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Lakers waive G Darius Johnson-Odom on Monday.

His contract would have become guaranteed on Jan. 10th and the Lakers have a pressing need for big men now that Dwight, Pau and Jordan Hill are all banged up, so this was an easy decision.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 05:04:00 PM

De'Aaron Fox (conjunctivitis) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Fox suffered a cut above his right eye during the Kings' final game before the All-Star break, but he logged 16 minutes during the Rising Stars game and this case of pink eye appears to be totally unrelated. Frank Mason (foot) is iffy to play, so if Fox can't suit up the Kings will likely turn to Garrett Temple for the bulk of the PG minutes.
Feb 21 - 11:41 PM

Skal Labissiere (shoulder) is probable for Thursday's game vs. the Thunder.

Labissiere was ruled out 2-3 weeks as of Feb. 1, and it sounds like his shoulder responded well to extended rest during the All-Star break. The 21-year-old has enough rest-of-season upside to be worth a look if you need a big man in competitive leagues.
Feb 21 - 9:31 PM

Kawhi Leonard (right quad tendinopathy) has been medically cleared to return for the Spurs, but "he has elected against returning to the active roster," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gregg Popovich said on Wednesday that he'd be "surprised" if Leonard returned this season, although it's unclear if that includes the postseason. "We only have X number of games left in the season, and he's still not ready to go," Popovich said. "If by some chance he is [ready to play], it's gonna be pretty late into the season ... I'll be surprised if he gets back this year." The revelation that Kawhi has been medically cleared adds to the confusion surrounding his ailment, and he could reportedly play if "he can manage the pain of the injury." Most fantasy owners should already be resigned to a lost season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 8:38 PM

Avery Bradley (athletic pubalgia) is officially questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Warriors.

Bradley's injury is usually lumped into the catch-all phrase 'sports hernia', but specifically refers to "the disruption and/or separation of the more medial common aponeurosis from the pubis, usually with some degree of adductor tendon pathology." Clippers coach Doc Rivers suggested that Bradley's status for each game will be a toss-up depending upon how he feels, and this should be the last straw for most fantasy owners. Whenever he does miss games, Austin Rivers and Lou Williams should be ready to pick up the slack.
Feb 21 - 8:28 PM

Ricky Rubio (left hip soreness) didn't practice on Wednesday.

This is worrisome news for Rubio's fantasy owners. He was surging before getting hurt on Feb. 9 and we were optimistic that he'd be ready after the break, but he's still receiving treatment on his hip. Owners should make contingency plans for the weekend, but for now we're calling him questionable for games on Friday (vs. Portland) and Saturday (vs. Dallas). If he can't suit up, Donovan Mitchell will have the ball in his hands more often than not, while Royce O'Neale and Joe Ingles also stand to benefit.
Feb 21 - 7:38 PM

Rudy Gay (heel) will return on Friday night against the Nuggets.

The Spurs get some good news after coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard (quad) could miss the rest of the season. Gay's heel injury has been a problem for him throughout the season and he's been out since Dec. 28. He'll likely have a minutes cap upon his return, but he's worth a look in 12-team leagues.
Feb 21 - 6:23 PM

Trevor Ariza (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday, and he will play on Friday against the Wolves.

He's been working out full speed for at least a week, so he should be ready to roll for Friday night and may not even have restrictions. Ariza suffered his injury on Jan. 28, so he's had three weeks to recover. His return means Luc Mbah a Moute, P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green will lose minutes. Ariza should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 21 - 4:52 PM

Darren Collison (left knee) will miss at least one more week of action.

Collison is currently at the two-week mark of his initial 2-3 week timetable, so maybe he'll be able to get back to the court sometime next week. With him out, Cory Joseph will continue to start at the one, with Joe Young acting as his primary backup, but those guys have been too inconsistent to be trusted in most 12-team leagues. Collison is worth stashing just about everywhere.
Feb 21 - 1:58 PM

Marcus Smart (hand) has been cleared to practice on Thursday and will play Friday against the Pistons.

Smart should slot right back into his 30-minute reserve role with the Celtics, which will result in fewer minutes for Terry Rozier. He's worth owning for his dimes, treys and steals, but just know that he's hitting just 35.7% of his shot attempts this season.
Feb 21 - 1:18 PM

Glenn Robinson III (left ankle) has been cleared to return and he expects to play Friday vs. the Hawks.

Head coach Nate McMillan said he "could see" GRIII earning minutes in the 5-10 minute range on Friday night, but wouldn't guarantee he'd actually get out there. Either way, he'll be eased back into things slowly, and with how well Bojan Bogdanovic has played this year, it'll be tough for GRIII to earn enough minutes to matter in most formats.
Feb 21 - 1:06 PM

Kenny Atkinson believes that D'Angelo Russell is "starting to round into form," but he doesn't think he's at "peak level" just yet.

Russell has eclipsed the 30-minute mark just once since coming back from what was a relatively minor knee procedure, but he should be better over this second half of the season. Atkinson has hinted that he'll eventually move Russell back into the starting five, which would likely shift Allen Crabbe back to the second unit.
Feb 21 - 1:00 PM




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