September 21, 2016, 4:54 pm
Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton has suffered a torn hamstring and will undergo surgery.
Yikes. Middleton will almost certainly have months of rehab before he can retake the court, which is devastating for the Bucks and fantasy owners alike. In his absence the Bucks will likely rely on some combination of Matthew Dellavedova, Michael Carter-Williams and Jason Terry. Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokounmpo was already one of the more hyped players in fantasy, but he’ll shoulder an even greater portion of the offense without Middleton. His usage rate could approach Westbrookian levels if the Bucks don’t add another offensive piece. This injury also puts Rashad Vaughn and Tyler Ennis on the deep league radar as well, as they’ll compete for bench minutes behind the bigger names.
Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton has suffered a torn hamstring and will undergo surgery, league sources told The Vertical. Story coming.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 21, 2016
Update #1: The Bucks are now engaging other teams in trade talks to add to their rotation on the wing.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 21, 2016
The Bucks don’t sound content to sit on their hands. Any deal for an established player could restore the equilibrium in Milwaukee to some extent so stay tuned.
Update #2: The team is now reporting that Middelton is likely to be out six months. With the season fewer than five weeks away, and given how difficult it is for players to return from a torn hamstring, Middelton is no longer worthy of even a late round pick in redraft leagues.
Khris Middleton suffered a left hamstring injury & will require surgery. He is expected to be sidelined for 6 months https://t.co/RCg1imO81X
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) September 21, 2016
6 months is late March and all but a handful of games.
— KL Chouinard (@KLChouinard) September 21, 2016
January 21, 2020, 3:08 pmJabari ParkerPF, 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
January 21, 2020, 2:39 pmJaylen BrownSG, 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
January 21, 2020, 2:35 pmKemba WalkerPG, 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
January 21, 2020, 1:40 pmAaron HolidayPG, 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
January 21, 2020, 12:15 pmHenry EllensonPF, 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
January 21, 2020, 12:11 pmDennis 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.
January 21, 2020, 11:53 amKent BazemoreSG, 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
January 21, 2020, 11:41 amTrevor ArizaSF, 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.
January 21, 2020, 11:08 amMarcus MorrisPF, 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.
January 21, 2020, 10:44 amTheo PinsonPG, 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