Kobe Bryant (knee) fully intends to return this season, ESPN Los Angeles reports. "My plan hasn't changed," Bryant said. "I'm just going about it every single day just trying to get better. That's my job. My job is to get ... back out there on the court when I'm healthy enough to play and that hasn't changed."
The Lakers obviously have nothing to play for but pride and Kobe is full of that. He'll come back and eventually play his 40+ minutes once he is close to 100%. Its a Fantasy risk still however because at his age and with the struggles of the team this is really a nowhere road. ANALYST: Jeff Mans
The Saints are reportedly trying to trade Curtis Lofton.
Even after they released Pierre Thomas Wednesday the Saints were still well over the salary cap, and trading Lofton would save New Orleans $5.25 million. Only the Raiders had a worse fantasy defense than the Saints last season, and while trading Lofton probably cannot hurt, it certainly will not help, either. Whichever defense gets Lofton will get a slight bump in fantasy value. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Placido Polanco said he is "90 percent" retired.
The 39-year-old Polanco did not play anywhere in 2014 after batting .260/.315/.302 in 118 games for the Marlins in 2013. Polanco left open the possibility to return to the Marlins, Phillies or Tigers, though if he really wants to win a World Series ring the Phillies are probably out. Some team would probably do well to make Polanco a minor league player/coach like the Cubs did with Manny Ramirez last season. Polanco would have NL-only value with the Phillies or Marlins, but it is hard to believe he could ever again be relevant in mixed leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental