• Khem Birch
    C, Orlando Magic

    Khem Birch has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal to remain in Orlando.

    Birch emerged as a defensive anchor in Orlando's second unit, standing out as a high-energy big who can protect the rim. His averages of 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks aren't all that impressive for fantasy purposes, however, and Birch is looking at a tough battle for minutes with Nikola Vucevic re-signed and Mo Bamba back at full health. Deep-league fantasy owners were hoping to see Birch land a bigger offer from another team.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving (shoulder) was not able to practice on Thursday

    Irving (shoulder) missed the last three games of the Nets and is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings. Head coach Kenny Atkinson said he didn't expect Irving to be able to practice on Thursday. and that the shoulder injury won’t keep Kyrie out long-term'. Spencer Dinwiddie will continue to get all the run he can handle as the starting PG until Irving is able to reclaim his spot.

    Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter

  • Josh Richardson
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Josh Richardson (right hip flexor) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs.

    Richardson sat out Wednesday's game with what he described as 'tightness' in his right hip. The Sixers face of the Spurs on Friday in the first game of a back-to-back. Furkan Korkmaz started on Wednesday in Richardson's absence but didn't do much in 16 minutes. Expect another update after tomorrow's shootaround.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard (back spasms), who will sit out on Thursday, said he's hopeful to return to the floor for Saturday's game in Cleveland.

    Lillard played his last game on November 18 and is optimistic about his chances to suit up on Saturday for the game against the Cavaliers. The Blazers are 5-10 to start the season and desperately need their all-star point guard to stay healthy if they want to be a playoff team this season. Expect an update when we get closer to Saturday.

    Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio (back spasms) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Pelicans, according to head coach Monty Williams.

    Rubio tried to give it a go on Tuesday but was unable to finish the game due to this injury. It sounds like Rubio will warm-up and decide if he is ready to go. Jevon Carter and Elie Okobo will likely see additional minutes if Rubio is forced to sit out. Booker will take over some of the ball-handling and had 8 assists on Tuesday.

    Source: Bob Young on Twitter

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jake Layman (toe) will not play Saturday against Phoenix, according to head coach Saunders.

    The fact that Layman gets ruled out two days in advance suggests he could be out for a few more games. On Wednesday against the Jazz, it was Kelan Martin who stepped into his minutes, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, one block, and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Source: Jon Krawczynsk on Twitter

  • Anfernee Simons
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Anfernee Simons (left ankle) was able to go through shootaround on Thursday morning.

    Simons got his first start of the season on Tuesday, replacing Damian Lillard (back spasms) in the starting lineup. Lillard is already ruled out for Thursday's game against the Bucks. If Simons is able to suit up, he will likely slide into the starting line-up next to C.J. McCollum, making him an intriguing option in DFS.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside (right hip) was not able to practice and is listed as questionable ahead of Thursday's matchup against the Bucks.

    Whiteside has been the only healthy center for the Blazers who are without Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic. The team is already razor-thin in their frontcourt and are 5-10. If he is forced to miss this contest, Anthony Tolliver, Nassir Little, and Skal Labissiere could see the extra run. The Blazers also recalled Moses Brown and Jaylen Hoard from the G League.

    Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter

  • Jaylen Hoard
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazers recall Moses Brown and Jaylen Hoard from G League for Thursday's game against the Bucks.

    Although Brown and Hoard are unlikely to see meaningful minutes, it makes sense for the Blazers given the lack of depth in their frontcourt. Hoard is averaging 18.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assist. In one game with the Trail Blazers this season, Hoard recorded one rebound.

    Source: Portland Trail Blazers on Twitter

  • Gordon Hayward
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Gordon Hayward (broken left hand) is shooting and running and is "progressing well" according to head coach Danny Ainge.

    Hayward has not yet been cleared for contact work yet and only two weeks into his six-week timeline. He still has a long way to go, but him being able to stay in shape is a good thing. Hayward looked good this season, averaging 18.9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 0.8 steals. In his absence, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart will see a boost in usage.

    Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverly had a monstrous stat line against the Celtics in a 107-104 overtime win on Wednesday, ending the night with 14 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    It's really hard to ask for a better game than this. Beverly was a machine in this one and had easily his best game of the year. Unfortunately, this performance was more of an outlier than the norm. It's tough to count on him for consistent value in standard leagues, but could have merit in deeper leagues. This was the Clippers' first game with both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, so it's possible this dynamic creates more chances for Beverly, but we'll have to wait and see.