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  • Derrick Williams CLE PF
    Cavaliers' Derrick Williams: Will sign second 10-day deal
    1h ago

    Derrick Williams will sign a second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to Wednesday's practice, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.

    After Williams' first 10-day deal expired earlier in the week, it was initially expected the Cavaliers would wait until the aftermath of Thursday's trade deadline to decide the forward's future with the team. However, Williams' re-signing may indicate that no major roster moves are imminent, and the 25-year-old seems to have done enough to convince the Cavaliers that he'll be a dependable option off the bench the rest of the way. According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, there's been "every indication" that Williams will eventually sign a contract with the Cavaliers for the remainder of the season, something that teammate LeBron James has already endorsed. In his four games with the Cavs, Williams is averaging 9.8 points (on 60% shooting), 3.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 three-pointers in 23.3 minutes per contest.

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  • Chris McCullough BKN PF
    Nets' Chris McCullough: Assigned to D-League
    1h ago

    Chris McCullough was assigned to the D-League's Long Island Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

    McCullough has played in just 14 games for the parent club this season, averaging 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds. Since the Nets are reasonably healthy and aren't expected to require the second-year forward's services in Friday's game against the Nuggets, McCullough will head to Long Island in search of more playing time.

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  • Lou Williams LAL SG
    Rockets' Lou Williams: Unlikely to make team debut Thursday
    2h ago

    Lou Williams is unlikely to make his Houston Rockets debut Thursday against the Pelicans, ESPN.com's Calvin Watkins reports.

    The Rockets acquired Williams from the Lakers late Tuesday in exchange for Corey Brewer and an unprotected 2017 first-round pick, but due to the timing of physical with his new team, it doesn't look like coach Mike D'Antoni is planning on having the veteran guard at his disposal right away. Look for Williams to instead make his Rockets debut against the Timberwolves on Saturday, when he's expected to combine with sixth man Eric Gordon to form a potent offensive backcourt duo on the second unit. With 18.6 points and 17.2 points per game, respectively, Williams and Gordon are the top two bench scorers in the NBA this season.

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  • Derrick Williams CLE PF
    Derrick Williams: 10-day deal with Cavs expires
    13h ago

    Derrick Williams ' 10-day contract with the Cavaliers expired, and the team is yet to make a decision on his future, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

    Cleveland opted not to sign Williams to a second 10-day deal, but the team is keeping the forward on its radar, and whether he returns to Cleveland will likely be determined by what the Cavs do -- or don't do -- before Thursday's trade deadline. All indications are that the Cavs have been impressed by Williams, who's averaged 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in four games, but they want to keep a roster spot available in the event of a trade that would force them to bring back multiple players. If the Cavaliers still have an opening after the deadline passes, Williams would likely be re-signed, assuming another team doesn't scoop him up in the meantime. "We hope that this is a long-term thing," LeBron James said after Williams initially signed. "Obviously, we know that he's on a 10-day contract, but we believe it's going to be long term."

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  • Garrett Temple SAC SG
    Kings' Garrett Temple: Return date remains uncertain
    14h ago

    Garrett Temple (hamstring) remains without a clear return date, James Ham of csnbayarea.com reports.

    Temple was set to miss two-to-three weeks after suffering a partial hamstring tear on Feb. 1, which would theoretically put him near a return. However, the Sacramento Kings are opting to remain cautious with the wing at the moment. With the addition of Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, and Langston Galloway over the All Star break it will be difficult for Temple to see anywhere near the 26.6 minutes per game he was seeing prior to the injury. It remains to be seen what the Kings opt to do with their new rotation, but some players are going to be left out. Given Temple's injury, he may have a hard time seeing much playing time when he returns.

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  • Ty Lawson SAC PG
    Kings' Ty Lawson: Full participant in practice Tuesday
    14h ago

    Ty Lawson (leg) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, James Ham of CSN California reports.

    Lawson missed the last four due to a leg strain, but it looks like the All-Star break provided the point guard ample time to recover. He'll likely return to the court Thursday against the Nuggets, serving as Darren Collison's primary backup at point guard with Garrett Temple (hamstring) still banged up and questionable to return.

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  • Calvin Pickard COL G
    Avalanche's Calvin Pickard: Plays well despite loss
    41m ago

    Calvin Pickard stopped 30 of 32 shots but it wasn't enough in a 2-1 loss Tuesday to the visiting Kings.

    Despite having a single win in his last four starts, Pickard has played quite well, recording a save percentage of .940 during that span. The lack of victories unfortunately don't come as a surprise, however, as the Avs have toiled as the lowest-scoring team in the league (1.97 goals per game) for nearly the entire season. Nonetheless, the New Brunswick native now owns a .909 save percentage, 2.88 GAA and 10-19-2 record in what's been his busiest campaign in the NHL (31 starts) to date.

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  • Brandon Tanev WPG LW
    Jets' Brandon Tanev: Reassigned to minors
    41m ago

    Brandon Tanev was sent down to AHL Manitoba on Wednesday.

    The move to send Tanev back to the minors is likely designed to get him some additional play time while the Winnipeg Jets are on their bye week. Whether the 25-year-old gets called back up probably depends on the status of injured wingers Andrew Copp (upper body) and Drew Stafford (illness). When not watching from the press box as a healthy scratch, Tanev is averaging a mere 10:57 of ice time and has managed just four points on the year.

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  • Peter Budaj LA G
    Kings' Peter Budaj: Gets back in win column
    1h ago

    Peter Budaj turned aside 24 of 25 shots in a 2-1 victory over the Avalanche on Tuesday.

    A date with the league's worst team was just what the doctor ordered for the Czech netminder, who put an end to a three-game losing streak. After being rather porous over an ugly five-gave stretch that featured a whopping 19 goals, Budaj has bounced back with a pair of one-goal games and appears to be getting back on track, so owners should roll with him as they normally would.

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  • Julian Melchiori WPG D
    Jets' Julian Melchiori: Sent down to minors
    1h ago

    Julian Melchiori will spend the Winnipeg Jets ' bye-week with AHL Manitoba.

    Melchiori will likely be called back up for the team's next game against the Wild on Tuesday given that Toby Enstrom (lower body) and Tyler Myers (lower body) remain on IR while Jacob Trouba (suspension) will not be eligible to return yet. The 25-year-old Melchiori has compiled just six points in 32 minor-league outings, so fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect him to suddenly start scoring.

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  • Jared Coreau DET G
    Red Wings' Jared Coreau: Sent down to minors
    1h ago

    Jared Coreau was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

    With Jimmy Howard (knee) still on the mend and not ready for game action, per Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Coreau is simply making the trip down to the minors to get in some conditioning while the Detroit Red Wings are on bye this week. In all likelihood, the 25-year-old keeper will be back with the big club when it resumes play on Feb. 28 in Vancouver.

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  • Tyler Graovac MIN C
    Wild's Tyler Graovac: Sent to AHL Iowa
    2h ago

    Tyler Graovac was sent to AHL Iowa, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Graovac will likely continue to shuffle between Iowa and the NHL as the Minnesota Wild make small moves to save salary cap space.

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  • Greg Bird NYY 1B
    Yankees' Greg Bird: Favorite to win everyday reps at first
    9m ago

    Greg Bird is expected to be the team's starting first baseman, Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News reports.

    Following the retirement of Mark Teixeira at the conclusion of last season, Bird appeared to have the inside track to take over at first base and it appears he still maintains that edge despite the late offseason signing of Chris Carter. Bird missed all of 2016 with a shoulder injury and though he was only able to participate in the Arizona Fall League as a DH, the 24-year-old is heading into spring training fully healthy and with no restrictions.

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  • Phillies' Victor Arano: Out four weeks with UCL sprain
    9m ago

    Arano (elbow) has a right UCL sprain and will be shut down for four weeks, Ryan Lawrence of The Philly Voice reports.

    Arano had experienced soreness in his elbow for weeks, but this is tough news for the 22-year-old. It's unlikely he'll be able to report to camp this year after receiving a plasma-rich platelet injection yesterday in Philadelphia. The reliever posted a 2.26 ERA over 46 minor league games last season and was promoted to Double-A Reading in August. Arano will try to get back on track when he returns later this spring.

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  • Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP
    Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu: Expected to pitch in games later this spring
    19m ago

    Manager Dave Roberts says he expects Hyun-Jin Ryu to pitch in games later this spring, but there is no definitive schedule, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

    Ryu has been hampered by injuries for the past two seasons, including an elbow ailment that sidelined his 2016 campaign. GM Farhan Zaidi said this offseason that if the left-hander was healthy he would be in the rotation and, so far, this has been the case. Ryu's fastball has reached the mid-80s during his bullpen sessions this spring, but it's too early to make assumptions without a timetable. Depending on how he progresses, his first game action could come in minor league games.

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  • Jacoby Ellsbury NYY CF
    Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: Arrives at camp Tuesday
    19m ago

    Jacoby Ellsbury made his debut at the New York Yankees spring facility Tuesday, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

    The outfielder was delayed a couple of days while staying with his family for the birth of his second child, but he's since reported to camp and will be a full participant going forward. The 33-year-old has struggled at times to live up to the $153 million deal he inked with New York prior to the 2014 season, but he's still slated to command a spot atop the lineup and man the every day duties in center field in 2017.

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  • Josh Bell PIT 1B
    Pirates' Josh Bell: Making progress from injury
    27m ago

    Josh Bell (knee) faced live pitching Tuesday and continues to recover from February surgery. "It's all structurally stable," Bell told DK Pittsburgh Sports. "It's just the incision marks still scarring over. Just from that, waiting for that to heal. But for the most part I feel great. I'm putting the same motions it happened with initially. I'm all cleared there, so I feel good."

    Spring training holds special value for Bell, as the former outfielder looks to improve upon his defensive skills at first base. "I'm just trying to get back to that reaction time and first-step quickness," Bell said. "If I can get those reads in, hopefully I can make up for this last week that I missed." He enters 2017 as left-handed batting side of a first base platoon with David Freese. Bell slashed .273/.368/.406 with Pittsburgh in 2016 after compiling a Triple-A line of .295/.382/.468. His ability to read the strike zone is probably his greatest strength, giving him extra value in OBP leagues.

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  • Jake Thompson PHI SP
    Phillies' Jake Thompson: Throws bullpen session
    41m ago

    Jake Thompson (wrist) successfully threw an indoor bullpen session Wednesday, Ryan Lawrence of The Philly Voice reports.

    The young right-hander has been held back from pitching activities while dealing with soreness in his right wrist. Thompson made ten starts for the Philadelphia Phillies last season, posting a 5.70 ERA and a 32:28 K:BB ratio. Expect him to begin the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, barring any major injuries to the starting rotation.

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  • Tyrod Taylor BUF QB
    Bills' Tyrod Taylor: Medically cleared following groin surgery
    2h ago

    Tyrod Taylor (groin) has recovered from January surgery and has been medically cleared for offseason activities, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

    Taylor was never expected to be in much danger of being limited during the offseason, but the fact that he's back to full strength is nonetheless significant. He's now eligible for the $27.5 million bonus due March 11, which wouldn't have kicked in had he not been cleared by that date. It still remains unclear if the Buffalo Bills are willing to pay out that bonus, and Taylor's prior refusal to restructure his contract could ultimately prompt Buffalo to release him by March 11. If that's the case, Taylor likely wouldn't have much trouble finding a starting gig elsewhere, as the 2017 draft class isn't ripe with high-end signal callers and several teams look to be in need of an established option at quarterback.

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  • Jay Cutler CHI QB
    Bears' Jay Cutler: Time in Chicago coming to a close?
    16h ago

    The Chicago Bears have started to explore potential trades for Jay Cutler , Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports.

    Cutler suffered a sprained thumb in Week 2, forcing five consecutive absences. Only Brian Hoyer's broken left forearm in Week 7 allowed Cutler another chance to operate under center, but he made three more appearances before requiring season-ending surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. If Cutler is indeed getting shopped, his Bears resume will show four touchdowns versus five interceptions, while completing 59 percent of his passes in his age-33 campaign. Because he has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract, the Bears may have difficulty unloading Cutler on a team in a less desirable situation, as he could opt to sit out or retire, per Darlington. No matter how things unfold, Cutler's time in Chicago has almost certainly come to a close.

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  • K'Waun Williams CLE FS
    49ers' K'Waun Williams: Signing with 49ers
    17h ago

    K'Waun Williams is expected to sign a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers , Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    The 25-year-old played his first two seasons out of Pittsburgh with the Browns before being waived prior to the season. He had ankle surgery in early November, which held an estimated 12 weeks of recovery time. The 49ers have reportedly had their eye on Williams and have opted to give him a shot with the club. He drew 10 starts during his 26 games with the Browns, while recording 77 tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defended, and three forced fumbles in the process. He figures to either compete for a backup role at free safety providing depth behind Eric Reid (biceps) or try to find a more prominent role at cornerback.

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  • Brandin Cooks NO WR
    Saints' Brandin Cooks: Expected to remain with Saints
    18h ago

    Head coach Sean Payton "absolutely" expects Brandin Cooks to be a member of the New Orleans Saints in the 2017 season, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

    After he emerged from Week 12 without a target for the first time in his career, Cooks expressed frustration, spurring rumblings within the NFL that he may shopped in the offseason. Having said that, he has one year remaining on his rookie deal, which can become two seasons if the Saints exercise the 2018 option available to former first-round picks. With a March 3 deadline looming, such a decision would seemingly be a no-brainer for a wideout coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns and 17 touchdowns during that span.

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  • Robby Anderson NYJ WR
    Jets' Robby Anderson: Posts 42 receptions in rookie year
    19h ago

    Robby Anderson recorded 42 receptions for 587 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games with the New York Jets this season.

    Anderson showed promise throughout his rookie season, pairing a solid route-running ability with speed. He emerged as a favorite target of fellow rookie Bryce Petty, as the two formed a connection throughout the offseason last year. Just like last offseason, Anderson will continue to work out with former Pro Bowl wideout Chad Johnson, according to Ethan Greenburg of the team's official site. "I'm going to put a lot of work in this offseason. There are a couple things I really want to focus on to get better," Anderson noted. He'll look to take the jump next season in the hopes of securing a top wideout spot on the depth chart.

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  • Darrelle Revis NYJ DB
    Jets' Darrelle Revis: Hearing date changed to March 15
    21h ago

    According to Darrelle Revis ' attorney Robert Del Greco, the preliminary hearing regarding a recent alleged incident in Pittsburgh has been rescheduled from this Thursday to March 15, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    The public will now have to wait a few more weeks for any word on the cornerback's four felony charges (two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy: aggravated assault). The NFL will wait to address the situation until all legal matters are taken care of, which puts the veteran's status into question for the upcoming league year that officially begins on March 9. Revis is slated to make $15.3 million in 2017 ($6 million guaranteed), which includes a $2 million roster bonus due on March 11, but legal proceedings could muddy his standing with the New York Jets .

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