• Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Thunder announced that Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after experiencing some stiffness and that he'll be re-evaluated in four weeks.

    Dubbed a "proactive" procedure, Westbrook and the team decided to deal with the stiffness now rather than risk it lingering into the regular season after the issue popped up in individual workouts. He's probably going to miss the preseason but should be good to go by opening night if his re-evaluation goes well, though OKC won't rush him back. Westbrook has had three knee surgeries before, though the last came four and a half years ago. This shouldn't hurt him too much from a fantasy perspective, but you can bump him a few spots if you'd like.

    Source: ESPN

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  • Serge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors

    Serge Ibaka (knee) will rejoin the starting lineup with Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam for Friday's game against the Celtics.

    Ibaka has surprised just about everyone with top-50 9-cat value in a resurgent season. Congrats to everyone who grabbed hi late in drafts. Keep on deploying him as you normally would.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (illness) is available to play on Friday vs the Pacers.

    Jones' production has expectedly fallen off as the Heat get more guys back from injury. It'll take several injuries for Jones to resurrect his top-120 play from the first few weeks. As it stands now, he;s not even a deep-league option.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Wilson Chandler - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Wilson Chandler remains on a minutes restriction of around 20 minutes.

    This is from coach Brown who added "At the 4 spot, I really love a healthy Wilson Chandler." It looks like Chandler's roll as a starter is solidified as he looks to increase his minutes. Over the last week, he put up top-175 value in 9-cat and it's hard to see him getting much more usage than that even when his minutes cap is lifted.

    Source: Tom Moore on Twitter

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - F - Brooklyn Nets

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) will not play on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    RHJ had to leave Wednesday’s game with the ankle sprain but ended up returning so there must have been some swelling after the game. Friday is the first game of a back-to-back set, so he might make it back for Saturday’s game. DeMarre Carroll would be the obvious guy to benefit though Allen Crabbe is also in play.

    Source: Ben Nadeau on Twitter

  • Jarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets

    Jarrett Allen (illness) will play on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Allen took a little longer than usual to recover from his illness and will return to a tough matchup against Dwight Howard. Allen is a top-65 play and we’re assuming he’ll get his free throw percentage closer to last year’s which would do would do wonders for his 9-cat value. Even with Allen playing, Ed Davis should still get his regular run.

    Source: Ben Nadeau on Twitter

  • Marcus Morris - F - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Morris (illness) is available to play on Friday vs. the Raptors.

    Morris missed Wednesday's game as we enter flu and cold season, but looks ready to go for their game against the top ranked team in the East. He's been hot to start this year with value inside the top-85 so we hope he can keep it up.

    Source: Celtics on Twitter

  • Dewayne Dedmon - C - Atlanta Hawks

    Dewayne Dedmon (personal) has rejoined the team and is expected to play in Saturday against the Pacers.

    With John Collins also expected to play, Alex Len’s run of low-end value might be coming to an end. Dedmon’s held standard league value even with some inconsistencies and absences to start the year although he remains a trade risk as the Hawks are going no where this season.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter

  • Alex Len - C - Atlanta Hawks

    Alex Len (left ankle sprain) is probable to play against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Despite starting Alex Len has returned value outside the top-200 in 9-cat and with John Collins (ankle) probable to return on Saturday, Len’s production should take a hit. That decline will be compounded whenever Dewayne Dedmon (personal) rejoins the team.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter

  • Taurean Prince - F - Atlanta Hawks

    Taurean Prince (right Achilles pain) is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game against the Pacers.

    Prince also missed Thursday’s game and we hope his Achilles is feeling better. DeAndre’ Bembry got the start in that one but with usual started John Collins probable to play on Saturday we probably will see additional changed to the Hawks’ starting lineup.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter

  • John Collins - F/C - Atlanta Hawks

    John Collins (left ankle) is probable to play vs. the Pacers on Saturday.

    Collins' rehab has taken a bit longer than expected but it's great to see him near a return. He might start out slow and he works his way into game shape so don't overreact with a few uninspiring games.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter