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Chimezie Metu has been recalled from the G-League by the Spurs.

Metu will be with the team for Sunday's home game against the Clippers, but is highly unlikely to see any playing time. Leave him on the wire until further notice.
Jan 20 - 2:44 PM

Lonnie Walker has been recalled from the G-League by the Spurs ahead of Sunday's game against the Clippers.

Walker missed most of the season due to a knee injury, but has recently returned to action and has been playing in the G-League. He's not going to have much impact this season unless there are injuries ahead of him in the rotation, but he's a name for dynasty league owners to keep an eye on.
Jan 20 - 2:43 PM

Davis Bertans has rebounded from shooting a career-low from 3-point land last season to be among the league-leaders in percentage from deep.

Bertans puts his focus on avoiding to settle for contested shots as a reason why he's faring better from deep this season. Another reason for the boost in percentage is the rapport with DeMar DeRozan. Bertans is shooting 55.6 percent on triples off of passes from DeRozan so far this season. He only plays 20.0 minutes per game, but Bertans is still a viable 3-point specialist in deeper leagues.
Jan 20 - 11:36 AM

DeMar DeRozan (left ankle soreness) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Clippers.

DeRozan missed his first game of the season on Friday, but stated after the game that he would "without a doubt" be ready to suit up for Sunday's game. He's been slumping a bit, so hopefully a night off gets him back on track.
Jan 19 - 5:55 PM

DeMar DeRozan (ankle) said "without a doubt" he is playing on Sunday against the Clippers.

He was a late scratch on Friday night for the DFS stunner of the evening, but DeMar should be back. This was not a back-to-back set, so maybe things just didn't go right in warmups. DeRozan is in a slump and called this part of the season the "dog days" so maybe the time off gets him back on track.
Jan 18 - 11:46 PM

Rudy Gay made 9-of-14 from the field for 22 points during a 116-113 win at Minnesota on Friday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers and five fouls in 34 minutes.

His wrist injury didn't seem to bother him and he made a big hustle play in clutch time, diving for a ball around Dario Saric. Gay was absolutely rolling prior to his wrist issue acted up, so it's really just a matter of him staying on the floor. He needs to be owned in all standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 11:43 PM

Derrick White made 6-of-8 from the field and both free throws for 15 points with six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

His usage somewhat surprisingly didn't really go up with DeMar DeRozan (ankle) sitting out. White has been Mr. Efficiency for the past month, and his 88.9 TS% in this game today marks the seventh time he's been above 77.5 TS% since Christmas. He continues to be a must-start player in standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 11:40 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol started for DeMar DeRozan (ankle) on Friday, scoring three points with five boards in 11 minutes against the Wolves.

The Spurs will not be extending his minutes for the foreseeable future to prevent injury, so leave Gasol on the wire.
Jan 18 - 11:33 PM

Marco Belinelli played a season-high 34 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

It doesn't sound like DeMar DeRozan (ankle) is going to miss time, so presumably he'll be playing on Sunday against the Clippers. Even minus the DeMar factor, Belinelli has been terrific in his last four, averaging 19.8 points, 2.3 boards and 3.8 treys. If you want some quick scoring, he could be an option while he's hot.
Jan 18 - 11:31 PM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol will move back into the starting lineup with DeMar DeRozan out on Friday vs. the Wolves.

He's been in and out of the lineup, but has only played 13.2 minutes per game over his last five. Gasol is safe to leave on the wire even if he gets a slight bump tonight.
Jan 18 - 7:40 PM

DeMar DeRozan (left ankle) will not play on Friday night against the Wolves.

The ankle soreness note was not revealed until after he was ruled out, and coach Gregg Popovich said earlier today he was available. It's not a back-to-back set for the Spurs, so this comes as a major surprise with no warning from the Spurs, and he was even listed with the starters. DeRozan called his slump a "natural dip" in the "dog days" of the season, so maybe this day off is to help him get right. Pau Gasol will get the start while the entire rotation will step up. Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills should see more run off the bench, too.
Jan 18 - 7:38 PM

Patty Mills helped lead a comeback 105-101 win against the Mavs on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, two rebounds, four assists, two steals and our 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

It was a terrific comeback win for the Spurs, and coach Gregg Popovich gave Mills some props after the game. "He was the one guy that started us being more competitive," Pop said. "He got in passing lanes. He was the first guy that wasn't just following them around." Great game aside, Mills will have a tougher time getting to 20 minutes with Derrick White playing great and Rudy Gay back. His fantasy owners can keep riding him while he's hot, but he's not a must-hold if a hot free agent is out there.
Jan 17 - 12:53 AM

Marco Belinelli (knee) made 5-of-11 from the field for 17 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

Even with Rudy Gay back today, Belinelli was still able to get to 24 minutes. Gay wasn't all the way back with just 22 minutes, so Belinelli's playing time could be closer to 20 minutes going forward. He's more of a streamer for points and treys going forward.
Jan 17 - 12:49 AM

Jakob Poeltl scored six points with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 20 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

The Spurs second unit came to the rescue in this comeback win, but Poeltl likely won't see much playing time now that Rudy Gay is back in action. He will have a tough time putting up value while LaMarcus Aldridge is healthy.
Jan 17 - 12:47 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Spurs

Pau Gasol moved back to the bench on Wednesday with two points, one rebound and no turnovers in five minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

The Spurs know that extra playing time is a way stress fractures get aggravated, so they're not going to be playing Gasol many minutes. He can't be trusted in just about all fantasy leagues.
Jan 17 - 12:42 AM


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