• Yante Maten
    PF, Miami Heat

    Yante Maten had 21 points (11-for-13 FTs) and 9 boards on Monday in Summer League Action.

    After going undrafted last summer, Maten was a two-way Heat player that averaged 23.5 points per game for the G-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce. It's a long shot, but Maten certainly wouldn't be the first G-League player to crack the Heat's rotation.

Fantasy News

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    X-rays on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's ankle came back negative on Wednesday night after he felt pain on the inside of his ankle when he planted going in for a late score.

    He will be re-evaluated on Friday per ESPN's Dave McMenamin. KCP is averaging under 20 minutes a night and is sitting well outside of standard league value. He can be left on the wire in all formats.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Caris LeVert
    PG-SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb on Thursday.

    As yesterday's reports mentioned, LeVert is expected to miss several weeks. His season has gotten off to a slow start (top-170/250 in 8/9-cat), though the counting numbers are still in a respectable range. With LeVert out, look for Garrett Temple to start with additional minutes and ball-handling work going to Spencer Dinwiddie and Joe Harris, with forward minutes potentially opening up for down-bench guys like Dzanan Musa, David Nwaba and Rodions Kurucs. LeVert was sporting a 26.0 usage, which should mean plenty of touches spread relatively evenly across multiple players. Dinwiddie and Temple seem like the biggest beneficiaries. LeVert should be held if you have an IR spot at your disposal.

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Goga Bitadze (concussion) is officially questionable for Friday's game, though Nate McMillan said he would play.

    Bitadze has missed the last three games because of his injury. He was rolling before the injury with three consecutive four-block games and should be held in all formats if possible. Though he was not in the rotation to start the season, Bitadze has shown that he can produce at this level — he may not get consistent playing time when Myles Turner returns but it'd be nice to find out how the minutes get divided before dropping a potentially productive guy like Goga.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Jeremy Lamb
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Jeremy Lamb (sprained left ankle) will not play on Friday against the Rockets.

    Lamb has been out for nearly two weeks now and the Pacers haven't said anything about his potential return. Considering Lamb has yet to return to practice, it seems unlikely that he'll be ready to go in the near future. Aaron Holiday will continue to start, while TJ McConnell and Doug McDermott will get additional minutes off the bench.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter

  • Myles Turner
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's game.

    Turner was briefly updated to questionable before a few games last week but is back to getting ruled out a day ahead of time. Domantas Sabonis and JaKarr Sampson should make up the starting frontcourt once again, and you can start the rest of the Pacers as you normally would.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela (head) is unlikely to play in Friday's game, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

    Capela was evaluated for a possible concussion after Wednesday's game and appeared to sustain the injury in a collision late in the game. If the big man is forced to miss time it would probably press Tyson Chandler into starting duty, though he's not a fantasy option unless you're hunting for rebounds. The Rockets would probably be forced to use small-ball lineups for extended minutes for as long as Capela is sidelined.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • Josh Richardson
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Josh Richardson tweaked his ankle during Wednesday's game and has also seen some light minutes restrictions because of hamstring soreness.

    Richardson logged just under 30 minutes last night, down from his season average of 33.6 mpg. The restriction doesn't appear to be significant, but it is something to monitor going forward. Richardson will get treatment on the ankle on Thursday but it didn't prevent him from continuing against Orlando so it doesn't appear to be severe at first glance. Richardson has returned top-75/100 (8/9-cat) value so far this season and has a few rounds of upside left to hit as he settles in with the Sixers.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Lauri Markkanen is currently shooting 27% from three and 39% from the field.

    What's more, the shots Lauri's missing are his bread and butter: wide open, spot-up opportunities from distance. His most frequent shot types from long range have been stationary threes, on which he's shooting 28%, but the real indicator that positive regression is coming is that he's shooting only 26.5% from three when wide open (nearest defender 6+ feet away). Markkanen, of course, was 38% and 43% on spot-up and wide open threes last year, respectively. There is a major ball movement concern in Chicago as they continue to play their PGs out of position and task Zach "TO Machine" LaVine with primary ballhandling duties, but this screams buy low opportunity. Test the waters to see how frustrated other managers may be with Markkanen. A stretch like the one he had last February could vault him into the top 50 in no time.

    Source: NBC Sports Chicago

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey has entrusted Luke Kennard with playmaking duties following the injuries to Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Tim Frazier (hamstring), and it has resulted in a career-high 4.2 assists per game for the third-year SG.

    Kennard’s breakout season is in full swing, as the main obstacle for him had always been Dwane Casey’s reluctance to play him big minutes. Expect Kennard’s stats to stabilize once Blake Griffin’s minutes cap is lifted, but Kennard has cemented himself as a go-to offensive option in the first unit, particularly in the pick-and-roll which amounts to more than 30% of his play types to date. As long as Casey doesn’t inexplicably insert usage monster Derrick Rose into the starting lineup to mess with Kennard’s rhythm, the third-year SG should be able to return top 80 value for the rest of the season. Also, the source article reveals that this lefty shooter is actually right-handed. Go figure.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Heat-Cavs game in Cleveland on Thursday will start at 6pm EST, an hour earlier than usual.

    The Browns are playing the Steelers in the neighboring stadium, so it appears that the Cavs are just taking careful measures so that each Cleveland franchise loses in an orderly fashion. Start your Heat and Cavs players as you normally would, but just remember the unusually early tipoff tonight, particularly for DFS.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter