• J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Barea (torn right Achilles) will be cautious in his recovery and will not play for Puerto Rico at the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

    Barea expects to be ready for September's training camp but has decided that rushing back to play high-level international hoops would be a step too far. The tournament opens less than eight months after Barea sustained the injury, and he will instead focus his attention on getting ready for another season in Dallas. With the additions of Delon Wright and Seth Curry, it's unlikely that Barea plays enough to be worth your time in fantasy.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

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  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love (illness) is listed as probable to play against the Sixers on Saturday.

    Love missed Friday's game which allowed Larry Nance to get the start but he failed to capitalize while playing a season-high 41 minutes. He should return to the bench with Love back but is still a top-100 standard league player in only 26.7 minutes per game this season. Love is putting up Love-type numbers as the best player on a bad team but with ESPN reporting that the Cavs are ready to listen to offers for him, his rest-of-season outlook is unclear although moving him may be tough because of his contract.

    Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter

  • Avery Bradley
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Avery Bradley (right leg hairline fracture) will be re-evaluated when the Lakers arrive back in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    If all goes well, Bradley is targeting a return to the lineup on December 13, when the team takes on Miami. That would put him at exactly one month since the last game he has played. Bradley has been unable to produce standard league value although starting and playing 27.4 minutes per game for the Lakers through his first 10 games. It is unclear if he would return as a starter but can safely be left on the wire in most standard leagues.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley (left hamstring strain) will miss Saturday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Conley participated in portions of Friday's practice but will remain out for a second straight game. Joe Ingles picked up the start for Conley last game but didn't capitalize with four points, five assists, two rebounds and one triple in 27 minuted. Dante Exum and Emmanuel Mudiay playing 13 and 10 minutes apiece, respectively. Donovan Mitchell will be the main ball handler as long as Conley remains out. He will miss his second homecoming tonight and the fact that he's getting ruled out so early is troublesome. However, it could be that the Jazz are being extra careful against a soft opponent. Nobody has really brought it up as it seems that the industry-wide expectation is that Conley will return to his career averages, but he has been a nightmare to own this season and has had numerous chances to get himself going. We need to adjust our expectations for him this season and treat him as the volatile fantasy asset with a rock-bottom floor that he has been so far on this Jazz team.

    Source: Erik Walden on Twitter

  • Stanley Johnson
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Stanley Johnson is still "a ways away" from returning from a left groin stress reaction, according to a report by Ryan Wolstat.

    He's on an indefinite rest plan since there is no other treatment for his condition. We hope he gets better, but there will be no role for him upon his return in Toronto's tight 8-man rotation. Leave him on the wire even in the deepest of leagues.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw
    SG, Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw (left knee surgery) has been cleared for contact and is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Sixers.

    McCaw had a golden opportunity to reemerge as a an NBA rotational player, but has since seen Norman Powell and even Terence Davis monopolize reserve minutes on the wing in his absence. McCaw's got more championship rings than games played this season. Ignore him.

    Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Despite his hot shooting, Ben McLemore is expected to return to a bench role once the Rockets are back to full health.

    This was always the expectation after all of Gerald Green, Eric Gordon and Danuel House went down with injuries. The Rockets are slowly getting their guys healthy and they've made sure not to put too much on House's plate after he suffered two injuries to separate parts of his body while also falling ill in the past few weeks. McLemore can shoot it, a skill that is always welcome in this offense, but the reason that we haven't really plugged him as a pick-up is that we don't expect him to retain his current role and level of production. House remains a rock-solid, long-term hold.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • Rodions Kurucs
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have recalled Rodions Kurucs from their G League affiliate.

    Kurucs has been shuffling back and forth between the minors and majors this seasons despite the Nets' lack of frontcourt options. He may eventually get into the rotation after being recalled, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. He has an interesting statistical profile for fantasy purposes, but he's running out of time to make good on the opportunity in Brooklyn.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard put forth a valiant effort with 29 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two threes in Friday's 113-136 loss to the Lakers.

    Even as the Blazers continue to scuffle, Lillard is locked in as an elite fantasy talent. It's looking increasingly unlikely that the Blazers make the postseason this year but, A: Never count out Lillard and B: He doesn't seem like the kind to accept a shutdown. We're a long way off from that point, thankfully, and you can continue to enjoy first-round value in the meantime.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside had another productive game with 17 points (8-for-12 shooting), 13 rebounds, three steals and a block in 32 minutes on Friday night.

    Whiteside is rolling along in fantasy land even as his on-court lapses continue to harm the Blazers. We wouldn't expect him to finish at his current top-35 standing so there's a bit of a sell-high window, though the numbers he's bringing back in blocks and rebounds might change the calculus since you probably won't be able to replace them in a trade.

  • Kent Bazemore
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Kent Bazemore logged 25 minutes in Friday's loss to the Lakers, notching 10 points, two rebounds and a 3-pointer.

    Bazemore is staring at a much heavier workload with Rodney Hood now out for the season and Portland completely devoid of other viable wing options. He's been a top-100 guy in starter's minutes in the past, so he's a pickup in all competitive leagues.