• Zhaire Smith
    G, Philadelphia Sixers

    Zhaire Smith (foot surgery, thoracoscopy) was able to go "about 60 percent" in Wednesday's practice with the Sixers.

    The last update on Smith was him heading to the G-League for some non-contact practices, so this is another nice step in his recovery. The Sixers are very thin on the wings and just lost Furkan Korkmaz indefinitely because of a torn meniscus, so while it's highly unlikely that Smith sees meaningful minutes it does look like he'll be able to return by the end of the season. His appeal is limited to the deepest of redraft leagues and dynasty formats.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

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  • Josh Jackson
    SF, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies announced this morning that, in conjunction with a violation of team rules on Monday, Josh Jackson will not play in the Memphis Hustle’s home game on Wednesday.

    This translates to a two-game suspension for the young forward who has been impressive in the G League this year, averaging 22.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.1 triples, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks in 33.4 minutes per game. Unfortunately, he is still having trouble with off-court issues, hurting his value while being away from the Grizzlies.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Steve Clifford said this morning that Nikola Vucevic won’t play tonight against the Lakers, but Friday against the Rockets is a possibility.

    The All-Star center, who will miss his 10th straight game tonight, went through the team’s shootaround session this morning as he seems to be on track to return sooner than later. Mo Bamba and Khem Birch haven’t done anything special during his absence while the Magic have missed his presence badly the last couple weeks.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets are declaring Nicolas Batum as doubtful to play against the Nets on Wednesday due to his left hand discomfort.

    Batum only played 13 minutes on Tuesday and it’s clear that he is being bothered by the injury so he might sit a few games in order to fully heal. There has been a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist appearance lately but it’s Devonte' Graham and P.J. Washington who will likely get the extra minutes if Batum is forced to miss any action.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    The Hornets announced this morning that Malik Monk is probable to play against the Nets on Wednesday.

    A finger sprain has bothered Monk recently but he has been able to play through it. Devonte' Graham is the shinning new toy in Charlotte and Monk is a consideration only in deeper leagues for now.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Noah Vonleh
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Noah Vonleh has tried to maintain an upbeat attitude despite being on the wrong end of playing time.

    Vonleh has played in 15 games so far this season and is averaging just 3.8 points but he has ceded backup center duties to Gorgui Dieng after starting the year second on the pecking order behind Karl-Anthony Towns. He hasn’t been a part of the regular rotation since November18th, with eight DNPs in the last 10 games. Injuries might make him useful again later this year but he belongs in the waiver wire for now.

    Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • Romeo Langford
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Brad Stevens said this morning that rookie guard Romeo Langford will be available when the Celtics face the Pacers on Wednesday.

    The rookie has struggled with injuries since the preseason so it’s good to finally see him ready to play. It’s unclear whether he will enter the rotation immediately and it’s likely that he he competes with Carsen Edwards for backup minutes.

    Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter

  • Coby White
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    With Kris Dunn pressed into starting at small forward while Otto Porter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison recuperate from injures, Jim Boylen has made it official that Coby White is now the second unit’s “lead guard.”

    “I think it’s a good time for it,” Boylen said. “I think it fits. He’s ready for it. I think he’s played enough games now he knows how the game works; what’s important." White is averaging 12.1 points, 2.4 assists and 1.5 turnovers per game. He played point guard at North Carolina and in high school, but he said he is thankful to Boylen for taking a slow approach to his point guard duties. White had a career-high eight assists in 32 minutes on Sunday against the Heat and another five against the Raptors on Monday so it’s clear that his numbers will increase moving forward.

    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • Jordan McRae
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Jordan McRae will remain on the injured list for at least two more weeks after undergoing a second surgery on his right ring finger, but the Wizards intend to fully guarantee the remaining $1.6 million of his salary.

    C.J. Miles underwent potentially season-ending surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left wrist so the Wizards will have to count on McRae. He has been a nice source of points and threes in deeper leagues and hopefully he will be fully healthy in a couple weeks.

    Source: Washington Post

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Neil Olshey, the former Clippers executive who has had a solid run with the Blazers for the past seven seasons might be an option if current Knicks President Steve Mills is bounced after the season.

    Olshey, who lived in New York City as an aspiring actor, rose up the ranks with the Clippers, starting as a player personnel director in 2003 and finishing in 2010 as the GM who engineered the Chris Paul trade with New Orleans. He joined the Blazers in 2012, where the team has made the playoffs in six straight years with insiders commending Olshey for his leadership, his faith in coach Terry Stotts and his well-liked personality in executive circles.

    Source: NY Post

  • Davis Bertans
    F, Washington Wizards

    The Wizards are expecting to receive calls on Davis Bertans, but opposing teams will have a hard time convincing them to make a deal, according to Chris Crouse of HoopsRumors.

    Bertans is averaging a career-high 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 triples so far this season. Many within the team’s front office are huge fans of Bertans and with the franchise looking to improve sooner than later, the Wizards could opt to keep the 27-year-old power forward with the intention of re-signing him this offseason and having him available for a more competitive campaign next year. The Latvian forward is in the middle of a breakout year and owners should enjoy the ride.

    Source: HoopsRumors