• Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Thomas Bryant has been given a qualifying offer from the Wizards, making him a restricted free agent.

    Bryant surprised last season, coming from obscurity to finish with top-125/100 value (8/9-cat). That despite Scott Brooks toying with his minutes. If the Wizards can keep Bryant around last season's workload he'll easily be a steal in fantasy leagues, though we're obviously hoping he takes hold of the starting job.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

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  • 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

  • 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