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Derrick Rose looked great during the Team USA Showcase on Friday night.

Rose also looked great during his comeback last season and there are no amount of great outings that will cause owners to dismiss the last two years. But it's certainly worth noting that he appears to have similar explosion and so far we haven't seen a noticeable drop-off in his game. Rose will likely be among the most talked about players heading into this year's drafts, and the operative question is how much owners are going to downgrade him for the risk he presents. At this rate, we doubt he falls out of the early rounds and he'll likely climb into the top 20-25 if he keeps it up through the end of the preseason.
Aug 2 - 12:01 AM

Kelly Olynyk came off the bench and hit 6-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes on Wednesday.

Olynyk isn't starting for Boston, but he should be treated like he is by fantasy owners. He's averaging 16.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers in 29 minutes over his last five games, and is clearly a better option than Jared Sullinger or Tyler Zeller right now. However, that could change, as the Celtics are said to be in serious talks with the Mavericks in a deal that would send Rajon Rondo to the Mavs for C Brandan Wright. If that happens, the Celtics will truly have a logjam in the middle, if they don't already.
Dec 17 - 11:22 PM

Giannis Antetkounmpo rolled his left ankle and went to the locker room on Wednesday.

He had an ugly ankle sprain a few weeks ago, but didn't miss time. Perhaps he just gets taped up and comes back out. We'll add updates as we receive them.
Dec 17 - 11:05 PM

The Mavericks and Rockets are interested in trading for Rajon Rondo.

Both teams make plenty of sense with Dallas as a much better fit. The Rockets have James Harden as their maestro while Patrick Beverley is a near perfect fit for his defense and improved shooting. Dallas also has Monta Ellis, so it's not like they're a tremendous fit either. Rondo would lose some fantasy value with a move. If you're in a deep league, it makes some sense to stash Marcus Smart (Achilles).
Dec 17 - 10:37 PM

Thomas Robinson will start in place of Robin Lopez on Wednesday.

Coach Terry Stotts said he is going to mix up his lineups, so T-Rob is not likely going to draw all of the starts. Joel Freeland is expected to get some starts here and there, so keep an eye on him, as well. Chris Kaman should also get a handful of extra minutes and is the best pickup for owners needing a big man.
Dec 17 - 10:09 PM

Shelvin Mack came off the bench and hit 7-of-8 shots, 6-of-6 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws to help the Hawks crush the Cavaliers 127-98 in Cleveland on Wednesday.

He finished with a career-high 24 points, two rebounds and three assists, taking over the backup point guard duties behind starter Dennis Schroder with Jeff Teague sidelined with a hamstring injury. Mack went on a second-quarter tear, scoring 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from downtown and the Hawks never looked back in the Cavs' most lopsided loss of the season. If Teague is going to miss more time, Mack could continue to be worth a look. But once he's back on the court it should be Schroder getting the back up minutes, while Mack will watch from the bench. Mack came in averaging just 3.8 points per game on the season.
Dec 17 - 9:59 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) will play against the nuggets on Wednesday.

He went through warmups and everything appears to be fine. Howard admitted he had some soreness following Saturday, but that's to be expected with how much time he missed. Fantasy owners can use him like they normally would. Expect the Nuggets to be in foul trouble tonight.
Dec 17 - 9:28 PM

C.J. Watson (illness) will start against the Clippers on Wednesday.

He missed shootaround due to an illness, but it sounds like he's good to go based on the starting distinction. Watson has been inconsistent on the season, averaging 11.2 points, 4.4 assists and 1.2 triples in 25.0 minutes. He's worth owning in deeper leagues until George Hill (knee) is back.
Dec 17 - 9:05 PM

Corey Brewer is back on the trade block with the Rockets and Cavs as the frontrunners to acquire him.

The Wolves should be getting their banged-up players back soon, so they don't need Brewer quite as much. He's playing around 32 minutes per game for the Wolves right now, so the team would look to guys like Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger to help out. Brewer owners should plan on him losing a ton of fantasy value.
Dec 17 - 8:55 PM

Jared Dudley will start in place of Jabari Parker on Wednesday.

He replaced Jabari when the injury happened, so this move is not a surprise. Dudley also played 20 minutes in the second half on Monday, so he should see a nice increase in playing time. He's worth a look in standard leagues, but there's no need to be too aggressive.
Dec 17 - 8:38 PM

Tony Allen (eye) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

He suffered a corneal abrasion to his right eye on Tuesday, and was forced from that game. There is no word as to how severe the issue is, but we will pass along updates as needed. The Grizzlies have yet to name who will start in his place, but Courtney Lee, Tayshaun Prince, and Vince Carter will also see their minutes increased.
Dec 17 - 7:12 PM

Chris Andersen will start at center in place of Udonis Haslem.

The move could stick with the Heat desperate up front. Andersen is an option as a deep-league specialist, but he is not going to have enough value in standard leagues. Luol Deng has actually been playing some power forward while Shawne Williams has struggled quite a bit.
Dec 17 - 6:50 PM

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