Nick Young (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.
He's only played in one game since Feb. 5 and that was a mistake by Young and the Lakers. Young doesn't have a timetable to return and the team will go with more Wes Johnson and Kent Bazemore in their small forward spots against some guy named Kevin Durant.
Jordan Hill (knee) will not play against the Thunder on Sunday.
This will be his fifth game out of the lineup due to some possible cartilage damage. Hill hasn't been capable of playing consistent minutes in his five years as a pro and it's a little tough to believe he was taken over guys like Demar DeRozan, Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague in the 2009 NBA Draft. Hill can be cut just about everywhere.
Ryan Kelly will start on Sunday vs. OKC as Wes Johnson moves to small forward and Kent Bazemore heads to the bench.
Kelly has bounced in and out of the starting lineup all season, and he will make another return today as Mike D'Antoni fiddles with his rotations yet again. Kelly went off for 24 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Nuggets on Friday, so the potential for meaningful numbers in a spot-start are there. However, it's unclear for how long this change will be, and Kelly has shown he can struggle with consistency even when the minutes are there.
Kent Bazemore will come off the bench on Sunday, with Wes Johnson sliding over to small forward and Ryan Kelly starting at power forward.
Bazemore had put together a very impressive run with the Lakers, averaging 15 points, 1.3 steals, 2.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.0 threes as a starter. However, the Lakers went 3-9 while Bazemore was starting and Mike D'Antoni figured it was time to shake things up. It's unclear just how much Bazemore's production will be effected by his move to the bench, so owners will want to go with a wait and see approach here.
DeAndre Liggins will play for Miami's D-League team on Sunday in Canton, Ohio. He will then return to Miami for Monday's home game.
Liggins is a bench warmer for the Miami Heat, and he is irrelevant in all fantasy landscapes. He will get some playing time on Sunday in the D-League, then return to his bench role on Monday.
Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) said he expects to play at "full throttle" upon his return.
"I’m going to stay aggressive and stay in that mind-set I had to start the season," said Bledsoe. This is very encouraging to hear, and owners that were able to buy low, or stay afloat during his injury will be rewarded with a late season surge. Bledsoe is expected to make his return for Wednesday's home game vs. the Cavs, but he has not ruled out the possibility of returning Sunday night vs. the Warriors, or Monday vs. his former team the Clippers. Stay tuned for more updates.
Jason Richardson has been experiencing some swelling in his surgically repaired left knee, but is still pushing himself to return at some point this season.
"Yeah, I had some setbacks. I don't know," Richardson said Saturday. "Like I told [Brett Brown] when we talked a month ago, if it's 10 or 15 or two games, I want to come back. That's my goal." It's nice to hear that the veteran wants to return to the court, but that may not be in the cards for a team that is more than content to tank away the season. Richardson is on his last legs, and can safely be left on the wire in all leagues.
The Rockets announced on Sunday that they have re-assigned guard Troy Daniels to the D-League.
He played in two games for the Rockets, totaling six minutes, five points, and a foul. He was a beast in the D-League averaging 23.3 points with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but those numbers just didn't translate at the NBA level.