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Hawks assign C Walter Tavares to the D-League.

Tavares doesn't have a role with the Hawks despite Tiago Splitter's hip injury, an indication of "Edy's" current fantasy appeal.
Feb 8 - 11:56 AM

Rick Carlisle praised rookie Justin Anderson for his recent performance on the floor.

"He’s been getting opportunities to play, which he has earned with consistency, with hard work and with understanding his role on the team," Carlisle said. "He made some rebounds in traffic that I haven’t seen anybody make here in the last seven-plus years, and I don’t know how you duplicate his enthusiasm and exuberance for the game and his teammates. You know, we knew he was a special kid when we drafted him." The words are nice, but Anderson is not currently on the fantasy radar.
Source: Mavs.com
Feb 8 - 11:54 AM

Kings players have "tuned out" George Karl, sources told The Vertical's Chris Mannix.

Additionally, the players are "privately seething over inefficient practices and shootarounds, and ineffective in-game adjustments from the bench." Per Mannix, "the front office's confidence in Karl has almost completely eroded," and it's gotten so bad under Vivek Ranadive's watch that minority owners "have quietly explored ways to seize controlling interest" from him. Things are not fine in Sacramento, and it would be shocking if the team didn't make (another) change at head coach.
Feb 8 - 11:47 AM

Keith Appling's second 10-day contract with the Magic has expired.

The Magic would have had to sign him for the remainder of the season, so Orlando will instead allow him to return to the D-League.
Feb 8 - 11:42 AM

Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) will not play on Monday vs. Sacramento.

Delly's absence means Mo Williams will continue to remain in the rotation, but only as a backup to a healthy Kyrie Irving. Leave Williams on the waiver wire in your fantasy league.
Feb 8 - 11:19 AM

Kevin Love (quad) is probable to play on Monday vs. the Kings.

Assuming Love plays, he'll wind up missing just a single game with the quad injury. His return will push Timofey Mozgov back to the bench where he belongs, while Tristan Thompson will slide back over and assume starting center responsibilities.
Feb 8 - 11:17 AM

Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) has had two MRIs in the last three weeks, sources told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

Despite both coming back clean, "the concern over his long-term health is very real," per Isola. Obviously there are a number of things going wrong in New York right now, and Melo's health woes are right at the top of the list. If the soreness in his surgically-repaired knee doesn't improve after the All-Star break, Melo will be a shutdown candidate as the Knicks fall further and further out of the playoff race. Anthony's absence would mean more minutes for Langston Galloway, Derrick Williams and Lance Thomas while Kristaps Porzingis and Arron Afflalo would each assume a larger role in the offense.

The Knicks have relieved Derek Fisher of his head coaching duties.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne had the news first, and so much for a slow news day on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Phil Jackson's hand-picked selection for head coach lasted less than two full seasons, and the countdown will now be on to see how long Jackson sticks around in New York's front office. The Knicks are fading out of the postseason race fast, Carmelo Anthony has issues with his surgically-repaired knee and there is no clear direction for a franchise that sorely needs one. With Fisher's dismissal, Kurt Rambis will be the interim head coach, and ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports Brian Shaw and Luke Walton—two of Jackson's former players—are "top long-term replacement candidates." Welcome to New York, everybody.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 8 - 10:55 AM

According to the Associated Press, "nearly half the [Timberwolves] of 15 players privately expressed concerns about [Sam] Mitchell.

Players have reportedly complained about 1) an "outdated offensive system," 2) a "tendency to platoon his rotations" and 3) "a lack of personal accountability for the struggles." While some of this may be true, it's a bad look to present this feedback anonymously through the press, especially given the unfortunate circumstances which led to Mitchell's elevation. Do better, Young Wolfpack.
Feb 8 - 10:48 AM

Tony Parker plans to play in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the French National Team.

While this won't directly impact Parker's fantasy contributions this season, it's a reminder that he's going to be playing this summer, which may have an impact on his start at the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign.
Source: Sportando
Feb 8 - 10:24 AM

Hassan Whiteside said he's "done" talking to Erik Spoelstra about his fourth quarter playing time.

"I’m done talking to Coach about it," he said. "I have nothing else– We’ve talked about it so many times, ain’t no reason to keep talking to him about it. I’m just gonna play." While Spo said the "offense needed a little bit of a punch" on Sunday in explaining Whiteside's crunchtime benching, this has been a theme throughout the season. The coach did admit that Whiteside's ankle tweak was part of the big man sitting, but the big man said he was "fine" and it seemed like a convenient excuse for Spoelstra. Regardless of when his minutes are coming or whether or not he's starting, Whiteside should be locked into all lineups.
Feb 8 - 10:06 AM

The Magic "aren't discouraging" trade offers for Tobias Harris, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

You could really say this about almost any player in the NBA beyond obvious franchise building blocks, but we digress. Harris was re-signed to a 4-year, $64M deal in the offseason, but the Magic are (rightfully) looking into his market with Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja in the fold. It wouldn't be surprising if Harris is moved, but we would have said the same thing prior to this report, as well. A potential offseason trade seems more likely than a drastic midseason shakeup.
Feb 8 - 10:01 AM

Lance Thomas (concussion) could return on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

He might, he might not. Either way, Thomas isn't a fantasy option with Carmelo Anthony (knee), Langston Galloway and Derrick Williams all available.
Source: Newsday
Feb 8 - 9:54 AM

Byron Scott said Roy Hibbert has "done everything he can do from us from a defensive standpoint."

Some might argue differently, but the Lakers defense is so bad that no one man is going to make a sizable impact. Regardless, Hibbert has really struggled in his first season with the Lakers, and as his playing time has dwindled, he's embraced a mentorship role with the younger players. Hibbert is questionable for Monday's (revenge) game vs. the Pacers due to a sprained left ankle, but you can bet he'll do his best to be out there against his former team. If not, Tarik Black, Brandon Bass and Robert Sacre will earn more minutes.
Feb 8 - 9:47 AM

Mike Muscala earned praise from Mike Budenholzer for his readiness to step into the rotation.

"The fact that he hadn’t played much, to step in and be ready to play pretty good is a statement to how he works," Budenholzer said. "I’m pleased with how he kept himself ready. And his activity defensively, his length at the rim and his verticality at the rim has been really good. I think the pace with which (he has played), he has gotten some easy baskets in transition and beat people down the court. He’s moving the ball and playing within what we do. He’s really stepped in and done well after not playing much for a good month or so." Despite "feeling comfortable" in Tiago Splitter's (hip) absence, Muscala isn't a fantasy option.
Feb 8 - 9:42 AM


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