• Kristaps Porzingis
    PF, Dallas Mavericks

    Speaking on SiriusXM on Wednesday, Mark Cuban said that Kristaps Porzingis will have his load managed this season.

    Cuban said, "KP coming back from an injury, we're going to certainly load manage him." Porzingis missed all of last season while recovering from a torn left ACL. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect a full complement games from Porzingis this year, though it is unknown exactly how aggressive the Mavs will be with their load management. There's a fair bit of intrigue around a player who should be a second-round lock in fantasy drafts, and there are likely plenty of fantasy owners who would rather avoid Porzingis entirely than deal with the load management headache.

    Source: Chuck Cooperstein on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons (back) is probable to face the Bucks on Saturday.

    Simmons was a late scratch on Thursday but it doesn't appear as though this back problem is serious. His return to the court will bump Raul Neto back to obscurity.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Kenrich Williams
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Kenrich Williams (back soreness) remains out for the Pelicans.

    Williams has missed well over a month now and the All-Star break wasn't even enough to get him a status upgrade. He can be ignored in all but the deepest of formats at this point.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jaylen Nowell
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jaylen Nowell (illness) will not play on Friday against the Celtics.

    Nowell has only appeared in nine games all season, mostly showing up in garbage time. This news shouldn't affect many, if any, fantasy teams.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter

  • Wayne Ellington
    SG, New York Knicks

    Wayne Ellington (strained right ankle) is available for Friday's game.

    Ellington was initially questionable. He might not be in the rotation, especially if the Knicks tilt towards playing their younger options, so his presence or absence only affects the deepest of fantasy leagues.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton (sore right ankle) will not play on Friday against the Pacers.

    Payton has been on fire of late so this is a tough development coming out of the All-Star break. Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith will split the point guard work for as long as Payton is out, though neither is a standard-league option. Smith has more upside as a scorer while Ntilikina might be safer as a simple steals specialist.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker had his sore left knee drained and received a synvisc injection, and Brad Stevens said that Walker would miss "at least" Friday's game.

    The injection is meant to help with swelling and soreness. Knee drains often sound more serious than they are and to this point the Celtics haven't reacted as though Walker's injury is all that serious, so hopefully he only misses a couple games, if that. Marcus Smart and Brad Wanamaker should handle the PG work in the meantime, though players like Tremont Waters and Carsen Edwards can also factor in.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Dusty Hannahs
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies are expected to sign Dusty Hannahs to a 10-day contract.

    Hannahs appeared in two games for the Grizzlies last season but has been a lights out shooter in the G League this season. It's unlikely he gets much action for this iteration of the Grizzlies.

    Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

  • D.J. Augustin
    PG, Orlando Magic

    DJ Augustin (left knee bone irritation) will be available for Friday's game.

    Augustin will be returning from a 15-game absence and while he will be worked along slowly, it should be a big lift to the Magic in the long run. It's possible that he takes some minutes from Markelle Fultz in certain situations, but the Magic's various fantasy values shouldn't change much. Augustin is back on the radar as a deep-league option for assists and threes.

    Source: Dante Marchitelli on Twitter

  • Joe Chealey
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets will sign Joe Chealey to a 10-day contract.

    Chealey was with the Hornets last season and signed an Exhibit 10 with the team this offseason. He was one of the final cuts before opening night and his familiarity with the organization probably helped him out here. There's no need to watch Chealey in fantasy leagues.

    Source: Rod Boone on Twitter

  • Damion Lee
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Damion Lee went 4-for-12 from the field and 4-for-4 at the line to finish Thursday's game with 13 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Lee has been one of the hotter pickups since D'Angelo Russell was sent to the Wolves. However, some buyer's remorse might be setting in as Lee's .413 shooting from the field can dip thanks to the variance that comes along with him being a streaky shooter, making more suiting for FG-punting builds.