• Royce O'Neale
    F, Utah Jazz

    Royce O'Neale joined the Jazz starting five on Friday and responded well with a 17-point performance and some strong peripheral contributions that included five treys, seven rebounds and two steals.

    He recorded new career highs in minutes (40) and in 3-pointers made (five), so his energy is a refreshing and encouraging sight to see, O'Neale is worth an aggressive add right now with the Jazz missing the services of Dante Exum and Thabo Sefolosha on the wings.

Fantasy News

  • Zylan Cheatham
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans announced on Wednesday that they have transferred two-way forward Zylan Cheatham to New Orleans from the Erie BayHawks of the G League.

    Nothing to see here, Cheatham is only a security blanket at this point.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Al-Farouq Aminu
    PF, Orlando Magic

    The NBA has granted the Magic's request for a Disabled Player Exception for Al-Farouq Aminu, who is recovering from meniscus surgery.

    The DPE is different from the medical hardship exception, meaning the Magic can sign a replacement player with Aminu sidelined for a significant amount of time. Orlando has also applied for another DPE for Jonathan Isaac because of the big man's knee injury, but there's no news on the application for Isaac, which could mean he may not miss the rest of the season.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • 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