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  • Kings waive Matt Barnes
    With the DeMarcus Cousins trade finalized, the Kings waived Matt Barnes on Monday.

    Advice: The Kings just don't have room on their roster after bringing in Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield, so Barnes is the odd man out here. He shouldn't have any trouble finding a contract with a contender, but Barnes is unlikely to land in a situation where he'll provide much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:27 pm
  • Richardson says he's ready to make an impact
    Josh Richardson (foot) said he's "excited" to get back to the court and "make an impact" for his team after the All-Star break.

    Advice: "I feel like I can get a lot of growth done still. There’s still a lot of time left," said Richardson. "I think I’ve grown a lot, but I’d like to do a lot more on the court." The Heat will resume practice on Wednesday, but all indications are that Richardson will be in uniform for Miami's first game after the break, Friday vs. Atlanta. Rodney McGruder figures to return to the bench once Richardson is fully up to speed, and guys like Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson could be losing some touches on offense. Richardson makes sense as a speculative add if you've got someone to cut. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:17 pm
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  • Report: Dallas not looking to unload veterans
    The Mavs reportedly still believe that they can compete for the No. 8 spot out West, and they are not looking to have a "fire sale" on their veterans on deadline day.

    Advice: This doesn't mean that Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews and Andrew Bogut are guaranteed to be wearing Mavericks jerseys after the deadline, but it doesn't seem like Dallas is in any rush to expedite their rebuild. They're currently only three games out of the eighth seed, and with this potentially being Dirk's final season, Mark Cuban probably isn't super eager to start tanking for Ping Pong balls. It'll be interesting to see if the Mavs make any deadline day moves. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:55 am
  • Kings expected to waive F Matt Barnes
    The Kings are expected to waive Matt Barnes according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: The Kings are bringing in three players in Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield, so they have to cut one player to make the necessary roster room. With Omri Casspi now in New Orleans and Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore on the trade block, this would leave the Kings very thin on the wings. Buddy Hield should be busy right away. As for Barnes, he should have no problem finding another team if he's waived. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:26 am
  • Rockets interested in Wilson Chandler?
    According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the Rockets are another team to keep an eye on in pursuit of Wilson Chandler.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on Sunday that the Clippers and Thunder are going to make a push for Chandler at the deadline. There were some rumors going around in early February that Chandler was unhappy with his role in Denver, so he could be available for the right price. A move to Houston wouldn't be ideal for Chandler's fantasy value because they are set at SF and PF with Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson, but it would give them a solid second unit that already includes Eric Gordon and Sam Dekker. This report is firmly in the rumor stage. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:56 am
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  • Report: Arron Afflalo is available
    Arron Afflalo is available in trade talks as we approach the Feb. 23 deadline.

    Advice: The Kings are in rebuild mode after moving on from DeMarcus Cousins, so it seems like a no-brainer for them to shop the veteran SG. Afflalo's contract for the 2017-18 season isn't guaranteed, so any team that has interest in acquiring him will likely view him as a one-season rental. To be clear, there's no reason to stash Afflalo in most formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:52 am
    New Player Note
    Arron Afflalo Sac - SG,SF
    GTD
     
  • Terrence Jones available after Cousins deal?
    The Pelicans are reportedly looking to trade Terrence Jones in the wake of Sunday's deal that brought DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

    Advice: The desire for a trade is a "mutual decision" between the team and Jones' representatives, and it makes sense now that frontcourt minutes are scarce. The sheer uncertainty of his situation makes it difficult to own him, but Jones' fantasy value could spike if he's dealt an ideal role -- he's a luxury hold until the deadline passes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
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  • Omri Casspi heads to Pelicans in Cousins deal
    Omri Casspi will reportedly be traded to the Pelicans as part of Sunday's deal centered around DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Casspi, who has been dealing with a calf injury since mid-January, has been targeting a return soon after the All-Star break. Assuming he's healthy, he should vie for minutes with guys like Dante Cunningham, Solomon Hill and Terrence Jones. The Kings' frontcourt minutes will be swallowed up by Cousins and Anthony Davis, so it's hard to trust Casspi or any other forward on the roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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  • Tyreke Evans headed back to Sacramento
    Tyreke Evans will be traded to the Kings in the DeMarcus Cousins deal.

    Advice: The former Rookie of the Year is headed back to his old team. Evans is going to be an unrestricted free agent in July, so the Kings are clearly opening up as much cap room as they can for the upcoming offseason. As for the rest of this season, Evans may not have as much of a restriction and the Kings are now completely gutted on offense, so he's headed for a big opportunity. Of course, the injury risk won't go away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo makes 14-of-17 shots
    Giannis Antetokounmpo made 14-of-17 shots to finish Sunday's All-Star game with 30 points, six rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block.

    Advice: In his first All-Star game, the Bucks' star led his team in scoring despite playing just 23 minutes and sitting out down the stretch. He hammered down a put-back dunk over Stephen Curry that will make highlight reels, and generally feasted in a game with zero defense. The Bucks are one game behind Detroit for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, and Giannis' production is more important than ever with Jabari Parker (ACL surgery) out for the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • LeBron James tops All-Star scoring records
    LeBron James scored 23 points during the East's All-Star game loss on Sunday, making 10-of-17 shots with three rebounds in just 19 minutes of action.

    Advice: In the process, LeBron became the first player to score at least 300 points in All-Star games during their career. LBJ also passed Kobe Bryant for the most made field goals in All-Star history, and the 32-year-old is sure to pad his totals before his career ends. The East and West combined to score 374 points tonight, a new record, as nobody on the court even attempted to play defense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James Cle - SF,PF
     
  • Kawhi Leonard gets second-half DNP Sunday
    Kawhi Leonard didn't play in the second half of Sunday's All-Star game, logging 15 minutes during the West's 192-182 victory.

    Advice: Leonard finished the defense-free exhibition with four points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 15 minutes. He's healthy and there's nothing to worry about here -- if nothing else, he'll be extra rested for Friday's home game vs. the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Report: Celtics interested in P.J. Tucker
    The Celtics have reportedly expressed "deep interest" in P.J. Tucker.

    Advice: Tucker would add some solid depth to the Celtics, but his playing time would take a substantial hit in Boston, so Tucker owners should be hoping that he remains in Phoenix past the deadline. There have been more than a few trade rumors regarding Tucker, though, so him remaining with the Suns is far from a certainty. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Windhorst thinks Shumpert could be traded
    ESPN's Brian Windhorst said dealing away Iman Shumpert could be a "type of trade" the Cavs may be interested in making this week.

    Advice: To be very clear here, Windhorst and the radio host said "this is not a report" multiple times, so this is just an opinion from the plugged-in guy in Cleveland. Windhorst said a possible trade for Alec Burks and Shelvin Mack could make sense. The reasoning on this is Kyle Korver catching fire and also J.R. Smith coming back for the playoffs. Again, to be clear, this is just an opinion, but just keep that in mind if the Cavs are looking to make a 2-for-1 deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Wizards interested in Bojan Bogdanovic?
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Wizards have some interest in Bojan Bogdanovic.

    Advice: The Wizards are looking to upgrade their bench at the deadline and have also been linked to Lou Williams. The Nets are looking for draft picks to speed up their rebuild, and the Wizards "have shown an inclination" to give up a future first-round pick for the right deal. Bogdanovic would surely lose value on a team like the Wizards, but his absence could open the door for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Caris LeVert to have a larger role in Brooklyn's offense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:00 am
  • Carmelo Anthony expected to remain in NY
    Carmelo Anthony is still expected to remain with the Knicks past the deadline according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: The Knicks haven't brought him a potential deal in recent days, suggesting that the talks with the Clippers, Cavaliers and Celtics have cooled. Melo still holds all the power with his no-trade clause, and Phil Jackson's tactics to drive him out of New York have backfired. Barring a surprise, expect Melo to finish out the season in New York. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Wilson Chandler linked to Clippers, Thunder
    Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that the Clippers and Thunder could make a push for Wilson Chandler at the deadline.

    Advice: Both teams are in the market for a SF, as the Clippers were previously linked to Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder had their eyes on Rudy Gay (Achilles) before his injury. There was a report in early February that Chandler wanted a trade due to "inconsistency with his role," but his minutes have stabilized due to a lot of injuries in Denver. The Nuggets are committed to making a playoff push and won't just give Chandler away, but it's worth noting that Danilo Gallinari's name is also floating around the rumor mill. A trade could hurt Chandler or Gallinari, but it would open up minutes for impressive rookie Juancho Hernangomez. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:43 am
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  • Glenn Robinson III wins Slam Dunk Contest
    Glenn Robinson III won the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night.

    Advice: After one of the best Slam Dunk Contests ever last year, this one was a little disappointing. There were a lot of missed dunks and Aaron Gordon just didn't have the bounce that he had last year. Derrick Jones Jr. arguably had the best two dunks on the night, but misses in the final cost him. When he returns to action next week, Robinson III could lose his starting job due to the Pacers looking to deal their first-round pick for some help. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:29 pm
  • Celtics keeping an eye on Gallo?
    The Celtics will "keep an eye on" Danilo Gallinari (groin) as a possible trade target, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

    Advice: The Celtics are reportedly making their picks available for the right deal, including the potential No. 1 lottery spot with Brooklyn's pick. That pick likely isn't going to be in play for Gallinari, but young talent or future firsts could be in play on this deal. Gallo would take a big hit in big hit in Boston while Will Barton and Juancho Hernangomez could benefit. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:13 pm
    Player Note
    Danilo Gallinari Den - SF,PF
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  • KD has no comment on taking less money
    Kevin Durant wouldn't comment about possibly taking less money this summer to help fit others into the salary cap.

    Advice: "We'll figure that out when the time comes," Durant said. He has a max $27.7 million cap number on his player option for next year, so that's a big chunk of the raised cap for the 2017-18 season. Durant is having his most efficient season as a pro and looks to be enjoying his time in the Bay Area so far. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:33 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Durant GS - SF,PF
     
  • Nick Young credits new coach with his success
    Nick Young believes the coaching change in L.A. from Byron Scott to Luke Walton has been played a significant part in his resurgence this season.

    Advice: Young, who averaged 10.4 points per game on 35 percent shooting over the previous two seasons, is averaging 13.8 points and shooting a career-high 41.3 percent from 3-point territory in 2016-17. "With having a coach behind me, I don’t have to look over my shoulder or worry about coming out. That plays a major part," said Young. "It messes up with your whole cycle when you have a coach who harps on everything you do and talks so down on you. It was tough." Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:21 am
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
     
  • Kawhi Leonard thinks Spurs should stand pat
    Kawhi Leonard doesn’t believe the Spurs should make a trade before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.

    Advice: "I think we’re doing good right now," Leonard said on Friday. "It’s all about team chemistry. You’ve always got to figure out the best way for you and your team, but I think we’re doing a good job right now." The Spurs, at 43-13, have the second-best record in the NBA at the All-Star break, and Leonard is a major reason why. Prior to this year, Kawhi had only four games with 30-plus points in his regular season career (324 games). This season, he has 19 such games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Jimmy Butler would prefer to stay in Chicago
    According to an ESPN report, Jimmy Butler would "loathe to leave" Chicago.

    Advice: The article states that "a source close to Butler said the swingman doesn't want [a trade]," that he is "grounded in Chicago" and doesn't want to leave "with unfinished business." It's hard to envision a scenario in which the Bulls would benefit by trading Butler. He's in the heart of his prime at 27, getting better every season, and is locked into a very cap-friendly contract through 2019. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:16 am
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Draymond Green wins informal DPOY poll
    Draymond Green won an informal Defensive Player of the Year poll conducted by ESPN at All-Star Weekend.

    Advice: ESPN polled 80 media members who have postseason awards voting privileges. Green received 41 first-place votes, 28 second-place votes and six third-place votes. Rudy Gobert finished second and Kawhi Leonard came in third. Green is averaging a career-high 2.1 steals and 1.5 blocks. He is on pace to become just the eighth player in NBA history to average at least 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in a season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:53 am
    Player Note
    Draymond Green GS - SF,PF
     
  • Pacers could ship their first-round pick
    The Pacers have made their first-round pick available to help Paul George, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

    Advice: This is nothing new after they traded their first-round pick last year to get Thaddeus Young. According to the report, the Pacers are hoping that pick would translate to the addition of either an established wing or established frontline player. As we saw last week, the Pacers really need some depth at power forward while Glenn Robinson III isn't exactly a strong starter. This shouldn't affect George, Myles Turner or Jeff Teague, assuming the Pacers don't make a massive deal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:09 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SF,PF
     
  • Magic could shop Jeff Green
    The Pistons and Magic have discussed a trade that would send Jeff Green and D.J. Augustin to Detroit for Reggie Jackson, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Magic signed Green to a one-year, $15 million deal, so that expiring contract could help the Magic make a move. It is interesting to see they have talked about a Jackson deal to pick up a big contract despite a terrible season. Last year, we saw the Magic and Pistons pull the reverse on this with the Magic trading away Tobias Harris for the expiring deals of Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova -- Tobias has been good, though. Anyway, Jeff Green being dealt would open up minutes for Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:07 pm
    Player Note
    Jeff Green Orl - SG,SF
     
  • Cavs expected to sign Williams to 2nd 10-day
    The Cavs are expected to sign Derrick Williams to a second 10-day contract on Saturday, and then sign him for the remainder of the season after that contract ends.

    Advice: According to Cleveland.com beat writer Joe Vardon, "the Cavs think Williams will be their seventh or eighth man against the Warriors in the Finals." The reason they will sign him to a second 10-day deal is to maintain roster flexibility through the trade deadline, should something unexpected arise. Williams will be tough to trust from a fantasy standpoint, as his production will likely be inconsistent and unpredictable over the final two months of the regular season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:26 am
  • Kerr to consider playing Westbrook w/ Durant
    Coach Steve Kerr told reporters that he would "definitely consider" playing Russell Westbrook alongside Kevin Durant in Sunday's All-Star Game.

    Advice: The potential pairing of Westbrook and Durant will be one of the more interesting subplots in the 2017 All-Star contest. Any possible interaction between the two former teammates and friends will surely generate plenty of headlines. Steph Curry believes that Draymond Green will help ease the tensions and break the ice in the Western Conference locker room. "[Green] is going to come in and just probably crack jokes and do something real loud and make it a locker room scene," said Curry. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:46 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Durant GS - SF,PF
     
  • Ingram working to improve his efficiency
    Brandon Ingram hopes to improve his shooting, by thinking less on the court.

    Advice: As the Bleacher Report article points out, Ingram is a far worse shooter when left wide open (6 feet; 32.3 percent) than when very tightly guarded (0-2; 38.7), closely guarded (2-4; 36.8) or left open (4-6; 37.3). Also, Ingram has the 12th-highest usage rate on the team. If he can start knocking down open jumpers and start to look for his shot more often, Ingram should be able to boost his fantasy stock over the final two months of the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:16 am
    Player Note
    Brandon Ingram LAL - SG,SF
     
  • Jimmy Butler scores 29 points in win vs. BOS
    Jimmy Butler scored 29 points during a 104-103 win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: With the Bulls down one, Butler was fouled with 0.9 seconds and he was able to hit both free throws. After the game, he said he learned the spin-move fadeaway from Dwyane Wade to get the foul call on Marcus Smart. Regarding his banged-up heel, there is really no such thing as half speed for Butler with 39.0 minutes per game since he returned from injury on Feb. 12. Obviously the All-Star break should work wonders to get him right. He's still a top-10 player in standard leagues this season as the alpha. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:51 pm
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Paul George scores 17 on off shooting
    Paul George made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points during a 111-98 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMillan left George in a little longer than usual in the third, but it still wasn't enough to now put the Pacers on a six-game losing streak. George has been particularly bad in those last four, making just 34.4 percent from the field in those losses. A big reason why is he's made just three shots at the rim and went just 4-of-22 on his mid-range shots -- that's usually the main reason why he slumps. He'll head to his fourth All-Star Game and look to get it going again after that. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:46 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SF,PF
     
  • Jimmy Butler won't have restrictions Thursday
    Jimmy Butler (heel) will not have restrictions on Thursday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: After scoring 19 points with 12 assists, two boards, four steals and four turnovers in 38 minutes on Tuesday vs. Toronto, Butler didn't suffer any setbacks and should be ready for another monster workload with Dwyane Wade (illness) sitting this one out. Butler's usage rate rises from 23.3 to to 31.8 when Wade is off the floor, so he looks like a strong play in all formats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:14 am
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Kevin Durant, Warriors cruise to win vs. SAC
    Kevin Durant scored 21 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in just 32 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Golden State lost to Denver on Monday, but their streak of 131 games without a consecutive loss was kept alive in a lopsided win vs. the Kings tonight. Klay Thompson blew up for 35 points, Steph Curry added 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and the team didn't even need Draymond Green after his early ejection. It's good to be the team with the league's best record, most efficient offense, and third-most efficient defense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:25 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Durant GS - SF,PF
     
  • Matt Barnes starts 2nd half w/ Afflalo out
    Matt Barnes started the second half on Wednesday with Arron Afflalo out due to hamstring stiffness, finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Barnes added three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer, while making 5-of-12 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws. He's really benefited since Garrett Temple (hamstring) went down on Jan. 31, and has now collected double-digit rebounds in five of his past nine games. His fantasy value after the A.S. break hinges largely on what the Kings do, or don't do, at the trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • P.J. Tucker plays through tweaked back
    P.J. Tucker played through a back issue on Wednesday vs. the Lakers, finishing with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting with three boards and one triple in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He briefly went to the locker room after falling into the camera area, but the fact that he returned to a game that the Suns won by 36 points is a great sign. He also gets a full week of rest during the All-Star break. Tucker is going to draw some interest at the deadline, but his owners won't miss him too much if he's dealt to a contender. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:52 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony named All-Star replacement
    Carmelo Anthony, who was named an All-Star replacement on Wednesday, finished a road loss in OKC with 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, six 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Melo has now made eight straight All-Star teams, although it took an injury to Kevin Love for him to make the cut this season. As for all the trade talk engulfing the Knicks, Melo continues to downplay the rumors. "I never thought I would be anywhere [other than New York]," he said. "Nothing came to my table for me to look at. Until that time comes, then they don't need for me to even talk about the [no-trade] clause." If he were to be dealt, he'd be hard-pressed to duplicate his current 29.6 percent usage. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores three points
    Brandon Ingram scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting vs. the Suns on Wednesday, adding two boards, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie actually leads the Lakers in total minutes played this season, but he hasn't been making the most of them lately. He's scored a combined 11 points in his last three games on 4-of-17 shooting, but coach Luke Walton said he's going to keep feeding him minutes. "This is Brandon's first year at it," Walton said. "Seeing how much more physical the game is is something that we need to get him now, so as he trains in this off-season he kind of knows what to expect going forward in his career." His development is obviously still a priority, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can avoid for him now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:37 pm
    Player Note
    Brandon Ingram LAL - SG,SF
     
  • Nick Young held to five points in loss
    Nick Young scored five points on 2-of-10 shooting with four boards, one steal and one triple in 24 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Maybe he doesn't want to be traded, because he was bad tonight. Young had a +/- rating of -37 in 24 minutes, but to be fair, his teammates weren't much better. Young was shooting 41.7 percent from deep prior to Wednesday and he's expected to draw a lot of interest at the deadline, but a move could be a buzzkill for his value. For now, he's worth holding onto as a 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:33 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
     
  • Arron Afflalo out for game, Barnes starts 3Q
    Arron Afflalo is out for the remainder of the game on Wednesday with right glute/hamstring stiffness.

    Advice: Matt Barnes started the second half for Afflalo. The team saying that Afflalo is only dealing with stiffness suggests the time off should help him get over this issue. It has also been called precautionary. Afflalo finished with four points and two assists in 16 minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Arron Afflalo Sac - SG,SF
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  • Draymond Green ejected for 2 technical fouls
    Draymond Green was ejected for two technical fouls in the second quarter against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He argued with the refs after a DeMarcus Cousins bucket to get both of those techs, so he will get an early start to his All-Star break. Green now has 11 technical fouls, so he's starting to get a little close to the automatic suspension. He finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 15 minutes. Green will be suiting up in New Orleans this weekend for the Western Conference. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:39 pm
    Player Note
    Draymond Green GS - SF,PF
     
  • Wesley Matthews scores eight points
    Wesley Matthews was held to eight points on 4-of-13 shooting vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Pistons are a top-10 team in terms of fantasy points allowed to shooting guards, so that explains the tough night for Matthews. He logged 37 minutes and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts, adding two rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Mavs are still competitive in the West as we approach the trade deadline, so Matthews' outlook is pretty solid. He was on fire in his previous February games with averages of 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.3 triples, so cut him some slack for this dud. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) returns to the game
    P.J. Tucker returned to the game in the third quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Suns have this game in the bag, so Tucker returning with a 20-plus scoring lead is a great sign. He's fine. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • LeBron James posts 31/5/4, makes 12-of-17 FGs
    LeBron James racked up 31 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal during Wednesday's home win, making 12-of-17 shots with four 3-pointers.

    Advice: LeBron recently lamented how "top heavy" the Cavs' roster is, but he had a different message when addressing Kevin Love's knee surgery. "As long as I’m in the lineup, we’ve got a chance," he said. "We good. Kev is out for an extended period of time. J.R. [Smith] has been out, but I’m in the lineup." He's never lacked for confidence, and his play tonight once again backed it up. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:33 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James Cle - SF,PF
     
  • Glenn Robinson III bounces back w 19 points
    Glenn Robinson III bounced back on Wednesday with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, adding three 3-pointers, six rebounds and two assists with zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: GR3 went scoreless as a starter on Monday but coach Nate McMillan stuck with him over C.J. Miles tonight. Fantasy owners have already seen what to expect from Robinson as a starter -- in 25 games he averaged 7.3 points, 0.9 threes, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks. Despite tonight's strong game, he can be left on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:18 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) questionable to return
    P.J. Tucker (back) suffered a lower back contusion on Wednesday and is questionable to return.

    Advice: He fell into the camera area and limped to the locker room. Tucker was up-ended by the cameraman and landed on the area near his hip. If he can't return, we'll see more Marquese Chriss and T.J. Warren. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Paul George starts hot, finishes cold in loss
    Paul George went ice cold after a strong start on Wednesday, finishing a loss to the Cavs with 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and no defensive stats in 36 minutes.

    Advice: George recently expressed his frustration with the Pacers' struggles. "We see what works for us and then we go away from it," George said. "It's very frustrating, especially losing to Eastern [Conference] teams, where these games are going to come down to late March, early April, where we're playing desperate basketball trying to make the playoffs." Indiana is riding a five-game losing streak, but they have one more chance to turn things around in Thursday's pre-break finale. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:16 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SF,PF
     
  • Antetokounmpo stuffs stat sheet in Brooklyn
    Giannis Antetokounmpo stuffed the stat sheet in Wednesday's 129-125 victory over the Nets, finishing with 33 points, nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo scored only eight points on Monday, so it was nice to see him bounce back in classic Greek Freak fashion on Wednesday. He was touted as a breakout candidate before the season and has most certainly lived up the hype. Giannis enters the All-Star break averaging 23.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Jeff Green starts, plays 35 minutes on Wed
    Jeff Green moved into Orlando's starting unit on Wednesday and had 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Green's start may be temporary, however, if the Magic eventually opt for a lineup that includes Terrence Ross alongside C.J. Watson (or another PG), Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nik Vucevic. Even if the veteran Green does continue to start, he's been far too unreliable to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:01 pm
    Player Note
    Jeff Green Orl - SG,SF
     
  • Wilson Chandler (sick) out against the Wolves
    Wilson Chandler (illness) is out against the Wolves on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He was very unlikely to play, so he'll have the All-Star break to feel better. Chandler was also on the trade block, but that may have changed due to his new role at small forward. For tonight, we should get another heavy dose of Juan Hernangomez. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:25 pm
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  • Malone not expecting Wilson Chandler to play
    Coach Mike Malone said he's not expecting Wilson Chandler (illness) to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: That means Juan Hernangomez is the heavy favorite to start and will try to build off his career-high 27 points against the Warriors. Will Barton would also be in a great spot for tonight. We'll have another update on Chandler later this evening, but Hernangomez looks like a nice play tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:05 pm
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  • Jeff Green will start Wednesday vs. the Spurs
    Jeff Green will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Orlando's first starting five sans Serge Ibaka will feature C.J. Watson, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Green and Nikola Vucevic. Head coach Frank Vogel said that he's hesitant to give Gordon major minutes at the four-spot due to concerns about the team's perimeter defense, so he'll continue to experiment with the 30-year-old Green at power forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:26 pm
    Player Note
    Jeff Green Orl - SG,SF
     
  • Update: Wilson Chandler is now questionable
    Updating a previous item, Wilson Chandler (illness) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday against the Wolves.

    Advice: He was ruled out earlier today, but apparently he is feeling better with this newest injury report update. If Chandler can't go, Juancho Hernangomez will likely join his bro, Willy, as a starter tonight. Will Barton and Gary Harris would also benefit while we could see some Mason Plumlee play a handful of PF minutes. Daily Slant: Even if Chandler is able to suit up, the Denver side still has plenty of appealing options in what should be one of the best games on the slate. Nikola Jokic is a lock and load option regardless of Chandler's status, but Jokic would only become more appealing if Chandler sits. Jameer Nelson and Will Barton both figure to continue seeing minutes in the mid-thirties, and while Juan Hernangomez isn't likely to play 40+ minutes again tonight, he should still see enough court time to pay off his modest DFS price tag. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:50 pm
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  • Chandler, Mudiay out Wednesday vs. Minnesota
    Wilson Chandler (illness) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) have been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Kenneth Faried (ankle), Danilo Gallinari (groin) and Darrell Arthur (knee) will also be on the sidelines on Wednesday night, so we could see Juan Hernangomez earn another start with Mason Plumlee logging extended minutes with the second unit. Hernangomez shined as a starter during Monday's win over Golden State, popping off for 27 points, 10 boards and six triple over 43 minutes, so he'll be on the DFS radar if he gets another start tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:33 am
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  • Anthony unlikely to waive no-trade clause
    Carmelo Anthony said he's given no indication to Knicks management that he has any intention of waiving his no-trade clause.

    Advice: This has been a constant theme, and while it hasn't stopped the trade rumors from swirling around Melo, it seems extremely unlikely that he'll be moved at the deadline. The Knicks are currently just three games out of the playoff hunt, and as long as they're relevant, Anthony won't be in any danger of a potential shutdown. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:28 am
  • Report: DEN open to moving Danilo Gallinari
    The Nuggets are reportedly open to moving Danilo Gallinari (groin) at the trade deadline.

    Advice: Gallinari has reportedly received interest from the Clippers, Celtics and Rockets, and of those locations, Los Angeles and Houston would be the best potential landing spots. As for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves, Gallinari will not play, and with Wilson Chandler (illness) being listed as questionable, we could again see Juan Hernangomez in the starting lineup. To be clear, nothing is imminent on the trade front for The Rooster, but this is a situation we'll be monitoring closely. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:53 am
    Player Note
    Danilo Gallinari Den - SF,PF
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  • Matt Barnes scores 5, fills stat sheet in win
    Matt Barnes came off the bench and hit 2-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, but also had six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Barnes has been an intriguing pickup since Rudy Gay's season ended and is worth a look, averaging 11 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games. He's getting 30 minutes a night right now and is capable of putting up big numbers at any time. He's just struggled to get many shots with DeMarcus Cousins, Darren Collison and Ben McLemore getting serious usage on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores six points
    Brandon Ingram scored six points on 2-of-7 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Kings.

    Advice: The rookie said that he's been dealing with flu-like symptoms for a few days, so that might explain his recent dip in production. He added five rebounds, four assists and one triple, but finished 1-of-4 from the line and also airballed a free throw. The No. 2 overall pick is still a major project and is too volatile to trust in most lineups right now. Maybe that changes after the break. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:18 pm
    Player Note
    Brandon Ingram LAL - SG,SF
     
  • Derrick Williams plays well off Cavs bench
    Derrick Williams played 23 minutes and hit 5-of-7 shots for 13 points, six rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Channing Frye is the obvious winner in the Kevin-Love-knee-surgery sweepstakes, but it's possible that Williams could have some shining moments as well. But he scored just seven points with one rebound on Saturday and had 12 points and zero rebounds in the game before that one, so it's too early to get excited about D-Will. Just keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Jimmy Butler hits 15-of-19 FTs in return
    Jimmy Butler hit 15-of-19 free throws on his way to 19 points in Tuesday's 105-94 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: That was the fifth time in his career that he made it to the line 19 times. Butler only hit 2-of-10 shots from the field, but he was moving well and matched his career-high with 12 assists while adding two boards, four steals and four turnovers. "I thought Jimmy looked good," Coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I'm sure he's going to be sore tomorrow." The Bulls are off until Thursday's game vs. the Celtics, but there's a slight chance that he could be rested with the All-Star break beginning the following day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:11 pm
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Iman Shumpert scores nine in return to action
    Iman Shumpert returned from a three-game absence due to a sprained ankle on Tuesday and hit 3-of-9 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points and one assist in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't great and didn't play particularly well, but he gave the Cavs solid minutes and his team got the win. He is a warrior when it comes from overcoming injuries and while it's great to see him back, the emergence of Kyle Korver is probably not going to do any favors for his fantasy value. Shumpert's a borderline player to own right now, mainly because of Korver, who played 27 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • LeBron James goes for 25 points, 14 assists
    LeBron James hit 10-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers for 25 points, eight rebounds, 14 assists, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 40 minutes of Tuesday's 116-108 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: LeBron was great tonight and saw his usage rate take a spike with Kevin Love out due to knee surgery. There's going to be more where that came from, but one concern is the minutes he's going to play. The Cavaliers would love to monitor Bron's playing time in preparation for the playoffs, but without Love, he's going to have to play heavy minutes. The Wolves didn't go down without a fight tonight and that's likely going to be the case for the Cavs every time they play, as even marginal teams get up for them. Luckily LeBron's big and strong enough to fight through it, but don't be surprised if he gets an extra night or two off once the playoff picture is a little more clear. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:54 pm
    New Player Note
    LeBron James Cle - SF,PF
     
  • Terrence Jones, Cunningham out Wednesday
    Terrence Jones (thumb) and Dante Cunningham (personal) have been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Wednesday will be New Orleans' final game before the break, so it makes sense to hold Jones out with the Pelicans only playing for Ping Pong balls. With both Jones and Cunningham on the sidelines, Alexis Ajinca will have another opportunity to start, and Anthony Davis will flirt with minutes in the 40s. Both Jones and Cunningham should be back in action after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:05 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (heel) will play Tuesday vs. TOR
    Jimmy Butler (heel) will play and start Tuesday vs. Toronto, as expected.

    Advice: Butler has spent the past four games on the sidelines, but he'll be without a minutes limit tonight, and with Dwyane Wade (wrist) unavailable he should be operating with a hefty usage rate. Fred Hoiberg will be starting Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant alongside Butler tonight, with Doug McDermott shifting to the bench, but Jimmy Buckets is obviously the most attractive target here in any setting. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:20 pm
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Danilo Gallinari (groin) won't play Wednesday
    Danilo Gallinari (groin) will not play Wednesday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: The Nuggets are smartly playing it safe and keeping Gallo out through the All-Star break, which will give him another full week to heal. With Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Darrell Arthur (knee) already ruled out, and Wilson Chandler (illness) questionable, Juancho Hernangomez and Will Barton will see all the minutes they can handle on Wednesday. Hernangomez, who exploded for 27 points, six 3-pointers and 10 rebounds in 43 minutes on Monday, will be a very popular DFS play on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:07 pm
    Player Note
    Danilo Gallinari Den - SF,PF
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  • Wilson Chandler, Mudiay questionable vs. MIN
    Wilson Chandler (illness) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Chandler was withheld from Monday's win over the Warriors due to the illness, but we should have a better idea on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. The same goes for Mudiay. If Chandler can get back to the court Wednesday night, he could be forced into heavy minutes with Danilo Gallinari (groin) and Kenneth Faried (ankle) out. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:55 pm
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  • Iman Shumpert starting, Liggins to the bench
    Iman Shumpert (ankle) will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, sending DeAndre Liggins back to the bench.

    Advice: "He is the bionic man," Lue said about Shumpert's ability to recover from injuries. "He heals fast." Shumpert was a full participant during shootaround, and there's been no word of a minutes limit, so he's someone to consider throwing out there as a 3-point and steals streamer. Liggins is irrelevant. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:36 am
  • Richardson (foot) to return after AS break
    Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Josh Richardson (foot) would ready to play in Miami's first game after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Richardson has not appeared in a game since January 6th but is expected to miss just one more contest. Upon his return, Richardson could eat into the playing of Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington and/or Rodney McGruder, depending on how Coach Spo chooses to deploy him and how effective Richardson is. He can be left on waiver wires for now, as he has had a disappointing season and does not have a clear path to consistent playing time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:56 am
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  • Iman Shumpert (ankle) will play Tuesday
    Iman Shumpert (ankle) is expected to play Tuesday vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: This is a bit surprising, as Shump acknowledged over the weekend that he might be forced to sit out through the All-Star break. DeAndre Liggins, who started in place of Shumpert on Saturday, will get bumped back to the bench. Shump's return could eat into the minutes of Kyle Korver. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:49 am
  • Jimmy Butler (heel) probable for Tuesday
    Jimmy Butler (heel) is probable to play Tuesday night vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Butler has missed four of the Bulls last five games due to the nagging heel injury. With Butler back in the starting lineup, Michael Carter-Williams will return to his role as a reserve. Dwyane Wade (wrist) and Nikola Mirotic (back) have already been ruled out of Tuesday's contest, which means Butler will be asked to shoulder even more of the offensive load than usual. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:14 am
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Tyreke Evans scores 15 points
    Tyreke Evans scored 15 points in 25 minutes vs. the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: Evans finished 6-of-11 from the field and dished out four assists with four rebounds, one steal and three turnovers. He was expected to be on a 20-minute limit, so it's a great sign that he played 25. Evans should continue to trend up after the All-Star break, so this feels like the appropriate time to pick him up again. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
     
  • P.J. Tucker grabs 16 rebounds in loss
    P.J. Tucker scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: He logged 33 minutes and continues to be a workhorse for coach Earl Watson off the bench. He shot 5-of-11 from the field and added one assist, one steal and one triple, but he's cooled off lately and is averaging 6.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.6 triples over his last five games. He's worth owning if you need steals, but a trade is a strong possibility and that could crush his value. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Draymond Green quiet in loss to Nuggets
    Draymond Green played just 24 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for five points, two rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks in Monday's blowout 132-110 loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: GSW may have used all their juice against the Thunder on Saturday and got blown out by the Nuggets tonight. Green has scored six or fewer points in each of his last three games, but he is still racking up some ridiculous peripheral stats. He's averaging 10 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 3.8 steals, 2.2 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five games. The starters sat out the fourth quarter in this one, as Steve Kerr waved the white flag. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:31 pm
    Player Note
    Draymond Green GS - SF,PF
     
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo hit just 2-of-9 shots for eight points, four rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block in 37 minutes of Monday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: It's nice to know the Bucks can win when Giannis isn't feeling it, as his eight points were a season low in a game in which he wasn't injured this season. He'd scored between 20 and 41 points in his previous five games and this was clearly just an off night for Giannis. He'll bounce back in the next one. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Omri Casspi (calf) out Tuesday
    Omri Casspi (calf) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Lakers or Wednesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: The Kings provided an update on his status on Monday, announcing that he has a right plantaris tendon tear and a right medial gastrocnemius strain. The good news is that he's progressing and we should see him soon after the All-Star break. In Casspi's absence, Ben McLemore, Matt Barnes and Arron Afflalo will continue to get the bulk of the wing minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:57 pm
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  • Kawhi Leonard scores 32 points vs. Pacers
    Kawhi Leonard hit 13-of-23 shots and two 3-pointers on his way to 32 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals in Monday's 110-106 win over the Pacers, his former team.

    Advice: The Pacers drafted Leonard and then traded him for, cough, George Hill, so while this was technically a revenge game, we doubt Leonard gets any more fired up to the play the Pacers than he does any other team. He came through in a big way in a back-to-back scenario after scoring 36 points with a monster line in Sunday's loss to the Knicks. As long as Leonard's in the starting lineup for the Spurs, he belongs in your fantasy lineup. He's now scored 30 or more points in four straight games after getting a day of rest a week ago. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:56 pm
  • Glenn Robinson fails to score despite start
    Glenn Robinson moved into the starting lineup on Monday and missed both his shots, failing to score in 22 minutes in a 110-106 loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: C.J. Miles moved to the bench and played some power forward, as the Pacers were without Lavoy Allen (knee) and Thaddeus Young (wrist), but the move appears to have backfired. Robinson was awful, Miles hit just 2-of-7 shots for five points, and the Pacers lost the game. Robinson is not a player worth rostering in almost any league these days. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:36 pm
  • Terrence Jones (thumb) ruled out Monday
    Terrence Jones (thumb) will not play on Monday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: This is the third game in a row on the shelf for Jones, but he remains day-to-day. With Dante Cunningham (personal) out, we could get an extended look at Donatas Motiejunas tonight. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:18 pm
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  • Chandler, Plumlee and Mudiay out Monday
    Wilson Chandler (illness), Mason Plumlee (trade) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) will not play on Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Yikes. In case you missed it, Danilo Gallinari (groin), Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Darrell Arthur (knee) are also out. The Nuggets have nine available players tonight, and apart from the starters, expect to see a lot of Jamal Murray and Juancho Hernangomez. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:22 pm
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  • Glenn Robinson starting, Miles to the bench
    Glenn Robinson will start Monday vs. the Spurs, with C.J. Miles coming off the bench.

    Advice: The Pacers are without Thaddeus Young (wrist) and Lavoy Allen (knee) tonight, so they're likely bringing Miles off the bench to act as the backup power forward with little other options available. While earning starts at the two-spot this season, Robinson owns averages of just 5.6 points, 4.9 boards and not much else, so he's not a great target in most settings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:50 pm
  • Richardson (foot) getting close, out Monday
    Erik Spoelstra said that Josh Richardson (foot) is getting "fairly close" to a return, but he'll remain on the sidelines for Monday's matchup with the Magic.

    Advice: Richardson hasn't played since Jan. 16, but he's starting to take contact and was a full participant during shootaround. His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday in Houston, but chances are the Heat will just withhold him from competing in any sort of game-time action until after the break. Richardson has had an awful season thus far, so it's tough to justify stashing him in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:56 pm
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  • Terrence Jones (thumb) questionable Monday
    Terrence Jones (thumb) is questionable to play Monday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Dante Cunningham (personal) has already been ruled out for Monday night, so if Jones can give it a go, he'll likely be looking at 30-plus minutes as a starter. Check back closer to tip-off for an official update on Jones. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 12:01 pm
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  • Jimmy Butler (heel) participates at practice
    Jimmy Butler (heel) participated during Monday's practice.

    Advice: Butler sat out Sunday's game after aggravating the heel injury on Friday, and while him being able to practice is an encouraging sign, it wouldn't be all that surprising to see Chicago withhold Jimmy Buckets from the next two games in order to give him some extra rest heading into the break. Owners can expect to get another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Michael Carter-Williams would have another opportunity to start. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 11:28 am
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Wilson Chandler (illness) misses shootaround
    Wilson Chandler (illness) did not participate in the morning shootaround.

    Advice: He was originally listed as probable, but his status for Monday's game vs. the Warriors is now up in the air. With Danilo Gallinari (groin) already ruled out, that means we could see a heavy dose of both Will Barton and Juancho Hernangomez. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 10:09 am
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  • Josh Richardson goes through shootaround
    Josh Richardson (foot) was a full participant at Monday's morning shootaround.

    Advice: He's still listed as out for Monday's game vs. the Magic, but it's encouraging to see that he's starting to go through full contact work. We should know more soon, but it would still be a slight surprise if Richardson returns tonight. Expect him to be eased back into action upon his return with Dion Waiters and the Heat rolling. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 9:34 am
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  • Danilo Gallinari (groin) eyed by TOR & LAC?
    The Raptors and Clippers are "monitoring" Danilo Gallinari (groin) as the trade deadline approaches, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The Nuggets reportedly expect Gallo to opt for free agency this summer, bypassing a $16.1 million player option, so they might try to deal him before that happens. They're negotiating from a position of weakness, however, so it's unclear how much they could extract for the oft-injured veteran. To be clear, this is firmly in the 'rumor' stage. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 9:47 pm
    Player Note
    Danilo Gallinari Den - SF,PF
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  • Matt Barnes plays 34 mins vs. Pelicans
    Matt Barnes scored 12 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes on Sunday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Barnes continues to be a big part of the Kings rotation with injuries to Garrett Temple (hamstring), Rudy Gay (Achilles) and Omri Casspi (calf). Since Jan. 31, he has averaged 32.3 minutes, 10.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. So long as his role remains as is and he continues to be efficient, he warrants a roster spot in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 9:06 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (ankle) quiet in return Sunday
    Tyreke Evans (left ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Sunday with seven points (2-of-6 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), three rebounds, one assist and two steals in 15 minutes during the Pelicans' road loss.

    Advice: Evans was on a 20-minute limit and should stay there for the team's final games before the All-Star break on Monday (at Phoenix) and Wednesday (at Memphis). He hasn't played more than 28 minutes in a game all season and has been a fantasy liability since returning to action on Dec. 15, so there's no reason to think he'll post top-150 value after the All-Star break. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 8:39 pm
    New Player Note
    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Tyreke Evans (ankle) to play 20 mins Sunday
    Tyreke Evans (ankle) will play "about 20 minutes" vs. the Kings on Sunday, according to coach Alvin Gentry.

    Advice: Evans is returning from a two-game absence and it's a good sign that the typically cautious Pelicans are rolling him out there prior to the All-Star break. His minutes will likely be monitored all the way, however, which limits his appeal as a rest-of-season fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 4:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Terrence Jones has been ruled out for Sunday
    Terrence Jones (right thumb) will not play in Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Jones will miss his second straight game with the injury, which will allow Dante Cunningham to get his second consecutive start. Donatas Montiejunas could see added minutes in this contest as well. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 4:42 pm
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  • Carmelo Anthony scores 25 pts on 9-of-21 FGs
    Carmelo Anthony made 9-of-21 shots with three 3-pointers to finish Sunday's surprise win vs. the Spurs with 25 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Melo scored 15 points in the third quarter, propelling the Knicks to a 69-68 lead before the final quarter, and they used some unusually pesky defense to seal the victory. Knee and shoulder injuries haven't been a big issue, as Melo has missed one game all season, and he continues to play well despite the whirlwind of off-court distractions that surround him in New York. So far, so good for his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 4:01 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores game-high 36 points
    Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 36 points in a loss on Sunday, making 13-of-27 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs with nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Leonard has now scored at least 30 points in 18 games this season, and he's done it in three straight. His efforts weren't enough for a win tonight, but he has propelled the Spurs to a 41-13 record, which is second-best in the NBA. He's quietly been a top-five roto option this year, in line with preseason expectations. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 3:48 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (ankle) out through A.S. break?
    Iman Shumpert (sprained ankle) acknowledged that he might not return until after the All-Star break.

    Advice: "Probably the most swelling I've ever had on anything besides ACL and getting my knee drained," Shumpert said. "I would love to play before the All-Star break. I'm not trying to sit out, but I'm also not going to lie to to myself, try to push through something when it's not completely healed." The Cavs are likely to play it safe, with an eye on the playoffs, so owners should prepare for more DNPs from Shump. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 12:03 pm
  • Jimmy Butler, Mirotic, Zipser all out Sunday
    Jimmy Butler (heel) will not play vs. the Timberwolves on Sunday.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic (back) and Paul Zipser (food poisoning) have also been ruled out for Sunday. Butler played on Friday but he was limping late in the game and clearly wasn't 100 percent, so the rest day isn't a total surprise. His next chance to play comes at home vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, and owners should consider him questionable for that game. Michael Carter-Williams stands to gain the most in Butler's absence. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 11:05 am
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Wilson Chandler is probable for Monday
    Wilson Chandler (illness) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Chandler looked fine on Saturday vs. the Cavs when he played through his illness, scoring 13 points in 34 minutes. With another day of rest under his belt, he will be ready for another significant workload on Monday. He's worth deploying in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 10:59 am
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  • Danilo Gallinari (groin) out Monday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left groin) will not play vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He's not expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Kings as well because the Nuggets are expected to hold him out until the All-Star break. Wilson Chandler and Will Barton are the biggest winners in Gallinari's absence, while rookie Juancho Hernangomez gets a boost as well. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 10:54 am
    Player Note
    Danilo Gallinari Den - SF,PF
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  • LeBron wants Derrick Williams to stay
    LeBron James said he wants Derrick Williams to remain in Cleveland for the rest of the season.

    Advice: "We hope that this is a long-term thing," James said of Williams. "Obviously, we know that he's on a 10-day contract, but we believe it's going to be long-term." Williams is averaging 9.5 points on 83.3 percent shooting in his first two games with the Cavs and is benefitting from playing next to a strong supporting cast. He's playing 21.5 minutes per game so far, so he's just someone to monitor in deeper leagues for now. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 6:45 am
  • Piece of (Cup)Cake: KD scores 34 in 130-114 W
    Kevin Durant emerged victorious in his first game as a visitor at Oklahoma City during a 130-114 win on Saturday, scoring 34 points with nine rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The boo birds were out in full force and the OKC fans were chanting "cupcake" all game long. Durant and Russell Westbrook were also getting into it with some chatter, but Durant said after the game that it was a fun game. KD has torched his former team in the three outings this season, averaging 37.7 points, 9.3 boards, 2.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 5.0 treys in those three wins. He also said he's expecting to hear some boos in the next game on Mar. 20. KD is fantasy's No. 1 player this year. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 9:01 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Durant GS - SF,PF
     
  • Wesley Matthews scores 20 points
    Wesley Matthews scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting in a 112-80 win over the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: The Magic allow the fifth most fantasy points to opposing SGs this season, so Matthews expectedly had a cakewalk. He did all of his damage in just 25 minutes with six assists, four rebounds, six triples and one steal, making this his fourth game of the season with at least six triples. With the Mavs winning their last 11 out of 16 games, Matthews' outlook for the rest of the season is getting better by the day as his team now looks committed to making a playoff push. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 8:47 pm
  • Paul George fouls out in loss
    Paul George scored 13 points before fouling out of Saturday's loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: He had a tough time guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo, but then again, who wouldn't? George still logged 38 minutes and shot 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line, adding eight boards, three assists, two triples and five turnovers. Things won't get any easier for George on Monday vs. the Spurs as he should see a lot of Kawhi Leonard -- The Spurs allow the second fewest fantasy points to opposing small forwards. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 8:07 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SF,PF
     
  • Omri Casspi (calf) out Sunday
    Omri Cassp (calf) will not play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He's not expected to return before the All-Star break. In his absence, Matt Barnes, Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore have been soaking up most of the wing minutes. Casspi isn't worth stashing in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 7:52 pm
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  • LeBron James scores 27 points in win over DEN
    LeBron James needed just 33 minutes to score 27 points during a 125-109 win over the Nuggets on Saturday, adding five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, six turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was able to keep his minutes down, which has been a hot topic for the player who was tied for the lead in minutes per game before tonight -- Kyle Lowry is alone at the top now. Before the game, coach Ty Lue said James "feels great" and he will look to get him some rest going forward. When the Cavs are on a road back-to-back game, his owners will have to watch out for a night off. LeBron also passed Brad Daugherty for second on the all-time franchise list for rebounds. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 7:42 pm
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    LeBron James Cle - SF,PF
     
  • Antetokounmpo scores 20 w/ 10 assists in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo nearly triple-doubled in a 116-100 win over the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 20 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds.

    Advice: He logged 34 minutes and shot 4-of-9 from the field, adding two blocks, one steal and two turnovers. Giannis has been super aggressive sans Jabari Parker (knee) and finished 12-of-14 from the line tonight after scoring a career-high 41 points and hitting 18-of-21 free throws on Friday vs. the Lakers. His biggest accomplishment was getting Paul George into early foul trouble, as the Pacers were forced to switch Glenn Robinson III and C.J. Miles onto him -- Giannis had a field day against them. He gets a matchup with the Pistons on Monday. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 6:42 pm
  • Terrence Jones (thumb) questionable vs. Kings
    Terrence Jones (right thumb) is questionable to face the Kings on Sunday.

    Advice: He missed the last game to allow Dante Cunningham to get the start. Cunningham was somewhat productive with 12 points, four boards, one block and three treys in 38 minutes Donatas Motiejunas was not with two points in 19 minutes. If Jones can't go, Cunningham might be a decent low-end punt or Sunday stream. He'll likely be a game-time call. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 6:10 pm
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  • Tyreke Evans (ankle) probable for Sunday
    Tyreke Evans (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He's missed two games in a row and remains day-to-day with a left ankle sprain, but the upgrade from questionable to probable is a really good sign. The Pelicans are usually pretty cautious with injuries, but Evans is trending in the right direction. We'll have an update after the morning shootaround. His expected return will likely reduce Tim Frazier's workload, but keep in mind that E'Twaun Moore (personal) isn't expected to play. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 6:10 pm
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    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Jimmy Butler (heel) questionable vs. Wolves
    Jimmy Butler (heel) is questionable to play against the Wolves on Sunday.

    Advice: He was not sure about his status following Friday's game and even said "that's a good question" when he was asked about it. Butler was clearly limited on Friday and was limping in the fourth quarter. Butler has no problems playing hurt, but this could linger for a while without proper rest. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 4:04 pm
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Gallinari, Faried, Mudiay all out Saturday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left groin), Kenneth Faried (ankle) and Emmanuel Mudiay (back) have all been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: This will be the sixth straight game Gallo has missed and the Denver Post ran a story on Saturday morning speculating that the Nuggets may choose to sit him out through the All-Star break. Wilson Chandler has started five straight games for Denver and is averaging 18.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.0 minutes over those five contests. He should see plenty of playing time again on Saturday is an intriguing DFS play. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 9:03 am
    Player Note
    Danilo Gallinari Den - SF,PF
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  • Iman Shumpert (ankle) out Saturday
    Iman Shumpert (ankle) is listed as out in the game notes for Saturday's tilt vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: This is just an early release of the game notes, so there is still a possibility that Shumpert suits up. We should have a better idea of his status after the team's shootaround on Saturday morning. Jordan McRae started at shooting guard on Thursday and finished with six points and two rebounds in 27 minutes. DeAndre Liggins played just one minute off the bench. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 7:28 am
  • Gallinari (groin) may sit through AS Break
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left groin) may not play until after the after the All-Star break.

    Advice: Gallo has missed five straight games after since suffering the injury back on Feb. 1. Denver has three games left before the break (Saturday at Cleveland, Monday vs. Golden State, Wednesday vs. Minnesota). Coach Mike Malone did say that Gallinari was able to practice on Friday but also added that if Denver had to keep him out until after the break to get him fully healthy, then they would do just that. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 6:59 am
    Player Note
    Danilo Gallinari Den - SF,PF
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  • Jimmy Butler still dealing with some pain
    Jimmy Butler (heel) returned after missing a week during a 115-97 loss to the Suns on Friday, adding 20 points with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He said he was dealing with pain even before this game, and it was very clear he was dealing with it during this loss. Butler was limping in the fourth quarter and it looked like it was directly related to his heel. In post-game interviews, he also hinted there's a chance he won't play Sunday. "That's a good question. That's a really good question," Butler said when asked about playing against the Wolves. He plays through pain all the time, but it makes sense to sit him down to get him right. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 10:51 pm
    Player Note
    Jimmy Butler Chi - SG,SF
     
  • Paul George scores 31 points in loss
    Paul George scored 31 points with four boards, two assists, one block and two triples in Friday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: He finished 12-of-23 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line in 36 minutes. PG-13 is shooting a combined 12-of-17 from the line over his last four games, but he's still third in the NBA in FT percentage, shooting 91.1 percent on the season. He's scored 21+ points in five straight games, but should see a lot of Giannis Antetokounmpo on Saturday vs. the Bucks. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 9:54 pm
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SF,PF
     
  • Draymond Green triple-doubles w/ four points
    Draymond Green turned in one of the most unique triple-doubles in NBA history during a 122-107 win at Memphis on Friday, scoring four points with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals, five blocks and two turnovers.

    Advice: Not only was he the first player ever to post a triple-double without scoring 10 points, Green couldn't even get to the 5x5 due to the lack of scoring. He was able to set a franchise record for steals in a game and was just one off the NBA record, as well. The Warriors are also 18-0 when Green drops a triple-double, and Green's massive steal game bumped him from 1.9 per game to 2.1 in his 50th game of the season. He's one of a kind. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 9:42 pm
    Player Note
    Draymond Green GS - SF,PF
     
  • Kevin Durant scores 24 against Memphis
    Kevin Durant made just 5-of-14 from the field for 24 points with five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: He'll be headed to OKC coming off one of his worst stretches of the season. In his last five games, Durant averaged just 20.0 points, 8.0 boards, 6.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.4 treys on 41.3 percent from the field -- that's pretty good for a normal star NBA player. Las Vegas is taking bets on how Durant and Russell Westbrook will interact, but you can bet all of the NBA will be watching on Saturday night. KD is expected to get plenty of boos. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 9:23 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Durant GS - SF,PF
     
  • Antetokounmpo scores career-high 41 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 41 points in Friday's loss to the Lakers, adding eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. With Jabari Parker (knee) done for the season, we saw the return of point Giannis tonight as he was bringing the ball up the floor a lot more than usual. He had a 37.5 usage rate tonight compared to his season average of 28.5, so his owners should be prepared to see some monster lines from the Greek Freak going forward. He finished 11-of-20 from the field and went to the line a career-high 21 times, sinking 18 of his attempts. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 8:52 pm
  • Nick Young scores 26 points w/ five triples
    Nick Young scored 26 points and hit five 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: The Lakers scored a season-high 76 points in the first half and Young simply couldn't miss tonight, hitting 8-of-11 shots from the field and 5-of-5 from the line with two rebounds, four assists and two steals in just 29 minutes. He has reached four assists only 25 times in his career, but he racked up all four of his dimes in the first quarter alone. He should be a popular name at the trade deadline since he has a $5.6 million player option for the 2017-18 season that he will likely decline, but it's hard to imagine a better situation than the one he's in right now. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 8:16 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
     
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 32 points vs. Pistons
    Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in a 103-92 win over the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: This isn't even news. Leonard is coming off a 32-point Wednesday and he scored 28.6 points per game in January. Leonard has quietly moved into the top 10 for scoring this season with his sharp upward trend, and he also has career highs in dimes and treys. He's fantasy's No. 4 player in standard leagues this season. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 8:00 pm
  • Brandon Ingram held to two points in win
    Brandon Ingram was held to two points on 1-of-3 shooting in Friday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: He played 20 minutes and didn't see the floor down the stretch, adding two rebounds and a turnover. The rookie was averaging 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 triples over his last three games, so tonight's line shows just how up and down he's been this season. Coach Luke Walton said on Thursday that he wants to mold Ingram into a player like Giannis Antetokounmpo, so the good news is that his development should be a priority after the break. "We don’t want him to be just a scorer or just a playmaker," Walton said. "We wanted him to be one of those guys who, literally by being on the court, winds up with blocks, steals, rebounds, points and assists." Ingram is still a project and should be treated like a stash. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 7:51 pm
    Player Note
    Brandon Ingram LAL - SG,SF
     
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 33 points in loss
    Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers during a 131-123 loss to the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: While Melo was red hot late with 19 points in the fourth quarter, the Knicks were just a no show on the other end. Coach Jeff Hornacek said his team should be embarrassed and that his starting lineup is terrible at defense. In other words, don't expect to see Anthony start at power forward again on Sunday. He's still playing well and the trade rumors won't be going away. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 7:01 pm
  • Tyreke Evans out again for Friday night
    Tyreke Evans (ankle) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: This will be his second game out due to his ankle sprain. Considering his history, the Pelicans likely won't be rushing Evans back and could keep him out through the break. Tim Frazier should be the backup point guard and could get decent minutes today, especially with E'Twaun Moore out. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 3:46 pm
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    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Terrence Jones, Tyreke Evans out for Friday
    Terrence Jones (thumb) and Tyreke Evans (ankle) will not play against the Wolves.

    Advice: This will be Jones' first game out of the lineup due to his thumb sprain. He was actually playing well and seemed to have the starting job locked up, so his fantasy owners should hold steady. Dante Cunningham and Donatas Motiejunas could look to get some added minutes while the Pelicans could use their centers. Motiejunas is only worth an add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 3:43 pm
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  • Terrence Jones (thumb) questionable Friday
    Terrence Jones (right thumb sprain) is listed as questionable for Friday's game at Minnesota.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of a thumb issue for Jones. Since we can't glean much info from the game notes, we will have to wait for the coach Alvin Genty or Jones himself to speak after shootaround. Jones has been playing his best ball of the season of late. He has started each of the Pels last nine games and is averaging 15.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals over that stretch. Dante Cunningham and Donatas Motiejunas would soak up most of Jones' minutes if he does not play. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 9:48 am
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  • Williams likely to last full season in CLE?
    Derrick Williams has a "strong chance" to remain with the Cavs for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, according to Cleveland beat writer Joe Vardon.

    Advice: Williams, who just signed a 10-day contract, played well in his Cavs debut on Thursday night, scoring 12 points in 22 minutes. However, it is unlikely Williams will be able to make a fantasy impact, especially once DeAndre Liggins (tooth) and Iman Shumpert (sprained left ankle) return to the lineup. Williams could see extended run on nights LeBron James is rested. Williams can be left on the waiver wire for now. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 8:36 am
  • Omri Casspi (calf) listed as out Friday
    Omri Casspi (right plantaris tendon strain) is listed as out in the Kings' game notes for Friday's matchup vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Casspi, who has been sidelined since Jan. 13, did say earlier this week that he was feeling much better and "hoping" that he'd be able to play on Friday. Thus, we'll take the game notes designation with a grain of salt and wait for a formal update from either Casspi or the team following Friday morning's shootaround. However, even if he is returning, his fantasy impact will likely be minimal and Casspi can be left on waiver wires. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 6:19 am
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