• Tuesday night's stunning news was that Marcus Camby(notes) will undergo surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and miss roughly five weeks. He landed awkwardly during Monday's game against the Timberwolves, but an MRI was initially called negative and there wasn't concern of a major injury. Camby was limping and winced noticeably while walking after Tuesday's practice, and subsequent examination revealed the injury. It's of course devastating for the Blazers and a big loss for fantasy owners. You have to hold Camby if your playoff/championship hopes aren't suddenly in jeopardy. If he has no set-backs, Camby will return near the end of February and a few weeks before the default h2h playoffs begin. If you can't wait, at least offer him to the teams that can spare a bench spot before you simply execute an add-drop.
The playing time falls to Joel Przybilla(notes) and Dante Cunningham(notes), and Przybilla accumulates boards and blocks at a good enough pace that he's rosterable in lots of settings with ~25 minutes per night. In nine starts last season, he averaged 5.2 points on 55-percent shooting, 9.3 boards, and 1.8 blocks in 30 minutes. But Przybilla's own health is not a given and his complete lack of scoring has to be accounted for, so consider an add carefully here. Cunningham has some deep-league potential, but a relatively effective Przybilla is a best-case for the team and Cunningham's fantasy potential is fairly limited without truly regular minutes. All of the Blazers' other regulars will also see their roles increase, LaMarcus Aldridge(notes) and Nicolas Batum(notes) in particular.
• Wednesday's bombshell was that the Nets are ending their pursuit of Carmelo Anthony(notes). Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said the price had become too expensive and the drama was costing his team wins in the current season. The Nuggets will now make every effort to find a better deal than the Knicks will offer but are at Melo's mercy if they can't find a different team willing to consider him a rental. These developments mean we must reassess Troy Murphy(notes) (still could be traded) and Ty Lawson(notes) (bummer) with the Nets out of the picture, and the Knicks' collective fantasy impacts would obviously be affected by a trade, with specifics being determined by who actually ends up going to Denver.
These and many more topics will be discussed in the Wednesday live blog, so stop by and participate in the discussion or just lurk and take it all in. We'll get started at 7pm PT/10pm ET.
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