• Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns made his long-awaited return to the court on Friday night, logging 28 minutes and delivering 27 points (9-of-21 shooting), five rebounds and three 3-pointers.

    Towns played less than usual, which shouldn't come as a surprise, but he immediately assumed the lead dog role and led Minnesota in field goals. We'll see if he's good to go for tomorrow's game, as the Wolves could play it cautious and sit KAT on a back-to-back after a month-long absence due to a left knee sprain. Gorgui Dieng had eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench but might be worth holding onto for the next couple of games until it's sure that Towns is in the clear.

Fantasy News

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Brian Lewis of the New York Post is reporting that Kyrie Irving is expected to see a shoulder specialist as it is still bothering him.

    Irving is currently out with a knee injury, but that is said not to be an issue and is recovering fine, but the shoulder is still causing him problems. This is a glaring red flag as Irving missed 26 games earlier in the year because of the shoulder. Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert would stand to benefit the most should Irving's shoulder forced him to miss additional time.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter

  • John Beilein
    , Cleveland Cavaliers

    Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Cavs and John Beilein are in advanced talks to part ways by Wednesday.

    This is escalating quickly, as it's becoming more and more apparent that Beilein won't return to the Cavs as we resume play. It is expected that J.B. Bickerstaff will take over as the lead coach for the remainder of the season. The Cavs players had a hard time adapting to Beilein's system, and this should be looked at as a win for the teams' young guns.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Reggie Jackson
    PG, Detroit Pistons

    Reggie Jackson reportedly has his sights set on joining the Clippers after reaching a buyout agreement with the Pistons on Tuesday.

    The Clippers were among the favorites to land Darren Collison before he decided to stay retired. Jackson has been playing well for fantasy teams lately, but this is obviously a massive blow to his fantasy value. Jackson will compete with Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley and Landry Shamet for guard minutes moving forward. Bruce Brown Jr., Svi Mykhailuk, Derrick Rose and possibly Luke Kennard (knee) all stand to benefit with additional minutes and usage with Jackson now gone. It is worth searching the waiver wire to see if any of the Pistons guards are on your league's waiver wire.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Klay Thompson
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors owner Joe Lacob hinted that there is a possibility that Klay Thompson may return to game action for the final few games of the season.

    While the team is leaving the door open for the possibility that Thompson could see the court before the season ends, it's not looking likely that he will bring back any fantasy value this season. If Thompson does return it would be with a heavy minutes restriction and towards the end of the fantasy playoffs. He can be left on the waiver wire for now.

    Source: USA Today

  • Isaiah Hartenstein
    PF, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have assigned Isaiah Hartenstein and Chris Clemons to the teams G League affiliate.

    Hartenstein was unable to find any minutes while Clint Capela was injured as the team fully embraces the small-ball philosophy. Hartenstein and Clemons will be able to get consistent minutes down in the g League. Neither player is on the fantasy radar right now.

    Source: Alkyhan Bijani on Twitter

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Per Jason Quick of The Athletic, Hassan Whiteside is unlikely to lose the starting C job when Jusuf Nurkic returns to game action.

    It's going to take some time for Nurkic to get up to speed in addition to the team likely being conservative on back-to-backs. The Blazers are trying hard to get the eighth spot in the west, but won't do it at the expense of their long-term big man. Whiteside has put up first-round value on the year and should be safe heading into the stretch run.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Lauri Markkanen
    PF, Chicago Bulls

    Coach Jim Boylen said that Lauri Markkanen (right hip stress reaction) remains on track to return to game action near the beginning of March.

    Markkanen went down in late-January in an injury initially believed to be soreness but was later deemed worse. There were even rumblings that Markkanen would be able to play had it been the playoffs. Assuming Markkanen will be back within two weeks, he makes sense as a high-upside add for teams comfortably gearing up for the playoffs.

    Source: Chicago Tribune

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter (foot) has reportedly shed his walking boot and could be returning to practice soon as he eyes a return to the court.

    The Bulls are optimistic that Porter, who has been out since early November, can resume practicing shortly after the All-Star break. It is uncertain what type of workload the Bulls would hand to Porter when he does suit up, but owners with open spots can start to think about stashing the versatile forward ahead of the stretch run.

    Source: Chiacgo Tribune

  • DeMarre Carroll
    SF, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have officially waived DeMarre Carroll on Tuesday.

    Carroll was expected to sign with the Rockets, but with the news of him being waived rather than being bought-out, Carroll will now have to clear waivers first. Feel free to leave him on the waiver wire as the situation plays itself out and we know where Carroll will be playing next.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Charlie Brown
    F, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks have assigned F Charlie Brown to the teams G League affiliate.

    Brown will head back to the G League where he will get more time to hone his craft. He is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Hawks PR on Twitter