• Romeo Langford
    PG, Boston Celtics

    The Celtics start Summer League practice this weekend but first-round pick Romeo Langford will not be cleared for full contact.

    Langford is recovering from right thumb surgery, which is not expected to have any significant long-term effects. This is just the Celtics taking it easy on their new rookie. Hopefully he's cleared before Summer League ends, otherwise we'll get our first look at him in preseason.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    The Pistons have been granted a $9.2M disabled player exception for the projected season-ending injury to Blake Griffin, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.

    Griffin recently underwent knee surgery and he is facing an extended rehab process. The Pistons being awarded the exception means that the dynamic forward is being ruled out for the remainder of the season. Sekou Doumbouya and Markieff Morris will continue to split the power forward minutes while it will be interesting to see whether the team makes a move with the available $9.2 million.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Mason Plumlee
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Mason Plumlee is expected to miss two weeks to a month with a right foot injury.

    This comes out of nowhere while the Nuggets are already without Paul Milsap. Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. are the next men up and they deserve consideration for the foreseeable future.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    The official NBA injury report is listing Joel Embiid as out for Wednesday’s game against the Raptors.

    Embiid is expected to be re-evaluated in the upcoming days but the Sixers probably won’t rush him back to action. Ben Simmons has been sensational in his absence with Mike Scott and Furkman Korkmaz taking over some of the scoring load.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    The February 6th trade deadline is drawing closer but Jim Boylen surprisingly insisted that he wants the current band to stay intact.

    “Yeah, absolutely,” Boylen said. “I’ve said before that we have a hardworking, high-character group of guys who are willing to be coached and willing to work. That’s a credit to them. Those are things I think are important.” The Bulls have absolutely underachieved this season but there has been no indication that they are willing to shuffle their roster. Boylen continues to believe that everything is going to be alright but time is running out and someone will soon have to take the blame for a poor season that has seen Lauri Markkanen take a step back and become more of a spot-up shooter.

    Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon had shown signs of turning things around, making 9-of-22 3-pointers against the Grizzlies and the Blazers, but in the two games since, he has made just 4-of-17 from behind the arc, while shooting 7-of-26 overall.

    His 13.2 points per game and 34.3 field goal percentage are the worst of his 12-year career, but some of that can be attributed to him starting the season struggling through a knee injury. Since his return from surgery, he has made just 37.3 percent of his shots, with a solid 36 percent from the 3-point line, and the hope is that he soon recovers his old form.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • Nicolas Claxton
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Nets rookie Nicolas Claxton impressed in his second consecutive game, filling in for the injured DeAndre Jordan,

    For Claxton, this is his second consecutive solid performance against a playoff-caliber team. He came off the bench for 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks in Brooklyn’s loss to Milwaukee on Saturday. He is a short-term add for as long as DJ remains sidelined while he has shown great potential to be owned in dynasty leagues.

    Source: NY Daily News

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves have been trying to improve their rebounding all season and Karl-Anthony Towns said that determination is needed.

    “It’s the fourth quarter. It doesn’t matter. We’ve got to have that toughness,” Towns said. “We’ve got to have that fight. We’ve got to go get that ball. It’s all of us.” The Wolves rank 21st in defensive rebounding percentage at .725, which is where they’ve languished for most of the season. Playing Robert Covington at the power forward position hasn’t helped the team in regards to rebounding, especially when it comes to second chance opportunities. KAT himself is averaging 11.1 rebounds for the season and hopefully this is an area that he improves as the season progresses.

    Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    After spraining his right ankle on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Marcus Morris will probably not play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Morris remains a sell-high candidate in the middle of an exceptional season, while recent injuries have taken a toll on his value. The Knicks are also missing R.J. Barrett so it’s going to be Kevin Knox and Wayne Ellington who have to step up if Morris can’t give it a go.

    Source: NY Post

  • Boban Marjanovic
    C, Dallas Mavericks

    Boban Marjanovic was extremely efficient (5-for6 FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) on Tuesday, producing 12 points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 16 minutes vs. the Clippers.

    With Dwight Powell likely lost for the season, Marjanovic should see a few extra minutes. And that's really all he needs to provide decent fantasy value. However, even with Kristaps Porzingis out for the past ten games, Boban played in just six. Keep in mind that he's unlikely to play in nearly every game even if his minutes get bumped into the 15-minute range.

  • Delon Wright
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Delon Wright was nearly invisible in the box score on Tuesday vs. the Clippers with two points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 12 minutes.

    Wright's minutes have been under 15 per game for three straight games now after a stretch of five games of over 20 minutes. He's frustrating to own, but when he's getting over 20 minutes, he's putting up standard-league value. If his stat set isn't interesting to you, feel free to leave him alone, but there's always a chance he gets back to the mid-round player he was in Memphis last season.