Derrick Jones Jr.

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  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler (ankle) will not play on Tuesday due to right ankle soreness.

    Butler was a late scratch on Tuesday after being deemed questionable earlier in the day. It doesn't sound as though the injury is too serious and this could simply be getting him rest on the second night of a back-to-back set. With Butler out, a number of Heat players could see a bump in their playing time including Andre Iguodala and Derrick Jones Jr.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. was in the starting lineup again on Saturday, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 22 minutes of action.

    Jones has started in both of Miami's scrimmages so far so it's safe to say he's at full strength after testing positive for COVID-19. He was a top-120 player in 9-cat formats this season and should be viewed as a solid upside play in the final rounds of your resumption league drafts. Just keep in mind that the Heat have been a little shorthanded so far — Bam Adebayo has yet to play while Jimmy Butler got Saturday off.

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones averaged 8.9 points, 0.7 3s, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks on .514 shooting in 51 games for 155/114 value in 8/9-cat leagues on a per-game basis.

    Jones' amazing leaping ability was what made him a household name as he was always astounding in the dunk contests, but he was able to translate the athleticism into some juicy fantasy value this year. He wasn't able to consistently provide value, which is something many Heat forwards struggle to do, but the defensive numbers gave him some nice upside as a flier/waiver wire pick.

  • Meyers Leonard
    C, Miami Heat

    Meyers Leonard struggled to produce top-280 value in 8-category leagues while playing just 20.1 minutes per game in 2019-20.

    Leonard averaged 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists but didn't receive enough playing time to merit a roster spot in most leagues. A talented Heat frontcourt featuring Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk, and Derrick Jones Jr. did not help his cause. While Leonard sank nearly 43 percent of his 3-point attempts, his free-throw shooting plummeted to 65.4 percent. Leonard didn't contribute much in the way of defensive stats, either.

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    According to Goran Dragic, teammates Bam Adebayo and Kendrick Nunn are not practicing with the Heat on Monday.

    Adebayo and Nunn missed practice on Friday as well. Derrick Jones Jr. previously tested positive for COVID-19 before being cleared for action. However, it's unknown why Adebayo and Nunn have still not appeared on the court.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19 a couple weeks, has been cleared and is expected to join the Heat as they enter the Orlando bubble on Wednesday.

    This is consistent with Erik Spoelstra’s statement last week that all 17 Heat players will be ready to go to Disney. It remains to be seen whether DJJ is ready to immediately return to full basketball activities but it’s good to see Miami arrive in full strength.

    Source: Five Reasons Sports Network on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19, per the Miami Herald.

    Jones is asymptomatic and plans on playing when the season restarts at the end of July. He is also the first Heat player to test positive, though there could be more positives coming throughout the organization given the rise of cases in Florida over the last few weeks. Jones will now self-isolate for two weeks. The high-flyer has been a nice fantasy value whenever he gets substantial minutes and will be a player to watch this offseason. Fantasy GMs should be hoping he lands with a team that can give him 24 minutes a night consistently.

    Source: Miami Herald

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. had a strong shooting night on Wednesday, putting up 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while tallying two rebounds, an assist, a steal and two blocks.

    It was a strong all around night for Jones who has been a strong contributor for the Heat down the stretch. Tonight he showed his ability to touch all categories.

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler (left big toe) has been downgraded to out ahead of Wednesday’s tilt vs. the Hornets.

    Butler was forced to leave Sunday’s contest vs. the Wizards in the second half as a result of this most recent injury. Jae Crowder and Derrick Jones Jr. will see the biggest increase in opportunity with Butler sidelined. Goran Dragić and Kendrick Nunn have also seen a slight uptick in minutes when Butler sits out.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    An injured toe will keep Jimmy Butler sidelined for the rest of Sunday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Injuries have always been a pest with Butler as an elite fantasy prospect. He was able to walk off the court and played through the toe issue for 24 minutes on Sunday, and nobody would question Butler's warrior mentality, but at the end of the day, he's only been able to play 70 or more games twice in his career. If Butler misses games Derrick Jones Jr. would be a standard league asset for his versatile lines.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. checked back into the game against the Wizards on Sunday.

    Presumably, the injury was not too serious if Jones is already getting back into the action. If Jimmy Butler, who also left this game, is forced to miss time, DJJ would become a standard league asset again. He also makes for a useful insurance policy if you have Butler on your roster already.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. went back to the locker room during the second half against the Wizards.

    It is not apparent why Jones had to exit the game but it is a situation we will continue to monitor. He's struggling to carve out a major role on this roster when everyone is healthy. Jae Crowder and Duncan Robinson would benefit if DJJ has to miss time.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. will be in the starting lineup for the Heat-Mavs contest on Friday.

    Kelly Olynyk is shifting back to the bench to make room for Jones. Now that Jimmy Butler is back Jones role is limited, and he is more of a 16-team option under these circumstances. This roster is just too deep with Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala now joining the fray. Jones is still useful if you are hunting steals or blocks. Olynyk will have his moments in the right matchups, but is mainly a deep league play.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, Miami Heat

    Jimmy Butler (personal) is not traveling with the Heat for their game against the Cavs on Monday due to personal reasons.

    It still isn't clear why Butler is out, but fortunately for fantasy managers this is only a one game road trip for the Heat. They come home to face the Wolves on Wednesday so for now he has a good shot at suiting up for that contest. Derrick Jones Jr. will likely pick up another start in Butler's stead, and look for Duncan Robinson and Jae Crowder to receive an uptick in offensive opportunities.

    Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. moved into the starting five on Saturday and responded with 13 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and a 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Jimmy Butler was out tonight and Jones reaped the rewards. The bruised shin he suffered on Thursday doesn't look to be a concern anymore and Jones' stat set has him worth an add as a streamer whenever one of Miami's typical rotation guys is out. He's clinging to late-round value on the full season but there's middle-round upside when the minutes are readily available.