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The Raptors may be "leaning toward" replacing GM Bryan Colangelo, according to the National Post.

Previous reports suggested that Colangelo's job was safe, so this complicates the picture. The decision rests with Tim Leiweke, the new CEO of Maple League Sports & Entertainment. Leiweke already made an overture to Phil Jackson, but regardless of Colangelo's fate it's considered unlikely that the Zen Master will join the Raptors as more than an advisor. The suspense won't last much longer, as a decision on Colangelo is "imminent" and could be announced as soon as Monday.
Mon, May 13, 2013 12:06:00 AM

Taj Gibson (ankle) is traveling with the team for Friday's game in Memphis.

He missed Thursday after warmups didn't go well, so he has a good chance to play on Friday. The Bulls have plenty of depth in their frontcourt, so there's little reason to play Gibson at less than 100 percent. He is likely looking at a game-time decision in a bad matchup.
Dec 18 - 11:34 PM

Derrick Rose (illness) is not traveling with the Bulls for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

He could travel on his own, but we would consider Rose doubtful to play. After playing 11 in a row, he's going to miss his second consecutive game. The former MVP is the most annoying player to own and his owners have probably checked for updates more than any other player. Aaron Brooks is worth a look in a sub-par matchup.
Dec 18 - 11:31 PM

Aaron Brooks played 25 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Thursday with 18 points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

Derrick Rose (illness) is not traveling with the Bulls for Friday, so chances are Brooks has another game ready to go on Friday. Although, it's not going to be as great of a matchup against the Grizzlies, but he's still worth a look for short-term value.
Dec 18 - 11:27 PM

Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points against the Knicks on Thursday with five rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and four 3-poitner.

While Anthony Davis is rolling, Butler is the frontrunner for Most Improved Player. He has completely turned around his offensive game while still playing major minutes and filling up the stat sheet in other areas. Butler is flirting with first round value and is not slowing down. Basically, he is for real and when fantasy opponents try to trade for him, his owners should say, "Don't touch Jimmy!"
Dec 18 - 11:22 PM

Amare Stoudemire made a surprise start on Thursday with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a 103-97 loss.

He was expected to rest tonight, but the Knicks needed him to play because of their lack of scoring depth. The Knicks have a back-to-back set starting on Saturday, so his fantasy owners can expect him to sit in one of those games. His owners in weekly leagues will have a tough time using him because of the DNPs.
Dec 18 - 11:12 PM

Tim Hardaway Jr. handed out a career-high five assists against the Bulls on Thursday, adding 23 points, two rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

It was just like summer league with the lack of talent on the wings for the Knicks tonight. Hardaway Jr. has really come a long way from his catch-and-shoot days in his rookie season and has become a well-rounded scorer with better passing, as well. He'll need to improve a little more in scoring off the dribble, but his output in triples should give him enough value to keep him owned in standard leagues while Carmelo Anthony (knee) is on the shelf.
Dec 18 - 10:39 PM

Lance Stephenson (hip) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

He did not travel due to his pelvic sprain and is expected to miss at least another game. With Stephenson out, Gerald Henderson, Gary Neal and Michael Kidd Gilchrist will likely pick up some minutes. Neal is likely to benefit most, especially since he closes out several games for coach Steve Clifford. Stephenson's value can't get much lower than this.
Dec 18 - 9:28 PM

Kevin Durant is expected to get minutes in the mid-30s, according to coach Scott Brooks.

He played 35 minutes on Tuesday and attempted 25 shots from the field, so it's probably safe to say he's back. Durant will be in Anthony Davis' tier for the best player in fantasy hoops in no time.
Dec 18 - 9:15 PM

David Lee (hamstring) is expected to return next week.

The Warriors won't be in a rush to bring him back after he's already aggravated his strain in his first game back. Draymond Green Wally Pipp'd him already, so Lee is not going to get minutes over 26 or so. He's worth a stash and perhaps someone in your league thinks he'll be the same player he was last year.
Dec 18 - 9:05 PM

Johnny O'Bryant will start at power forward against the Kings.

He made his NBA debut on Wednesday and he already making his first start. The Bucks are completely gutted up front and have nobody behind O'Bryant and Zaza Pachulia, so he could get big minutes. Of course, he's only worth a look in very deep leagues. O'Bryant joins Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Pachulia in the starting unit.
Dec 18 - 9:01 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) will start against the Kings on Thursday.

Everything must have went well in warmups and it must be nice to be a 19-year-old professional basketball player. Antetokounmpo was going off on Wednesday before his injury, so his owners should have decent expectations tonight. He should be owned in all leagues. Khris Middleton takes a hit.
Dec 18 - 8:56 PM




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