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Heat sign F Jarvis Varnado to a 10-day contract.

Varnado cleared waivers and signed as expected with Miami. He's a shot-blocker, but it would be a surprise to see him get thrown into the fire.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 08:53:00 AM

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

Markelle Fultz (right shoulder rehabilitation) will remain on the sidelines for Thursday's game against the Bulls.

It seems more and more likely that we won't see Fultz take the court again this season, so he can be left on waivers in all re-draft leagues.
Feb 21 - 12:53 PM

Justin Anderson (ankle), Demetrius Jackson (adductor) and Furkan Korkmaz (foot) have been ruled out for Thursday's game in Chicago.

None of these guys have been a significant part of the rotation in Philly this season, so their absence won't have a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Feb 21 - 12:51 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) and Caris LeVert (knee) will remain on the sidelines for Thursday's game against the Hornets.

The good news is that RHJ practiced in full on Wednesday, so this is probably just an example of how extremely cautious the Nets are with bringing guys back from injury. LeVert only partially participated, so he seems a bit further off, but head coach Kenny Atkinson did say he's "hopeful" to see both of these guys back on the court "soon." Their next opportunity to play will come Monday vs. Chicago.
Feb 21 - 12:36 PM

Michael Beasley (ear) was back at practice on Wednesday.

Beasley skipped Tuesday's practice with a minor "ear irritation," but with him getting in a full practice today, he should be good to go for Thursday's game in Orlando. With Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) done for the year, Beasley should close out the season as a starter in New York, and he'll be a nice source of points and boards.
Feb 21 - 11:30 AM

Jeff Hornacek said on Wednesday that Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke will be getting more minutes towards the second half of the season.

It wouldn't be shocking to see Jarrett Jack cede the starting spot to either Ntilikina or Mudiay for the second half of the year, but with all these guys vying for minutes, this could devolve into a value-killing timeshare situation. Ntilikina and Mudiay might be worth a look in really deep leagues, but it's tough to see them churning out value in most 12-team formats.
Feb 21 - 11:16 AM

John Paxson said he'll talk to the Bulls' medical staff about whether or not Zach LaVine can be cleared for back-to-back sets this season.

The Bulls do have five more back-to-back sets this season, so it would be nice if owners wouldn't have to concern themselves with LaVine missing random games during the fantasy playoffs. LaVine was ballin' in the five games headed into the All-Star break with averages of 22.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.6 dimes, 2.2 triples, 1.2 steals and just 1.4 turnovers per game, so he should have a strong finish to the year.
Feb 20 - 6:01 PM

Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

He could, however, suit up for Orlando's G-League affiliate this weekend, which suggests he's close. The Magic are going to play it very safe with Isaac this season given how much of an issue that ankle injury has been for him, and it's tough to see him carving out much value while Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja are healthy.
Feb 20 - 5:53 PM




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