• Lauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen double-doubled again in the Bulls' 99-112 loss to the Bucks on Monday with 20 points and 17 boards to go with three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer.

    He went 6-for-21 from the floor and 1-for-7 from deep but he's always struggled with efficiency. Markkanen has been loving life without Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker. His usage has increased and he's been a beast on the boards. This is his fourth consecutive double-double and lines like tonight are starting to become the norm for the blossoming sophomore.

Fantasy News

  • Derrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) is expected to be active for Thursday's game against the Sixers.

    Jones will be active whereas Goran Dragic will not. It remains to be seen how much DJJ plays coming off a multi-week absence, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on his playing time going forward.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra said that Goran Dragic (right knee surgery) is unlikely to be active for Thursday's game with the Sixers.

    Dragic is traveling with the team and was said to be available, but the Heat look ready to bring him back very slowly. Look for Dragic to return to the court after going through some more practices with his teammates since he last played on December 10. He's not a must-add in 12-team leagues right now but should be a top-150 guy once he gets back to full speed.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Dante Exum - G - Utah Jazz

    Dante Exum (sprained left ankle) missed Wednesday's practice as he was undergoing a re-evaluation of his ankle.

    Well if you're going to miss practice, at least that's a good reason. Exum was able to go through a partial practice on Wednesday and we should get another update on his potential return tomorrow. Today's absence shouldn't be considered a setback.

    Source: Andy Larsen on Twitter

  • Kevin Huerter - G - Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Huerter (left ankle sprain) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Pistons.

    Huerter has been playing a ton as Atlanta's starting shooting guard, so his absence will open up a sizable hole in the rotation. He was able to play through the injury in the final game before the All-Star break but it looks as though the week off wasn't enough for him to get right. Kent Bazemore should be the big winner here.

    Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter

  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet had the cast taken off his left thumb yesterday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    Early reports had VanVleet sidelined for five weeks after undergoing surgery to repair ligament tears in his left thumb, which happened a week ago. The Raptors' sixth man is hoping to play in some games before the playoffs begin but admits that's not a sure thing, though it does seem like an attainable goal given what we know about the current timetable. Jeremy Lin will hold down the backup point guard spot in the meantime and we'll revisit FVV in two weeks' time.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter

  • LaMarcus Aldridge - F - San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) is being listed as probable ahead of Friday's matchup with the Raptors.

    Aldridge was able to play in Sunday's All-Star game so it's a relatively recent development, and we're not expecting him to miss any time. Check back tomorrow for confirmation that he's in the lineup tomorrow night.

    Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter

  • Derrick White - G - San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White (right heel soreness) is probable for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    White was expected to return after the All-Star break so it's good to see that the initial timeline held firm. His foot/heel issues have been big speed bumps this season but he's been productive whenever he can stay on the court. Patty Mills and Bryn Forbes will lose some playing time while Davis Bertans is likely to move back to the bench. White not be at full speed tomorrow night but should be good to place into all lineups next week.

    Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter

  • Joakim Noah - C - Memphis Grizzlies

    Joakim Noah (right heel soreness) is probable for Friday's matchup with the Clippers.

    Noah is looking at a few extra minutes with Jonas Valanciunas out for personal reasons, so he could be a viable cheap DFS play with the way that the team has limited Ivan Rabb's playing time of late. It's hard to envision Noah being worth your time when JV is with the team, however, so this is going to be a short-lived affair.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Tyler Dorsey - G - Memphis Grizzlies

    Tyler Dorsey (left knee soreness) is probable for Friday's game against the Clippers.

    Dorsey only played 10 minutes in his team debut so this has no bearing on any leagues with fewer than 30 teams.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Jevon Carter - G - Memphis Grizzlies

    Jevon Carter (right knee soreness) is probable for Friday's game with the Clippers.

    Carter can be let go, even in most deep leagues, as the trade deadline really didn't go his way. In addition to Mike Conley staying, Delon Wright and Avery Bradley have immediately overtaken him on the depth chart.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter