• Both Joel Embiid (left knee) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (right knee tendonitis) participated in Thursday’s practice but sat out 5-on-5 activities.

    While it’s nice that Embiid practiced, he’s not giving fantasy owners much faith by sitting out of the portions that resemble actual basketball. He’s still being drafted as an early-round guy, and while he undoubtedly has game-changing talent it’s becoming tougher and tougher for owners to take the plunge comfortably. Embiid’s upside makes him impossible to pass up in the early-middle rounds unless you’ve completely sworn off the potential headaches. TLC, meanwhile, will be battling for minutes on the wing on a pretty deep roster and has fantasy appeal limited to only deep leagues.

Fantasy News

  • Nikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 43 points and approached a triple-double with 12 rebounds and nine assists in Thursday's Game 6 loss.

    It was a waste of a great performance from Jokic as the Nuggets couldn't close out the Spurs in Game 6. Home cookin' might be just what the doctor ordered.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge - F - San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge shot 10-for-18 from the field for 26 points with 10 boards, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes to avoid elimination against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Aldridge was terrific all night, using home court advantage to play with energy. He took matters into his own hands, forcing a Game 7 on Saturday in Denver. Expect Aldridge to being his best effort on a winner-take-all affair.

  • Jeff Hornacek - Team - New York Knicks

    The Kings have interviewed Jeff Hornacek for an assistant coach position.

    The Kings have already hired their head coach, Luke Walton. However, with Walton's status up in the air with the recent allegations made against him, the Kings would do well to hire an assistant with head coaching experience. Hornacek last coached for the Knicks before being fired at the end of the 2017-2018 season. His overall record as head coach for the Knicks and the Suns is 161-216.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Omer Asik - C - Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls have requested that Omer Asik's contract not count towards the team salary as he suffered a career-ending injury/illness.

    Asik, who was waived by the Bulls last October, has been forced to retire. Asik was able to play in the league for eight seasons. With this move, the Bulls would free up an additional $3 million in cap room that they could use to help bolster their young roster heading into the 2019-2020 season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz - G - Orlando Magic

    Orlando's President Jeff Weltman says that he is "more excited" about Markelle Fultz now than he was at the trade deadline.

    At this time, there is no reason for Orlando to be anything other than positive about the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. With an entire offseason ahead of him in a city other than Philadelphia, perhaps Fultz can finally turn it around and find his shot. The Magic are a team that is looking towards the future and Fultz has an opportunity to become the starting point guard of that future. The team will not rush him back but it does seem like they expect more from him next season.

    Source: John Denton on Twitter

  • Steve Kerr - Team - Golden State Warriors

    Head coach Steve Kerr told the media that “everything is on the table” ahead of Game 6 on Friday night against the Clippers.

    The Warriors have struggled in ending this series against a very solid Clippers team. The Warriors coaching staff will make any necessary adjustments for Friday’s Game 6 so that they can end the series and focus on the playing the Rockets in the next round. We should expect some changes to the rotation but this may only be coach speak. Expect some minor adjustments ahead of Game 6.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Markieff Morris expressed that he wouldn't return to the same allotment of minutes that he played for the Thunder this season but he was very complimentary of the organization.

    Morris didn't play a high total of minutes for the Thunder after being signed in late February. It looks like he may be interested in returning to the team if they would expand his role heading into next season. Otherwise, he will be looking at other opportunities that grant him more playing time.

    Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter

  • Malcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Malcolm Brogdon (partial right plantar fascia tear) is out for at least Game 1 and Game 2 against the Celtics and will be reevaluated afterward.

    With Brogdon out, Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton, George Hill and Tony Snell will continue to handle the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard in the meantime.

    Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter

  • Monty Williams - Team - Philadelphia Sixers

    The Suns’ officials will travel to Toronto on Friday to meet with the franchise’s top coaching candidate, Sixers assistant Monty Williams.

    Williams has a busy schedule lined up with interviews scheduled with the Suns and Lakers in addition to a second-round playoff series with the Raptors to prepare for. As the battle for Williams’ services heats up, it would be a shocker if he isn’t announced as a new head coach within the next week.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Nerlens Noel - F/C - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Nerlens Noel was coy when asked about his $1.99 million player option, saying he's going to let his agent figure that out.

    Noel had a decent bounce-back season in limited minutes off the bench for the Thunder. After playing in a career-high 77 games and proving he was healthy coming off an injury-plagued 2017-2018 season, Noel should be able to make more money in free agency.

    Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter