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DFS NBA Playbook: February 25
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Joakim Noah Headshot

Noah (hamstring) is considered doubtful to play in Saturday's game against Philadelphia, Tom Moore of Calkins Media reports.

Noah has missed the last six contests with a strained left hamstring, and his chances of returning Saturday appear slim. With Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) out, expect both Kyle O'Quinn and Wily Hernangomez to be in line for increased roles.
5:36 pm (EST)
Marcus Thornton Headshot

Thornton cleared waivers Saturday and is officially a free agent, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.

As anticipated, the veteran passed through waivers unclaimed and will now be free to sign with another club. Thornton hadn't been much of an impact player for the Wizards, posing averages of 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game while shooting 40.0 percent from the floor and 35.0 percent from three. As a result, he's unlikely to be at the top of most teams' wish lists, but the 29-year-old has proven to be a valuable scorer off the bench in years past.
5:33 pm (EST)
Deron Williams Headshot

Williams will sign with the Cavaliers on Monday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

As expected, the veteran will join the top team in the East after officially passing through waivers Saturday evening. At age 32, Williams is a shell of his former All-NBA self, but he's still a solid point guard and represents a significant upgrade for the Cavs, who have been forced to use Iman Shumpert as a de facto backup point guard for much of the season. Once he's up to speed with his new team, expect Williams to come off the bench behind Kyrie Irving to run the second unit.
5:27 pm (EST)
Nikola Vucevic Headshot

Vucevic (Achilles) will play in Saturday's matchup with the Hawks, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Vucevic was a late addition to the injury report due to his sore Achilles, but it appears the injury isn't too severe. It's unclear if he'll be limited at all against the Hawks. Look for Bismack Biyombo to see some extra minutes if Vucevic has his minutes scaled back slightly.
5:24 pm (EST)
Ty Lawson Headshot

Lawson will shift to the bench for Saturday's game against the Hornets, Stephanie Ready of Fox Sports Southeast reports.

The Kings started both Lawson and Darren Collison on Thursday against Denver, but with Tyreke Evans now up to speed, he'll unseat Lawson in lineup in what will likely be a permanent move. Evans will get the nod at small forward, with Ben McLemore shifting down to shooting guard.
5:13 pm (EST)
Tyreke Evans Headshot

Evans will move into the starting five for Saturday's game against Charlotte, Stephanie Ready of Fox Sports Southeast reports.

Evans made his re-debut for the Kings in Thursday's win over the Nuggets, coming off the bench to finish with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. With a game now under his belt, Evans will move into the lineup at small forward, as Ty Lawson moves to the bench. Darren Collison will get the nod at point, while Ben McLemore slides down to shooting guard.
5:11 pm (EST)
Nikola Vucevic Headshot

Vucevic is listed as questionable to play Saturday against the Hawks due to a sore Achilles, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Initially left off the injury report, Vucevic's status is now in jeopardy, and he'll likely end up being a game-time decision. If he's ultimately held out, Bismack Biyombo would likely enter the lineup at center. Vucevic is coming off of a 25-point, nine-rebound effort in Thursday's loss to Portland.
4:27 pm (EST)
Quincy Acy Headshot

Acy (ankle) will not play Saturday against the Warriors.

A sprained ankle will keep Acy out of action for the seventh consecutive game, and the 26-year-old should continue to be considered questionable on a game-to-game basis. Acy's next chance to play will come Wednesday against the Kings.
4:19 pm (EST)
Caris LeVert Headshot

LeVert will not play Saturday against Golden State due to illness.

With LeVert out of action, Isaiah Whitehead or Sean Kilpatrick will likely move into the starting lineup at shooting guard, and both players, regardless of who starts, will be set for increased roles. LeVert will likely miss only one game, as the Nets have three full days off before Wednesday's matchup with the Kings.
4:16 pm (EST)
Al-Farouq Aminu Headshot

Aminu (knee) is considered probable to play in Sunday's game against Toronto, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.

A left knee sprain, which dates back to before the All-Star break, kept Aminu out of action Thursday in Orlando, but it appears he'll have a strong chance to return to action Sunday night. Assuming that's the case, Noah Vonleh and Moe Harkless, who played 38 minutes Thursday, could each see decreases in minutes. In the five games prior to the injury, Aminu averaged 33.4 minutes per game, which he translated to averages of 14.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
4:01 pm (EST)
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