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Ian Clark picked up some extra minutes on Thursday because coach Steve Kerr said he liked what he saw on defense.

"I just thought Ian was playing well," Kerr said. Clark played 20 minutes on Thursday, finishing with six points, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers. Obviously Clark got a boost from the jump with Shaun Livingston (rest) getting the night off. Expect him to get more run over the weekend, especially with more players likely to rest.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 9 - 3:49 PM

Police are closing in on arresting Matt Barnes for assaulting a woman, according to the NY Daily News.

"They've got enough to charge Barnes with an assault on a woman," a police source said to the Daily News. "It will probably be a misdemeanor assault on one of the females who was pushed or choked or sustained some sort of injury. She's obviously cooperating." The woman claims Barnes choked her into unconsciousness, per the report. For more details, click on the link below.
Dec 9 - 3:36 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee, calf) will not play against the Clippers on Saturday.

He is expected to miss at least one more game on top of that. The Pelicans are going nowhere fast and have only a four percent chance to make the playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight.com. Evans will have a restriction on him for a long time, so stashing him is going to require a lot of patience.
Dec 9 - 3:31 PM

DeMarcus Cousins doesn't expect to be traded this season.

"I talk to management a lot," Cousins said. "We’re on the same page. I’m not worried about it." ESPN's Marc Stein adds the Kings "believe it’s still on the early side to seriously entertain the idea of parting with Cousins." The Kings are sitting at 8-13 and these Boogie trade rumors won't be going away any time soon. He'll have a ton of fantasy value regardless, buthis third-ranked usage rate suggests he has the most value in Sacramento.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 9 - 3:24 PM

Jeremy Lin (hamstring) played some 1-on-1 with Caris LeVert on Friday.

In case you missed it, he is still out for Saturday against the Spurs. The Nets continue to rule Lin out way before his game action and he doesn't have a target date. Clearly, they're in no rush to bring him back, but Lin makes sense as a stash. Isaiah Whitehead will look to build off his strong Wednesday and has some value in points formats.
Dec 9 - 3:16 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra suggested Josh Richardson (ankle) will have a minutes limit upon his return.

In case you missed it, he will be out Friday and could play Saturday. Richardson said he is "really close" and that the Heat called him on Thursday to have him join the team in Cleveland. He also added he won't have to play with the big knee brace because of his partially torn MCL from the offseason. It may take a few days for Richardson to get going, but it makes sense to pick him up.
Dec 9 - 3:09 PM

Blake Griffin (sore right knee) will be a game-time decision to face the Pelicans on Saturday.

If there is good news, this isn't the same leg that gave him problems last year. On the other hand, Griffin had a swelling issue with his right knee late last month. That Saturday game is the only game for the Clippers between Wednesday and Monday, so it makes sense to just rest him. If he is out, Paul Pierce, Mo Speights, Brandon Bass and the wings would get a few extra minutes. DeAndre Jordan also exploded for a 21-23 line in the last game Blake missed.
Dec 9 - 2:53 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said the team has discussed sending Mario Hezonja to the D-League.

Ouch. ESPN's Marc Stein adds the Magic are "openly seeking a scoring boost via trade" could wind up dealing Hezonja. The No. 5 pick in the draft has been out of the rotation with guys like Damian Rudez ahead of him on the depth chart. A trade would obviously help Mario a ton, but he's not worth stashing in most leagues.
Dec 9 - 2:43 PM

Pelicans waive F Anthony Brown.

The Pelicans need help, so Brown becomes a casualty for them. He is likely heading back to the Erie BayHawks in the D-League. Coach Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans will "definitely, probably" add a wing to replace him
Dec 9 - 2:35 PM

Michael Beasley (foot) is listed as probable in the game notes for Friday against the Hawks.

He suffered what looked like a minor ankle tweak on Wednesday, but he did return and looked fine. Beasley sounds like he'll be a go and has played surprisingly well in his limited minutes. Expect him to play.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 9 - 2:30 PM

E'Twaun Moore (toe) is unlikely to play Saturday vs. the Clippers.

Thus, there will be plenty of playing time up for grabs in the Pels backcourt. Tim Frazier will likely start at the point. Buddy Hield has started at shooting guard in each of the last two games, but it has been Langston Galloway that has been the more reliable fantasy player. Galloway is averaging 22.5 points and 4.5 treys over the Pels last two contests.
Dec 9 - 1:56 PM

Jrue Holiday (toe) is unlikely to play Saturday vs. the Clippers.

Tim Frazier will likely start at point guard once again, and is a very intriguing DFS option. In the 22 games he has started this season, Frazier is averaging 10.8 points, 7.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds. Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield should also see additional playing time.
Dec 9 - 1:50 PM

Derrick Rose (sore lower back) will not play Friday vs. the Kings.

This will be the second game Rose has missed due to the back injury he suffered Monday. The good news is that Rose is traveling with the Knicks on their current road trip, which would seemingly indicate he is close to returning to action. Brandon Jennings will get the start at point guard. He makes for a solid DFS play Friday in Sacramento. Jennings had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes in a starting role on Wednesday. He'll likely play more minutes on Friday, assuming the game isn't a blowout, as NY has very little depth behind Jennings at point guard.
Dec 9 - 1:42 PM

Paul Millsap (hip) will play Friday vs. the Bucks.

Millsap has played in two straight games and looked good doing so, averaging 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.5 blocks. Millsap admitted earlier this week that he is currently playing through pain, but should obviously still be locked into starting lineups.
Dec 9 - 1:04 PM

Nikola Vucevic (right corneal abrasion) is listed as questionable for Friday against the Hornets.

Jaylen Brown dunked on Vooch and caught him in the eye, so that explains the injury. Vucevic hasn't missed a game all season, and did play through it. Since being demoted to the bench back on Nov. 27, Vooch has still be able to put up solid numbers. Over Orlando's last seven games, Vooch is averaging 13.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 9 - 12:41 PM



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