NBA News

Dirk Nowitzki    F/C  Mavericks



Dirk Nowitzki (back) is expected to play on Saturday against the Jazz. This is a surprise after Dirk had a back issue in the fourth quarter on Friday. This speaks volumes to how Dirk may want to play as many games as he can, so this is terrific news for his fantasy owners.


Feb 24 - 7:48 PM

Jimmy Butler    G/F  Timberwolves



Jimmy Butler (knee) is expected to undergo surgery in coming days and could return within 4-6 weeks, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. Typically, a 4-6 week timeline is tied to a medial meniscectomy, so that may be what Butler has planned -- lateral or medial has not been specified yet. This basically rules Butler out until April, so his fantasy owners will have to figure out how important their next 4-6 weeks are. Dropping him is an option while adding Nemanja Bjelica makes sense.


Feb 24 - 7:46 PM

Marco Belinelli    G  76ers



Marco Belinelli scored 15 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Magic on Saturday. This was kind of a garbage-time special with nine points coming in the fourth quarter, so don't overreact to this one. Belinelli is only a deep-league specialist.


Feb 24 - 7:41 PM

Richaun Holmes    F/C  76ers



Richaun Holmes played 21 minutes with four points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block against the Magic on Saturday. Finally. He took over the backup C spot and maybe coach Brett Brown will run him out there again. We'd probably like to see him do it again, but Holmes could have sneaky value with around 20-23 minutes per game.


Feb 24 - 7:39 PM

Aaron Gordon    F  Magic



Aaron Gordon scored 20 points during a 116-105 loss to the 76ers on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, one block, four 3-pointers and matching his career-high seven dimes in 31 minutes. The biggest takeaway for Gordon is that coach Frank Vogel let him bring the ball up a lot in the fourth quarter as the Magic played without a point guard down the stretch. Before this, he looked very rusty for about the first 60 percent of the game with terrible shot selection, but Gordon finally started to move and had his jumper fall the rest of the way. The PG move is a nice little bonus and he'll trend up very soon.


Feb 24 - 7:36 PM

Mario Hezonja    F  Magic



Mario Hezonja scored 13 points with two rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday. Perhaps the most noteworthy part of this game from a Magic perspective is that the Magic played most of the fourth quarter with Mario, Aaron Gordon, Jonathon Simmons, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic, so they're OK going no PG. Coach Frank Vogel said he's going to play Mario "a lot" of minutes and it sounds like he's going to keep his word. Mario should be owned in standard leagues.


Feb 24 - 7:33 PM

Evan Fournier    G/F  Magic



Evan Fournier scored 16 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday. He was very quiet until the fourth quarter when the Magic had their best five players against the Philly garbage-time unit. Fournier should be good to go and the Magic haven't said anything about resting him yet. Fire him up in all leagues next week.


Feb 24 - 7:32 PM

D.J. Augustin    G  Magic



D.J. Augustin scored eight points with one rebound, two assists and two 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday. The Magic went with a no-PG lineup in the fourth quarter with their starters and Mario Hezonja instead of DJA. Things aren't looking good for DJA since his first start after the deadline, averaging just 10.6 points, 2.0 boards, 3.6 assists, 0.2 steals and 2.0 treys on 36.8 percent from the field. He'll be better, but his upside isn't the greatest and shallow-league owners can probably do better. The no-PG lineup thing could continue, which would really cap his upside.


Feb 24 - 7:31 PM

Nemanja Bjelica    F  Timberwolves



Nemanja Bjelica will start for Jimmy Butler (knee) against the Bulls on Saturday. Coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't get cute and goes right back to the well. Bjelica is familiar with the other four starters and has played 76 minutes next to them. He was also productive in that time, posting per-36 averages of 15.7 points, 7.1 boards, 1.9 dimes, 1.9 steals and 2.4 treys. He's the hottest pickup in competitive leagues right now with Butler possibly out for the season.


Feb 24 - 7:27 PM

Jonathon Simmons    G/F  Magic



Jonathon Simmons (ankle) scored nine points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday. He's stuck in a slump and now he'll have to share the ball more with guys like Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Over his last five games, Simmons averaged just 9.8 points, 3.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.4 terms on 36.8 percent from the field. He'll be better than this, but dropping him in a shallower league is certainly an option. He does have four games next week, though.


Feb 24 - 7:23 PM