• James Harden - G - Houston Rockets

    Jeff Bzdelik, the associate head coach who molded the Rockets’ defense into one of the NBA’s best last year, agreed to return to the team on Monday.

    Bzdelik abruptly retired a few days before the start of training camp due to a personal issue that has now been resolved. He agreed to a contract for the remainder of the season to serve in the same role, while he is expected to join the team full-time by the end of November. Mike D’Antoni said Bzdelik will begin consulting with the team immediately and participate in a few practices before he has to step away “for some obligations.” The Rockets improved to the sixth-ranked defense in the NBA last season, ranking third in the second half of the season. The departure of Trevor Aliza and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has hurt the team defensively but it will be interesting to see if Bzdelik‘s system is able to mitigate the damage.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

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  • Joakim Noah - C - Memphis Grizzlies

    Joakim Noah (right knee soreness) is doubtful for Monday's game and was unable to participate in morning shootaround.

    Noah left Saturday's game early with the injury after sitting out on Friday. He's been surprisingly effective this season but with concerns about his status, and likely at least one game on the sidelines this week, he makes for a weak fantasy play outside of very deep formats.

    Source: David Cobb on Twitter

  • Rodney McGruder - G/F - Miami Heat

    Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) did not practice on Monday.

    McGruder has missed the last four games and odds are it'll extend to at least five. His absence doesn't change anything in fantasy leagues.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Justise Winslow - F - Miami Heat

    Justise Winslow (bruised right thigh) missed practice on Monday because of a case of food poisoning.

    Winslow did work out on Sunday to test his thigh, which is the more pressing issue for fantasy owners. It's going to be tough to plug Winslow into lineups this week since we still don't know a target date for his return, and he'll likely have to shake off some rust after missing the last five games. Goran Dragic will get extra run in the meantime while Derrick Jones Jr. is a stream for threes and blocks as the fill-in starter.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • James Ennis III - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    James Ennis (quad) has been ruled out on Monday vs. the Magic.

    Ennis is the 245th-ranked player over the past two weeks and with Jimmy Butler back he shouldn't be owned in leagues. He's still playing 18.6 minutes per game but the production just won't be there.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Luka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic (knee) is being listed as questionable on Tuesday vs. the Kings.

    Doncic has been bad in 9-cat leagues over his past six games as he's the 288th-ranked player in that time. His percentages are really pulling him down but he should fix that in due time. The Mavs will be careful with him going forward and they've only got nine games left so he might not play in every single one.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Josh Jackson - F - Phoenix Suns

    Josh Jackson (right ankle sprain) has been ruled out of Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Jackson hasn't been worth owning for months now as he's outside of the top-250. With him missing this game, Mikal Bridges, Dragan Bender and Troy Daniels should all get some extra time. If you're looking for someone to add out of those guys, Bridges is the one.

    Source: Gerald Bourguet on Twitter

  • Kris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls

    Kris Dunn (sore back) is doubtful for Tuesday's matchup vs. the Raptors.

    Dunn has been better as of late, coming in as a top-80 player over the past week with averages of 14.7 points and 7.0 assists on 38.1 percent shooting in 29.3 minutes. It looks like he'll be missing this game and if that's the case then Shaq Harrison has the most to gain from it.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Zach LaVine - G - Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine (right thigh contusion) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    LaVine has only played in three of his past seven games and the Bulls are definitely being cautious with him. He'll probably make it back before the season comes to an end so his next shot to play will be on Wednesday vs. the Trail Blazers and then Saturday vs. the Raptors again.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Otto Porter Jr. - F - Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter (right rotator cuff strain) will not play in Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Porter has missed his last three games and this will make a fourth. He's said that he plans on returning this season but the Bulls only have eight games left and they might opt to keep him out for the remainder of the year. Antonio Blakeney, Wayne Selden and Shaq Harrison will all have the most to gain from Porter's absence.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Mike Conley - G - Memphis Grizzlies

    Mike Conley (sore left thigh) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Conley did participate in Monday's shootaround so that's a good sign. He's been great over the past two weeks and he's posting top-15 value in that time however the Grizzlies are far out of the playoff race and he could be shut down very soon. Look out for updates regarding his status.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter