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Anderson Varejao (ribs) questionable for Sat 11-28-2014
Anderson Varejao C CLE
Anderson Varejao (rib contusion) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Saturday.

Chris B. Haynes on Twitter
He did not practice on Friday, but this injury doesn't sound too serious. Of course, Varejao has missed a lot of games in his career and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him miss time. If he does, Tristan Thompson would likely start while the Cavs could get Brendan Haywood in the mix.
Tony Wroten (knee) out at least one week 11-28-2014
Tony Wroten G PHI
Tony Wroten will miss at least one week with a sprained right knee.

Dei Lynam on Twitter
He played through this injury on Wednesday and is going to be re-evaluated on Dec. 5. Wroten was turning the ball over a ton and his fantasy owners in standard leagues shouldn't have a problem cutting him. Meanwhile, K.J. McDaniels has a chance to get in the starting lineup now while Alexey Shved could get more run.
DeMarcus Cousins (illness) doubtful vs. Spurs 11-28-2014
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
DeMarcus Cousins (illness) is doubtful to face the Spurs on Friday.

James Ham on Twitter
His knee injury is not an issue, but now the Kings are hit with a sudden illness for their team's MVP. Cousins has eight double-doubles in a row and the Kings are going to be a mess on offense even if Rudy Gay (Achilles) plays. If he's out, it'll likely be a group effort of Jason Thompson, Derrick Williams, Carl Landry and Reggie Evans.
Dwyane Wade (hamstring) has full contact practice 11-28-2014
Dwyane Wade G MIA
Dwyane Wade (hamstring) went through a full contact practice on Friday.

Ethan Skolnick on Twitter
The Heat will not commit to his status for Sunday, but this is obviously a great sign. Wade has been out for seven games with his hamstring injury and it's led to a lot of production out of Mario Chalmers in that stretch. Wade was also at 32.4 minutes per game before the injury and that is likely to drop. His owners will want to check back on Sunday.
Webster not going through full practice 11-28-2014
Martell Webster G WAS
Martell Webster (back) is not going through a full practice on Friday.

J. Michael on Twitter
He is getting closer to a return and was cleared for contact last week. The Wizards have given Rasual Butler some minutes in the past few games and it's pretty clear Webster will get a sizable portion of minutes because of his shooting. We still don't have a concrete target date, so he's not worth stashing in most leagues right now.
Jackson, Westbrook to get minutes together 11-28-2014
Reggie Jackson G OKC
Coach Scott Brooks said Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook will get "a lot of minutes" together.

Royce Young on Twitter
Westbrook will likely see minutes around 30, so Jackson should get a high usage in his 18 minutes or so in the second unit. Plus, it looks like Jackson will get around 10-15 minutes next to Westbrook, which puts him in the 30-minute neighborhood as well. With Kevin Durant (foot) still out, Jackson should still be a must-start guy in most formats.
Eric Moreland sent down for D-League stint 11-28-2014
Eric Moreland F SAC
The Kings have sent Eric Moreland back to Reno for another D-League stint.

Jason Jones on Twitter
Moreland has played a total of 34 seconds for the Kings this season, and that tells you about all you need to know about his non-existent fantasy value.
Cory Joseph (ankle) upgraded to probable Fri. 11-28-2014
Cory Joseph G SA
Cory Joseph (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

San Antonio Spurs on Twitter
Joseph is averaging a meager 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists this season, so whether he plays or not should be of no concern to owners in standard leagues.
Raymond Felton (ankle) could play Friday 11-28-2014
Raymond Felton G DAL
Raymond Felton (right ankle) went through shootaround Friday, but it will be up to head coach Rick Carlisle whether he is listed on the active roster.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Felton has yet to suit up for a single game this season, so even if he's added to the active roster, there are no guarantees he'll step foot on the court. Even with Jameer Nelson (back) listed as out tonight, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea look like much better options than Felton.
JaVale McGee (tibia) out Friday vs. the Suns 11-28-2014
JaVale McGee C DEN
JaVale McGee (tibia) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Suns.

Chris Dempsey on Twitter
Timofey Mozgov, J.J. Hickson, and Jusuf Nurkic will continue to man the center position in Denver, but Mozgov is the guy to own out of the three. McGee has been a constant disappointment in both reality and fantasy, and he should remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Danilo Gallinari (knee) will play Friday 11-28-2014
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari (knee) said that he is fine, and will play Friday vs. the Suns.

Chris Dempsey on Twitter
Danilo only managed to play 8.7 minutes during his last outing, checking out due to soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, but his return to the lineup tonight is an encouraging sign. He's by no means a must-own player in standard leagues, but he was starting to get it going before his injury scare on Wednesday, so if you're in a deeper league and have available roster space, stashing him wouldn't be the worst idea.
David Lee (hamstring) doubtful for Fri./Sun. 11-28-2014
David Lee F GS
Head coach Steve Kerr is considering David Lee (hamstring) doubtful to play Friday or Sunday.

Diamond Leung on Twitter
Lee will most likely return for one of the Warriors upcoming home games, either Tuesday vs. Orlando, or Thursday vs. New Orleans. With the Warriors currently sitting on a record of 12-2, and Draymond Green excelling as the starting power forward, there's just no need for Lee to rush a return. He'll likely be eased back into the rotation upon his return, and there are no guarantees he will take the starting job away from Green.
Kemba Walker (thigh) expected to play Friday 11-28-2014
Kemba Walker G CHA
Kemba Walker (thigh, face) expected to play Friday vs. the Warriors.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
Walker took a knee to the thigh, and an elbow to the face during his last outing, but it didn't cause him to miss any time. Charlotte beat reporter Rick Bonnell is expecting him to play, and he tends to be very accurate on these things. It's safe to assume that Walker will give it a go, so go ahead and get him in your active lineups.
P.J. Hairston (thumb) likely to play Friday 11-28-2014
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P.J. Hairston (thumb) is expected to play Friday vs. the Warriors.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
Hairston sprained his thumb during his last outing, but plugged-in beat reporter Rick Bonnell is speculating that he will give it a go tonight. He's seen some increased opportunity with Gary Neal (shoulder) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) both sidelined, but that hasn't translated statistically, and he's not worth using in most leagues.
Thabo Sefolosha (illness) out Friday vs. NO 11-28-2014
Thabo Sefolosha G ATL
Thabo Sefolosha (illness) will not play Friday vs. the Pelicans.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
With Sefolosha out, DeMarre Carroll will get all the run he can handle and he has a favorable matchup vs. New Orleans. Carroll logged 38.7 minutes sans Thabo during his last outing, scoring 14 points (two 3-pointers), to go with three rebounds an assist, and a block, and should have similar production tonight. Think about deploying him as a low-budget play in daily leagues.
Zaza Pachulia (personal) out Friday vs. DET 11-28-2014
Zaza Pachulia C MIL
Zaza Pachulia has returned to the Republic of Georgia following the death of his grandmother, and will not play Friday vs. the Pistons.

Andrew Gruman on Twitter
We send our best wishes to Zaza and his family. His absence from the lineup tonight will translate to Larry Sanders getting all the run he can handle, and he has a favorable matchup tonight against Detroit. Get him active, and think about deploying him as a low-budget option in daily leagues.
Marcus Smart (ankle) doubtful for Sunday 11-28-2014
Marcus Smart G BOS
Marcus Smart (ankle) does not think he'll be able to play Sunday vs. the Spurs.

Jay King on Twitter
Smart is getting close to making a return, but it's not looking like Sunday will be the day. He's stuck in a reserve role, playing behind Rajon Rondo and doesn't offer enough statistically to be considered a viable option in standard leagues.
Marvin Williams (shoulder) doubtful Friday 11-28-2014
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams (shoulder) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
If Marvin sits, Cody Zeller would draw the start at power forward, however he has an unfavorable matchup today against Draymond Green of the Warriors, and on such a busy Friday night owners in standard leagues could probably do better.
Derrick Rose (hamstring) listed as starter 11-28-2014
Derrick Rose G CHI
Derrick Rose (hamstring) is being listed in the starting lineup, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go Friday vs. the Celtics.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
It's all but official that Rose will start Friday, and he has a favorable matchup today vs. the Celtics, so owners can go ahead and get him in their lineups.
Hawks send Payne, Jenkins to D-League 11-28-2014
Adreian Payne F ATL
The Hawks will send Adreian Payne and John Jenkins to the D-League.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Jenkins had one big game this season, while Payne hasn't done much. This is just an FYI in case you notice they're missing from the Hawks bench tonight.
Grant Jerrett cleared to play for Thunder 11-28-2014
Grant Jerrett F OKC
Grant Jerrett has been cleared to play for the Thunder after dealing with an ankle injury.

Royce Young on Twitter
With Russell Westbrook back and Reggie Jackson coming off the bench, Jerrett is clearly an afterthought.
Reggie Jackson coming off bench Friday 11-28-2014
Reggie Jackson G OKC
Reggie Jackson will come off the bench on Friday with Russell Westbrook back in the starting lineup.

Royce Young on Twitter
Jackson should still get plenty of minutes and be productive, but the days of him being a No. 1 starting fantasy point guard are probably over.
C.J. Watson to make debut on Friday 11-28-2014
C.J. Watson G IND
C.J. Watson is expected to make his season debut on Friday after being out with a foot injury.

Pacers on Twitter
The Pacers could use some help at guard and while he might eat into Donald Sloan's minutes a bit, Sloan looks to have done enough to hold the starting point guard job, at least until George Hill returns some time later in December.
D.J. Augustin starting again on Friday 11-28-2014
D.J. Augustin G DET
D.J. Augustin will start at point guard again on Friday, as Brandon Jennings sits for the third straight game with a left thumb injury.

Vincent Goodwill on Twitter
Augustin had 19 points and a full stat line on Wednesday and should be in for more of the same tonight.
Brandon Jennings out again on Friday 11-28-2014
Brandon Jennings G DET
Brandon Jennings will miss his third straight game on Friday with a left thumb injury.

Vincent Goodwill on Twitter
D.J. Augustin should get all he can handle again tonight and makes for an interesting daily plug-and-play. Jennings has started shooting again, so could be nearing a return, but it won't happen on Friday.
Jameer Nelson (back) out Friday vs. Toronto 11-28-2014
Jameer Nelson G DAL
Jameer Nelson (back spasms) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Devin Harris started the last game that Nelson was sidelined, so he could again be thrust into the starting lineup. J.J. Barea will also see some increased opportunity, and both Harris and Barea could be decent low-budget options in daily leagues.
Roy Hibbert (ankle) out Friday vs. the Magic 11-28-2014
Roy Hibbert C IND
Updating a previous report, Roy Hibbert (ankle) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

Josh Robbins on Twitter
Ian Mahinmi will continue to start at center with Hibbert sidelined, but on such a busy Friday night, owners could probably do better than a guy who is averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game.
Taj Gibson feeling better, won't play Friday 11-28-2014
Taj Gibson F CHI
Taj Gibson's ankle is feeling much better after a cortisone shot, but he won't play on Friday and he doesn't sound likely to be ready for Sunday's game, either.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
It sounds like he's getting close, but with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol both playing today, Nikola Mirotic is a long shot at having a big day.
Kevin Durant (foot) out Friday vs. New York 11-28-2014
Kevin Durant F OKC
Kevin Durant (foot) will not play Friday vs. the Knicks.

Anthony Slater on Twitter
There was a chance that Durant would suit up tonight, but that will not be the case. Lance Thomas will continue to start at small forward, but he hasn't done enough to warrant any attention in standard leagues.
Joakim Noah says he's playing on Friday 11-28-2014
Joakim Noah C CHI
Joakim Noah says he'll play through his eye and knee injuries on Friday.

Nick Friedell on Twitter
Taj Gibson is still not ready due to his ankle injury, but is feeling better after a cortisone shot. Get Noah in your lineup.
David West (ankle) will start Friday vs. ORL 11-28-2014
David West F IND
Updating a previous report, David West (ankle) will start Friday vs. the Magic, marking his season debut for the Pacers.

Josh Robbins on Twitter
West's return to the starting lineup will send Luis Scola to the bench. He'll bring a much-needed scoring punch to the Pacers offense, and will offer rebounds and solid percentages to fantasy squads. Get him active.
Russell Westbrook (hand) will play Friday 11-28-2014
Russell Westbrook G OKC
Russell Westbrook (hand) will play Friday vs. New York.

Royce Young on Twitter
Westbrook has a favorable matchup tonight vs. Jose Calderon of the Knicks, so get him active. His return will send Reggie Jackson to the bench, and his value will take a minor hit, but Jackson will still be worth owning in most leagues.
Roy Hibbert (ankle) questionable for Friday 11-28-2014
Roy Hibbert C IND
Roy Hibbert (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

Josh Robbins on Twitter
If Hibbert is unable to go, Ian Mahinmi will continue to start in his place. Mahinmi is averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game with the starting unit.
David West (ankle) probable for Friday 11-28-2014
David West F IND
David West (ankle) is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Magic.

Josh Robbins on Twitter
West has been targeting a Friday return, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. His return will send Luis Scola to the bench, and West will give the Pacers some much-needed offense. Stay tuned for an official update on West's status as we draw closer to tip-off.
Gary Neal (shoulder) out Friday vs. Warriors 11-28-2014
Gary Neal G CHA
Gary Neal (shoulder) will not play Friday vs. the Warriors.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
His absence will translate to more minutes for Gerald Henderson and P.J. Hairston, but it was Brian Roberts who went off for a career-high 24 points in his absence on Wednesday. If you're feeling lucky, Roberts could be worth a salary-relief play in daily leagues, while Henderson should get some decent run tonight, as well.
Noah (knee) to be evaluated after shootaround 11-28-2014
Joakim Noah C CHI
Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) will go through shootaround, and if he feels fine, he will play according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

Nick Friedell on Twitter
Noah's return to the starting lineup would send rookie Cameron Bairston back to the bench. He was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, so things are looking positive towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned.
Rose (hamstring) remains probable for Friday 11-28-2014
Derrick Rose G CHI
Derrick Rose (hamstring) will go through warm ups on Friday, and if there are no issues, he will be "good to go" according to Tom Thibodeau.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
Rose is being listed as probable and has a favorable matchup vs. the Celtics, but owners will want to check back for an official update after shootaround. Stay tuned.
Nikola Pekovic (wrist) out Friday vs. Lakers 11-28-2014
Nikola Pekovic C MIN
Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle, personal) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

MN Timberwolves on Twitter
Pekovic has not played since Nov. 15, and remains without an official return date. With Pek sidelined, Gorgui Dieng will continue to get all the minutes he can handle, and is currently averaging 8.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 2.0 steals per game with the starting unit.
Ronny Turiaf (hip) out Friday vs. the Lakers 11-28-2014
Ronny Turiaf F MIN
Ronny Turiaf (hip) will not play Friday vs. the Lakers.

MN Timberwolves on Twitter
Turiaf has no fantasy value, and with Nikola Pekovic (sprained wrist) also sidelined, Gorgui Dieng will play heavy minutes in a favorable matchup against the Lakers.
Mo Williams (illness) questionable for Friday 11-28-2014
Mo Williams G MIN
Mo Williams (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Lakers.

MN Timberwolves on Twitter
If Williams is unable to go, Zach LaVine would draw the start in a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers, and would make for a decent option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
Pacers waive G A.J. Price 11-28-2014
A.J. Price G IND
The Pacers have waived G A.J. Price.
Price's second 10-day contract was up, and with Rodney Stuckey now healthy and available to help backup the point guard position, there was just no need to keep Price on the roster.
Carmelo Anthony (back) doubtful for Friday 11-28-2014
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony was at the Knicks' shootaround this morning, but remains doubtful for Friday's game vs. OKC.

Al Iannazzone on Twitter
Carmelo was walking around, and according to beat reporter Al Iannazzone, he is looking much better health-wise. Owners will want to check back for an official update on Melo's status closer to tip-off, but it's looking like he'll be a no-go. If he sits out, J.R. Smith will be free to jack up as many shots as he sees fit. Stay tuned.
Report: Jimmy Butler turned down 4-year, $40M 11-28-2014
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler reportedly turned down a four-year, $40 million-plus offer from the Bulls after seeing Klay Thompson land a max four-year, $70 million deal with the Warriors.

Chicago Sun-Times
Butler said he was "gambling on myself," with regards to his decision to test the market as a restricted free agent this offseason, and he's looking like a guy trying to get paid. Butler has entered the conversation as an elite player in the league, averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game (all career-highs) while shooting 50 percent from the field. Butler is currently ranked as the seventh-best player in fantasy hoops, and owners that gambled on him in the middle rounds should be cautious not to pull a muscle while patting themselves on the back.
Steve Kerr praises Stephen Curry's defense 11-28-2014
Stephen Curry G GS
Steve Kerr praised Stephen Curry's play on the defensive end during a recent interview.
"I've seen really good defense," Kerr said of Curry. "That's the thing that's impressed me the most is Steph's commitment on that end. Offensively, I already knew what he could do just watching the highlights the last couple of years. I think he's become a really well-rounded All-Star. He was already an All-Star, but now I think he's an All-Star at both ends of the floor." The Dubs currently rank third in defensive efficiency vs. the point guard position, and Curry is hitting career-highs in points (24.2), 3-pointers (3.5), steals (2.1), and field goal percentage (49.8). He's currently the second-best player in fantasy hoops, and has joined the conversation as a potential MVP-candidate.
Jason Kidd gives Larry Sanders some praise 11-28-2014
Larry Sanders F MIL
Jason Kidd was complimentary of Larry Sanders play during a recent interview.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"He's there protecting the little guys," Kidd said. "And I think offensively he's around the rim finishing up plays. Also he's in the post making plays for himself or for his teammates. So he's playing on both ends at a very high level." Sanders is coming off a game in which he tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks, and despite playing limited minutes (22.2 per game) he's been effective. Sanders should be owned in all leagues for his ability to put up gaudy shot-blocking totals on any given night.
Jordan Hill having career-season with Lakers 11-28-2014
Jordan Hill F LAL
Jordan Hill is having a career-year with the Lakers this year, and he credits his development to Byron Scott giving him minutes.

Los Angeles Times
"I got the minutes. This is what I've been waiting for," Hill said when discussing what has changed this season. "I knew once I got the minutes I was going to progress and show [the Lakers] what they bought." Hill is currently averaging 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists this season over 31.3 minutes of action, all career-highs. However, health will always going to be a concern, and coach Scott is playing with fire giving him regular minutes in the 30s, so owners may want to sell-high while the headlines are positive.
Cody Zeller coming on for Hornets 11-28-2014
Cody Zeller F CHA
Cody Zeller had nine points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block on 4-of-10 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday. Marvin Williams was useless again, failing to score in 11 minutes, and Zeller has now been playing well for three games. He's averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, a steal and a block in 30 minutes over that stretch. It would not be surprising to see him replace Marvin Williams in the starting lineup if things don't change soon.