Carmelo Anthony stated during Thursday morning's shootaround that he's had multiple people tell him he should consider sitting out for an extended period of time.
"I've had multiple people say kind of just shut it down or just take time off," said Anthony. "At the end of the day it's hard for me to just do that right now with what's happening with the team. So I'm just trying to be smart about it." The Knicks currently own a record of 5-22, and each loss gives Carmelo another reason to shut it down instead of risk further injury. Tim Hardaway Jr. is looking more and more like a must-own player.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Kings.
If Giannis isn't able to go, Khris Middleton, O.J. Mayo, and Jared Dudley would be in line for extended minutes with Middleton and Mayo offering the most upside. Stay tuned.
Andrew Bogut (knee) had a platelet-rich plasma treatment on Wednesday, and there is currently no timetable set for his return.
Bogut said recently that he felt his knee was "giving out," and news just keeps getting worse for the oft-injured big man. He will not suit up for Thursday's game vs. OKC, and he should be considered doubtful for Monday's game against Sacramento. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights will be the primary beneficiaries with Bogut sidelined, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. Stay tuned.
The Lakers have reportedly offered multiple draft picks and Steve Nash for Rajon Rondo.
The Mavs are currently the favorite to land Rondo, but the Rockets and Lakers have also thrown their names into the mix. There will be a lot of rumors flying around with regards to Rondo, but it's looking like there's a strong possibility that he is moved at some point this season, meaning Marcus Smart makes sense as a stash-candidate.
The Lakers have offered multiple picks and Steve Nash's expiring contract to the Celtics for Rajon Rondo, according to sources.
By our count, the Rondo sweepstakes now includes the Mavericks, Rockets, Kings, Knicks, and Lakers bidding for the point guard's services. It's unclear what Celtics president Danny Ainge will do with his myriad of offers, but it's becoming clear that Rondo won't be wearing Celtic green for much longer. Fantasy owners would be wise to stash Marcus Smart before a trade becomes official.
Joel Embiid (foot) was seen shooting free throws at Thursday's practice.
Embiid has been present at Sixers' practice for the last two weeks and has been allowed to shoot free throws and standstill shots. He still has several steps to go in his rehab from offseason foot surgery, however, and isn't expected to play in 2014-15, so he only belongs on dynasty league fantasy rosters right now.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Gerald Wallace (knee) is available to play Friday after having fluid drained from his right knee.
Wallace sat out Thursday's practice session, but Stevens said he would be available for Friday's game against the Timberwolves. The 32-year-old has only averaged 9.0 minutes over the Celtics' last three games, so he shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters outside of the very deepest of leagues.
Furkan Aldemir (heel) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Hornets.
Aldemir missed practice due to the plantar fasciitis he's dealing with on his right foot and looks likely to sit out Friday's game against Charlotte. Aldemir played just 10 minutes in his NBA debut on Monday, so he can safely be left on the waiver wire.