Yasiel Puig has returned to the Dodgers starting lineup Friday.
Puig was hit by a pitch on the hand and was removed from last Saturday's game. He's making his first career start in CF Friday night, and if he performs well may be there to stay, as the team lacks any better options at the MLB level, though Joc Peterson is waiting to be called up at Triple-A, something that is expected to happen soon, especially if Matt Kemp is dealt. Puig should be fully recovered from his sore hand after several games off and is s=good to go Friday. ANALYST: Ben Diamond
DeAndre Jordan has four meetings setup as free agency gets ready to start. Clippers have slight edge.
Jordan along with Aldridge is one of the biggest names on the free agent market and is drawing attention like it. Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks, Clippers are the four teams that he will be meeting with and the Clippers, his current team, are believed to hold a slight edge over the others. Obviously, it would be a coup for the Lakers to steal the big man from their in city rival who share the arena with them. The Knicks are in serious need of an offensive big man given their lack of one for the last several seasons. Jordan's signing may trigger several dominos to fall quickly after. Analysis: Matt Selz
Marc Gasol only has one free agent meeting setup and it's with Memphis.
It looks like the big man will be staying put in Memphis considering that the only meeting he has setup is with his current team. Gasol and Zach Randolph have created a great front court for the Grizzlies that have gotten them into the playoffs the last couple of years. It is possible that once the bigger name front court players are off the market, that Gasol could then gain more interest, if he hasn't already signed. Analysis: Matt Selz