• Jahlil Okafor and the NBA Trade Deadline

    According to Bob Cooney and Keith PompeyOkafor will participate in non-contact activities with USA Select Team.

    The Sixers are playing it safe and looking after Okafor and his surgically-repaired knee. Although the medical and sports science team feel that he is fully healed from meniscus surgery back in March, President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo feels as though this is not the best time to have Okafor in scrimmage situations. There is a chance that he could be traded and they would not want his value to drop due to injury reasons. The sophomore may have greater value somewhere else considering how loaded the Sixers front-court is. 

     

Fantasy News

  • De'Anthony Melton
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    De'Anthony Melton (sore left hand) will not be available for Wednesday's game.

    Melton was a late scratch on Tuesday and apparently isn't ready to return. Tyus Jones should see some more opportunities in his stead.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Mike Scott
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike Scott (right knee soreness) is questionable for Thurday's contest.

    With Horford also questionable, Kyle O'Quinn may see more minutes than usual against the Hawks. Scott doesn't carry much fantasy value in the first place.

    Source: Mark Narducci on Twitter

  • Al Horford
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Al Horford (left knee soreness) is questionable for Thursday's game.

    With Horford and Mike Scott questionable, Kyle O'Quinn may see more minutes than usual against the Hawks. Owners of either player will want to check back for updates on game day.

    Source: Mark Narducci on Twitter

  • Gary Clark
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Free agent swingman Gary Clark has agreed to a second 10-day contract with the Magic.

    The Magic are in need of healthy bodies right now with Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu likely out for the season. Clark has given the Magic some good minutes but he is not in the fantasy radar except from very deep leagues.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Derrick Walton Jr.
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers have recalled Derrick Walton Jr. from the G League's Agua Caliente Clippers on Wednesday.

    The team is scheduled to practice today so this is another opportunity for the rookie to get some reps. It’s also unclear whether Patrick Beverley, the team’s starting point guard, will be back tomorrow, so Walton offers some insurance depth.

    Source: Mirjam Swanson on Twitter

  • Thaddeus Young
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    With the NBA trade deadline coming up, there has been speculation that Thaddeus Young could be headed to a title-contending team, but his minutes have gradually increased due to a plethora of injuries in the Bulls’ frontcourt.

    The 31-year-old forward is averaging the fewest minutes and points per game since his rookie year with the Sixers in the 2007-08 season. There were reports last month that Young was unhappy with his role and might even seek out a trade if the situation didn’t change. With
    Lauri Markkanen sidelined though, and the Bulls currently only two games out of the final playoff spot in the East, it seems unlikely he will be traded before next Thursday’s deadline. Young deserves consideration even in standard leagues as long as Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford remain sidelined.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Barea got some extra run in garbage time on Tuesday and he finished with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes vs. the Suns.

    Barea has been in and out of the lineup lately and he can be left alone in fantasy leagues. Jalen Brunson closed out the game and totaled 15 points (5-of-7 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes.

  • Kristaps Porzingis
    PF-C, Dallas Mavericks

    Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) had a rough go of it on Tuesday, producing just nine points on 2-of-8 shooting, three boards, one dime and one trey in 20 minutes in a big loss to the Suns.

    Porzingis' minutes have been low since he returned from his injury, even aside from this lopsided game. That's a bit of a concern considering his past and present injury issues. Otherwise, Kristaps is doing well outside of his terrible field goal percentage.

  • Dorian Finney-Smith
    SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Dorian Finney-Smith hardly showed up in the box score again on Tuesday, going for just three points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes in a blowout loss to the Suns.

    DFS had become a popular pickup after he posted back-to-back 10-rebound games last week. However, tonight's game and Monday's two-point, 8-rebound and nothing else game show that he's still no more than a real-life defensive specialist that doesn't produce defensive or offensive stats.

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    Luka Doncic was able to salvage a decent fantasy line in Tuesday’s blowout 104-133 home loss to the Suns, providing 21 points (7-of-15 FGs), six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    One positive for Luka was that he went 6-of-7 from the free throw line, where he’s been struggling recently. He’s not near the top of the rankings for the past month, but with a small adjustment to his percentages, Doncic could be right back in the mix.