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Beat writer Sam Amico shared a discussion he had with a doctor about Anderson Varejao's knee contusion, saying the injury wasn't serious.

"Doctor tells me knee contusion like Andy Varejao's isn't serious, but can be if not rested properly & understands why Cavs playing it safe," Amico tweeted. It's speculation by nature, but Amico is in a good position to know what's going on, and owners can take it for what it's worth. Varejao is expected to miss another week of action and is targeting Jan. 4 against the Bobcats as his earliest possible return.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 07:59:00 PM

David West (ankle) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. Orlando.

Head coach Frank Vogel will have the final say as to whether West suits up or not, but he did give an encouraging quote after Tuesday's practice. "I’m hopeful [West can play Friday]," said Vogel. "We’ll see how he responded to this work, but we’re hopeful for Friday." It's looking like West is very close to making his regular-season debut, and when he returns Luis Scola will head to the bench. Stay tuned.
Nov 25 - 4:49 PM

Roy Hibbert (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. San Antonio.

If Hibbert is unable to go, Ian Mahinmi would be in line to draw another start. However, a matchup against the Spurs is not very enticing, so owners may want to think twice before using Mahinmi as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Nov 25 - 4:16 PM

Omer Asik (back) said that he will to try to play Tuesday vs. the Kings.

Asik has missed four consecutive games with this back injury, but he was able to practice on Monday. Still, owners will want to check back closer to tip-off for an official update on his status. If Asik is unable to go, Alexis Ajinca would likely draw another start at center, but Ryan Anderson is the one who gains the most when Asik is sidelined.
Nov 25 - 3:46 PM

Kirk Hinrich (chest) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Denver.

Hinrich doesn't offer much fantasy value while Derrick Rose is healthy, and his status will have a greater impact on Aaron Brooks' minute allotment. Stay tuned, but whether he plays or not should be of little concern to owners in standard leagues.
Nov 25 - 3:36 PM

Pau Gasol (calf) is being listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Gasol is an absolute must-start option when he plays, but given the fact that Tom Thibodeau plays rather loosely with the term "probable," owners will want to check back closer to tip-off for an official update. Stay tuned.
Nov 25 - 3:29 PM

Derrick Rose (hamstring) is being listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Owners will want to check back for an official update on Rose's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip, but it's looking like he'll try and give it a go. Rose is coming off an 18-point outing vs. Utah, and has a favorable matchup tonight against the Nuggets. If he plays, Aaron Brooks won't be worth using in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
Nov 25 - 3:21 PM

Mike Miller ran with the starting unit during Tuesday's practice, but head coach David Blatt hasn't yet made a decision who will start at shooting guard on Wednesday.

This is something worth watching, as Shawn Marion's status as the starting SG has always been viewed as a short-term experiment. Rookie Joe Harris' name has come up as a potential starter in the past, but his minutes have come down a bit and it appears he's lost some momentum. Miller is a quality 3-point shooter, and LeBron James is a fan of him from their days together in Miami. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with Miller, but it's certainly a situation worth monitoring.
Nov 25 - 2:49 PM

Ramon Sessions (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game vs. New Orleans.

With Darren Collison (quad contusion) being listed as questionable, Sessions could be in line for a start on Tuesday. However, if both Sessions and Collison are ruled out, Ray McCallum would get all the minutes he can handle at point guard, and would be a fine plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Stay tuned.
Nov 25 - 2:30 PM

Darren Collison (quad contusion) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

If Collison is unable to go, Ramon Sessions (right knee strain) would slide into the starting lineup, and would make for a solid plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Sessions put up 18 points, three rebounds, and two 3-pointers during his last start, but he also failed to register a single assist making him a more attractive option in points leagues. Ray McCallum would also see some extended run off the bench.
Nov 25 - 2:24 PM

JaVale McGee has been ruled out for Tuesday's game and is expected to miss a few more with his left tibia injury.

Timofey Mozgov has been playing well enough for the last week to be picked up in all leagues, and McGee's absence is only going to help.
Nov 25 - 2:22 PM

Rudy Gay (Achilles) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams will likely split minutes at small forward tonight, but Casspi is the more alluring option as he's posted a usage rate of 18.8 playing next to Darren Collison, DeMarcus Cousins, and Ben McLemore this season. He's capable of hitting 3-pointers in bunches, and has a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Pelicans, so Casspi could make for a nice plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Nov 25 - 2:10 PM




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