• Paul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap (right ankle soreness) will return from a three-game absence to play against the Heat on Monday.

    Millsap has been struggling over the last several weeks and hasn't been a top-150 option over the previous two months, so while it'll be good for fantasy owners to have him back in the lineup it isn't a situation where he needs to be plugged in immediately. He's likely to have some sort of minutes restriction, which will be easier to work with for Denver with Mason Plumlee and Trey Lyles playing so well of late.

    Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter

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  • 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.

    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

  • Dante Exum - G - Utah Jazz

    Dante Exum (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's matchup with the Thunder.

    Exum missed practice to get his ankle re-evaluated today so this is a bit of a disappointment. It's been over a month on the sidelines for Exum, who will slide back into the backup point guard role whenever he is ready to return. There's not a ton of fantasy appeal here.

    Source: Andy Larsen on Twitter

  • Nikola Mirotic - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain) will make his Bucks debut on Thursday against the Celtics and will be on a minutes limit.

    No word on what the restriction is but it'll be good to see Mirotic on the floor either way. Middle-round numbers are a safe expectation for Mirotic, who looks like a seamless fit with the Bucks on paper. He'll be returning from an 11-game absence so some rust is to be expected but he should be in all fantasy lineups going forward.

    Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) will not play in Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    Hayward wasn't expected to play, and here's confirmation. He sustained the injury in a one-on-one game over the break and it isn't expected to keep him out for long. It's a tough break considering Hayward had strung together some nice games, so hopefully he can pick up where he left off.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. - F - Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre is expected to move into the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Cavs.

    No exact word on who will be moving to the bench, but it sounds like Josh Jackson is the guy. Oubre has been must-start since joining Phoenix but this might give him a small boost even further up the rankings. His shooting percentage won't always be pretty but the other numbers will be there. There's no word on if this arrangement will last once T.J. Warren (right ankle) returns, but Oubre shouldn't lose much value as a result either way.

    Source: ArizonaSports.com