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Free agent PG Brian Roberts has agreed to sign a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Hornets.

Gary Neal was the only guard backing up Kemba Walker prior to Roberts' arrival, so the backup PG job should fall to Roberts with Neal filling in primarily at SG. Charlotte may have overpaid to acquire Marvin Williams this weekend, but they did well to land Roberts, a solid PG with 3-point range, on a short-term deal.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Kyle Lowy (back) will not play vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, and he is considered doubtful to play vs. the Nets on Friday.

Lowry has already said that he won't rush back from injury, so it's safe to drop him in most leagues. Greivis Vasquez will continue to draw the start and is worth a look if you need help in assists and 3-pointers, while DeMar DeRozan and Lou Williams will continue to receive a boost in value with Lowry on the shelf.
Apr 1 - 12:34 PM

Jerami Grant (illness) will return from a one-game absence on Wednesday vs. the Wizards, and he will rejoin the starting lineup which will shift Robert Covington to the bench.

Grant has averaged just 4.3 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.3 blocks in his last four appearances, so there is not a lot to get excited about here. As for Covington, Jason Richardson (knee) is still sidelined, so he should be able to get plenty of run off the bench and is still worth owning in most leagues for his elite 3-point shooting.
Apr 1 - 12:20 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) is still undecided on whether to play on Wednesday vs. the Kings or Thursday vs. the Mavericks.

Howard isn't cleared to play in back-to-back sets, so at least his owners expected this news. Howard is still expected to be on a minutes restriction when he does suit up, so owners in daily leagues would be wise to avoid him. If Howard decides to sit out on Wednesday, Josh Smith will play all the minutes he can handle while Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) could be forced to play more as well. Joey Dorsey also plays more when Howard sits, but he isn't a viable option in most leagues. Check back for another update prior to tip-off.
Apr 1 - 12:10 PM

Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) will play vs. the Kings on Wednesday, though he isn't sure how many minutes.

Jones made it through shootaround just fine and was in good spirits, so it looks like he is in the clear. Donatas Motiejunas (back) is on the sidelines and Dwight Howard (knee) is still on a minutes restriction and won't play in back-to-back sets, so there is a good chance that Jones could get some serious action down the stretch. If he is cleared to play, owners in most leagues will probably want to keep him on their bench until we know how many minutes he will get. Still, Jones has loads of upside and is worth a flier in most leagues.
Apr 1 - 12:03 PM

Derrick Rose will not play vs. the Bucks, but his knee has responded well after two straight days of contact.

Rose participated in some five-on-five scrimmages on Tuesday, and head coach Tom Thibodeau was optimistic about what he saw. Rose remains without a timetable to return, but it is still widely believed that he plays before the end of the regular season which means owners of Aaron Brooks will want to be on alert. If you like taking risks, Rose is worth a look in case he returns for the final stretch, but his owners should keep their expectations in check.
Apr 1 - 11:59 AM

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (ankle) and Cody Zeller (shoulder) will not play vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

MKG will likely be out for another week, so there are no surprises here. At this point in the season, MKG can be dropped in most leagues and the Hornets won't be in a rush to bring him back if they continue to fall out of the hunt for a playoff berth. Jeff Taylor will likely draw another start, but he is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Apr 1 - 11:50 AM

Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be 100 percent until he gets his 10 stitches removed in two weeks, but he will continue to play through the ailment.

The bandage that he is wearing pretty much only lets him use three fingers on his right hand, but Whiteside is just glad that he will be completely healthy for the postseason. "It’s an awkward injury," Whiteside said. "It’s a terrible place to have stitches. There’s really nothing I can do about it." Whiteside was still able to contribute 10 points, six boards, two steals and two blocks against the Spurs on Tuesday, and he is fully expected to play vs. the Cavaliers on Thursday. Keep him locked into all lineups, but as with all Heat players, keep a close eye on the injury report.
Apr 1 - 11:37 AM

Monta Ellis (calf) and J.J. Barea (ankle) are both listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder.

Ellis was held out of Sunday's game vs. the Pacers, but he was able to fully participate in Tuesday's practice and should be ready to roll tonight. Ellis is one of the toughest and most durable players in the NBA, but even this is a little surprising considering he was on crutches a couple of days ago. If Ellis plays he should be activated in all lineups, while Richard Jefferson would return to the bench and lose most of his value. For what it's worth, head coach Rick Carlisle wouldn't commit to Ellis playing just yet, so his owners will want to check back for another update prior to tip-off.
Apr 1 - 10:52 AM

Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) practiced on Tuesday, and he is expected to play vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.

Dedmon has missed four out of the last five games because of his ankle, but it's a great sign that he was able to practice in full. Dedmon may rejoin the starting lineup which would shift Andrew Nicholson to the bench, while Channing Frye would inevitably lose some value as well. Owners in deeper leagues who need help in blocks and boards should give Dedmon a look.
Apr 1 - 9:56 AM

Zach Randolph (hyper-extended elbow) insisted that he will play vs. the Thunder on Friday.

The injury caused Z-Bo to lose feeling in his right hand but he plans to receive treatment, wear a sleeve on his right arm, and take the court for Friday's important matchup with OKC. With two full days before the Grizzlies' next game we'll have plenty of warning if Randolph is at risk of a DNP.
Apr 1 - 2:25 AM

Stephen Curry finished Tuesday's victory in L.A. with 27 points, four 3-pointers, four assists, one steal and one ankle-breaking move against Chris Paul.

This is a somewhat pedestrian line for Steph, who is one of the leading MVP candidates. We just needed an excuse to proliferate his ridiculous juke-move in the second quarter, which sent elite defender CP3 sprawling onto his backside while Curry sank a jumper from the corner. Follow the link below, and enjoy.
Source: YouTube
Apr 1 - 2:04 AM




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