FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Taj Gibson (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Clippers.

With Gibson on the sidelines, expect Pau Gasol to see extra time on the floor Sunday when the Bulls face the Clippers in Chicago. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he'd like to rest Andrew Bogut for Sunday's game at the Celtics.

Just as with veteran Andre Iguodala who sat out Friday's game, coach Steve Kerr wants to get his older players some rest, especially during the current brutal road stretch the Warriors are on. If he doesn't rest on Sunday, then expect him to be on the sidelines for Monday's game against the Nets. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Pau Gasol (illness) was at Bulls practice Saturday feeling a lot better.

Gasol is expected to be back for the Sunday contest against the Clippers at home. He would be a welcome addition with Taj Gibson likely sidelined on Sunday. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau says Derrick Rose has started his rehab process and the team is cautiously optimistic.

His Friday surgery is only expected to sideline him for 4-6 weeks. It was obviously just a minor procedure as he walked out of the hospital after the surgery was complete. He should be back for a few regular season games before the playoffs start. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Kelly Olynyk made it through a full practice on Saturday, and while he did say his ankle is feeling better, he wasn't ready to return.

Olynyk is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Warriors at home. He went through just a light workout on Saturday, and while the prognosis is getting better, don't count on him in daily leagues just yet. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Bojan Bogdanovic (sprained left ankle) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

This would be the first game action for Bogdanovic after missing the past three games. He was originally reported as doubtful, so apparently he had some good results in the past few hours.  Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Kris Humphries (groin) is considered day-to-day, according to head coach Randy Wittman.

Humphries left Wednesday's game early and missed Friday's action in its entirety. With him out, Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden should see some extra minutes. Analysis: Howard Bender

Paul Pierce (knee) is considered day-to-day, according to head coach Randy Wittman.

Pierce has missed the last two games after getting his knee banged-up earlier in the week. Otto Porter filled in for him Friday and will continue to do so should Pierce miss more time. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dwight Howard has a series of MRI scheduled next week, beginning on Wednesday. From there, his doctor will schedule an re-examination to determine when he may be cleared for the next step in his rehab.

At the beginning of February, when the knee issue finally became too much, Howard was given a timetable of six to eight weeks for his recovery. He's not even at the four week mark yet, so there's little sense of urgency right now. Expect the team to update his condition after the MRI sessions are done, but don;t expect to see him back on the court until mid-March at the earliest. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: 76ers coach Brett Brown is not planning on seeing rookie center Joel Embiid play this season

Embiid was hoping to see if he could come back and play at all this season, but the Sixers brass obviously isn't having it. He will recover from his foot surgery and start an offseason program once the year ends for the team. He'll be back next season. Analysis: Howard Bender

Wesley Johnson said he would like to remain with the Lakers.

Johnson seems to have fit in nicely in Los Angeles and has settled into a solid role as the primary back-up to Ryan Kelly at the small forward position. He only signed a one-year deal with them last year, amd it was for only $1 million, so they might splurge again. Analysis: Howard Bender

Larry Drew, who has played a few games with the Sixers this season is close to signing a contract in Greece with AEK Athens.

Drew was never on the fantasy radar and now that he's heading to Greece, he's going to be even more of a forgotten man. Move long. Nothing left to see here. Analysis: Howard Bender
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