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J.R. Smith said he wouldn't blame Knicks president Phil Jackson and the team if they traded him this offseason.

Appearing on ESPN2's First Take on Wednesday, Smith said, "I was playing like a person who didn’t want to be there. Not looking as focused as a person should be in that situation that we were, in the trenches. I wouldn’t blame them at all." The Knicks currently have a glut of shooting guards and Smith could be the first to go if the team can find a trader partner. He averaged 14.5 points, 2.6 three-pointers, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 steals in 2013-14, so he'll still hold decent fantasy value heading into the 2014-15 season.
Source: ESPN NY
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 01:24:00 PM

LeBron James (wrist) will play against the Kings on Friday.

Well, most DFS owners can change their plans now. James usually doesn't play limited minutes, so his fantasy owners can plug him back in. If you were expecting Kyrie Irving to have another 55-point game, it's a little less likely now. J.R. Smith also takes a hit here.
Jan 30 - 6:47 PM

Mike Conley (wrist) is probable to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

It's nice to see the Grizzlies will get their star point guard back, but they didn't miss him in their last two games. Conley should have his hands full in what should be a great game on Saturday night. If you added Beno Udrih, you can let him loose.
Jan 30 - 6:44 PM

J.J. Redick (back) will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Pelicans, sending Jamal Crawford back to the bench.

Redick will draw a very favorable matchup tonight against the Pelicans, so make sure he's on your active roster. His return will cause Crawford's value to take a minor hit, but both players should have no trouble being productive tonight.
Jan 30 - 6:44 PM

Vince Carter's MRI revealed a "left foot tendon injury" and he will be re-evaluated next week.

It looks like Carter dodged a bullet here, as there was some fear that he had sustained a fracture to his foot. It's unclear at this point exactly how long Carter will be sidelined, but Tony Allen will likely soak up most of Carter's reserve minutes.
Jan 30 - 6:41 PM

Chandler Parsons (illness) will not play against the Heat on Friday.

It sounds like he's just sick, so he could be back for Saturday against the Magic. While Parsons is out, Richard Jefferson will likely take over most of the minutes. In fact, in R-Jeff's last game without Parsons, he had 13 points, 13 boards and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes -- that was with Jae Crowder too. Give him a look in DFS. Al-Farouq Aminu will also get more run and could build off his six-block game.
Jan 30 - 6:36 PM

Anthony Davis (adductor) will not play against the Clippers on Friday night.

The good news is that he's not dealing with a serious injury, but the Pelicans usually are cautious when it comes to playing their superstar at less than 100 percent. With Davis out, Ryan Anderson will start while Dante Cunningham and Alexis Ajinca should play a little more. Plus, expect to see more of Eric Gordon in the offense. Davis' fantasy owners can consider him as questionable for Monday against the Hawks.
Jan 30 - 6:26 PM

Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale said he doesn't expect to have Dwight Howard (knee, ankle) back in uniform "for a while."

Things aren't looking good for Dwight. An MRI revealed fluid buildup in his right knee on Wednesday, and there was a report that he was seeking a second opinion and he could miss "extended time" on Thursday. McHale's words go along with the extended absence theme, and it'll be Donatas Motiejunas, Josh Smith, and Terrence Jones seeing a majority of the big man minutes with Howard sidelined.
Jan 30 - 6:21 PM

Chris Andersen (back, elbow) will play against the Mavericks on Friday.

It's still unclear if he's going to start, but it shouldn't really affect Hassan Whiteside's playing time. Andersen will likely see minutes around 20, so he's only a low-end fantasy option in his first game back.
Jan 30 - 6:20 PM

James Johnson (right hamstring) will not play against the Nets on Friday.

He did not play on Tuesday and was limited on Wednesday, but it wasn't because of the injury because he sustained it today at shootaround. Regardless, it's clear that Johnson isn't worth owning now that DeMar DeRozan is back.
Jan 30 - 6:11 PM

LeBron James (wrist) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Kings.

LeBron is going to go through a pregame evaluation, which could change things, but he is still considered doubtful for tonight's game. If James sits, Shawn Marion will likely draw another start at SF, but the main beneficiaries of his absence will be Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. J.R. Smith will also have some more opportunities to create on offense.
Jan 30 - 5:52 PM

DeMarre Carroll (left Achilles strain) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

He is just banged up and the Hawks will allow him to heal. Carroll has been one of the more efficient small forwards in the NBA and his steals numbers have pushed him to mid-round value on the year. His fantasy owners should bench him tonight and expect him to play on Saturday against the 76ers. Thabo Sefolosha will start.
Jan 30 - 5:52 PM

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