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Ersan Ilyasova (illness) is questionable for Wednesday.

We have also seen reports that he is doubtful for this game Wednesday night against the Nuggets. It looks very likely that he won't play, so Anthony Tolliver would be placed into the starting lineup and would definitely worth a DFS punt play with the minutes he'll log. Minutes equal Production! We will give you the official status of Ilyasova as soon as we know.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

The Giants have released G Geoff Schwartz.

This is one of those deals that the Giants have regretted ever since the ink got dry. Schwartz signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract before the 2014 season but made only 13 of 32 starts because of multiple injuries. These injuries included a trip to the I.R. designated for return in 2014 with a toe injury. He also had his 2015 season cut short after breaking his ankle in Week 12. This 30-year-old is a tough run blocker when he is actually on the field and should be able to find a new home. This move will save the Giants $2.99 million against the cap. Analysis: Drew Phelps

C.J. Watson is probable for Wednesday.

We have not see Watson the court since November 9th as he dealt with a calf injury. It is great that he should be able to suit up on Wednesday but Orlando will obviously exercise caution with his minutes. Once he is back up and running fully, you should expect him to take away most all of Shabazz Napier's minutes. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Tobias Harris is questionable for Wednesday.

Harris has been dealing with a sore left ankle which caused him to miss the past two games. This is not a new injury as Harris has dealt with multiple ankle issues. Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier will be the primary beneficiaries if Harris is unable to play. You could also see more playing time from Mario Hezonja as well. Analysis: Drew Phelps

The Hawks and Celtics are in discussions about a trade involving Al Horford.

Danny Ainge seems genuinely excited about the possibilities of trading for Al Horford. The Celtics and Ainge also would be a likely candidate to pay the hefty price to resign him after the season is over. It has been reported that Ainge is seeking a low post scorer for Boston and Horford would fit in nicely with their future plans.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Update: Tigers and J.D. Martinez avoid arbitration and settle on 2-years $18M.

This is great news for the Tigers and Martinez and the outfielder was rewarded for his big 2015 season and will be very affordable again in 2017. The 28-year-old’s homerun total jumped from 23 in 2014 to 38 last year and also drove in a career high 102 runs. Martinez may not reach 38 bombs again, but he should still provide fantasy owners with a lot of power and the potential to once again drive in 100 runs. Martinez is a very safe outfield option in fantasy baseball in 2016. Analysis: Phil Backert

The Orioles are “making progress” in contract talks with free agent righty Yovani Gallardo.

The Orioles starting rotation is a disaster waiting to happen so they desperately need to add another proven pitcher and Gallardo would fit that description. The Orioles have been reluctant to part ways with their first round draft pick, but they may not have much choice as they have spent a lot of money this off-season and still may not be a better team than last year after the departure of Wei-Yin Chen to the Marlins. Gallardo is a durable pitcher as he has pitched at least 180 innings the last seven seasons. Despite having an ERA of 3.42 in 2015, the right-hander’s WHIP was 1.416 and his strikeout per nine innings dropped to 5.9. Gallardo’s fantasy value is tied to where he signs and if he does end up in the American League East, fantasy owners can safely avoid the veteran.  Analysis: Phil Backert

James Johnson will not play Wednesday.

Johnson has been out for most of the month due to the ankle injury and it appears the earliest he will return is after the All-Star break. Terrence Ross will continue to see an increase in minutes with Johnson out and this only explains why the Raptors are pursuing other big men around the league as Johnson’s timetable to return isn’t clear.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Brian WIndhorst reports that the Toronto Raptors are pursuing Thaddeus Young.

The Raptors have two dynamic guards in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but to be considered true threats to the Cavaliers in the playoffs, they need more size and Young fits that description. The power forward is having a superb season for the Nets as he is averaging 15.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. The combination of Lowry and DeRozan along with Young would make the Raptors a serious threat in the second half of the season. Young’s fantasy value may take a little hit in terms of points per game, but he should still be a very effective player if he does end up getting traded to the Raptors.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Dwyane Wade said he does not want to even test the free agent market and instead wants to wrap up a new deal with the Heat without the drama of last offseason.

Wade is still a very productive player at the age of 34 as he is averaging 18.7 points, four rebounds, 4.7 assists and a steal per game. There’s a chance this lingers longer than Wade wants it to, but it’s hard to imagine Wade wearing another uniform next season. For fantasy purposes, Wade should continue to fill up all the categories for the remainder of the year and be a strong option in any format.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Hassan Whiteside got sent home Tuesday. Heat officials told the 26-year-old to leave the arena after he got hit with a flagrant-2 for elbowing the Spurs’ Boban Marjanovic as they tried to get position for a rebound.

Whiteside can now be suspended for a game due to his actions and the organization isn’t too pleased. Head coach Erik Spoelstra and veteran Dwayne Wade expressed their frustrations after the game about the big man as this has been a problem in the past for Whiteside. The 26-year-old is very talented despite having mental lapses and is once again helping fantasy owners. Whiteside is currently averaging 12.2 points along with 11 rebounds and nearly four blocks a game.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Mitch Moreland and the Rangers avoid arbitration and settle at $5.7M.

The Rangers and Moreland avoided a salary arbitration hearing that was set for Wednesday by coming to terms. The first baseman had a slash line of .278/.330/.482 with 23 homeruns and 85 RBIs in 2015 and is poised to once again help fantasy owners in the power and run production department. First base is always deep so Moreland will get lost in the shuffle, but his ability to hit the long ball and be a run producer makes him a very capable fantasy performer.  Analysis: Phil Backert

Tyreke Evans plans to undergo surgery on his right knee and is likely out for rest of the season.

This will be a tough blow for the Pelicans as Evans is currently the third leading scorer on the team with 15.2 points per game. The team was hopeful the guard could return after the All-Star break, but the pain in the knee hasn’t subsided enough and it’s time to shut the talented 26-year-old down for the season. Jrue Holiday, Norris Cole and Bryce Dejean-Jones will all benefit with Evans missing the rest of the year.  Analysis: Phil Backert

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