• Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler were named to the All-NBA Third team, the NBA announced Thursday. They were joined by Stephen Curry, Victor Oladipo and Paul George on the Third team. The First and Second teams can be found below.

    For Jimmy Butler this is his second consecutive All-NBA honor, both coming on the Third team. Butler averaged 22.2 points, 4.9 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. His scoring led the prolific Wolves’ offense, which ranked fourth in the NBA as a team. Overall Butler ranked 15th in the NBA in points per game and tied for second in steals.

    His defense was also a major factor for the Wolves, and he was recognized for his efforts yesterday with a NBA All-Defensive Team selection. According to ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, Butler ranked 22nd in defensive plus-minus and third overall in real plus-minus.

    For Karl-Anthony Towns this marks his first All-NBA selection. He ranked just behind Butler in points with 21.3 per game, adding 12.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks. His rebounding ranked fourth in the NBA and he racked up a league-leading 68 double-doubles. He was dependable, starting all 82 regular season games and all five playoff games. He was also highly efficient, shooting a career-best 54.5 percent from the field, a career-best 42.1 percent from 3-point range, and a career-best 85.8 percent from the line.

    Towns also set a couple of milestones this season by making his first All-Star appearance and scoring a single-game franchise record 56 points in a March 28 games against the Atlanta Hawks. According to NBA.com, Towns also became the first player in NBA history to collect at least 5000 points, 2500 rebounds and 250 3-pointers in their first three seasons.

    This honor comes with extra incentive for Towns as well. With this All-NBA selection, Towns can negotiate up to 30 percent of the 2019/20 salary cap in a contract extension this summer, as noted by Bobby Marks of ESPN.

    Towns can only receive this from the Wolves, giving him extra incentive to stay in Minneapolis. Full details on a potential Towns extension can be found HERE.

    This is the first All-NBA selection for the Wolves since Kevin Love in 2014, and the first pair of Wolves since Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell were honored in 2004, which (non-coincidentally) was the last time the Wolves made the post-season prior to this year.

Fantasy News

  • John Beilein
    , Cleveland Cavaliers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, John Beilein is leaving as the Cavs’ coach and J.B. Bickerstaff will be elevated to head coach.

    It’s still not official, but once Woj says it’s happening, it’s happening. A shake-up is likely to be a great thing for this roster that contains at least a few unhappy star players in Kevin Love and Andre Drummond. Be ready to act on any significant role changes that come with this move. For example, will Larry Nance Jr. and/or Kevin Porter Jr. take on expanded roles?

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) practiced in full on Tuesday.

    Rozier missed the Hornet's final game heading into the All-Star break, but it wasn't considered to be a long-term concern. Feel free to get Rozier back into all lineups ahead of Thursday's game against the Bulls.

    Source: Rod Boone on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Coach Terry Stotts said that he wouldn't put a timetable on when star point guard Damian Lillard (right groin strain) would return, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Lillard was given a timetable of 1-2 weeks last Wednesday, as the All-Star break came at an ideal time. Lillard has a shot to avoid any missed time if his re-evaluation shows progress, but owners should prepare for a scenario in which he misses a handful of games. The Blazers have five games remaining in February.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Dario Saric
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns expect Dario Saric (left ankle) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    James Jones said that he expects everyone outside ok Frank Kaminsky to be available for Friday's game, meaning Tyler Johnson will be out there as well. While Saric has been out, Mikal Bridges has seen his role expand while Kelly Oubre Jr. has played a lot of PF. Keep an eye on how the rotation shakes out now that the Suns are healthy shakes out.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    James Jones said that he expects Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) to be available for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Baynes will be joining Deandre Ayton and the rest of the injured Suns' players in returning for this one. Baynes hasn't played in roughly a month and should be seeing a minimal role off the bench down the stretch. He can be left on the waiver wire unless something happens to Ayton.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    James Jones said that he expects Deandre Ayton (left ankle soreness) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Ayton missed a few games to close out the first half, but it looks like the second-year big man will be good to go when the Suns return to action. Ayton was putting up top-12/16 per-game value in 9/8 cat leagues in the 13 games before going down, and owners have to be ecstatic to get him back in their lineups. Cheick Diallo will revert to a deep reserve role.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Cody Martin
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Martin (concussion protocol) fully participated in Tuesday's practice session.

    Martin found himself in the starting lineup before going down a few weeks ago, as he has started to earn a bigger role in coach James Borrego's rotation. With Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out of the picture, Martin should have a reasonably safe role for the second half of the season.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Clint Capela (right heel) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.

    Capela doesn't have a specific target date as he continues to fight the heel issue. With Capela out, Dewayne Dedmon will continue to absorb the bulk of minutes at C with Damian Jones backing him up. Over his past four games, Dedmon has averaged 8.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 3.8 blocks and 1.0 trey in 28.3 minutes per game.

    Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter Jr. (left foot fracture) returned to Bulls practice on Tuesday.

    Porter added that he felt good and will return to game action when is 100 percent healthy. It was being reported earlier this week that Porter is eyeing a return before the end of the month, and this would be in line with that projection. It is unclear what type of minutes Porter can handle down the stretch, but his versatile skillset makes for an upside stash in fantasy circles.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) resumed practicing on Tuesday as he eyes a return to game action.

    Carter is hopeful of playing when the Bulls return to action against the Hornets on Thursday. The Bulls may take a cautious approach and let him get in a few more practices before clearing him, but Carter's arrow is pointing straight up right now. If he is lingering on your league's waiver wire, go grab him.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter