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Updating a previous post, the Pistons are now saying Brandon Knight (knee), who will not play Friday, might undergo an MRI on Saturday afternoon.

The Pistons initially said Knight was likely slated for the exam before hedging a short while later. Knight was scratched earlier Friday afternoon less than an hour after being called a game-time decision. He went through shootaround but was apparently limited enough that the Pistons want to make sure nothing's structurally wrong. Rodney Stuckey will start in Knight's place Friday and Will Bynum should see extra minutes as well.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 05:45:00 PM

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

The Orlando Magic are signing G Rashad Vaughn to a 10-day contract, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Vaughn was traded twice over a three-day span earlier this month, before being waived by the Pelicans. Selected 17th overall in the 2015 NBA draft out of UNLV, Vaughn has averaged 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds over 134 career games. He can be left on waivers.
Feb 20 - 1:25 PM

Brandon Rush has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Rush has played for four different teams over his nine-year NBA career. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 47 games (33 starts) for the Timberwolves last season. He should be left on waivers, as it's unlikely he'll be able to carve out a role in the Blazers rotation.
Feb 20 - 9:18 AM

The Knicks have signed F Troy Williams to a 10-day contract.

The Rockets waived Williams last week to sign Joe Johnson. The Knicks had an open roster spot, so they didn't need to cut anyone on their active roster. Williams played in 30 games for the Grizzlies and Rockets in 2016-17, but has appeared in just four contests for Houston this season. Williams might see some playing time in New York, as the Knicks are thin at small forward, but he can be left on waivers in standard-sized leagues
Feb 20 - 9:15 AM

According to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, John Wall (knee surgery) "no longer needs crutches and shows no visible hitch in his walk."

It's been two weeks since his surgery, and while John Wall didn't reveal much, he hinted that he's still hoping to return between the 6- to 8-week mark. "I haven’t really tried to get back on the court yet so, just doing the little things. And I haven’t started running yet. So whenever I get to that point I can kind of start grasping stuff and understanding what level I’m at but right now it’s between six to eight weeks," he said. "It might be longer but I don’t know. I haven’t got to that point." We'll continue to track his progress every step of the way, but it's possible he returns in time to help his owners in the fantasy playoffs.
Feb 19 - 10:59 AM

LeBron James led his All-Star team to a spirited win on Sunday with 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, four 3-pointers and one steal in a game-high 31 minutes.

LeBron earned All-Star MVP honors and his team played surprisingly aggressive defense down the stretch, including a suffocating double-team against Stephen Curry at the end of regulation. In the process, LeBron passed Oscar Robertson for fifth-most assists in All-Star game history, and he's just two assists behind Bob Cousy. King James wasn't messing around tonight, and we can only hope this sets the tone for future All-Star games.
Feb 18 - 11:47 PM




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