Fantasy 30: Clippers among teams involved in trade rumors

Could the New York Knicks deal forward Carmelo Anthony in the coming weeks? Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Trade rumors are starting to swirl in places like Los Angeles and Charlotte, veterans are going down with injuries, several others are set to return to the lineup, and a couple stars are lighting up the scoreboard. Just another week in the NBA.

Here's a list of the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 30 teams around the league heading into this week:

Atlanta Hawks: At a time in NBA history when teams are more aware than ever about how many minutes a player is on the court and the impact of a heavy workload, Sunday's four-overtime game between the Hawks and New York Knicks kind of threw all that out the window. Paul Millsap led the way with 60 minutes, but Tim Hardaway Jr. (58), Dennis Schroder (55) and Kent Bazemore (50) were not far behind as the Hawks leaned heavily on their starting unit.

Boston Celtics: Al Horford's groin strain has kept him out the past two games -- both wins by the Celtics -- and he is considered day-to-day heading into Monday's home game against Detroit. In his 10 previous games, Horford averaged 15.8 points, 5.6 assists, 0.9 block and 1 steal per game.

Brooklyn Nets: The Nets are getting dangerously close to ranking first in pace and last in defense. Entering Monday, they lead the NBA in pace (104.1 possessions per game) and are 29th in defensive efficiency (110 points allowed per 100 possessions), which is just 0.2 better than the last-ranked Lakers. Make sure you load up your fantasy rosters with Nets opponents whenever possible.

Charlotte Hornets: Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer wrote on Friday that the Hornets desperately need to acquire a wing player who can provide the shooting and defense that someone like Courtney Lee provides for the Knicks. Whether Lee is a player the Hornets are looking at in a trade remains to be seen, but this is something to keep an eye on leading up to the NBA's February 23 trade deadline.

Chicago Bulls: Robin Lopez scored a season-high 21 points in a win over Philadelphia on Sunday, and he also added 10 rebounds, but for the season the big 28-year-old has seen his numbers decline from last season in New York. While Lopez is averaging 1 more minute per game (28.1 compared to 27.1), his scoring has dropped from 10.3 to 9.4 PPG and his rebounding is also down slightly, from 7.3 to 6.9 RPG.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love's back continues to give him problems. The power forward will not play in Monday's game against Dallas and instead will undergo further medical testing on his ailing back. Love has played through the injury relatively well this season, but played only 12 minutes against Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Dallas Mavericks: Oft-injured center Andrew Bogut is injured again. The big man played only eight minutes off the bench on Sunday before leaving with a re-aggravation of his right hamstring. He missed six games because of the injury and had just returned to the lineup last week. Though listed as questionable for Monday's game against Cleveland, don't expect Bogut to be available for at least a few games due to the tricky nature of hamstring injuries.

Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic missed Saturday's game against Phoenix due to a hip injury and he's already been ruled out for Tuesday's road game against the Lakers. In his last eight games, has averaged 25.6 PPG, 11.5 RPG and 4.9 APG, and he will likely be considered day-to-day following Tuesday. The Nuggets play again on Wednesday (vs. Memphis), Friday (vs. Milwaukee) and Saturday (at San Antonio) this week.

Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond ranks fourth in the league with 2.5 steals per game over the last two weeks. Quietly, the Pistons big man is averaging a career-best 1.6 SPG this season and is at 1.2 SPG in his career.

Golden State Warriors: The splash is back for Stephen Curry. Over the last two weeks, he leads the league by a wide margin with 5.3 3PG and he has six or more made threes in three of the last four games. The two-time reigning MVP is also shooting 51.3 percent in his last four games, but missed Sunday's win over Portland while battling the flu.

Houston Rockets: Clint Capela may not be 100 percent back to the player he was prior to suffering a fractured leg, but he's getting close. The bouncy center has scored 10 points or more in each of the last four games, averaging 1 block per game in that span. Also encouraging is the fact that he's logged at least 20 minutes in all of those games, which isn't far behind his 23 MPG average this season.

Indiana Pacers: Paul George busted out of a mini-slump with a huge week, shooting 50.9 percent in four games while averaging 32.3 PPG, 6 RPG, 3.5 APG and 1.5 SPG. If the season ended today, George's field goal percentage (45.6) would be the highest of his seven-year NBA career.

LA Clippers: J.J. Redick called Friday's 46-point loss to Golden State the worst loss of his career, and Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post believes the latest loss could push the Clippers to work harder to acquire Carmelo Anthony in a trade with the New York Knicks. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Redick all can become free agents this summer, so the window to win with this nucleus is now.

Los Angeles Lakers: D'Angelo Russell went through his first full practice on Sunday since going down with knee and calf injuries, and could play as soon as Tuesday's home game against Denver. Officially, he's listed as questionable for that one. Russell's return would cut into some of the production of Louis Williams, who has scored 20 or more points in five of the last six games.

Memphis Grizzlies: Marc Gasol never made more than three 3-pointers in a season in his first eight years in the league, and he enters Monday having made 70 shots from long range this season. In fact, over the last seven days, Gasol ranked third in the league with 3.7 3PG.

Miami Heat: The amazing run that Dion Waiters has been on (25.2 PPG in the last five games) may come to an end as soon as Monday, as Tyler Johnson could be back in the lineup after missing the past five games due to a shoulder injury. Johnson made it through morning shootaround and will warm up to play against Brooklyn, and his presence in the lineup will likely mean less playing time for Waiters, who has played 34 minutes a game in Johnson's absence.

Milwaukee Bucks: According to a report by ESPN's Marc Stein, Bucks shooting guard Khris Middleton could return as soon as early-to-mid February. Middleton is coming off a career season but tore his hamstring during training camp and has yet to suit up in a game during the 2016-17 season. Once he returns, it will likely take some time for him to come anywhere close to last season's production (18.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.8 3PG).

Minnesota Timberwolves: Shabazz Muhammad never seemed quite as good as the hype machine made him out to be when he entered the NBA after one season at UCLA, but he is effective in his role as a scorer off the bench. Other than scoring, Muhammad contributes very little. He averages just 0.3 steals and 0.7 threes per game, and barely ever looks to pass the ball (0.4 APG). ESPN's Zach Lowe writes: "Muhammad has 15 assists -- total! -- in almost 800 minutes, putting him on pace for one of the lowest assist seasons in league history for a wing player who gets the ball so much. The dude is a complete black hole."

New Orleans Pelicans: Jrue Holiday is scoring like he's never scored before, averaging 21.6 PPG in his last five games, but equally impressive is his new-found efficiency from beyond the 3-point arc. Holiday is making 2.8 threes per game over the last five games and shooting 53.8 percent from 3-point land along the way. We're talking about a player who has never averaged more than 17.7 PPG in a season and someone who's averaged just 1.1 3PG over the course of his career.

New York Knicks: Derrick Rose missed Sunday's game against Atlanta due to a sprained ankle, and he may not return to the court until Saturday's nationally televised game against Cleveland. Rose suffered the injury on Friday and explained that he needed a full week off to fully heal from the injury. Brandon Jennings filled in for Rose against the Hawks and played a whopping 53 minutes in the 4OT loss, finishing with 18 points and 11 assists.

Oklahoma City Thunder: With Enes Kanter out due to a forearm fracture, the Thunder are suddenly a lot thinner in the frontcourt. One player who figures to see an increased role is Joffrey Lauvergne, and that was the case on Sunday when the third-year player finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes against the Cavs.

Orlando Magic: Evan Fournier has missed eight games in a row due to a foot/heel injury, and he's listed as questionable for Monday's game in Minnesota. When he returns, C.J. Watson's role will diminish significantly, as the veteran Watson has filled in and played over 30 minutes in four of the last five games.

Philadelphia 76ers: Knee soreness for a big man is always a scary thing, but that's especially the case when it's true of one of the game's best young bigs, Joel Embiid. The rookie center returned to the lineup to score 32 points in 28 minutes in a loss to Houston on Friday but missed Sunday's game against Chicago due to pain in his ailing left knee. He is officially listed as questionable for Monday's game against Sacramento, and the concern is growing by the day about the severity of this injury and how it might affect Embiid for the rest of the season.

Phoenix Suns: Efficient shooting has never been Brandon Knight's strong suit in the NBA. He's a career 39 percent shooter, after all. That poor shooting has been particularly bad as of late, though. Over the last five games, Knight has the following shooting performances: 0-3, 2-5, 1-6 and 5-15. The only good one came Friday, when he shot 6-11 against Charlotte.

Portland Trail Blazers: Don't be surprised if Mason Plumlee earns some votes in the NBA's Most Improved Player of the Year award this season. The Blazers center enters Monday with five-straight double-doubles, averaging 14.2 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.2 SPG and 1.2 BPG in that span. This is particularly impressive when you consider that he never averaged more than 9.1 PPG or 7.7 RPG in any season prior to this one.

Sacramento Kings: Darren Collison is shooting the lights out for the Kings over the last four games. He has made 29 of 47 shots in that span, which is 61.7 percent. You don't see that type of thing very often from a point guard, but after a slow start to the season Collison is in a shooting and scoring groove right now.

San Antonio Spurs: A sore wrist cost Kawhi Leonard two games and it also ended his impressive scoring streak. Leonard, who had scored 30 or more points in six-straight games before the injury, has averaged just 23.5 in his first two games back, shooting 39.3 (13-for-33) percent from the field.

Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan returned to the court Sunday after missing three games due to an ankle injury, and he scored 22 points in the one-point loss to Orlando. DeRozan's return moved Norman Powell back into his small role off the bench. He played only 13 minutes against the Magic after averaging 34.3 MPG in DeRozan's absence.

Utah Jazz: ESPN's Zach Lowe highlights in his column this week that the Jazz aren't playing Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert together much more than the first five or six minutes of each half. Favors was rested last game and clearly isn't himself this season, averaging 9.3 points and 6 rebounds in 23.3 minutes, and the big question going forward is whether Favors -- at age 25 -- can ever be healthy enough again to play like the power forward of the future in Utah.

Washington Wizards: The Wizards (27-20) have managed to turn around their season following a sluggish and disappointing start, and one of the big reasons for their improved play is the rise of Markieff Morris. The power forward has averaged 19.4 PPG, 9 RPG and 2 APG in the last five games, shooting 45.3 percent during that span and making 2 3PG. Morris is also averaging a tick over 1 steal per game on the season, making him a very valuable fantasy asset due to his versatility.