An MRI revealed that Jimmy Butler has a meniscal injury in his right knee, the Wolves announced Saturday. No word as to the severity of the injury as of yet, only noting that further updates will be provided when information becomes available.

    Butler went down in the third quarter of last night’s game with minimal contact and was supported off the floor by two teammates. He did not return.

    Butler underwent an x-ray last night, which revealed no structural damage. Typically a bone bruise is an indicator of an ACL injury, so the negative x-ray was a hopeful sign. The good news is the MRI today confirmed the ACL is not torn. An injury of that magnitude would certainly end his season and carry on into next year.

    Without knowing the severity of his meniscal injury, it’s tough to speculate how long he’ll be out, but he’s certainly out tonight. If the meniscus is teared, it could be an extended recovery spanning months. If it’s not torn, it will still likely be a multi-week absence.

    Given the lack of information, the timeline to expect is anywhere from three weeks to six months.

    Update: Butler has a tear in his meniscus, according to Shams Charania of the Vertical. He’s currently assessing treatment options, but a tear likely puts him into the months range as opposed to weeks.

    Depending on the tear, there’s a number of options. He can potentially rehab it without full repair, which would put his timeline completely in the air. He can partially remove it, which would put his timeline on the weeks side but risk further injury down the line. Or he can fully repair it, which would put him out the high end of the timeline at six months.

    There’s still plenty of information to come.

    Update: Butler is seeking a second opinion, but is expected to undergo surgery, according to Shams Charania of the Vertical.

    Head coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters to expect more information tomorrow, per Timberwolves PR.

    Update: Jimmy Butler underwent successful meniscus surgery on Sunday morning and is out indefinitely, the Timberwolves announced. There is still no word on the exact severity of his injury or a timeline for rehabilitation. It’s fair to say he’ll be out at least a few weeks.

    This post will be updated as further information is provided.

Fantasy News

  • Shake Milton
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Shake Milton went off again on Thursday with 19 points (6-of-7 from the floor), five triples, four assists and two blocked shots in 32 minutes.

    Milton showed again why he should be a hot pickup with Ben Simmons out. Simmons will be out for at least two weeks, and Milton looks like he's grabbing hold of this job. He should be a good source of triples, if nothing else.

  • Al Horford
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Al Horford had a nice game against the Knicks on Thursday, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and four triples in 34 minutes.

    Horford's fantasy outlook has really gotten a shot in the shoulder due to Joel Embiid's unfortunate shoulder injury. Horford is going to have to be reliable and aggressive offensively to give the Sixers even a sliver of what Embiid did for this team as a scorer. That in itself should pull Horford back towards top-50 value.

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris picked up the slack and led the way for the Sixers with 34 points, seven boards, seven assists and two defensive counters on Thursday night.

    Harris shot a fantastic 14-of-21 from the floor and led from the front for the Sixers without their two best players. The Sixers are going to need this output on a regular basis if they are going to keep pace in the middle of the Eastern playoff race.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) didn't show significant structural damage in his shoulder and will be re-evaluated in one week.

    This means Embiid will miss at least the next week of action and the probable best-case scenario is that he returns next Saturday against the Warriors. We're getting right up to the fantasy playoffs and for those in head-to-head leagues, it might be a close call. Until then, Al Horford should continue to start.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo will start at point guard for the Lakers on Thursday.

    Rondo will start in place of an injured LeBron James (groin). It looks like the Lakers are going to go with the veteran to keep everything steady and he could be a useful daily play until LeBron returns.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis (sore left elbow) will play on Thursday night against the Warriors.

    This was as expected, so roll out Davis as usual, who should have an exceptional outing as the lead dog for the Lakers with LeBron James out.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown Jr. is questionable for Friday's game against the Suns with left knee soreness.

    The knee held Brown out in Tuesday's game as well so we'll see if he can step back in and produce his underrated lines again. Rookie teammate Sekou Doumbouya is probable with a right calf strain.. Brown has held late-round value this year but we're waiting for Doumbouya to do something with his minutes. He isn't viable in fantasy leagues right now.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kyle Korver
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kyle Korver will miss Friday's game against the Thunder with a sore back.

    The veteran hasn't played since February 10th and can be ignored in fantasy leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Alfonzo McKinnie (foot) will not play on Friday against the Pelicans.

    McKinnie isn't on many fantasy radars, so he should remain on waiver wires unless something changes in the Cavs rotation.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Andre Drummond will remain out on Friday as he continues to deal with a left calf strain.

    Drummond has lost a significant chunk of playing time in Cleveland and now will miss his second consecutive contest. We should see more from Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance on Friday.

    Source: NBA Injury Report