Player News - Trail Blazers

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Joel Freeland will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Bucks.

He was listed as the starter this afternoon, and he should get a start down the line. The Bucks don't have too much size and do a lot of their work on the perimeter, so Thomas Robinson makes sense as the starter tonight.
Dec 17 - 10:12 PM

Thomas Robinson will start in place of Robin Lopez on Wednesday.

Coach Terry Stotts said he is going to mix up his lineups, so T-Rob is not likely going to draw all of the starts. Joel Freeland is expected to get some starts here and there, so keep an eye on him, as well. Chris Kaman should also get a handful of extra minutes and is the best pickup for owners needing a big man.
Dec 17 - 10:09 PM

C.J. McCollum (finger) is active against the Bucks on Wednesday.

It's unclear if he's going to play, but he won't see much playing time while the Blazers are healthy on the wing. McCollum had a nice offseason, but he won't have much fantasy value.
Dec 17 - 8:51 PM

Chris Kaman has arrived to play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

His wife is expecting, but apparently it's not going to happen tonight. Kaman is likely going to come off the bench tonight, but should still have nice fantasy value with minutes in the mid-20s.
Dec 17 - 8:27 PM

Joel Freeland is listed as the starting center to face the Bucks on Wednesday.

Coach Terry Stotts has changed his lineups just before tip several times, so this is not necessarily set in stone. It does make sense because Chris Kaman isn't capable of playing big minutes at age 32 with a ton of injuries in his career. Additionally, Kaman's wife is expecting to give birth, so that could be a factor here, too. Kaman is still worth a look in standard leagues while Freeland could have value in deep formats.
Dec 17 - 3:34 PM

C.J. MCCollum (finger) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he will "most likely" be activated for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

Even if he's active, there's no guarantee that he'll leave the bench. He'll likely be eased back into the rotation, and usually only sees significant playing time during garbage-time, so he can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Dec 16 - 4:43 PM

Robin Lopez said on Twitter Tuesday that he's going to miss six to seven weeks, and not just a month as originally reported.

If you were on the fence about dropping Ro-Lo, this should push you on over to the other side. Seven weeks puts us flirting with the All-Star break, and it's just too long to hold a non-dominant center in standard leagues. But if you can stash him on an IR, or the bench, without hurting the strength of your team, do it.
Dec 16 - 4:28 PM

Chris Kaman's wife is due to have the couple's first child within the next few days.

While this is fantastic news for the Kamans, the Blazers might be extremely short-handed if Kaman misses a game any time to be with his family. With the Blazers playing the Bucks and Spurs on Wednesday and Friday and Robin Lopez (hand) out indefinitely, Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland could be in line for all the minutes they can handle if Kaman is unavailable for any upcoming games.Thomas Robinson is also worth keeping a close eye on, as he got nice minutes down the stretch on Monday night after Ro-Lo went down.

C.J. McCollum (finger) has been cleared by doctors to return to practice.

McCollum underwent a round of X-rays Monday night and must have received good news as he's been cleared to participate in full-contact practice on Tuesday. While McCollum could play some time this week, fantasy owners can feel free to leave him on waivers.
Dec 16 - 10:40 AM

Robin Lopez (hand) is expected to miss one month with his broken right hand.

He is going to visit a specialist on Tuesday, but he did say he has two breaks in his hand after a collision with Aron Baynes. Lopez hasn't missed a game since 2012, so this comes as a shock. His owners should probably stash him. Chris Kaman will likely start while Joel Freeland gets some run, as well.
Dec 16 - 3:00 AM

Damian Lillard scored 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting with a career-high 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one three and 6-of-6 makes from the foul line in Monday's 108-95 win over the Spurs on Monday.

Lillard is crushing first round value and turning a nice profit for owners that picked him in the second round on draft day.
Dec 16 - 2:47 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points on 10-of-21 shooting with 14 rebounds and one steal in Monday's win over the Spurs.

Aldridge will have to do some extra work without Robin Lopez (hand) around to occupy opposing teams' big men so it wouldn't be surprising if his efficiency took a small hit. Lopez does a lot to attract rebounding attention from other teams too, so that focus could shift over to him and make his life harder. That or he'll have more rebounds available to grab. It's a toss-up in that respect.
Dec 16 - 2:45 AM

Joel Freeland played 15 minutes in Monday's win, scoring six points on 3-of-6 shooting with four rebounds and he could see a big playing time boost with Robin Lopez (hand) getting hurt.

Freeland has had a few nice moments this season and would be ahead of Meyers Leonard if we're guessing by looking at this season's results. Chances are Terry Stotts will use both guys and also Thomas Robinson (seven points, three boards, nine minutes) in equal amounts -- negating the upside of any of them. Chris Kaman is the only beneficiary here and he's a must-add player.
Dec 16 - 2:42 AM

Meyers Leonard played just one minute on Monday, but could see extra time and even a starting job due to Robin Lopez's hand injury.

Lopez will be out for a while and we don't have much to go on for Leonard's potential value except for the fact that he shoots threes now and that could be interesting. He has averaged just 8.6 mpg this season and appeared in seven games, and he hasn't done much to steal the ball or block shots. The 3-point shooting isn't enough to offset the defensive deficiency, so owners in standard formats can take a wait and see approach unless he's guaranteed 25-plus minutes. Joel Freeland has as much chance or maybe even more to play ahead of him.
Dec 16 - 2:39 AM

Chris Kaman scored 11 points with three rebounds in 20 minutes on Monday, and could be looking at a big opportunity with Robin Lopez out for "a while."

Lopez broke his hand in two places and it's unclear how long "a while" is but it's plenty of time to do some damage if you're Kaman. He'll probably remain with the second unit but see his minutes spike up into the 24-28 range, making him a must-add pickup with a mid-round upside and late-round likelihood.
Dec 16 - 2:36 AM


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