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The 76ers will reportedly "take a hard look" at Jrue Holiday during free agency this offseason.

Holiday will be an unrestricted free agent when the offseason hits, and Holiday will be one of the more attractive point guards on the market, and he also makes sense in Philly's system as he could work off the ball next to Ben Simmons. We still have a long way to go until free agency, so this is just something to file away for later.
Source: ESPN
Jan 18 - 11:26 AM

Joakim Noah (sore left ankle) did not go through shootaround and he is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is also questionable to play, and if neither guy is able to give it a go, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez would likely pick up most of the five-man minutes in New York. O'Quinn is about as hit-or-miss as they come, and as a starter this season he owns averages of 8.5 points, 8.8 boards and 0.8 blocks per game, so he's basically just a streamer if he gets the start. Stay tuned.
Jan 18 - 11:14 AM

Kristaps Porzingis (sore left Achilles) and Joakim Noah (sore left ankle) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. Boston.

Jeff Hornacek hinted on Tuesday that he was considering starting Porzingis at center for Wednesday's game, so it could be easier to justify making that move if Noah is forced to the sidelines today. Noah wasn't able to go through shootaround, so he seems a bit closer to doubtful, while Porzingis did participate. We likely won't get another update until Porzingis goes through his pregame routine, but if both guys are out, Kyle O'Quinn could draw the start at center.
Jan 18 - 11:03 AM

The Cavs are unlikely to make any additional trades, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

"When the Cavs open the cabinet, they have nothing to give. I'd be stunned if they made a trade of consequence," said Windhorst. "The trade for [Kyle] Korver was a miracle. It almost caused a mutiny in the Hawks organization. That's it. The Cavs have made their moves." The Cavs will be paying $54 million in luxury taxes this season, so they're pretty limited in what they can do, although the buyout market could present another opportunity to add a piece such as Andrew Bogut (hamstring).
Jan 18 - 10:42 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left shoulder) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

KCP wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, so he feels a lot closer to doubtful for tonight's game. Reggie Bullock got the call to enter the starting five on Sunday with Caldwell-Pope on the sidelines, but he didn't do much in 29 minutes of action, while Stanley Johnson produced a nice low-end line in 34 minutes off the bench. If KCP is out again, Johnson and Bullock will continue to split his minutes, with Johnson being the more attractive target.
Jan 18 - 10:21 AM

Jon Leuer (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) are being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

Leuer was able to practice on Tuesday, while KCP was not, so Leuer likely has a much better chance of returning to the court on Wednesday. If he is able to get back out there it'll be interesting to see if he's immediately re-inserted back into the starting five, or if Stan Van Gundy eases him back into things after spending four games on the sidelines. Either way, Stanley Johnson's minutes will likely take a slight hit with Leuer back in the fold. Stay tuned.

Kenny Atkinson acknowledged that Caris LeVert has been "pushing for more minutes" with his solid play as of late and that extending his playing time is something they will look into.

The Nets 2016 first-round pick has seen his playing time rise to the lower-20s through the month of January, and he's responded with averages of 8.6 points, 1.9 dimes and 1.2 triples per game on 48.3 percent shooting. Atkinson wants LeVert to earn his minutes, and he's been doing just that with a +/- rating of +1.1 over the past nine games. He's a reasonable guy to stash, as he should be able to eventually usurp Joe Harris for the starting two-spot in Brooklyn.
Jan 18 - 9:59 AM

The Knicks have recalled Marshall Plumlee from the D-League.

This is literally the only thing we ever blurb about the third Plumlee. Move along folks, no fantasy value to be had here.
Jan 18 - 9:35 AM

D'Angelo Russell blamed himself for his lack of fourth-quarter minutes as of late.

"It’s been [crappy], it’s been real [crappy] I haven’t been bringing it," Russell said of his play late in games. "I applaud coach [Luke Walton] for not putting me on the floor the times that I haven’t [been bringing it]." In the past three games, Russell has been on the floor for a grand total of three minutes and 47 seconds during the fourth quarter, although he should eventually start seeing crunch time minutes once player development (and not winning) becomes Walton's primary focus.
Jan 18 - 9:32 AM

The Hawks have reportedly acquired the right to G Cenk Akyol as part of the Mo Williams deal.

Akyol was drafted in 2005 but he's yet to make his NBA debut, and at 29 years old, that probably won't ever happen.
Jan 18 - 8:44 AM

The Hawks will reportedly sign Gary Neal to a 10-day contract.

Neal is familiar with Mike Budenholzer, as Budenholzer was an assistant coach in San Antonio during his time there, although we're not expecting much from him in Atlanta. He'll be competing for playing time with the likes of Tim Hardaway Jr., Mike Dunleavy and Kent Bazemore, so he's not a great add in most settings.
Jan 18 - 8:41 AM

The Hawks will reportedly send Mo Williams and some cash to the Nuggets.

Denver will be sending the rights to Cenk Akyol (drafted in 2005 and yet to make his NBA debut) back to Atlanta in exchange for Williams, but it's unlikely Akyol will ever play a game in the NBA. The actual corresponding move here for the Hawks will be signing Gary Neal to a 10-day contract. Williams is going to be waived in Denver, and the 13-year-veteran may have already played his final NBA game.
Jan 18 - 8:36 AM

Lou Williams scored 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Denver.

He's officially hot again after scoring 26 points in his previous outing. Williams started the last game with Luol Deng (wrist) out, but the Lakers went with Brandon Ingram in the first unit this time around and it will likely stick. Williams still logged 31 minutes because he helped the Lakers climb back into this game, adding seven assists, four rebounds and two triples. He won't be this good going forward and he's a candidate to be moved before the trade deadline, but he's worth owning right now and is giving Eric Gordon a run for his money for the Sixth Man of the Year Award.
Jan 18 - 1:23 AM

Jameer Nelson played 20 minutes and hit just 1-of-2 shots for two points, four assists and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Lakers.

He was probably a popular DFS play with Gary Harris out again, but he was strictly the backup point guard tonight. He had 18 points, four boards, four assists and two 3-pointers on Monday against his former team (Magic), but wasn't feeling quite as motivated tonight. Will Barton was awesome tonight and is the guy you want to target as long as Gary Harris is out with his ankle injury.
Jan 18 - 1:20 AM

Brandon Ingram moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets and stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

This was arguably one of his best games as a pro. Ingram finished 6-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. With Luol Deng (wrist) out indefinitely, Ingram is looking at 30+ minutes per night moving forward. We'd like to see him do it again because he was averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 3-pointer in his previous nine January games, and there are a couple of better fantasy pickups around the league including Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers. If those guys are unavailable, give Ingram a look, but expect some bumps in the road.
Jan 18 - 1:16 AM



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