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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.
Yesterday 9:27 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.
Yesterday 9:04 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.
Yesterday 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.
Yesterday 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.
Yesterday 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.
Yesterday 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.
Yesterday 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.
Yesterday 8:13 pm (EST)
Hollis Thompson Headshot

Thompson is in the process of signing a 10-day contract with the Pelicans, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.

Thompson is a 39 percent three-point shooter for his career and addresses a need for shooting on the wing with the departure of both Buddy Hield Tyreke Evans via the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Over his first 10 days with the team, Thompson will likely see majority of his time at shooting guard behind E'Twaun Moore, but he will likely be slowly worked into the rotation to start.
Yesterday 8:00 pm (EST)
Ersan Ilyasova Headshot

Ilyasova has been traded from the Sixers to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. The two teams will also swap second-round picks.

Ilyasova has started 40 of the 53 games he's played in for the Sixers so far this season, averaging 14.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.0 three-pointers across 26.9 minutes. He's struggled with his shot of late, shooting just 36 percent from the field and 23 percent from the three-point line in February, but once dialed in, he should provide the Hawks with a solid stretch four that they didn't necessarily have on their roster. Ilyasova will likely be relegated to a bench role with Paul Millsap in the fold, so it seems likely he'll see a drop in playing time with the move to Atlanta. That said, his addition should provide a nice spark offensively for the Hawks' second unit. Ilyasova's departure from Philadelphia also likely means a big boost for rookie Dario Saric, who could draw into the starting lineup. Nerlens Noel is a player that could also see an uptick in time with the Sixers.
Yesterday 7:46 pm (EST)
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