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Nicolas Batum (wrist) not on injury report 01-30-2015
Nicolas Batum F POR
Nicolas Batum (wrist) is not being listed on the Trail Blazers' injury report.

Pinwheel Empire on Twitter
While this isn't a definitive statement that Batum will suit up for Friday's game against the Hawks, it is an encouraging sign. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but it should be noted that Batum has an unfavorable matchup today against the Hawks, so he's not looking like a great option in daily leagues.
LeBron James (wrist) doubtful for Friday 01-30-2015
LeBron James F CLE
LeBron James (wrist) was a limited participant during shootaround, and he remains doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

Chris Haynes on Twitter
James has been taking more time off than usual this season, and that has to be frustrating to owners who burned a No. 1 or 2 overall selection on him on draft day. If James sits, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be the primary beneficiaries, with J.R. Smith also seeing some increased opportunities on offense.
Kevin Love (thigh) says he will play Friday 01-30-2015
Kevin Love F CLE
Kevin Love said that he is feeling good physically, and while Chris Kaman's knee to his thigh hurt, he is a go for Friday's game against the Kings.

Fred McLeod on Twitter
Those that made a speculative add of Tristan Thompson with the hopes that Love would be unavailable Friday should now temper their expectations. Love will draw a very favorable matchup against the Kings on Friday, and if LeBron James (wrist) is again sidelined, Love will have plenty of opportunity on offense. Stay tuned.
Quincy Miller signs second 10-day deal w/ SAC 01-30-2015
Quincy Miller F SAC
Quincy Miller has signed his second 10-day contract with the Kings, and he will be available for Friday's game against the Cavs.

Jason Jones on Twitter
As long as Rudy Gay is healthy, Miller is going to have a tough time stepping into the rotation, and he can safely remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Norris Cole likely to start Friday vs. Dallas 01-30-2015
Norris Cole G MIA
With Dwyane Wade (hamstring) sidelined, it's likely that Norris Cole will slide into the starting lineup for Miami's game against Dallas on Friday, according to beat reporter Ira Winderman.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
While this is just speculation, the move does make sense as it would help combat the quickness of Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis. Shabazz Napier will also be an option for Erik Spoelstra and we'll be sure to list the starters prior to tip-off. However, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh are likely the guys to benefit most with Wade sidelined, and those are the guys that should be targeted in daily leagues.
Report: Jacque Vaughn could be gone by Monday 01-30-2015
Jacque Vaughn G SA
Updating a previous report, Jacque Vaughn could be fired as early as Monday.

Yahoo! Sports
According to sources of Yahoo! Sports, while Vaughn will remain the head coach of the Magic for Saturday's game vs. Dallas, his job security beyond Orlando's two-game road trip (which begins on Monday) is uncertain at this point. When Vaughn is eventually fired, it'll be interesting to see how Kyle O'Quinn and Aaron Gordon are incorporated into the rotation under their new coach.
Serge Ibaka struggling from mid-range 01-30-2015
Serge Ibaka F OKC
Serge Ibaka has really been struggling with his mid-range jumper this season, connecting on just 38.4 percent of his attempts from 16 feet out to the 3-point line.

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Excluding 3-point shooting, Ibaka's numbers are down across the board this season with averages of 14.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game on a career-low 46.0 percent shooting from the field. While he is hitting an impressive 39.6 percent of his 3-point attempts, the move beyond the arc and his inconsistency with the mid-range jumper has hurt his overall fantasy value a bit.
Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel out Friday 01-30-2015
Shabazz Muhammad G MIN
Shabazz Muhammad (oblique) and Robbie Hummel (hand) have both been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the 76ers.

MN Timberwolves on Twitter
Neither player is expected to be back any time soon, so this news should come as a surprise to no one. With Muhammad sidelined, Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Martin, and Thaddeus Young will continue to be the main guys on offense for the Timberwolves.
Ricky Rubio (ankle) out Friday vs. the 76ers 01-30-2015
Ricky Rubio G MIN
Ricky Rubio (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the 76ers.

MN Timberwolves on Twitter
At this point there's really no telling when we'll see Rubio back on the court, as his time table seems to continuously be pushed back further and further. It's unclear if Mo Williams (hip) will be available for tonight's game, but if he does play, he'll draw a favorable matchup against the 76ers. If he's out, Zach LaVine will get all the run he can handle. Stay tuned.
Kobe Bryant says plan is to be ready for camp 01-30-2015
Kobe Bryant G LAL
Kobe Bryant confirmed that the plan is for him to be ready to play come September when the Lakers open up their training camp.

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Bryant, speaking with the media the day after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair his right rotator cuff, said that his shoulder is feeling "sore, but it's okay." We'll continue to monitor Bryant's status closely, but it's worth noting that a return in September puts him one month ahead of his initial nine-month timeline, so there's a decent chance he's not ready to go by training camp.
Jordan Clarkson being mentored by Steve Nash 01-30-2015
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
Jordan Clarkson said that he had his first face-to-face with Steve Nash on Wednesday, and Nash's words helped him in facing Derrick Rose.

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The Lakers pulled out a surprise win on Thursday, upsetting the Bulls 123-118 in a double overtime victory, and Clarkson was the Lakers' third-leading scorer with 18 points. He also was second in minutes on the night with 43, and it's clear that he's ahead of Jeremy Lin in the rotation, and LA is going to make an effort to develop their rookie. He's capable of providing some low-end stats in standard leagues, so give him a look if you're looking for some points, assists, and steals on the wire.
Report: Firing of Vaughn not if, but when 01-30-2015
Jacque Vaughn G SA
The Magic are reportedly very close to firing head coach Jacque Vaughn, and it's gotten to the point that it's not if, but when.

Yahoo! Sports
Currently, the only reason Vaughn remains the head coach of the Magic is the lack of a natural candidate to promote to interim head coach from a young, inexperienced staff of assistants. While Vaughn has been successful in creating an environment of player development and hard work in the post-Dwight Howard era, the Magic's continued struggles on the defensive end and unimpressive play at home have some calling for his job.
Jimmy Butler hurts left knee, unsure for Fri 01-30-2015
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler said he hurt his left knee against the Lakers on Thursday and is unsure if he will play against the Suns on Friday.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
He didn't go to the locker room and was not in visible pain on the bench in the closing minutes of the game. Butler usually sucks it up and plays through minor injuries, so he has a good chance to play on the second game of a back-to-back set. If he is out, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks benefit most.
Wayne Ellington scores 23 points in 2OT win 01-30-2015
Wayne Ellington G LAL
Wayne Ellington made 9-of-19 from the field for 23 points during a 123-118 double-overtime victory over the Bulls on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. His style of play has completely changed. Ellington would basically just hang around the 3-point line to space the floor, but now he's creating off the dribble. He had nine shots in the paint tonight and coach Byron Scott seems to have complete trust in Ellington as his primary scorer. The 27-year-old swingman is a decent shooter from the field, effective at the line and should add some other stats with the scoring, so he's worth a look in standard leagues.
Robert Sacre scores nine in decent line 01-30-2015
Robert Sacre C LAL
Robert Sacre fouled out in 30 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with nine points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks. This was arguably his best start of the season. In his previous three, Sacre averaged 6.0 points, 7.7 boards, 0.7 blocks and 0.7 steals in 25.3 minutes. He's probably not going to stick in the starting unit all season, but give him a look in deep leagues if those aforementioned averages appeal to you.
Jeremy Lin plays 27 minutes vs. Bulls 01-30-2015
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin played 27 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 11 points, five assists and two turnovers. Jordan Clarkson is not going to lose his job any time soon, so Lin's playing time is going to be inconsistent. He's going to be tough to own in standard leagues at this time, so his owners shouldn't be too attached to him. For what it's worth, cutting Lin for Clarkson seems like an easy move.
Jordan Hill goes for 26 points and 12 boards 01-30-2015
Jordan Hill F LAL
Jordan Hill scored a season-high 26 points against the Bulls on Thursday with 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 41 minutes. The Lakers gambled here with all of this playing time for Hill, but he looked great in the second overtime. Hill has become a bigger part of the offense in his last 13 games with 12.9 attempts per game from the field, averaging 14.6 points, 8.7 boards, 1.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks on 51.2 percent shooting. He should be owned in all leagues following this game.
Jordan Clarkson drops 18 points in 43 minutes 01-30-2015
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
Jordan Clarkson played 43 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday during a double-overtime win, scoring 18 points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer. It's becoming abundantly clear that Clarkson has his starting job locked down. He is a playmaker for the Lakers and they'll need someone like that in their starting unit. Plus, he's been exceptional at beating guys off the dribble in his rookie season. Clarkson won't be a fantasy stud because of his turnovers and sub-par shooting, but the steals and other stats make him worth a look in standard leagues.
Pau Gasol posts big line in loss to Lakers 01-30-2015
Pau Gasol F CHI
Pau Gasol returned to the Staples Center to face the Lakers in a double-overtime 123-118 loss on Thursday, scoring 20 points with 10 rebounds, six assists and four blocks in 44 minutes. He received a standing ovation from his former home crowd and the fans even received a Pau Gasol T-shirt. It's pretty clear Gasol made the right move heading to Chicago and he's been one of the best big men in the NBA in his age-34 season. There's no need to sell high unless you can trade him for a first-round asset.
Joakim Noah flirts with a triple-double at LA 01-30-2015
Joakim Noah C CHI
Joakim Noah flirted with a triple-double against the Lakers on Thursday with nine points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and one block in 42 minutes. He's suddenly on a roll. Noah put up 18 points, 15 boards and six assists on Tuesday, which comes on the heels of some very underwhelming lines for the past month. Considering how frequently he's been hurt and how almost all of his per-minute output is down, his fantasy owners may want to try and sell high here.
Aaron Brooks ejected in double-overtime 01-30-2015
Aaron Brooks G CHI
Aaron Brooks was ejected in double-overtime against the Lakers on Thursday, finishing with 15 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 22 minutes. Coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't been bashful about using two-PG lineups and Brooks has played well next to Derrick Rose. Brooks' fantasy value will take a hit once Mike Dunleavy (ankle) comes back, so he's not really a great pickup right now. Although, that could change if Derrick Rose's minor injury becomes something.
Tony Snell scores 10 off the bench 01-30-2015
Tony Snell G CHI
Tony Snell scored 10 points in 23 minutes off the bench against the Lakers on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer. He did start the second half, but didn't play down the stretch. Snell has seen his usage rate climb, but there is just no ceiling for him in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Nikola Mirotic gets benched 01-30-2015
Nikola Mirotic F CHI
Nikola Mirotic started and played just 12 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday with one steal and two misses from the field. Well, the Mirotic Experiment didn't work. He did not play in the second half and it might be a while before we see him at small forward again. Unless Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah or Pau Gasol miss time, Mirotic is not going to be worth starting. He's a high-upside stash.
Derrick Rose scores 17 points in 42 minutes 01-30-2015
Derrick Rose G CHI
Derrick Rose made 7-of-26 from the field for 17 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers in 42 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday. It's worth mentioning he had a minor ankle tweak in the fourth quarter, but he returned about one minute later in real time. Rose was a little better tonight than he was on Tuesday with taking care of the ball, but his lucky streak from beyond the arc is clearly over, making only 5-of-25 (20 percent) from deep in his last three. His fantasy owners will want to make sure he's ready to roll on Friday against the Suns.
Jimmy Butler scores 35 points, hurts leg 01-30-2015
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler suffered a leg injury in his 49th minute of action on Thursday and did not return, matching his career-high 35 points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer. He came out of the game in double-overtime and had a wrap around his right leg. It doesn't look serious and the Bulls should update his status soon, but he should be considered questionable for Friday against the Suns. While Butler entered tonight at just 40.2 percent from the field in January, he filled it up with averages of 16.3 points, 5.7 boards, 3.5 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.2 triples. He's a top-20 fantasy asset and is not slowing down. His owners will want to check back for an update on Friday.
Zach Randolph has 11th straight double-double 01-30-2015
Zach Randolph F MEM
Zach Randolph logged his 11th consecutive double-double against the Nuggets in a 99-69 win on Thursday with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover. He also had a career-high 17 consecutive double-digit boards with tonight's win. Randolph's stats in 2015 were already extremely impressive before this game, averaging 19.6 points, 13.1 boards, 2.8 assists and 0.5 blocks on 59.2 percent from the field. What's more, Z-Bo is making an unsustainable 51.9 percent on his mid-range shots in 2015. He's a sell-high player, but his fantasy owners can certainly just enjoy the ride if they want to.
Tony Allen returns, plays 21 minutes 01-30-2015
Tony Allen G MEM
Tony Allen played 21 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday with eight points, nine rebounds, one steal and one turnover. He missed his last two games with an ankle sprain. Allen has seen his minutes drop with the acquisition of Jeff Green, so he's going to be a tough player to own in standard leagues.