• Elfrid Payton
    G, New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton collected his fourth consecutive triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 16 assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in Saturday's 136-138 loss to the Suns.

    The dimes tied a career-high tonight and fantasy owners can only hope that Payton's monstrous run continues into next week. There's nobody coming for his minutes (team-high 37 tonight), and while Payton won't be able to triple-double forever he's looking like a lock for middle-round numbers for the rest of the year.

Fantasy News

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (eye infection) is still considered questionable for Wednesday's game.

    Smart missed Monday's game and it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out another considering that he is resting at the team's hotel. Brad Stevens spread the minutes around on Monday to replace him in a blowout win over the Cavs.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Iman Shumpert
    SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Iman Shumpert (left knee soreness) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game.

    This is an upgrade, but there's still no guarantee that Shumpert can play. Expect Theo Pinson and Garrett Temple to receive more minutes than usual if he is held out. Shumpert doesn't provide much outside of steals in his limited role.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • Josh Jackson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies announced this morning that, in conjunction with a violation of team rules on Monday, Josh Jackson will not play in the Memphis Hustle’s home game on Wednesday.

    This translates to a two-game suspension for the young forward who has been impressive in the G League this year, averaging 22.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.1 triples, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks in 33.4 minutes per game. Unfortunately, he is still having trouble with off-court issues, hurting his value while being away from the Grizzlies.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Steve Clifford said this morning that Nikola Vucevic won’t play tonight against the Lakers, but Friday against the Rockets is a possibility.

    The All-Star center, who will miss his 10th straight game tonight, went through the team’s shootaround session this morning as he seems to be on track to return sooner than later. Mo Bamba and Khem Birch haven’t done anything special during his absence while the Magic have missed his presence badly the last couple weeks.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets are declaring Nicolas Batum as doubtful to play against the Nets on Wednesday due to his left hand discomfort.

    Batum only played 13 minutes on Tuesday and it’s clear that he is being bothered by the injury so he might sit a few games in order to fully heal. There has been a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist appearance lately but it’s Devonte' Graham and P.J. Washington who will likely get the extra minutes if Batum is forced to miss any action.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets announced this morning that Malik Monk is probable to play against the Nets on Wednesday.

    A finger sprain has bothered Monk recently but he has been able to play through it. Devonte' Graham is the shinning new toy in Charlotte and Monk is a consideration only in deeper leagues for now.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Noah Vonleh
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Noah Vonleh has tried to maintain an upbeat attitude despite being on the wrong end of playing time.

    Vonleh has played in 15 games so far this season and is averaging just 3.8 points but he has ceded backup center duties to Gorgui Dieng after starting the year second on the pecking order behind Karl-Anthony Towns. He hasn’t been a part of the regular rotation since November18th, with eight DNPs in the last 10 games. Injuries might make him useful again later this year but he belongs in the waiver wire for now.

    Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said this morning that rookie guard Romeo Langford will be available when the Celtics face the Pacers on Wednesday.

    The rookie has struggled with injuries since the preseason so it’s good to finally see him ready to play. It’s unclear whether he will enter the rotation immediately and it’s likely that he he competes with Carsen Edwards for backup minutes.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter

  • Coby White
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    With Kris Dunn pressed into starting at small forward while Otto Porter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison recuperate from injures, Jim Boylen has made it official that Coby White is now the second unit’s “lead guard.”

    “I think it’s a good time for it,” Boylen said. “I think it fits. He’s ready for it. I think he’s played enough games now he knows how the game works; what’s important." White is averaging 12.1 points, 2.4 assists and 1.5 turnovers per game. He played point guard at North Carolina and in high school, but he said he is thankful to Boylen for taking a slow approach to his point guard duties. White had a career-high eight assists in 32 minutes on Sunday against the Heat and another five against the Raptors on Monday so it’s clear that his numbers will increase moving forward.

    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • Jordan McRae
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Jordan McRae will remain on the injured list for at least two more weeks after undergoing a second surgery on his right ring finger, but the Wizards intend to fully guarantee the remaining $1.6 million of his salary.

    C.J. Miles underwent potentially season-ending surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left wrist so the Wizards will have to count on McRae. He has been a nice source of points and threes in deeper leagues and hopefully he will be fully healthy in a couple weeks.

    Source: Washington Post