• There is “no clear front-runner to emerge as the starter” at shooting guard according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

    With Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington arriving to Miami over the offseason, things just got a little more crowded in the backcourt. It is clear that Goran Dragic will be running the point while his running mate has still yet to be decided. The best available option both fantasy and real life should be Josh Richardson but who knows what Pat Riley promised Waiters during their negotiations. Look for the announcement to come closer to opening night but for now only Richardson should be your main focus in the later rounds. 

Fantasy News

  • Cameron Johnson
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Cameron Johnson (right quad contusion) is considered uncertain for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Johnson is only a 3-point specialist at this moment in time but could find himself in a more significant role if the Suns decide to be sellers at the trade deadline. Keep an eye on the situation in the coming weeks.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) is being listed as uncertain for Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Coach Monty Williams added that he is hopeful to have the big man back. The Suns' experiment of trying Deandre Ayton at PF next to Baynes didn't pan out as hoped, and the big man has returned to being a role player off the bench when healthy. While the team isn't actively shopping Baynes, he is a name that will be floating around for teams looking to acquire size.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Tim Frazier
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Tim Frazier (illness) is expected to play against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    With Reggie Jackson re-entering the guard rotation, Frazier's minimal role will take an even bigger hit. He is not on the fantasy radar.

    Source: Keoth Langlois on Twitter

  • Bruce Brown
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Bruce Brown Jr. is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Brown missed Wednesday's game with the illness, which coincided with Reggie Jackson returning to the lineup. Jackson went off for 22 points in limited minutes, and the roles and usage od the Pistons backcourt is something to monitor closely moving forward.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond (lip) is expected to play against the Grizzlies on Friday after missing Wednesday's game.

    Drummond will wind up missing one game after losing a tooth on Monday, and he should resume his usual dominance in the paint in this one. Drummond is a top-10/5 player in 9/8 cat leagues on the season, but that drops to top-50/30 over the past month as his name has been swirling in trade rumors. A change of scenery may be the recipe to get Drummond over the recent slump.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Ivica Zubac
    C, Los Angeles Clippers

    Marc Stein of The New York Times is reporting that the Clippers are exploring the trade market to add a dependable big man and wing depth to the team.

    The Clippers could use another big man to pair with Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell, as well as another wing defender to play behind their superstar forwards. The Clippers are set with their core and will be doing their due diligence to round out the kinks of the roster before the stretch run.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • DeAndre' Bembry
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    DeAndre' Bembry (personal) will miss Friday's game against the Thunder as he deals with the passing of his aunt.

    Our prayers go out to Bembry and his family. De'Andre Hunter could see a few extra minutes in his absence.

    Source: Jameelah J on Twitter

  • Josh Richardson
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Josh Richardson (left hamstring strain) will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks after getting injured in the opening minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Raptors.

    Richardson was ruled out for the game shortly after leaving, and this confirms the teams' fears that it will be a multi-week absence. Furkan Korkmaz was the primary beneficiary on Wednesday after Richardson left the game, with James Ennis and Shake Milton also getting extra minutes. Korkmaz is the guy to target of the group, though Joel Embiid's eventual return is sure to shuffle the rotation once again.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Pelican's coach Alvin Gentry said that Zion Williamson (right knee surgery) has no soreness or issues and went through a full practice on Thursday following the prized rookie's NBA debut on Wednesday night.

    Williamson put on a show in the fourth quarter during Wednesday's game, and at one point, scored 17 straight points. He returned to the bench to end the game as the team takes a cautious approach with the highly-touted prospect. Williamson is as exciting a player as they come.

    Source: Royce Young on Twitter

  • Eric Bledsoe
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Bucks GM Jon Horst relayed that the team is not interested in trading Eric Bledsoe saying, “We have no[t] talked to any teams about trading [Bledsoe], since the day that we traded for him.”

    The Bucks have the best record in the league at 39-6 and sit 7.5 games ahead of the number two seed Miami Heat. The team does not need to make a huge splash to compete for the NBA Championship this season, but if they again fail to show up in the postseason, and Bledsoe fails to show up in the playoffs again, it could cause ripple effects on Giannis Antetokounmpo's future.

    Source: NBC Sports