• Mike Budenholzer
    Team, Atlanta Hawks

    The Knicks have ramped up their background work on coaching candidates Mike Budenholzer and David Blatt.

    Both were connected to the job almost immediately and recent rumors make it seem like Budenholzer is very interested in the prospect of living and working in New York. The Knicks have interviewed both candidates recently and at this point they appear to be the clear frontrunners for the job.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley is questionable for Saturday's tilt with the Grizzlies as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

    Conley is nearing a return which will likely end whatever boost in production we have been witnessing from Joe Ingles.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Derrick Favors
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Derrick Favors (personal) will remain out on Saturday when the Pelicans face the Mavs.

    With Favors out Jaxson Hayes will have a bigger role to play for the Pelicans, and Kenrich Williams will have some potential to be productive as well.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Shams Chararnia of the Athletic is reporting that the Knicks have promoted assistant coach Mike Miller to the interim head coach position, where he will replace the fired David Fizdale.

    Best of luck to Miller, as turning things around in New York will be no easy task. The Knicks set the bar awfully low thus far, so at least he has that going for him. As for fantasy, the Knicks remain a mess. Mitchell Robinson is a buy-low candidate, Marcus Morris is a sell-high candidate, Julius Randle is an inefficiency monster with plenty of counting stats, and RJ Barrett puts up numbers but needs to round out his free-throw shooting and turnover numbers. This team has a lot to work out so don't bank your season on any of these guys.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Tristan Thompson
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson is questionable to take the floor for Friday's game against the Magic due to an illness.

    The illness is making its way through the Cavs' locker room as Kevin Love is already out for this one. If Thompson can take the floor he will be in for a big DFS night with Love out.

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love (illness) will sit out Friday's game vs. the Magic.

    With Kevin Love out Tristan Thompson would be line for a big night, but he is also questionable for this one. That could mean Larry Nance or Ante Zizic emerge with larger roles tonight.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry underwent a second procedure for his broken left hand to remove pins from the initial procedure, and he remains on track to be re-evaluated in February.

    All according to plan here. If you want to be optimistic Steph will return and provide a boost to your roster in the fantasy playoffs. The more likely scenario is the Warriors are extremely cautious as they will be well out of the playoff race, and Curry's role will be limited as a result. Proceed with caution if he is in your IL spot.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Josh Richardson
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Josh Richardson (right hamstring strain) will not return on Saturday when the Sixers clash with the Cavs.

    Furkan Korkmaz should be in line for another start and Matisse Thybulle will maintain a regular role in the rotation for those in need of a 3-point specialist or a steals and blocks boost. Richardson being ruled out a day in advance indicates a return may not be imminent.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid has been ruled out for Saturday's face-off against the Cavs with a right hip contusion.

    Without Embiid the Sixers will rely on Al Horford at the center spot more often, and we should see more of Mike Scott and Kyle O'Quinn.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Ty Jerome
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ty Jerome is probable with a right ankle sprain for Saturday's game against the Rockets.

    Jerome is an interesting prospect but is still raw by fantasy standards. In dynasty formats he has some promise but is just on the edge of streaming options in deeper leagues for now.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aaron Baynes has been ruled out for Saturday's matchup with the Rockets with a strained left calf.

    Baynes getting ruled out a day in advance indicates he is not too close to a return. This has been a frustrating wait and Deandre Ayton is not so far away from reentering the equation.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter