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Dose: Deng Traded To Cavs

Tuesday, January 07, 2014


 

League News and Notes

 

The Nuggets are trying to trade guard Andre Miller, with the Warriors and Kings being named as possible landing spots. With Miller on the outs in Denver, Nate Robinson looks better as a fantasy prospect than he did a week ago. As for Miller, it’s hard to imagine him having much value, regardless of where he ends up.

 

Chandler Parsons suffered a knee injury in Rockets’ practice on Monday, although it’s not thought to be serious after a negative MRI. But it might be enough to keep him out on Wednesday against the Lakers. We should know more on Tuesday, and Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia would benefit if he misses time with the injury.

 

Nicolas Batum says he is going to play for the Blazers with a cast on his left hand for the next six weeks as he deals with a broken middle finger. The good news is he’s going to play through it, but owners have to hope the cast doesn’t impede him too much.

 

Shawn Marion rode a stationary bike during Monday’s Mavs practice and is iffy for Tuesday’s game, so watch for updates on his ankle injury.

 

John Henson won’t play for the Bucks on Tuesday, but is getting closer to a return and could play Friday against the Bulls. However, given their depth and weird rotation, it would be tough to rely on Henson in fantasy leagues on Friday.

 

Knicks point guard Raymond Felton could return from his groin injury as soon as Tuesday against the Pistons. I’m not in love with Felton as a fantasy player going forward, but if you own Beno Udrih, you can probably forget about him until the next time Felton goes down. Pablo Prigioni also appears to be nearing a return from his foot injury, and will also spend time at point guard.

 

Mario Chalmers is iffy for the Heat on Tuesday with a sore Achilles that’s been bothering him for the last week. If he’s out, Norris Cole would be a strong, cheap play.

 

J.J. Redick is “very close” to returning to the Clippers from his broken hand, according to coach Doc Rivers, which I read as he could play by the end of this week. Pick him up if you have someone to cut. It also sounds like Stephen Jackson will be cut by the team on Tuesday, as they’re getting healthy again, outside of CP3.  

 

Kris Humphries missed Monday’s practice due to a sprained left ankle and is iffy for the Celtics on Tuesday against Denver. He’s hot, averaging 11.6 points, 7.8 boards and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, but I benched him on Monday morning for the week after getting this news.

 

Amare Stoudemire took an elbow to his gluteus (butt muscle) on Sunday, leaving him a little iffy for Tuesday. Tyson Chandler is also a little iffy after leaving his last game due to his lingering upper respiratory infection.

 

Jerryd Bayless could play for the Celtics on Tuesday against the Nuggets, but will likely play behind both Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley. He was dealt to the Celtics for Courtney Lee on Monday.

 

The Spurs-Timberwolves game that was canceled earlier this season has been rescheduled for April 8 in Minnesota. The Wolves go from three games to four games for Week 24, while the Spurs jump from two to three games, which should have some positive fantasy playoff implications for players on both teams.

 

C.J. McCollum will be active for the Blazers on Tuesday now that he’s recovered from a broken foot. He’s not a player to pick up in most leagues, but keep an eye on him in case he ends up carving out a role for himself. But the Blazers' starting five are so good it’s hard to imagine McCollum doing much. 



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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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