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Thon Maker Headshot

Coach Jason Kidd indicated Wednesday that Maker will continue starting at center following the All Star break, Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Maker slid into the starting lineup at center after Jabari Parker went down for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. The Bucks direction is somewhat uncertain going forward this season, as the Parker injury hinders their hopes to advance in the playoffs. While they are still likely to be competitive, they figure to favor the players they see as future contributors to the team. Thus, Maker should continue seeing a relatively healthy workload going forward. In his four starts before the break he averaged 7.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.3 triples across 17.3 minutes per game. Do not be surprised to see his minutes get even more of a boost going forward, so he could be a sneaky source for triples from the center position in deeper leagues.
9:27 pm (EST)
Chad Bettis Headshot

Bettis, who has been declared cancer-free, threw a healthy bullpen session Wednesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

This also came with the news that he was given a healthy prognosis after blood tests and a tumor marker assured doctors that he remains free of cancer. After he was cleared, he slid back into a near-regular offseason throwing program and should be ready for the start of the season. He'll still require blood work every three-to-six months to assure that the cancer hasn't resurfaces, but he'll likely assume his role in the Rockies' rotation after leading the team with 14 wins last season.
9:18 pm (EST)
Dwyane Wade Headshot

Wade says his wrist "feels a lot better" and he's been cleared to play in Friday's game against the Suns, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Wade indicated that the wrist will still likely be taped up, so he may be dealing with some lingering soreness. That said, it's not expected to be issue moving forward and fantasy owners can expect him to put in a full workload during Friday's tilt with the Suns. With Wade expected to rejoin the starting lineup, Michael Carter-Williams is slated to head back to the bench after starting next to Jerian Grant in the backcourt, while guys like Paul Zipser and Doug McDermott could see a slight decrease in playing time as well.
9:04 pm (EST)
Kyle Zimmer Headshot

Zimmer (shoulder) threw his second bullpen session of spring on Tuesday, noting he felt no pain afterwards, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

This is obviously good news for the 25-year-old, who at this point last season was already starting to feel pain and taper off. The Royals are continuing to bring him along slowly, after he failed to pitch more than 65 innings in each of the last three seasons due to injuries. He is set to start his first Cactus League game Sunday.
8:52 pm (EST)
Rodney Hood Headshot

Hood (knee) is hopeful to play in Friday's matchup against the Bucks, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Hood missed the last seven games before the All Star break, and played in just three of the last 15 due to a bone contusion and LCL sprain in his right knee. Joe Ingles filled in for him at shooting guard, so he figures to see a reduced workload if Hood is able to return. It is unclear if the Jazz will keep Hood on any type of minute restriction if he does indeed return Friday, but it would likely be short lived if that is the case. A final determination on his status is not likely to be announced until closer to game-time Friday.
8:47 pm (EST)
Marcus Thornton Headshot

Thornton will be waived by the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Thornton, along with Andrew Nicholson and a first-round pick were shipped to Brooklyn earlier Wednesday in exchange for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough. However, the Nets are happy with where their shooting guard situation is at and will look elsewhere to fill the final spot on the roster. That sends Thornton back to the free agent pool, where he'll look to latch on with a contender or a provide a younger, more inexperienced roster with some veteran help from the eighth-year pro.
8:40 pm (EST)
Tyreke Evans Headshot

Evans playing time will remain restricted at around 27 per game for the time being, Sean Cunningham of KXTV Sacramento reports.

Evans indicated he is unsure if his minutes will remain restricted for the rest of the season. The newly acquired shooting guard won Rookie of the Year honors in 2009-10 with the Kings, and is now back with the team in a muddled perimeter situation. He had knee surgery on his right knee last February, and did not make his season debut until this past December. While it is unclear how the Kings plan on handling their new rotation, it appears to be a safe bet that Evans will continue on a similar workload he was seeing in New Orleans. He will presumably either start at the two or three position or serve as the Kings' sixth man as he continues his road back to full health.
8:34 pm (EST)
Jarell Martin Headshot

Martin was assigned Wednesday to the D-League's Iowa Energy.

Martin has yet to see the floor in February with the Grizzlies and has clearly fallen out of the team's regular rotation. A stint with the Energy should provide him some added developmental opportunities, but unless injuries occur higher up on the depth chart, Martin won't play in competitive games once recalled to the big club.
8:32 pm (EST)
Wade Baldwin Headshot

Baldwin was assigned Wednesday to the D-League's Iowa Energy.

Baldwin has taken part in 24 games for the Grizzlies this season, but has seen the floor just once over the team's last 21 contests. That prompted the Grizzlies to send him to the D-League yet again, giving him the opportunity to see extended minutes. Once recalled, Baldwin will slot back in as depth in the backcourt, but is no higher than the team's fourth option at point guard with the likes of Mike Conley, Toney Douglas and Andrew Harrison in the fold.
8:28 pm (EST)
Patrick Patterson Headshot

Patterson (knee) took part in a full practice Wednesday and is expected to play in Friday's game against the Celtics, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.

Patterson missed the last six games prior to the All-Star break, but with an additional week off to get back to full strength, he's finally feeling good enough to make a return to the court. However, after the Raptors acquired Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Magic earlier this month, Patterson is expected to see a smaller role moving forward as he settles into a backup role behind Ibaka. That should afford him minutes in the upper teens or low 20's in minutes, which restricts his value to deeper leagues.
8:13 pm (EST)
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