April 3, 2020, 12:57 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. said that his right ankle is now properly healed.
Porter missed six games with a right ankle injury, and though he was able to play in nine of Denver's last 10 games (the absence was a DNP-CD) before the hiatus, he admitted that his ankle was still bothering him and he was playing through pain. MPJ flashed tremendous potential when given the appropriate minutes but it's going to be hard for him to hold fantasy value outside of deeper formats when the Nuggets are fully healthy — he topped 15 minutes just three times in those nine games. The silver lining of the league's suspension is that hurt and injured players are getting the chance to heal up, Porter included.
Source: Denver Post
April 2, 2020, 2:40 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker has been rehabbing his left knee while in quarantine, and says that it's "doing well."
Walker actually played in the Celtics' last three games before the season was shut down but has missed a total of eight games this season (plus one in preseason) due to left knee soreness. It's clearly a chronic issue at this point, and fantasy GMs just have to hope that this lengthy layoff will help Walker get back to full strength if and when the season resumes.
April 2, 2020, 2:32 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard is still rehabbing his sprained left ankle and estimates that his recovery is at about 90%.
Leonard shed his walking boot at the end of February but it's been slow going, as he's still not recovered despite getting hurt on February 3. The NBA hiatus might've saved Leonard's season, but even when healthy there won't be any fantasy appeal here despite some strong runs earlier in the campaign.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
April 1, 2020, 3:53 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
The four players from the Nets who tested positive for COVID-19 are symptom free after passing a 14-day protocol but are still self-isolating, according to Greg Logan of Newsday.
Logan went on to say that the entire traveling party for the Nets are healthy at the moment. This is a good sign to see players and staff recovering from the virus without any new cases reported.
Source: Greg Logan on Twitter
March 31, 2020, 3:31 pmCameron JohnsonSF, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Johnson is fully cleared from mononucleosis that he has been battling for the past few weeks.
Johnson missed the final three games before the league was suspended due to mononucleosis, but will be ready to go when the season starts up again. Johnson was looking at an expanded role with Kelly Oubre Jr. injured, but there is now a chance that Oubre Jr. will be ready a situation to monitor when the season gets ready to resume.
Source: The Athletic
March 31, 2020, 3:16 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac has been continuing his rehab work from a severe knee sprain amid the NBA hiatus.
Isaac has been out since early in the calendar year after suffering a left knee sprain and bone bruise. The NBA denied the Magic a Disabled Player Exception earlier in the year, as doctors believed that Isaac wouldn't be out until mid June. Isaac was a long shot to return by the playoffs, but the hiatus has given him a better chance to return and potentially be ready for the start of the playoffs. This is an interesting watch as we continue to wait for the NBA, and life in general, to resume as normal.
Source: The Athletic
March 30, 2020, 12:27 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall (Achilles) was participating in scrimmages with the Capital City Go-Go before the NBA suspended its season.
Wall was scrimmaging every three days or thereabouts, depending on the schedule, and was a regular presence at the team's practices. There's even video of him throwing down a nasty jam on rookie Garrison Mathews at the link below. Despite this notable step forward in his recovery, the Wizards have maintained that Wall will not return this season, even with the hiatus giving Wall an extra few months of recovery time.
Source: The Athletic
March 25, 2020, 6:37 pmChristian WoodPF, Detroit Pistons
Christian Wood has fully recovered from the coronavirus, according to James Edwards III.
Wood only showed the mildest of symptoms prior to the NBA season being suspended two weeks ago. The NBA has chosen to suspend play in the hopes that the virus will not spread as quickly. It is still unclear when the NBA will resume or if they will even play out the rest of the regular season. However, it is a good sign to see people recovering from the virus and the hope is that we stop seeing players who contract the illness.
Source: James Edwards III on Twitter
March 25, 2020, 3:54 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reported that John Wall (left Achilles) will not return for the remainder of the 2019-20 season despite the hiatus.
Wall has missed all of the 2019-20 season so far and was only able to play in 73 games over the prior two seasons due to a variety of injuries. The Wizards' GM, Tommy Sheppard, told Buckner in an interview regarding Wall's availability going forward, “We’re very anxious to see John Wall in uniform next year. I don’t think any of this changes that.” We'll have to wait until next season to see Wall return to the court even when/if the NBA season resumes later on this calendar year.
Source: The Washington Post
March 18, 2020, 3:31 pmTerance MannPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Terance Mann will miss eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his right hand.
Mann suffered the injury on March 8th while in the G League. He has averaged just 7.7 minutes per game in 35 NBA contests during 2019-20.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
March 17, 2020, 12:14 pmAl-Farouq AminuPF, Orlando Magic
There is a chance that Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) could possibly be cleared to return to game action if/when the 2019-20 season resumes.
Aminu was thought to be out for the season, as the NBA granted the Magic's request for a Disabled Player Exception. With the season being suspended indefinitely there is a chance Aminu will be healthy enough to play by then. Aminu shed his knee brace last week.
Source: The Athletic
March 16, 2020, 11:59 amKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant's business associate, Rich Kleiman, said on Monday that it was "not very realistic" for Durant to play this summer.
Durant confirmed that he wouldn't play in the 2019-20 season last month, but that was on the original league calendar. With the NBA potentially shelved for three entire months, a lot of players who were looking at season-ending situations now have the door open for a stunning return to the court — it just doesn't sound like Durant is among them, even if a June return for the league is a full 12 months after KD's injury.
March 14, 2020, 8:24 pmChristian WoodPF, 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
March 14, 2020, 2:33 pmFrank KaminskyPF, Phoenix Suns
Frank Kaminsky (right patella stress fracture) will be re-evaluated at some point this week.
Kaminsky was "still a ways away" according to coach Monty Williams on March 3 so the re-evaluation doesn't necessarily mean he's close. Nonetheless, the suspension of the NBA should give him plenty of extra time to heal after missing the previous 32 games so he may be good to go once the season resumes.
Source: Arizona Republic
March 14, 2020, 2:25 pmCameron JohnsonSF, Phoenix Suns
Cameron Johnson (mononucleosis) should be cleared for action if the season resumes mid-April.
Johnson missed the Suns' last three games and was scheduled to be re-evaluated in two weeks as of March 9 so the layoff should give him plenty of time to get back to full health. The rookie lottery pick was a three-point specialist in super-deep leagues, averaging 1.9 triples in 20.3 minutes. He was playing slightly more with Oubre out of the lineup but should be back around 20 minutes if the Suns return to full health.
Source: Arizona Republic