• There are conflicting reports out of Oregon but the most recent report from Jason Quick of CSNNW indicates the Blazers are not going to pursue Festus Ezeli or Nene, but rather they’re turning their attention to Zaza Pachulia.

    We’re not sure what they’re going for here as they have Mason Plumlee and none of these guys presents a major upgrade at center, and that’s before we get to the part about Meyers Leonard being incapable of playing the four without a dramatic improvement in foot speed and awareness.

    Leonard’s disappearing act started with a vote of no-confidence by management to kick off last season — a season when he was pushed as a foundational player — and everything spiraled from there.  He injured an ankle in preseason, found himself playing out of position, and most importantly he lost a lot of confidence.

    Defensively he looked lost and his rebounding numbers were down playing more on the perimeter.  His shoulder injury capped everything off and Leonard’s value has dropped significantly.  His agent’s initial demands on an extension and Portland’s rejection make it seem unlikely that they’ll do anything but let the market determine his value, and it could be very likely that the pursuit of another big man is linked to the inevitable departure of Meyers Legend.

Fantasy News

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
    SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (illness) is available for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Luwawu-Cabarrot doesn't get much playing time, but this is confirmation that he'll be an option for the Nets.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jae Crowder
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jae Crowder (right knee soreness) is not on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's game.

    Crowder has missed two straight games with the knee ailment but seems ready to return. Kyle Anderson is likely to see a lesser role against the Knicks.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • De'Anthony Melton
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    De'Anthony Melton (sore left hand) will not be available for Wednesday's game.

    Melton was a late scratch on Tuesday and apparently isn't ready to return. Tyus Jones should see some more opportunities in his stead.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Mike Scott
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike Scott (right knee soreness) is questionable for Thurday's contest.

    With Horford also questionable, Kyle O'Quinn may see more minutes than usual against the Hawks. Scott doesn't carry much fantasy value in the first place.

    Source: Mark Narducci on Twitter

  • Al Horford
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Al Horford (left knee soreness) is questionable for Thursday's game.

    With Horford and Mike Scott questionable, Kyle O'Quinn may see more minutes than usual against the Hawks. Owners of either player will want to check back for updates on game day.

    Source: Mark Narducci on Twitter

  • Gary Clark
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Free agent swingman Gary Clark has agreed to a second 10-day contract with the Magic.

    The Magic are in need of healthy bodies right now with Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu likely out for the season. Clark has given the Magic some good minutes but he is not in the fantasy radar except from very deep leagues.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Derrick Walton Jr.
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have recalled Derrick Walton Jr. from the G League's Agua Caliente Clippers on Wednesday.

    The team is scheduled to practice today so this is another opportunity for the rookie to get some reps. It’s also unclear whether Patrick Beverley, the team’s starting point guard, will be back tomorrow, so Walton offers some insurance depth.

    Source: Mirjam Swanson on Twitter

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    With the NBA trade deadline coming up, there has been speculation that Thaddeus Young could be headed to a title-contending team, but his minutes have gradually increased due to a plethora of injuries in the Bulls’ frontcourt.

    The 31-year-old forward is averaging the fewest minutes and points per game since his rookie year with the Sixers in the 2007-08 season. There were reports last month that Young was unhappy with his role and might even seek out a trade if the situation didn’t change. With
    Lauri Markkanen sidelined though, and the Bulls currently only two games out of the final playoff spot in the East, it seems unlikely he will be traded before next Thursday’s deadline. Young deserves consideration even in standard leagues as long as Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford remain sidelined.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Barea got some extra run in garbage time on Tuesday and he finished with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes vs. the Suns.

    Barea has been in and out of the lineup lately and he can be left alone in fantasy leagues. Jalen Brunson closed out the game and totaled 15 points (5-of-7 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) had a rough go of it on Tuesday, producing just nine points on 2-of-8 shooting, three boards, one dime and one trey in 20 minutes in a big loss to the Suns.

    Porzingis' minutes have been low since he returned from his injury, even aside from this lopsided game. That's a bit of a concern considering his past and present injury issues. Otherwise, Kristaps is doing well outside of his terrible field goal percentage.