• Abdel Nader
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Abdel Nader (left ankle sprain) will miss his third straight game on Saturday against the Blazers.

    Nader's minutes have been very inconsistent this season and with a 6.2 point, 1.8 rebound, 0.9 triple season average, he is very from the fantasy radar so no implications here.

    Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter

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  • Dario Saric
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Dario Saric (left ankle) participated fully in practice on Wednesday and is hopeful to return on Friday vs. the Raptors.

    Saric is outside the top-150 in both 9-cat and 8-cat leagues this season. Mikal Bridges has been on a roll the past month, producing top-60 value in 9-cat leagues. Saric entering the rotation could cut into Bridges' minutes and it will be worth watching the Suns' rotations the next few games. Bridges is a hold in standard-leagues and Saric is a low-upside option in 14-team leagues.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) participated in practice on Wednesday.

    Coach Monty Williams said he's hopeful Baynes will return on Friday vs. the Raptors. Baynes is unlikely to get back to producing standard-league value with Deandre Ayton in the lineup, who is also expected to return on Friday. Baynes could carve out late-round value in 14-team leagues for big-man stats.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton (left ankle soreness) practiced on Wednesday and Coach Monty Williams says that he's hopeful Ayton will be able to play on Friday.

    Ayton missed the past two games with an injury but looks ready to return the next game. Ayton is a top-15/30 player in 9/8 cat leagues on the season and should remain in that range the rest of the way. This kills the small amount of value that Cheick Diallo had and he can be left on waiver wires outside of 20-team leagues.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Robert Williams (hip) participated in practice on Wednesday and felt good.

    The Celtics are encouraged by Williams' progress and plan to ramp him up in practice over the next 1-2 weeks. Williams will be behind Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis in the rotation and will only have appeal as a block specialist. Kanter and Theis will lose value when Williams enters the rotation. Theis is a top-70 player over the past month in 26 minutes per game while Kanter is outside the top-175 in 19 minutes per game. Theis will likely hold standard-league value and Kanter will remain a low-upside option in 16-team leagues.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Norman Powell
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Norman Powell (finger) is about a week away from his next check up.

    Nick Nurse made the comment on Wednesday and a check up does not necessarily mean a return date. Powell should be expected to miss at least one more week. He was producing top-90 value for a month before he was injured, so it may be worth grabbing him if you have an open IR spot and can afford to hold him until he returns.

    Source: Laura Armstrong on Twitter

  • Marc Gasol
    C, Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol (left hamstring) is a possibility for Friday's game.

    Gasol has been out since late January and it sounded like the All-Star break was going to be the final stretch of rehab that he'd need in order to return. Even if his return doesn't come on Friday, it sure sounds like the big man will be back in action soon enough. Make sure Gasol isn't on your waiver wires.

    Source: Eric Koreen on Twitter

  • Will Barton
    SG, Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton (right knee inflammation) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

    The Nuggets didn't give a formal update but Barton did less at the session than Denver's other injured players, so fantasy GMs might want to look elsewhere in the short-term. Gary Harris and Torrey Craig should absorb Barton's minutes for as long as he remains out.

    Source: TJ McBride on Twitter

  • Mason Plumlee
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Mason Plumlee (right foot injury) was able to participate in most of Wednesday's practice session.

    Plumlee went down in late January and was set to miss 2-4 weeks, so a return should be coming soon. The Nuggets have rolled with smaller groups while Plumlee has been shelved, though he was a defensive anchor for the second unit when healthy. Expect his return to eat away at the workloads of Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr.

    Source: TJ McBride on Twitter

  • Michael Porter Jr.
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Michael Porter Jr. (right ankle sprain) was able to go through most of Wednesday's practice.

    No word on MPJ's status for Denver's next game but it sounds like a return could be on the horizon. That would adversely affect Torrey Craig's minutes, not that fantasy GMs are hanging onto that storyline.

    Source: TJ McBride on Twitter

  • DeMar DeRozan
    SG, San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan (back spasms) said he'll be in the lineup on Friday night.

    DeRozan missed San Antonio's two games before the All-Star break after getting hurt during pregame warmups on February 10. The injury never seemed serious and it'll be safe to get DeRozan back into all lineups going forward. Just keep your fingers crossed that the Spurs stay in the playoff hunt and avoid late-season rest days.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter