George Hill went through a full practice on Friday, however, he will continue to come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Kings.
Hill is expected to remain with a minutes restriction for Saturday's game, so owners still holding on will need to remain patient as Hill is eased back into the rotation. After Saturday, the Pacers don't play again until Wednesday, and there's a chance his workload is increased for that game. Stay tuned.
Shayne Whittington has been recalled from the D-League.
Pacers' head coach Frank Vogel said the move was to provide insurance in case Lavoy Allen (knee) is unavailable for Saturday's game against the Kings, stating: "He'll be our fifth big if Lavoy is out." The fifth big in the rotation is not a guy that is likely to offer any fantasy value to teams in most formats. Leave him on the wire.
The Knicks officially signed Louis Amundson to a contract that will keep him with the team for the remainder of the season on Friday.
Amundson can be viewed as a shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues, but he's unlikely to be able to provide much value to owners in standard leagues. Through seven games with the Knicks he is averaging 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.
Updating a previous report, Nicolas Batum (wrist) is officially being listed as probable for Friday's game against the Hawks.
Batum said earlier that he plans to play, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Owners can plan on having Batum available, but should note the difficult matchup against the Hawks.
Marco Belinelli (groin) went through roughly 80 percent of Friday's practice, and he is being listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Clippers.
Belinelli will likely be eased back into the rotation after spending the past 10 games on the sidelines, so there's not much reason to go and grab him in standard leagues. However, when Belinelli is at 100 percent, he'll likely take away some minutes from Patty Mills and Cory Joseph.
Andrew Bogut (illness) will play on Friday vs. the Jazz, as expected.
Bogut was a full participant during Thursday's practice, as well as Friday morning's shootaround, so go ahead and get him active. He will likely slide back into the starting lineup, which would send Marreese Speights to the bench. His return puts a dent in the value of both Speights and David Lee.
DeMarcus Cousins has been announced as Kobe Bryant's replacement for the All-Star game.
Someone was going to get snubbed in the West, and while Cousins is certainly deserving of his All-Star distinction, Damian Lillard is likely livid. Cousins probably feels a bit relieved to make the squad, but he still likely feels a bit disrespected only making it on the account of Bryant being injured. Both Cousins and Lillard figure to be quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues.
Head coach Dave Joerger said Mike Conley's status for Saturday's game vs. OKC is still unknown at this point.
Conley has missed the past two games with a wrist injury, and the Grizzlies continue to be sparse with providing updates on his status. We should get another update on Conley after Saturday morning's shootaround, and if he's again unavailable, it will be Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes splitting minutes at point guard. Stay tuned.