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Coach Rick Carlisle recently acknowledged that he's considered starting Elton Brand over Chris Kaman.

Carlisle wisely wants a defensive-minded player like Brand playing next to the defensively-challenged Dirk Nowitzki. So even though he hasn't pulled the trigger on the move yet, Brand's minutes are on the rise. Over the last five games, he's averaging 13.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 steals. There's some plug-n-play appeal with the veteran.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 02:27:00 PM

Deron Williams (calf) will come off the bench for Friday's game vs. the Celtics.

Dec 26 - 12:35 PM

Monta Ellis (illness) was not at shootaround, and his status for Friday's game vs. the Lakers has yet to be determined.

Ellis is one of the toughest guys in the league, and hasn't missed a game for the past two seasons, so he'd have to be in really bad shape to miss this one. However, if he is forced to sit, Devin Harris, and J.J. Barea would be the primary beneficiaries. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 12:26 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (illness) missed Friday morning's shootaround, and his status for tonight's game vs. the Lakers is not yet known.

Dirk is dealing with a stomach issue, and went to get it checked out this morning. If he's unable to go Friday, Charlie Villanueva and Greg Smith would be in line for extended minutes. Villanueva is coming off an 18-point game, and he'd make for an interesting play in daily leagues with a favorable matchup vs. the Lakers if Dirk is forced to sit. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 12:20 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

While it's been Perry Jones starting for Durant, the true beneficiary has been Russell Westbrook who has been playing absolutely out of his mind lately. Westbrook will draw a favorable matchup tonight vs. the Hornets, and will make for an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Reggie Jackson also will get a small boost in value, while Jones won't be worth using in most leagues.
Dec 26 - 12:12 PM

Zach Randolph (knee) did not participate during shootaround, and remains questionable for Friday's game vs. Houston.

If Randolph sits his minutes will go to Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos. Leuer would make for a decent plug-and-play option if he draws the start, but it'll be difficult to use him if he's coming off the bench. Koufos can only be viewed as a shot-blocking and rebounding specialist in very deep leagues. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 12:06 PM

Kobe Bryant said both of his Achilles are sore, and his chances to play Friday night vs. the Mavs are "slim."

Wayne Ellington, Nick Young, Wes Johnson, and Carlos Boozer will all be given more offensive responsibilities with Bryant on the sidelines. Nick Young has been struggling lately sans Kobe, going 6-of-19 from the field through his past two outings, so he makes for a risky option in daily leagues.
Dec 26 - 11:57 AM

Josh Smith is hopeful he'll be able to complete his physical and officially sign his deal with Houston early enough on Friday to be available for the Rockets' game vs. the Grizzlies.

Smith has been guaranteed the starting power forward slot in Houston, and if he's cleared to play tonight Donatas Motiejunas will head to the bench. If Smith isn't able to complete all the necessary paper work in time for tonight's game, he's a sure bet for Sunday's game vs. San Antonio. Stay tuned.
Dec 26 - 11:37 AM

The Rockets have waived Tarik Black in order to make room for signing Josh Smith.

Black is a serviceable backup center, and he'll likely find a deal with another team. However, he is nothing more than a backup, and with averages of just 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, he belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Dec 26 - 11:25 AM

Marcus Smart will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Nets, sending Jameer Nelson back to the bench.

Jameer Nelson had a decent game with the starting unit during his last outing, putting up nine points and 11 assists over 29 minutes of action, but the end result was a loss for the Celtics. Smart struggled during his first career start, managing just three points, four assists, one steal, and one 3-pointer, but he offers enough upside to warrant a stash in all leagues. Hopefully he'll be able to get things going in a favorable matchup vs. the Nets.
Dec 26 - 11:15 AM

Jeff Teague is set to return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Bucks, according to plugged in beat reporter Chris Vivlamore.

There was simply no way that Dennis Schroder was going to stick with the starting unit for long with Teague healthy, and it looks like he'll head to the bench on Friday ending his days of standard league relevancy. Teague was putting up early-round value before going down, and is a must-start guy every time he's in uniform. Go ahead and get him active.
Dec 26 - 11:01 AM

Head coach Gregg Popovich said that Kawhi Leonard's (hand) return will be dependent upon pain tolerance.

"It’s a pain thing," Popovich said. "He can’t move his hand. He can’t catch and dribble and that kind of stuff. Medically, they don’t think he can hurt it any more, so that’s good. So it’s just a matter of can he get used to the hand." Leonard remains without an official return date, and while he's sidelined Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, and Marco Belineli will all see extended minutes for San Antonio.
Dec 26 - 10:46 AM




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