Jordan Hill PF/C LAL 6 Hrs
Hill (illness) is expected to play Friday against the Thunder, the Orange County Register reports.
Hill missed both Wednesday's practice and Thursday's practice due to an upper-respiratory infection, but appears to be in line to play Friday despite the illness. If he is healthy, Hill may play his normal minutes, but he could also see limited minutes due to the issue.
Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 6 Hrs
Evans continues to have swelling in his right knee and is taking anti-inflammatory medication. He will test out his knee in morning shootaround Friday, The Times-Picayune reports.
Evans missed Thursday's game with both knee and ankle issues, and it appears his status for Saturday's contest could be in jeopardy his well. His participation, or lack thereof in shootaround Friday will likely shed some light on his availability against the Trail Blazers.
Paul Pierce SF WAS 6 Hrs
Pierce (toe) was a full participant in morning practice Friday and is expected to play against the Heat, CSN Washington reports.
Pierce missed Tuesday's contest due to a sore right toe, but was partial participant in practce Thursday and a full participant Friday and appears ready to return to the lineup. He's averaging 13.2 points, 4.7 boards and 2.4 assists in 27 minutes with the Wizards this season.
Corey Brewer SG/SF MIN 6 Hrs
Brewer was traded to the Rockets on Friday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Brewer has averaged 10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals in 28 minutes for the Timberwolves this season. The deal appears to send he and Ronny Turiaf to Houston for Troy Daniels. He will likely be used in a similar fashion with the Rockets as he was in Minnesota, though Brewer may see a slight reduction in minutes with his move to a better team.
Brook Lopez C BKN 7 Hrs
Lopez has rejoined the Nets in Cleveland, but his head coach Lionel Hollins noted that he will not play Friday, Andy Vasquez of The Record
No explanation for why Lopez is back with the team was offered, but we can speculate that it's to get reevaluated by the team's medical staff, or possibly even practice. This is mostly an indication that we should hear about how Lopez' injury is fairing in the near future.
Rajon Rondo PG DAL 7 Hrs
Rondo's coach Rick Carlisle said there's a "good chance" Rondo plays Saturday against the Spurs, Earl Sneed of the team's official site reports.
After being traded late Thursday night, it was unclear when Rondo would be able to meet up with the Mavs to start a new chapter of his career. He will slide right into the starting lineup with Dallas and should continue to be started in all formats. His overall stats might suffer a little bit as Rondo acclimates himself to his new teammates, but over the long term, being on a better team may allow his numbers to increase over what he's averaged so far this year.
Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 7 Hrs
Gibson (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game in Memphis, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
After suffering the ankle injury in practice earlier in the week, Gibson missed the Bulls' game Thursday, but has traveled with the team to Memphis. Expect Gibson to try the ankle out in pregame warm-ups and a decision to be made on his playing status to be made after that.
Derrick Rose PG CHI 8 Hrs
Rose (illness) will not play in Friday's game against the Grizzlies, ESPN Chicago reports.
Rose had an outside shot to play Friday, but he will sit out for the second straight game due to his illness. Kirk Hinrich will likely start at point guard again in his place.
Tony Allen SG/SF MEM 8 Hrs
Allen (eye) is questionable to play Friday against the Bulls, the Grizzlies sideline reporter Rob Fischer reports.
The Grizzlies are calling the injury a corneal abrasion, which boils down to a scratched eye. Even when healthy, Allen is not a reliable fantasy option in standard leagues anyway. In his absence, Vince Carter had a solid offensive game, and could be useful if he's able to add the minutes left by Allen as he did Wednesday.
Carmelo Anthony F NY 8 Hrs
Anthony (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Suns.
After resting in the Knicks' last game in Chicago with a sore ankle, it's clear that the injury is still bothering him to some degree. Previous reports suggest that Anthony had been dealing with the soreness for a while, and has still played well, so if Another does end up playing, he needs to be started in all season long fantasy leagues.