• Elfrid Payton (hip flexor strain) did not practice on Wednesday but did say he is feeling better according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

    Payton apparently injured it last week and then aggravated it, which indicates that there is a bit of a long-term component to it but we’re not going to sound the alarm just yet.  His standard league value is already questionable due to multiple deficiencies in his stat set, so any injury issues or ground he cedes to D.J. Augustin could push him over the edge.  It’s early though, so this could easily blow over by the time the season starts. 

Fantasy News

  • Jabari Parker
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    Jabari Parker (shoulder) has been cleared to progress to the next step in his rehabilitation process, but will not be re-evaluated for another two weeks.

    Parker is progressing in his rehab, but he still has a ways to go before returning to game action. Parker had value earlier in the year when John Collins was suspended but doesn't hold much while the team is healthy. He should be on the waiver wire in all formats.

    Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Brown returned to action in Monday's game against the Lakers after missing a couple of games with a sprained right thumb. The ankle injury is a new injury that was not reported on ahead of today, and it bears watching. Marcus Smart would likely be inserted back into the starting lineup should Brown be unable to play.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) is being listed as questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Walker returned to action against in Monday's home win against the Lakers by putting up 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Walker seems safe to deploy, moving forward as long as there are no setbacks with his sore knee. Walker has been a top-30 9/8 cat play on the year.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Aaron Holiday
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Aaron Holiday (sore right thumb) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Suns.

    Holiday has shifted back to a reserve role once again with Malcolm Brogdon back in the lineup. Holiday has proven to be a steady contributor when he sees the playing time, but with Brogdon back and Victor Oladipo's (knee rehab) return right around the corner, Holiday is better left on the waiver wires for the time being.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Henry Ellenson
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors have acquired the rights to Henry Ellenson from the Nets for Justin Anderson.

    This trade was made through each team's G League affiliation, and Ellenson is likely to stay down there while the Raptors are healthy. Ellenson remains off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Coach Mike Miller said on Monday that Dennis Smith Jr. would be re-evaluated within the next few days to get a feel for how close he is to returning to game action.

    Smith, who's been in and out of the lineup all season, hasn't played in a game since December 23rd. Even when Smith returns to health, he is presumably the third-string PG for the Knicks, though his name has been floating around in possible trades. Keep an eye on this situation as a change of scenery and return to health could do wonders for Smith's fantasy value. This is all speculation for now.

    Source: Northjersey

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings announced this morning that the trade that sent Trevor Ariza, Caleb Swanigan and Wenyen Gabriel to the Blazers for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver and two second-round picks has been officially finalized.

    Bazemore will be asked to be a glue guy for the Kings but his fantasy value is likely to take a big hit. We should get an idea about his minutes starting tomorrow when the Kings face the Pistons.

    Source: Kings PR on Twitter

  • Trevor Ariza
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Trevor Ariza is expected to serve as the Blazers' regular starter at small forward according to Terry Stotts.

    Ariza, as expected, will fill in the void left by Kent Bazemore and his fantasy value looks to be on the rise as the minutes will be there. This looks to be a situation similar to when the Blazers signed Carmelo Anthony earlier this season. Both veterans have their flaws but the Blazers have to use them cause they run out of healthy bodies. You can feel free to add Ariza but his percentages are likely to hurt your team.

    Source: Dan Sheldon of NBC Sports Northwest

  • Marcus Morris
    PF, New York Knicks

    Marcus Morris said after Monday’s game that his ankle was still sore and he would be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

    Morris came off a Taj Gibson screen and knocked down a three-pointer four minutes into the final period to put the Knicks up by 11. He landed awkwardly on Kevin Love's foot and fell to the court holding his ankle but he eventually got up and stayed in the game. He recently came back from a neck injury and has been excellent but we shall have to wait and see whether he misses any more time going forward.

    Source: NorthJersey.com

  • Theo Pinson
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have assigned Theo Pinson to their NBA G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets.

    Garrett Temple has returned to action so there are really no minutes available for Pinson. He can remain on the waiver wire.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter