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Update: Orioles have agreed to sign Nelson Cruz on a 1-year, $8 million contract plus  $750,000 in incentives, pending a physical tomorrow.

It's a great move for the Orioles who have been looking for a bigger bat in the DH slot as well as build a little depth for left field. If all goes well with the physical he'll be in camp immediately and will be on-track for an Opening Day start. The move to Baltimore keeps his fantasy value the same as Camden yards plays very favorably to hitters.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Knicks coach Derek Fisher said that Carmelo Anthony's knee injury is considered soreness.

Anthony has missed a nice chunk of time over the past couple of weeks but the Knicks are still calling his injury only soreness to the knee. This is a good sign for the Knicks as rest should do the trick and get Melo back into playing shape. He has morphed into a solid all around player this year leading in the team in rebounds and assists along with points per game. Whenever he is back on the court, he should be considered a top fantasy option.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Le'Veon Bell (knee) hasn't been cleared to start running yet.

After an injury plagued 2015 season, Bell is looking to get healthy and be ready for the regular season. He has not yet been cleared to start running but with the Super Bowl not being played yet, Bell has time to get back into shape. Expect him and the Steelers training staff to work hard on getting him ready for the regular season where he should be considered a top fantasy RB.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Yankees have reportedly signed outfielder Jared Mitchell to a minor-league deal.

Mitchell has hopped around the Minor Leagues since 2009 and is likely just added organizational depth to the outfield for the Yankees. Do not expect him to make an impact at the big league level.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Mike Conley was asked if he’d consider signing with the Knicks this summer, Conley said, “I think everything will be on the table when that time comes. I haven’t committed to anything.”

With pretty any free agent PG on the market this offseason, their name will come up in rumors with the Knicks. Conley has proven to be a solid guard in the league and would be a nice addition to any squad. Even though there has not been much link to him and the Knicks anything is possible this offseason and the Knicks will be looking to add pieces to make them a contender once again.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Jimmy Butler hyperextended his knee and will probably sit on Saturday, but will likely play Monday or Wednesday.

Butler's injury looked a lot worse than it was which was great news for the Bulls who were expecting the worse for Butler. He will likely miss a game or two but should be back in game shape come next week. Do not be worried fantasy owners, Butler will be just fine.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

New York has reached out to Atlanta to gauge the Hawks' interest in trading Jeff Teague, but the Knicks have yet to put together a package to entice the Hawks.

The Knicks are in the market for an upgrade at PG and it looks like they are willing to make a splash at the deadline. They have inquired about Jeff Teague and are working together a package that will be viable enough for the Hawks to pull the trigger. It will likely cost the Knicks some young talent if they want Teague but his presence alongside Porzingis and Anthony would be a huge upgrade. Keep an eye on this to see if anything happens between the two sides. Analysis: Dillon Conklin

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to ensure suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon realizes he must change his behavior to have a legitimate shot at a comeback.

With all the buzz going on with Manziel currently, the NFL will surely look into stricter rules regarding these types of players. With that being said, Gordon, who once was a great WR in the league is looking to make a comeback and Goodell wants to make it clear he will not play unless he changes his behavior. If Gordon is serious about coming back, look for him to show he has made changes in his life and is ready to be a pro player again.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Rajon Rondo told reporters in Brooklyn on Friday he probably won’t be interested in signing with the Knicks this summer.

With Rondo showing flashes of his old self back in his Boston days, he will be a hot commodity on the market this offseason. The Knicks have expressed interest but it seems as if Rondo is not interested in signing with New York. At this point in his career, Rondo will likely jump to a contending team as he looks to grab another ring before calling it quits.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Kings are strongly weighing the firing of coach George Karl.

It has been rumored for quite some time that it wouldn't be long before Karl was out as the coach in Sacramento. It seems like that time has come as Karl has lost support in the front office among other riffs with players on the team. There is no doubt Karl is a great coach but this fit with the Kings just wasn't a good one from the start.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Charlie Villanueva scored 13 points (5-10 FGA, 2-2 FTA) going 1-for-2 from three-point range with six rebounds an three assists over 23 minutes in Friday's 116-90 loss to the Spurs

Villanueva had played only 27 minutes over his last four games heading into Friday's contest, but managed to make the most of his extended playing time as he finished tied for the team-high in points. Considering he would not have played this much ad the game stayed close, there is no reason to look too much into this situation as he is nothing more than a bench player with limited fantasy potential at this point in his career.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Deron Williams scored eight points (3-9 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with three rebounds and three assists over 27 minutes in Friday's 116-90 loss to the Spurs.

Williams failed to get things going on Friday night, as he managed to score only eight points in the Mavericks blowout loss. However, the important news to take from this game is that Williams was able to make it through without any setbacks to his injured hip, so fantasy owners should get him back in starting lineups now that his injury threat appears to be a thing of the past.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points (4-8 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with eight rebounds and one steal over 24 minutes in Friday's 116-90 loss to the Spurs.

After scoring 28 points in Wednesday's loss to the Heat, Nowitzki failed to get things going on Friday as he took only eight shots from the floor, which was his lowest total since December 6. The fact he only played 24 minutes in a blowout had a lot to do with his lack of production, so fantasy owners should not be overly concerned by his numbers from this contest and continue starting him on a regular basis.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Patty Mills scored 16 points (6-8 FGA, 2-3 FTA) going 2-for-2 from three-point range with four rebounds over 15 minutes in Friday's 116-90 win against the Mavericks.

Mills continues to be a solid bench player for the Spurs this season as he is now averaging 8.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 three-pointers through 50 games. Although this isn't the type of production that is going to warrant fantasy consideration, Mills is someone to keep an eye on down the stretch as he will make for a cheap DFS play on nights that Tony Parker is given off for rest.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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