November 8, 2018, 1:00 amJimmy Butler - G/F - Minnesota Timberwolves
Jimmy Butler (really wants to be traded) scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting (including five threes) with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block over 43 minutes on Wednesday against the Lakers.
Butler is returning first round value when he's on the floor but therein lies the rub. If you own him you probably want to try and hedge your bets by acquiring a second round pick, but if you don't own him you might try to see if you can trade into him for a third or fourth rounder. His game will travel well wherever he lands, but there will be some risk that he lands in a less optimal spot.
February 21, 2019, 12:51 pmGoran Dragic - G - Miami Heat
Erik Spoelstra said that he's "not necessarily planning on playing" either Goran Dragic (right knee surgery) or Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) on Thursday against the Sixers.
Both players are available tonight but Spoelstra cautioned yesterday that they might need some more time before getting thrown back into the mix. Their returns will cloud Miami's already-muddled rotation even further, with players like Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk, Rodney McGruder and James Johnson among those who will feel the biggest impact. Pretty much everyone on the Heat is going to have some change in playing time, though that might not happen until Dragic and Jones get back to full strength.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 12:44 pmJR Smith - G/F - Cleveland Cavaliers
The Bucks have interest in J.R. Smith, per Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
Smith was sent away from the Cavs in November because of his behavior, and while the team wants to move him they're also hesitant to buy him out. He's guaranteed $3.9 million for next season and will get $15.7 million if he's on Cleveland's roster on July 1, so the team is hoping to deal him between the end of this season and July. Good luck with that — had anyone been willing to offer some kind of asset, a deal would've been struck already.
Source: The Athletic
February 21, 2019, 12:39 pmTJ Warren - F - Phoenix Suns
T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) is improving and has been taking spot-up shots, but has yet to do anything "dynamic" as he attempts to return to the court.
So that's definitely no contact practices, and it sounds like he may not be in the cutting and jumping phase, either. Warren has been ruled out of Thursday's game already and we'd imagine that he misses a few more unless he can participate in the team's next practice. Mikal Bridges, Kelly Oubre and Josh Jackson will continue to pick up extra minutes.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 12:30 pmDamian Jones - C - Golden State Warriors
Damian Jones (torn pectoral) could return to the court in May, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Jones suffered the injury in early December and the Warriors were supposed to decide six weeks from then whether or not he'd return this season. It certainly sounds like they've given him the green light. Whether the Warriors roll with a returning Jones or shut him down and hit the buyout market, no new addition to the center rotation will impact fantasy leagues.
Source: The Athletic
February 21, 2019, 12:26 pmJacob Evans - G - Golden State Warriors
Jacob Evans (left pelvic soreness) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Kings.
Evans missed some time with this before the All-Star break and the week off wasn't enough for him to get healthy. He isn't a fantasy option, whether he's on the injury report or not.
February 21, 2019, 12:24 pmBismack Biyombo - C - Charlotte Hornets
There are some in the organization that have concerns over Bismack Biyombo's knee, per Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.
Those concerns help explain why Charlotte has declined to move Frank Kaminsky despite earlier reports that the team would buy him out if they couldn't find a taker at the trade deadline. It also explains why Biyombo got a rest day heading into the All-Star break. The big man is a deep-league option for rebounds and blocks but if he misses time we should see Willy Hernangomez climb a rung on the depth chart.
Source: Sporting News
February 21, 2019, 12:16 pmFrank Kaminsky - F/C - Charlotte Hornets
According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, buyout talks between Frank Kaminsky and the Hornets have stalled.
Kaminsky is frustrated with his station in Charlotte, as he's racked up 30 DNPs this season. It was assumed that he'd be bought out with the team looking to move him at the deadline, but they may have changed their tune given some concerns about Bismack Biyombo's knee. With the buyout market fairly picked-over, Kaminsky would be one of the more interesting players left if the sides can work out an agreement. Deveney adds that multiple teams offered players and picks for Kaminsky at the deadline but the Hornets rejected all offers. Whatever happens, Kaminsky isn't a fantasy option.
Source: Sporting News
February 21, 2019, 12:12 pmDeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr said that the Warriors have "no particular numbers limit in mind" with regards to DeMarcus Cousins' playing time, but that the team will watch his workload closely.
There's no true minutes cap left for Cousins, which is great news for fantasy owners. We'd imagine that the team gives him one night off in back-to-back situations but his playing time should steadily increase from his current 23.4 mpg. Cousins is in for a nice finish to the season.
February 21, 2019, 12:04 pmRodney Hood - G - Trail Blazers
Rodney Hood (gastroenteritis) will play on Thursday against the Nets.
Hood's stomach issues have popped up throughout his career but they've yet to result in any extended absence. He's fine to plug into lineups if you normally would.
Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 12:03 pmGordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) is unlikely to suit up in Thursday's game against the Bucks.
Despite being listed as questionable on the injury report, Brad Stevens believes that Hayward will most likely miss the game against Milwaukee. The forwards of the Celtics will be the main beneficiaries of his absence as they are more than capable of holding down the fort. Currently ranked as a top-125 player in fantasy, Hayward still has enough time to increase his production especially with the playoffs quickly approaching.
Source: Jay King on Twitter