• According to Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times, Paul Pierce will be returning to the Clippers for his 19th season in the NBA:

    Turner later clarified that it is still not official yet:

    Nobody is expecting Pierce to be the force he was in Boston, but his presence in the locker room would be greatly appreciated, and he has a long standing relationship with head coach Doc Rivers which makes him a great asset for the Clippers coach.

    Last year was a major struggle for Pierce on both ends of the court.  He shot just 31% from the 3-pt line and was unable to reach 40% on his field goal attempts overall for the first time in his career.  He would be best served in diminished role off the bench for the Clippers, and hopefully the team is able to find a player or two to put in front of him at small forward, assuming that he ultimately decides to return.

    Regardless of his contributions on the court, his knowledge of the game would be a welcome part of that locker room moving forward.   Either way, the Clippers need to address the small forward position if they plan to challenge Cleveland or Golden State next season.

     

Fantasy News

  • Kevin Porter Jr.
    SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Porter Jr. (right ankle) is probable to return on Monday vs. the Pistons.

    That's great news that it doesn't appear to be Porter's recently injured knee that was the issue. Look for Porter to get back out there shortly.

    Source: Brian Dulik on Twitter

  • Emmanuel Mudiay
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle soreness) is now listed as available for Monday's game against the Rockets.

    Mudiay missed just one game with the ailment. His minutes have been under 10 per game over his last three. That won't likely change much with Mike Conley back in the rotation.

    Source: Utah Jazz on Twitter

  • Kevin Porter Jr.
    SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Porter Jr. limped off the court and went to the locker room during the second quarter of Monday's game against the Pistons.

    Porter returned from a 10-game absence tonight, and that's not a good start. We'll find out shortly if he left due to the same left knee that just kept him out for that stretch.

    Source: Angel Gray on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Jonathan Feigen reports that the Rockets are optimistic that James Harden (left thigh contusion) will play on Wednesday against the Blazers.

    That would stop Harden's missed games streak at two if he can get back by Wednesday, and to much rejoicing by those that roster him, at that.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Thon Maker
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Thon Maker went to the locker room in the first quarter of Monday's game and returned soon after with a bandage over his right eye.

    It appears that Maker will play through the injury, so there's seemingly no worry here.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela (right heel contusion) is now listed as out for Monday's game against the Jazz.

    In addition to Capela, the Rockets will be without James Harden (left thigh contusion) and Russell Westbrook (rest). Eric Gordon, Danuel House and Austin Rivers will all start and have the potential to launch a bunch of threes.

    Source: Michael Shapiro on Twitter

  • Langston Galloway
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Langston Galloway went to the locker room briefly on Monday and returned to the game with two fingers taped together.

    Keith Langlois reports that Galloway quickly removed the tape, so it doesn't sound like anything too serious.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Tomas Satoransky
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Tomas Satoransky (left ankle soreness) will start Monday's game against the Spurs.

    Satoransky had been listed as probable. Despite 19 points on Saturday, he hasn't scored enough of late to be particularly useful.

    Source: Chuck Swirsky on Twitter

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier (illness) will be available to face the Kings on Monday.

    Napier had a huge game on Saturday and continues to provide assists. Feel free to keep him active.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Alex Len
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Alex Len (right hip flexor) will be held out of Tuesday's game.

    Len was injured on Friday. He hasn't been especially valuable in his current role. Bruno Fernando is questionable for Tuesday, which leaves De'Andre Hunter in a potentially important spot.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter