• De'Anthony Melton
    G, Phoenix Suns

    De'Anthony Melton (sprained right ankle) will miss Wednesday's game but was able to go through practice on Tuesday.

    Igor Kokoskov says that Melton will need to improve his conditioning, but it sounds as though he could be ready right out of the All-Star break. The Tyler Johnson addition complicates the backcourt but Melton has a nice stat set and should still play enough to be worth your time in deeper leagues.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina will get the start on Thursday against the Nuggets.

    Ntilikina draws the start over Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr. on Thursday. Payton did earn the starting role prior to getting injured so it is possible that he supplants Ntilikina at some point this season. As long as all three point guards are healthy, they will all have their fantasy ceilings capped.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Blazers have guaranteed Carmelo Anthony's contract for the remainder of the season.

    This comes as no surprise as Anthony has helped the Blazers significantly since signing a partially guaranteed contract a few weeks ago. Anthony is currently producing per-game value of 119/128 in 8/9 cat leagues. It remains to be seen if he can produce at this level for an entire season at the age of 35.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Jacob Evans
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Jacob Evans (left adductor strain) is officially listed as questionable on the latest NBA Injury Report.

    Coach Steve Kerr told the media earlier on Thursday that Evans should be considered questionable for Friday's contest but the official injury report lists him as out. Regardless, Evans is clearly close to returning to the court. When he does return, he will likely take away some minutes from two-way player, Ky Bowman.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley (right thumb fracture) has been cleared for contact on Thursday.

    This is great news for the Kings and Bagley as we are just over six weeks from the initial injury. Continue to monitor for updates but Bagley should return to the court soon. Bagley's return could lower the fantasy values of Richaun Holmes and Nemanja Bjelica.

    Source: Jason Jones on Twitter

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jake Layman (left toe sprain) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's matchup against the Thunder.

    This will mark Layman's seventh straight missed game. Treveon Graham, Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop will all continue to see more opportunity while Layman is sidelined.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • Naz Reid
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Naz Reid is questionable to face the Thunder on Friday as he nurses a sore shoulder.

    Reid has yet to play in a regular season NBA game and will likely continue to spend most of his time this season in the G league. He is off the fantasy radar for now.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes has been downgraded to out for Thursday's tilt vs. the Pelicans.

    Including Thursday's game, Baynes has only played in one game over the last nine. Frank Kaminsky and Cheick Diallo will continue to get more opportunity for as long as Baynes remains out.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Isaiah Thomas (left calf strain) will not play in Thursday's game vs. the Sixers.

    Thomas was not listed on the injury report so it is possible that this injury occurred in warmups prior to the contest. Continue to monitor as we will learn more later tonight or Friday. Ish Smith will likely start at point while Chris Chiozza will get additional opportunity. Chiozza could be a great low-cost DFS play on Thursday as the Wizards will also be without Jordan McRae (finger).

    Source: Wizards PR on Twitter

  • Derrick Favors
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Derrick Favors (personal) will not play on Thursday vs. the Suns.

    Favors is dealing with something much bigger than basketball right now. While he remains out, Jaxson Hayes, Nicolò Melli and Kenrich Williams could see more opportunity.

    Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter

  • Kenrich Williams
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Kenrich Williams will play on Thursday against the Suns despite being hampered by an ankle sprain.

    Williams could see additional opportunity on Thursday as the Pelicans will continue to be without Derrick Favors (personal).

    Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter