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The Kings are now selling Sauce Castillo T-shirts on their website.

On Tuesday morning, nobody knew what a Sauce Castillo was. Now, it's become one of the greatest nicknames in all of sports because of a closed-caption mistake. The internet can be so great sometimes. As for Mr. Castillo himself, he'll need to get it going off the dribble in order to have fantasy value in almost any league.
Mar 27 - 4:54 PM

Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) is making significant progress and rode a stationary bike on Friday.

If the progress continues, Jones could resume on-court activity as soon as Tuesday. This is great news to hear on Jones after suffering a very scary partially collapsed lung. Fantasy owners can probably keep him on the wire unless you have the luxury of stashing players right now.
Mar 27 - 3:18 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) will have season-ending foot surgery and will be held out of basketball activities for 4-6 months.

He is going to have a bone graft procedure because he is "showing signs of regression," according to the team. This will be his third surgery on his right foot and he's not a complete lock to be ready for training camp. If Durant needs six months to get back to basketball-related activity, he'll be looking at an October return. After five consecutive seasons of being the number one player in fantasy leagues, Durant's fantasy stock has plummeted more than almost anyone could have imagined. We hope we see the 2013-14 KD next season.
Mar 27 - 2:55 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He played on Wednesday and Aldridge is fully expected to play even in road game during a back-to-back set. Aldridge didn't have success against the Suns his last time out with a 19-point game on 38.9 percent shooting, so he should be much better tonight.
Mar 27 - 2:48 PM

Chris Kaman (shoulder) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He has been out since last week and the Blazers were able to get Joel Freeland some minutes. Kaman will likely be close to 15-20 minutes and is only an option in very deep leagues on a 13-game night.
Mar 27 - 2:45 PM

Nicolas Batum (back) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He missed the last two games and should be ready to play tonight. Batum reportedly looked good in warmups on Wednesday, but the team still held him out. Hopefully he doesn't aggravate his back injury and puts up a big line in what should be a high-scoring game. Dorell Wright can be dropped in most leagues while C.J. McCollum will also take a big hit.
Mar 27 - 2:41 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy is unsure if the team will shut down Greg Monroe (knee).

"Well, I don't know about that," Van Gundy said when asked about a shutdown. "It all depends on how he is. I've never really shut anyone down. If he's ready to play, he's healthy and he gets clearance … if he's healthy, mentally, to play, we'd play him." SVG added the team is "nowhere near" the point of playing him yet, so Monroe is likely out through the weekend. He's a cut candidate in several formats. Anthony Tolliver will start in his place while several other Pistons will get more scoring chances.
Mar 27 - 2:36 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood (illness) is getting further medical evaluation.

He is not traveling with the team and it sounds like he's going to be out for a while. With Hood out, Joe Ingles will get some extra run along with Elijah Millsap and newly-added Chris Johnson.
Mar 27 - 2:22 PM

Kevin Martin (hamstrings) said his strained hamstrings should be better and good to go by next week.

He's technically listed as questionable for tonight, but this update suggests he's not going to play. With Martin out, Andrew Wiggins has been playing a ton of minutes while Lorenzo Brown is also getting minutes in the 30s. Chase Budinger also benefits as the best floor-spacing guy on the team. Martin can be dropped in most formats.
Mar 27 - 2:16 PM

Gordon Hayward (shoulder) participated in shootaround on Friday and is probable to play against the Nuggets.

He needed two games out of the lineup and should be ready to roll tonight. With Rodney Hood out, there should be more opportunity for Hayward to produce at a high level. Expect less output from Joe Ingles and Trey Burke tonight.
Mar 27 - 2:11 PM

Eric Bledsoe (illness) is feeling better and is set to play on Friday night against the Blazers.

He played through a stomach ailment on Wednesday. Bledsoe could have Brandon Knight (ankle) back in the lineup, but he'll still be the top option in the offense. Expect him to have a big game against Damian Lillard.
Mar 27 - 2:05 PM

Brandon Knight (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Friday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

Knight has missed the past seven games, so if he is able to go, he'll likely have his minutes held in check, as his conditioning is likely not where it needs to be. Owners will need to check back for another update closer to tip-off, but with 13 games being played tonight, Knight is not necessarily a must-start guy in standard leagues. Stay tuned.
Mar 27 - 2:02 PM

Steven Adams (elbow) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he said he will play Saturday vs. Utah.

Adams said that his elbow hurts and he's a bit banged up, but that won't stop him from suiting up for Friday's game. He will however draw a very tough matchup against an imposing Utah frontcourt, and he's coming off a game in which he was only able to put up four points and four rebounds, so it'll be interesting to see if he can bounce back during that one. If he stinks again, owners in standard leagues should probably consider sending him back to the wire.
Mar 27 - 1:49 PM

Jrue Holiday (leg) still has not been able to practice, and he remains without an official timetable to return.

"I’m just trying to take it slow, don’t want to re-aggravate it. Obviously last time I tried to do a little bit more, it flared up on me," said Holiday. "I think the doctor kind of has a timetable, which they know about. I don’t really know. I don’t ask questions, because I might try to test the waters a little bit too soon. So I just do what they tell me." With just 11 games remaining for the Pelicans, and no clear return date in sight, Holiday belongs on the waiver wire in all re-draft leagues.
Mar 27 - 1:44 PM

Dennis Schroder will slide into the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. Miami with Jeff Teague (ankle) unavailable.

We've seen this movie before, and basically every time Schroder starts, he's an excellent guy to target in daily leagues. Through seven starts this season Schroder has compiled averages of 14.0 points, 7.4 assists, and 0.9 steals per game. With a favorable matchup against Miami tonight, he's a great, low-budget play in daily leagues.
Mar 27 - 1:32 PM

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