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The Suns reportedly plan to sign Isaiah Canaan under the injury hardship exception.

Canaan would help provide some depth at the guard spots with Phoenix so banged up, but it's unlikely he'd have much value in 12-team leagues, particularly with how inconsistent Jay Triano has been with the rotations.
Dec 13 - 1:58 PM

Marc Gasol is not planning on asking Memphis management to trade him.

"I have a responsibility to this city," Gasol said. "I'm not gonna quit, no matter what... as long as [owner] Robert [Pera] wants me here, my teammates want me here, they think I'm part of the solution -- and not part of the problem -- that's all I need." GM Chris Wallace has also indicated that the Grizzlies are not looking to move their franchise center, despite losing 15 of their last 16 games, although Gasol did say he would accept a trade if management felt it would be best. If he stays in Memphis this season, he could be a shutdown risk later in the year if they're not a playoff team.
Source: ESPN
Dec 13 - 1:50 PM

Anthony Tolliver (broken nose) was fitted with a mask and practiced on Wednesday.

He should be good to go for Thursday's game in Atlanta, but he's not a fantasy option.
Dec 13 - 1:22 PM

Lauri Markkanen (back) will play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

Markkanen will be returning from a one-game stint on the sidelines, which should shift Nikola Mirotic back to the second unit where he'll fight for the reserve minutes with Bobby Portis. Markkanen is safe to fire up in all season-long settings, but with a tough matchup against Utah, he's not the most attractive target in daily leagues.
Dec 13 - 1:16 PM

Bobby Portis said that he likes operating in a sixth man type role with the Bulls.

"I talked to Taj [Gibson] a lot and took some things from him," Bobby Portis said of his former teammate. "[He told me to] just try to be the best sixth man in the league, try to be a spark off the bench. I feel like that’s my role, what I have to do. I like coming off the bench." Portis had a nice game off the bench on Monday sans Lauri Markkanen (back), but it'll be tough for him to consistently find meaningful minutes when all the PFs in Chicago are healthy. He's more of a deep league stash.
Dec 13 - 1:12 PM

Gordon Hayward (leg) is hopeful to shed his walking boot for good "in the coming days."

Hayward is still hopeful that he'll be able to get back to the court at some point this season, but that's far from a certainty, and he remains without an official timetable. For now, he belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Dec 13 - 1:04 PM

Kenny Atkinson hinted that the Nets could play through the post a bit more with Jahlil Okafor.

"It’s my job as a coach and as a staff to help him fit into the system," Atkinson said. "He’s a talented player, a very willing passer, we do play through the post, it’s part of our system and maybe you’ll see us playing through there a little more with him." Okafor picked up a DNP-CD on Tuesday, but that's because he still hasn't been able to get through a full practice with the team since being traded there. Maybe he'll be able to make his Brooklyn debut on Thursday against the Knicks, but expect him to be brought along slowly.
Source: Nets Daily
Dec 13 - 12:56 PM

Nicolas Batum (elbow) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

Batum was being listed as doubtful on Tuesday and said on Sunday that his elbow was "not even close to 100 percent," but apparently he's willing to fight through the pain. We likely won't get official word on his status until just prior to tip-off, but if he is able to play tonight, Jeremy Lamb will head back to the bench and Dwayne Bacon could drop from the rotation entirely. Stay tuned.
Dec 13 - 12:43 PM

Anthony Davis (left adductor) will be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks.

Davis said he was feeling good after shootaround, and that he "should be able to go" against Milwaukee barring a setback, but ultimately this decision will be made by Alvin Gentry and the Pelicans' medical staff. AD will need to go through his pregame routine before an official decision is made, but if he is able to get back out there, Darius Miller will return to the bench, and DeMarcus Cousins won't be quite as active on offense.

Andre Roberson (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game in Indiana.

Billy Donovan hasn't yet announced who will start in his place, but Alex Abrines has been starting over the past three games with Paul George and Roberson missing time, so it could be him again. However, the Thunder lost on Monday with Abrines at the two, so perhaps Donovan wants to switch things up. Either way, with Carmelo Anthony, PG-13 and Russell Westbrook all active, there won't be much opportunity for the fill-in starter.
Dec 13 - 12:30 PM

Will Barton (lower back contusion) is probable to play Wednesday in Boston.

Barton exited Tuesday's blowout win over the Pistons during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with the back issue, but it looks like that was just a precautionary move by Denver. Season-long owners can probably plan on having him available tonight, but just be sure to check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on his status.
Dec 13 - 12:15 PM

Nikola Jokic (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

Head coach Mike Malone indicated on Tuesday that Jokic was "getting closer," and he was moving around fairly well during Tuesday's shootaround, so perhaps he'll be able to get back out there tonight. We likely won't get official word on his status until after he goes through his pregame routine, but if Jokic is able to get back out there, Mason Plumlee will return to the bench and Kenneth Faried's minutes will take a hit. Stay tuned.
Dec 13 - 12:14 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Jazz

Joe Johnson (wrist) participated during shootaround and will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with the Bulls.

The Jazz are reportedly expecting Johnson to get back to the court this week, and with him getting through shootaround, it seems there's a good chance he'll be returning from his two-month layoff tonight. With Rodney Hood (ankle) and Johnson getting healthy, Alec Burks' minutes could start trending towards the lower-20s.
Dec 13 - 12:09 PM

Raul Neto (concussion) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

He wasn't able to practice on Monday and was listed as doubtful, so this isn't surprising at all. Donovan Mitchell will have a good shot at earning minutes in the high-30s tonight sans Neto.
Dec 13 - 12:06 PM

Andre Roberson (ankle) participated during shootaround, but he remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

Roberson sat out Monday's game with the sprained ankle, but he was able to get up some shots during Tuesday's light practice and him going through shootaround is encouraging. He's likely headed for a game-time call, but if he's able to get back out there, Alex Abrines will shift back to the second unit. Stay tuned.
Dec 13 - 12:04 PM



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