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Brook Lopez was diagnosed with a "ligament sprain of the mid-foot" by Nets Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Riley Williams and will be reevaluated on Monday.

In addition to that, Williams that the "area of Brook's previous fracture was unremarkable and unchanged," which is obviously good news. It's unclear if Lopez will be forced to miss additional time beyond the two games he's already been ruled out of, but he did say that he was already feeling better on Friday than he did Thursday and Avery Johnson added that the team has been assured it's not "something serious." That sound you hear is a collective exhale from Brook's fantasy owners.
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 11:14:00 AM

Jrue Holiday (leg) said that he has no specific timetable for his return, and he remains out indefinitely.

After he missed half of last season with a similar injury, the Pelicans will likely proceed with extreme caution. Holiday should still be stashed in all leagues in the hope that he can return soon, but this report is a little troubling. In the meantime, Tyreke Evans will continue to run the point for New Orleans, while Eric Gordon will handle the ball more as well.
Jan 28 - 11:50 AM

Tyreke Evans (illness) is considered probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

He has take over the starting point guard role in the absence of Jrue Holday (leg), so the Pelicans would be in serious trouble If Evans missed this game. Even though Evans will likely end up playing, owners should check back before tip-off just to be safe. Should he miss any time, Nate Wolters and Jimmer Fredette would see an uptick in minutes at point guard, but still wouldn't be ideal options outside of deeper leagues.
Jan 28 - 11:26 AM

The Bucks have signed Jorge Gutierrez to a 10-day contract on Wednesday.

He actually played for coach Jason Kidd when he was in Brooklyn, so the move does make some sense. However, Gutierrez likely won't be a big part of the rotation, so owners in most leagues can safely leave him on the wire for now. Also, the Bucks did not have to waive another player in order for this deal to work, as Larry Sander's suspension gave them the ability to add another player. If/when Sanders returns, the Bucks will then have to cut ties with somebody.
Jan 28 - 10:37 AM

John Wall is reportedly dealing with a sore left Achilles, minor ankle sprains on both feet, and he was dealing with a migraine during Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

"He fought through a lot of different things," coach Randy Wittman said of Wall. "He's beat up a little bit. He's under the weather a little bit. But John loves playing. That's why I love that kid. It takes a lot for him to miss a game." To be clear, Wall is not expected to miss any time, but this simply speaks volumes of his toughness. Wall should get a chance to recover during the All-Star break, so his owners shouldn't be too concerned. Feel free to deploy Wall as normal for now, just be sure to stay tuned for updates.
Jan 28 - 10:20 AM

Al Jefferson will join the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

The Hornets have been bringing Big Al off the bench in order to ease him into action since returning from a groin injury, but Bismack Biyombo's knee injury changed their stance. With an increase in minutes, Jefferson should be considered a must-start option in all formats from here on out.
Jan 28 - 9:43 AM

The Thunder are reportedly still weighing the pros and cons of trading Reggie Jackson.

It's not surprising to see the Thunder considering a trade, as Jackson is going to become a restricted free agent in the Summer and they might not be able to afford him. The addition of Dion Waiters only made things worse, as Jackson's minutes have been trending down and he has reportedly had some issues with some of his teammates. Nothing is certain at the moment, but owners in most leagues should consider stashing Jackson for now in the hope that he is traded before the Feb. 19 deadline.
Jan 28 - 9:22 AM

The Kings are said to be active on the phones as the trade deadline approaches, and Derrick Williams and Nik Stauskas are both reportedly on the block.

We knew that Stauskas had been linked in several trade talks, but now it appears that Williams could be on his way out of Sacramento as well. No deal for either player is imminent by any means, but we will be sure to let you know if anything develops. Both Stauskas and Williams would have to be traded to ideal situations to make an impact in fantasy leagues, so owners can use a wait-and-see approach for now.
Jan 28 - 9:08 AM

Klay Thompson stayed hot vs. the Bulls on Tuesday, scoring a team-high 30 points on 13-of-27 shooting with four 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in a disappointing overtime loss.

Thompson's usage rate is through the roof recently. He's averaging 35.0 points over the Warriors' past four games, on an average of 23.0 field goals and 5.8 free throw attempts per game. He's pouring in 3.2 triples per game this season, on 45.8 percent shooting beyond the arc, a ridiculous percentage which trails only Courtney Lee (46.4 percent) and Kyle Korver (53.1 percent). Those numbers are unquestionably elite.
Jan 28 - 2:29 AM

Derrick Rose turned the ball over a career-high 11 times vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, scoring 30 points on 13-of-33 shooting with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds and just one assist in 43 minutes.

Rose was launching shots indiscriminately, perhaps overcompensating during a nationally-televised game vs. the top-seeded team in the West. His lone assist helped to force overtime and he made a very tough jumper to give Chicago the lead late in OT, but his lack of efficiency is glaring -- he's now one of three people since the 1985-86 season to take at least 33 shots without a single free throw attempt, joining Gilbert Arenas and Hakeem Olajuwon. Rose's fantasy owners can't complain as long as he's healthy and racking up a ridiculous usage rate.
Jan 28 - 2:08 AM

The Bulls shocked the Warriors in California on Tuesday, aided by Joakim Noah's 18 points (7-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 15 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

Noah recently said that he feels as healthy as he has all season, and tonight's 40-minute performance supports that claim. The combination of Pau Gasol's arrival and Noah's injury problems have thus far reduced him to a late-round value, but coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't lost faith and Noah could be primed for a solid second half of the season. Andrew Bogut wasn't playing for the Warriors tonight, which contributed to Noah's huge game, and this is a mild sell-high opportunity.
Jan 28 - 2:02 AM

David Lee exploded for a season-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting vs. the Bulls on Tuesday, adding nine rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes during the Warriors' disappointing home loss.

Lee had a phenomenal second half but his offensive efforts weren't enough to prevent the Warriors' defeat, just their second loss in 23 games at the Oracle Arena. Andrew Bogut was a late scratch with the flu on Tuesday, so a repeat performance isn't expected, but Lee is still worth owning if you need rebounds and FG% with a trickle of across-the-board production.
Jan 28 - 1:58 AM




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