• Jonathon Simmons
    SG/SF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathon Simmons wrapped up his first season in Orlando as a top-155/185 per-game player, averaging career-highs across the board with the lone exception of blocks.

    Simmons was freed from the Spurs bench, though the hype he generated in last year's playoffs with the Spurs probably pumped him up just a shade too much. He got lots of run as a starter but was pretty much a points and rebounds guy on okay percentages through his 69 games. Back spasms cost him one game but a wrist contusion that turned into a tank-driven absence kept him out of the final 12 games of the year, so his missed time doesn't seem like something to fret over. Simmons deserves credit for upping his efficiency from .420 to .465 but still didn't make a ton of improvement to his stat set overall, averaging just 1.0 threes, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks in a shade under 30 minutes per game.

Fantasy News

  • Aaron Gordon
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon notched 21 points (9-for-15 shooting), six rebounds, four assists and two triples in Wednesday's loss to the Rockets.

    Gordon had a nice showing offensively, though the lack of defensive numbers is annoying. It will be tough for him to return his draft day price on the season, but he should improve on what he's done so far this year.

  • Terrence Ross
    SG, Orlando Magic

    Terrence Ross played 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday night, scoring 13 points (4-for-10 shooting), two assists, two triples, two blocks, a steal and a rebound.

    The minutes were a team-high off the bench for the Magic, as Ross seems to be settling into a sixth-man role that is offering him plenty of opportunities to hoist shots and be an option as a points and threes streamer. There will be rough shooting nights mixed in so be prepared for that as well.

  • De'Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    De'Aaron Fox (ankle) said that he's targeting a return, either vs. the Hornets or against the Grizzlies, adding that he worked out hard on Thursday and is not experiencing any pain.

    This is amazing news for Fox owners for sure. He's going to eased in slowly but should be able to return at least mid-round value once he's back to or closer to 100 percent.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) is available to play for the Knicks on Friday.

    His availability throws a monkey wrench into the already-chaotic game of tug-of-war between Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton. That said, we maintain that Payton remains the guard to own amid the Knicks' glut of low-end PGs.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Cory Joseph (lower back soreness) will start for the Kings on Friday.

    Joseph has been a marginal deep-league play as of late but has been worth a streamer for assists while De'Aaron Fox remains sidelined.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague (left ankle soreness) will be available for the Wolves on Friday.

    Teague has been able to adjust reasonably well to his reserve role for the Wolves and has managed to maintain relevance in standard leagues. He's a hold for now.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • Keita Bates-Diop
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Keita Bates-Diop (illness) is available to play on Friday for the Wolves.

    KBD missed one game with flu-like symptoms but it appears that he's been cleared to play. He's just a deep-league guy when he's healthy and should take up some of Josh Okogie's minutes tonight.

    Source: Chris Hine on Twitter

  • Delon Wright
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Delon Wright (right adductor strain) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Heat.

    Wright has been a drop in standard leagues and his injury has made him a tough hold even in 18-team leagues.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Isaiah Thomas (left calf strain) is questionable to play in Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Thomas has been out for a week and change with this injury. During that time, Ish Smith has produced serviceable standard-league value. There should be a timeshare situation brewing between these two guards moving forward – curtailing both their upsides.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors are listing Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) as doubtful for Saturday's game.

    This is an update to a previous blurb having him as a game-time decision. Still consider him as up in the air and stay tuned for more updates closer to tip off.

    Source: NBA.com