• Marvin Williams scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with four rebounds, four treys and one block in just 23 minutes on Wednesday against the Heat.

    We’re going to humblebrag here because we told you guys that both Williams and Jeremy Lamb looked like different players in the first week of the season and here we are.  Marvin is a top 40-65 producer (9/8 cat) right now with numbers that are up across the board, so some regression is certainly coming down the pipeline.  You factor in his age and mileage and this is classic sell high territory.  If you can get a top 50-75 player while the going is good you’re definitely doing it right.  Williams also got hit in the face and we haven’t heard anything about it since.

Fantasy News

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George fully participated in Friday's practice for the Clippers.

    Doc Rivers emphasized that the entire roster was healthy at practice for one of the first times on Friday. Getting Paul George healthy and in rhythm, as the season closes out will be a key point of focus for the rest of the season. Hopefully, PG13 is back without restrictions on Saturday but we're not out of the woods yet. It's been a challenging season and that is unlikely to change thanks to the All-Star break.

    Source: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude on Twitter

  • Dusty Hannahs
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dusty Hannahs has signed a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies.

    Hannahs only played two games with the Grizzlies last year and is unlikely to be a regular contributor on this year's team either. He's not about to replicate the high quantity shooting figures he has put up in the G League this season.

    Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Shams Charania is reporting that the Lakers have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Markieff Morris, while the Raptors have also expressed interest.

    Morris is shooting nearly 40% from 3-point land this season and fits nicely with most contenders as a depth stretch four. He should have his choice of landing spots and won't be on the open market for long, though it would likely take an injury on his new team for him to come near standard-league fantasy appeal.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Markieff Morris has greed to a contract buyout with the Pistons, per Shams Charania.

    This isn't surprising — frankly it's more shocking that the Pistons didn't move Morris, who is on a one-year deal, for a second-round pick at the deadline. He was a DNP-CD on Thursday so the writing was on the wall. Morris is currently shooting a career-best .397 from behind the arc and should generate interest from contenders in need of a stretch four. He's unlikely to hold legitimate fantasy value on a good team, while this opens up some breathing room for Sekou Doumbouya in Detroit.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter (left foot fracture), Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) and Denzel Valentine (left hamstring tightness) were able to participate in 3-on-3 at Friday's practice.

    All three players will have their statuses updated tomorrow but it sounds like they're all getting close to a return. Carter should reprise his starting role almost as soon as he's cleared, though there might be a small ramp-up period since he's been out for over a month. Porter has only played nine games this season and will need longer to get his conditioning back up to speed, while Valentine might come into some minutes on the wings with Chandler Hutchison sidelined once again. Carter will be a must-start option, while Porter's rough season makes him a solid flier but not someone that you necessarily want to be leaning on down the stretch in 12-teamers. The upside is definitely there, though. Valentine is only an option in deep leagues.

    Source: KC Johnson on Twitter

  • Chandler Hutchison
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Chandler Hutchison received a cortisone shot in his injured right shoulder.

    Hutchison missed over a month earlier in the year with a right shoulder strain, so this is not what anyone wants to hear. He was playing before the All-Star break but missed Thursday's contest and it sounds like he could miss a substantial period of time again. Ryan Arcidiacono started on Thursday but is only worth a look if you need assists in a deep league.

    Source: KC Johnson on Twitter

  • Luke Kornet
    PF-C, Chicago Bulls

    Luke Kornet sprained his left ankle at Friday's practice.

    There's no timeline for his return yet but we wouldn't expect to see him playing on Saturday. This opens the door for Daniel Gafford a bit, and if Wendell Carter Jr. can't return this weekend we should see Cristiano Felicio get some minutes if Kornet sits out.

    Source: KC Johnson on Twitter

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons (back) is probable to face the Bucks on Saturday.

    Simmons was a late scratch on Thursday but it doesn't appear as though this back problem is serious. His return to the court will bump Raul Neto back to obscurity.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • Kenrich Williams
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Kenrich Williams (back soreness) received an injection to help with pain an inflammation and will be re-evaluated in a week.

    Williams has missed well over a month now and the All-Star break wasn't even enough to get him a status upgrade. He can be ignored in all but the deepest of formats at this point.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Jaylen Nowell
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jaylen Nowell (illness) will not play on Friday against the Celtics.

    Nowell has only appeared in nine games all season, mostly showing up in garbage time. This news shouldn't affect many, if any, fantasy teams.

    Source: Wolves PR on Twitter