New York Knicks are widely expected to reach a deal with Thunder guard Derek Fisher to become their next coach this week.
Tampering be damned. Its hard for me to believe Derek Fisher has the ability to control the ever going drama that is the NY Knicks but with Phil Jackson running the show and a bunch of salary cap space opening up in the coming seasons things could start to turn around especially if they are capable of keeping Carmelo in NY and surround him with complementary talent. ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba
Henry Owens will make his spring-training debut Friday.
While Owens' ERA jumped with his move to Triple-A last season, his K:BB spiked, leaving the Red Sox believing that he could be ready fro a jump to the majors soon. He'll debut this spring but will likely open the year at Triple-A to hone his craft. Should he dominate, the team could potentially bring him up for the second half. Analysis: Howard Bender
Hank Conger is dealing with a sore left wrist.
With the Astros saying that Evan Gattis will not play behind the plate at all this season, Conger steps in as the unequivocal back-up to Jason Castro. He's not really competing with Max Stassi who is seeing time in camp right now. Conger is day-to-day but should be just fine in a few days. Analysis: Howard Bender