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  • Buddy Hield logs 27 minutes in loss
    Buddy Hield ended up with eight points, five rebounds and a steal over 27 minutes in Monday's 102-88 loss against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Hield had an OK stat line, but he did misfire on five of his eight field-goal attempts while turning it over four times. He is going to log plenty of playing time down the stretch for the Kings, as they find out exactly what they have with their young shooting guard while building for the future. Hield doesn't contribute a lot outside of scoring for fantasy owners, so his value is somewhat limited. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Ty Lawson doles out nine assists
    Ty Lawson was back in the starting lineup Monday against the Timberwolves and he finished with 11 points and nine assists over 35 minutes.

    Advice: Lawson supplanted Tyreke Evans in the starting five in what is an ever-changing lineup situation in Sacramento since the departure of DeMarcus Cousins. Head coach Dave Joerger continues to mix and match, looking for the right combination. This was Lawson's most productive outing in three games since returning from a groin injury. Despite the near double-double, his fantasy value remains limited to deeper formats, especially once Arron Afflalo (hamstring) is healthy enough to play. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Tyreke Evans shines off bench
    Tyreke Evans was back to the bench for Monday's game against the Timberwolves but he still managed 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot and a steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings starting five is an ever-changing thing, so Evans is likely to be in and out of the lineup. He was still very productive, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc. The veteran remains a solid fantasy option whether or not he is starting, as he'll log plenty of minutes in Sacramento. He is averaging 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in his first three games back with the team. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Eric Gordon held to nine points
    Eric Gordon scored nine points on 3-of-11 shooting with two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes vs. Indiana on Monday.

    Advice: It looks like Gordon is the biggest loser from the Lou Williams trade. Williams is a usage rate monster in the fourth quarter and is averaging 24.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.7 3-pointers in his first three games as a Rocket, and a lot of his shot attempts will come at the expense of Gordon. He's still worth holding onto, but his floor is noticeably lower going forward. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • James Harden double-doubles again
    James Harden double-doubled again on Monday vs. Indiana, scoring 24 points with 12 assists.

    Advice: Harden shot 5-of-17 from the field and his only make from beyond the arc bounced in off the glass (in nine attempts). He hit 14-of-17 free throws with seven rebounds and two steals, but the fact that is considered an off night goes to show how amazing he's been this season. Expect a monster game on Wednesday vs. the Clippers in what should be a shootout. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad hits double digits again
    Shabazz Muhammad scored 10 points in 15 minutes off the bench in Monday's 102-88 win against the Kings.

    Advice: Muhammad has scored 10 or more points in nine of his 12 games in the month of February, averaging 11.8 points per game. The forward's average for points in the best of any month so far this season. His playing time has actually tailed off slightly as the month has gone on, but he remains fairly productive. Muhammad is a very nice depth player in leagues of 12 or more teams. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores six points
    Trevor Ariza scored just six points on 2-of-10 shooting vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: He's been in a brutal all slump all month, shooting just 31.1 percent from the field in February. He's still getting a lot of playing time and logged 36 minutes tonight, adding five rebounds and one assist. Ariza has the ceiling of a top-25 player, but his floor is low when he's not hitting 3-pointers -- he missed all seven of his triples tonight. He's absolutely worth holding in standard leagues and did have a nice game on Saturday with 15 points, three assists, three rebounds, one steal and three triples. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Patrick Beverley held to two points
    Patrick Beverley (groin) was held to two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 28 minutes vs. the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: Not only was Beverley quiet on offense, Jeff Teague also lit him up for 25 points. Beverley isn't 100 percent and the Rockets held him out of practice on Sunday as a precaution, so the Rockets may give him a maintenance day or two down the stretch since they have the third best record in the West. Beverley is still a hold in standard leagues and salvaged his poor shooting line with six rebounds, four assists and three steals before fouling out. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Ricky Rubio chips in with 11 dimes
    Ricky Rubio scored just nine points in Monday's game against the Kings but he ended up with 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.

    Advice: Rubio doesn't have to put up huge point totals with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins more than capable of handling those duties. However, what he loses in fantasy appeal in the scoring department he more than makes up for in the assists category. He has 11 or more assists in six of his past seven outings, and he is a major contributor with 17 steals during the same stretch. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 28 points in loss to IND
    Lou Williams' 28 points weren't enough in a 117-108 loss to the Pacers on Monday.

    Advice: Williams shot 8-of-15 from the field in the loss with three boards, one assist, one steal, one block and five triples in 28 minutes. He also sank 7-of-8 free throws, but that's nothing new for him as he was averaging 5.9 FTAs per game coming into tonight's contest. He's loving life with his new team and may have more value in Houston than he did in Los Angeles, averaging 24.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.7 3-pointers in his last three games. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Rodney Stuckey scores 17 points
    Rodney Stuckey scored 17 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two triples in 22 minutes vs. the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: It was his best game in a while and he took advantage of some extra touches with Paul George in foul trouble. Stuckey has been hurt for most of the season and competes for touches in a crowded wing rotation, so he can be left on the wire in standard leagues unless he does this a couple more times. He averaged 8.4 points per game in February coming into tonight's game. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins goes over 25 again
    Andrew Wiggins finished with 27 points, four rebounds and four steals over 35 minutes in Monday's 102-88 road victory against the Kings.

    Advice: Wiggins has now scored 25 or more points in nine consecutive games, longest active streak in the NBA. It is also the third-longest streak in the league this season. He also owns the longest active streak with 20 or more points, hitting the mark in 18 straight outings. He is much more than just a scorer, however, as he is working on a streak of 10 in a row with at least one steal, averaging 2.1 thefts per outings during the impressive run. Wiggins also has a 10-game streak with at least one 3-pointer. In other words, he can do it all. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Monta Ellis flirts with triple-double
    Monta Ellis flirted with a triple-double on Monday vs. Houston, scoring 12 points with eight assists and seven rebounds.

    Advice: Paul George was in some foul trouble, so Ellis logged 32 minutes in the win -- his third game with 32+ minutes since the new year. He shot 6-of-8 from the field, but he did turn the ball over six times. Ellis has been trending up for a couple weeks, so give him a look if you need a low-end guard. He's averaging 11.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 0.8 treys over his last five games. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 25 points in win over HOU
    Jeff Teague broke out of his slump with 25 points in Monday's 117-108 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He was averaging 13.8 points, 7.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.1 triples on 41.6 percent shooting in February prior to tonight, so this performance will be a relief for his fantasy owners. Teague shot just 5-of-13 from the field against one of the league's top perimeter defenders in Patrick Beverley, but hit 12-of-12 free throws with eight rebounds, six assists and three triples in 36 minutes. Hopefully he carries this momentum into March because he's capable of being an early-round player when he's rolling. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell struggles again on Monday
    Yogi Ferrell finished with just six points on 2-of-9 shooting in Monday's win against the visiting Heat.

    Advice: Ferrell was able to chip in with five assists, five rebounds and a steal, so it wasn't a completely lost night. However, that's four straight single-digit scoring efforts for the former Indiana Hoosier after a magical run which earned him immediate attention from fantasy owners and a two-year deal from the team. He shouldn't be dropped, as he still helped out in multiple categories. Ferrell is still working on a 10-game streak with at least one 3-pointer, too. However, tamp down expectations after his hot start with the Mavs. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Avery Bradley plays 15 minutes in start
    Avery Bradley returned from his Achilles injury on Monday and played just 15 minutes, finishing with six points, two 3-pointers and three steals.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens said he was "tempted" to play Bradley more minutes tonight, but the plan going in was for 15 minutes. His minutes should increase a bit going forward until he's back to full speed and his return will eventually hurt Marcus Smart, but he came through with 16 points in 28 minutes tonight. Bradley had been out for his last 23 games with his injury. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Steph Curry struggles, still produces in win
    Steph Curry hit just 7-of-23 shots and was 0-for-11 from downtown for 19 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and four turnovers in Monday's 119-108 win over the Sixers.

    Advice: There's no disputing that this was a bad night for Curry, but he still came through with some points, assists and steals. Owners were clearly expecting more, but he should bounce back against the Wizards on Wednesday night. Klay Thompson added 21 points, three 3-pointers and two steals in the loss. Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Ty Lawson starting, Tyreke Evans to bench
    Ty Lawson will start on Monday vs. the Wolves, sending Tyreke Evans back to the bench.

    Advice: The Kings shuffle their lineups quite often, so don't read too much into this. Lawson is more of a deep-league guy right now with averages of 6.0 points and 4.0 assists in his last two games, while Evans' value should be safe regardless of where he starts the game -- the Kings are thin on the wings right now and Arron Afflalo (hamstring) and Garrett Temple (hamstring) are both out Monday. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Kyrie Irving finishes with 25 points
    Kyrie Irving posted 25 points with nine assists in Monday's win against the Bucks.

    Advice: Irving also chipped in with four rebounds, two steals and a pair of 3-pointers in 37 minutes. He was certainly well-rounded and not 'flat' in this outing. Irving has 22 or more points in 10 consecutive outings, his longest such streak of the season. He'll look to keep it rolling against the Celtics on Wednesday's road outing, a team yielding 105.5 PPG. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Derrick Rose suffers shoulder stinger in loss
    Derrick Rose suffered a left shoulder stinger on Monday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He collided with Patrick Patterson and asked out of the game, but he eventually returned and closed this one out. DeMar DeRozan hit the game-winning shot over Rose, but he said after the game that it was "Great [defense], better [offense]." He finished with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers in 40 minutes. Coach Jeff Hornacek hinted before the game that Rose will have a larger workload after the team waived Brandon Jennings on Monday morning, but that's obviously a risky move for one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA. Rose said his shoulder is fine, so we'll consider him as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Magic. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Gerald Henderson scores 16 in loss
    Gerald Henderson started at shooting guard and hit 4-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Hendo only had nine points in his previous game, but is still averaging 13.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 38 percent shooting over his last five. He's far from a must-own player, but as long as he's starting and getting 28 minutes a game, he's worth a DFS punt look on most nights. Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan hits game-winner, scores 37
    DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points and hit the game-winning shot in a 92-91 victory over the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: DeRozan buried a mid-range jumper over the outstretched arms of Derrick Rose with just 1.9 seconds left on the clock. He's going to be a busy man with Kyle Lowry (wrist surgery) out for several weeks, so his fantasy owners should get used to some monster lines -- DeRozan has a 41.0 usage rate with Lowry off the court. He shot 13-of-25 from the field and 10-of-13 from the line, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple. You can check out his game-winner in the link below. Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • J.J. Barea (calf) out another week
    J.J. Barea (calf) will miss at least one more week.

    Advice: This means the earliest we will see him again is on Mar. 7, but that's not a lock. Yogi Ferrell is locked into heavy minutes this week, while Quinn Cook could get a look as well after signing his 10-day contract this week. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Derrick Rose, Baker could play more minutes?
    Jeff Hornacek said that with the departure of Brandon Jennings, he may look to give more minutes to Derrick Rose and Ron Baker.

    Advice: Hornacek said that Baker and Chasson Randle will battle for the backup point guard minutes, but Baker will get the first shot at picking up most of Jennings' minutes. Rose has been averaging 32.3 minutes per game this season, so maybe he'll be able to see that number closer to 36 with Jennings no longer around. Although, given Rose's well-documented injury history, Hornacek may want to keep Rose's playing time in the lower-30s. Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Avery Bradley starting, Brown to the bench
    Avery Bradley will return to the starting lineup for Monday's matchup against Atlanta, sending Jaylen Brown back to the bench.

    Advice: Bradley has missed the past 23 games for the Celtics, and he'll be working with a 15-20 minutes limit for the rest of the week, so he's definitely not a "must-start" kind of guy in his first game back. Still, this is very encouraging, and he should be fully up to speed once the fantasy playoffs kickoff. As for Brown, his value will take a pretty substantial hit with Bradley back in action, as will Marcus Smart. Isaiah Thomas' usage will also dip once Bradley is fully up to speed. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Report: CHA will not pursue Brandon Jennings
    The Hornets are reportedly pleased with their Briante Weber signing, and they will not pursue Brandon Jennings as a free agent.

    Advice: Assuming Jennings clears waivers, he'll then be free to join a team of his choosing, and so far the Wizards have expressed interest. Jennings could potentially earn a sixth man-type role in Washington, but it's unlikely he'd generate much fantasy value at all while John Wall and Bradley Beal are healthy. Yesterday, 12:56 pm
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  • Report: WAS interested in Brandon Jennings
    The Wizards will reportedly make a bid for Brandon Jennings.

    Advice: An earlier report stemming from Stan Van Gundy implied that Jennings was a lock to go to Charlotte, but esteemed reporter David Aldridge is now adding that Washington has entered the equation. Jennings would just be a backup with either club, so there's not much incentive to take a flier on him in standard leagues. Yesterday, 11:58 am
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  • Holiday admits he needs to be more aggressive
    Jrue Holiday admitted that it's been tough to look for his own shot when he sees two dominate guys in the post, but he knows he needs to be more aggressive.

    Advice: Upon the arrival of DeMarcus Cousins, Holiday's usage rate dipped to 22.7 (down from 24.4 pre-Boogie), but more importantly, he's seen his assist percentage nosedive to 28.1 (down from 36.5). Holiday is predictably going through an adjustment period as he learns to play alongside usage rate monsters Cousins and Anthony Davis, but with those guys dominating the offensive possessions, it could be tough for Holiday to close out the year as a top-50 guy. Yesterday, 11:30 am
  • Report: Brandon Jennings to sign w/ Hornets
    Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Brandon Jennings will sign with the Hornets.

    Advice: SVG coached Jennings in Detroit last season and said he spoke with his agent on Monday morning after the Knicks released him. It's possible that another team could grab Jennings off waivers, but SVG sounded pretty confident that the PG would end up in Charlotte. The Hornets just signed Briante Weber to a 10-day deal, but Jennings would be the clear favorite to back up Kemba Walker in Charlotte. Yesterday, 10:27 am
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  • J.J. Barea (calf) could return this week
    J.J. Barea (calf) will not play on Monday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Barea has been practicing with the Mavericks and coach Rick Carlisle said he could return later this week. The Mavs are giving Yogi Ferrell a lot of burn right now and they signed Quinn Cook out of the D-League this week, so the Mavs will be able to ease Barea back into the rotation. He's more of a low-end pickup because of the restrictions he will likely have. Yesterday, 8:32 am
  • Mavs hope Yogi Ferrell is their PG of future
    The Mavericks are hoping that Yogi Ferrell is their starting point guard of the future.

    Advice: "Continued improvement, continued aggression, continue to get integrated more and more into the mentality we like to play with,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said when asked what we wants to see from the 23-year-old PG going forward. "He’s going to have a lot of tough defensive assignments along the way." It sounds like Ferrell will be the starter even when J.J. Barea (leg) returns, and it helps that the Mavs don't have a great chance to reach the postseason. Ferrell is in a bit of a slump and has been held to single-digit points in his last three games on 7-of-26 shooting, but he will try to bounce back on Monday vs. the Heat. Yesterday, 7:34 am
  • Patrick Beverley (groin) says he will play
    Patrick Beverley (groin) said that he will play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: "It's still a little tight, but [this is] that time of the season. Your body is not going to be 100 percent," Beverley said. "Tried to be cautious with it, push through it and try to keep this thing going. I'm mentally tough. I know I'm not going to be 100 percent; I'm not going to be 90 percent. But if I feel good, I'm going to try to give it a go no matter what." Beverley appeared to be fine on Saturday vs. the Wolves with 15 points, seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes, so his fantasy owners should deploy him barring a late surprise. Yesterday, 6:51 am
  • Knicks to waive PG Brandon Jennings
    The Knicks will waive PG Brandon Jennings.

    Advice: It's a sign that the Knicks are ready to rebuild, as Jennings is on an expiring $5 million contract and they are planning to use his roster spot to sign Chasson Randle. Jennings averaged 8.6 points and 4.9 assists with the Knicks, but only shot 38.0 percent from the field. Maybe he lands in an ideal situation for fantasy value, but he's not a great stash at the moment. He will more than likely join up with a playoff team, so we're not optimistic. Yesterday, 6:05 am
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  • DeMar DeRozan powers Raptors w/ 33 points
    DeMar DeRozan powered the Raptors to a 112-106 home win on Sunday, scoring 33 points on 9-of-16 field goals and 15-of-16 free throws, with six boards and two assists.

    Advice: DeRozan had made 27 straight free throws before missing his final attempt tonight, the type of high-volume efficiency that makes it easier to swallow his lack of 3-pointers. He chipped in two steals and one block in 36 minutes, and his owners have to be hoping that Kyle Lowry (wrist) takes his time returning. Sunday, 6:04 pm
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) out Sunday vs. DET
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not suit up for Sunday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Bradley was able to get in some pregame work, and head coach Brad Stevens said he'd be back "any day now," so perhaps Bradley will be able to return for Monday's home game against the Hawks. With Bradley out, Jaylen Brown will get another start with Marcus Smart logging extended minutes with the second unit. Sunday, 1:34 pm
  • Patrick Beverley sits out Sunday's practice
    Patrick Beverley (groin) was withheld from competing during Sunday's practice as a precautionary measure.

    Advice: Beverley said that his groin was feeling a bit tight, but he's not expecting to miss Monday's game against the Pacers. Check back for official confirmation on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. Sunday, 11:32 am
  • Steph Curry scores 27; Dubs earn playoff spot
    Stephen Curry scored 27 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and five 3-pointers during a 112-95 win over the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant (hand) out for the first time all season, Klay Thompson also scored 24 points to be the only two Warriors to hit double-digit scoring in this win. The Warriors became the first team this season to clinch a playoff spot and sit at 49-9 on the year. Curry also had a four-point play for two straight games to get him to five of those on the season. He had a terrible finish to his first half, but he's started hot with this gem and a 35-point Thursday. The Warriors start their five-game East Coast trip on Tuesday and will be on the road until Mar. 8 when Boston comes to the Bay Area. Curry is sitting pretty as a top-five player in fantasy this season. Saturday, 10:45 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 30 points in loss
    Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points in 37 minutes vs. the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Wiggins finished 11-of-22 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line with two rebounds, two assists, three steals, one triple and six turnovers in the loss -- the Wolves finished with a season-high 25 turnovers that led to 38 points for Houston. He's now scored 20+ points in 17 straight games, the longest streak in franchise history. He's a safe bet to keep the streak going against the Kings on Monday. Saturday, 9:35 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 17 points
    Lou Williams scored 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: In his second game in Houston, Williams looked comfortable again and showed his worth to the contending Rockets, scoring 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. He added four assists, three steals and two triples while finishing 7-of-9 from the line. Williams said that it's easy to play with the Rockets because of their "open style," and it looks like he will hold onto the value he had in Los Angeles in one of the best offenses in the NBA. Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (groin) scores 15 points
    Patrick Beverley (groin) scored 15 points with seven assists on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: The Rockets ruled out Beverley about an hour before tip-off, but he changed their mind when he told them he felt good after going through a pre-game workout. Beverley certainly didn't look limited tonight, shooting 4-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line with four rebounds, three steals and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes. He gets a day off to rest before Monday's matchup with the Pacers. Saturday, 8:53 pm
  • Harden scores 24, HOU finishes w/ 142 points
    James Harden led the Rockets to a 142-130 win over the Wolves on Friday night, scoring 24 points on 6-of-15 shooting.

    Advice: He hit 7-of-10 from the line and 5-of-11 from deep, adding 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 35 minutes. The Rockets scored a season-high 142 points in the win and attempted 58 3-pointers, three shy of their franchise record -- coach Mike D'Antoni said this week that the Rockets want to attempt 50+ 3-pointers every night. There's been some talk about the Rockets reducing Harden's workload a bit, but that doesn't really matter in an offense as potent as this. He's the top player in 8-cat leagues this season. Saturday, 8:47 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 16 points
    Jeff Teague scored 16 points with six assists in Saturday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: He shot just 5-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, adding three boards and one steal in 32 minutes. Teague has cooled off significantly this month and is shooting 41.6 percent from the field in February compared to 54.8 percent in January. The Pacers are in the playoff hunt and Teague is healthy, so it's not a bad idea to buy low before your fantasy trade deadline ends. Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 34 points in loss to CHI
    Kyrie Irving scored 34 points during a 117-99 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He made 13-of-25 from the field with two turnovers as a one-man band at home. Before tonight, Irving had a massive 45.5 usage rate when he's not playing next to LeBron James (illness) and Kevin Love (knee) this season, so his 43.8 usage rate in this loss is hardly a surprise. If LeBron's strep throat keeps him out on Monday, Irving will be another easy DFS target. The Cavs do have a road-road back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday, so keep that in mind for the upcoming four-game week. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores eight points
    Monta Ellis scored eight points on 3-of-12 shooting vs. the Heat on Saturday, adding five assists, three rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: Just when it looked like Ellis was turning the corner, he posts a dud like this. He averaged 13.4 points, 2.4 boards, 4.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.2 treys on 62.2 percent shooting from the field in his previous five games, but you might as well give him another chance in an uptempo matchup with Houston on Monday if you picked him up. Saturday, 8:21 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 18 points
    Derrick Rose scored 18 points with five rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 36 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He did go to the locker room during this game, but it did not look like it was due to an injury. Rose was also gone from the locker room when the media was allowed to enter. He also said he had to leave a media scrum to catch a flight to Chicago. Never a dull moment, apparently. Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Stephen Curry starting as expected Saturday
    Stephen Curry is starting as expected on Saturday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He got the day off at Friday's practice because he has some general soreness and there was a slight concern that he would be rested tonight, but he will play and should be a usage rate monster with Kevin Durant (hand) on the shelf. Deploy Curry like you normally would. Saturday, 6:47 pm
  • Tyreke Evans makes a start for Kings
    Tyreke Evans started against the Hornets on Saturday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 22 minutes.

    Advice: It was likely a matchup-based move for coach Dave Joerger because of Nicolas Batum. Garbage time did keep Evans' minutes down today, but he did play 16 minutes in the first half. Perhaps the Kings won't be limiting 'Reke as much as the Pelicans. The trade looks like a win for him, but he's likely going to be more of a late-round guy. Saturday, 5:22 pm
  • Ty Lawson scores four points
    Ty Lawson scored four points in 23 minutes off the bench with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: The Kings couldn't go small in this game because the Hornets have too much size on the wings with Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Before the game, coach Dave Joerger did talk about how he likes going smaller more often to help get more space and get Lawson in the lane. He should perform better than this most nights, but he's only a deep-league guy. Plus, Garrett Temple and Arron Afflalo returning would hurt him. Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Buddy Hield scores 15 points vs. Hornets
    Buddy Hield scored 15 points with one rebound, two assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: He actually had some decent offensive possessions with a couple nice drives to break down defenses. Hield is playing two positions for the Kings in a variety of lineups, playing in 15 different combinations in his two games. He's still not doing much outside of scoring and that probably won't change, so he's more of a points league or a deep league guy in fantasy. Saturday, 5:11 pm
  • Eric Gordon will come off the bench
    Eric Gordon will come off the bench on Saturday.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley (groin) changed his mind and will start, so Gordon will be back in his normal role. He should be taking a hit in production with Lou Williams in the mix. Saturday, 5:00 pm
  • Update: Patrick Beverley will play Saturday
    Updating a previous report, Patrick Beverley (groin) will play on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: Wow. He was ruled out less than an hour ago, but the Rockets changed their mind after he worked and told them that he was feeling better. Beverley will stick in the starting lineup and there's no word of any restrictions. We'll let you know how he fares after the game. Saturday, 4:59 pm
  • Eric Gordon will start
    Eric Gordon will start against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: With Pat Beverley (groin) out and Lou Williams a very capable ball handler in the second unit, the Rockets will get their sixth man in the starting lineup. Gordon should see minutes in the mid 30s, but he actually shouldn't benefit too much here. His usage rate and efficiency take major hits next to Harden, but of course that would change if he's hot. Saturday, 4:21 pm
  • Pat Beverley out, Eric Gordon will start
    Patrick Beverley (groin) will not play against the Wolves on Saturday and Eric Gordon will get the start.

    Advice: This groin has been lingering for a good portion of this month and he also had a flare up in October. Beverley is just day-to-day, so he should be back next week. Lou Williams suddenly becomes even more valuable and should be getting close to 30 minutes. Beverley owners should still hold him in all leagues. Saturday, 4:17 pm
  • Ty Lawson to the bench
    Ty Lawson will move to the bench on Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He should still get some decent minutes as a backup point guard and maybe even some minutes next to Darren Collison. Lawson will likely lose playing time at some point once Arron Afflalo, Malachi Richardson or Garrett Temple return. Lawson isn't a great player to own beyond next week. Saturday, 1:59 pm
  • Tyreke Evans starting, Ty Lawson to bench
    Tyreke Evans will start and Ty Lawson will move to the bench against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes sense against the bigger Nicolas Batum at shooting guard. A good game from Evans could help him earn more minutes, but the Kings are not likely to extend him past 30 minutes due to his injury history. He should still be owned in standard leagues. Saturday, 1:57 pm
  • Derrick Rose not looking for a buyout
    Derrick Rose is not looking to get a buyout from the Knicks, as he still hopes to sign with New York long-term.

    Advice: Rose was purportedly almost swapped for Ricky Rubio at the deadline, but the Knicks were asking for an extra piece and the Wolves declined. Rose now says he wants to re-sign with the Knicks this summer. "I hope so. They didn’t trade me,’’ Rose said. "That’s a good sign." From a fantasy perspective, Rose has exceeded modest expectations this season, due in large part because he has been able to stay healthy for the most of the year. Saturday, 9:19 am
  • Beverley (groin) questionable for Saturday
    Patrick Beverley (left groin tightness) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: Beverly suffered a minor groin injury that forced him out of Houston's final game prior to the All-Star break. However, coach Mike D'Antoni said that Beverley was "fine" before Thursday's game and Beverly finished with two points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals in 30 minutes in that contest. Unfortunately, he may have aggravated the groin, although it's never wise to read too much into the game notes designation. If Beverly does not play, Eric Gordon and Lou Williams would see additional minutes. Saturday, 8:40 am
  • HOU wants to reduce Harden's minutes slightly
    The Rockets hope to slightly reduce James Harden's playing time over the final two months of the season.

    Advice: Harden is averaging 36.5 minutes per game this season. While that's the seventh most in the NBA, it's actually the fewest minutes Harden has averaged in his five seasons in Houston. And coach Mike D'Antoni would prefer to have that number dip even further. "We can always maybe steal a couple minutes of James if that second unit can lengthen the lead," D'Antoni said. "There's different ways we can save James a bit. Obviously, that would be huge for us." Still, fantasy owners need not worry, as Harden will continue to play at least 35 minutes a night and rack up MVP-type numbers. Saturday, 7:52 am
  • Ricky Rubio double-doubles in win
    Ricky Rubio double-doubled with 13 points and 14 assists on Friday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: He was a popular name at the deadline and there was a good chance that he was going to end up with the Knicks, but the Wolves stood pat and will likely roll with Rubio as their starting PG until a playoff spot is out of reach -- The Wolves are only three losses behind the eighth-seeded Nuggets. Rubio shot 6-of-13 from the field in 35 minutes with five rebounds and three steals, and it's also encouraging that the Wolves are utilizing more two-PG lineups with Zach LaVine (knee) out for the season. Rubio's owners can breathe easy. Friday, 9:14 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores career-high 43 points
    DeMar DeRozan took over against the Celtics for a career-high 43 points during a 107-97 win on Friday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Without Kyle Lowry (wrist), it was DeMar DeRozan over everything. DeRozan has a whopping 41.4 usage rate in his 517 minutes without Lowry this season, so he would be looking at some massive output while Lowry is on the shelf. The new Raptors, Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, had a seamless transition on their new team and those lower-usage guys are another positive for DeMar. Expect big numbers from the All-Star. Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 27 points in win
    Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points on 11-of-21 shooting in Friday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: It would be tough to find a hotter player in the NBA right now. Wiggins added seven rebounds, three assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer, and he's now scored 25+ points in seven straight games. Wiggins is averaging a ridiculous 32.8 points on 56.3 percent shooting with 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five outings, so he's quickly developing into a complete player in both real life and in fantasy. He just turned 22 years old on Thursday. Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell shoots 2-of-9 from the field
    Yogi Ferrell moved back into the starting lineup vs. the Wolves on Friday, but shot 2-of-9 from the field and finished with five points.

    Advice: The Mavericks bought out Deron Williams in order to hand the reins over to Ferrell, but this was a rough start to the unofficial second half of the season. Ferrell still logged 30 minutes and added four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple, so his workload should be safe at least until J.J. Barea (leg) returns. He gets a better mathcup on Saturday vs. the Pelicans, so it makes sense to give him another chance. Friday, 8:39 pm
  • Gerald Henderson scores 20 points
    Gerald Henderson scored 20 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: It was one of his best games of the season on offense, but he did struggle on the other end. With the 76ers likely to get a look at Justin Anderson at some point, it will likely be at Henderson's expense. Leave him on the wire. Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 16 points vs. MEM
    Monta Ellis scored 16 points with one rebound, three assists and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: He looked like he was headed for a huge game with 14 points in the first half. Ellis has shown a lot of burst this month and he's about as hot as he's been all season. In his last five, he's averaged 13.4 points, 2.4. boards, 4.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.2 treys on 62.2 percent from the field. He's worth a long look in standard leagues right now. Friday, 6:47 pm
  • Avery Bradley officially out for Friday
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) is officially out for Friday against the Raptors.

    Advice: The good news is he is getting very close. He had a lengthy workout on Friday and is scheduled to have another practice on Saturday. Coach Brad Stevens also said Bradley will play "sooner rather than later." His fantasy owners should have him ready to roll next week. Friday, 3:48 pm
  • Lou Williams likes playing for Houston
    Lou Williams said playing with the Rockets fits his style.

    Advice: "It’s easy to play with these guys," Williams said. "It’s a very open style. Everybody eats. Everybody’s happy." Williams was eating in the buffet line on Thursday with 15 points during his 12 fourth-quarter minutes, finishing with 27 points total. Williams also avoided playing next to James Harden for the most part with 6.8 minutes with The Beard and 18.3 without him -- 18 of his points were without Harden, too. Williams should be more of a mid-to-late round guy in standard leagues. Friday, 1:01 pm
  • Stephen Curry gets a rest day
    Stephen Curry did not practice on Friday and should be fine to play on Saturday against the Nets.

    Advice: It's just a day off for the reigning MVP. Coach Steve Kerr said Curry is a little banged up from Thursday's win. He went off in the third quarter with 20 points as the main reason why the Warriors scored 50 points with a laughable 200.0 offensive rating in that quarter. Friday, 12:53 pm
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) very doubtful
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) is very unlikely to play on Friday against the Raptors.

    Advice: According to the report, he won't play "barring some serious lobbying on Bradley’s part" to convince the medical staff that he’s ready. This injury is taking a very long time for Bradley, who has played in just one game since Jan. 7. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown are likely to pick up some extra run. Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Pat Beverley goes on super overload
    Patrick Beverley said he enjoys playing for coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: "Super, super, super, super, super cool, super dope coaching staff," Beverley said. Cool. Even with Lou Williams in the mix, Thursday was an encouraging game for Beverley with 30 minutes and he also didn't play the final three minutes due to garbage time. Fantasy owners weren't counting on Pat-Bev for scoring anyway, so he should still be viewed as a hold as a mid-round guy in standard leagues. Friday, 12:15 pm
  • Bradley (Achilles) unlikely to play Friday
    Coach Brad Stevens said Avery Bradley (Achilles) will go through shootaround but will "most likely" not play Friday night vs. Toronto.

    Advice: This is somewhat discouraging news, as Bradley has appeared in only one game since Jan 6. and had been targeting Friday as a return date. However, Bradley did travel with the team and told reporters that he felt "100 percent." He said he hoped to play Friday night but that the training staff might not let him. Marcus Smart will again see heavy minutes in Bradley's absence. Friday, 9:28 am
  • Ty Lawson returned to action on Thursday February 23. Friday, 12:18 am
  • Buddy Hield scores 16 points in Kings debut
    Buddy Hield scored 16 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: Those 16 points are the second-most he's scored since Jan. 2. Just about everyone ripped the Kings for their trade to land Hield as the centerpiece in the DeMarcus Cousins deal, but the Kings won by 16 while the Pelicans lost by 30 tonight. Trade stuff aside, Hield should be looking at minutes in the low 30s once he gets the offense down, but he's still not doing much outside of scoring. He's more of a points and scoring specialist for now. Thursday, 11:04 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 15 points in win
    Tyreke Evans played 26 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer off the bench.

    Advice: He played the three for the Kings in this game, but he handled the ball in both halfcourt and in transition. Interestingly, Evans took DeMarcus Cousins' old locker and vice versa in New Orleans. The Kings also going to Evans for 26 minutes right out of the gate is an encouraging sign for his playing time going forward. He is injury prone, but Evans is worth owning in standard leagues. Thursday, 10:59 pm
  • Steph Curry scores 20 in 50-point 3rd quarter
    Stephen Curry scored 20 points during the Warriors remarkable 50-point third quarter on Thursday night, finishing with 35 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals and six 3-pointers on 10-of-16 shooting.

    Advice: The NBA All-Star Game, which featured a 192-182 final score, resulted in just one 50-point quarter, while the other seven came in between 39-49 points. And considering there was no defense played in that game, what the Warriors did against the defensive-minded Clippers tonight was amazing. The last time an NBA team scored 50 points in a quarter was 2014 and the last time the Warriors did it was in 1989. Curry was a beast tonight and broke a close game open by going on a crazy run over the last half of the third quarter. The Warriors hit 17-of-23 shots in the third, which was one more field goal than they hit in the entire first half. Thursday, 10:56 pm
  • Ty Lawson scores eight in start
    Ty Lawson scored eight points in a start at shooting guard against the Nuggets on Thursday with four rebounds, six assists, two steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: While he did play well, Lawson probably won't be sticking in the first unit for too long. Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans will be vying for Lawson's minutes, and Darren Collison is locked in. Lawson is more of a 14-team point guard for now. Thursday, 10:55 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 23 points in win
    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points against the Knicks on Thursday with three rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs are playing well again, which means the likelihood of Irving getting rested will be on the rise. Additionally, Deron Williams could be joining the Cavs, assuming a team doesn't claim his big contract. Irving will still be elite when he plays, but his owners will have to keep their eyes peeled for a possible rest day. Thursday, 9:23 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 13 points vs. Cavs
    Derrick Rose scored 13 points with two rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Knicks reportedly tried to unload Rose at the deadline, but they couldn't get any takers. There were some reports that teams are concerned Rose will want too much money next season, which isn't surprising based on how he hasn't even come close to living up to his current contract. His fantasy value has been better than expected, but he's still only a low-end guy at best. Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Brandon Jennings gets just 14 minutes
    Brandon Jennings scored seven points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Knicks did sit Jennings in the final game of the first half of the season to rest an Achilles issue. For tonight, he didn't get any combo guard minutes with Derrick Rose, which explains the low playing time. Jennings won't have much value when Rose is in the lineup. Thursday, 8:48 pm
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  • Jrue Holiday struggles in blowout loss
    Jrue Holiday hit just 3-of-12 shots and missed all six 3-point attempts for six points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 35 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Holiday was dealing with a new lineup, featuring DeMarcus Cousins and was facing a stellar defensive unit in the Rockets. The minutes were there and it may just take him a few games to figure out how to use his newest big man going forward. We're not overly concerned about Holiday, who has been playing at a very high level, so let's see how the next one goes before panicking. Thursday, 8:18 pm
  • Lou Williams leads Rockets with 27 in debut
    Lou Williams came off the bench on Thursday in his Rockets debut and shot it at will, hitting 9-of-16 of them and seven 3-pointers for a team-high 27 points and two assists.

    Advice: He scored 15 points in the fourth quarter of a 129-99 blowout win, so while it was a fantastic start for his career as a Rocket, it feels pretty fluky. And considering James Harden only scored 13, Trevor Ariza scored nine, and Patrick Beverley had just two points, Williams should have a tough time doing this again. Feel free to take a flier on Williams and hold onto him if you still own him, but we'll have a more realistic feel for his value going forward after a few more Rockets games. Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • James Harden double-doubles in blowout win
    James Harden hit just 3-of-9 shots and 1-of-6 3-pointers for 13 points, 14 assists and three steals in 30 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Lou Williams went crazy in his Rockets debut with 27 points off the bench, but keep in mind the score was very lopsided and Harden's not going to stand by idly while Williams steals his shots. Sure, it's an auspicious start for the Harden in the Lou-Will era, but we're not concerned about Harden's short-term future. Thursday, 8:01 pm
  • Patrick Beverley plays 30 minutes in return
    Patrick Beverley played through his groin injury and hit just 1-of-3 shots for two points, but also had 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Beverley played just 13 minutes last Wednesday before the All-Star break, but the injury wasn't serious and he managed to return without missing a game. And despite the lack of scoring, thanks in part to Lou Williams scoring 27 in his Rockets' debut, Beverley still filled the stat sheet. Williams is going to hurt him a little, but as long as Beverley is starting for the Rockets, he should continue to offer some fantasy value. Thursday, 7:58 pm
  • Collison, Ty, B Mac, Tolliver & Kosta start
    Darren Collison, Ty Lawson, Ben McLemore, Anthony Tolliver and Kosta Koufos will start against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: No Buddy Hield and no Willie Cauley-Stein. This likely won't last for long. Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • Lou Williams to get some minutes on Thursday
    Lou Williams will be in the Rockets' rotation on Thursday, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: Williams was acquired on Tuesday and initially wasn't expected to play tonight, so this is a pleasant surprise for his owners -- D'Antoni said he'd rather "experiment" with his rotations in a road game. It doesn't seem safe to deploy him in DFS just yet, but season-long owners might as well roll him out there on a six-game night. Thursday, 3:34 pm
  • Lou Williams unlikely to play on Thursday
    The Rockets are not expecting Lou Williams to play against the Pelicans on Thursday night.

    Advice: The team likely wants him to get a practice in on Friday before putting him out there. When Williams is a go, it should take minutes from Eric Gordon, Sam Dekker and Ryan Anderson. Patrick Beverley could lose shots, but his fantasy value isn't in scoring anyway. Thursday, 1:49 pm
  • Brandon Jennings good to go
    Brandon Jennings (Achilles) arrived at practice early on Thursday and is fully expected to play against the Cavs.

    Advice: He did not play in the final game before the break, so it was likely precautionary. If Courtney Lee (illness) can't play, Jennings could get some added minutes next to Derrick Rose. Thursday, 1:29 pm
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  • Wolves opt not to trade Ricky Rubio
    The Wolves opted not to trade Ricky Rubio on Thursday, despite talking to the Knicks about a possible deal involving Derrick Rose.

    Advice: "Different things are thrown around but we didn't think anything was close or made sense for us," said coach Tom Thibodeau. The Knicks reportedly wanted to get Nemanja Bjelica in addition to Rubio, but the Wolves declined and the deal fell through. It'll be business as usual for Rubio and Rose down the stretch. Thursday, 12:51 pm
  • Y!: Wolves-Rose talks stalled significantly
    New York and Minnesota talks for a Derrick Rose trade have "stalled significantly," according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: This is music to the ears of Wolves fans. There is a chance Rose is still dealt, but the Knicks are not getting many bites on their expiring Rose contract. For now, expect Rose to stay put today. Thursday, 11:44 am
  • Ricky Rubio practices before trade deadline
    Ricky Rubio is practicing prior to the trade deadline on Thursday.

    Advice: There's not much information to be gleaned here, but at a minimum it doesn't sound like a Rubio trade has already been agreed upon. The Knicks have repeatedly been mentioned as suitors for Rubio, possibly in a deal involving Derrick Rose, and we won't have to wait much longer to learn his fate. Thursday, 10:53 am
  • DeMar DeRozan (personal) misses practice
    DeMar DeRozan missed practice on Thursday because he was attending a funeral.

    Advice: To be clear, he's fully expected to play on Friday vs. the Celtics. The Raptors are expected to make a move at the deadline, but DeRozan obviously isn't going anywhere -- the Raptors are looking for a small forward and have been linked to P.J. Tucker and Wilson Chandler. Thursday, 10:48 am
  • Ty Lawson (groin) will play on Thursday
    Ty Lawson (groin) is available to play on Thursday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: He was able to practice on Tuesday after missing the last four games before the All-Star break. Lawson isn't a great fantasy asset right now, but that could change if the Kings move Darren Collison at the deadline. Thursday, 10:22 am
  • Avery Bradley goes through partial practice
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) went through part of practice on Thursday as planned.

    Advice: He's only played in one game since Jan. 6, but he said he felt good after the limited practice. Coach Brad Stevens didn't even know if Bradley would travel for Friday's game vs. the Raptors, so that's a concern considering Bradley was initially targeting that game for his return. We could have another update soon, but Marcus Smart will continue to benefit if he's out. Thursday, 9:48 am
  • ESPN: Wolves, Knicks still talking Rose-Rubio
    The Knicks and Timberwolves "remain engaged in trade talks" toward a deal with Derrick Rose and Ricky Rubio, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: This is pretty much a non-update here, but it's worth a mention that ESPN is following up on The Vertical's report of the Knicks and Wolves talking. For some reason, the Wolves look like they're trying to fight for the eighth spot and get some assets, as well. Thursday, 9:43 am
  • Wolves determined to move Shabazz Muhammad
    The Wolves are determined to move Shabazz Muhammad according to TNT reporter David Aldridge.

    Advice: The Wolves still have their eyes on a playoff push and Ricky Rubio and Muhammad are the most likely to be moved. Muhammad is a pure scorer with very little upside in standard fantasy leagues, so he doesn't have much stash appeal. He's averaging 9.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 3-pointers in 19.6 minutes this season and he's been linked to the Rockets and Wizards so far. Thursday, 8:24 am
  • Woj: Rubio a 'significant target' for Knicks
    Ricky Rubio remains a "significant target" for the Knicks on Thursday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Woj added late on Wednesday night that at least a couple teams received a call from Minnesota about Ricky Rubio, so the Knicks could be one of them. Woj also added that the Derrick Rose rumors have lost some steam with no teams really interested in him right now. Tyus Jones and Kris Dunn could be decent stashes for PG-needy owners in competitive leagues. Thursday, 6:28 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) will stay on minute-limit
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said that he will remain on a minute-limit with the Kings, but he's not sure if the restriction will continue until the end of the season.

    Advice: Evans said he'd play "about 27" minutes per game, after being traded to the Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal. Health has been the biggest impediment to his value throughout his NBA career, and during his first season in New Orleans he carved out late-round value in just 28.1 minutes per game. He's a decent stash in the hopes that he stays healthy and the Kings opt to play him substantial minutes in a contract year. Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • J.J. Barea back at practice
    J.J. Barea (calf) will miss the next three games.

    Advice: The good news is he went through practice on Wednesday. With Deron Williams likely headed out of town, Barea could get minutes in the low 20s. He's going to have to compete with Yogi Ferrell and Barea having three lower-leg injuries suggests he's very unlikely to be given heavy minutes. Wednesday, 4:05 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad on Rockets' radar?
    Shabazz Muhammad is another player on Houston's radar.

    Advice: This report adds that it doesn't sound like anything is close. Muhammad's name has popped up before with some rumors tied to the Suns and he could be dealt as coach Tom Thibodeau tries to mold the team in his image. He doesn't have much fantasy value regardless. Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Jrue Holiday ready to give Boogie the ball
    Jrue Holiday said he's going to give the ball to DeMarcus Cousins and just "let him go to work."

    Advice: "Pairing him with AD should be really fun to watch," Holiday said. "It’s endless opportunity and possibility. I’m just excited to see what goes on tomorrow." While Holiday should get easier shots, he's almost certainly going to see both his scoring and assists drop. Cousins was flourishing as a passer this month with 7.6 assists per game with the Kings, and he's also unassisted 48.9 percent of the time this season. Holiday was red hot before the break, but his owners should expect him to be more of a mid-round guy now. Wednesday, 3:23 pm
  • MDA thinks Eric Gordon wins Sixth Man of Year
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said the Lou Williams acquisition should help Eric Gordon clinch Sixth Man of the Year.

    Advice: This is a little surprising to see D'Antoni sound so confident because the numbers suggest otherwise. Nobody else in the second unit is even close to Gordon's usage, so adding a scorer like Lou Williams should affect his scoring negatively. Furthermore, Gordon has a 32.6 usage rate when he's not with James Harden compared to a 19.3 with him -- his efficiency is better too. We're expecting Gordon to drop in productivity and it doesn't help he hasn't been very healthy in 2017. Wednesday, 12:40 pm
  • Mike D'Antoni: Lou Williams is the 7th man
    Coach Mike D'Antoni called Lou Williams the seventh man in the rotation.

    Advice: He also said Williams should be helping Eric Gordon, which suggests Lou will be passing more than he did in Los Angeles. Williams was carrying the Lakers' second unit with a 30.0 usage rate and also in the top 25 for unassisted baskets among the 170 players with at least 30 games and 24 minutes per outing. Williams is also a good catch-and-shoot guy at 39.6 percent on treys, so basically he can get his own shot and create his own. Plus, he's just behind fifth-ranked DeMarcus Cousins for fifth in free throws per 36 minutes to also be a great fit there. Williams' fantasy value will be taking a hit here, but he could still have some late-round appeal. Wednesday, 12:36 pm
  • Report: Houston not looking to deal Beverley
    The Rockets are reportedly uninterested in trading away Patrick Beverley at the deadline.

    Advice: Beverley has reportedly received interest from the Cavs, Knicks and Bulls, but with Beverley also happy in Houston it would be shocking to see a trade go down. Beverley has been a top-50 guy this season, although his value could take a slight hit, as his minutes are likely to be reduced with Lou Williams now on the roster. Wednesday, 10:35 am
  • Derrick Rose sits out Wednesday's scrimmage
    Derrick Rose sat out the scrimmage portion of Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: There's no injury to report here, so this is just going to add more fuel to the fire on the Rose trade speculation. The Knicks are reportedly actively shopping Rose, and he's received some interest around the league, with Tom Thibodeau being one of his more noted advocates. Rose hasn't been anything more than a late-round guy this season, and that's unlikely to change based on his jersey. His assist-to-turnover ratio is embarrassing, and he brings very little defensive stats to the table. Wednesday, 10:03 am
  • Report: Phil Jackson is a fan of Ricky Rubio
    Phil Jackson is reportedly a fan of Ricky Rubio.

    Advice: According to David Aldridge, Tom Thibodeau is "not really enamored" with Ricky Rubio right now, and he feels Derrick Rose would be an "upgrade" at the point guard position, which is a pretty fascinating take. A straight up Rose-Rubio swap would work under the cap guidelines, and with Thibs reportedly making a strong push for Rose, this is certainly a deal we could see go down on deadline day. Wednesday, 7:29 am
  • Ty Lawson (groin) goes through practice
    Ty Lawson (groin) was able to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's 100 percent and will be ready for Thursday's game vs. the Nuggets after a four-game absence. Darren Collison could be moved prior to the deadline, so be ready to give Lawson a look if the Kings find a trade partner. Lawson is just a stash for now. Tuesday, 6:37 pm
  • ESPN: Wizards interested in Shabazz Muhammad
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Wizards have expressed interest in Shabazz Muhammad.

    Advice: The Wizards were in hot pursuit of Lou Williams, but he was just traded to the Rockets. The Wizards are looking to upgrade their bench at the deadline and Muhammad has been shopped by the Wolves in the past. The swingman would have a limited role off the bench behind Otto Porter if he was moved to Washington, so there's no stash appeal here. The 24-year-old wing is averaging 9.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 3-pointers in 19.6 minutes for the Wolves this season. Tuesday, 5:17 pm
  • Woj: Lakers trade Lou Williams to Rockets
    The Lakers are sending Lou Williams to the Rockets in exchange for Corey Brewer and a first-round pick.

    Advice: He was fully expected to be moved before the deadline with several teams expressing interest. Williams will have the green light in Houston and the Rockets attempt the most 3-pointers in the NBA, so while his value will take a hit next to usage monster James Harden, standard-league owners should hold onto him for now. He averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.1 triples in just 24.2 minutes per game with the Lakers, so hopefully the Rockets give him 20+ minutes a night. Don't be surprised if Eric Gordon and Patrick Beverley take a slight hit. Tuesday, 4:43 pm
  • James Harden (rest) doesn't practice Tuesday
    James Harden (rest) missed his first practice of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mike D'Antoni elected to give his MVP candidate the day off, but there's absolutely no reason to believe that he'll be spending Thursday's game vs. the Pelicans on the sidelines. Tuesday, 3:29 pm
  • Report: Thibodeau pushing for Rose trade
    Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau is reportedly making a push to strike a deal for Derrick Rose.

    Advice: Thibs reported infatuation with Rose is a bit strange, but it does sound like a trade between New York and Minnesota involving Rose and Ricky Rubio could be brewing. This is a situation we'll be monitoring closely as the deadline approaches. Tuesday, 3:02 pm
  • Report: CHA 'aggressively pursuing' Williams
    The Hornets are reportedly "aggressively pursuing" Lou Williams.

    Advice: The Hornets are lacking a real scoring punch off the bench, so it'll be interesting to see if Magic Johnson's first trade as the Lakers' President of Basketball Operations ends up being with a team owned by Michael Jordan. Williams wouldn't have much trouble finding quality minutes in Charlotte, so his value would be relatively safe there. Thus far, Williams has been linked to the Hornets, Wizards, Jazz, Rockets and Pelicans, and it seems likely that he'll be dealt at the deadline. Tuesday, 2:44 pm
  • Report: Jrue Holiday not likely to be traded
    The Pelicans are not expected to deal Jrue Holiday at the deadline, according to sources of Justin Verrier.

    Advice: The Pelicans already made their major move, and the only thing that the front office has spoken about regarding Holiday this season is how they're committed to re-signing him as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so it would be shocking to see them send him away in a deadline deal. Holiday's usage will likely be taking a hit with both Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins on the roster, but the positive is he's way less likely to be shut down with New Orleans trying to get that No. 8 spot out West. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Magic says teams are inquiring about Williams
    Magic Johnson acknowledged that a majority of the trade calls that have come in have centered around Lou Williams.

    Advice: "If you're gonna get him it's gonna take a lot to get him," Johnson said in regards to Williams. Sweet Lou is on a very cap friendly deal, with just $7 million owed to him next season, so he's one of the more likely guys to go at the deadline if the Lakers do manage to pull off a trade. So far he's been linked to the Jazz and the Wizards and there are sure a few more teams to add their names to the mix as we approach the deadline. A Williams departure would benefit D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson the most. Tuesday, 1:11 pm
  • Report: Pels willing to pay Holiday max money
    Basketball Insiders is reporting that the Pelicans are willing to offer Jrue Holiday a "max or near max deal" when he hits free agency this summer.

    Advice: Holiday has played extremely well this season, especially of late. Over the Pels last 13 games, Holiday is averaging 21.8 points, 8.4 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.0 treys, while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and 42.6 percent from 3-point territory. Heading into this season, it was unknown what kind of salary Holiday would be able to demand when he hit free agency, but his strong play may force New Orleans' hand, especially after they just committed to a "win now" approach by trading for DeMarcus Cousins. Tuesday, 8:34 am
  • ESPN: Wolves inquire about Derrick Rose
    According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Wolves have inquired about the availability of Derrick Rose.

    Advice: The Wolves are "among several teams" to reach out to the Knicks regarding a potential Rose deal, but it's not clear what Minnesota is offering. Rose will be a free agent this summer, so the Knicks will have to keep their asking price down. Rose played seven seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau, so he should be able to hit the ground running if he was moved to Minnesota. However, unless Ricky Rubio is part of the proposed deal, Rose would lose a lot of fantasy value on the Wolves. Monday, 7:40 pm
  • Vivek thinks Buddy Hield has Curry potential?
    Kings owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly believes that Buddy Hield has Stephen Curry potential.

    Advice: This is the same guy that compared Nik Stauskas to Klay Thompson, was in favor of clearing multiple first-round picks to make room for Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli and Kosta Koufos as free agents, and also reportedly wanted to keep Monta Ellis over Stephen Curry during his time as a minority owner of the Dubs, so he's basically 0-for-3 in the hot takes department. Hield should get some more opportunity to produce in Sacramento, but this is a wait-and-see situation in most formats. Monday, 1:24 pm
  • Report: Buddy Hield to Kings in Cousins deal
    Buddy Hield is reportedly headed to Sacramento as part of Sunday's trade involving DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: The lottery pick could be unleashed by the Kings, who have patched together their SG position this season with guys like Ben McLemore, Garrett Temple and Arron Afflalo. Malachi Richardson (hamstring) is out for at least a month, which is one more reason to like Hield as a pickup, but he's best suited to deep leagues due to the uncertainty of his situation. Feb 19, 8:58 pm
  • 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. Feb 19, 8:55 pm
  • Report: Buddy Hield available in trade talks
    The Pelicans have reportedly made Buddy Hield available in trade talks.

    Advice: Justin Verrier of ESPN reports that anyone on the team not named Anthony Davis could be had for the right price as the Pelicans look to pair their franchise big man with another All-Star, so it'll be interesting to see if they can make a major move on deadline day. The Kings were linked to the Pelicans concerning a potential DeMarcus Cousins trade, although it seems unlikely that New Orleans will be able to land a guy like DMC with just Hield and some first-round picks. Feb 19, 3:30 pm
  • Eric Gordon earns win in the 3-Point Contest
    Eric Gordon won the 3-Point Contest on Saturday night.

    Advice: He tied Kyrie Irving in the final, but dominated in the overtime frame to pass Irving even before the final rack. Gordon actually hasn't shot the ball as well as earlier this year. In fact, he shot 44.1 percent from the field in December, 40.1 percent from there in January, and is at just 37.5 percent this month. Some of this could be due to his injury, so hopefully the time off gets him going again. Feb 18, 6:31 pm
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