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Brooks talks up Bojan Bogdanovic 02-24-2017
Bojan Bogdanovic G WAS
Coach Scott Brooks said Bojan Bogdanovic will be a "big-time" shooter off the bench for the Wizards.

Wizards on Twitter
Brooks said they like his size, how he cuts and how he cuts off pin-downs. Still, it's all about the shooting for Bogie. On the season, he's made 39.4 percent on catch-and-shoot treys compared to 28.4 percent on pull-ups. Bogdanovic is not going to have much value in most leagues.
Skal Labissiere not going to D-League 02-24-2017
Skal Labissiere will stay with the Kings and will not play for the Reno Big Horns on Friday.

Sean Cunningham on Twitter
In other words, he's earned a rotation spot with the Kings and should see minutes on Saturday. Labissiere turned in a gem with a career-high 12 points on Thursday, including some solid effort on the defensive end. Considering Anthony Tolliver is likely his biggest roadblock, we should see Labissiere get closer to 20 minutes against the Hornets.
Hornets sign Johnny O'Bryant 02-24-2017
Johnny O'Bryant F DEN
The Hornets signed F/C Johnny O'Bryant to a 10-day deal.
The Hornets are in dire straits for a big man with Miles Plumlee and Cody Zeller currently on the shelf. Frank Kaminsky should still be very busy and is worth owning in standard leagues. O'Bryant may get double-digit minutes, but doesn't have value in most leagues.
Lou Williams likes playing for Houston 02-24-2017
Lou Williams G HOU
Lou Williams said playing with the Rockets fits his style.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
"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.
Stephen Curry gets a rest day 02-24-2017
Stephen Curry G GS
Stephen Curry did not practice on Friday and should be fine to play on Saturday against the Nets.

John Dickinson on Twitter
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.
Avery Bradley (Achilles) very doubtful 02-24-2017
Avery Bradley G BOS
Avery Bradley (Achilles) is very unlikely to play on Friday against the Raptors.

According to the report, Bradley 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
Kevin Durant has a wrap on left hand 02-24-2017
Kevin Durant F GS
Kevin Durant had a wrap on his left hand at practice on Friday.

John Dickinson on Twitter
He braced a fall with his left hand in the first half on Thursday night and an X-ray confirmed he only had a contusion. Durant looked fine following the injury and finished with 25 points, including 15 points in the third quarter. He's not on the injury report, so expect fantasy's No. 1 player to dominate against the Nets on Saturday.
Lavoy Allen is probable for Friday 02-24-2017
Lavoy Allen F IND
Lavoy Allen (right knee) is probable for Friday against the Grizzlies.

Pacers on Twitter
Thaddeus Young (wrist) is also expected to come back, so Allen is likely just going to be a backup. He's played reasonably well and should still be looking at minutes in the teens tonight.
Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen are probable 02-24-2017
Thaddeus Young F IND
Thaddeus Young (left wrist) and Lavoy Allen (right knee) are probable to play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

Pacers on Twitter
The Pacers should get their starting power forward back to fill around 31 minutes per game. In January, Young racked up 2.8 steals per game, adding averages of 10.3 points, 5.3 boards, 2.0 assists and 0.7 treys. If he's sitting on your wire, go pick him up. Kevin Seraphin is going to lose most of his minutes.
Diamond Stone dealing with a left knee bruise 02-24-2017
Diamond Stone (left knee bone bruise) will not play against the Spurs on Friday. It's a new injury for the rookie. Before the deadline, there were some reports of the Clippers not really wanting to give up Stone to get a short-term role player. He does have some shooting touch for his size, but Stone won't be in the rotation while the Clippers are healthy up front.
Chris Paul (thumb) listed as questionable 02-24-2017
Chris Paul G LAC
Chris Paul (thumb) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

Chris Paul on Twitter
For what it's worth, Chris Paul tweeted "back at it" this afternoon, which suggests he'll be back out there. Paul is still about a full week ahead of his timetable, but he is medically cleared to play. This game won't tip until 10:30 EST, so we likely won't be getting anything concrete on his status until 9:00. If CP3 is back, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton figure to lose minutes.
Pat Beverley goes on super overload 02-24-2017
Patrick Beverley G HOU
Patrick Beverley said he enjoys playing for coach Mike D'Antoni.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
"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.
Omri Casspi officially out 4-6 weeks 02-24-2017
Omri Casspi F NO
The Pelicans announced Omri Casspi was diagnosed with a fractured right thumb and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

Pelicans on Twitter
This confirms the reports from Thursday night after Casspi made his Pelicans debut. He was playing very well in this 24 minutes with 12 points, but now the team will have to turn more to Solomon Hill and Dante Cunningham.
Hawks need backup PGs for Friday 02-24-2017
Kent Bazemore F ATL
Coach Mike Budenholzer said Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Thabo Sefolosha could get some backup hall-handling duties behind Malcolm Delaney on Friday.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
With Dennis Schroder suspended, Delaney is the only point guard available for tonight. We've see Bazemore play point guard earlier this season and he was a point guard back when he was in the Warriors system. Additionally, Hardaway Jr. has handled the ball at the point, and he also gets a 6.1 usage rate bump when Schroder is not on the floor -- Bazemore gets a 5.5 bump. THJ should be an attractive DFS play today.
Tyson Chandler hints young guys to play more 02-24-2017
Tyson Chandler C PHO
Tyson Chandler said it's important for young players to get "good quality minutes" in the second half of the season.

Arizona Sports
"Fourth quarter. Decision making. All of that," Chandler said about young guys playing more. "This is a big time for a lot of these young players to grow." Reading between the lines, it sounds like Chandler's playing time is going to start dropping while guys like Alex Len, Marquese Chriss and maybe even Alan Williams get more run up front. Chandler's fantasy owners should expect his output to start dropping.
Dragan Bender out of a walking boot 02-24-2017
Dragan Bender (ankle) is out of a walking boot.

Arizona Sports
The Suns are hopeful the No. 4 pick could return at some point this season. Some reports had him as out for the season, but the official report from the team has him with a target date in the middle of March. He wasn't playing well before his injury, so there's little reason to stash in fantasy. Marquese Chriss should see solid minutes, especially with how often P.J. Tucker played the four.
The Homie Dario now the No. 1 option? 02-24-2017
Dario Saric F PHI
When general manager Bryan Colangelo was asked what he would say to fans who think the 76ers are tanking, he answered "Dario Saric."

Tom Moore on Twitter
The Homie looks like the man. Unless the 76ers sign someone else, Saric is now the only power forward on the roster. The team could look at Richaun Holmes or Robert Covington to help out while we've seen Justin Anderson even play some four in Dallas. Whatever the 76ers do, Saric looks poised for a strong finish.
Emmanuel Mudiay is probable for Friday 02-24-2017
Emmanuel Mudiay G DEN
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He was a DNP-CD on Thursday while Jamal Murray took over as the backup point guard. Murray did not take advantage of his opportunity, so maybe Mudiay can get minutes today. Obviously he can stay on the wire as one of the most inefficient players in 2017.
Kenneth Faried is probable 02-24-2017
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried (ankle) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He is fully expected to play. Faried did not fare well in his return to the lineup on Thursday with just two points on 1-of-7 from the field in 14 minutes -- all seven shots were within six feet. With the Nuggets close to full strength, Faried may only be a low-end guy in standard leagues.
Roy Hibbert is questionable for Friday 02-24-2017
Roy Hibbert C DEN
Roy Hibbert is questionable for Friday against the Nets.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
Mason Plumlee played all of his minutes at center in Thursday, so Hibbert is clearly the No. 3 center on the depth chart. Outside of games against oversized fives, Hibbert is not likely to be in the rotation.
Danilo Gallinari is probable to play vs. BK 02-24-2017
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari (groin) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He returned from his groin injury on Thursday and played 30 minutes. The Nuggets habitually list players as probable for the game following a return, so this is status quo. There is a chance he does sit or could be limited, but for now we're expecting him to play around 30 minutes.
Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable 02-24-2017
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable to play against the Nets on Friday.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
He was available to play on Thursday and was a DNP-CD. Arthur may not be in the rotation while Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried are healthy.
Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) out several days 02-24-2017
Kristaps Porzingis F NY
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Kristaps Porzingis will be out several days with an ankle injury, but that there is only swelling and no ligament damage in the ankle.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Pau Gasol (hand) will play Friday night 02-24-2017
Pau Gasol C SA
Coach Gregg Popovich confirmed that Pau Gasol (hand) will play Friday night vs. the Clippers
Tim Hardaway Jr. to start the next few games 02-24-2017
Tim Hardaway Jr. G ATL
Tim Hardaway Jr. will remain in the Hawks starting lineup for at least the next few games.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return to the Hawks lineup on Friday, but Hardaway will remain in the starting lineup. THJ has played very well in Thabo's absence. In the Hawks last seven games prior to the All-Star break, Hardaway averaged 20.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 treys in 33.4 minutes, while shooting 50.5 percent and 39.1 percent from 3-point territory. However, even though he is still starting, THJ's minutes will likely be reduced now that Sefolosha has returned.
Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return Friday 02-24-2017
Thabo Sefolosha F ATL
Thabo Sefolosha (groin) will return Friday night vs. Miami.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sefolosha has missed nine straight games due to the injury to his left groin. He will come off the bench on Friday, as coach Mike Budenholzer said Tim Hardaway Jr. will remain in the starting lineup for at least the "next few games." Hardway has played extremely well with Thabo sidelined, which means Sefolosha's minutes will likely be limited in the immediate future.
Caris LeVert will start Friday night 02-24-2017
Caris LeVert will start Friday night in Denver against the Nuggets.

Brian Lewis on Twitter
With Bojan Bogdanovic being traded to the Wizards there is plenty of playing time and points up for grabs in Brooklyn, as Bogdanovic was second on the team in scoring and minutes. LeVert drawing the start in the team's first game since the Bogdanovic trade is very encouraging. In his only start this season, a game in which Bogdanovic was sidelined, LeVert played 30 minutes. LeVert has been inconsistent, but the talent is there and now the opportunity is as well. His arrow is pointing up.
Malcolm Delaney will start at PG on Friday 02-24-2017
Malcolm Delaney will start in place of the suspended Dennis Schroder on Friday night vs. Miami.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This will be Delaney's first career start. However, he has played well when given opportunities. Delaney is averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per-36 minutes this season. He is a very enticing DFS option tonight.
Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will start Friday 02-24-2017
Jeremy Lin G BKN
Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will start Friday night vs. the Nuggets.

Greg Logan on Twitter
This will be Lin's first game action since Dec. 26. He has played in only 12 games this season for the Nets but is averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 treys and 1.3 steals in those contests. Spencer Dinwiddie, who had a few nice games prior to the All-Star break, will get bumped back to the bench.
Brewer (trade) 'long shot' to play Friday 02-24-2017
Corey Brewer F LAL
Corey Brewer is with his new team but is a "long shot" to make his Lakers debut Friday vs. OKC.

John Ireland on Twitter
Brewer has struggled mightily this season, averaging career-lows in points (4.2), rebounds (2.0), steals (0.7) and minutes (15.9). With the Lakers in rebuilding mode, the 30-year old Brewer is expected to see only limited minutes off the L.A. bench. He can be left on the waiver wire.
Tyler Ennis (trade) will not play Friday 02-24-2017
Tyler Ennis G LAL
Tyler Ennis (trade) will not play Friday night vs. OKC

Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
Ennis is expected to make his Lakers debut Sunday vs. the Spurs. The Rockets traded Ennis in order to shed salary. Ennis has not played well since being drafted 18th overall out of Syracuse in the 2014 draft. This season he is averaging just 1.9 points and 1.1 assists in 6.3 minutes. The Lakers are his fourth team in less than three years. Ennis can be left on the waiver wire.
Bobby Portis to start at PF on Friday night 02-24-2017
Bobby Portis F CHI
Bobby Portis will start at power forward Friday night vs. the Suns.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
Portis has been disappointingly quiet for much of the 2016-17 campaign, but it appears he will get a chance to showcase his talents over the season's final two months after the Bulls traded Taj Gibson to OKC on Thursday. Portis flashed his upside when he scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Bulls final contest before the All-Star break. He had 16 points and six boards in the only other game he played more than 25 minutes this season. His fantasy stock is rising.
Dennis Schroder suspended for one game 02-24-2017
Dennis Schroder G ATL
The Hawks have suspended Dennis Schroder for one game (Friday night vs. Miami) for failure to report to the team on time after the All-Star break.

Howard Beck on Twitter
"Dennis has played an important role for our team and been a significant contributor to our success this season," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We are disappointed that he did not return to the team on time and we have discussed this with him. We look forward to him rejoining the team in Orlando tomorrow night." Malcolm Delaney is expected to draw the start in place of Schroder on Friday night and makes for an excellent streaming and/or DFS option.
Bradley (Achilles) unlikely to play Friday 02-24-2017
Avery Bradley G BOS
Coach Brad Stevens said Avery Bradley (Achilles) will go through shootaround but will "most likely" not play Friday night vs. Toronto.

Jay King on Twitter
Rodney Hood (knee) will play Friday night 02-24-2017
Rodney Hood G UTH
Rodney Hood (knee) will play Friday night vs. the Bucks.

David Locke on Twitter
Hood, who has missed seven straight games, has been somewhat disappointing this season. His scoring, assist and steals averages are lower than there were compared to the 2015-16 campaign. This is due in large part to the nagging injury issues that have limited him for much of the season. With Hood back in the lineup, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will see their minutes reduced.
Andrew Bogut (personal) out at least a week 02-24-2017
Andrew Bogut C PHI
Andrew Bogut will not be with Sixers for at least a week while dealing with personal issues.

Keith Pompey on Twitter
There are no further details as to the nature of the issues. However, this does not preclude the Sixers from buying out Bogut's contract, which would enable him to sign with a contender. The Warriors, Cavs and Rockets are reportedly the teams that will be competing for Bogut's services.
Bogdanovic will make Wizards debut on Friday 02-24-2017
Bojan Bogdanovic G WAS
Bojan Bogdanovic will be active and is expected to make his Wizards debut Friday vs. the Sixers.

J. Michael on Twitter
Bogdanovic was the Nets second-leading scorer and was also second on the team in minutes played. However, he will see far fewer minutes and scoring opportunities in Washington, as he will be coming off the bench behind rising star Otto Porter.
P.J. Tucker is unlikely to play Friday night 02-24-2017
P.J. Tucker F TOR
P.J. Tucker is unlikely to make his Raptors debut Friday night vs. Boston.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
Tucker was dealt from Phoenix to Toronto on Thursday afternoon. Tucker's fantasy value takes a hit as a result of this trade. He was averaging 30-plus minutes a night over the last few months in Phoenix. In Toronto, he will have to split playing time with DeMarre Carroll and Norman Powell.
Serge Ibaka to make Raps debut on Friday 02-24-2017
Serge Ibaka F TOR
Serge Ibaka is expected to make his debut with the Raptors on Friday vs. the Celtics.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
We will get our first indication of how coach Dwane Casey plans to employ Ibaka and the rest of the Raps rotation behind him. Assuming Ibaka is installed as the starter, his minutes and production should remain steady. However, Patrick Patterson, Lucas Nogueira, Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl will have to fight for playing time off the bench.
Thaddeus Young (wrist) may return Friday 02-24-2017
Thaddeus Young F IND
Thaddeus Young (wrist) is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Memphis, but said he is "leaning" toward playing.

Pat Boylan on Twitter
Young has missed each of the Pacers last eight games after injuring his wrist in a nasty spill back on February 3rd in Brooklyn. Lavoy Allen (knee) is also listed as questionable for Friday. Kevin Seraphin would soak up extra minutes if either Young or Allen don't play.
Ersan Ilyasova expected to play Friday 02-24-2017
Ersan Ilyasova F ATL
Ersan Ilyasova is expected to make his Hawks debut Friday night vs. Miami.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Ilyasova's fantasy value took a major hit as a result of the trade that sent him from Philly to Atlanta. He was averaging over 27 minutes per game for the Sixers, but won't approach that amount of playing time with the Hawks now that he is backing up Paul Millsap. We should have a better feel of where Ilyasova fits in the Atlanta rotation after Friday night's contest.
Jarrett Jack signs 10-day contract w/ Pels 02-24-2017
Jarrett Jack G NO
Jarrett Jack has agreed to a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Jack has not appeared in an NBA game since he tore his ACL while playing for the Nets in January of 2016. The signing makes sense, as New Orleans had a need for a guard after trading away Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway in the DeMarcus Cousins deal. Still, Jack can be left on the waiver wire until he proves he is healthy and can still be productive.
Ben Simmons (foot) will not play this season 02-24-2017
Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo announced on Friday that Ben Simmons will not play this season, as his foot has not yet fully healed.

Jake Fischer on Twitter
It's a tough blow for the Sixers, as they were hoping to get at least a glimpse of the first overall pick in the 2016 draft over the final month of the season. Simmons suffered a Jones fracture back in October. There was not timeline given initially, but Simmons had progressed to the point where he was recently participating in limited portions of practice. However, after consulting with team physicians, the Sixers decided it was best to sideline him for the entire season. If you had stashed Simmons on your roster in re-draft leagues, he can now be cut loose.
Number of teams will pursue Andrew Bogut 02-24-2017
Andrew Bogut C PHI
A number of title contenders that will pursue Andrew Bogut once he clears waivers.

Akron Beacon Journal
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Warriors, Cavs and Rockets will all be among the teams in pursuit of Bogut once he becomes a free agent. From a fantasy standpoint, Bogut is not nearly as hot a commodity. Regardless of where he lands, Bogut will likely see limited minutes off the bench over the rest of the regular season, as his new team will do their best to keep him fresh for the playoffs.
Gerald Green (heel) will not play Friday 02-24-2017
Gerald Green F BOS
Gerald Green (heel) will not play Friday vs. Toronto.
Green is averaging just 11.4 minutes per game for the Celtics this season. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart might see a small bump in playing time on Friday.
Lin not on injury report, expected to play 02-24-2017
Jeremy Lin G BKN
Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is not listed on the injury report and is expected to play Friday night vs. the Nuggets.

Brian Lewis on Twitter
Lin has not appeared in a game since the day after Christmas. And he has played in just seven games since the start of November. Being injury prone obviously makes him a risky add, especially because the Nets will err on the side of caution and limit his minutes the rest of the way. However, he has averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 treys and 1.3 steals in the 12 games he's played in this season. He's worth a flier if you have room on your roster.
Nerlens Noel not expected to play Friday 02-24-2017
Nerlens Noel F DAL
Nerlens Noel is not expected to make his Mavs debut on Friday night vs. Minnesota.
Noel is listed as out and not yet with the team. The Mavs next game is Saturday night at home vs. the Pelicans. Noel's fantasy stock has received a major boost via the trade to Dallas, especially since the Mavs have waived Andrew Bogut. In fact, it could be argued Noel is one of the biggest winners among all players on the move at the deadline. Considering Dallas traded for Noel with the intention of signing him long-term, Noel is expected to be installed as the starter and play heavy minutes immediately.
Quincy Acy will not play Friday 02-24-2017
Quincy Acy F BKN
Quincy Acy (ankle) will not play Friday night in Denver.

Bryan Fonseca on Twitter
Acy sprained his ankle back on February 5th and has not appeared in a game since. He was expected to return after having a week to rest but is obviously not yet 100 percent. The fantasy impact is minimal, as Acy is averaging just 11.2 minutes per contest in the 12 games he played as a Net.
Smith may be 'slightly ahead' of schedule 02-24-2017
J.R. Smith G CLE
Cavs general manager David Griffin said that J.R. Smith is doing very well and may be "slightly ahead of schedule."
Smith has been seen working out on the court prior to each of the Cavs last two games. Smith was originally projected to miss 12-14 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery back on Dec. 20. If he returns by the 12-week mark, he'd be back in action by mid-March. However, Smith will likely have his playing time limited initially. In addition, with Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver playing well, there isn't an excess of minutes to go around. Smith can be left on the wire.
Bucks to sign Axel Toupane to 10-day contract 02-24-2017
Axel Toupane G MIL
The Milwaukee Bucks are planning to sign Axel Toupane of the Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract.

Chris Reichert on Twitter
Very limited fantasy impact here, as it is extremely unlikely that Toupane will crack the rotation and see anything other than garbage-time minutes.
Cavs discover Sanders was arrested last year 02-24-2017
Larry Sanders F MIL
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, Larry Sanders was arrested last year on a felony charge in Los Angeles.

Akron Beacon Journal
The ABJ reports: "According to Los Angeles Sherriff's Department jail records, Sanders was arrested on June 12 and booked into the Van Nuys jail. His bail was set at $50,000." Well, this helps shed light as to why Sanders has not been able to secure even a 10-day contract after trying out for numerous teams. Despite his size and skill, Sanders' off-court issues have scared teams away.
Jazz may claim Deron Williams off waivers 02-24-2017
Deron Williams G DAL
Utah is well below the salary floor and may be interested in claiming Deron Williams off the waiver wire.

Akron Beacon Journal
It has been widely reported that Williams will sign with the Cavs once he clears waivers; however, it's not a given that will happen. The Jazz are $4 million below the salary floor and thus can easily absorb the remainder of Williams contract. D-Will was originally drafted by the Jazz and still owns a home in Utah. The Cavs still appear to be the heavy favorites to land Williams if he clears waivers, but Utah will have a crack at him first. Williams fantasy value will take a big hit in either Cleveland or Utah, as he will be relegated to reserve duty.
Ronnie Price expected to sign for full season 02-24-2017
Ronnie Price G PHO
The Suns plan to waive Jared Sullinger and Mike Scott and sign Ronnie Price for rest of the season.

Doug Haller on Twitter
Sullinger and Scott were acquired in deals just prior to Thursday's deadline. Price, who is currently on his second 10-day contract, has appeared in just two two games for Phoenix. He should be left on waiver wires in all leagues.
Terrence Ross F ORL
Terrence Ross returned to action on Thursday February 23.
Maurice Ndour F DAL
Maurice Ndour was signed by NY on Thursday February 23.
Ty Lawson G SAC
Ty Lawson returned to action on Thursday February 23.
Willie Cauley-Stein scores career-high 29 02-24-2017
Willie Cauley-Stein C SAC
Willie Cauley-Stein played the game of his life during a 116-100 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring a career-high 29 points with 10 rebounds, one block and three turnovers in 35 minutes. DeMarcus who? Cauley-Stein showed off some moves in the low post we haven't seen all year. Cauley-Stein was also unassisted for five of his buckets and had three makes outside of the paint, so that's some positive growth as well. He becomes the franchise big man for now and will be playing big minutes as a starter or off the bench. He should be owned in all leagues.
Buddy Hield scores 16 points in Kings debut 02-24-2017
Buddy Hield scored 16 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday. 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.
David West plays 11 minutes in return 02-24-2017
David West F GS
David West (thumb) returned to action on Thursday and had four points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 11 minutes off the bench. He's been out since Jan. 18 and spent most of his night trying to shield teammate Draymond Green from the opposing team and the officials from the comfort of the Warriors bench. He serves a purpose for the Warriors and played well tonight, but as long as Green is healthy, West is nothing more than a good locker-room guy in Golden State.
Tyreke Evans scores 15 points in win 02-24-2017
Tyreke Evans G SAC
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. 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.
Steph Curry scores 20 in 50-point 3rd quarter 02-24-2017
Stephen Curry G GS
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. 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.
Ty Lawson scores eight in start 02-24-2017
Ty Lawson G SAC
Ty Lawson scored eight points in a start against the Nuggets on Thursday with four rebounds, six assists, two steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes. 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.
Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) back from absence 02-24-2017
Zaza Pachulia C GS
Zaza Pachulia returned from an eight-game absence with a shoulder injury on Thursday and had six points, four rebounds, a steal and four blocks in 18 minutes. There are rumors floating around that Andrew Bogut is soon to be heading back to the Warriors, which would be bad news for Pachulia. But then again, he wasn't really worth owning even when starting for the Dubs, while JaVale McGee moved back to the bench and played just 12 minutes in Zaza's return tonight.
Skal Labissiere gets his chance vs. DEN 02-24-2017
Skal Labissiere got his best chance as a pro and made it count against the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring a career-high 12 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 14 minutes. He only scored a grand total of 20 points in his previous NBA games in his career. While the Kings were trying to groom Labissiere as a perimeter guy over the summer, they're going to keep him focused on things he can do well before expanding his game. While we're expecting him to trend up, he's still only worth a look in deep leagues.
Kevin Durant fills stat sheet in win over LAC 02-24-2017
Kevin Durant F GS
Kevin Durant fought through a left hand injury and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes of Thursday's 123-113 win over the Clippers. While he might have done even more had he not gone to the locker room for X-rays, owners aren't about to complain about this one, especially with just one turnover. Durant appears to have avoided a serious injury, as it's just being called a hand contusion, so look for him to keep rolling over the final several weeks of the season.
Draymond Green quiet in win over Clippers 02-24-2017
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green was quiet in the box score Thursday, finishing with seven points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, six turnovers and five fouls in just 23 minutes of a 123-113 win over the Clippers. He was not, however, quiet on the sidelines, picking up a technical foul, shouting at coach Steve Kerr, and while being babysat by David West and screaming from the sidelines for much of the third quarter. Green is still a front-runner for the Defensive Player of the Year Award and still a fantasy force on most nights, but he might have let his emotions get the best of him in this one.
Ben McLemore scores 10 points vs. Nuggets 02-24-2017
Ben McLemore G SAC
Ben McLemore scored 10 points in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes. While he didn't have his worst game, Tyreke Evans and Buddy Hield were more impressive off the bench. McLemore still deserves a lot of credit for averaging 12.8 points per game in his previous February outings, which destroys his 1.7 points per game in January. He's only worth a look in deep leagues.
Darren Collison scores 15 with 10 dimes 02-24-2017
Darren Collison G SAC
Darren Collison made 5-of-13 from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday. Not much analysis needed on Collison here. His fantasy owners can thank their lucky stars he wasn't traded because he should be putting up big numbers as the top offensive weapon for the Kings going forward. He should flirt with top-50 value the rest of the way.
Brice Johnson finally debuts for Clippers 02-24-2017
Brice Johnson (back) made his season debut on Thursday and played three scoreless minutes against the Warriors. He's been laid up with a bad back all season so it was nice to see him on the court tonight. However, there's very little chance he'll be worth owning in any fantasy league this season, unless the Clippers decide to rest all their starters at some point in the final 10 days of the regular season.
Anthony Tolliver gets 31 minutes 02-24-2017
Anthony Tolliver F SAC
Anthony Tolliver played 31 minutes in a start against the Nuggets on Thursday with three points, eight rebounds and three assists. Based on how Skal Labissiere looked, Tolliver's minutes should start to trend down. Unless you really need treys from the power forward spot, leave Tolliver on the wire.
Jamal Crawford scores 19 in 34 minutes 02-24-2017
Jamal Crawford G LAC
Jamal Crawford played 34 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, four assists and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Warriors. Crawford has played well in Chris Paul's absence, although he was just 1-of-7 for five points in his last game before the All-Star break. However, with Paul due back as soon as Friday night, Crawford's likely going to see a few less looks. But unlike Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton, Crawford was relevant even when CP3 was healthy, so owners should just hang onto him unless there's a really hot free agent calling your name from the waiver wire.
Kosta Koufos scores eight in start 02-24-2017
Kosta Koufos C SAC
Kosta Koufos scored eight points with six rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday. That's about what to expect from Koufos going forward. His upside just isn't attractive enough to own in standard leagues, but he could be a low-end deep guy for desperate owners.
Raymond Felton scores 13 off Clippers bench 02-24-2017
Raymond Felton G LAC
Raymond Felton came off the bench again on Thursday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes in a 123-113 loss to the Warriors. Felton and Austin Rivers filled in admirably while Chris Paul was out, but it sounds like Paul may play on Friday night against the Spurs. It looks like it's safe to drop Felton, while Rivers could cling to a little value over the next week or so as CP3 gets back in the flow for the Clippers. But once Paul is back, both guards are going to see a big decrease in playing time.
Nikola Jokic starts second half slowly 02-24-2017
Nikola Jokic C DEN
Nikola Jokic had a disappointing line during a 116-100 loss to the Kings on Thursday, scoring four points with 10 rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 26 minutes.

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The Kings actually did a bang-up job on Jokic, keeping bodies on cutters and not allowing Jokic to establish deeper position. Plus, it wasn't a good defensive game for him and coach Mike Malone didn't hold back his thoughts after the game. "If he wants to be our best player and a franchise player he's got to play better," Malone said. "They went at him, scored easily on him." Jokic has struggled since Mason Plumlee arrived is more of a confidence, especially since those two didn't play together tonight. Jokic's fantasy owner should still expect him to be truly elite going forward.
Austin Rivers scores 19 in loss to Warriors 02-24-2017
Austin Rivers G LAC
Austin Rivers hit 7-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Warriors. Is this the last hurrah for Rivers? Maybe not, but all signs are pointing to Chris Paul returning from his thumb injury on Friday night against the Spurs. Rivers, for the most part, has been rolling since CP3 went down, starting most nights and averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. With Paul on the verge of coming back, Rivers will surely take a hit. Don't drop him just yet, but once Paul proves he's healthy and ready to roll, and once Rivers' minutes take the hit that's coming, owners will be thankful they pre-planned for what's coming.
Kenneth Faried only scores two in return 02-24-2017
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried only scored two points in a start against the Kings on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one assist and one block in 14 minutes. It was a bad line, but it wasn't all bad news for a guy who was listed as doubtful to play yesterday. Mason Plumlee didn't play any power forward minutes, Darrell Arthur was a DNP-CD, and Juancho Hernangomez wasn't in the rotation. Faried's value is capped with the Nuggets close to full strength, so he's only a borderline hold.
Jameer Nelson scores 12 points in loss 02-24-2017
Jameer Nelson G DEN
Jameer Nelson scored 12 points with four rebounds, six assists, five steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes during his start against the Kings on Thursday. He kept the Nuggets in this game and looks like he has the starting job locked up. Emmanuel Mudiay did not play in this game and Jamal Murray had a game to forget. Nelson not being traded is huge for his value, so he should be owned in standard leagues. He should get heavy run as long as the Nuggets are going for the No. 8 spot.
Danilo Gallinari returns on Thursday 02-24-2017
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari returned to action on Thursday with 15 points six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings. It's his first game back since a scary groin strain on Feb. 1, and there are just no half measures on Gallinari and the Nuggets. Even coming off an injury, he didn't really see limited run, which is part of the reason he's hurt so often. Still, Gallinari not getting traded is good for his fantasy value, so expect him to flirt with mid-round value as long as he's healthy.
Blake Griffin still sluggish after break 02-24-2017
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin, who scored just 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting in his last game before the All-Star break, hit just 3-of-13 shots for 12 points, five rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's 123-113 loss to the Warriors. Maybe it was the Warriors' defense, but Griffin looked a little sluggish tonight, and he's struggled a bit in his last two games. Look for him to take out his frustrations on the hapless Nets on Saturday night.
Gary Harris scores 23 points 02-24-2017
Gary Harris G DEN
Gary Harris scored 23 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and five 3-pointers against the Kings on Thursday. He was just one point off his season high in scoring for this game. The Nuggets pushing Jamal Murray to the one would be a big win for Harris, who has been heating up this month. In his previous February games, Harris averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 treys. He should be owned in all standard leagues.
Wilson Chandler scores 18 points 02-24-2017
Wilson Chandler F DEN
Wilson Chandler scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Kings on Thursday. Despite some complaints about his role, Chandler stayed put at the deadline. He said he wasn't happy with his inconsistent usage and playing with different guys. After he was logging more minutes at the three while Danilo Gallinari (groin) was out, Chandler only played three minutes at small forward in this game. He should still be worth owning in standard leagues no matter where he gets his minutes.
Jamal Murray doesn't make any FGAs 02-24-2017
Jamal Murray missed all six shots from the field and didn't go to the line against the Kings on Thursday, adding two rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 19 minutes. Coach Mike Malone went with Murray as his backup point guard over Emmanuel Mudiay. Unfortunately, Murray flopped in a big way in one of his worst games of the season on both ends in his blowout loss. The Denver second unit was demolished in this game, so there's a chance Murray doesn't get this chance again. Additionally, the Nuggets were reportedly apprehensive to include Murray in a Paul George trade, which coincides to the comments about how much they like him. Still, his redraft value doesn't look very good for this season.
Mason Plumlee gets 22 minutes off bench 02-24-2017
Mason Plumlee F DEN
Mason Plumlee played 22 minutes off the bench against the Kings on Thursday with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals. He did not get any minutes at power forward tonight, which should be the norm going forward. While Jusuf Nurkic has been magical in Portland, Plumlee has been rotten with his -39 in +/- this season with Denver. The Nuggets obviously won't keep Nikola Jokic's minutes down very often, so Plumlee will likely have a tough time holding value in 12-team leagues.
Will Barton scores 16 points in 32 minutes 02-24-2017
Will Barton F DEN
Will Barton scored 16 points in 32 minutes off the bench against the Kings on Thursday, adding two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers. One small win for Barton today is that the Nuggets used Jamal Murray at the one tonight. Going forward, that situation is unclear because sticking with that plan would mean the team is keeping Emmanuel Mudiay out of the rotation. Still, Barton's playing time should be around 30 minutes most nights, making him a hold in standard leagues.
Darrell Arthur gets a DNP-CD 02-24-2017
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur was a DNP-CD on Thursday. With Kenneth Faried back and the Nuggets not trading anyone away today, Arthur is not expected to get much playing time. He likely won't be a DNP-CD every game, but the Nuggets will continue to manage Arthur and his aging knees.
Emmanuel Mudiay gets a DNP-CD 02-24-2017
Emmanuel Mudiay G DEN
Emmanuel Mudiay was a DNP-CD on Thursday. The Nuggets gave Jamal Murray all of the backup point guard minutes, so they kept Mudiay out of the lineup for this game. Despite creating some buzz over the summer, Mudiay just hasn't been able to perform in his second season. He will likely find playing time at some point but there's just no reason to own him in most leagues.
Juan Hernangomez gets a DNP CD 02-24-2017
Juancho Hernangomez only played two minutes in garbage time on Thursday. It was a bad day for the hardcore Juancho fans. The Nuggets didn't trade away anyone today, so Hernangomez's minutes figure to be sparse going forward this season.
LeBron James posts triple-double in win vs NY 02-24-2017
LeBron James F CLE
LeBron James turned in his sixth triple-double of the season during a 119-104 win over the Knicks on Thursday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 15 assists, three blocks and six turnovers in 37 minutes.

That's the 48th triple-double of his career with those 15 dimes matching his career best for assists in a triple-double line. Plus, he is now only one triple-double shy of matching his career best for the most he's had in a season. James and the Cavs will be active in the buyout market, which could help LeBron get a little rest here and there.
Kyrie Irving scores 23 points in win 02-24-2017
Kyrie Irving G CLE
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. 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.
Kyle Korver remains red hot in win 02-24-2017
Kyle Korver G CLE
Kyle Korver scored 20 points with two rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday. He's one of the hottest shooters in the NBA, which is hardly a surprise. In fact, Korver has a ridiculous 84.9 true shooting percentage this month, averaging 15.9 points, 3.4 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 4.0 treys. He's too hot to leave on the wire right now.
Iman Shumpert scores five points 02-24-2017
Iman Shumpert G CLE
Iman Shumpert scored five points with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday. He did have some lukewarm trade rumors surrounding him in the last couple days due to the Cavs needing a point guard. Additionally, Shumpert has not been the same since returning from his ankle injury, making just 30.4 percent from the field in his last three games. He was on fire when he was starting last month, but he's probably not worth owning until he shows signs of life again.
Carmelo Anthony scores 20 points 02-24-2017
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points with five rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes during a 119-104 loss to the Cavs on Thursday. The rumors were seemingly endless on Melo being traded, but there was never a sense that Anthony would waive his no-trade clause this season. He could really have to carry the Knicks in the short term with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) getting hurt and needing a walking boot after the game. Melo gets a 6.0 usage rate bump when KP is on the bench, so expect some bigger lines until the Knicks get their Unicorn back.
Willy Hernagomez double-doubles in start 02-24-2017
Willy Hernangomez C NY
Willy Hernangomez scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 27 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday. He looks to be locked in as the starter at least until Joakim Noah (hamstring) is out, and he could also get an expanded offensive role with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) being in a walking boot. Hernangomez should be owned in all standard leagues.