|Mon Mar 2||17:58||Walker will sign second 10-day contract with Heat on Tuesday||Henry Walker||SF||Knicks||Free Agent|
Walker will sign a second 10-day contract with the Heat on Tuesday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The move is essentially a formality, as Walker has been a very pleasant in his first four games with the Heat, averaging 11.8 points and 3.0 rebounds with 2.8 three-pointers per game in just under 28 minutes. His first 10-day deal will expire following Monday's game, so the Heat will then have an additional 10 days before they must decide whether or not to sign him for the remainder of the season. Walker will look to bounce back Monday against Phoenix after shooting just 3-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-11 from three, in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.
|Mon Mar 2||17:25||Barbosa (illness) will be held out of action Monday against Nets||Leandro Barbosa||SG||Raptors||Free Agent|
Barbosa (illness) will be held out of action Monday against the Nets, Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Barbosa played only five minutes in Sunday's comeback win over Boston, and he'll be held out Monday while battling a viral infection that prevented him from leaving the team hotel. In his absence, look for Justin Holiday and Andre Iguodala to pick up a few extra minutes. Barbosa should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks back in Oakland.
|Mon Mar 2||13:26||Carroll (shoulder) practiced Monday and will start Tuesday's gam...||DeMarre Carroll||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Carroll (shoulder) practiced Monday and will start Tuesday's game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore reports.
He received an electric simulant on his left shoulder while sitting out Saturday's game, but it was more of a rest day than anything for Carroll. Look for him to be back to normal Tuesday, although there could be more unforeseen off days down the stretch as the Hawks prepare for the playoffs.
|Mon Mar 2||13:22||Jeff Teague: (Thigh) To Start Tuesday||Jeff Teague||PG||Hawks||Free Agent|
Teague (thigh) practiced Monday and will start Tuesday's game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore reports.
He sat out Saturday's game after receiving an electric simulant in his left thigh, but it seems that was just a strategic rest day for Teague and a few other Hawks. It is relatively safe to deploy Teague this week, but be aware of the fact that the Hawks may continue to give him and other players random days off down the stretch as they prepare for the postseason.
|Mon Mar 2||13:06||Nikola Pekovic: (Ankle) Game-Time Decision Monday||Nikola Pekovic||C||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Pekovic (ankle) did not participate in Monday's morning shootaround and will be a game-time decision, Anthony Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Pekovic is very frustrated right now, as he is once again battling pain in the ankle that has given him trouble already this season and last season. He played just two minutes in the second half of Saturday's game, and it would not be surprising if he missed Monday's contest. This makes him an incredibly risky play in weekly leagues, while Gorgui Dieng's value is trending up.
|Mon Mar 2||12:02||Vasquez will be in line to get another start Monday with Kyle Lo...||Greivis Vasquez||PG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Vasquez will be in line to get another start Monday with Kyle Lowry (rest) out, and he could start a few more games this week as well, the Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat reports.
There is some speculation that Lowry could miss a few more games after Monday's contest, which would lead to Vasquez being a strong add in mid-sized weekly leagues. There may only be significant short term value, but Vasquez could be a very strong contributor in assists, which is tough to find on the waiver wire.
|Mon Mar 2||11:33||Andersen (illness) missed Monday's morning shootaround and still...||Chris Andersen||C||Nuggets||Free Agent|
Andersen (illness) missed Monday's morning shootaround and is still listed as questionable for the game against the Suns.
Andersen rarely sees much more than 20 minutes when he does play, so his status will not have a major fantasy impact, other than to give extended minutes to Hassan Whiteside. Look for an update closer to tip-off.
|Mon Mar 2||10:47||Babbitt shooting 59.4 percent from field and 53.3 percent from b...||Luke Babbitt||SF||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Babbitt has been shooting 59.4 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from beyond the arc since the All-Star break.
Babbitt has carved out a significant role off the bench in light of the rash of Pelicans injuries, and has provided strong shooting now that he has been given an extended opportunity. The forward has played 18 minutes per game in February and should continue to shoot well from distance while he's getting action on the court.
|Mon Mar 2||08:34||Green posted 11 points, two rebounds, and three assists in 32 mi...||Willie Green||SG||NO Hornets||Free Agent|
Green posted 11 points, two rebounds, and three assists in 32 minutes of action Sunday against the Hornets.
Green is averaging a solid 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.6 three-pointers made over the last five games. He's been coming off the bench, but is averaging 29.0 minutes per game during that span. He's worth a look in deep leagues.
|Mon Mar 2||05:59||Speights did not get off bench in Sunday night's win over Boston||Marreese Speights||C||76ers||Free Agent|
Speights did not get off the bench in Sunday night's win over Boston.
The Celtics ran out to a big first-half lead, forcing Warriors coach Steve Kerr to use his small-ball lineup for much of the final three quarters. Small ball typically means Draymond Green (6-foot-7) at center and limited minutes for the bigs. Speights, David Lee and Andrew Bogut played a combined 27 minutes Sunday.
|Sun Mar 1||19:49||Foye will start Sunday's game against Pelicans||Randy Foye||PG/SG||Clippers||Free Agent|
Foye will start Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports.
This may just be a one time thing, with the Nuggets using a small starting lineup of Ty Lawson, Foye, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried. Will Barton played more minutes than Foye the past two games, and it wouldn't be surprising to see that streak extended, even with Foye in the starting lineup.
|Sun Mar 1||18:50||Andersen (illness) listed as questionable for Sunday's game agai...||Chris Andersen||C||Nuggets||Free Agent|
Andersen (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Suns, the Miami Herald reports.
Andersen missed Saturday's game against the Hawks due to his current ailment so he's certainly in danger of being confined to the bench once again Monday. His status should be updated after Monday's morning shootaround.
|Sun Mar 1||18:09||Redick had precautionary x-ray taken on his left knee after game...||J.J. Redick||SG||Magic||Free Agent|
Redick had a precautionary x-ray taken on his left knee after the game Sunday, and the results were negative, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports
Redick hurt the knee in the Clippers victory over the Bulls on Sunday, but the injury went largely unreported. Since there appears to be no long-term damage, at this point all we can do is call him a game-time decision for the team's game Monday in Minnesota.
|Sun Mar 1||17:12||Bogut will play in Sunday's game against Celtics||Andrew Bogut||C||Bucks||Free Agent|
Bogut will play in Sunday's game against the Celtics, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Coach Steve Kerr was hoping to allow Bogut to rest Sunday but the suspension of Festus Ezeli means that the Warriors need Bogut available. However, it's entirely possible for Bogut sit out Monday's game against the Nets to rest.
|Sun Mar 1||00:51||Whiteside had 14 points and tied his season-high in rebounding w...||Hassan Whiteside||C||Kings||Free Agent|
Whiteside had 14 points and tied his season-high in rebounding with 24 rebounds Saturday against Atlanta. He also had two blocks over 34 minutes on the floor.
Whiteside finished out February on a high note with his third outing of 15 or more rebounds during the month. He averaged 14.5 points and 12.4 rebounds in 11 February contests.
|Sun Mar 1||00:38||Butler received DNP-CD after playing previous 54 games||Rasual Butler||SF||Bulls||Free Agent|
Butler received a DNP-CD after playing the previous 54 games.
Bradley Beal (leg) and Paul Pierce (knee) returned to the lineup, and all five starters played at least 30 minutes. Otto Porter, Jr. and Garrett Temple have shown enough recently to give coach Randy Wittman the leeway to dissolve Butler from the rotation for one night. Since January 21st, Butler's shooting 22 percent from beyond the arc on 3.4 attempts per game, the worst mark on the team.
|Sun Mar 1||00:34||Nikola Pekovic: (Ankle) Ailing Once Again||Nikola Pekovic||C||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Pekovic played just 92 seconds in the second half Saturday as his ankle was bothering him once again, the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda reports.
He was laboring in pain with the ankle that has given him so much trouble and the team plans to reevaluate him on Monday. Pekovic finished with just 12 minutes Saturday while Gorgui Dieng played 39 minutes and Adreian Payne saw 25 minutes. Should the T-Wolves opt to give Pekovic some time to rest, Dieng should slot into the starting lineup next to Kevin Garnett.
|Sun Mar 1||00:25||Walker moved into starting lineup Saturday and finished with 10 ...||Henry Walker||SF||Knicks||Free Agent|
Walker moved into the starting lineup Saturday and finished with 10 points, two rebounds, and one assist over 26 minutes. He had a rough shooting night, however, as he went 2-for-11 from beyond the arc and 3-for-16 from the floor overall.
Walker has reached double figures in each of his last four games, but there have been a couple of poor shooting performances mixed in. He has gone 2-for-11 from beyond the arc twice in those four outings. If the Heat continue to give Walker 20+ minutes, his shot volume makes him a waiver-wire target in deeper formats.
|Sun Mar 1||00:25||Patterson moved back to his familiar bench role Saturday, scorin...||Patrick Patterson||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Patterson moved back to his familiar bench role Saturday, scoring 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt) with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes.
Patterson is a decent contributor from beyond the arc, averaging 1.4 three-pointers over the season, but combined with 8.5 points and 5.4 rebounds, his ability to stay rostered in most fantasy leagues is tenuous. Couple that with Dwane Casey's inconsistent rotations in the frontcourt and Patterson is generally best left as a streaming option.
|Sun Mar 1||00:21||Johnson scored eight points (4-8 FG) with seven rebounds, one as...||Amir Johnson||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Johnson scored eight points (4-8 FG) with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes Saturday, returning to the starting lineup after a one-game demotion.
Dwane Casey's are not consistent enough to recommend Johnson for most standard fantasy leagues, as he has averaged just 26 minutes a game this season, and 24 in his last six games. Even in those minutes, his 6.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in his last six just don't move the fantasy needle enough to warrant ownership, despite his status as a starter once again.