Khris Middleton (rest) reportedly will not travel for Monday's road game against the Cavaliers.
Middleton moved back into the starting five for Sunday's game against the Suns, and there were indications the team was ready to increase his workload. So much for that. He supplanted Michael Beasley in the starting lineup on Sunday, so it's likely Beasley slides back into the starting grid for Monday's tilt against the defending champs.
Jordan Clarkson scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes off the bench.
Since the departure of Lou Williams, Clarkson has seen his usage rate spike to 28.0, up from his pre-break average of 22.9. Head coach Luke Walton has said that he wants Clarkson to be more of a playmaker in the second-unit with Sweet Lou no longer around, so his minutes and usage should continue this upward trend for the final few months of the season.
Julius Randle went 2-of-9 from the field and 2-of-6 from the charity stripe during Sunday's loss to the Spurs, on his way to six points, 12 boards, four assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes.
Poor free throw shooting and limited contributions on the defensive end has Randle operating with just a 13th round evaluation on the year, and there's a chance he could start losing some minutes to Larry Nance as we approach the end of the 2016-17 season. Randle’s low-upside leaves a lot to be desired in standard leagues, although he’s a much more attractive guy to own in points leagues.
D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting Sunday, to go with five rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and three turnovers in 29 minutes.
Keeping down the turnovers and scoring efficiently will be key in how high Russell can climb up the rankings, but no matter what, he figures to see a strong boost with Lou Williams no longer in town to mess with his fourth quarter minutes. If he can keep playing like this, then he might be able to flirt with top-50 value to close out the year.
Pau Gasol scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench Sunday, to go with seven boards, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block.
Gregg Popovich is easing Gasol back into things after he spent a little over a month on the sidelines, but he should be back in the starting five soon enough. Dewayne Dedmon put up 11 points, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one turnover through 20 minutes as a starter, but his minutes will likely head back to the teens once Gasol makes his way back into the starting lineup.
Victor Oladipo (back) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Sunday.
Oladipo warmed up tonight but obviously didn't feel well enough to return, leaving him questionable to play vs. the Jazz on Tuesday. Alex Abrines and Doug McDermott stand to gain the most in his absence, with Abrines as the projected starter.
Patty Mills scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one turnover in 17 minutes off the bench.
Mills is worth owning as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues, but he doesn’t bring enough to the other areas of the box score to be considered a worthwhile standard-league asset. Tony Parker put up eight points, nine dimes and three boards in 20 minutes, and he can remain on the waiver wire just about everywhere.
Danny Green scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting during Sunday's blowout win over the Lakers, to go with one rebound, one assist, one 3-pointer, three steals and one block in 20 minutes.
The scoring comes and goes with Green, but his averages of 1.9 triples, 1.8 dimes, 1.0 steal, 0.8 blocks and just 1.1 turnovers per game have him working with a top-100 evaluation in standard leagues. He’s no the most exciting guy to own in head-to-head leagues, although he does see a nice boost in the roto-format.