• Cameron Payne (sore right foot) will not play on Friday vs. Wizards or Saturday vs. Jazz. Meanwhile, Paul Zipser will start in place of Dwyane Wade.

    Payne has played only 15.3 minutes in 9 games for the Bulls this season but the talent is there and he may be someone to keep an eye on for next season. Zipser on the other hand, may have his workload increased with Wade expected to miss the rest of the season. He has played in over 20 minutes, 20 times this year and in those games he averaged only 8.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 triples so he can be ignored in standard leagues.

Fantasy News

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden (bruised left thigh) is listed as questionable to play against the Nuggets on Sunday.

    Harden has struggled lately, shooting under 40 percent from the field in six of the last nine games. He briefly left Friday's game as his thigh tightened up and finished with probably his quietest game of the season on Friday finishing with just 12 points on 3-of-13 shooting with no three pointers.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Willie Cauley-Stein
    C, Golden State Warriors

    The Willie Cauley-Stein trade is now official as announced by both teams involved.

    The Mavs get Cauley-Stein to fill the void of Dwight Powell's season ending injury while the Warriors have received Utah's 2020 second round pick. Dallas has also requested waivers on Justin Patton to create a roster spot for WCS. Stein was a top-100 player in 22.9 minutes on the Warriors and you would expect for him to get similar minutes on the Mavs so he is a hold. Maxi Kleber and Boban Marjanovic lose some value while Marquesse Chriss and Omari Spellman gain some.

    Source: Mark Followill on Twitter

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    R.J. Barrett (right ankle sprain) will remain out for at least another week.

    The Knicks PR issued a medical update on Twitter that Barrett has progressed from crutches to a walking boot and will be re-evaluated in one week. The third overall pick missed the last four games and will miss at least the next three and quite possibly more. Damyean Dotson has made the most of his increased opportunity with top-80 value over the last three games averaging 16.7 points, 3.7 triples, 1.0 steals and a 58.1 field goal percentage in 25.2 minutes.

    Source: Knicks PR o nTwitter

  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
    SG, Brooklyn Nets

    The Net will signTimothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to a second 10-day deal.

    Luwawu-Cabarrot is on his fourth NBA team in as many years and has had a steady role for the Nets thus far averaging 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16.5 minutes across 21 games. He has been part of the rotation in each of the last 19 games but played only four minutes last game, the lowest in that stretch. Initially on a two-way contract, this is the last 10-day deal he is eligible for before the Nets have to make a decision whether to sign him to rest-of-season contract.

    Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter

  • Isaiah Whitehead
    SG, Free Agent

    Isaiah Whitehead has signed with Mornar Bar of Montenegro.

    Whitehead started his professional career appearing in 89 games for the Nets over two seasons. The Pistons signed him on a two-way deal last season but he did not appear in any games. After joining the Blazers for Summer League this season, he took his talents to Kazakhstan and now makes his way to Montenegro. Perhaps the 24 year old journeyman still has time to make it back to the NBA at some point.

    Source: EuroHoops

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis nothced yet another double-double on Friday, adding 16 points (5-for-13 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals as the Pacers defeated the Warriors 129-119.

    This was the 35th double-double of the season for Sabonis, who has officially emerged as one of the premier double-double threats in the league. Sabonis has moved pace Myles Turner in value this season, easily sustaining a top-30 skillset.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren finished Friday's win with 33 points (14-for-23 shooting), five rebounds, four steals, three triples and a block across 35 minutes.

    For the second straight game, Warren has produced better-than-expected defensive numbers. Fantasy players will take that when it comes, but continue to rely on Warren for scoring above everything else.

  • T.J. McConnell
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. McConnell compiled 12 points (5-for-9 shooting), eight assists, a rebound, a steal and a block in 30 minutes in Friday's win.

    Both McConnell and Jeremy Lamb, who finished with 16 points, four assists, four rebounds, two triples, a steal and a block, took advantage of Malcolm Brogdon continuing to miss time. Don't hesitate to explore sell-high offers for Lamb after nice games like this as his value could quickly deteriorate when Brogdon and eventually Victor Oladipo return.

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Doug McDermott was unconscious from distance in Friday's win, finishing with 24 points (9-for-10 shooting), six triples, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

    Even though it's the second time in the last week McDermott has caught fire like this, don't overreact. He is simply a threes specialist and one that is clearly capable of filling it up quickly when he's feeling it like he was tonight.

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell dropped 37 points (13-for-21 shooting), nine triples, five assists and four rebounds in Friday's 118-129 loss to the Pacers.

    While Russell doesn't always provide the most well-rounded fantasy lines, games like Friday night are part of the fun in owning the talented young guard. Big scoring performances like this one help buy a little leeway when he doesn't provide defensive counting numbers.