• Joe Chealey
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Joe Chealey will sign for his second year with the Hornets but the details of the deal have yet to be released.

    It is unclear whether he will join the team on a two-way contract or an Exhibit 10 deal. Chealey originally signed with the Hornets on an Exhibit 10 deal last summer before having it upgraded to a two-way contract. Expect Chealey to play a significant portion of the season in the G-League. However, with the Hornets depleted of talent, there is opportunity for Chealey to play minutes for the big league squad.

    Source: Edge Sports Intl on Twitter

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  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Nic Batum (fractured middle finger) is out Friday but has hope to return sometime on the Hornets' upcoming four-game road-trip.

    Batum has not played since October 23 and will likely be eased back into action. However, with the emergence of Devonte' Graham and P.J. Washington and the Hornets trying to develop their younger players, he may not have a large role in the rotation. He may be a speculative add in most formats but may just be an end of your roster type of guy.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Caris LeVert
    PG-SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Caris LeVert (right thumb surgery) is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

    It's the first concrete timetable to emerge, and it makes LeVert a droppable player in standard leagues given that he was already producing well below par with top-170/250 value thanks to another dip in his efficiency and a spike in turnovers. You can hold him if possible, but most managers might not be able to have a dead roster spot that long, especially for a player who hasn't been performing.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Hamidou Diallo
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Hamidou Diallo (knee soreness) did not practice on Thursday.

    Diallo has taken hold of a steady role for the Thunder this season and is a surprising top-200 player on the year, with top-150/115 value over the last couple of weeks. In that span he's averaging 1.8 steals and 0.5 blocks while going an even .500 from the field, so hopefully he doesn't miss much more time. Diallo should find his way onto rosters in competitive 12-team formats at this point, though we don't envision him keeping up this pace all season.

    Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter

  • Dwayne Bacon
    SF, Charlotte Hornets

    Dwayne Bacon (sore right knee) is probable to play against Detroit on Friday.

    Bacon received treatment during practice on Thursday and did not participate in full but it looks like that will not keep him out of Friday's game. Deep league managers should check back tomorrow to be sure.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Cam Reddish
    G-F, Atlanta Hawks

    Cam Reddish (left shoulder) will be in the starting lineup on Thursday night.

    Reddish was listed as probable on the injury report so this is no surprise. The rookie can't be plugged into lineups with his meager production so far — 5.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 threes and a .250 mark from the floor — but he could find some rhythm with Kevin Huerter out indefinitely. He's a watch list option.

    Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley (left calf soreness) will not suit up on Thursday.

    Beverley fouled out in 27 minutes last night and this might be a glorified rest day. Either way, he's only been a low-end option in fantasy this season, and that doesn't figure to change with Paul George set to return. Lou Williams and Terance Mann figure to handle the PG work tonight, with Jerome Robinson likely getting a chance to crack the rotation as well.

    Source: Mirjam Swanson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb sprain) will play on Thursday against the Bucks.

    WCJ has been struggling with his steals rate and FT% which is dragging down his value but he was at 79.5% on free throws last year and 0.6 steals per game in less playing time in his 2018 rookie year, so he should be able regress to the mean.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George (shoulders) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Pelicans.

    George looks set to make his season debut, and though it will come in a game without Kawhi Leonard, we imagine that PG will be on some kind of minutes restriction. He should be returning top-15 value soon enough, and it will just be good to see him back on the floor. Patrick Patterson seems likely to lose his starting job once George gets back to full health but the Clippers could also bump one of their guards out. Doc Rivers has suggested that they'll play the matchups so watch out for that down the line.

    Source: Mirjam Swanson on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard (left knee injury management) will not play on Thursday.

    Unsurprisingly, Leonard will sit on the second leg of a back-to-back. Despite the foolish conversation around the load management issue of late, it was clear late in Wednesday's game that Leonard still isn't quite at 100 percent. 95 percent of Kawhi is better than almost everyone else on the planet, of course, but there's no need for the Clippers to push him through regular season games. Look for Moe Harkless and Rodney McGruder to see additional run tonight.

    Source: Marijam Swanson on Twitter

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Zach LaVine (right ankle sprain) will play on Thursday against the Bucks.

    LaVine has been providing top-55/85 value (8-cat/9-cat) and should receive his normal allotment of minutes. He has a usage of 28.8% but could be relied upon more offensively with Otto Porter remaining out due to injury and Lauri Markkanen potentially dealing with a minor injury that may be affecting his shot.

    Source: NBA Injury Report