• The Nets, Jazz, Suns and Wizards are all after unrestricted free agent Jared Dudley.

    Dudley scraped together some decent moments as the Wizards’ small ball four and that’s really his position now because he can’t defend twos and most threes can get by him, too.  Teams weren’t able to punish him as much as they should have been able to and it says more about the NBA than it does Dudley, who is best suited to play 15-20 mpg off the bench as a combo forward. 

     

Fantasy News

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart chipped in seven points (3-for-11 shooting), seven rebounds, six assists, one triple, one steal and a block across 32 minutes in Friday's win.

    Smart could not get his shot going but reminded us of the high floor that comes with his well-rounded game. Look for his shot to get back on track soon.

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier was able to return to Friday's game after turning his right ankle in the first half.

    Crisis averted. The Wolves are nasty-thin at PG, so it's a good thing that Napier was able to start the second half. Hopefully, the ankle does not swell up overnight and he'll be good to go for their next game.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Evan Fournier caught fire in Friday's loss to the Celtics, finishing with 30 points (11-for-19 shooting), five rebounds, five triples, an assist and a steal in 36 minutes.

    Fournier has produced top-75 value all season and with the Magic experiencing injuries there's no reason to expect that to change any time soon.

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler got poked in the eye during Friday's game but is probable to return to floor.

    Butler's eye getting poke was just a brief gasp of worry for owners, who can now settle down and await his return.

    Source: Miami Heat on Twitter

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    Nikola Vucevic finished Friday's loss to the Celtics with 17 points (6-for-18 shooting), 12 rebounds, four assists, two triples and one steal across 35 minutes.

    Despite the lackluster night for the rest of his team, Vucevic continued to produce early-round value. Enjoy him as one of the most consistent players in fantasy basketball.

  • Jakarr Sampson
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Jakarr Sampson will be unable to play for the Pacers on Friday due to an illness.

    Sampson is on the fringes of the Pacers' rotation and that's when he was healthy. He can be left on the wire and Justin Holiday should soak up as many minutes on the wing as he can tonight.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Aaron Gordon
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon turned in 12 points (4-for-11 shooting), four rebounds and two assists in Friday's loss to the Celtics.

    In the wake of so many injuries for the Magic, Gordon was seeing an uptick that didn't carry over in this game. He along with Terrence Ross (eight points (3-for-14 shooting), six rebounds, an assist and a block) both struggled mightily from three which contributed to the loss tonight.

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Goga Bitadze will miss Friday's game with an illness.

    Bitadze has not been on any fantasy radars lately, expecially with Domantas Sabonis balling out of his mind. No big news here.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • T.J. McConnell
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. McConnell will start for Malcolm Brogdon (concussion) on Friday night.

    McConnell should be a solid choice for a boost in assists and the occasional three and/or steal. He's not much of a scorer but the Pacers' offense will be in capable and experienced hands tonight.

    Source: J. Michael on Twitter

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier limped off to the locker room after getting tangled up with a camera man in Friday's game.

    Napier has been able to produce fringe standard-league value. If he's unable to return, we should see Jarrett Culver and Jordan McLaughlin pick up the slack.

    Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter