• Carsen Edwards
    PG, College

    Carsen Edwards met with the Heat on Thursday after the draft combine.

    Edwards is a six-foot tall point guard who played for Purdue for three seasons. He is expected to be a second round pick in the draft. The Heat are keeping their options open and look to have interest in several guys. It has also been reported that LSU’s Naz Reid will meet with the Heat in Chicago after playing only one season in college. Reid, a 6’10” center, is projected to be a late first round/early second round pick. Reid is more of a project than Edwards but has a higher ceiling given his physical attributes.

    Source: David Wilson on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Marc Gasol
    C, Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol (left hamstring tightness) will be held out of Friday's game and possibly beyond as the Raptors exercise caution.

    It sounded like Gasol had a chance to return before the All-Star break but the Raptors are going to take no chances with such an important player, though they're obviously helped out by the fact that the team has continued to win without him. Serge Ibaka is looking at another game or two of elevated minutes while Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Chris Boucher get to hold onto relevance for a little while longer.

    Source: Eric Koreen on Twitter

  • Kevin Huerter
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Huerter (allergic reaction) is probable for Thursday's game.

    No word on what Huerter was allergic to, but either way he should be go tonight. He's getting squeezed a bit by the Hawks' glut of wing types and is a borderline play in 12-team formats. Huerter's trending down but is still probably the best of the non-obvious Hawks for fantasy purposes.

    Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Meyers Leonard (left ankle sprain) has no timetable for a return to the court.

    Leonard has been out since February 3, and his injury was initially described as a multi-week issue. He's had short stints of fantasy value this season, largely because of Miami's other injuries, but is safe to cut in most formats if you had been holding on. Expect Jae Crowder, Andre Iguodala, Kelly Olynyk and Solomon Hill to help soak up the extra minutes available.

    Source: Miami Heat on Twitter

  • Tyler Herro
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat announced that Tyler Herro (right ankle soreness) has no timetable for a return.

    Herro has been out since getting hurt on February 3, and although he said that he was pain-free entering the All-Star break, the Heat will not rush him back. The rookie has been on and off the standard-league radar all year long but is safe to drop in 12- and 14-team redraft leagues with this news. The Heat have a deep rotation and can spread his minutes around multiple players, though Goran Dragic is the likeliest winner from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Miami Heat on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker was limited in Wednesday's practice and Brad Stevens said that the Celtics will continue to manage his workload.

    Walker played in the All-Star game and isn't expected to miss time. Just don't fret if you hear about limited or no-practice days for Walker going forward, as Boston is clearly going to prioritize keeping their star PG fresh for what they hope is a deep playoff run.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Coby White
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson is speculating that Coby White will get more starts down the stretch this season.

    White has been used as a reserve in each of his 55 games so far this year, though the Bulls have largely done so to shelter a young player whose game is still fairly one-dimensional. He does look like the team's future at point guard and should get a longer look as a starter while Chicago plays out the string of another lottery-bound season. To this point he's been outside the top-250 and probably won't be a factor in standard leagues, even if he starts, because of his poor efficiency (.370 from the field on 10.9 shots per game). The best case scenario would likely be White playing enough to hold appeal as a points and threes contributor for fantasy teams that are punting FG%. The player most likely to be affected is Tomas Satoransky, though his well-rounded game would likely keep him inside the top-125 even if he lost a couple minutes per game.

    Source: NBC Sports Chicago

  • Kris Dunn
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    In a recent mailbag, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports said he believes the Bulls have a "good chance" of bringing back impending RFA Kris Dunn.

    Dunn had emerged as a starter on the wing this season thanks to Otto Porter's injury, and was actually turning in a top-100 season for fantasy GMs thanks to 2.0 steals per contest. He may miss the rest of the season thanks to a right MCL sprain, which could cost him some serious dollars in free agency, though the Bulls are on the inside track when it comes to retaining his services. There aren't many teams with cap space this summer and Dunn, a non-shooter whose value comes from excellent defense, may not be well-rounded enough to attract attention from the teams with spending money this summer. Whatever happens, it's been a strong year from Dunn, who looked to be on the outs in Chicago.

    Source: NBC Sports Chicago

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago fully expects Otto Porter to exercise his player option and return to the Bulls next season.

    No surprises here, as Porter has been hurt pretty much all year and would be a fool to pass up the $28.4 million he's set to earn next year. Even a healthy Porter might not get that much on the open market with teams trying to save space for the summer of 2021. Porter was great in his first half-season with Chicago but has been limited to nine lackluster games this year. Formerly a top-50 lock, he's lost a lot of luster this campaign. He recently returned to practice and should be back in action soon, though expectations need to be tempered. Porter's a fine flier in most formats but he isn't a must-stash player unless you have IR spots free.

    Source: NBC Sports Chicago

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Every executive that spoke to ESPN's Tim Bontemps believes Giannis Antetokounmpo will re-sign with the Bucks.

    Antetokounmpo's free agency has been shaping every team's decisions over the past few months, if not longer, as teams are trying to open up max space in the summer of 2021 to go after the reigning MVP. Milwaukee has built an excellent team around him and an early playoff exit might be the only thing that will sour Giannis on the organization. If he does re-sign without entering the open market, expect a wave of player movement as team make use of their flexibility with the league's top target off the board. This is all still a long ways off, but the prevailing sentiment seems to be that Giannis isn't going anywhere.

    Source: ESPN

  • Kevin Durant
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Speaking to Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report, Kevin Durant (torn Achilles) confirmed that he will not play this season.

    "NO! No. The best thing for me is to continue the rehab, get as strong as I can and focus on next season," said Durant. There has been some speculation that KD would get back on the floor this year after he was spotted getting shots up, but him sitting out the entire season is the most sensible call for everyone involved. Durant shouldn't be on any redraft rosters to begin with, and dynasty and keeper GMs now have confirmation on what's been expected all along. It will be interesting to see how Durant looks upon returning from such a serious injury, and he'll be one of the riskier names at play in next season's drafts considering his likely ADP.

    Source: Nets Daily