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Pelicans' Omer Asik: Listed as doubtful for Thursday1h ago
Aski is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Rockets with an illness.
Omer Asik has found himself out of the team's regular rotation since mid-December, and with the arrival of DeMarcus Cousins, injury will likely remain the only avenue for Asik to see frontcourt minutes in New Orleans this season. If he is officially ruled out for Thursday's game, his absence will not have any impact on the New Orleans Pelicans ' new rotation.
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Mavericks' A.J. Hammons: Recalled from D-League1h ago
A.J. Hammons was recalled Wednesday from the D-League's Texas Legends, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Hammons hasn't taken part in a game with the Dallas Mavericks since a Dec. 30 matchup with the Warriors, so he's spent a ton of time in the D-League getting in-game reps that he wasn't seeing with the big club. With the trade deadline approaching, the Mavericks could make some moves with the centers they have on the roster, which potentially opens a few minutes for Hammons. That said, even if he's able to garner some extra playing time, it won't be enough to make him relevant in the majority of fantasy leagues, so Hammons can continue to be avoided for the near future.
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Heat's Josh Richardson: Cleared to play Friday vs. Hawks2h ago
Josh Richardson (ankle) took part in a full practice Wednesday and has been cleared to play in Friday's game against the Hawks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Richardson has missed the last 19 games, but has finally gotten over his lingering ankle injury and was able to put in a full practice Wednesday. He's already been cleared by the Miami Heat medical staff for a return Friday, so look for him to jump back into a significant role on the wing. Richardson has started 20 of the 28 games he's played in this season, although it remains to be seen if he'll immediately reclaim a role with the top unit. His return likely means a decrease in minutes for guys like Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington.
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Nets' Marcus Thornton: Traded to Brooklyn2h ago
Marcus Thornton , Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick will be sent from the Wizards to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday in exchange for Bojan Bogdanoic and Chris McCullough, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Thornton opened the season in a rotational role for the Wizards, but fell out of favor in January and February and hadn't seen the court in the team's last 21 games. That prompted the Wizards to add him as a sweetener to Wednesday's trade, although the first-round pick is what Brooklyn really coveted in the exchange. There's no guarantees that Thornton is thrust into a bigger role right out of the gates with Brooklyn, but Nets aren't particularly strong at shooting guard with guys like Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick holding down the top two spots, so Thornton should at least have the opportunity to compete for minutes.
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Hawks' Tiago Splitter: Return to court not imminent2h ago
Coach Mike Budenholzer indicated that while Tiago Splitter (calf, hip) is making progress, a return to the court isn't imminent, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He is continuing to make progress," Budenholzer said of Splitter. "He is doing more in practice situations. I think the thing is he has to do that for a sustained period of time."
Splitter has been out all season with the hip and calf injuries, but the Atlanta Hawks haven't given up hope for the big man to return at some point over the team's final 26 contests. Even if Splitter is able to increase his activities and log multiple practices in a row within the next few weeks, he'll likely only serve in a minor capacity off the bench behind starting center Dwight Howard once he returns.
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Nets' Chris McCullough: Headed to Washington2h ago
Chris McCullough was traded to the Wizards on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
McCullough will join Bojan Bogdanovic in Washington, while the Wizards will send Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick to Brooklyn. The 22-year-old McCullough has appeared sparingly in only 14 games for the Brooklyn Nets this season and has spent considerable time in the D-League. He's viewed as somewhat of a project player but showed enough potential to warrant a first-round selection in the 2015 draft.
Cal Clutterbuck NYI RW
Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck: Could play Thursday21m ago
Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) may be able to lace up the skates Thursday in Montreal, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Clutterbuck had just returned from a lower body injury that had forced him miss nine of the previous 10 games so it seems likely that this was a setback from that ailment. The New York Islanders play their next eight games on the road but only have two games in the next eight days and could elect to hold Clutterbuck out of the lineup until March 2 in Dallas in order to give him as much time as possible to get 100% healthy.
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Kings' Jonathan Quick: Could be closer to return39m ago
Jonathan Quick (groin) continues to practice and could be closer to a return after the Los Angeles Kings placed Jeff Zatkoff on waivers Wednesday.
While the team has not said anything regarding an accelerated return date for Quick, one has to think that Zatkoff's removal from the active lineup is a sign that Quick could be back sooner rather than later. Mid-March is still the expected return period for the American goalie, but don't be surprised if he's cleared to play earlier than that.
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Maple Leafs' Connor Carrick: Day-to-day with injury1h ago
Connor Carrick (upper body) is listed as day-to-day, Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV reports.
It's unclear how many games he will miss at this point, but the general sentiment is that a day-to-day tag is a much better sign for Carrick than what many were expecting after he took a nasty hit from Mathieu Perreault during Tuesday's win over the Jets. Look for Alexey Marchenko to see more ice time if Carrick is sidelined for long.
Cory Conacher TB LW
Lightning's Cory Conacher: Called up from minors1h ago
Cory Conacher was recalled from AHL Syracuse on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old pivot ascends to the parent club in the wake of news that fellow forward Ryan Callahan will be out indefinitely following a hip procedure. You could try catching Tampa Bay Lightning in a bottle by streaming Conacher as a punt play in daily leagues, but know that he's not going to get much ice time as a bottom-six skater.
Casey Cizikas NYI C
Islanders' Casey Cizikas: Out four weeks with upper-body ailment1h ago
Casey Cizikas will be out for four weeks with his upper-body injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Given this extended absence for Cizikas, he'll be lucky to see a dozen games left on the regular-season schedule by the time he's ready to return. As it stands now, the New York Islanders are on the outside looking into the playoffs, and it might be in GM Garth Snow's best interest to find a suitable replacement for Cizikas if he's serious about extending the team's 2016-17 campaign. A physical pivot, Cizikas had consistently been called upon in shorthanded situations -- averaging 2:12 of ice time in that spot -- so his loss is a detriment to an already weak penalty kill that ranks 23rd in the league with a 79.8-percent success rate.
Ryan Callahan TB RW
Lightning's Ryan Callahan: Undergoes procedure Wednesday2h ago
Ryan Callahan had a follow-up procedure conducted on his right hip Wednesday and will remain out indefinitely.
While the team has officially said that the injury will keep Callahan out indefinitely, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Callahan is likely done for the rest of the regular season. At this point, that assessment would not be surprising considering all the trouble that this injury has caused the veteran winger this season. He'll rehab and will likely try to make it back for the NHL playoffs if the Tampa Bay Lightning do indeed make it that far.
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Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu: Live BP later this week3h ago
Hyun-Jin Ryu is slated to throw another live BP session this week, and if he comes through well, he could pitch in a game as the next step, the Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough reports.
Ryu is pain-free and has been throwing bullpen sessions, sitting in the mid-80s with his fastball, as he works this spring to build up arm strength for the upcoming season. He does not like throwing on the side, so pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was encouraged by his desire to get back out there for another session this week. If he makes it through the spring in tact, a big-league rotation spot should be waiting for him.
Aaron Nola PHI SP
Aaron Nola: Throwing well in camp3h ago
Manager Pete Mackanin said he is pleased with how Aaron Nola has been throwing thus far in camp, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports.
Nola was diagnosed with a sprained UCL last July which ended his season early. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection and rehabbed his injury during the offseason. Nola has said he is fully healthy, but he hasn’t truly tested his arm yet. That will happen when he starts pitching in games this spring. His first appearance in game action should come within the next week. He’s a risky investment this year given his elbow issue, but he could return significant value if he finds his form from early last season.
Vidal Nuno BAL SP
Orioles' Vidal Nuno: Has inside track in spring competition3h ago
Vidal Nuno has a leg up on the competition for one of the team's remaining bullpen jobs, SB Nation reports.
With the team in need for a left-handed reliever, Nuno appears to have the inside track to an Opening Day role with the Baltimore Orioles . The 29-year-old has a decent 19.5 percent strikeout rate to go along with a great 6.1 percent walk rate throughout his career. On the other hand, he struggles against righties (.344 career BAA) and has troubles keeping the ball on the ground (38.6 percent career ground ball rate). That said, Nuno has experience and is well-suited to fill a long-relief role for the MLB club in 2017.
Craig Gentry BAL LF
Orioles' Craig Gentry: In race for reserve role4h ago
Craig Gentry 's defensive prowess give his a boost in the race for an Opening Day reserve role, SB Nation reports.
The 33-year-old outfielder has bounced between the majors and minors for the past couple of seasons. Gentry is an above-average defender which is something the Baltimore Orioles have a need for. If Gentry makes the team, he will be relegated to a platoon role most likely in left field, but can also fill in for Adam Jones in center when needed.
Todd Frazier CHW 3B
White Sox's Todd Frazier: Day-to-day with oblique strain4h ago
Todd Frazier did not participate in any drills Wednesday due to soreness in his left side, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Fraizer's initial thought is that it's an oblique strain, and he decided to approach things very cautiously given the extended length of spring training this season. Despite the setback, the Chicago White Sox seem to be fairly unconcerned about the issue. They predict that Frazier will be able to return to action in a day or two, so consider the third baseman day-to-day for the time being.
Chris Davis BAL 1B
Orioles' Chris Davis: Confident his left hand has fully recovered4h ago
Chris Davis , who dealt with a lingering hand injury last season, said that he hasn't had any swelling or other issues through the first few days of batting practice, CBS Baltimore reports.
Early in the first year of a $161 million, seven-year contract, the Baltimore Orioles first baseman injured his left hand while diving into a base. Davis still played 157 games -- second most in his major league career -- but hit just .221 and struck out a career-high 219 times. He says the offseason was what he needed. "I think the biggest thing was really the rest and the time off and not having the physical contact and the beating that I did every day when I was swinging and taking balls at first base," Davis said. Now at full strength, there's reason to believe the 30-year-old's numbers will rebound from last year's dip.
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Bears' Jay Cutler: Will likely be able to pass physical in March1h ago
Jay Cutler (shoulder) is expected to be healthy enough to pass a physical in March, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Since undergoing surgery on a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder on Dec. 3, Cutler has been committed to rehabilitation. Along the way, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reported in early January that Cutler was ahead of schedule in his recovery effort, and Rapoport's sources lend credence to the situation. More pressing for Cutler is where he'll be suiting up in 2017. The Chicago Bears have opened trade talks for the 11-year veteran, but the fact that Cutler has no guaranteed money in his current contract could complicate matters if his landing spot is unsatisfactory. By all accounts, though, he's played his last down as a member of the Bears.
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Dolphins' Julius Thomas: Passes physical with Dolphins1h ago
Julius Thomas (back) has passed his physical with the Miami Dolphins , Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Although his trade from Jacksonville to Miami won't take effect until the new league year starts on March 9, Thomas won't be a stranger within the offensive scheme used in his new locale. Under the instruction of offensive coordinator Adam Gase in 2013 and 2014, Thomas posted 12 touchdowns for the Broncos in both campaigns, helping him land a five-year, $46 million contract with the Jaguars in March of 2015. Gase will soon be embarking upon his second offseason program with the Dolphins, only this time he'll have a familiar face to introduce to quarterback Ryan Tannehill. If fellow tight ends Jordan Cameron (concussion) and Dion Sims both depart in free agency, Thomas will assume top TE duties and seek a bounce-back season.
Le'Veon Bell PIT RB
Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Unlikely to have groin surgery2h ago
Le'Veon Bell (groin) isn't expected to undergo groin surgery this offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Per Rapoport, a procedure would have been performed at this point, if specialists deemed it crucial to Bell's long-term health. Instead, Bell will focus on rehabilitating the groin injury that forced him to sit out all but 11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers ' 69 offensive snaps in the AFC championship game. In the coming days, the organization must choose whether to apply its franchise tag to Bell by March 1, work out a long-term deal by March 9, or risk losing him as an unrestricted free agent after 4 PM ET on the latter date. The 25-year-old has recorded at least 1,800 total yards, 75 receptions, and nine touchdowns in two of the last three seasons, but multiple suspensions and ailments have wiped away 20 of a possible 70 games in his four-year career, so the front office may be reticent to allocate significant money to the All-Pro.
Ryan Malleck NYG TE
Steelers' Ryan Malleck: Signs with Pittsburgh2h ago
Ryan Malleck (neck) signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Malleck spent training camp with the Giants in 2016 before suffering a neck injury and being released just prior to the start of the regular season. He'll have an opportunity to compete for a depth role as a tight end and special teams player in Pittsburgh in 2017.
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Cowboys' Brandon Carr: Stays healthy again in 20166h ago
Brandon Carr finished the regular season with 61 tackles and nine passes defended in 16 games, including his first INT since 2013.
The 30-year-old has never missed a game in his NFL career, so while he doesn't make many impact plays, his reliability does have value. Carr is a free agent this offseason, but could return to the Dallas Cowboys if they aren't able to find an upgrade on the open market.
Darren McFadden DAL RB
Cowboys' Darren McFadden: Barely got on field in 20167h ago
Darren McFadden played in only three games in 2016 due to an elbow injury, finishing with 24 carries for 87 yards and catching three passes on five targets for 17 yards.
He topped 1000 yards rushing in 2015 for just the second time in his career, but his injury combined with the addition of Ezekiel Elliott prevented McFadden from making any kind of meaningful impact last year. He's a free agent this offseason, but it's not out of the question for the Dallas Cowboys to bring him back as veteran depth behind Elliott if the market for his services is soft.