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Al-Farouq Aminu was benched by Byron Scott for all of Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

Monty Williams spoke in general terms, but it was understood by everybody listening when he said that he "wanted to give chances to those who understand that playing in the NBA is a privilege and who play with passion" according to the AP. This could be a one-game kick in the pants followed by a bounceback game played with tremendous energy, so owners will want to think twice before making the drop. If Aminu struggles again, then we'll probably change our tune.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 06:11:00 AM

The Bulls and Jimmy Butler have a "large gap" in extension talks, according to beat writer KC Johnson.

Johnson is as dialed in as any reporter on the Bulls beat, so we're inclined to take him at his word. ESPN's Chris Broussard also said that it's "unlikely" the two sides come to an agreement prior to Friday's deadline, but both Butler and the Bulls have been vocal about wanting to remain together.
Oct 30 - 2:57 PM

Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

An MRI confirmed the injury. Deemed ready to go just before the opening tip on Wednesday, Calderon was a last-minute scratch, and he'll now miss at least two weeks. Without Calderon, the Knicks will rely on Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni at point guard. Neither player is a real attractive option in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 30 - 2:11 PM

Ray Allen said he's still undecided on his playing future, but added that he would only need a week to get ready to play.

The predominant thought around the NBA is that Allen will wait until the All-Star break to sign with a team and his latest quotes don't go against that theory. "I've just been home, taking my kids to school," said the 18-year veteran. "I'm working out, taking care of my body. I'm in great shape. I'll just watch how the season progresses, and if I do feel the desire to continue to play, then I'll decide what situation is viable for me." Fantasy owners in standard leagues don't need to worry about Allen, but he could help owners in deep leagues if he signs with a team like the Cavaliers as a sharpshooter.
Oct 30 - 1:54 PM

Nets' head coach Lionel Hollins didn't offer a timetable for Brook Lopez' return from a foot injury before Wednesday's opening night loss to the Celtics.

"He’s not playing tonight. He still is having some pain when he goes hard. I have no idea what progressing means," Hollins said when asked if Lopez is progressing. "Is he pregnant or not pregnant? He’s not playing, he can’t play. When he can play, he’ll have progressed to the point where I would like him to be." There's a chance that Lopez may be available for Saturday's game in Detroit or Monday's game against Oklahoma City, but the fact that he's still experiencing pain in his surgically-repaired foot doesn't exactly qualify as great news.
Oct 30 - 1:48 PM

Kawhi Leonard (eye) will play against the Suns on Friday, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

Leonard will travel with the team to Phoenix after practicing for the last several days, and Gregg Popovich gave the best news that Leonard's fantasy owners could hope for in saying, ""He's in for Friday." Leonard has been a popular breakout pick among the Rotoworld hoops staff and owners shouldn't think twice about putting him in their lineups for Friday night.
Oct 30 - 12:58 PM

Patrick Beverley (hamstring) refused to speak to reporters about his injury following Houston's win over the Jazz on Wednesday.

Beverly spent a good deal of time in the treatment room after leaving the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and was in no mood to talk with reporters. "Don’t come over here with questions," he said. "I’m not answering no questions." Several Rockets sources said the injury doesn't seem serious, but fantasy owners in deeper leagues may want to take a flier on Isaiah Canaan just in case Beverley misses any time.
Oct 30 - 12:34 PM

Mavericks sign G J.J. Barea.

After clearing waivers on Wednesday, Barea has signed a veteran's minimum deal to rejoin the Dallas Mavericks. "We could not be more excited to have J.J. back in a Mavericks uniform," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "He was a key contributor in bringing a championship to Dallas. A player with his experience and leadership will be a great addition to our team." Barea brings more real value to the Mavericks than he does fantasy value to fantasy owners as he'll be part of a crowded backcourt rotation alongside Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, Raymond Felton, and Devin Harris.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Oct 30 - 12:13 PM

Brandon Jennings said he was surprised at his lack of usage during Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

While Jennings did say that it is the coach's decision, he didn't sound happy about only seeing 20 minutes of playing time during the Pistons' opening night loss. "A little surprising," he said. "Never happened before in my career. But hey, it is what it is. We've just got to keep pushing through it." D.J. Augustin saw 28 minutes of action and received a voice of support from head coach Stan Van Gundy after the game. "I thought he was playing better than Brandon, I guess," Van Gundy said. This situation has a chance of getting ugly pretty quickly, but Jennings' fantasy owners don't have much of a choice than to sit tight and hope things turn around.
Oct 30 - 11:20 AM

Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in his first game as the Heat's starting point guard during Wednesday's win against Washington.

Cole had a big opening night as played 27 minutes in his new role and impressed head coach Erik Spoelstra. "I wasn’t even expecting that. I just wanted him to quarterback our team and make decisions and get us organized," Spoelstra said. "He came out super aggressive at the beginning, almost frantic, and then settled in from there." The 26-year-old emergence has relegated Mario Chalmers to second unit duties and makes Cole a must-add in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 30 - 10:48 AM

Rajon Rondo (hand) told reporters that he felt "91 percent" during Wednesday's 121-105 win over the Nets.

Rondo's tongue-in-cheek self-appraisal has gone from 79 to 83 to 91 percent over the course of a week, so he's trending in the right direction. His 13 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block, and one three-pointer on Wednesday night had opponents noticing too. "Rondo was classic," said Kevin Garnett. "I don't know what he said he was, 89, 83 percent? That's a hell of an 83 percent." Head coach Brad Stevens said Rondo won't be on a minutes restriction going forward, so as long as he can stay healthy, the 28-year-old will be a threat to post a triple-double on any given night.
Source: ESPN Boston
Oct 30 - 10:32 AM

Pau Gasol thinks his brother Marc may end up with the New York Knicks when he hits free agency after the 2014-15 season.

The Knicks are a logical suitor as they'll have over $20 million in cap space next summer, but it sounds like the brother have already spoken about Pau's former coach. "Hopefully he’ll have a strong year and all the options in the world, because he’s one of the top centers, interior players in the league, so any team would be fortunate to have him," Pau said. "It’s a personal decision. I talked to my brother enough about Phil that he knows what he brings to the table. Gasol had a strong season opener with 32 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks and is one of the better centers in fantasy basketball as long as he is healthy.
Oct 30 - 9:15 AM


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