• Rajon Rondo - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo scored 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals and one triple in 26 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win over the Blazers.

    This will only buy more time for Rondo in L.A. as the foil to full-time minutes for Lonzo Ball (19 minutes), and the Lakers will spin their wheels until they figure out that you never go full Rondo. For fantasy purposes, he's putting up top 40-80 numbers (8/9 cat) so far when on the floor and that will shift into a top 100-130ish position once he cools off and starts losing minutes to Ball again.

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  • Jonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game.

    Isaac has missed six straight games with an ankle sprain but appears close to a return. He's been able to do shooting and conditioning work after recent practices and will look to put this latest batch of ankle troubles behind him. While Isaac has been a disappointment so far, he's worth picking up in all competitive leagues given his defensive prowess. There aren't many players with Isaac's upside so he's definitely someone to own as long as you aren't absolutely starving for immediate production.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook continues to do "more and more each day," per Billy Donovan, but the Thunder had a largely non-contact practice on Tuesday.

    Without a contact practice under his belt we can't expect Westbrook to play on Wednesday, so while his status is still uncertain you can't put him back into your lineup just yet.

    Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter

  • PJ Tucker - F - Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker (illness) participated in Tuesday's shootaround but remains questionable for the game against the Nuggets.

    Tucker was able to play on Sunday despite dealing with a stomach virus so you have to think he'll be out there unless his condition worsened on Monday. The participation today is a good sign so we'll expect him out there tonight, even if he's less than 100 percent.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Caris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert has been diagnosed with a dislocated right foot and will not need surgery.

    Tests performed this morning revealed no fractures and only moderate ligament damage. LeVert will not need surgery and there is strong confidence he will play again this season. Whew! What a sigh of relief for his owners and all NBA fans alike. The 24-year-old was in the midst of a career year averaging 18.4 points, 4.3 boards, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Stash him if you can or at least until an injury timetable is revealed.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard - G - Detroit Pistons

    Luke Kennard (shoulder) will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    His shoulder has responded well to treatment according to the medical staff, but we are looking at a minimum two week absence, possibly longer. Only deep dynasty leagues are still carrying the 22-year-old but in the meantime Langston Galloway and Glenn Robinson III will pick up the slack.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Talking to reporters this morning, Elton Brand said that the Sixers are not in a rush to fill out the roster spot created by the Jimmy Butler trade.

    The team got Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala back on Monday while Jimmy Butler should make his debut on Wednesday, so the depth chart is beginning to look better in Philadelphia. The Sixers might look to make an addition later this season when veterans complete their buyouts but for now Chandler and Muscala are worth a look in case one of them emerges with a consistent role in the rotation.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Lonzo Ball - G - Los Angeles Lakers

    Lonzo Ball is still learning how to play with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, two ball handlers who have impacted his numbers the most.

    “This year is a little different than it was last year, still trying to figure out what I can do out there, just try to play my spots,” said Lonzo. Rondo’s minutes have meant less time for Ball with the ball in his hands. In four of the last five games, Rondo has also played more minutes than Ball while sometimes they share the court too, which means adjusting to each other. Ball’s assists, like most of his stats, are down to 4.9 per game this year (compared to 7.2 in his rookie season) but he is still returning top-125 value in just 25.7 minutes. It’s highly unlikely that the Lakers go away from Rondo anytime soon but Lonzo should be getting the bulk of the minutes as the season progresses.

    Source: LA Times

  • Carmelo Anthony - F - Houston Rockets

    Longtime NBA report Chris Sheridan is hearing that the Sixers are kicking the tires on the idea of claiming Carmelo Anthony off waivers if the Rockets let him go.

    The Sixers do have a glaring need for a power forward after trading Dario Saric to Minnesota in the Jimmy Butler deal. Anthony was brought in by the Rockets to replace some of the scoring production provided last season by Trevor Ariza, but things are clearly not working out the way the team intended. He cannot be traded until December 15th, so the most likely move for the Rockets is placing him on waivers. Expect the MeloDrama to keep us entertained in the next couple days.

    Source: Chris Sheridan on Twitter

  • Carmelo Anthony - F - Houston Rockets

    While Rockets’ players and coaches think Carmelo Anthony will not return to team, the Lakers are rumored to not have an interest in case the All-Star forward becomes a free agent soon.

    The team has a lot of scoring options in their forward positions with LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram so the addition of Melo would not really make sense. It’s still unclear when and if the Rockets release him while his agents are reportently looking for another NBA franchise to sign with. Still, not many suitors will be knocking on his door anytime soon and Carmelo might actually be on his way out of the league.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • John Collins - F/C - Atlanta Hawks

    John Collins will miss another game tonight as the Hawks visit the Warriors.

    Collins is yet to play this season as he works his way back from an ankle injury but there is no clear timetable for his return. Even though he has traveled with the team on their west coast trip, nothing suggests that he will play in any of the upcoming games, especially since he hasn’t been able to practice with the team yet. He is worth a hold though while Alex Len and Omari Spellman should be busy tonight with Dewayne Dedmon away from the team.

    Source: NBA Official Injury Report