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Initially, I heard that Pau Gasol practiced for the first time in 2 weeks and would return by Christmas. I then checked another source, which said he would play Tuesday night. Technically, that means he will be back “by Christmas,” but that’s a week difference. I need some accuracy! “Me too” – Austin Rivers. The Lakers don’t play again after Tuesday until Saturday, so if they can get him some court action tomorrow night, that will give him a few days to rest his knees. If they can’t give him some minutes until Saturday, then, well, you’ll see him then.

Dirk Nowitzki - Not a lot of information about Dirk recently, but the rumor mill has him possibly returning to practice next week. Hopefully the mill grinds these rumors into a flour of truth.

Andrew Bogut - Speaking of a sparsity of news, the only thing I have heard is Warriors General Manager Bob Meyers as saying he is unsure if Bogut will need additional surgery on his ankle. It’s hard to tell if that’s just a passing comment or if fantasy owners need to sweat a bit more.

Amar’e Stoudemire – It looks like he will practice with the Knicks tomorrow, according to coach Mike Woodson and his thick, magnificent goatee. He may be back in time for the next Lakers match-up after all.

Jrue Holiday – He missed Sunday’s game as he tries to recover from a “soft-tissue injury” to his left foot, according to coach Doug Collins. He won’t be out long, but he may not return this week, either. Hopefully, there is a festive Holiday next week.

Andrew Bynum - As “reported” at Razzball earlier this month, Bynum is due for an MRI later this week. In the meantime, he told reporters yesterday that he no longer feels pain in either knee. Unfortunately, even if everything checks out okay, Bynum will have to work hard to get game ready. We’re looking at the end of January at the best, it seems.

Andrea Bargnani - Trade rumblings began a couple of weeks ago, and now with Bargnani calling the Raptors the worst team in the NBA while he deals with an elbow injury that will keep him on the bench until at least January.

Tyreke Evans - As discussed earlier today, Evans left the game after re-injuring the knee that caused him to miss five games already this year. No word on how long he will be out.

Patrick Patterson - He has been diagnoses with a bone bruise in his right foot, but as of now, the team does not know when he will return or what treatment PP should undergo without further testing. As with any fresh injury, unless bone is broken, you just have to sit tight and see what develops.

Steve Nash – Santa may well visit the Staples Center as Nash is supposed to start practicing this week, with a return the week after.

John Wall - Wall is due to practice today and see how his knee holds up. There is still some irritation in the area, and he’s still a while away, even if practice goes well.

Kyle Lowry - He will be out until after Christmas with a partial tear of his Triceratops. No, wait, sorry, that said triceps.

Jason Smith – I have torn ligaments in both of my ankles, and I have to say, it was not a pleasurable experience. Those injuries are basically the only reason I never became a professional athlete (cough). Smith has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, which will keep him sidelined for 2-4 weeks. I feel for you, Jason. I hope it isn’t your wiping arm.

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  1. inertiatic says:
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    As someone who has torn the labrum on my wiping arm (along with all the other things in my shoulder), I feel for J Smith. It’s tough to clean up back there when you’ve gotta use the off hand, believe you me. The good news is I am now ambidextrous.

    0% fantasy relevance but a life lesson nonetheless.

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @inertiatic: I learned a long time ago to use both hands for mastur…uh, mastering card tricks.

  2. Patrick says:
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    Do you think Varejao is a sell high player right now? If he is likely to stay with the Cavs he seems like a legit asset as he plays through minor injuries and major recurring injuries shouldn’t be a factor since his major injuries the past few years are in different parts of the body. Though if he is traded to any team that has rebounders it would certainly hurt his value badly. Is he worth holding on to? If not how much do you think he’s worth?

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @Patrick: I wouldn’t sell high on Varejao. He may slow down a bit, but he will still do better than last season’s numbers, which were pretty good on their own. If you wanted to move him, he’s worth at least a top 50.

      • Patrick says:
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        @ChrisV: That’s what I figured. Thanks.

  3. nightpandas says:
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    7 team league, time to give up on Tyreke Evans? could use help in assists, steals, 3pts

    George Hill
    Jason Kidd
    Greivis Vazquez
    Lou Williams

    all available

    • ChrisV

      ChrisV says:
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      @nightpandas: I would sit tight for now to see how this plays out, but I wouldn’t mind Hill or Vasquez.

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