• Marc Gasol
    C, Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol has exercised his $25.6 million player option for next season and will remain with the Raptors.

    Gasol seemed unlikely to test the open market at his age, and given the success of the core of Toronto's roster it's a good fit for him to stay with a competitive team as well. It's been speculated that Toronto's other players will decide to stay or go based on Kawhi Leonard's decision, so if you really want to read into this then you can take that angle — though between his age and the number of available centers, this seemed like a safe bet either way. Gasol made a lot of sacrifices upon joining the Raptors and finished the year with a top-100 stretch, but we'll need to wait on Kawhi before declaring Gasol a late-middle round option or an early-round guy once again.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Nerlens Noel
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel (sprained right ankle) returned on Friday to score 10 points with six rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 21 minutes.

    Steven Adams sat this game out with a knee contusion and Noel should continue to start while he is out. Noel is a standard-league player on the season despite playing only 18.5 minutes per game. He has low upside while Adams is in the lineup, but is worth stashing until the trade deadline if your team can afford it. Noel's per minute production projects him to be an early-round player if he gets starter's minutes.

  • Terrance Ferguson
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Terrance Ferguson (illness) left the game after seven minutes and finished the game without recording a single stat.

    Terrance Ferguson left the game early and could be at risk of missing Saturday's game against the Blazers. Hamidou Diallo (11 points in 23 minutes) and Darius Bazley (four points in 15 minutes) could see extra run on Saturday is Ferguson is sidelined, but neither player is worth streaming outside of 16-team leagues.

  • DeMar DeRozan
    SG, San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan kept his foot on the gas pedal in Friday's 120-121 loss to the Hawks, collecting 25 points (9-for-18 FG, 7-for-7 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists and two steals.

    DeRozan has been in beast mode for the last month, returning first-round value in that time. The Spurs are battling for the last playoff spot in the West and will need DDR to deliver like this to make it happen, so unless they fade from the picture and fold up shop, there's nothing to keep him from posting another top-40 season. LaMarcus Aldridge is in that same boat and put up 30 points, five rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes tonight.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot 5-of-13 from the floor on Friday but made up for it elsewhere with 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists and two threes in 37 minutes.

    SGA is still shooting .523 from the field in January and is averaging 20.4 points, 7.7 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks during that time. Those numbers have him ranked 13th over that stretch and he is breaking out in a big way lately. There's no reason he can't be an early-round player rest of season, and if Chris Paul is traded or injured SGA will explode. Do not sell high.

  • Dejounte Murray
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Dejounte Murray double-doubled in Friday's home loss, picking up 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 33 minutes.

    Murray took a back seat to Derrick White earlier in the week but took charge again tonight as the two continue to jockey for the lion's share in San Antonio's backcourt. Murray is the better play as a steady middle-round value, though the random disappearing acts when White is playing well are frustrating. White had eight points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in 18 minutes while Patty Mills harshed everyone's mellow by scoring 15 points in 24 minutes.

  • Jakob Poeltl
    C, San Antonio Spurs

    Jakob Poeltl came off the bench for four points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks in 20 minutes on Friday night.

    Poeltl is on a nice block run of late, with 11 over his previous five games. He's swatting enough shots to be worth your time in 12-team leagues if you need a simple blocks specialist, though his overall output leaves him better suited for the 14-16-team range.

  • Trey Lyles
    PF, San Antonio Spurs

    Trey Lyles went scoreless on Friday but managed to post 10 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in 20 minutes.

    That's not bad all things considered, though he didn't really do much to take advantage of Rudy Gay's absence opening up more minutes at power forward. He's getting 17.3 mpg on the season and is a rebounding specialist if you're scraping the bottom of the barrel in 20-teamers.

  • Dennis Schroder
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder shot 6-of-16 from the field on his way to scoring 18 points with seven rebounds and eight assists in 38 minutes on Friday.

    Schroder tanked your team's field goal percentage but was able to fight through the poor shooting to put up a nice fantasy line. Schroder is a fine hold in standard-leagues and has upside if Chris Paul gets injured or traded.

  • Cam Reddish
    G-F, Atlanta Hawks

    Cam Reddish turned in a big game in Friday's road win, scoring 22 points while adding five rebounds, four assists, four steals, a block and five 3-pointers.

    Reddish went 8-of-13 from the floor and the Hawks won in San Antonio for the first time since February of 1997. That's a long, long time, even with the teams only meeting there once a year. Reddish's play is starting to even out a bit and lines like this show you the multi-cat upside, but his terrible efficiency (.323 on 8.7 attempts entering tonight) make him a non-option in builds where FG% matters, and his overall inconsistencies make him tough to work with outside of extremely deep leagues. Still, nights like this make you wonder how impactful he can be in the long term.

  • Bruno Fernando
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    Bruno Fernando returned to the rotation on Friday night, notching three points and four rebounds in eight minutes of action.

    Fernando missed the last four games after his mother passed away but is back with the team and ready to play. He remains a deep-league option for this year.