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Michael Beasley (ear) was back at practice on Wednesday.

Beasley skipped Tuesday's practice with a minor "ear irritation," but with him getting in a full practice today, he should be good to go for Thursday's game in Orlando. With Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) done for the year, Beasley should close out the season as a starter in New York, and he'll be a nice source of points and boards.
Feb 21 - 11:30 AM

Jeff Hornacek said on Wednesday that Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke will be getting more minutes towards the second half of the season.

It wouldn't be shocking to see Jarrett Jack cede the starting spot to either Ntilikina or Mudiay for the second half of the year, but with all these guys vying for minutes, this could devolve into a value-killing timeshare situation. Ntilikina and Mudiay might be worth a look in really deep leagues, but it's tough to see them churning out value in most 12-team formats.
Feb 21 - 11:16 AM

Emeka Okafor said going through the G-League gave him a better appreciation for being in the NBA.

"Perspective is a blessing. My time in the G League was all about perspective," Okafor said. "I gained a greater appreciation for the grind." Okafor has earned a couple starts in New Orleans, but he's still not a lock to be on the squad for the remainder of the season as he's just on a 10-day deal. It's nice to see him back in the NBA following a five-year absence, but he's a non-factor in most leagues.
Feb 21 - 11:00 AM

Andrew White has been recalled from the G-League.

White had a nice showing in the final game leading up to the All-Star break with 15 points, three triples, two boards, one assist and a steal, but that stat line came with three of the five Atlanta starters watching from the sidelines. With the regulars expected to be back in action on Friday, it'll be tough for White to have a repeat performance.
Feb 21 - 10:25 AM

Josh Magette has been recalled from the G-League.

He'll help warm the bench on Friday, but it's unlikely he'll be out there for meaningful minutes.
Feb 21 - 10:22 AM

Malik Monk missed most of Tuesday's practice after being involved in a car accident on Sunday.

Monk suffered from upper-body soreness when he arrived for Tuesday’s practice, was examined by team doctors and then put up some shots after most of the other players had left the court. "They just had to make sure he was OK," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. "He wasn’t able to practice today, but he says he feels better. He’s just stiff." Monk's not doing much fantasy-wise right now and the Hornets are in the playoff hunt, so that's unlikely to change anytime soon.
Feb 20 - 10:29 PM

The Jazz will send guard Naz Mitrou-Long to the G-League's Salt Lake City Stars on Tuesday.

Despite having the smoothest name in the league, he isn't likely to have any fantasy value this season and is currently on a 10-day contract with the Jazz.
Feb 20 - 10:21 PM

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek suggested on Tuesday that Joakim Noah will not return to the Knicks this season.

"I think that is the plan," Hornacek said after practice. The Knicks sent Noah away after he and Hornacek got into a skirmish at practice on Jan. 24, when Noah was upset that he played less than five minutes the night before. "That’s something that happened three weeks ago, four weeks ago," Hornacek said. "We’ve moved on. He’s ready to move on and maybe have an opportunity somewhere else." While this story has no fantasy impacts, Noah could have helped a team missing Kristaps Porzingis. Noah's NBA career appears to be winding down in his 10th season.
Source: Newsday
Feb 20 - 10:16 PM

Tim Frazier (nose) is expected to play on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

He missed the Wizards’ last game after undergoing nasal fracture surgery, but he's had some time to recover over the break. He'll be sporting a face mask and should be ready to back up Tomas Satoransky.
Feb 20 - 7:50 PM

Michael Beasley missed practice on Tuesday due to "right ear irritation."

This is all we have to work with, but we'll put him on the injury report to be safe. With that said, we'd be very surprised if he wasn't ready for Thursday's game vs. the Magic. He's a must-own player right now and averaged 18.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in his last four games.
Feb 20 - 7:47 PM

John Paxson said he'll talk to the Bulls' medical staff about whether or not Zach LaVine can be cleared for back-to-back sets this season.

The Bulls do have five more back-to-back sets this season, so it would be nice if owners wouldn't have to concern themselves with LaVine missing random games during the fantasy playoffs. LaVine was ballin' in the five games headed into the All-Star break with averages of 22.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.6 dimes, 2.2 triples, 1.2 steals and just 1.4 turnovers per game, so he should have a strong finish to the year.
Feb 20 - 6:01 PM

Bulls executive VP John Paxson said that Kris Dunn (concussion) would no longer be on a minutes limit.

Dunn missed nearly a month of action after suffering a concussion back on January 17th, but returned for the Bulls final game before the break. He was limited to 20 minutes in that contest but has avoided any setbacks. Paxson did say that although the Bulls won't place Dunn on a minutes restriction, they will "be smart" in his first few games back.
Feb 20 - 5:55 PM

Jerian Grant will not be a part of the Bulls rotation going forward.

Bulls executive VP John Paxson made it clear that Chicago will be committed to playing their young players over the second of the season. As part of this plan, Cameron Payne (foot), who has been cleared to return, will replace Grant as Kris Dunn's primary backup at point guard. Grant can be dropped in all fantasy formats.
Feb 20 - 5:54 PM

Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Knicks.

He could, however, suit up for Orlando's G-League affiliate this weekend, which suggests he's close. The Magic are going to play it very safe with Isaac this season given how much of an issue that ankle injury has been for him, and it's tough to see him carving out much value while Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja are healthy.
Feb 20 - 5:53 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said that Aaron Gordon (hip) is "on track" to play Thursday vs. the Knicks.

This was somewhat expected, but it's still very welcome news for Gordon owners. Gordon missed nine consecutive contests prior to the All-Star break, and was forced to withdraw from the Slam Dunk contest. Gordon has only been able to suit up for 39 games thus far this season, but he's averaging career highs in points (18.4), rebounds (8.3), 3-pointers (2.0), and minutes (34.0).
Feb 20 - 5:49 PM



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