Spin: It will be the first time since Burks was in his "teens" that the shoulder will be at full strength. The shoulder has been a concern since before Utah originally drafted him. "I had a really bad shoulder," he said. Burks added that he couldn't lift his arm over his shoulder, and he admitted that he wasn't healthy all season. Burks is uncertain if he'll be ready for training camp, but the good news is he should be at full strength whenever recovered.
Spin: There was really no way Varejao was going to return this year given the severity of his injury, but it's nice to know he hasn't suffered any setbacks in his recovery. We'll continue to monitor Varejao closely in his recovery, and hopefully he's able to join his teammates in training camp next season.
Spin: McRoberts is traveling with the Heat to work with the team's training staff, but it doesn't sound like he's close to resuming on-court work. A return during the playoffs is feasible but fantasy owners can't expect any production in Miami's final nine regular-season games.
Spin: The fact that George hasn't received clearance from the team's medical staff should have several pumping the brakes on his possible return. While everyone has been trying to guess when or if George will be back, nobody really knows. He's not worth stashing in almost any format.
Spin: There are some reports of him being out, but none of the usual Utah beat guys have completely ruled him out. With Favors out, it'll be Trevor Booker in the starting lineup in a favorable matchup. He's worth a look as a stream play at any depth.
Spin: "He did a good job," coach Steve Clifford said of Taylor. "He was locked in from the beginning of the game. Last (season), when Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got hurt, he had some really good games. I think his concentration was up and he played really well." With MKG out 7-10 days, the team needs Taylor's "defensive component" in the starting lineup.
Spin: With Boozer now out, the Lakers could rest one more big man in their rotation. It was Boozer and Ed Davis yesterday, so maybe they go that route again. Robert Sacre is warming up and we'll pass along more info as we receive it.
Richard Jefferson started in place of Monta Ellis (calf) on Sunday vs. the Pacers, but he ended up playing just 16 minutes and finished with four points with two assists.
Spin: He did get into some early foul trouble, but Jefferson didn't have it going tonight and shot just 2-of-6 from the field. Ellis doesn't have a timetable to return, so Jefferson may have another chance to start vs. the Thunder on Wednesday. He averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.8 3-pointers in 11 previous starts this season, so owners in deeper leagues should probably give him another chance.
Spin: GM Daryl Morey didn't offer a specific timetable or date, but it's good to hear that Motiejunas' back isn't a long-term concern. When he does return, the Rockets will likely bring him along slowly as to not to aggravate the issue,. If Terrence Jones (ribs, lung) is back by then, Houston will suddenly have a much deeper frontline.
Spin: He was cleared to play on Monday despite his hand wound not entirely healed. It sounds like Miami will be planning he'll play, but some discomfort at shootaround or in warmups could keep him out of the game. His fantasy owners can start him at their own risk with four games. If your other options aren't promising, Whiteside's upside this week is hard to keep on a fantasy bench.
Spin: The shoulder injury is new and he didn't play on Sunday due to calf issue, so he's probably on the doubtful side of questionable. With Andersen out, Udonis Haslem wilt more run at center and would be worth a look in deep leagues.
Spin: It's a devastating blow to the Rockets as the team is paper-thin at point guard behind him. Rookie Nick Johnson and veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will look to fill the void, but none are real options for owners who have lost Beverley. MVP candidate James Harden will have even more to do as the Rockets close out the season in preparation for the playoffs.
Spin: It doesn't sound like he's going to be back at any point this week and he can probably be dropped in most fantasy leagues. Greivis Vasquez will get at least one more start tonight and probably has a few more headed his way, too. However, he hasn't played well, so he's not a must-own player. Vasquez is still worth a look if you need some treys and dimes.
Spin: The Mavericks desperately could have used Barea tonight with Monta Ellis (calf) out of commission, but instead they will have to lean on Rajon Rondo, Devin Harris, Richard Jefferson and Raymond Felton. This will be Barea's fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, and considering he is still experiencing soreness in his ankle, the Mavericks won't be in a hurry to rush him back.
Spin: He said last week he was hopeful to play this week and maybe he'll give it a go Wednesday at home against the Raptors. Still, Martin isn't worth owning in most leagues with all the uncertainty around him. Lorenzo Brown and Chase Budinger benefit most.
Spin: That would be great news for a Rockets team that is shorthanded on its frontline. Although neither player has a specific timetable or circled date in an attempt to return, it's encouraging to hear both are making progress. When each is back in the fold, Josh Smith will obviously lose some of his luster.
Spin: Earlier today we asked why the Wolves haven't ruled him out for the season, so at least there is some certainty in this situation. Pekovic can be dropped in all re-draft leagues. Justin Hamilton will get the start at center tonight.
Greg Monroe (knee) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.
Spin: The Pistons are considering shutting Monroe down for the season so this shouldn't take any owners by surprise. With the playoffs out of reach and only nine games remaining after Sunday, there isn't much incentive for Monroe to play at less than 100 percent. Owners fighting for their fantasy playoff lives should move on to a healthy alternative.
Spin: According to the earlier timetable, the earliest Ibaka would have returned would be on the regular season finale. With the new timetable, he's still looking at a best-case scenario playing on Apr. 10 for the last four games of the season. OKC said they were going to be very careful with Kevin Durant (foot), so one would think they'd do the same with Ibaka. He can remain on the wire in almost all leagues.
Spin: He's currently in the second week of his 2-4 week timetable, so he's inching his way closer to a return. However, with season averages of just 7.5 points and 1.0 three-pointer per game, it's safe to leave Scott on the wire in all leagues.
Spin: Temple still isn't practicing and he is probably looking at some additional time on the sidelines. He wasn't a fantasy asset even when he was healthy, so he belongs on the waiver wire in just about all leagues.
Spin: That tentative return date would have Crawford missing at least the next five games, ruling him out for all of this week, so he can safely remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues. J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes remain the primary beneficiaries with Crawford out.
Spin: While Jose would not rule out the possibility of him making a return this season, he admitted that he doesn't like his chances. There's really no reason for Calderon to risk a setback playing for the worst team in basketball, so we don't expect to see him back on the floor this season. He belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Spin: He hasn't played since Feb. 26 and he remains without a timetable to return. Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden will continue to see a few extra minutes off the bench, but both players are not options in standard leagues. Humphries can be dropped everywhere until he is cleared to play.
Spin: This practically rules him out for the rest of the week, and head coach Byron Scott also said that Young would need at least another week of conditioning after that. There is a good chance that Young doesn't play again this season, and the Lakers have no reason to jeopardize his health. Leave Young on the wire.
Spin: It's a great sign for Rose and his eventual return this season. He took part in a full contact 4-on-4 scrimmage, and Tom Thibodeau said Rose looked winded afterward, but otherwise reported no ill effects. Rose previously said it would take him a week or two to get back into game action after being cleared for contact, so owners looking to stash him will want to think long and hard about all the DNPs he still has left to rack up. The Bulls play just three times in each of the next two weeks. Aaron Brooks owners: Take notice.
Ronnie Price had right elbow surgery to remove bone spurs and will be out for 6-8 weeks.
Spin: He is out for the season. Price has been dealing with his nagging elbow injury since at least Jan. 14, but he should be ready for next year. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this coming summer.
Kevin Durant (foot) will have season-ending foot surgery and will be held out of basketball activities for 4-6 months.
Spin: He is going to have a bone graft procedure because he is "showing signs of regression," according to the team. This will be his third surgery on his right foot and he's not a complete lock to be ready for training camp. If Durant needs six months to get back to basketball-related activity, he'll be looking at an October return. After five consecutive seasons of being the number one player in fantasy leagues, Durant's fantasy stock has plummeted more than almost anyone could have imagined. We hope we see the 2013-14 KD next season.
Spin: The Pelicans play in three straight road games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, but it's not clear which game the big man is tentatively targeting to make his return. Regardless, his return will only help the Pelicans in their playoff push, but he's not a must-add player at this point. His return should mean less small ball for New Orleans as well as a role reduction for Dante Cunningham.
Spin: He is still out for the season, but getting in some sort of activity bodes well for his offseason. With Sullinger out, it's been Tyler Zeller stepping up the most with Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass having good games here and there.
News: Bosh of the Miami Heat will be evaluated by team doctors later this month and is on schedule to resume ''full basketball activities'' in September. The team made the announcement Monday night, just before Bosh was scheduled to meet with reporters and discuss how he's recovering from having blood clots on one of his lungs.
Spin: The Heat say Bosh may begin exercising later this month, ''with plans to start strength training next month.'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says the team has been looking forward to seeing the All-Star forward, noting ''how fortunate, how privileged we are, to be involved in this game.''
Spin: Carmelo's initial timetable was set at 4-6 months in February, so it sounds like Phil is hopeful Melo will be able to meet the early end of that timetable. We'll continue to track Carmelo's progress every step of the way, and although it's early, all signs are pointing towards Anthony being ready to go by next season.
Spin: "During the Dallas game this past year, that's when I really pulled something and the specialist said that I had torn something," Collison said. "And then ... he realized that I have been damaging this for like a very, very long time even going back to my Indiana days." The Kings won't try to rush Collison back this season but he should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. In his absence, Ray McCallum will continue to start with Andre Miller backing him up.
Spin: This is a small step in what will be a long recovery for Jennings. Hopefully he's ready to go by next year's training camp, and we'll continue to track his progress closely. If Detroit is able to retain Reggie Jackson this offseason, it'll be interesting to see if he and Jennings can play together.
Spin: Bryant added that he "could" play beyond the 2015-16 season, but right now the future Hall-of-Famer expects it to be his last. He could begin running in 10 days and should be healthy for the start of next season, though his age and recent injury history will make him a very risky option on draft day.
Spin: He obviously won't play again this season, but this is fantastic news and hopefully this means we will see him back out on the court soon. Teletovic is flying home to New York on Wednesday, and we will continue to track his progress every step of the way. Expect Cory Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanovic and Brook Lopez to see some extra minutes for the foreseeable future.
Spin: This is an interesting development, however, Jrue has been sidelined since Jan. 12 and he would more than likely be eased back into the rotation when/if he does eventually return. He still has yet to go through a practice with the team, and given the uncertainty of this situation, it's probably best to leave Jrue on the wire in most leagues.