News: Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson will miss the next seven to 10 days with a sprained right elbow.
Spin: The team made the announcement before Sunday's game at Minnesota. Coach Dwane Casey says Patterson has been bothered by the injury for some time, but aggravated it on Friday in a win over Sacramento.
Spin: This will be his fifth game out of the lineup due to some possible cartilage damage. Hill hasn't been capable of playing consistent minutes in his five years as a pro and it's a little tough to believe he was taken over guys like Demar DeRozan, Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague in the 2009 NBA Draft. Hill can be cut just about everywhere.
Spin: Dudley's back and conditioning issues have dogged him throughout the entirety of his lost season. His absence has very little impact on fantasy leagues, but Matt Barnes will continue to get big minutes with both Dudley and Jamal Crawford out.
Spin: Watson had an MRI on his sprained elbow Monday and is hoping to return Friday or Saturday. The elbow is the same one that he dislocated two years ago, so we'll be on the lookout for the results of his MRI before Friday's game against the 76ers. In the meantime, Donald Sloan, Evan Turner, and Lance Stephenson will continue to handle backup PG duties.
Spin: Henderson was reportedly moving well during Tuesday's practice and coach Steve Clifford said Henderson will start against the Wizards if he is able to go. Assuming Henderson suits up Wednesday, Chris Douglas-Roberts' fantasy value would take a hit as he moves back to a reserve role.
Spin: After a late scratch Monday night, Garnett did not travel with the team to Miami and will miss Wednesday's game. Andray Blatche and Miles Plumlee will see more time against the Heat due to KG's absence and any fantasy owners who were still holding onto the Big Ticket can feel free to cut bait in anything but the deepest of leagues.
News: The Sacramento Kings say recently acquired guard Jason Terry will spend the remainder of the season rehabilitating his left knee.
Spin: The announcement Saturday came two days after the Kings got Terry and Reggie Evans from the Brooklyn Nets for guard Marcus Thornton. Sacramento traded Thornton to give rookies Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum more playing time, leaving Terry's role on the rebuilding team in question.
Spin: We've still yet to see a report of an "unsuccessful" season-ending surgery, but it's good to hear that all went well with Crash's procedure. His minutes will most likely be gobbled up by Jerryd Bayless, Chris Johnson, and the potentially soon-to-return Avery Bradley.
Spin: An MRI revealed the bad news, which means the 30-year-old will finish the season the way he began it -- rehabbing from a major injury. He's played 18 games total since signing a four-year, $26 million deal during the offseason. The Kings will rely on guys like Reggie Evans, Derrick Williams, Quincy Acy and Jason Thompson to pick up the slack in his absence.
Perry Jones III has played 25.5 minutes per game as the starter for the Thunder in the last two games without Thabo Sefolosha.
Spin: It was a seamless fit for the Thunder with PJ3's excessive wingspan helping offset the loss of one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. His team isn't drawing up plays for him and only three of his 12 shots in the last two games have come from outside of 16 feet, so Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook aren't really kicking the ball out to him. Fantasy owners can ignore him for the most part and the arrival of Caron Butler doesn't help his case for minutes.
Spin: It seems unlikely that Miles would play without practicing, but we should get a clearer picture of his status after Wednesday's shootaround. He is expected to return during Cleveland's current three-game road trip which continues with games Friday vs. the Warriors and Sunday vs. the Clippers.
Spin: Barbosa could return for the end of the regular season and the playoffs, but his injury is a tough break for a Suns' team just half a game ahead of the Grizzlies for the eighth seed out West. Ish Smith played more minutes in his absence on Tuesday, but he's not a promising long-term pickup with Eric Bledsoe (knee) possibly returning this week.
Spin: Seraphin hasn't played in three weeks and his minutes will likely be limited at first, but he's worth keeping an eye on if you want to pluck a center off the waiver wire. Al Harrington, Drew Gooden and Chris Singleton have been backing up starters Marcin Gortat and Trevor Booker, and it's not far-fetched to imagine Seraphin carving out a substantial role off the bench.
News: Wizards forward Nene has a sprained MCL in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.
Spin: Nene was injured in the third quarter of Sunday night's win at Cleveland. The Wizards said Monday that an MRI revealed the extent of the injury. The loss of Nene is a severe blow to Washington's hopes of making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Spin: While Billups hopes to return to game action after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus last week, he also remains realistic about the fact that he may not return this season. "Father Time is undefeated, man," Billups said. The 37-year-old has only played 19 game all season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be holding out hope for any type of value from Mr. Big Shot even if he is able to return this season.
Spin: It's unfortunate timing for Ayon, who was seeing significant minutes thanks to Al Horford's season-ending injury. Ayon's first season in Atlanta ends with averages of 4.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals while playing 16.5 minutes per night in 26 games. The Hawks will continue to lean heavily on the likes of Mike Scott and Elton Brand as bigs.
Spin: The 27-year-old has been out three weeks and he initially had a 4-8 week timetable, so it's not surprising to hear that he's still out indefinitely. The Blazers hope that he can appear in a few regular season games and enter the playoffs at full strength, which means that he's irrelevant in fantasy leagues.
Spin: The Lakers don't expect Nash to play again this season, but that's not stopping him from looking forward to next year. "I want to come back for sure," he said Monday. The Lakers have until September 1st to decide whether to release the former league MVP via the stretch provision or pay him $9.7 million. Regardless of what the Lakers decide over the summer, fantasy owners can feel free to move on from Nash this season.
Spin: He has increased his work load in practice with the team. Friday night will be his 10th game in row out of the lineup and the Celtics will start Jerryd Bayless again tonight. Based on Stevens' statement, Bradley might be looking at a target date of Mar. 14 against the Suns. He's had his best year as a pro, but fantasy owners don't need to stash him until he has a firm return date.
Spin: Sanders season has gone from bad to worse and the silver lining here is that fantasy owners in re-draft leagues can cut him without compunction. Zaza Pachulia is a nice pickup as the Bucks' starting center, while John Henson (assuming he can stay healthy) also gets a boost with Sanders no longer clogging up the frontcourt rotation.
Spin: He is out of his walking boot but coach Mike Woodson doesn't know when Martin will go through on-court work. The Knicks are going to manage his minutes upon his return and he's completely hands off for fantasy purposes. The Knicks will start Ray Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler tonight vs. a vulnerable Jazz defense.
Spin: He still doesn't have a timetable to return and it's possible we don't see him until the playoffs. The Clippers will go with more Darren Collison and Matt Barnes until Jamal Crawford can make it back.
Spin: Robinson has a $2.1 million player option that he will have to exercise in order to return to the Nuggets and it sounds as if he's planning on doing so. When asked if he'd be ready for training camp, Robinson answered, "Yeah, for sure." While Robinson could be a decent option in deeper leagues next season, he won't be helping any fantasy squads this season.
Spin: One of the team-friendly reports coming out from the New York Post was that Bargnani could return two weeks after the All Star break, but that was probably smoke to make the Knicks appear less desperate for a power forward. There is no official timetable for his return and he's probably done for the year at this rate.
Spin: He had surgery last week on Jan. 29 on his right knee to remove loose bodies, but he's not going to be making it back to the lineup. The Pelicans are a mess at center right now and fantasy owners in most formats shouldn't be paying much attention to guys like Greg Stiemsma, Jeff Withey and Alexis Ajinca.
Spin: MThe Mavericks want to see how Mekel holds up in game action with the Legends, so he successfully crossed his first hurdle Wednesday night. The rookie recorded seven points and seven assists with the Texas Legends of the D-League Wednesday night and will stay with the team for at least one more game before the Mavericks decide on next steps. With Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Devin Harris healthy, Mekel won't provide much fantasy value until the 2014-15 season.
Spin: Monday was always a cherry on top for owners starting Bledsoe in the Suns' four-game week, and on Wednesday he'll come off the bench but is still a compelling option for owners still pondering a decision whether or not to activate him. We'd have a hard time not plugging him into lineups even with the rust factor at play.
Spin: Anderson is done for the 2013-14 season and the lack of clarity about his rehab and recovery leaves open the possibility that he won't be ready for training camp, either. The Pelicans trainers are still working with him and we'll pass along any updates as they become available.
Spin: "Done with recovery phase, now getting mobility back," Horford wrote. He will not return this season but fantasy owners can look forward to having him healthy and ready for the start of the Hawks' 2014-15 campaign.
Spin: It's been a rough year for Jenkins, who was hopeful that rest and rehab would be sufficient to heal his back. He averaged 3.1 points in just 13 appearances this season, but on the bright side he should be healthy and ready for training camp.
News: Taylor will miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Coach Steve Clifford said he's not sure if the tendon is completely or partially torn and won't know Taylor's recovery time until after he has surgery.
Spin: Taylor, a native of Sweden, was injured in the first half of Friday night's game against the Detroit Pistons. He stepped into a starting role after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand. He averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 games. Kidd-Gilchrist will be evaluated again on Dec. 27.
Spin: Lopez is confident that he won't fall into the same category as other big men (Yao Ming, Bill Walton) who had chronic foot injuries end their careers. "I'm not scared at all," Lopez said. "I'm confident I'm going to get back on the court, and I'm going to do everything I can. There's no doubt in my mind I'll be back on the floor playing with my guys." While Lopez won't help fantasy owners this season, he is expected to shed his crutches within the next month and be ready for the 2014-15 season.
Spin: It's not official yet, but there's clearly no reason to hold Bryant in fantasy any longer. And with the Lakers well out of the playoff race and nothing to play for, it wouldn't make sense to use him again this season. Hopefully he'll have a good summer and be ready to bounce back after dealing with both the ruptured Achilles at the end of last season, and the subsequent knee injury this season.
News: Pondexter has had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot that has him sidelined indefinitely.
Spin: The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Pondexter hurt his foot Dec. 7 in a loss to Golden State. The 25-year-old was averaging 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 18 minutes this season after signing a four-year contract extension Oct. 31.
Spin: "If my leg is feeling healthy and I'm there, I'm all in," Rose said about Team USA. "Of course I want to play for that team. Playing for that team [in the summer of 2010], I think it helped the year I won MVP, just getting in a groove. So I'm excited if I am able to play in it." Like the Bulls, fantasy owners who own the 25-year-old in dynasty leagues are probably cringing at the thought of Rose risking injury in anything but an NBA game. However, Rose still hasn't been cleared to practice by the Bulls, so this could be a bit of wishful thinking by the former MVP.
Spin: With George Karl out of the way, McGee was fully expected to finally break out this season. It didn't come close to happening. Clearly bothered by his injury early on, he averaged just 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks through the first five games. Then he shut it down in hopes his leg would heal and he could come back healthy, but it didn't work out. Now McGee goes under the knife in the hopes of being fully healthy for 2014-15 training camp. He's still just 26 years old, but is running out of time to realize his potential as an athletic rim protector.
Spin: With just 18 games left in the season, Haywood's chances to return this season decrease by the day. Two weeks after his targeted return date, Brendan Haywood still can't do anything weight-bearing on basketball court, according to Bobcats' coach Steve Clifford. Even if Haywood does manage to rehab in time to take the court before the regular season ends, he would likely be limited to around 10 minutes per game and would provide minimal fantasy value.
Spin: Okafor may not see the court this season, but his contract could play a large part in the Suns acquiring Pau Gasol. In the rumored swap, the Lakers would take on Okafor's expiring $14.5 million contract in exchange for Gasol as they attempt to gain some salary relief. Fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with what happens to Okafor, but he could still play a part in what might be the biggest trade before the deadline.
Spin: "Yeah, I had some setbacks. I don't know," Richardson said Saturday. "Like I told [Brett Brown] when we talked a month ago, if it's 10 or 15 or two games, I want to come back. That's my goal." It's nice to hear that the veteran wants to return to the court, but that may not be in the cards for a team that is more than content to tank away the season. Richardson is on his last legs, and can safely be left on the wire in all leagues.
News: Ezeli has a bruised right knee and will miss the Golden State Warriors' game at the Atlanta Hawks.
Spin: Ezeli banged his knee in Friday night's loss at Orlando. The Warriors initially listed Ezeli as active against the Hawks before announcing minutes before the tipoff he would not play. Andris Biedrins made his first start of the season in place of Ezeli on Saturday night.