• Cody Zeller
    C/F, Charlotte Hornets

    Dwight Howard typically draws attention and demands the ball, so his departure from the Hornets could mean big things for a number of people, namely Cody Zeller.

    Zeller could start, James Borrego might get to be more creative with the coaching style and Nicolas Batum should have the ball in his hands more. The Hornets are clearly starting a rebuild as they fired Steve Clifford and traded Howard before the offseason really got going. Batum had taken criticism for last season as he had a down year, but that can be pinned on the fact that once Howard or Kemba got the ball a shot was usually being put up. Zeller will get another opportunity to start like he did prior to the Hornets getting Howard. Borrego will have almost no pressure on him as the Hornets are expected to be bad being that they are in rebuild mode. Overall, the Howard trade might have a positive impact on the Hornets team chemistry and culture.

    Source: Charlotte Observer

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  • Brook Lopez
    C, Milwaukee Bucks

    Brook Lopez (back) has been listed as out for the Bucks' Monday night contest vs. the Wizards.

    The Bucks are hoping this is a short-term thing. Coach Mike Budenholzer reiterated that he didn't think Lopez would miss much time but until there is another update, we can't say anything definitively.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love (right Achilles) is being listed as probable for Monday's game against the Heat.

    New coach J.B. Bickerstaff did not play him on Saturday because it was the second day of a back-to-back set against the Wizards and the Heat. All signs point to Love being out there on Sunday in a home game for the Cavs.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris (knee) is being listed as doubtful for the Sixers' clash with the Hawks on Monday.

    The Sixers really need him out there with Simmons out, so this comes as a disappointment for Philly fans. Joel Embiid will shoulder all the offensive load on Monday while every other player on the Sixers gets an upgrade for that contest.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Dennis Schroder
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder (ankle) is available for Sunday's home face-off with the Spurs.

    Schroder has been unbelievable off the bench thus far and was never in any real danger of missing time. Plug him into fantasy lineups.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Denzel Valentine
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Denzel Valentine (left hamstring tightness) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest against the Wizards.

    He went through 3-on-3 drill on Friday so he's nearing a return to action. Valentine really needed to get shipped out of town at the deadline a few weeks ago to have any sort of value due to his frequent rifts with coach Jim Boylen. Maybe he gets some extended run closer to the end of the season, but don't hold your breath.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) still is not ready to return for Sunday's game against the Wizards.

    He still isn't ready to go and was not expected to be able to give a go on Sunday. Look for him to make his return to the lineup sometime during the upcoming week.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • DeAndre' Bembry
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    DeAndre' Bembry (abdominal pain) is being listed as out for Monday's game against the Sixers.

    Bembry has not played since January 20th and is dealing with multiple ailments. He has not played well enough to warrant fantasy consideration aside from being a deep league flier when he's out there.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo (back) will sit out Sunday's road contest vs. the Raptors.

    Coach Nate McMillan was not very optimistic about Dipo's chances of suiting up for the Pacers' game Sunday after he missed practice, so this is not a surprising development. He had been upgraded to questionable prior to being ruled out, however, so it sounds like he won't be on the shelf for too long. Oladipo's return to the court has gone anything but smooth so far. Jeremy Lamb will likely receive the start in his place and Malcolm Brogdon will run the offense with Oladipo out of the lineup.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw (illness) is still very unlikely to suit up for Sunday's home game against the Pacers, according to head coach Nick Nurse.

    He is still dealing with an illness. McCaw simply has not been productive enough to warrant fantasy consideration this season. Whether or not he's out there on Sunday has very little fantasy impact.

    Source: Eric Smith on Twitter

  • Anthony Davis
    PF-C, Los Angeles Lakers

    Anthony Davis (calf) is in the starting lineup for Sunday afternoon's game at home against the Celtics.

    Davis left Friday's game for a short time, but he came back and finished off a great game with 28 PTS, 13 REB and seven blocks. Leave him in your lineups.