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Doc Rivers met with GM Danny Ainge on Wednesday but only wants to coach next season if he can compete for a championship, sources told ESPN.

This follows with what we've heard previously reported about Rivers' desires. According to ESPN, Ainge made it clear the Celtics still prefer Rivers to return as coach, but the coach was undecided on whether to return to a team that may have to rebuild. Perhaps not coincidentally, league sources told Yahoo! Sports that Chris Paul pushed the Clippers to re-engage trade talks with the Celtics, which they did Wednesday afternoon. Yahoo! reports Rivers is Paul's preferred choice as coach next season and the Clippers are clearly concerned about the pending free agent's desires. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out.
Source: ESPN Boston
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Matt Barnes (hamstring) is unlikely to play on Monday against the Wolves.

The Clippers are going to have to get creative here with Barnes out. We can expect to see a lot of small-ball lineups with J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford on the wings. Plus, we will also see more of Austin Rivers while Jordan Hamilton could get some action.
Mar 2 - 6:33 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said he wants to play Andrew Bogut on Monday against the Nets.

This is a surprise. On Saturday, Kerr said he would like to rest Bogut on Sunday, but Festus Ezeli being suspended forced his hand to play him. Therefore, one would think he would sit out tonight with Ezeli back. All that said, Bogut is still extremely risky to play tonight and not the strongest start in weekly leagues.
Mar 2 - 6:20 PM

Steve Kerr said he would like to get Draymond Green some rest after playing 44 minutes on Sunday, but added tonight's matchup probably won't allow it

In other words, it looks like Green will play, but it might only be 30-33 minutes. To be clear it's all a guessing game right now, but owners in standard leagues should start Green as of right now. If you're in DFS, steering clear of Dray makes the most sense.
Mar 2 - 6:15 PM

Brandon Knight (hip) will start against the Heat on Monday.

He is going to wear a pad on his hip to help protect the hip pointer injury suffered on Saturday. Knight hasn't quite hit his stride with his new team, but he's getting a lot of shots and even played 48 minutes in an overtime game against OKC last week. He's a must start player while this news doesn't necessarily hurt Eric Bledsoe because he's played well next to Knight. Gerald Green should be benched or even cut.
Mar 2 - 6:10 PM

Goran Dragic is a game-time decision against the Suns on Monday.

One would think he would at least try to play against a team with a front office he doesn't trust. Dragic has played well with the Heat, averaging 13.8 points, 3.0 boards, 5.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and 0.6 treys, so he's a must-start player if active, obviously. If he's out, we should get a lot of Shabazz Napier and Mario Chalmers running the point, but it'll be the Dwyane Wade Show, as well.
Mar 2 - 5:51 PM

Kyle Lowry (rest) will not play against the 76ers on Monday.

According to some earlier reports, there's a decent chance Lowry sits out more games, which makes sense given how awful he's played lately. Plus, he also has some issues with his hand and that may explain the shooting woes. That means Greivis Vasquez, a 6'6 guard, will go up against Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan tonight, both are listed at 6'0. Vasquez will have a big opportunity in front of him tonight. As for Lowry, his fantasy owners should bench him in weekly leagues.
Mar 2 - 5:40 PM

JaKarr Sampson and Henry Sims will start for the 76ers on Monday against the Raptors.

In his previous 15 starts, Sampson averaged just 6.7 points, 2.5 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 19.4 minutes, so it's hard to get excited about him getting the nod tonight. However, Jerami Grant will likely see a big increase in playing time. Robert Covington (elbow) is out tonight and he was benched for much of last week's game against the Bucks, which allowed Grant to play a career-high 33 minutes. If you're looking to invest on somebody on the Philly wing (a $50 bill maybe?), it makes sense to go with Grant.
Mar 2 - 5:38 PM

Robert Covington (elbow) and Jason Richardson (rest) will not play Monday against the Raptors.

The 76ers are going to start Isaiah Canaan, JaKarr Sampson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims in a bigger lineup. As for Covington, he has a shot to play Wednesday and his elbow injury doesn't sound severe. That said, his owners will probably want to bench him given how he hasn't played well. To be clear, he should be owned in all leagues. Jerami Grant and Hollis Thompson benefit more than Sampson does for most fantasy owners.
Mar 2 - 5:27 PM

Jimmy Butler (elbow) is expected to miss three-to-four weeks with a sprain, but he will not need surgery, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Bulls are officially calling it a Grade 2/3 ligament (ulnar) strain and a small bone impaction injury to the left elbow. Per beat writer KC Johnson, Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis, and it's possible he'll return in under three weeks, but we're definitely looking at an extended absence for Jimmy Buckets. If he misses three weeks, there would be 11 regular-season games left. Without Butler, Tony Snell should move into the starting lineup and is a must-add in every format where he's available. Without Butler and Derrick Rose (knee), the Bulls are going to be slogging through the offensive end in the near future.
Mar 2 - 1:38 PM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and Kevin Martin (illness) are both questionable to play on Monday against the Clippers.

Pekovic did not participate in shootaround, and he'll warmup before the game to see if he can give it a go. It doesn't sound promising even if he plays, so Gorgui Dieng should remain very ready, and he'd be the most obvious candidate to benefit without the big man. As for Martin, his illness is out of nowhere, so if he doesn't play, Andrew Wiggins will be an even greater point of emphasis with Gary Neal possibly joining the starting lineup.
Mar 2 - 1:30 PM

Jose Calderon (achilles) will be out for at least two weeks.

He'll be reevaluated at that point. This means Calderon will miss at least the next 14 days, and it sounds like there is a good chance he'll miss additional time beyond that. Without the veteran in the lineup, expect Langston Galloway and Shane Larkin to see the bulk of minutes at point guard as Derek Fisher gets creative with his lineups. Of the two, Galloway is the one to target in standard leagues, while Larkin has to show us something real to earn any additional consideration.
Mar 2 - 1:20 PM




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