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Date: Team: Pos:

Danilo Gallinari (knee) will have surgery on his meniscus on Monday.

He is out indefinitely and the All-Star break seems like a fair estimation. Gallinari just can't stay on the court these days and the Nuggets might shut him down for the year. Wilson Chandler's minutes are safe while Alonzo Gee may also play more.
Dec 22 - 5:51 PM

Ty Lawson (back) will play against the Hornets on Monday.

He is dealing with back soreness and there is no word of him being limited. Lawson's bigger issue has been his ankle and he hasn't had too many back issues in his career, so his fantasy owners can throw him into their lineups. If something goes wrong, Nate Robinson would get more run.
Dec 22 - 5:39 PM

James Young (shoulder) went through practice on Monday and will be available to play on Tuesday

It was a full-contact practice and he should be getting closer to a return. Young is a major offensive project, but he could get in the rotation now that Rajon Rondo is gone. He's only worth a look in ridiculously deep leagues.
Dec 22 - 5:01 PM

Russell Westbrook said he might take less 3-pointers this season.

"Yeah, but I'm still missing a lot of them," Westbrook said. "I honestly need to stop taking as many as I'm taking to tell you the truth. I'm gonna take those down as the season goes along." He has never really been an elite shooter at just 39.4 percent from beyond the arc, but the threat of him shooting treys makes him a deadly scorer. Whatever he does, he's going to dominate on the stat sheet.
Source: Oklahoman
Dec 22 - 4:58 PM

Avery Bradley took a shot to his head on Sunday, but is expected to be fine.

He had a horrible game against the Heat, making 2-of-10 from the field for four points with seven rebounds and four assists. He should see a little added responsibility with Rajon Rondo gone, so he is worth a look in standard leagues.
Dec 22 - 4:50 PM

DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi, Reggie Evans and Ramon Sessions are all probable to play against the Warriors on Monday.

It would be an absolute shock to see Cousins miss this game. He has already turned down a minutes cap since his return to the lineup and he has been fantastic, averaging 28.0 points, 12.5 boards, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. Start him, obviously.
Dec 22 - 4:41 PM

Mo Williams was not at practice due to a personal matter and will rejoin the team in Cleveland on Tuesday.

It doesn't sound like he's going to miss the game. Williams bounced back in a big way on Sunday with 24 points in 32 minutes, so apparently the Wolves didn't learn their lesson last time. He is a risky, short-term player to own in standard leagues.
Dec 22 - 4:31 PM

Byron Scott intends to start Ed Davis and Ronnie Price for at least another 8-to-13 games, as he's been pleased with the early returns of his lineup change.

Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin have both lost value with the second unit and there's no relief in sight for fantasy owners. Scott will re-evaluate the lineup after the 8-13 games are up, and it's entirely possible that Davis and Price will keep their jobs indefinitely. Boozer has played well as a reserve and Lin has just enough upside to keep on your bench, though both guys are treading water as late-round values.
Dec 22 - 4:20 PM

Josh Smith has been linked to the Heat in addition to the Kings, Clippers and Mavericks, but the Rockets remain the apparent frontrunner to sign him once he clears waivers.

Miami has a clear need at PF with Josh McRoberts (knee) likely done for the season, and the Heat seem like a better fit than the Rockets, but Smith may be lured to Houston by the prospect of playing alongside Dwight Howard in the postseason. If he instead decides to sign with the Mavericks, beat writer Tim MacMahon reports that he'd fill Brandan Wright's former bench role -- Wright averaged under 19 minutes per game, so Dallas would be a poor fantasy destination for Smoove.
Dec 22 - 4:12 PM

John Henson (foot) has been dealing with pain in his foot and visited a doctor on Monday.

He is getting closer to a return, but the Bucks would be foolish to play him if he's still dealing with pain. Henson hasn't played much power forward this season, so he's not a very attractive pickup even with the Jabari Parker (knee) injury.
Dec 22 - 3:36 PM

Kobe Bryant was held out of practice on Monday and coach Bryon Scott has not decided on his status for Tuesday.

Kobe has been complaining about his body not being right, so there's a good chance he sits on Tuesday or at least one game this week. The Lakers have four games this week, so it still makes sense to start Bryant in weekly formats. If he's out Nick Young, Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson will benefit.
Dec 22 - 3:32 PM

Troy Daniels said he is hoping to " get the green light" from the Wolves to shoot.

"I’m a shooter, so I have to do what I do, what got me here. Shoot the ball," Daniels said. "There will be a lot more threes. I can tell you that." The Wolves are dead last in triples, so they could use a guy like Daniels. Of course, he didn't score in his debut on Sunday, so he's only worth a look in very deep leagues. Coach Flip Saunders also mentioned Daniels won't get much playing time early on.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 22 - 3:23 PM

Kyle Singler is expected to stay in the starting lineup for the Pistons with Josh Smith being waived on Monday.

He's started 14 games and came off the bench for 14 with coach Stan Van Gundy messing with his rotation. While Singler gets the starts, the biggest winner could wind up being Jonas Jerebko, who averaged 16.3 minutes per game and a usage rate of 22.9. Jerebko is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Dec 22 - 3:15 PM

Paul Pierce (left toe) missed practice on Monday, but will play Tuesday.

While he did miss Tuesday of last week with the toe issue, it's not a major concern right now. Pierce should have a similar role on Tuesday, but could lose a few minutes of playing time to Martell Webster (back) soon.
Dec 22 - 3:11 PM

Martell Webster (back) almost went through a full practice on Monday, but will not play on Tuesday.

It sounds like he has a chance to play in 2014. Otto Porter Jr. was a mild disappointment to start the year, so Webster should be on the radar for owners need 3-pointers. Rasual Butler would lose a big chunk of his value.
Dec 22 - 2:50 PM



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