• Josh Richardson played 29 minutes in a loss to the Celtics to finish with 12 points on 4-of-9 from the field, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, two steals and one turnover.

    He was the only decent player aside from Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside for the Heat tonight. His ability to shoot from downtown means so much to a team that has almost no choice but to play Luke Babbitt. J-Rich is still on the outside looking in for top-100 value, but he could climb his way to the top-75 in due time. Stick with him. 

Fantasy News

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz (finger) said that he will play in Friday's matchup with the Celtics.

    Fultz briefly left Wednesday's game against the Thunder but returned to finish out the contest. Fultz mentioned that he is experiencing soreness in the finger, but it is nothing that will keep him out of the lineup moving forward. The injury shouldn't affect his shot too much as it is to his non-shooting hand. Continue to fire up Fultz as usual.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Theo Pinson
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have recalled G Theo Pinson ahead of Thursday's game with the Lakers.

    Pinson will serve as guard depth as the team prepares to play three games in the next four nights. It's possible that Kyrie Irving sits out one game of the back-to-back set against the Pistons and Knicks over the weekend.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    The Mavs have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Andre Drummond before the NBA trade deadline.

    Chalk this one up as fairly obvious. The Mavs recently lost Dwight Powell to a season-ending Achilles injury and are in the market for a big man. With Luke Doncic making the jump to superstar status in his sophomore season, the Mavs are positioned for a title run a lot sooner than they anticipated. The team is sure to kick the tires on a multitude of big men as the trade deadline approaches. While Drummond would make a new big-three in Dallas next to Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, he is also expected to opt-out of his contract and become a free agent this summer where the Mavs could potentially sign him without surrendering assets.

    Source: The Ringer

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Mitchell Robinson said that he is going to start taking more jumpers as teams take away lobs and easy buckets at the rim from him.

    Robinson talked about all of the work that he put in on his jumper during the offseason, but he has yet to show it off this season. Robinson has only attempted one shot from beyond 10 feet in 41 games so far this season, so it will be an interesting situation if he starts to let it fly. Owners have been waiting for Robinson to be more involved in the offense, and it is good to see the young big man recognize that he needs to be more assertive on the offensive end.

    Source: NY Daily News

  • Jusuf Nurkic
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Although Jusuf Nurkic (leg fracture) participated fully during Wednesday's practice, he remains unlikely to return to game action at least until after the all-star break.

    This isn't breaking news, as this timeline has been mentioned before, but it does confirm that the big man still has hurdles to climb before the team is ready to let him suit up for games. Nurkic averaged a double-double with defensive numbers last season and is a name to stash away if you can afford to wait for him.

    Source: USA Today

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavs have officially announced the signing of Alfonzo McKinnie to a second 10-day contract on Thursday.

    This was the expectation from Wednesday, and the Cavs made it official this morning. McKinnie will return to his role off the bench until the beginning of February. The Cavs may choose to sign him for the rest of the season after this one expires. McKinnie is not a recommended fantasy play.

    Source: NBA

  • Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young (right thigh contusion) went through some portions of Thursday's practice but is considered to be questionable for Friday's game against the Thunder.

    Young missed Wednesday's game against the Clippers, and although participating in portions of practice is an improvement, he is not in the clear just yet. Continue to monitor the situation as the day rolls along. If Young can't go, Jeff Teague would be in line for another start.

    Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (fractured right ring finger) is considered to be probable for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

    Rondo should play his usual role in this one and may be in line for some added usage if Anthony Davis (questionable) is unable to play. Play him as you normally would.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) is considered to be probable ahead of Thursday's game against the Nets.

    It seems like Kuzma isn't in any danger of missing the second night of a back-to-back set, but the same can't be said for teammate Anthony Davis (questionable). Keep an eye on the situation as if Davis gets ruled out, Kuzma would get the start in Davis' place.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are listing Anthony Davis (glute) as questionable to play on Thursday against the Nets, which marks the team's first back-to-back set since returning from injury.

    Davis scored 28 points in Wednesday's win over the Knicks, but it is not surprising to see the team take a cautious approach with their superstar big man after returning to the court on Monday after missing the previous five games due to injury. Check back in closer to game time for an official status update. Kyle Kuzma (probable) will be in line to start if Davis sits.

    Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter