• James Jones
    Team, Phoenix Suns

    First-year GM James Jones said that there are more than six good players in the draft and that the Suns are comfortable staying put at number six.

    Jones has a point, and if the team believes that they don’t need to move up to get the difference-maker that they’re targeting then staying put is the logical choice. If the Suns stand pat, they’ll be looking at drafting one of Darius Garland, Coby White, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Jarrett Culver. Garland or White would fill the most glaring team need at PG if they’re still available.

    Source: AZ Central

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  • Moritz Wagner
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Moritz Wagner (left ankle sprain) has been cleared for non-contact activities.

    Wagner was injured at the end of December and his recovery has been slow. He has averaged 11.6 points per game thanks in part to shooting 39.3 percent from deep. However, his return to game action does not yet seem imminent.

    Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter

  • Rui Hachimura
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Rui Hachimura (groin contusion/surgery) has been cleared for "all activities" but will need to work back into game shape.

    Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said: "It’ll be great to have him back before the All-Star break, but you never know.” Hachimura has been out since mid-December, but at least this is a step in the right direction. Hachimura has averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds this season.

    Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter

  • Reggie Jackson
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Reggie Jackson said this morning that he will be back tonight against the Kings and that he is on a minutes restriction.

    The Pistons are likely to slowly integrate him back to their lineup so expectations should be lowered. Bruce Brown is likely to take the biggest hit from Jackson’s return while we shouldn't see much of Tim Frazier going forward.

    Source: James Edwards III on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said this morning that Jaylen Brown is out for Wednesday’s game against the Grizzlies due to a sore ankle.

    The Celtics are playing it safe with their young guard who was able to log 32 minutes against the Lakers on Monday. Marcus Smart is likely to be the biggest beneficiary from his absence tonight.

    Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter

  • 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