• It seems like we constantly say this, but is there ever a dull night in the NBA? The Clippers-Rockets mayhem seems like a season ago. We are 15 days away from the February 8 trade deadline, so the rumor mill is in full motion. Let’s check out the highlights of a jam-packed Tuesday in the NBA.

    GEORGE HILL TO THE CAVS?

    Leading the headlines as always, for better or for worse, are LeBron James‘ Cavaliers, who are 3-10 since their Christmas day rematch with the Warriors. NBA beat writers made it well-known that the Cavs gave heat to Kevin Love earlier this week, which has caused a lot of speculation. The snowball led to more discussions about a personnel change in the locker room, particularly on defense.

    On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Cavs and Kings have had deep discussion about a trade for George Hill, claiming that the deal was “at the one-yard line.” Rumored to be sent back to the Kings were Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye, but the Kings would have to give back more players or make room somehow. The final details haven’t been worked out yet, which is probably what is holding up the move.

    From a fantasy perspective, De’Aaron Fox needs to be owned in all formats. He is the lone beneficiary from such a move. Garrett Temple (34 points, five assists, four 3-pointers) went off on Tuesday night, but he can be largely ignored.

    PASS THE DEJOUNTE

    It seems like if you pick up any Murray these days, you’ve done well for yourself. In a subtle move on Sunday against the Pacers, Spurs coach Popovich started Dejounte Murray at point guard in a game where Tony Parker was healthy. Not so fast.

    There has been a changing of the guard, so to speak, as Parker is officially taking a backseat as the starting point guard for the Spurs for the foreseeable future.

    Murray was excellent on Tuesday, putting up a monster line of 19 points, 10 boards, three assists and seven steals in 30 minutes. He is a high energy guy who gets his hand on the ball on defense and repeatedly tips passes as well as crash the boards. Murray can be a solid source of rebounds and steals at your point guard position.

    Speaking on Tuesday, Popovich said “Dejounte is a young talent and we need to find out exactly what we have there. So it is time.”

    It is time indeed. Time for you to run, not walk, to scoop Murray off of your waiver wire. Enjoy.

    WARRIORS WANT A KNICKS CENTER?

    According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the Warriors have expressed interest in a center from the Knicks rotation, likely Kyle O’Quinn. The Warriors took on the Knicks on Tuesday, but O’Quinn (calf) ironically sat out.

    Willy Hernangomez was freed, putting up 8-3-5-1-0 in 17 minutes. With the current logjam of KOQ, Enes Kanter, Hernangomez and Joakim Noah, the Knicks are all but certain to make a move.

    Noah has a virtually untradeable contract and Kanter has the looks of a solid player for the Knicks, so that leaves O’Quinn and Hernangomez. If KOQ is moved, Hernangomez becomes an intriguing add in deeper leagues. Stay tuned to any big moves between these two teams.

    KINGS’ YOUTH MOVEMENT LEADS CHARGE OVER MAGIC

    Amidst the aforementioned trade rumors, basketball was played on Tuesday. The Kings took down the Magic 105-99 with a Temple and a pair of twin towers down low.

    We already discussed Temple’s big night (34 points, four 3-pointers), but the big boys were flexing their potential in the post. Willie Cauley-Stein was a force in the middle, shooting 9-for-18 from the field for 21 points with nine boards, four assists, one steal and five blocks in 32 minutes. The Kings have put a lot of time into freeing Willie, so he should be safe from any movement.

    Skal Labissiere was terrific as well, scoring 10 points with nine boards, three assists and three blocks in 22 minutes. Skal was also included in rumors to Cleveland, along with Malachi Richardson (4-3-0-1-1 in 15 minutes) as reported by ESPN’s Adrain Wojnarowski on Tuesday. Stay tuned.

    KUZMANIA: LAKERS UPSET CELTICS

    The rivalry is alive and well. Down one point with six seconds left, the Celtics chose to let Marcus Smart take the game-winner as he heaved a 27-foot 3-pointer at the rim. You can guess how that turned out. The Lakers won it 108-107.

    Smart wasn’t all bad for the C’s, as he finished with 22 points (7-for-13 FGs), two boards, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes off the bench.

    Kyrie Irving added 33 points (13-for-24 FGs), three boards, four assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Leading the Lakers was rookie phenom Kyle Kuzma, who put on a highlight reel for 28 points (10-for-16 FGs), four rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers in 26 minutes. He appears to be out of his slump. Hang on to the Kooz. Rookies only get better as the season progresses.

    That will do it for Wednesday’s Daily Dish!! As always, be sure to follow me on Twitter, I’m @RiazD. Catch me on the Fantasy NBA Tonight ($) pod on Tuesday nights where we answer your questions and go over box scores. Don’t forget to follow all of our breaking news and rumors on our NEW account @HoopBallFantasy. Happy hump day!!

Fantasy News

  • Ian Mahinmi
    C, Washington Wizards

    Ian Mahinmi has been playing 4-on-4 basketball in recent days, as he is getting closer to a return.

    Mahimni was given a six week timeline at the beginning of October so he seems to be right on track for a return in the next week or so. The Wizards have been using Mo Wagner as the backup center and it’s unlikely that Mahinmi gets much, if any, playing time with a Wizards team that is focused on developing their youth.

    Source: Candace Parker on Twitter

  • Jaren Jackson Jr.
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jaren Jackson Jr. needed just three games to flip the script about a possible sophomore slump into a narrative about his improving all-around game

    Jackson's offensive outburst on Monday, where he scored 24 points, followed a stretch of three games where he totaled just 14 points on 5-of-20 shooting amid mounting frustration over issues with foul trouble. JJJ had a series of discussions with coach Taylor Jenkins and the latter encouraged him to stay focused on the important things, his daily work habits. The 20-year-old appears to be finding a balance between lingering on the perimeter and attacking the basket in Jenkins' up-tempo system while the buy-low window for him is probably closed.

    Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Brad Turner of the LA Times is reporting that all signs point to the Lakers holding out Anthony Davis for Wednesday night’s game against the Warriors.

    His X-rays on his ribs were negative, but AD has also been dealing with a shoulder issue since the beginning of the season. It makes sense for the Lakers to rest him against the lowly Warriors after a tough game against the Suns last night. The good news is that there doesn’t seem to be any long-term concern here and Davis will just be getting the night off after grinding it out and having played in every contest to this point.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Donovan Mitchell
    SG, Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 30 points (13-for-26 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs) in a home win on Tuesday, adding six boards, two dimes and a steal in 38 minutes.

    Mitchell is looking great so far this season. The main improvement in his stats is in his field goal percentage. If he can keep that up, Mitchell should be able to return top-25 value.

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley scored 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting and added four rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

    Conley's numbers are down in every category this season, which is a little scary for drafters of the 32-year-old. There's plenty of time for him to get more acquainted to his new team and continue to turn this around, but Conley doesn't appear likely to return to his Memphis numbers that often had him in the top-30.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert had another strong game in a 119-114 win over the Nets on Tuesday, putting up 18 points (8-for-10 FGs, 2-for-4 FTs), 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes.

    Gobert is off to a bit of a slow start this season, mainly in the blocks category where he's dropped from 2.3 to 1.3. There's plenty of time for that to come back, but there's also a chance that the 27-year-old might not have two blocks per game left in him. If the team with Gobert in your league is worried, make an offer. It's a great time to try to buy low.

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Spencer Dinwiddie had a nice game off the bench with 21 points on 7-for-16 shooting, one board, four dimes and two treys in 24 minutes in a losing effort on Tuesday vs. the Jazz.

    Dinwiddie has been good enough to give him a chance on your roster. And with the oft-injured Kyrie Irving and currenty-injured Caris LeVert as the two ball-handlers ahead of him, Dinwiddie could easily find himself in a position to take on enough minutes to get into the top-100.

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving hit just 10-of-30 shots from the field (2-of-12 from three), scoring 27 points to go with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes in a 114-119 loss to the Jazz on Tuesday.

    It was a tough night for Irving, though he did hit all five of his free throws, offsetting a bit of the damage to his field goal percentage. With Caris LeVert (right thumb sprain) missing tonight's game, Garrett Temple got the start next to Irving and produced 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one 3-pointer and one block in 30 minutes.

  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan exploded for a throwback double-double in a loss to the Jazz on Tuesday as he put up 15 points (6-for-8 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), 17 rebounds, four assists, two steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.

    That's the kind of line he used to put up regularly, but the only category in which you can expect him to consistently produce now is rebounds. This center rotation is frustratingly inconsistent, but Jordan and Jarrett Allen are both worth rostering. Allen fouled out tonight, finishing with four points, seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 18 minutes.

  • Buddy Hield
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield struggled to get shots to fall on Tuesday as he went 7-for-21 from the floor including 2-for-11 from deep on his way to 20 points, four rebounds and one assist in 37 minutes.

    Hield did sink all four of his free throws to help offset some of the 3-point misses. His 37 minutes were his second highest amount of the season and he may be in line for some extra minutes and shots while De'Aaron Fox is out.