• Hassan Whiteside
    C, Miami Heat

    Pat Riley touched on the Hassan Whiteside situation in Monday's exit interview, saying, "By the time we got to the playoffs, I don't think he was ready."

    Riley added, "He wasn't ready. He wasn't in great shape. He wasn't fully conditioned for a playoff battle mentally. He and we got our heads handed to us." He also added that Whiteside's season was a bit disjointed due to injury problems, so it's not like Riley was just taking his starting center to task. Whiteside and Erik Spoelstra hit some rough patches in their relationship this year and Riley volunteered to step in and help those two get on the same page but ultimately put the onus on Whiteside to bounce back while adding to his game. "How does he make himself effective? To do the things he needs to do — defend, rebound, shot blocking, all of those things that he did that we fell in love with the first year, second year? He had a bad year this year." We'll see how the temperamental center responds with rumors of his placement on the trade block already swirling.

    Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fantasy News

  • Dejounte Murray
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Gregg Popovich implied that Dejounte Murray is no longer on a minutes restriction.

    This isn't too surprising after Murray played 32 minutes on Friday, but it's welcome news for his owners. Derrick White and Patty Mills are still in the mix at point guard, but Murray is showing positive signs recently.

    Source: RJ Marquez on Twitter

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jake Layman (left toe sprain) will not play on Monday.

    This is the ninth consecutive game that he has missed. The injury has overshadowed a solid start to the season for Layman.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Andrew Wiggins
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Andrew Wiggins (left thumb sprain) is considered questionable to face the Warriors on Monday.

    Wiggins played 29 minutes on Sunday, but it's uncertain whether he can play two games in two days. At 24.6 points per game, he is on pace for the best scoring average of his career. Keita Bates-Diop could see more action if Wiggins does not suit up.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague (left ankle soreness) is listed as questionable for Monday's game.

    Teague got onto the court for 24 minutes on Sunday against the Lakers. He scored 12 points including two triples. Shabazz Napier could be in line for more minutes if Teague cannot play.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl Anthony-Towns (right knee tendinopathy) is considered probable for Monday against the Suns.

    Towns was able to play on Sunday and scored 19 points but only made 1-of-7 attempts from behind the arc. It's positive news that he is expected to play the second half of a back-to-back.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) is probable for Monday's game.

    Napier had a nice game on Sunday despite only playing for 15 minutes. His role prevents him from being particularly valuable in standard leagues, though.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Updating a previous report, Kawhi Leonard (knee maintenance) has officially been ruled out of Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    This was the expectation all along. The only surprise here is how many rhetorical acrobatics the Clippers have performed with his injury designation, from "load management" to "knee soreness" and now "knee maintenance." The truth is that the Clippers' brass acquired Kawhi Leonard's services on the condition that he alone could dictate his availability for regular season games and Kawhi has understandably taken advantage of his leverage. He's annoying to have in fantasy, but he's earned the right as one of the best players on the planet and he hasn't even met his upside this season, sporting a career-low 44% field goal shooting. When that number returns to the mean, watch out.

    Source: NBA Injury Repot

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant will play on Monday after missing over a week with back spasms.

    Morant has returned quickly given his initial week-to-week status and will not be on a minutes limit. Tyus Jones carries minimal fantasy value as long as Morant stays healthy.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Jae Crowder
    PF, Memphis Grizzlies

    Jae Crowder is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Warriors due to illness.

    Grayson Allen and Solomon Hill would need to step up if Crowder is unable to play. Crowder has averaged 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds so far this season, but his value could dip when Kyle Anderson is ready to return.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley has a chance to return from his thumb fracture on Monday against the Rockets and is being listed as questionable.

    He's been participating in full contact practice for a week now and the "questionable " has followed him around for each of the last two games, which he missed. This would not be an ideal matchup for Bagley to return, but there's a chance. Upon his return, he'll immediately benefit from the usage vacuum created by De'Aaron Fox's injury, but he'll also lose center minutes to an emergent Richaun Holmes. And deservedly so, as Holmes has been the Kings' most valuable player during the past injury-riddled month. Check back in closer to tipoff for a final update on his status.

    Source: NBA Injury Report