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Marcin Gortat played 19 minutes on Sunday and didn't return after being benched three minutes into the third quarter.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman has been upset with his team's effort in recent games and he was obviously displeased with Gortat, possibly due to an ill-advised shot earlier in the quarter. Gortat has openly questioned his role in the Wizards' offense and he hasn't played more than 27 minutes in the past six games, so things are reaching a crisis point for fantasy owners. In most cases patience is the best course of action, as his trade value is currently bottoming out.
Sun, Jan 5, 2014 10:19:00 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich said he'd be surprised if Kawhi Leonard (quad) returned this season.

Not good. It's unclear if Pop means just the regular season or for the playoffs, as well. The Spurs have not been very forthcoming with updates on Leonard, and there's been no talk of him progressing in his rehab. The Spurs will be giving a longer look at Dejounte Murray as a starter and now Kyle Anderson should be starting for the foreseeable future. Leonard's fantasy owners may want to consider dropping him in what has been a lost season.
Feb 21 - 6:17 PM

Trevor Ariza (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday, and he will play on Friday against the Wolves.

He's been working out full speed for at least a week, so he should be ready to roll for Friday night and may not even have restrictions. Ariza suffered his injury on Jan. 28, so he's had three weeks to recover. His return means Luc Mbah a Moute, P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green will lose minutes. Ariza should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 21 - 4:52 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Friday against the Pelicans.

So that means the All-Star break likely wasn't enough for Olynyk's shoulder to get right after the injury on Feb. 5. Olynyk played a whopping 40 minutes in the game prior to injury and he was taking minutes away from Hassan Whiteside. Olynyk being out should open up a few extra minutes for Whiteside, James Johnson and Bam Adebayo.
Feb 21 - 4:14 PM

Darren Collison (left knee) will miss at least one more week of action.

Collison is currently at the two-week mark of his initial 2-3 week timetable, so maybe he'll be able to get back to the court sometime next week. With him out, Cory Joseph will continue to start at the one, with Joe Young acting as his primary backup, but those guys have been too inconsistent to be trusted in most 12-team leagues. Collison is worth stashing just about everywhere.
Feb 21 - 1:58 PM

Marcus Smart (hand) has been cleared to practice on Thursday and will play Friday against the Pistons.

Smart should slot right back into his 30-minute reserve role with the Celtics, which will result in fewer minutes for Terry Rozier. He's worth owning for his dimes, treys and steals, but just know that he's hitting just 35.7% of his shot attempts this season.
Feb 21 - 1:18 PM

Glenn Robinson III (left ankle) has been cleared to return and he expects to play Friday vs. the Hawks.

Head coach Nate McMillan said he "could see" GRIII earning minutes in the 5-10 minute range on Friday night, but wouldn't guarantee he'd actually get out there. Either way, he'll be eased back into things slowly, and with how well Bojan Bogdanovic has played this year, it'll be tough for GRIII to earn enough minutes to matter in most formats.
Feb 21 - 1:06 PM

Kenny Atkinson believes that D'Angelo Russell is "starting to round into form," but he doesn't think he's at "peak level" just yet.

Russell has eclipsed the 30-minute mark just once since coming back from what was a relatively minor knee procedure, but he should be better over this second half of the season. Atkinson has hinted that he'll eventually move Russell back into the starting five, which would likely shift Allen Crabbe back to the second unit.
Feb 21 - 1:00 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




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