• Elfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans are hopeful that Elfrid Payton (ankle) can play in one of their two home games this week: Wednesday against the Bulls or Saturday against the Suns.

    Earlier today Payton said that he's making progress and aiming to return within a week, so this lines up. The Pels have moved Jrue Holiday over to point guard lately, though Tim Frazier did start the first few games he was out. Wesley Johnson drew the start in New Orleans' last game. It doesn't sound like Payton will be out much longer and owners can tentatively plan on having him available next week.

    Source: Daniel Sallerson on Twitter

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  • Elfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton (sprained right ankle) will return to the starting lineup on Friday against the Pacers.

    Payton has missed the last nine games with his ankle injury, which is his third lengthy absence of the season. His return will bump Frank Jackson to the bench and could push Tim Frazier out of the rotation, though we'd imagine that there's room for everyone until Payton looks 100 percent again. He's worth adding in most formats.

    Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans

    Anthony Davis will play in Friday's game against the Pacers.

    New Orleans plays the Lakers on Saturday, and we'd bet on Davis sitting that one out. Unless the NBA rethinks its stance on forcing the Pelicans to play their superstar it's going to be a very awkward environment for the rest of the way. Fantasy owners can plug him into lineups tomorrow but this has the looks of a day-by-day situation, which is going to be a massive headache.

    Source: Will Guillory on Twitter

  • Goran Dragic - G - Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra said that he's "not necessarily planning on playing" either Goran Dragic (right knee surgery) or Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) on Thursday against the Sixers.

    Both players are available tonight but Spoelstra cautioned yesterday that they might need some more time before getting thrown back into the mix. Their returns will cloud Miami's already-muddled rotation even further, with players like Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk, Rodney McGruder and James Johnson among those who will feel the biggest impact. Pretty much everyone on the Heat is going to have some change in playing time, though that might not happen until Dragic and Jones get back to full strength.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • JR Smith - G/F - Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Bucks have interest in J.R. Smith, per Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

    Smith was sent away from the Cavs in November because of his behavior, and while the team wants to move him they're also hesitant to buy him out. He's guaranteed $3.9 million for next season and will get $15.7 million if he's on Cleveland's roster on July 1, so the team is hoping to deal him between the end of this season and July. Good luck with that — had anyone been willing to offer some kind of asset, a deal would've been struck already.

    Source: The Athletic

  • TJ Warren - F - Phoenix Suns

    T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) is improving and has been taking spot-up shots, but has yet to do anything "dynamic" as he attempts to return to the court.

    So that's definitely no contact practices, and it sounds like he may not be in the cutting and jumping phase, either. Warren has been ruled out of Thursday's game already and we'd imagine that he misses a few more unless he can participate in the team's next practice. Mikal Bridges, Kelly Oubre and Josh Jackson will continue to pick up extra minutes.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter

  • Damian Jones - C - Golden State Warriors

    Damian Jones (torn pectoral) could return to the court in May, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

    Jones suffered the injury in early December and the Warriors were supposed to decide six weeks from then whether or not he'd return this season. It certainly sounds like they've given him the green light. Whether the Warriors roll with a returning Jones or shut him down and hit the buyout market, no new addition to the center rotation will impact fantasy leagues.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Jacob Evans - G - Golden State Warriors

    Jacob Evans (left pelvic soreness) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Kings.

    Evans missed some time with this before the All-Star break and the week off wasn't enough for him to get healthy. He isn't a fantasy option, whether he's on the injury report or not.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Bismack Biyombo - C - Charlotte Hornets

    There are some in the organization that have concerns over Bismack Biyombo's knee, per Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

    Those concerns help explain why Charlotte has declined to move Frank Kaminsky despite earlier reports that the team would buy him out if they couldn't find a taker at the trade deadline. It also explains why Biyombo got a rest day heading into the All-Star break. The big man is a deep-league option for rebounds and blocks but if he misses time we should see Willy Hernangomez climb a rung on the depth chart.

    Source: Sporting News

  • Frank Kaminsky - F/C - Charlotte Hornets

    According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, buyout talks between Frank Kaminsky and the Hornets have stalled.

    Kaminsky is frustrated with his station in Charlotte, as he's racked up 30 DNPs this season. It was assumed that he'd be bought out with the team looking to move him at the deadline, but they may have changed their tune given some concerns about Bismack Biyombo's knee. With the buyout market fairly picked-over, Kaminsky would be one of the more interesting players left if the sides can work out an agreement. Deveney adds that multiple teams offered players and picks for Kaminsky at the deadline but the Hornets rejected all offers. Whatever happens, Kaminsky isn't a fantasy option.

    Source: Sporting News

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    Steve Kerr said that the Warriors have "no particular numbers limit in mind" with regards to DeMarcus Cousins' playing time, but that the team will watch his workload closely.

    There's no true minutes cap left for Cousins, which is great news for fantasy owners. We'd imagine that the team gives him one night off in back-to-back situations but his playing time should steadily increase from his current 23.4 mpg. Cousins is in for a nice finish to the season.

    Source: ESPN