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Braves have released Dan Uggla.

It may have taken the Braves a little longer than it should have, but they've finally just cut ties with Uggla and will let him walk -- ironic given the fact that his walk rate has dropped off a cliff this year. The club is more than happy going with rookie Tommy La Stella and Ramiro Pena backing him up. Don't be surprised to see another club kick the tires on Uggla to see if he can regain his power stroke in a new home.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Vince Wilfork releases statement saying the Patriots will not pick up his option. He will be an unrestricted free agent.

Wilfork would have been close to a $9 million hit against the cap this year, so either he can re-negotiate for a lower sum or it's time to move on. Apparently Tom Brady can only give back so much money to the team. Analysis: Howard Bender

Luol Deng (thigh) will likely be re-evaluated Thursday morning.

Deng got a little banged-up towards the tail-end of Wednesday's game against the Lakers. It doesn't appear to be too serious, but he'll be considered day-to-day for now, pending evaluation. Analysis: Howard Bender

Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle) is still without an update on his return.

The Rockets still insist that the ankle injury isn't too serious, though he's now missed two weeks so far. It's surprising that the team has cleared him of any other damage such as ligaments through an MRI, but they don't seem to think it's necessary. Consider him questionable for Friday. Analysis: Howard Bender

C.J. Watson (elbow) was reportedly available to play Wednesday against the Knicks.

Watson was supposed to have him minutes limited anyway, but with the Pacers blowing out the Knicks, there was no reason for him to even get up off the bench. The rest will do him some good and he is expected to return Friday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Free agent Trent Cole will visit with the Buccaneers this week.

The 32-year old recorded 52 tackles with 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last season but due to salary cap constraints, the Eagles had to send him packing. He'll make the tour around the NFL and land somewhere soon. Analysis: Howard Bender

Jim Miller, a reliever the Rays are hoping to sign to a minor-league deal, is taking a physical Thursday..

Miller has spent the better part of the last two seasons in the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate. His numbers have been decent, though his strikeout rate continues to fluctuate. Should he pass his physical and join the Rays at spring training, he stands a good chance to make the 25-man roster. Analysis: Howard Bender

Free agent P Phil Coke is very close to signing a deal with an unknown team.

Coke has had his struggles over the last two seasons but not so bad that it would be this difficult for him to find a job. Wherever he ends up, he'll likely start in some low-leverage work until he proves himself capable. Analysis: Howard Bender

J.J. Redick scored 26 points (11-27 FGA) going 4-for-12 from three-point range with four rebounds, one assist and two steals in Wednesday's 98-93 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers.

For Redick, Wednesday night's performance was his best scoring output of the season and is now averaging 17.8 points, and 3.0 three-pointers over his last five games. With Blake Griffin still sidelined, Redick owners should expect an increase in productivity for now, but it may be short-lived once the Clippers normal starting five is back in tact.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Chris Paul scored a team-high 36 points (14-29 FGA, 6-6 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with six rebounds, 12 assists and one steal in Wednesday's 98-93 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers.

Paul was on fire on Wednesday night as he continues to pick up the pace on the offensive side of the court in the absence of Blake Griffin. He is now averaging 26.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 13.0 assists and 1.2 steals over his last five games, which makes him one of the best players to own among any position moving forward.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

DeAndre Jordan scored six points (2-5 FGA, 2-10 FTA) with 19 rebounds, one steal and one block in Wednesday's 98-93 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers.

Jordan may not have had much luck on the offensive side of the court on Wednesday, but managed to fall just one rebound shy of posting a 20-board performance in the Clippers' overtime loss. Although his free-throw shooting is one of the worst in the league (40.4 FT%), Jordan remains a must-start in all fantasy formats while being the best defender, by far, this season.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Damian Lillard scored five points (1-13 FGA, 3-4 FTA) with a team-high 18 rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's 98-93 overtime win against the Clippers.

The Blazers were able to escape Los Angeles with a victory on Wednesday, but it wasn't from the shooting of Lillard, who managed to connect on just one of his 13 shot attempts. Despite his poor shooting, Lillard still over a 41.4 field goal percentage over his last five games, so fantasy owners should not panic too much after this type of performance.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Nicoloas Batum scored 20 points (6-11 FGA, 4-4 FTA) going 4-for-8 from three-point range with seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal and two blocks in Wednesday's 98-93 overtime win against the Clippers.

After scoring a combine eleven points over his previous two games Batum was able to get back on track Wednesday night as he posted just his second 20-point performance since February 2. The Blazers swingman has been a major disappointment this season but as long as he continues to do a little of everything on a nightly basis he still holds a small amount of fantasy value in deep league formats. Analysis: Matthew Beck
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