Spin: Watson was listed as day-to-day by the Pacers on Thursday with the injury to his shooting elbow. Donald Sloan saw eight minutes off the bench with Watson out Wednesday night and would be in line to see more time if Sloan is out Friday, but Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson would get the larger value boost from Watson's absence.
Spin: Hill has received two straight DNP-coach's decisions, so there is a good chance he may not have played Thursday even if healthy. Hill's absence should open up some minutes for Chris Kaman on Robert Sacre against the Lakers, but neither is worth starting in standard leagues.
Spin: Ayres is nursing a sprained second metacarpal phalangeal joint in his right hand and will miss Thursday's showdown against the Heat. The 26-year-old is only averaging 2.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game over his last 10 contests, so this isn't major fantasy news for most leagues.
Alex Len started for Miles Plumlee (right knee sprain) on Thursday, but had just six points, three rebounds and five fouls in 11 minutes.
Spin: Maybe things would have gone better without the foul trouble, but if you started him in a daily league, the move clearly backfired. Plumlee is day-to-day and wasn't playing well when healthy, so there's not a lot of hope for Len, even if he stays in the starting lineup for a couple games.
Spin: Gary Neal will continue starting in his absence and more minutes will open up for Luke Ridnour. Calf injuries are easily aggravated and Henderson may not be ready to return next week, either. most fantasy owners would be better off cutting him given his lackluster production and uncertain return date.
Spin: Nelson missed Sunday's game due to a sore calf and then Wednesday's game due to feeling sick. It looks like he has a good chance to suit up when the Magic play at San Antonio on Saturday. Note that Nelson has started all 56 games he's appeared in this year, so it could very well be Victor Oladipo that heads to a bench role.
Spin: In five starts so far this year, Plumlee is averaging 5.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Owners looking for a streamer here are better off with Andray Blatche, who is averaging 14.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks over his last three games.
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: "I wouldn't be surprised if he played in our next game. I don't know that. That's just my feeling," Rivers said on Thursday night. Crawford's return will dramatically affect the recent production of Darren Collison and will also take some chances away from a white-hot Matt Barnes. Before going down, Crawford was taking 14.9 shots per game and playing 30.9 minutes a night.
Spin: We have yet to hear the results of Landry's MRI from Monday, but coach Kevin Malone's latest quotes don't bode well for Landry's availability in the near future. "I think they're still talking with the doctors, getting results, but he's out for the foreseeable future," Malone said. We'll consider Landry out indefinitely unless we hear otherwise, while Jason Thompson, Derrick Williams, and Reggie Evans will all absorb minutes that otherwise would have gone to Landry.
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: Miles sprained his left ankle nine days ago but it's still so swollen that it's "about twice the size of his right ankle," so he's definitely not close to playing. Jarrett Jack, Matthew Dellavedova and Alonzo Gee will continue to pick up most of the slack at SG and SF in his absence.
Spin: He missed Sunday's game but is benefiting from an unusually long layoff, as the Raptors don't play again until Friday. It sounds like he'll be ready to take his usual starting SG spot back from Landry Fields, so deep-league owners who grabbed Fields should look elsewhere for production.
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's knee issue was originally through to be mere soreness, but Saturday will likely mark his sixth straight game on the sideline. He's blown a golden opportunity with Nene sidelined. Trevor Booker will continue to start at power forward, but his minutes are shaky because he often sits when opponents go small.
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: Coach Larry Drew said Udoh is close to returning, but it might not even matter. Jeff Adrien has stepped up in the second unit and is a better rebounder, so that is a big asset for a team that ranks 29th in field goal percentage. Udoh can be ignored in all formats.
Spin: Varejao isn't even traveling with the Cavaliers to Charlotte and his status for Saturday's game is very much in doubt. The Cavs have been tight-lipped about Varejao's injury and they continue to list him as day-to-day, but his lengthy absence may be part of the reason they traded for new starting center Spencer Hawes.
Spin: Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Bradley may not return to action for two weeks, much longer than his initial timetable, but he has been cleared to ramp up his activity. "Avery had a good workout [on Thursday]," said Ainge. "The MRI showed that things are way better." Jerryd Bayless will continue to start at SG in Bradley's continued absence.
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 getting better and will be re-evaluated on Thursday. Martin just can't stay healthy this season and the Knicks probably won't give him many minutes even when he's close to 100 percent. Additionally, he said it's been torture watching the Knicks play defense.
Spin: "He's shooting a little bit," Rivers said. "I don't know what that means, but at least he's moving around shooting. But there's been no update. I don't think he's improved to the point we thought he would, so far. We had anticipated him being back almost [by now]." The Clippers haven't yet mentioned the possibility of shutting Redick down for the season, but fantasy owners shouldn't be holding onto him at this point. Danny Granger, Darren Collison and eventually Jamal Crawford (calf) will continue to pick up the slack at SG in Redick's absence.
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: This sounds like educated speculation rather than an official update on Bargnani's status, but a beat writer's estimate is better than nothing. How Bargs will fit back into the lineup once he's healthy is another question, as the Knicks have found some success by reverting to small lineups with Carmelo Anthony at PF.
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: Bledsoe's will reportedly return within the next week, but it sounds like he won't be inserted into the starting lineup right away. "You don't know how they'll come back," Suns' coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We might bring Eric in off the bench a little bit. We hope he's there at the end of game. If you throw him right into the starting lineup, it might screw you up for a few games." Bledsoe's owners may not get full production out of him for a game or two upon his return, but it shouldn't take long for him to displace Gerald Green from the Suns' starting lineup once he gets his sea legs under him.
Spin: Anderson will get a second opinion on Tuesday and at this point we can only hope that his long-term future isn't at risk. His season ended when the Pelicans received an injured player exception in February.
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: The doctors haven't cleared Kobe so it's a non-issue right now," D'Antoni said. Bryant has an evaluation coming up in about two weeks, so that will likely be a big checkup in determining his outlook for the rest of the season. The Lakers have leaned on Jodie Meeks, Kent Bazemore and Jordan Farmar to offset Bryant's scoring absence and that seems like it will be the case until Nick Young can return. Fantasy owners probably should not be stashing Kobe at this time with only six weeks left in the 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.
News: Rose has started running, although coach Tom Thibodeau says he's nowhere near ready to practice.
Spin: The former MVP point guard tore the meniscus in his right knee at Portland in November and was ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls. He sat out last year while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. Thibodeau says Rose is "nowhere close to practicing," but he is able to run and perform lateral slides. The coach also repeated several times on Wednesday that Rose will miss the rest of the season.
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: He was ruled out for at least 12 weeks in mid-October but he's already approaching the four-month mark. "[A stress fracture] is not like an [ACL], where you can double up the work and get back quicker," Haywood said. "You really can't do anything for it." The veteran's ultimate goal is to be healthy enough to play "10 to 15 minutes" per game, and he will not have 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: As we saw with the Danny Granger situation, the Sixers don't want veterans suiting up and veterans don't want to be a part of their dumpster fire. Richardson holds a $6.6 million player option for next season.
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.