Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Marcin Gortat "needs to play better."
"Definitely needs to play better but we’ve got some options," Brooks said. Those "options" are Jason Smith, Ian Mahinmi and Markieff Morris, as the Wizards have been playing more small ball and Gortat has seen his minutes fall off since the All-Star break. In fact, he hasn't played in the fourth quarter of four straight games. He's slumping at the worst possible time for fantasy owners and is a drop candidate if there's a hot free agent available.
Paul George said he's excited about having Lance Stephenson back in Indiana.
"We had a special memories," George said. "We've definitely got a bond on that court. Hopefully we pick up where we left off. He’s excited. He’s always considered Indiana home, so he’s very excited to play with me and us again. This is where he made his name and made his mark. He’s got that in the back of his mind." After signing a three-year, $12 million deal, Stephenson is expected to suit up for Sunday's game vs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers. You can't make this stuff up. Unless he blows us away and recaptures the form he once had in Indiana, leave him on the wire.
Reggie Evans is still hoping for a return to the NBA.
The 36-year-old rebounding machine has the second-best career rebound percentage in league history. "I’m still working out and waiting on an opportunity to present itself," Evans said. "In the meantime, being home has provided me with more time to give back to the community." Even if gets picked up, there's no fantasy appeal here.
Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour have been sent down for another D-League stint.
Even with the Knicks tanking, fantasy owners can safely leave Plumlee and Ndour on the waiver wire.
Dwyane Wade (elbow) has been shooting and going through non-contact drills with the hope of returning if the Bulls make the postseason.
"He got a really good sweat in [Wednesday]," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "Just continue to try to increase his workload and hopefully he responds well. He just has a little bit of soreness and stiffness after [shooting], but they want him out there testing it. It's a work in progress." With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Bulls trail both the No. 8 seed (Pacers) and No. 7 seed (Heat) by 1.5 games.
Carmelo Anthony said he's "at peace" with playing a reduced role for the Knicks going forward.
"I see the writing on the wall. I see what it is," Anthony said. "I see what they're trying to do, and it's just me accepting that. That's what puts me at peace. Just knowing and understanding how things work. I'm at peace with that." The Knicks haven been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and Melo's usage rate and minutes are both trending down, and with just seven games remaining on the schedule, the shutdown watch is on.