February 7, 2019, 11:31 am
It’s that time of year again and what we’re going to do here is break down winners and losers from the trade deadline (fantasy perspective of course).
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Winners: (To Be Determined) Alex Len, Omari Spellman
Losers: (TBD) Dewayne Dedmon, Shelvin Mack
Notes: Dewayne Dedmon is a very tradeable piece and he has enjoyed a lot of freedom and stats from the Hawks’ uptempo offense. Omari Spellman is shooting 40 percent on the year and if he can fix that by having a more regular role, he is a bit of a stat magnet and Alex Len has been playing well lately. Neither should be expected to have anything more than late-round value, though Len might have a hint of mid-round upside if he stays healthy.
Update: Mack didn’t get the point guard job in Memphis and will be waived. No value there.
Notes: The Nets have stayed out of the rumor mill so far.
Notes: Would they trade Kyrie Irving? It feels like any deal being done here would be of the blockbuster kind, but they’re trying to get the Pelicans to wait until this summer to deal Anthony Davis.
Winners: (TBD) Malik Monk
Losers: (TBD) Kemba Walker
Notes: It’s possible that Monk is dealt in a Marc Gasol deal so he might not be a winner, but the team has certainly been trying to force him into a progressed role and they don’t appear to want to pay Jeremy Lamb whatever he’ll be paid this year.
As for Walker, he has enjoyed being the easy No. 1 option for the Hornets and though his value won’t take too much of a hit in any scenario, having Gasol around would certainly ease his workload, at least a little bit.
Winners: Otto Porter, Lauri Markkanen
Losers: Wayne Selden
Notes: Otto Porter fits in mostly anywhere because he’s a low usage player and he’ll have whatever minutes he can handle as a big piece of the Bulls’ plans. Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine are on the block but it seems unlikely they’ll be moved, and they probably aren’t impacted too much by the arrival of Porter, who could see a small bump up in usage.
Lauri Markkanen was already poised for a big finish but now he has absolutely no impediments to full value. It’s tempting to look at backup bigs for Chicago but they might need to trade for one, or let Robin Lopez stick around or Cristiano Felicio see the light of day.
Winners: Jordan Clarkson
Notes: It’s really a stretch to call Clarkson a winner because face it, who’s really winning in Cleveland (heyo!). But Alec Burks heading out to Sacramento takes a ball dominant player off the table and that’ll definitely help his cause.
Winners: Tim Hardaway Jr., Luka Doncic, Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson, Trey Burke
Notes: Taking a big usage piece like Harrison Barnes out of the rotation is going to give Tim Hardaway Jr. a great opportunity to rehab his value. Luka Doncic is already leveraged but you can expect even more production that could easily get balanced out by a drop in efficiency.
Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are both late-round guys at a minimum going forward and both could creep into the mid-rounds pretty easily. Powell has been in trade rumors but it’s hard to move the needle based on that right now, and he’s my preferred target between the two. Dirk’s farewell tour could be a nuisance in the season’s final few weeks.
Jalen Brunson isn’t going to be great in fantasy leagues but especially if you punt in his deficient areas, he could compile his way to late-round value. Trey Burke is a bit of a wild card – will Rick Carlisle like him and want to play him? If so, there are a lot of shots and touches to go around in Dallas and he might flirt with some late-round value.
Winners: (TBD) Malik Beasley, Monte Morris
Notes: We saw Gary Harris pop up in the rumor mill and if there are any legs to that, it would represent a pretty smart evaluation by the Nuggets front office to cash in on their depth. Malik Beasley and Monte Morris have proven themselves to be players and they’re going to rot on Denver’s bench, OR, Denver could try to deal those guys but it doesn’t seem quite as likely, mostly because the league isn’t that smart when it comes to evaluations.
Another way to put that is – smart teams should be trying to acquire Beasley and Morris with Zillow Make Me Move deals because the prices should theoretically be cheap (rather than going for a probably overvalued Gary Harris).
If something happens with Harris, these two would be in a position to possibly retain some value.
Winners: Luke Kennard, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Glenn Robinson III
Notes: Calling these guys winners is a stretch but they’ve seen Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson both exit stage right. Luke Kennard is the guy the Pistons would love to see do well, and he has been mixed at best when given the opportunities lately. He’ll need to have a major breakout to be a good standard league asset, as he has barely cracked the top-300 in 20 mpg this season.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is basically a flier in all senses, reality and fantasy, that some of the effectiveness he has shown at times can hold up under greater scrutiny. Outside of very deep formats there’s no reason to make a move here.
Glenn Robinson III hasn’t been good for a while but he’s the next most interesting asset for deeper leagues. Meh.
Golden State Warriors
Notes: Aside from KD calling out the media there isn’t much going on right now with the trade deadline.
Winners: Iman Shumpert, Nik Stauskas
Losers: Austin Rivers, Gerald Green
Notes: Iman Shumpert has had a good, albeit overrated season for the Kings, at least in terms of on-court play. Off the court he was an amazing get for them. He gave the Kings confidence and for the Rockets he’ll bring playoff experience and competitive fire, which are usually clichés but they apply here.
Shump had no shame firing up threes in Sacto and he’ll get an ever greener light to do it in Houston, though the usage monster James Harden will definitely keep any upside in check. The highs could be more frequent in Houston vs. Sacramento and though he’ll probably still need games off, this is a positive move for him.
Nik Stauskas has shown flashes of being a serviceable NBA player but hasn’t really gained traction this year. Any value increase here is about location and opportunity, as the Rockets’ depth has really been tested this year.
Austin Rivers has been fully maxed out so the new players will bring him back a bit, and Gerald Green won’t be needed as much with more bodies around.
Notes: The Pacers haven’t really hit the trade deadline radar yet, but it wouldn’t be shocking for them to get in on the action.
Los Angeles Clippers
Winners: Patrick Beverley (TBD), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Landry Shamet, Ivica Zubac
Losers: Danilo Gallinari
Notes: Tobias Harris was a huge piece of the team and not only does that open up shots, but it signals a move toward tanking and that’s a big thing for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, though who knows how much he can capitalize on it.
He has been getting good run already this season and it’s not like his game is going to transform too much overnight. But a few extra touches and some safer minutes aren’t going to hurt. He’ll be a solid late-round value the rest of the way with some late mid-round upside.
Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell will just see more touches and the impact might even be neutral. Patrick Beverley could still be traded but if he isn’t then he theoretically could go on a mid-round tear the rest of the way (with obvious injury risk).
The new guys are interesting but not that interesting. Mike Muscala has that stat set we always talk about but hasn’t been able to get it going in Philly this season. Maybe that can change in L.A., where he could be a nice replacement for Marcin Gortat’s minutes. He’s only worth looking at if you’re desperate for a big man in deeper leagues.
Wilson Chandler would have to get healthy and go back to his ball-dominant ways to hit the radar, but the Clippers could get really bad if they tank hard but there’s not enough meat to the bone for an add.
As for Danilo Gallinari, he was already getting run of the yard when the team was at full strength. Anything that might encourage the Clippers to let him sit (or if he wants to sit inside the tank) is a bad thing for his value. And yes, it’s possible he gets back on the floor and enjoys unfettered access to usage and volume.
Update: Marcin Gortat will be waived and that helps. Ivica Zubac is reportedly going to be the starter and though he doesn’t have a great pick and roll point guard to get him the ball, and he can’t play very much next to Montrezl Harrell, but he should be looking at 25 mpg and that’s going to make him a standard league value. He’ll be a must-own player but you might not race to make the add unless you need a big man.
As for JaMychal Green, his knee is an issue and he sort of swaps similar situations so barring some good news or a big start he can be watched from the wire in 12-14 team leagues.
Los Angeles Lakers
Notes: Tick tock, Lake Show.
Winners: Jaren Jackson Jr., Delon Wright, Jonas Valanciunas
Losers: Bruno Caboclo, Ivan Rabb, Justin Holiday
Notes: As of Thursday morning it seems extremely likely that both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley will be dealt. We don’t know what will be coming back in return but if Gasol is dealt to Charlotte it could be Cody Zeller, but again, it’s hard to speculate.
What we do know is that Jaren Jackson Jr. is going to be an early round beast down the stretch. Shevlin Mack could run the team to finish the year, returning late-round value, and Justin Holiday can be what Justin Holiday has been for a while now – a solid late-round value with a hint of upside. Holiday is still on the block so he’s not out of the woods yet.
Kyle Anderson is in a beneficiary position and the Grizzlies haven’t addressed the visit to the specialist for his shoulder injury, but continue to list him as questionable and that seems like an upgrade in status. He’s probably sticking around and currently is in a position to have a solid role.
Bruno Caboclo has been a top-150 guy while shooting about 30 percent since getting the callup. In a full-on tank he could be let loose and maybe even have mid-round upside if he can ever get some easy buckets.
JaMychal Green’s knee has been holding him back and he’s in the rumor mill, but if Gasol leaves and they don’t bring back a big he might have a shot at some top-100 value. There are a few too many ifs there for my liking.
Ivan Rabb is your classic end-of-season mop-up guy and he’s well worth a stash given Green’s health and Gasol’s imminent exodus. Yes, a big could return and mess things up but the risk-reward is in a good place.
Update: Gasol will be traded to the Raptors and the return is Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright and C.J Miles. Valanciunas was already a must-own player and now he has top-40 upside. Wright has been a Hoop Ball darling dating back to last season and he’s now stepping into a place where his fantasy friendly stat set can get some run, and he can be a late-round value in just 22-24 mpg.
There are players incoming as we go today and Avery Bradley is already one of them, but he shouldn’t be too much of a deterrent and of course this is a discussion predicated on the assumption that Conley is traded. I’m considering Wright a must-add player for his upside. I’m not looking at Bradley at all, though his situation might improve in a new location.
As for Rabb he loses with this news and is probably looking at more like 18-24 mpg and that won’t get it done in standard, 12-team leagues and maybe not 14-team leagues, so he becomes a loser since he was poised for some value. Caboclo needed a lot to break his way to survive the break and the influx of Bradley (assuming he stays) and Wright makes his situation tougher. He drops down the stash/grab/hold list and he might be more of a 16-team guy right now.
Shelvin Mack loses because he needed to be the last man standing and that didn’t happen, and Justin Holiday doesn’t have quite the clear pathway that he has had before the break and could still be dealt. He’s still worth owning in 12-team leagues and has a good shot at late-round value, but you could drop him for a hot free agent like Wright.
Update II: Woj reported that Mike Conley isn’t getting dealt and that takes some of the shine off of Delon Wright, but his floor should remain the same at 20-24 mpg and that’s been good enough for late-round value in the past. I like low-minute, higher-value players as the Grizzlies could easily move to sit Conley down the stretch and Wright is good enough to make moves in the rotation. So I still think he’s a must-own player, but some of the explosive upside has definitely been lost.
This also takes some shine off the guys that were trying to be the last guys standing in Memphis. Holiday’s margin for error goes down, Caboclo probably doesn’t work and Kyle Anderson isn’t a loser, but he doesn’t get a wide open shot at killing it. Ivan Rabb is a loser because Valanciunas arrived, but he gets a little bit of help for 16-18 team leagues with JaMychal Green out of town. There’s no appeal for Avery Bradley with Conley around, and there wasn’t much prior to that.
Winners (TBD): Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo
Notes: With Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington sent packing and Ryan Anderson not a great bet to further clog the rotation (I think?), the addition by subtraction we discussed in a few places is already starting. Is it enough to give these guys substantial boost? They really need a few more deals to make it work.
Goran Dragic would be an ideal trade for the Heat so they could keep trying out the Justise Winslow experiment in a lost season, and he’s really the only moveable piece (that they’d likely want to move). There are very few destinations for him but if somebody views him as a holdover starter maybe he can get back on track. I’m not aggressively stashing outside of deeper leagues.
Dion Waiters isn’t a good fantasy guy but both he and James Johnson are the guys that need to earn their contract money. They’re immovable but if they’re the guys left with the addition by subtraction benefit, maybe they can see bumps respectively. They’re still just deep league guys at best.
Kelly Olynyk needs a trade of some type to make things work. The stat set is there but the minutes aren’t, and he has a bonus in his contract for minutes that will hit the Heat’s cap situation in a semi-meaningful way. Not great!
Notes: The Wolves might jump into the fray but so far we’ve only heard rumblings about Jeff Teague (no real takers) and Anthony Tolliver (always available). Let’s see if Glen Taylor gets an itchy trigger finger.
Winners: Christian Wood
Losers: Nikola Mirotic
Notes: Newly acquired Stanley Johnson could theoretically clog things up but not in any meaningful way. Sending out Thon Maker could open things up for Christian Wood as backup center, and he has been intriguing at times when getting NBA minutes. There’s not enough for an add outside the deepest formats, however.
Update: Nikola Mirotic has been traded to the Bucks and he’ll settle into a 22-26 mpg role, bringing back no less than top-100 value and he could be a top-75 guy or better if things break his way. Johnson is heading to New Orleans and that closes the loop on any discussion of crowding out on the wing.
New Orleans Pelicans
Winners: Jahlil Okafor, Julius Randle, Tim Frazier, Frank Jackson, E’Twaun Moore, Jrue Holiday, Elfrid Payton
Losers: Kenrich Williams
Notes: Anthony Davis leaving is obviously going to have a massive impact and I’d be shocked if he plays another game for the Pelicans, whether he gets dealt or not. The bigger questions are if he gets traded, what is coming back in return and who can we project as winners and losers until we know the answer to that question.
Frank Jackson is a guy the team would like to see succeed, and if Elfrid Payton can’t stay on the floor or the Pelicans decide he’s not in their future, then both Jackson and Tim Frazier might have late-round appeal.
Payton also has some stash appeal but the arrows are pointing down here. Consider him a late-round upside guy and that will keep his evaluation in the right context.
Jrue Holiday will eat all he wants and the only concern would be that a minor injury causes him to miss games down the stretch.
E’Twaun Moore hasn’t been able to stay on the floor but he could easily be a late-round guy if healthy.
Kenrich Williams’ stat set wasn’t great a few days ago but he keeps improving it and he’s got decent stash appeal as a guy that might get you late-round value, with a hint of ‘what if’ upside if he can emerge from the rubble.
Julius Randle isn’t going to have a better role than he has in post apocalyptic New Orleans, so his owners should be hoping he stays put (and the incoming situation isn’t too bad). The same can be said for Nikola Mirotic, but his game travels well and there’s no reason to sell low here. Mid round value could be a possibility in 25-27 mpg.
Jahlil Okafor is a must-own player that could be a beast down the stretch. He’s been providing early round value and again, it would be shocking to me if Anthony Davis plays again. If Mirotic and Randle stick around, Okafor easily becomes a very poor man’s version of Davis in that rotation and his production doesn’t shift all that much.
Cheick Diallo might hit the radar in deeper leagues but he hasn’t been good for a while now.
Update: Stanley Johnson has been traded from the Bucks to the Pelicans and that might end Williams’ unlikely run, but there’s about two hours of the deadline to go. Johnson needs a lot to work out in his favor to make him worth an add, as we’ve seen what he hasn’t been able to do with full minutes in Detroit.
Update II: The Pelicans appear to be keeping Davis through the deadline and he appears to want to force his way on the floor, which is a hilarious situation that doesn’t seem likely to play out in Davis’ favor. Whether or not he plays, the Nikola Mirotic deal opens up space for Julius Randle who went from a potential loser to a big winner of this deadline, and he can continue to rack up big minutes and value if he stays healthy. If Davis plays somehow it certainly changes the equation for everybody, but I’m not personally planning for that to happen.
Cheick Diallo loses whatever appeal he had with Randle staying. The low end guys are at risk if Davis plays at all, with respect to the previous valuations listed here.
New York Knicks
Winners: Dennis Smith Jr.
Losers: (TBD) Damyean Dotson, Allonzo Trier, Mario Hezonja, Luke Kornet, Mitchell Robinson, Enes Kanter, Noah Vonleh
Notes: The Knicks have been Knicksing it up and the most recent rumor that DeAndre Jordan was brought in to recruit Kevin Durant is classic Knicks. Rather than develop your own players you point to Jordan’s declined defensive play as something that can teach the young guys in a lost season.
So it indeed seems as if Jordan will get a boatload of minutes and that Mitchell Robinson will step into a nominal backup role, which will be plenty enough to get late-round value. Should he start creeping up over 20 mpg then he can start to tap into that mid-round upside fantasy owners paid a boatload for earlier in the year.
Unless the Knicks plan to run Luke Kornet out at the four his value is likely shot, at least in the relative short-term. What a bummer. Noah Vonleh will get hit on the glass and probably in the minutes column, as Jordan sells out for rebounds and annually takes from teammates in that department. He could continue to post late-round value but I wouldn’t have a problem dropping him for a hot free agent.
The Knicks’ glut of low-end guards all take a hit with Wes Matthews’ arrival, and even if he gets dealt or bought out the arrival of Dennis Smith Jr. makes them irrelevant. The Knicks want to see what they have there and are ready to give him the rock, but I’m still not sold that he can be better than a top 80-90 guy. Too much inefficiency.
Update: Enes Kanter’s value is entirely tied to his role with his new team and he didn’t make it through the season with unfettered access to minutes, so he’ll be a draft day loss, but he doesn’t need too many minutes to be valuable so he’s worth holding to see how the buyout/waive market looks. I’d rate him as a top-100 player that you can drop for a hot free agent.
Matthews is going to be bought out but the prior statements about the guards not having value hold.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Losers: Terrance Ferguson (TBD)
Notes: They have major depth issues and are a mid-pack playoff team so it would not be surprising at all to see them make a move to shore up depth. Terrance Ferguson has flirted with late-round value and he’d be a logical trade deadline loser, and I’m tempted to list Jerami Grant in that same vein but he has been so good that the Thunder probably don’t mess with that.
Winners: Markelle Fultz, Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier
Notes: The Magic need a point guard in the worst way and Aaron Gordon has been in the rumor mill, but not enough to project winners and losers at this point.
Update: Fultz isn’t going to be thrown into the fire and there’s way too many red flags to consider him a pickup. Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier have survived the deadline so far for their respective values, and Jonathon Simmons was a throw-in on the Fultz deal and he wasn’t playing much, but Ross retains his must-own value and Fournier is a must-own player in most formats.
Losers: Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons, T.J. McConnell
Notes: Any time you add a good player like Tobias Harris to an already bursting at the seams fantasy trio, it’s going to cause a dip in fantasy value. It seems like the hit will be shared and Harris will be taking the biggest hit going from a place where he had run of the year, to fourth option on a good team.
Harris probably dips into the top-80 range, Joel Embiid might slide out of the first round (but he’s the guy whose value is diminished the least), Jimmy Butler moves into the second round and Simmons probably sits in the middle rounds the rest of the way.
Winners: Tyler Johnson
Losers: De’Anthony Melton, Josh Jackson
Notes: Tyler Johnson gets freed to a team that’s less clogged but he won’t be anything but a late-round value there. De’Anthony Melton and Elie Okobo will be pushed to the side now and don’t have anything but extremely deep league value. Josh Jackson gets less shots to chuck with another able-bodied player around, so ding him in points leagues where he’s useful.
Also – is there a team in the NBA that is smart enough to make a move for Richaun Holmes? This is one of the easiest evaluations of all-time and I hate to say it, but if you don’t see then I don’t trust your basketball opinion at all.
Portland Trail Blazers
Winners: Rodney Hood, Skal Labissiere
Notes: Rodney Hood gets a much needed change of scenery and there’s even some space vacated with Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin getting sent out. But he’s not going to be anything but a top-200 guy at best if he plays well, which is very much in question.
Update: Skal Labissiere got traded for Caleb Swanigan, which is a low risk move for Portland and theoretically he could see the floor, but there’s no reason to make an add in most formats.
San Antonio Spurs
Notes: As of right now they might have the least rumors surrounding them.
Losers: De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Nemanja Bjelica, Alec Burks, Harrison Barnes, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Marvin Bagley, Harry Giles
Notes: Any time you add a big usage piece like Harrison Barnes it’s going to take from other players, and the Kings were already dealing with usage as an issue with Marvin Bagley taking too many bad shots.
The decreases aren’t going to be debilitating for guys like Fox and Hield, but Bogdanovic could drop into the late-round or even cut range if he gets phased out by the combo of Barnes’ arrival and Bagley’s FGA push.
Alec Burks won’t play a lot and certainly won’t have enough opportunity for fantasy value in most leagues, and Barnes should really be the fourth or fifth option on this team, though the Kings could overvalue his role enough to where he doesn’t take too much of a hit. He’s a late-round or even top-100 guy still.
Nemanja Bjelica has been getting phased out because he’s just not that good and that’s why you don’t pan free agent signings without watching film of all the previous minutes (or base things off October or November). He’s an easy drop with Bagley’s ascension.
Bagley will be featured as much as possible because that’s where the team is placing its energy right now, with a big boost from the front office. He needs to be reeled in a bit before it causes the team to become imbalanced, but he’s poised for late-round value at worst. Harry Giles’ stat set isn’t cooperating and now that the team got deeper, any fantasy upside is basically non-existent this season.
Winners: None (TBD)
Losers: None (TBD)
Notes: There have been the Mike Conley and Kyle Lowry rumors but I can’t project based on those at this time of year.
Notes: The Jazz seem like they want to make a move but even if they do a Mike Conley for Ricky Rubio trade or some variant, there doesn’t appear to be any major fantasy shifts on the way.
Winners: Tomas Satoransky, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Jeff Green, Thomas Bryant, Wes Johnson, Jabari Parker
Losers: Bobby Portis, Jeff Green
Notes: What a mess but if you’re Tomas Satoransky, Bradley Beal or Trevor Ariza owners, you know they’re liked by the team and locked in the rest of the way. That should theoretically extend to must-own player Thomas Bryant, but Scott Brooks is Scott Brooks and he’ll be a thorn in his side, potentially.
Jeff Green appeared on some local reporters ‘not likely to get traded’ lists and he’s a Brooks guy, so conceivably by surviving the deadline he’d be a winner, though the additions of Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker fly in the face of that. Just know Brooks really like Green, who had his back in the locker room during all the John Wall drama.
Wes Johnson is a classic Brooks veteran so keep an eye on him in really deep leagues.
Things couldn’t get any worse for Parker so he’s a winner, but I wouldn’t expect anything more than late-round value and I wouldn’t bet much on it. Portis had a lot of leash in Chicago to chuck up shots and Brooks probably doesn’t let him do that, at least early on. I’d probably wait and see how it plays out unless a can’t miss free agent is out there. He has a nice shot at late-round value for a bad team.
As for Bryant, he might see added competition for minutes and touches but I’m not giving up on the team’s only true center other than Ian Mahinmi
February 21, 2019, 5:18 pmDante Exum - G - Utah Jazz
Dante Exum (sprained left ankle) missed Wednesday's practice as he was undergoing a re-evaluation of his ankle.
Well if you're going to miss practice, at least that's a good reason. Exum was able to go through a partial practice on Wednesday and we should get another update on his potential return tomorrow. Today's absence shouldn't be considered a setback.
Source: Andy Larsen on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 5:01 pmKevin Huerter - G - Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Huerter (left ankle sprain) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Pistons.
Huerter has been playing a ton as Atlanta's starting shooting guard, so his absence will open up a sizable hole in the rotation. He was able to play through the injury in the final game before the All-Star break but it looks as though the week off wasn't enough for him to get right. Kent Bazemore should be the big winner here.
Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 4:58 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet had the cast taken off his left thumb yesterday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Early reports had VanVleet sidelined for five weeks after undergoing surgery to repair ligament tears in his left thumb, which happened a week ago. The Raptors' sixth man is hoping to play in some games before the playoffs begin but admits that's not a sure thing, though it does seem like an attainable goal given what we know about the current timetable. Jeremy Lin will hold down the backup point guard spot in the meantime and we'll revisit FVV in two weeks' time.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 4:54 pmLaMarcus Aldridge - F - San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is being listed as probable ahead of Friday's matchup with the Raptors.
Aldridge was able to play in Sunday's All-Star game so it's a relatively recent development, and we're not expecting him to miss any time. Check back tomorrow for confirmation that he's in the lineup tomorrow night.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 4:53 pmDerrick White - G - San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White (right heel soreness) is probable for Friday's game against the Raptors.
White was expected to return after the All-Star break so it's good to see that the initial timeline held firm. His foot/heel issues have been big speed bumps this season but he's been productive whenever he can stay on the court. Patty Mills and Bryn Forbes will lose some playing time while Davis Bertans is likely to move back to the bench. White not be at full speed tomorrow night but should be good to place into all lineups next week.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 4:01 pmJoakim Noah - C - Memphis Grizzlies
Joakim Noah (right heel soreness) is probable for Friday's matchup with the Clippers.
Noah is looking at a few extra minutes with Jonas Valanciunas out for personal reasons, so he could be a viable cheap DFS play with the way that the team has limited Ivan Rabb's playing time of late. It's hard to envision Noah being worth your time when JV is with the team, however, so this is going to be a short-lived affair.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 3:54 pmTyler Dorsey - G - Memphis Grizzlies
Tyler Dorsey (left knee soreness) is probable for Friday's game against the Clippers.
Dorsey only played 10 minutes in his team debut so this has no bearing on any leagues with fewer than 30 teams.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 3:43 pmJevon Carter - G - Memphis Grizzlies
Jevon Carter (right knee soreness) is probable for Friday's game with the Clippers.
Carter can be let go, even in most deep leagues, as the trade deadline really didn't go his way. In addition to Mike Conley staying, Delon Wright and Avery Bradley have immediately overtaken him on the depth chart.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 3:41 pmLuka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was getting his foot looked at by the training staff on Thursday but was able to practice in full and is not on the injury report for Friday.
Seems like much ado about nothing for the star rookie. Fantasy owners have had to deal with some minor bumps and bruises for Doncic, but he has yet to miss any significant time.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 3:39 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving (right knee strain) is not on the injury report and will play in Thursday's tilt with the Bucks.
As expected after Irving played in Sunday's All-Star game. He should be good to go for top-10 value the rest of the way as the Celtics claw their way up the standings.