• Marcus Smart
    G, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn oblique) could miss the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs.

    This comes as a big blow to a Celtics team that needed him in order to compete with the elite teams in the East. They may still get out of the first round but will need Smart later in the playoffs as he has the intangibles that are not seen in a box score. Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward will be asked to take on bigger roles as the Celtics head to the playoffs.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons (back) and James Ennis (calf) were both able to practice on Thursday.

    Neither player was looking at a lengthy absence but it's still good to know that they're back in action. Both Simmons and Ennis should be good to go for opening night and are good to be targeted as usual in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Tom Moore on Twitter

  • Juwan Morgan
    PF, Utah Jazz

    The Jazz have waived Juwan Morgan and Kyle Collinsworth.

    Neither player was expected to make the final roster, and they'll likely spend the year with Salt Lake City in the G League.

    Source: Tony Jones on Twitter

  • Ante Zizic
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Ante Zizic (left foot) was spotted using crutches on Thursday.

    The Cavs haven't said much about Zizic's injury but this isn't good news for him. Buried behind Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr., there's no need to target Zizic in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Marla Ridenour on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers have exercised the fourth-year contract option on Kyle Kuzma.

    This is a no-brainer for the Lakers, who envision Kuzma as part of their big three going forward. He's only a late-round target in fantasy drafts given his hollow stat set and the uncertainty surrounding his foot injury.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina is unlikely to play on Friday, with Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton splitting the point guard minutes.

    Ntilikina is off the injury report so this is probably not a great sign for his rotation prospects. He's off the radar outside of deeper formats, though with the way the Knicks change up their rotations he may get back in the mix shortly.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Luol Deng
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Luol Deng has signed with the Bulls so he can retire with the organization.

    Deng spent nine seasons with the Bulls, so it's fitting that he hangs it up with Chicago. A former two-way force, Deng was a key member of some talented Bulls teams and was widely regarded to be a quality individual off the court.

    Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter

  • Cam Reddish
    G-F, Atlanta Hawks

    Cam Reddish (right hip tension) is probable for Thursday's preseason game with the Bulls.

    Reddish is getting a nice opportunity to carve out minutes in the regular season with Kevin Huerter's injury. We're still skeptical of his ability to return standard-league value but if you want to talk yourself into a late-round flier, the circumstances are lining up.

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Kevin Huerter
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Kevin Huerter (right knee pain) will not play in Thursday's preseason game.

    Huerter is going to miss the entire preseason, and after suffering a setback over the weekend his availability for opening night is in question. There is still value to be had in taking Huerter in the later rounds of 12-team drafts but the risk factor has increased significantly. Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter are in line for extra minutes for as long as Huerter is out.

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • John Collins
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    John Collins (flu-like symptoms) will miss Thursday's preseason game against the Bulls.

    With Collins out, DFS players can look to Jabari Parker to soak up some extra minutes. Collins is in line for a big season and will be taken in the early rounds of most drafts.

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving (facial contusion) may have his minutes limited but should still receive "significant" playing time in Friday's preseason finale.

    Irving sustained a facial fracture before the preseason began, and despite an aggravation it was never expected to sideline him into the regular season. The playing time news is big for DFS players, so expect Uncle Drew to be a popular pick on Friday.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter