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  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    The Utah Department of Health has cleared both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, meaning they no longer pose a risk of infection to others.

    Both Gobert and Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19, and although Gobert mentioned that he briefly lost his senses of taste and smell, the duo seems to be fully recovered. This is great news as we wait for word on when or if the NBA season will be able to continue.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has shut down all team facilities to players and staff beginning on Friday to mitigate the coronavirus situation.

    There still is no definitive news about whether the current NBA season will commence at any point this year. At this point, things are still up in the air. Stay safe, everyone.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, during a call with the Board of Governors on Tuesday, the league plans to increase its credit line from $650 million to $1.2 billion.

    The move is expected to increase cash flow over the course of what's believed to be an extended shutdown of the season. With the NBA planning for the worst and hoping for the best, it remains less and less likely that 2019-20 will be able to resume anytime soon.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Ian Begley of SNY is reporting that some inside the Knicks front office are "enamored" with pending free agent Christain Wood.

    The Knicks overhauled there frontcourt last offseason with the additions of Juluis Randle, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson joining Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox. The Knicks have since traded Morris and can decline Portis' 2020-21 team option if needed. Wood and the Knicks would make an interesting pairing, but this would once again curb the upside of Mitchell Robinson.

    Source: Sports New York

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, Pistons big man Christian Wood has tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Wood is the latest NBA player to test positive for the virus. He is reported to be symptom-free and is doing well. Wood was in the midst of a breakout month following the NBA trade deadline, regularly setting new career-highs. For now, everyone has to take these news bits in stride. He might not be the last NBA player to come out as positive but rest assured that teams and the league as a whole is doing everything it can to work towards the protection of all its players, coaches and staff.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Serge Ibaka
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors' entire traveliing party (players, coaches, staff) who were tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday have received their results and they are all currently negative.

    Results for one additional person is still pending. The Raptors recently faced the Jazz and Serge Ibaka, who guarded Rudy Gobert, tested negative. The organization will continue to be in close contact with publich health authorities and disease experts. This is a refreshing bit of good news.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Shams Charania reports that the NBA and the players union are planning to enter an agreement on a moratorium during the league's COVID-19 hiatus.

    The moratorium would last from March 12 to April 10 before being re-assessed. That would put a freeze on trades, signings, contract options and 10-day contracts. It's a sensible agreement, especially helping the players who are currently on 10-day deals. When the league does return, things should pick back up right where they started — from this perspective, at least.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Speaking on TNT on Thursday, commissioner Adam Silver said that the NBA's hiatus would be "most likely, at least 30 days."

    Silver added that the NBA simply doesn't know enough yet to offer a more concrete timeline, and that a potential return to play will also depend on developments regarding treatment tactics for COVID-19. Other reports have surfaced about some ownership groups being willing to play the season into August if need be, but anything about a potential return date is simply speculation at this point.

    Source: NBA on TNT

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    The NBA has informed teams that the league will be suspended for 30 days at minimum, per Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star.

    With two confirmed cases in the league, and all 30 teams able to be connected through their play in the last week alone, the NBA has no choice but to suspend operations. A month off seems like the true best-case scenario for the league, but they really have no control over the spread of COVID-19 and things will be in limbo indeterminately.

    Source: Bruce Arthur on Twitter

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Spencer Dinwiddie helped power the Nets to a 104-102 upset over the Lakers on Tuesday with 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting at the line.

    Dinwiddie also chipped in four rebounds, one triple, seven assists and one steal to round out his line for the night. He's a bona fide star, making the go-ahead basket to seal the win. Held back by his .415 shooting clip from the field, Dinwididie's been a top-150 play for the season so far.

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard put up his best game since returning from his right groin strain, leading the Blazrs to a 121-105 win over the Suns on Tuesday with 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting and a full stat line.

    Lillard hit 5-of-10 shots from 3-point range and aded five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks to the box in 40 minutes. Top-10 Lillard is officially back and ready to rock it ROS.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge (sore right shoulder) returned from a six-game absence and led the Spurs to a 119-109 win over the Mavs on Tuesday, scoring a team-high 24 points in a team-high 37 minutes while also adding two rebounds, two assists, three steals, four blocks and a 3-pointer.

    This didn't look like a guy who was listed as doubtful as of this afternoon. Aldridge showed very little rust and went back to his high-usage role immediately, and he's good to get back into all lineups. With the Spurs having eight games over the next two fantasy matchup weeks, a performance like this surely put a lot of minds at ease about the near future.

  • Derrick White
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White was outstanding in Tuesday's home win, registering 14 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals, four blocks and a 3-pointer in 35 minutes of action.

    White has been a top-130 type on the full season with stretches of viability and complete frustration, but you need to go check and make sure he's not still free in any of your leagues. With Dejounte Murray out for an undisclosed period of time, White will have the starting PG spot all to himself and is obviously capable of multi-cat lines with elite defensive production. This looks like a player that can put fantasy teams over the championship hump.

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine felt good after a workout on Tuesday and said that he expects to return sometime in the next week or so.

    This is a tough pill to swallow for owners fighting for a playoff spot, but he should be back to help in the playoffs if you're there. Colby White will continue to see a usage bump until LaVine can get back out there, while Shaq Harrison is remaining in the starting lineup for now.

    Source: Cody Westerlund on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said that Jaylen Brown (right hamstring strain) is not likely to play against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Brown is likely to miss a fifth straight game after missing Tuesday's game as well, and there is no timetable for a return as of yet. Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart will continue to be relied upon more during Brown's absence.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter