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According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Knicks "are one of several teams to express interest" in Troy Williams.

The Rockets had to waive the 23-year-old forward to make room for Joe Johnson. Williams is expected to make a decision on where to sign "soon," but no other team is mentioned in the report. Williams was buried on the depth chart in Houston, but did have a really strong summer league and could be interesting on a rebuilding team like the Knicks. He's worth monitoring in very deep leagues.
Feb 19 - 8:37 PM

The Raptors are reportedly eying Arron Afflalo, should he reach a buyout agreement with the Magic.

The 32-year-old veteran doesn't make much sense on Orlando's roster, so he could certainly be a buyout candidate. However, regardless of the name across his jersey, he'll remain irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Feb 19 - 5:42 PM

According to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, John Wall (knee surgery) "no longer needs crutches and shows no visible hitch in his walk."

It's been two weeks since his surgery, and while John Wall didn't reveal much, he hinted that he's still hoping to return between the 6- to 8-week mark. "I haven’t really tried to get back on the court yet so, just doing the little things. And I haven’t started running yet. So whenever I get to that point I can kind of start grasping stuff and understanding what level I’m at but right now it’s between six to eight weeks," he said. "It might be longer but I don’t know. I haven’t got to that point." We'll continue to track his progress every step of the way, but it's possible he returns in time to help his owners in the fantasy playoffs.
Feb 19 - 10:59 AM

Tiago Splitter announced his retirement from the NBA on Sunday.

He was hoping for another job before the season, but the right opportunity never came. Since then, Splitter has been working as a reporter. The 33-year-old Brazilian has career averages of 7.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.6 blocks.
Feb 19 - 10:33 AM

LeBron James led his All-Star team to a spirited win on Sunday with 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, four 3-pointers and one steal in a game-high 31 minutes.

LeBron earned All-Star MVP honors and his team played surprisingly aggressive defense down the stretch, including a suffocating double-team against Stephen Curry at the end of regulation. In the process, LeBron passed Oscar Robertson for fifth-most assists in All-Star game history, and he's just two assists behind Bob Cousy. King James wasn't messing around tonight, and we can only hope this sets the tone for future All-Star games.
Feb 18 - 11:47 PM

Anthony Davis scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting during Team LeBron's feisty win on Sunday, adding two rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes.

Davis injured his groin early in the Pelicans' game on Wednesday, but it appears to be a non-issue. He looked fine during the All-Star game and there was no suggestion that he'd sit out with the injury, so owners can anticipate him being fully rested and ready after the break. The Pelicans play two games in Week 19, followed by a three-game Week 20. Davis also deserves kudos for wearing injured teammate DeMarcus Cousins' jersey to begin this year's All-Star game.
Feb 18 - 11:32 PM

Joel Embiid (ankle) finished his first All-Star game with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Embiid missed Philly's final game before the break due to swelling in his right ankle, and he admitted that he wasn't feeling "so good" during Friday's Rising Stars game. He added one steal and one assist in just 20 minutes tonight, and moved well while he was on the court, so we anticipate him being ready to roll vs. Chicago on Feb 22.
Feb 18 - 11:29 PM

Jimmy Butler didn't play during Sunday's All-Star game.

Butler leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.3) and the Wolves played on Thursday, the most recent day games were played prior to the break. "This Timberwolves season is very, very important to me," Butler said after the game. It sounds like Butler requested that coach Mike D'Antoni leave him out of the rotation, and neither the Wolves nor Butler's fantasy owners will complain that he's getting extra rest.
Feb 18 - 11:28 PM

Paul George said he's not interested in playing for "multiple teams" throughout his career.

"The decision I make will ultimately be to build something," said George of his upcoming free agency. "So, this next decision, whatever it is, is to make sure I'm there for a duration." PG-13 will be one of the biggest names to hit the open market this summer, and with L.A. roots and the Lakers having the ability to sign two max players this summer, Los Angeles could be an option. However, OKC is hoping that a deep playoff run will entice him to re-up there. We're in for a fun offseason.
Source: Oklahoman
Feb 18 - 4:28 PM

Joel Embiid said his ankle is feeling better and that he's aiming to be the MVP during Sunday's All-Star Game.

"On Sunday, I expect to go harder," Embiid said after playing just eight minutes in the Rising Stars game Friday. "I’m going for that MVP. Guys better make sure they find me because I’m looking to have a good game." He admitted that his ankle "didn't feel so good" on Friday, but he's doing better and his fantasy owners and 76ers fans are just hoping he comes out of this game healthy.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 18 - 12:00 PM

Joakim Noah reportedly had a physical altercation with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek.

This was quite a while ago, but it's clear that Noah's days in New York are numbered. While no punches were thrown, Hornacek reportedly shoved Noah first before the two had to be separated. If Noah does part ways with the Knicks, the Wolves would be the most likely destination. "I know [Noah] wants to play. He wants to help win. He’s a great dude," Jimmy Butler said of his former teammate. "I talked to him a little bit, not a lot. All in all, I want him to be happy."
Feb 18 - 9:44 AM

Donovan Mitchell won the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.

He broke out the Vince Carter jersey for the "it's over" 360 dunk to clinch it. Dennis Smith Jr. still had the best dunk of the night with his wild through-the-leg jam, but the judges weren't fans of his first dunk. Mitchell continues to shine with his in-game dunks as one of the best values in fantasy hoops.
Feb 17 - 10:22 PM

Devin Booker won the JBL 3-Point Contest.

Massive props to Booker for not only saying he would win, but also calling that Klay Thompson would finish second when he was on the Suns broadcast last week. He'll have the rest of the break to get his hip injury right and he has said he doesn't want to rest down the stretch. Booker's fantasy owners can expect a strong finish.
Feb 17 - 9:23 PM

Spencer Dinwiddie won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

He beat Jamal Murray in the semifinal and Lauri Markkanen in the final to earn the trophy. Dinwiddie has been a serious candidate for Most Improved Player and arguably the best pickup in fantasy hoops. He's a great story and a Los Angeles kid, but Dinwiddie said the best part of his win was helping someone get a scholarship.
Feb 17 - 8:38 PM

Paul George hinted he knows what he'll do this offseason.

To clarify, George was asked if he knows what he'll do this summer. "I don't," he said. "I know what I feel is best." So if he knows it, does he have an idea of his plan? Russell Westbrook also suggested that he thinks PG is going to stay, so this will obviously be a huge story this summer.
Feb 17 - 6:15 PM

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