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Kevon Looney
Warriors content with his role
CGolden State Warriors
January 24, 2022
Looney has started all 47 games for the Warriors this season and the team has "no plans" to splurge on an upgrade, via Anthony Slater of The Athletic courtesy of Hoops Rumors.
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Julius Randle
Carrying unfavorable metrics
FNew York Knicks
January 23, 2022
According to FiveThirtyEight's player rating system, only three players in the league have accounted for less than -1.0 wins above replacement this season. Randle, -1.5 WAR, is one of them.
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Miles Bridges
Displaying impressive growth
FCharlotte Hornets
January 23, 2022
Per game averages of 20.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals have fueled Bridges to a breakout campaign and made him a franchise building block in Charlotte.
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Nikola Vucevic
Shouldering additional load
CChicago Bulls
January 23, 2022
Vucevic has an opportunity to capitalize on an enlarged role with various key teammates sidelined indefinitely.
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DeMar DeRozan
Last man standing in Chicago
FChicago Bulls
January 23, 2022
The Bulls' backcourt has been riddled with recent injuries, leaving DeRozan with high usage and promising production capabilities over the next few weeks.
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Jamal Murray
Progressing well
GDenver Nuggets
January 23, 2022
Murray is in the process of recovering from a torn ACL suffered in last year's playoffs, but there are general hopes for a return late in the season, courtesy of HoopsHype.
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Michael Porter
Return anticipated?
FDenver Nuggets
January 23, 2022
Earlier this week, Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on NBA Countdown and addressed the internal hopes surrounding a potential return for Michael Porter.
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Bones Hyland
Might have earned rotation role
GDenver Nuggets
January 22, 2022
Hyland is believed to have earned a rotation role regardless of what happens with the Nuggets' injury situation, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post.
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DeMarcus Cousins
Might stay with Denver past 10 days
CDenver Nuggets
January 22, 2022
Cousins signed a 10-day deal with the Nuggets earlier this week but might stay with the team past that initial threshold, according to Harrison Wind of TheDNVR.com.
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Zach LaVine
Could return next week
GChicago Bulls
January 22, 2022
LaVine, who has missed the past four games with a knee injury, could return to action at some point next week, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.
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Russell Westbrook
On his way back to Houston?
GLos Angeles Lakers
January 22, 2022
The Rockets are interested in trading John Wall to the Lakers if that means re-acquiring Westbrook, according to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein.
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John Wall
Could end up with Lakers
GHouston Rockets
January 22, 2022
The Rockets are interested in trading Wall to the Lakers if that means re-acquiring Russell Westbrook, according to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein.
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Lance Stephenson
Could assume starting role
GIndiana Pacers
January 22, 2022
Stephenson might be in line for a bigger role with Malcolm Brogdon being shut down for the next 10 days due to rehab of his Achilles injury.
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Anthony Davis
Could return Sunday
FLos Angeles Lakers
January 22, 2022
Davis is dealing with a knee injury but will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Heat, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.
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Grayson Allen
Coach defends him after flagrant
GMilwaukee Bucks
January 22, 2022
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer defended Allen after he was accused of injuring Alex Caruso's wrist intentionally, according to Eric Nehm of The Athletic.
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Lauri Markkanen
Coach praises versatility
FCleveland Cavaliers
January 22, 2022
Cleveland's head coach J.B. Bickerstaff praised Markkanen for his versatility, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
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Shaquille Harrison
Signs hardship contract
GMemphis Grizzlies
January 21, 2022
On Wednesday, Harrison signed with Grizzlies on a 10-day hardship contract, aligning with the league's updated policy on such deals, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
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Joel Embiid
Having influential season
CPhiladelphia 76ers
January 21, 2022
Embiid's elite performance through the past month has shifted Philadelphia's president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey, into a more aggressive deadline approach, via Kyle Neubeck courtesy of Hoops Rumors.
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Nicolas Claxton
Emergence to be stifled?
CBrooklyn Nets
January 21, 2022
Claxton has missed Brooklyn's last five games with hamstring injury, which has paved the way for Day'Ron Sharpe to showcase has talents -- potentially presenting additional competition upon Claxton's return.
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Day'Ron Sharpe
Capitalizing on new usage
CBrooklyn Nets
January 21, 2022
Sharpe is averaging 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game over his previous six contests. He has been the primary recipient of vacated minutes while Nicolas Claxton is sidelined with a hamstring strain and Kevin Durant is recovering from an MCL sprain.
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Paul Millsap
Working with Nets on relocation
FBrooklyn Nets
January 21, 2022
Millsap is looking for a larger role than the Nets will provide. The two parties are working on a deal to send Millsap elsewhere, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic
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Russell Westbrook
Falling out of favor
GLos Angeles Lakers
January 21, 2022
Coach Frank Vogel benched Westbrook for crunch time minutes during the Lakers' loss to the Pacers on Wednesday. Vogel stated postgame that his decision was based on "the guys I thought were going to win the game," via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com
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Will Barton
Role to decrease?
FDenver Nuggets
January 21, 2022
With the acquisition of Bryn Forbes from San Antonio earlier this week, as well as Denver signing DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day deal, a sizable chunk of their usage could be subtracted from the already-struggling Barton.
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Alec Burks
Falling out of rotation?
GNew York Knicks
January 20, 2022
With Kemba Walker back from a knee injury, Burks played just 17 minutes and was held scoreless during the Knicks' loss to the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
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Ayo Dosunmu
Showing out as full-time starter
GChicago Bulls
January 20, 2022
Dosunmu has stepped up his game as a full-time starter with Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball both sidelined with knee injuries.
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