's win against the Pistons.

    Advice: Jackson was questionable to play due to neck spasms but he looked fine in the victory, connecting on three of his five 3-pointer attempts and turning the ball over just three times. It was a nice bounce back game after he managed just four points in Thursday's 1-of-6 shooting night against the Hornets. His scoring totals have been rather erratic lately but he remains a solid source of assists, occasional steals and points. Yesterday, 6:45 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic struggles w/ fouls, loses teeth
    Making another start for Portland on Sunday, Jusuf Nurkic posted eight points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, making 3-of-9 FGs and 2-of-3 FTs in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Nurk's transition to starting for the Blazers has gone very well, rewarding any owners who snatched him after the trade, but he was limited tonight by some early foul trouble. The big man had a few teeth knocked out in the fourth quarter, but he continued playing and didn't bleed because he has a dental bridge. He should be fine for Tuesday's game but we'll put him on the injury report as a precaution. Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Donatas Motiejunas (shin) probable to return
    Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) is probable to return to Sunday's game.

    Advice: He'll need a few stitches but it sounds like he's fine. Yesterday, 5:19 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (neck) will start on Sunday
    Reggie Jackson (neck) will start Sunday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Stan Van Gundy said that the team has been winning, so he's not thinking about changing his starting five at the moment. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Jon Leuer and Andre Drummond will join Jackson in the starting five. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (neck) questionable Sunday
    Reggie Jackson (neck spasms) is questionable to play Sunday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Jackson wasn't able to go through shootaround, although he was able to get in some work around 3pm ET, so he's shaping up to be a game-time call for tonight's game. Owners will have to check back closer to tip-off for an official update, but if he's out, Ish Smith would draw the start and he'd be someone to consider throwing out there as a streamer or low-budget DFS option. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 1:04 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (back) out Sunday vs. Memphis
    Kenneth Faried (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: With Faried on the sidelines, there will be more minutes available for guys like Wilson Chandler, Juan Hernangomez and Darrell Arthur, with Chandler offering the most upside out of the group. The Nuggets have a back-to-back set coming up, Tuesday in Chicago and Wednesday in Milwaukee, and for now, we'll be considering Faried questionable for those games. Yesterday, 11:15 am
  • Raptors recall Bruno Caboclo
    The Raptors recalled Bruno Caboclo from the D-League on Sunday.

    Advice: He has no shot at cracking the rotation following the arrival of P.J. Tucker. Yesterday, 8:39 am
  • Stotts praises Jusuf Nurkic
    Blazers head coach Terry Stotts praised Jusuf Nurkic after he scored 12 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: "I thought he was very effective in a lot of areas defensively on [Nikola] Vucevic," Stotts said. "I thought he was solid and offensively he made a lot of good plays. We were able to play through him out on the perimeter and in the post. I thought he had a very solid game." Nurkic said that he's "finally" happy in Portland after a rough ending to his time in Denver, and he added that this is the first time in two years that he's having fun again. Stotts also said he was surprised with Nurkic's playmaking ability, so the Blazers could run some offense through him like they did with Mason Plumlee. Nurk Alert is the man in the Portland frontcourt and should be added in most formats. Yesterday, 8:18 am
  • SVG trying to get the best out of Jackson
    Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he's trying to figure out how to get the best out of Reggie Jackson.

    Advice: "I think he's been trying defensively," SVG said. "Just offensively, we've got to find an answer. I know he's frustrated. He's frustrated with me, play calls and things like that. So, we're going to have to find something to where he can play more effectively, more productively, on the offensive end of the court." R-Jax has the worst plus/minus rating of anyone on the roster and hit rock bottom on Thursday with four points and four assists in just 20 minutes. He's shooting 36.3 percent from the field in February and looks a like a drop candidate in standard leagues if there's a hot free agent available. Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • D Mo gets a donut
    Donatas Motiejunas was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: This signing just isn't working out and it was a bit misguided from the get-go because the Pelicans wanted him to space the floor a la Channing Frye. Motiejunas is not going to have value while the frontcourt is healthy. Saturday, 9:03 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 23 with 13 boards
    Frank Kaminsky scored a game-high 23 points during a 99-85 win over the Kings on Saturday, adding a career-high 13 rebounds with three assists, two steals and a career-high five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been all the Hornets could've hoped for as a center. Ever since the Hornets got stomped in Oakland on Feb. 1, coach Steve Clifford has talked up how well Kaminsky has performed closer to the basket on defense. On offense, he's really hitting his stride lately, averaging 19.8 points, 7.6 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 steals and 3.0 treys in his last five. While he won't be this good, he has to be owned right now. Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • Kemba Walker scores 12 points in win
    Kemba Walker scored 12 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: His February is not going well at all. This month, he's averaging just 18.3 points, 4.0 boards, 5.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 treys on 40.1 percent from the field. Walker has really struggled in the paint, making just 21-of-52 (40.4 percent), which is almost 20 percent below league average. The All-Star should snap out of it, so he's a bit of a buy-low player. Saturday, 5:45 pm
  • Nicolas Batum back in a slump
    Nicolas Batum made 4-of-17 from the field for 15 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He's in another shooting slump, which is nothing new for how he plays. He's made just 30.2 percent from the field in his last three games for his 14.2 points per game. Only 11.6 percent of his shots have been at the rim and he's made just 7-of-33 (21.2 percent) outside of the paint in that span. His owners shouldn't be surprised and just have to hope he snaps out of it the next time out against the Clippers on Sunday. Saturday, 5:35 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (back) questionable Sunday
    Kenneth Faried (back spasms) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: Faried, who came into the game with a minor ankle injury, hurt his back after landing awkwardly on Friday night. He was ruled out and did not return to the game. Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur and Juancho Hernangomez should see additional playing time if Faried is unable to suit up on Sunday. Saturday, 10:26 am
  • Chris Paul scores 17 points in return
    Chris Paul returned to action on Friday night during a 105-97 loss to the Spurs on Friday, scoring 17 points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: In his first game back since Jan. 16, CP3 admitted there was some rust on the offense. "There’s no excuses," Paul said about the loss. "This was our first game with everybody. I probably threw some guys off, but we’re going to figure it out." Loss and low assists aside, Paul beating his timetable by a week and getting 33 minutes is encouraging. Expect him to be a first-round player after a very brief adjustment period. Saturday, 12:19 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 29 points vs. Spurs
    Blake Griffin scored 29 points with nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Spurs on Friday night.

    Advice: He did take a Dewayne Dedmon shoulder to his cheek and ran to the locker room for about 10 seconds, but he had to come back out to shoot the free throws. Griffin just had a band-aid put over his cheek and it was enough to stop the bleeding, so he stayed in the game. As for his play, Griffin clearly has it going again and looks like an early-round player going forward. He needs to stay healthy. Saturday, 12:15 am
  • Austin Rivers moves to the bench
    Austin Rivers moved back to the bench on Friday with 23 points, three assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He looks like he's going to still have a role as a combo wing for the Clippers. Rivers is still likely going to see a drop in overall production and he really won't do too much outside of scoring, he's better for points leagues or deeper leagues. Saturday, 12:08 am
  • Chris Paul returned to action on Friday February 24. Saturday, 12:07 am
  • Kenneth Faried (back) will not return
    Kenneth Faried (lower back spasms) will not return on Friday night.

    Advice: He had an awkward landing in this game and tried to play through it, but he was ruled out about 40 minutes later in real time. This is not the same as the ankle injury that had him on the injury report today, but Faried did have back issues in January. If he needs to miss time, Darrell Arthur and Juancho Hernangomez should benefit. Friday, 7:40 pm
  • Chris Paul (thumb) to play against the Spurs
    Chris Paul (thumb) will return to the lineup to face the Spurs on Friday night.

    Advice: He's back. CP3 tweeted out that he was going to return for this game, so this isn't a surprise despite the questionable tag. He has done some conditioning while he's been out and he was cleared a couple days ago, so there's no reason to think he'll have a hard limit. Austin Rivers and Ray Felton will take a backseat. Friday, 5:53 pm
  • Kenneth Faried available to play
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is available to play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He played just 14 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday. Faried should be looking at more playing time in a very fantasy friendly matchup, but he's more of a low-end guy. Friday, 4:38 pm
  • Chris Paul (thumb) listed as questionable
    Chris Paul (thumb) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Chris Paul tweeted "back at it" this afternoon, which suggests he'll be back out there. Paul is still about a full week ahead of his timetable, but he is medically cleared to play. This game won't tip until 10:30 EST, so we likely won't be getting anything concrete on his status until 9:00. If CP3 is back, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton figure to lose minutes. Friday, 12:23 pm
  • Kenneth Faried is probable
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He is fully expected to play. Faried did not fare well in his return to the lineup on Thursday with just two points on 1-of-7 from the field in 14 minutes -- all seven shots were within six feet. With the Nuggets close to full strength, Faried may only be a low-end guy in standard leagues. Friday, 11:15 am
  • Austin Rivers scores 19 in loss to Warriors
    Austin Rivers hit 7-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Is this the last hurrah for Rivers? Maybe not, but all signs are pointing to Chris Paul returning from his thumb injury on Friday night against the Spurs. Rivers, for the most part, has been rolling since CP3 went down, starting most nights and averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. With Paul on the verge of coming back, Rivers will surely take a hit. Don't drop him just yet, but once Paul proves he's healthy and ready to roll, and once Rivers' minutes take the hit that's coming, owners will be thankful they pre-planned for what's coming. Thursday, 10:29 pm
  • Kenneth Faried only scores two in return
    Kenneth Faried only scored two points in a start against the Kings on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one assist and one block in 14 minutes.

    Advice: It was a bad line, but it wasn't all bad news for a guy who was listed as doubtful to play yesterday. Mason Plumlee didn't play any power forward minutes, Darrell Arthur was a DNP-CD, and Juancho Hernangomez wasn't in the rotation. Faried's value is capped with the Nuggets close to full strength, so he's only a borderline hold. Thursday, 10:27 pm
  • Blake Griffin still sluggish after break
    Blake Griffin, who scored just 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting in his last game before the All-Star break, hit just 3-of-13 shots for 12 points, five rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's 123-113 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Maybe it was the Warriors' defense, but Griffin looked a little sluggish tonight, and he's struggled a bit in his last two games. Look for him to take out his frustrations on the hapless Nets on Saturday night. Thursday, 10:21 pm
  • Nurk Red Alert: Jusuf Nurkic explodes in win
    Jusuf Nurkic exploded in his first start for the Blazers, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds five assists, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: Hello, sir. It's the first time he's double-doubled with at least five assists in his career and he's been shockingly good in the first unit. After the game, Nurkic said this was the most fun he's had in two years. Nurkic couldn't really set screens in Denver, but he was much better doing so tonight -- it helps to play next to Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He's not likely going to be this good and has been wildly inconsistent, but obviously Nurk Alert has to be owned. Thursday, 7:36 pm
  • Reggie Jackson awful in Thursday's win
    Reggie Jackson hit just 1-of-6 shots for four points and four assists in just 20 minutes of Thursday's 114-108 OT win over the Hornets.

    Advice: Jackson had a bad night, helping to dig his team into an early 18-point hole, finishing the game with a +/- of -14, and watching his backup hand out 16 assists and help bring the Pistons back for one of the best wins of their season. Add in the fact that Stan Van Gundy was trying really hard to move Jackson at the deadline, and the future is up in the air here. Just keep in mind that it's only one game and Jackson is still the starter, for now, so don't do anything drastic with him. But if you have room to pick up Smith without dropping anyone too valuable, now looks like the time to make your move. Thursday, 7:24 pm
  • Kemba Walker's 34 not enough in OT
    Kemba Walker hit 11-of-19 shots, 3-of-6 3-pointers and 9-of-9 free throws on his way to 34 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in 42 minutes of Thursday's 114-108 overtime loss to the Pistons.

    Advice: Walker and Detroit's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put on a fantastic show in the fourth quarter, matching each other shot for shot, while KCP's big 3-pointer sent the game to overtime. Walker only had seven points in 20 minutes of the All-Star Game last weekend, so he was ready to show something tonight. Thursday, 7:14 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 17 points in loss
    Frank Kaminsky started at center again on Thursday and scored 17 points, but added just one rebound, a steal and a block on 6-of-18 shooting.

    Advice: He did hit three 3-pointers and played a nice game, but the return of Cody Zeller (quad) is likely coming sooner than later. And when it happens, Kaminsky is going to take a hit. We just don't know how big of one. Plan on holding him until further notice. Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubles in loss
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hit 5-of-9 shots for 12 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 39 minutes of Thursday's tough overtime loss to the Pistons.

    Advice: MKG had some big plays and buckets in the fourth quarter and racked up his 10th double-double of the season, although this was the first time he's hit double figures in scoring five games. But this was also his second straight game with 14 rebounds and owners should plan on riding while things are going so well on the glass. Thursday, 7:05 pm
  • Chris Paul (thumb) will not play vs. Warriors
    Chris Paul (thumb) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday night.

    Advice: The Clippers are on a back-to-back set, so CP3 has a decent chance to play on Friday against the Spurs. Coach Doc Rivers called his Hall of Fame point guard "iffy" for that game, though. He has been cleared to play in games, but he did beat his target date by about a week. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will get another go with an expanded role. Thursday, 6:12 pm
  • Kenneth Faried, Emmanuel Mudiay available
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) are available to play against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: This is a surprise with Faried listed as doubtful on Wednesday. He should be sticking in the starting lineup, but his playing time may be dropping with the Nuggets having most of their depth and also Mason Plumlee in the fold. Thursday, 6:10 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic starting Thursday vs. Magic
    Jusuf Nurkic and Noah Vonleh will start vs. the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis will shift to the bench and this is a fairly predictable move after Portland dealt Mason Plumlee to acquire Nurk before the All-Star break. He racked up 13 points, seven boards, three steals and one block in 21 minutes during his Blazers debut, and projects as a solid rest-of-season option in an expanded role for Portland. Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Doc: Chris Paul likely out for Thursday night
    Coach Doc Rivers said Chris Paul (thumb) is "out most likely" for Thursday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He is technically listed as out in the game notes, but there is a chance he will play. The Clippers start their second half on a back-to-back set, so he may have a chance to play against the Spurs. For tonight, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton will handle the ball more while a lot of action will go through Blake Griffin. Thursday, 11:21 am
  • Chris Paul remains listed as out
    Chris Paul (thumb) remained listed as out in the game notes for Thursday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He reportedly could play and has been cleared. For what it's worth, the game notes had him listed as out after the report came out that he could play. In other words, we're treating this report more like a "doubtful" to play. Thursday, 10:40 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic could start on Thursday?
    Jusuf Nurkic could move into the starting lineup on Thursday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He had a strong debut with 13 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 21 minutes, shooting 5-of-5 from the field. Coach Terry Stotts previously said that Nurk Alert would have to earn the starting gig, so it would be great for his value if he moved into the first unit after just one game. He's trending up in a hurry and is worth adding in standard leagues if you're OK with sub-par shooting percentages and a high turnover rate. If Nurk starts, Meyers Leonard will return to the bench. Thursday, 9:09 am
  • Report: Reggie Jackson likely 'staying put'
    Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today is hearing that Reggie Jackson likely won't go anywhere at the deadline.

    Advice: The Pistons have a high asking price, yet Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on Wednesday night that a lot of teams don't view Jackson as a starter. Unless the rumors ramp up, Ish Smith is losing some stash appeal with a Jackson trade looking unlikely. According to Chris Mannix of The Vertical, the Pistons will continue to aggressively shop him and they are looking for a first-round pick, a young player or an expiring contract. Thursday, 7:33 am
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) doubtful for Thursday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is doubtful for Thursday night against the Kings.

    Advice: He has been out since Feb. 8 due to his ankle injury, but Faried did go through some practice on Tuesday. The Nuggets did practice on Wednesday, so we'll be looking out for any reports on his status for that one. If he can't go, we should see a decent amount of Juancho Hernangomez and maybe a little more Mason Plumlee at the four. Wednesday, 12:23 pm
  • Chris Paul cleared, could play Thursday night
    Chris Paul (thumb) has been cleared to play and could play Thursday against the Warriors.

    Advice: It would appear he's almost certainly going to beat his target of early March. Coach Doc Rivers said Paul looked good in practice, but the team has yet to decide for sure on CP3's status in the "Cool Story, Glen" game to start the second half. CP3's return means Jamal Crawford, Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers will all be taking massive hits and are drop candidates. Blake Griffin has also busted loose as a passer with 7.8 assists per game over his last five, so that stat will be dropping, as well. Wednesday, 12:05 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) returns to practice
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) went through practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Manimal has been able to heal up over the All-Star break and the Nuggets are hopeful that he will be ready for Thursday's game vs. the Kings after a four-game absence. Faried has been a trade candidate for years, but his name hasn't been floated around much prior to the Feb. 23 deadline. He won't play center nearly as much with Mason Plumlee in town, but he's a hold in standard leagues for now. Tuesday, 5:46 pm
  • Report: Chris Paul to re-sign with Clippers
    Basketball Insiders is reporting that Chris Paul and the Clippers have already "verbally agreed" to signing a new, long-term contract this summer.

    Advice: CP3 has a player option of $24.3 million for the 2017-18 season. He is expected to opt out this summer and then sign a new, five-year deal worth north of $200 million. Paul turns 32 in May, so inking to him to a massive, long-term contract is somewhat risky, as he will be making over $30 million annually during his age-35 and age-36 seasons. However, he is still playing at a very high level and his game is not overly dependent on athleticism, so he will likely age better than other comparable point guards. Tuesday, 6:24 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. Monday, 7:31 pm
  • ESPN: Pistons still shopping Reggie Jackson
    The Pistons have "continued to gauge the market" for Reggie Jackson, according to's Marc Stein.

    Advice: In case you missed it on Friday, the Pistons have reportedly talked to the Magic about a Jackson for D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green deal. Plus, last month there was a Jackson for Ricky Rubio report, and also ESPN's Zach Lowe said the Pelicans had exploratory interest in Jackson. Ish Smith isn't the greatest stash in fantasy, but he has some appeal for owners needing a point guard. Feb 18, 4:21 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. Feb 17, 8:21 pm
  • ESPN: Magic, Pistons talking Jackson deal
    The Pistons and Magic have discussed a trade that would send Reggie Jackson to Orlando for D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: To be clear, nothing is imminent. We're going to see a lot of Jackson trade rumors as the deadline approaches next Thursday. He's been vastly outplayed by Ish Smith lately and the Pistons just don't have the ammo to compete in the Eastern Conference right now, so being sellers makes sense. There could be some sort of draft compensation for the Pistons, but Jackson being signed through the 2019-20 season is a big factor on potential move. It makes sense to stash Ish Smith in deeper leagues. Feb 17, 11:54 am
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