Spin: Noah also has an eye injury, but he had his left knee surgery this summer and the knee is a growing concern for fantasy owners. Pau Gasol will shift to center in his absence and Nikola Mirotic is a terrific speculative pick-up, having averaged 13.3 points, 2.0 threes and 7.0 rebounds over Chicago's past four games. The Bulls play in Houston on Wednesday, so Noah's owners will have to stay alert for updates in the next 24 hours. At the moment we're considering him day-to-day.
Spin: Rose's left hamstring caused him to miss four games prior to his return on Monday, and he didn't last long before going back on the injury report. The daily guessing game about his status will continue on Friday when the Bulls play in Boston. Considering the Bulls' protective stance regarding their former MVP, and the fact that hamstring injuries are easy to aggravate, we're not optimistic that he'll be in uniform vs. Rajon Rondo and the Celtics. Check back for updates on Tuesday, and anticipate Kirk Hinrich starting at PG if Rose misses more games.
Spin: That should mean more minutes for Nate Robinson, while Aaron Afflalo will continue to get all the minutes he can handle. Foye wasn't getting consistent enough minutes to be owned in fantasy, but was a nice utility player for Brian Shaw.
Spin: Gay did not play on Tuesday due to his lingering tendinitis and the Kings are hopeful he can return on Friday. He's been dealing with this issue since last season and it's something he may have to manage throughout the year. Omri Casspi scored 22 points and has been very effective at getting to the rim, so look to use him in deep leagues and in daily formats.
News: Nene has been suspended by the NBA for Game 4 of the team's first-round series against the Chicago Bulls for head-butting and grabbing Jimmy Butler around the neck with both hands and attempting to throw him down.
Spin: Nene received two technical fouls and was ejected from the game for the incident, which occurred with 8:28 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Wizards' 100-97 loss to the Bulls on Friday night. Nene will serve his suspension when the Wizards host Chicago in Game 4 on Sunday. The Wizards lead the series 2-1.
Spin: Henry will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but after injuries held him to just 43 games last season, and a mere nine this year, he may have a tough time landing his next deal. Henry's 9.5 minutes per game will be distributed to Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington, but neither guy can be considered an attractive option in standard leagues while Kobe Bryant is healthy.
Spin: More details will be coming on this story, but we're guessing he may not play again this season. And on a side note, Darius Miller is moving into the starting lineup, and not Austin Rivers, at least for now.
Spin: It would be a shock to see him out there. Coach Kevin McHale said he expects to miss significant time, so we're expecting him to return in December. Isaiah Canaan will start with Jason Terry backing him up.
Spin: Joseph was doubtful to play but he remains day-to-day, so he could be back as soon as Friday's game vs. the Kings. The Spurs don't have a pure backup PG but they're comfortable handing the ball to Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili.
Spin: Gibson has already been ruled out of Monday and Tuesday's contests, and he's not even traveling with the team currently. Tom Thibodeau said there isn't much swelling, the Bulls won't take any chances with letting Gibson's ankle injury linger. Nikola Mirotic stands to benefit from Gibson's absence.
Spin: Howard has not been ruled out but his status is bleak at the moment, as he's still recovering from a strained knee that prompted him to get platelet-rich plasma injections last week. McHale will likely want to see Dwight make it through a practice before playing him, so fantasy owners should have advance warning once he's ready to get back on the court. Tarik Black is a poor fantasy option as a fill-in center, and more minutes will be available for Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou.
Spin: The surgery was successful and Martin should be back on the court for January. The Wolves get Thaddeus Young back and he will likely be a huge part of the offense. Andrew Wiggins will also get to show what he can do while Corey Brewer has been bringing the ball up, as well. Fantasy owners can cut Martin if they don't want to wait.
Spin: Pekovic's wrist was the reason doctors asked him to rest for one week, but he's also dealing with ongoing pain from a bursa sac in his ankle, all while dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. The Wolves are already limiting his playing time to under 30 minutes per game and his ankle injury could linger all season, which is one more reason to like Gorgui Dieng's outlook even when he shifts back to a reserve role upon Pek's return.
Spin: The Heat are off until Sunday at New York and if Wade is doing those kind of drills, you'd have to think he might be ready to go four days from now. We're guessing he'll play on Sunday, but there's no way to tell given Wade's injury history.
Spin: There was never a doubt that he was going to play and he's expected to miss more time. Expect Gerald Henderson and Gary Neal to pick up the slack. Kidd-Gilchrist is not worth owning in most formats.
Spin: His knee contusion has kept him out for almost the entire month and it looks like Kevin Durant (foot) will beat him to game action. Jones can be cut in most leagues. Andre Roberson, Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow should get most of the minutes on the wing, but they're not great plays tonight.
Spin: He's hoping to be able to return for Christmas, which seems like a fair expectation from his severe ankle sprain from back on Nov. 7. Mo Williams is on cruise control in his last two games and should be owned in all standard leagues.
Spin: Hamstring injuries are easy to aggravate and the Warriors have no incentive ro rush him back with Draymond Green thriving as the team's starting PF. Lee is likely to come off the bench once he's healthy, at least at first, which dims his near-term fantasy outlook.
Spin: He doesn't seem anywhere close towards making a return, and he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all formats. Boris Diaw will continue to pick up the slack while Splitter is sidelined, and Baynes will see some extended minutes off the bench. Diaw offers the most upside, while Baynes' fantasy value is limited to extremely deep leagues.
Spin: Jones bruised a nerve in his right leg, though the presence of nerve damage wasn't initially disclosed so fantasy owners were flying in the dark. He's missed nine games and counting and may still be out a few more weeks. He was producing at a top-40 level prior to the fluke injury, so in most cases he's still worth holding onto, but it's a decision that shouldn't be made lightly in any format. Donatas Motiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou continue to absorb his playing time, with Motie filling in as a starter.
Spin: He went through some contact in practce on Monday. Last week he wasn't supposed to be re-evaluated until the coming weekend, but he's apparently doing much better than expected. Fantasy owners in weekly leagues will still probably want to bench Westbrook because the Thunder have no games after Friday this week. Reggie Jackson will lose some value, but he should still be worth owning in just about all leagues.
Spin: "There's no doubt in my mind I'll be back this year," Richardson said. "I might be back before January if all goes well." The veteran's optimism is nice to hear but we're certainly not betting on a return in 2014, and even once he's healthy he may not crack the 76ers' rotation.
Spin: "(Coach Frank Vogel) will make the call," West said after practicing Tuesday. "The ankle is healthy which is important." It sounds like it's now or never for West, who has already missed 15 games. "We've exhausted all options in terms of getting it healthy. It was a bad sprain," West said. "I got really lucky that it just did what it did and didn't go any further. I got really lucky." Luis Scola will take a hit when West is ready to go at full speed.
Spin: He doesn't have a timetable to return and we might not see him in game action until December. Considering how Watson has dealt with foot issues before, the team will likely manage his minutes for a while -- Rodney Stuckey also aggravating his foot injury doesn't help. There is not enough incentive to stash him in most leagues.
Spin: Mills is "working every day" to get back, and Mills thinks he's in "pretty good shape" to meet the January 15 timetable. Mills is dribbling the ball and doing conditioning drills, but he just started shooting last week. Mills said he won't rush back before ready, but there's no reason to to think his return will be delayed beyond mid-January.
Spin: Beat writer Candace Buckner adds it is "not the first of the month" either. Hill should be a big part of the offense and is a decent stash, but obviously the uncertain return date could make it tough to do so. Expect Donald Sloan to have a couple more weeks of value.
Spin: The Lakers are over the salary cap and this exception will allow them to sign a free agent for the remainder of the season, or possibly trade for a player in the final year of their contract. We should hear reports about possible targets for L.A. in the coming days, so owners in deep leagues should keep an eye out for updates.
Spin: "[Meeks] will not be back before mid-December, which is really about nine and a half weeks before he's actually playing in a game," said Van Gundy. While Meeks is sidelined, Caron Butler and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will continue to help man the shooting guard position, with KCP being the starter. It sounds like Meeks is still a long ways away from contributing to the stat sheet in a meaningful way, so owners in standard leagues can continue to leave him untouched on the waiver wire.
Spin: He is only doing work in the pool right now and plans to do more court work soon. George is still highly unlikely to make it back on the court for game action this year, but you have to admire his commitment to returning.