• DeMarcus Cousins
    C, Golden State Warriors

    Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that DeMarcus Cousins is expected to miss the remainder of the postseason with a significant left quadriceps injury, with the team holding hope that he could return for the NBA Finals.

    Cousins will undergo an MRI on Tuesday morning which should reveal if a return around the Finals is a realistic target for the four-time All-Star. The Warriors meanwhile are mentally preparing for the worst, a torn quad diagnosis which will sideline DMC indefinitely. Stay tuned for another update later today.

    Source: Yahoo Sports

Fantasy News

  • Robert Williams III
    C-F, Boston Celtics

    Robert Williams has been placed in concussion protocol, though he was riding a stationary bike at Thursday's practice.

    Williams left Tuesday's game after getting hit in the head with an errant elbow from Kevin Love. He was competing for the starting center spot but that seems likely to go to Daniel Theis now. Williams will be an excellent source of blocks in deeper leagues but he's not someone that needs to be drafted in 12-team formats.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum, who missed Tuesday's game in Cleveland with an illness, returned to practice on Thursday.

    Tatum will be ready to go for the regular season and is shaping up as a solid top-50 pick with upside.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Nick Nurse said he's still undecided about starting Norman Powell or Fred VanVleet at shooting guard, and that the situation could change game-to-game.

    The current consensus is that VanVleet spends the most time starting, but Powell makes more sense in matchups against larger two-guards. Patrick McCaw may also factor in, assuming his recent knee injury doesn't keep him out of action for long. VanVleet makes for a nice draft target in the late-middle rounds while Powell can be considered a last-round dart in 12-team formats.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

  • Zak Irvin
    PG, New York Knicks

    The Knicks have signed guard Zak Irvin.

    Irvin played with the Knicks' G League affiliate in Westchester last season and was with New York for Summer League, but he's not going to make the final roster with the big club. Expect another transaction that sends him down to the G League before the season starts.

    Source: Zak Irvin on Twitter

  • Matt Morgan
    G, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have signed guard Matt Morgan.

    The Raptors are now back at the full 20-man roster limit, but this is going to be a move with the G League team in mind. Morgan should be waived in short order, and head down to Raptors 905. There is no fantasy impact here.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Mike D'Antoni revealed that Russell Westbrook has "a couple" dislocated fingers.

    Westbrook was sporting a wrap on his right pinky and the injury isn't expected to affect his availability at all. Though news of an injury like this isn't what fantasy players want to hear, it doesn't sound like Westbrook is concerned about it. "It’s all right. I learned a long time ago when I first got in the league, point guard fingers are always going to be f—ed up. That’s just what it is." Continue drafting Westbrook as usual in the lead up to the season.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • Kelly Olynyk
    C, Miami Heat

    Kelly Olynyk (right knee bone bruise) is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale.

    Olynyk had been out of action since injuring his knee in Team Canada's game against Nigeria in the World Cup in August. He returns just in time to experiment with his fit as the starting power forward on this new-look Miami offense. Olynyk is an intriguing big man in the last rounds due to his all-around skillset and Miami's lack of frontcourt depth. Keep an eye on him.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Coach Steve Clifford hasn't decided whether Evan Fournier (back spams) will play in the preseason finale Thursday night.

    He adds that even if Fournier plays, he'll be on limited minutes. Back spasms are always a concern because they tend to linger, but it looks like the Magic are just exercising caution with their starting shooting guard. Fournier is a low-ceiling option who should provide serviceable scoring, threes, and assists numbers in the back end of drafts.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    An MRI revealed no structural damage in Patrick McCaw's knee and there is no timeline for his return.

    At one point thought to be competing for one of the starting wing spots in Toronto, McCaw has clearly fallen behind Norman Powell and OG Anunoby, and perhaps even Stanley Johnson and Terence Davis. The injury is a clear setback for the three-time champion and he remains without a firm return date. He may make some noise later in the season, but he's off the redraft radar with this news.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Celtics' GM Danny Ainge expressed confidence that the team will reach an extension with Jaylen Brown before the Oct. 21 deadline.

    Brown was previously offered a four-year, $80 million extension, which he turned down. If no deal is reached by Monday's deadline, Brown will become a restricted free agent next offseason and should be able to break the bank in what figures to be a weak free agent class. Regardless of the outcome of these negotiations, Brown's statistical profile hasn't translated into fantasy production during his young career and he remains a fringe fantasy option in the very last rounds.

    Source: Chris Forsber on Twitter