• Denzel Valentine
    SG/SF, Chicago Bulls

    Denzel Valentine believes that he can be a starter for the Bulls next season.

    “I feel like I should have a bigger role next year,’’ Valentine said. “I definitely should be a starter coming in. I definitely want to improve and be a for-sure starter on this team." The second-year pro started 37 games this past season mostly because of injuries and tanking so that might not be the norm if the Bulls are competitive next season. However, he made big improvements from his rookie season so if he takes another step forward then this isn't out of the question. His main barrier to playing time is Justin Holiday who is under contract for one more season. The wing will have minor knee surgery on Wednesday and will be out 2-3 weeks, but will have plenty of time to recover in time for next year. Keep an eye on him as a sleeper in next year's draft.

    Source: Chicago Suntimes

Fantasy News

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge (sore thigh) will be available to play vs. the Kings on Friday.

    He'll return after missing his last two matchups and both Jakob Poeltl and Trey Lyles will go back to seeing reduced roles. Feel free to fire Aldridge up in all lineups once again.

    Source: Paul Garcia on Twitter

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Thaddeus Young (personal) has been ruled out on Friday vs. the Warriors.

    He's likely to only miss this game as he's set to meet with the Bulls in Miami for their matchup with the Heat on Sunday. The Bulls are already short-handed with Otto Porter Jr. also continuing to miss time, but good thing their playing the Warriors where that shouldn't matter.

    Source: KC Johnson on Twitter

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter (left foot bone edema) underwent a repeat MRI on his left foot and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    Porter has already missed nearly a month and now two more weeks will be added onto that. He'll be immobilized for a "brief" period of time before resuming non-contact work and therapy. It looks like Porter might not be back until very close, or maybe even after, the new year.

    Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns (right knee tendinopathy) and Andrew Wiggins (left thumb sprain) will both be re-evaluated before Friday's game vs. OKC.

    KAT was listed as probable coming into this one so he's got a good shot of suiting up. However, Wiggins has drawn the questionable tag so his status is much more up in the air for Friday's game. Stay tuned for updates closer to tip-off.

    Source: Alan Horton on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Coach Brad Stevens believes that Gordon Hayward will be able to return to the court before the Celtics matchup vs. the Raptors on Christmas.

    Hayward has been out since the beginning of November and he was supposed to miss six weeks. We're nearing the tail end of that timetable but the Celtics are likely going to be cautious with him. He looked to be back to his old self before he got injured, averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 31.1 minutes. If he was somehow dropped in your league feel free to scoop him up now.

    Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    According to Coach Stevens, Marcus Smart will suit up Friday against Denver.

    Smart was previously questionable dealing with a bruised abdomen, but is now expected to play. He should go back to being a solid fantasy option. He's averaging nearly 12 points, five assists and 1.4 steals per game. Lock him in your lineups if he's playing.

    Source: Gary Washburn on twitter

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love missed practice due to illness and he is now questionable for Friday's game vs the Magic.

    K-Love recently missed two games due to back problems, he returned with a nice game, but now he gets the questionable tag. Love is great when he's on the court, however he does have a history with injuries. Fantasy owners should monitor his status closer to game time. If he's playing, he should be started in all leagues.

    Source: Marla Ridenour on Twitter

  • Michael Carter-Williams
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Magic coach Steve Clifford stated that Michael Carter-Williams is scheduled to play on Friday and he will likely wear a protective mask (nasal contusion).

    Carter-Williams is now officially probable for Fridays game, he doesn't hold any real value, however he can have a slight impact on D.J Augustin's minutes. Overall, there is nothing to do here. MCW doesn't belong on anybody's fantasy roster.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Jaylen Nowell
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have recalled Jaylen Nowell, who averaged 19 points with nearly three treys a game for the Iowa Wolves.

    The Rookie guard has been impressive in the G-league, and with Andrew Wiggins listed as questionable, this may be an indication that Wiggins will not suit up. Nowell should remain on the wire in all leagues.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on twitter

  • Kelan Martin
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Iowa Wolves' forward Kelan Martin gets the call up for Friday's game vs the Thunder.

    Andrew Wiggins is questionable, and so is Jake Layman, so this move makes sense for a few games. Martin won't have any real impact fantasy wise, he can be left on the wire.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter