• Bojan Bogdanovic started for injured Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) in Sunday’s loss to the Warriors, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Bogdanovic hasn’t really done anything this season but RHJ is on crutches and he’ll get a lot opportunity to change that up.  If you’re in a 14-team league he’s worth a look but that’s about it.

Fantasy News

  • 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

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Markieff Morris has greed to a contract buyout with the Pistons, per Shams Charania.

    This isn't surprising — frankly it's more shocking that the Pistons didn't move Morris, who is on a one-year deal, for a second-round pick at the deadline. He was a DNP-CD on Thursday so the writing was on the wall. Morris is currently shooting a career-best .397 from behind the arc and should generate interest from contenders in need of a stretch four. He's unlikely to hold legitimate fantasy value on a good team, while this opens up some breathing room for Sekou Doumbouya in Detroit.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter (left foot fracture), Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) and Denzel Valentine (left hamstring tightness) were able to participate in 3-on-3 at Friday's practice.

    All three players will have their statuses updated tomorrow but it sounds like they're all getting close to a return. Carter should reprise his starting role almost as soon as he's cleared, though there might be a small ramp-up period since he's been out for over a month. Porter has only played nine games this season and will need longer to get his conditioning back up to speed, while Valentine might come into some minutes on the wings with Chandler Hutchison sidelined once again. Carter will be a must-start option, while Porter's rough season makes him a solid flier but not someone that you necessarily want to be leaning on down the stretch in 12-teamers. The upside is definitely there, though. Valentine is only an option in deep leagues.

    Source: KC Johnson on Twitter

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchison received a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.

    Hutchison missed over a month earlier in the year with a right shoulder strain, so this is not what anyone wants to hear. He was playing before the All-Star break but missed Thursday's contest and it sounds like he could miss a substantial period of time again. Ryan Arcidiacono started on Thursday but is only worth a look if you need assists in a deep league.

    Source: KC Johnson on Twitter

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    Luke Kornet sprained his left ankle at Friday's practice.

    There's no timeline for his return yet but we wouldn't expect to see him playing on Saturday. This opens the door for Daniel Gafford a bit, and if Wendell Carter Jr. can't return this weekend we should see Cristiano Felicio get some minutes if Kornet sits out.

    Source: KC Johnson on Twitter

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons (back) is probable to face the Bucks on Saturday.

    Simmons was a late scratch on Thursday but it doesn't appear as though this back problem is serious. His return to the court will bump Raul Neto back to obscurity.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Kenrich Williams
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Kenrich Williams (back soreness) received an injection to help with pain an inflammation and will be re-evaluated in a week.

    Williams has missed well over a month now and the All-Star break wasn't even enough to get him a status upgrade. He can be ignored in all but the deepest of formats at this point.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Jaylen Nowell
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jaylen Nowell (illness) will not play on Friday against the Celtics.

    Nowell has only appeared in nine games all season, mostly showing up in garbage time. This news shouldn't affect many, if any, fantasy teams.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • Wayne Ellington
    SG, New York Knicks

    Wayne Ellington (strained right ankle) is available for Friday's game.

    Ellington was initially questionable. He might not be in the rotation, especially if the Knicks tilt towards playing their younger options, so his presence or absence only affects the deepest of fantasy leagues.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton (sore right ankle) will not play on Friday against the Pacers.

    Payton has been on fire of late so this is a tough development coming out of the All-Star break. Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith will split the point guard work for as long as Payton is out, though neither is a standard-league option. Smith has more upside as a scorer while Ntilikina might be safer as a simple steals specialist.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter