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Kyrie Irving (illness) did not attend shootaround and is questionable to play on Friday.

Irving's owners have no choice but to check back for an update, which will likely come 60-90 minutes prior to tipoff. If Irving is too sick to play, the Cavs could start Shaun Livingston at point guard and Dion Waiters would operate with the ball in his hands more often. Irving was throwing up Friday afternoon, according to coach Byron Scott.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 01:20:00 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

Nikola Vucevic (hand) and Aaron Gordon (hip) are "on track" to play Thursday vs. the Knicks.

Barring a setback, Vucevic will be back out there on Thursday following a two-month layoff, which will translate to Bismack Biyombo heading back to the second unit. Mario Hezonja has played really well in Gordon's absence, but his value figures to take a bit of a hit with AG back in action. Vucevic was flirting with top-15 value prior to going down, so he absolutely needs to be owned in all leagues at this point.
Feb 20 - 5:47 PM

Justin Holiday is expected to come off the bench for Thursday's game against the 76ers.

David Nwaba will get the start ahead of him, but Bulls' VP John Paxson also said that he's looking to play his young guys significant minutes, so Holiday should still be able to minutes in the mid-20s while working with the second unit. Still, his value figures to take a hit with the move to the bench, so he's a cut-candidate in shallower leagues.
Feb 20 - 5:40 PM

Robin Lopez is expected to come off the bench Thursday vs. the 76ers.

He's being replaced by Cristiano Felicio in the starting five, and Bulls' VP John Paxson hinted that this will be a lasting post-break change. Lopez hasn't been worth owning for a month now, and his value won't get any better when he's working with the second unit. He can be sent back to the wire in most leagues with this report.
Feb 20 - 5:36 PM

Chicago VP John Paxson said the Bulls will starting David Nwaba and Cristiano Felicio "for a significant time."

Paxson also said there will be "blocks of games" where the young players log significant minutes, so it sounds like they'll really be embracing the youth movement for this second half of the season. Nwaba has been solid in his three starts this season with averages of 9.0 points, 6.7 boards, 1.3 dimes, 1.3 steals, 1.3 swats on 52.2% shooting, so he's someone to consider swooping up in deep leagues.
Feb 20 - 5:21 PM




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