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.
The Mavs have recalled rookie guard Gel Mekel from the D-League.
Mekel will return to the Mavs, but with guards Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Devin Harris all healthy, Mekel will likely be glued to the bench and does not offer any fantasy value.
Sources tell ESPN that Phil Jackson is "close" to taking a front office job with the New York Knicks as president of basketball operations.
There were reports earlier in the month that James Dolan was attempting to lure Jackson into becoming New York's next head coach, however, Jackson was reportedly not interested in taking that position. Now, new reports have surfaced stating that Phil is close to taking a position in the front offices of New York, which is a move that makes a little more sense. Phil, now 68-years-old with more rings than fingers, would likely give a boost to the Knicks organization wherever he lands, but for now nothing is certain. Stay tuned for more updates on the Zen Master.
Jamal Crawford said that he returned too soon from his calf injury, and he will miss Monday's game vs. Phoenix.
"I just have to get it stronger because I don't want the same pain to continue to bother me going into the playoffs," Crawford said. "I didn't re-injure it but I could tell it has to be stronger for sure to feel confident pushing off and doing certain things." This gives Darren Collison at least one more game of being fantasy relevant, and perhaps a few games after that as Jamal works himself back into shape. It is possible Jamal misses more than just Monday's game as the Clippers are likely to be cautious with their swingman as they prepare for the post-season push.
Jamal Crawford returned from his calf injury on Saturday and missed both his shots, finishing with three points in 10 minutes.
Baby steps, right? Crawford is back in action for the Clippers and he didn't tweak anything on Saturday night, so he should be better than this going forward. He's going to eventually crush the value of Darren Collison, but he didn't see many minutes tonight and could take a few games to ramp up his minutes. If you own Crawford, you have to think about putting him back in your lineup for next week, when the Clippers play four times.