• Goran Dragic looked a lot better than the early returns have shown in Thursday’s win over the Thunder, as he hit 6-of-11 shots for 14 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two threes.


    Dragic’s struggles have appeared to run the gamut — including his conditioning, explosiveness, confidence and then of course, Dwyane Wade’s presence on the ball.  We’ve been harping on everybody to stay patient and to buy low but admittedly this has grown difficult recently.  This could be the first set wave announcing his return, or it could continue to be a frustrating go of things while Wade is healthy and playing well.  Typically we like to bet on talent in these situations and Dragic has it, not to mention a guaranteed big-minute job to find it. We’re still buying low wherever we can and somebody in the top-75 can be used as bait.

Fantasy News

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw will miss Friday's game against the Suns due to an illness.

    With McCaw officially ruled out his role in the rotation will go towards Terence Davis and Matt Thomas. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could also see an expanded opportunity. McCaw has not been able to find any success this season even when he is healthy.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Ian Mahinmi
    C, Washington Wizards

    Ian Mahinmi will be able to cope with his right foot soreness and is active for Friday's tilt with the Cavs.

    There had been some thought that Ian Mahinmi could get dealt before the trade deadline, but that never came to pass, and he now finds himself competing with Thomas Bryant, Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner for minutes. In other words, Mahinmi's role is about to get cut steeply, and he's no longer a streaming option.

    Source: Wizards PR on Twitter

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Thomas Bryant (right foot soreness) will be active for Friday's game vs. the Cavs.

    Bryant will make his return after missing the last four games for the Wizards. His role has been as steady as it was earlier in the year, but he remains a top-100 asset that you should feel confident deploying in your lineup. The Wizards are back in the playoff conversation in the pathetic Eastern Conference, and Bryant remains one of there best players if they are going to make a push.

    Source: Wizards PR on Twitter

  • DeAndre' Bembry
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    Deandre Bembry is dealing with abdominal pain that has him doubtful to face the Mavs on Saturday.

    Bembry can't catch a break as his missed games streak will now carry forward into the second half of the season. The abdominal pain appears to be an entirely new issue that we should learn more on soon. He could have a role in deep leagues down the stretch, but at this point, he is an afterthought for fantasy purposes.

    Source: Hawks PR on Twitter

  • De'Andre Hunter
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    De'Andre Hunter (personal) will miss Saturday's contest against the Mavs.

    Hunter has been slowing improving as a fantasy asset, and we all know the minutes are going to remain stable for the rookie. If you have the space in standard leagues it is not a terrible idea to wait out this absence and see what Hunter can do to close out the year.

    Source: Hawks PR on Twitter

  • James Ennis III
    SF, Orlando Magic

    James Ennis will start for the Magic against the Mavs on Friday.

    Don't read too much into this maneuver as Ennis never brought much to the fantasy table in the past. His role will impinge upon Terrence Ross, who also will have to deal with the return of D.J. Augustin at this point. Just leave Ennis on the wire unless you are in a deep league.

    Source: Magic PR on Twitter

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley (sore right groin) was able to go through the entire practice on Friday with the Clippers.

    Beverley missed the past four games heading into the All-Star break, last appearing in action on February 5. Head coach Doc Rivers was pleased to report that this was one of the only times all year that the Clippers practiced with a fully healthy roster, and the team will want to keep it that way. That means Beverley will be handled with kids gloves the rest of the way and is unlikely to see minutes beyond the upper 20s on most nights. He's strictly a late-round value in standard leagues when healthy.

    Source: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude on Twitter

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George (strained left hamstring) fully participated in Friday's practice for the Clippers.

    Doc Rivers emphasized that the entire roster was healthy at practice for one of the first times on Friday. Getting Paul George healthy and in rhythm, as the season closes out will be a key point of focus for the rest of the season. Hopefully, PG13 is back without restrictions on Saturday but we're not out of the woods yet. It's been a challenging season and that is unlikely to change thanks to the All-Star break.

    Source: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude on Twitter

  • Dusty Hannahs
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dusty Hannahs has signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies.

    Hannahs only played two games with the Grizzlies last year and is unlikely to be a regular contributor on this year's team either. He's not about to replicate the high quantity shooting figures he has put up in the G League this season.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Shams Charania is reporting that the Lakers have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Markieff Morris, while the Raptors have also expressed interest.

    Morris is shooting nearly 40% from 3-point land this season and fits nicely with most contenders as a depth stretch four. He should have his choice of landing spots and won't be on the open market for long, though it would likely take an injury on his new team for him to come near standard-league fantasy appeal.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter