• Julius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Julius Randle (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Bulls.

    Randle has missed six straight games but could be returning for this one. It's likely that he overtakes either Jahlil Okafor or Darius Miller/Solomon Hill/Kenrich Williams (whoever New Orleans is starting at any given night) in the starting five once he's back to full health, and could possibly do so right away. It's also possible that Randle is on the move at the trade deadline, so fantasy owners will have to sit tight with his rest-of-season outlook potentially up in the air.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (right knee soreness) is good to go in Thursday's matchup with the Celtics.

    Antetokounmpo was listed as probable. There's no surprise here as it wasn't expected that he was even close to sitting this one out.

    Source: Milwaukee Bucks on Twitter

  • James Johnson - F - Miami Heat

    James Johnson (left shoulder) will not return to Thursday's game, though X-rays have already come back negative.

    It's a quick designation from the Heat so Johnson could miss some time. It's going to open up minutes for Kelly Olynyk, Derrick Jones Jr. and perhaps Rodney McGruder. Olynyk and Jones are the top adds if you feel compelled to make a move here, with Jones having the higher upside.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Collin Sexton - G - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Collin Sexton (laceration) has returned to Thursday's game against the Suns.

    It didn't seem like an issue that would sideline him at all, so this is good to see. As you were.

  • Frank Jackson - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans plan to give increased minutes to their younger players.

    With Danny Ferry also saying that Jrue Holiday's minutes are going to be headed in the other direction, that's good news for Frank Jackson. Kenrich Williams, who is already starting, also benefits, while this could also help out Cheick Diallo depending on how the Pels view Jahlil Okafor. Outside of Williams, there's only deep-league impact here.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Julius Randle - F - New Orleans Pelicans

    Interim GM Danny Ferry said that the Pelicans will give more playing time to impending free agents over the rest of the season.

    That's great news for Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton, and a commendable player-friendly move from the Pelicans in a season that could've completely gone off the rails (and still might). You didn't need any extra incentive to put Randle into lineups but this does tip the scales if you were on the fence about adding Payton in the wake of his return from an ankle sprain. Further down the depth chart, this might also be good news for Jahlil Okafor and Stanley Johnson. They're much dicier plays, and Johnson isn't going to hit standard-league radars regardless.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • James Johnson - F - Miami Heat

    James Johnson went into the locker room in Thursday's game with an apparent left shoulder injury.

    Johnson's been trending up of late despite moving to the bench, so this would sting his fantasy owners in deep leagues. If he were to miss time it would open up more minutes for Kelly Olynyk, Rodney McGruder and the just-returned Derrick Jones Jr. More news as it comes.

    Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter

  • Jrue Holiday - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    Danny Ferry said that Jrue Holiday's playing time will be coming down over the rest of the season.

    Holiday is currently playing a career-high 36.4 mpg this season but the Pelicans don't have any need to push him given their placement in the standings and the looming cloud that is the Anthony Davis situation. As long as he avoids a total shutdown, which seems to be the case, Holiday should be able to hold at least middle-round value even if his minutes dip into the mid-twenties. It's not the best news in the world, but there's no need for Holiday's fantasy owners to panic.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans

    Pelicans interim GM Danny Ferry said that Anthony Davis will play through the rest of the season, but that his minutes will be cut down.

    The NBA is forcing New Orleans to jeopardize the health of one of the most attractive trade assets of all time, but that doesn't mean that the team has to play him as they normally would. A shutdown would've been a nightmare scenario here so at least fantasy owners will be able to find some kind of middle ground. Ferry added that the team will give extra minutes to impending free agents (Julius Randle and Elfrid Payton stick out) as well as younger players (Frank Jackson, Kenrich Williams and maybe Cheick Diallo fit that bill). We won't know much until we see a few box scores out of the break.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Collin Sexton - G - Cleveland Cavaliers

    Collin Sexton went back into the locker room in Thursday's game after sustaining a laceration.

    Sexton was bleeding from the mouth and went to the back with a trainer. We'll keep you posted on his condition.

    Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter

  • Mikal Bridges - F - Phoenix Suns

    Mikal Bridges will come off the bench on Thursday with Kelly Oubre starting against the Cavs.

    Bridges has been in a nice groove of late, so while this is a disappointment it's not going to be the end of his standard-league run at all. The rookie is posting top-130/110 value on the full season in 8/9-cat leagues and is top-80/65 over the last month, so there's no need to make a panic move here. Bridges is a strong hold for the rest of the way.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter