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Paul Millsap (wrist surgery) could return in "two weeks ... [but] it could be four weeks," according to coach Mike Malone.

The Nuggets expect more clarity after Millsap visits doctors next week. He went through parts of practice on Wednesday and a return in early- or mid-March sounds plausible, so make sure he's not still floating on your waiver wire. Malone suggested that Millsap might come off the bench initially, as he works himself back into game shape, but it shouldn't take long before he's starting alongside Nikola Jokic.
Feb 21 - 8:07 PM

The Cavaliers are signing G Marcus Thornton to a 10-day contract.

The 6'4" guard has been playing in the G League for the Canton Charge this season, averaging 18.8 points, 3.5 triples, 3.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks in 36.0 minutes. Even if he manages to earn some minutes, he won't be a fantasy asset.
Feb 21 - 8:02 PM

Ricky Rubio (left hip soreness) didn't practice on Wednesday.

This is worrisome news for Rubio's fantasy owners. He was surging before getting hurt on Feb. 9 and we were optimistic that he'd be ready after the break, but he's still receiving treatment on his hip. Owners should make contingency plans for the weekend, but for now we're calling him questionable for games on Friday (vs. Portland) and Saturday (vs. Dallas). If he can't suit up, Donovan Mitchell will have the ball in his hands more often than not, while Royce O'Neale and Joe Ingles also stand to benefit.
Feb 21 - 7:38 PM

Mason Plumlee (calf) said he's available to play vs. the Spurs on Friday.

Plumlee won't have any limitations after resting through the All-Star break. He was ruled 2-4 weeks after getting hurt on Jan. 29, so this is in line with initial expectations. With Nikola Jokic healthy and Paul Millsap (wrist) approaching a return, however, Plumlee is best left on the wire outside of deep leagues.
Feb 21 - 7:33 PM

Shane Larkin (sore right knee) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Larkin did some running and cutting, so he's progressing, but it's not a great sign that he still can't practice after the All-Star break. The Celtics haven't provided many details about the injury but coach Brad Stevens expects Larkin to go through portions of Thursday's practice. We're considering him questionable for games on Friday and Saturday.
Feb 21 - 7:27 PM

Coach Kenny Atkinson said he expects to see more lineups with Spencer Dinwiddie and D'Angelo Russell.

" I do like having two guards that can really handle the ball," Atkinson said. "Now, you’ve got to look at the other pieces and how they fit. Someone’s got to be out. One of our good wing players has got to be out if they’re going to play." This quote does sound like it's possible Russell gets a starting nod, which could bump Allen Crabbe or DeMarre Carroll. Dinwiddie should be busy regardless.
Feb 21 - 7:00 PM

Rudy Gay (heel) will return on Friday night against the Nuggets.

The Spurs get some good news after coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard (quad) could miss the rest of the season. Gay's heel injury has been a problem for him throughout the season and he's been out since Dec. 28. He'll likely have a minutes cap upon his return, but he's worth a look in 12-team leagues.
Feb 21 - 6:23 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich said he'd be surprised if Kawhi Leonard (quad) returned this season.

Not good. It's unclear if Pop means just the regular season or for the playoffs, as well. The Spurs have not been very forthcoming with updates on Leonard, and there's been no talk of him progressing in his rehab. The Spurs will be giving a longer look at Dejounte Murray as a starter and now Kyle Anderson should be starting for the foreseeable future. Leonard's fantasy owners may want to consider dropping him in what has been a lost season.
Feb 21 - 6:17 PM

Coach Frank Vogel said he'll keep the minutes of Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic "at a reasonable number" upon their returns.

It sounds like they both are going to play on Thursday, but Gordon also hinted he may have a minutes limit. "It’s going to take some time getting rhythm back, [getting] the feel back," Gordon said. "The first day, it’s almost like fool’s gold. You get so excited to come back and play that it takes over. It’s that second and third day that everything kind of sets in. You get a little sore." It's great news that Gordon will be back soon, but it may be a few games before he's back to producing must-start value in shallow leagues.
Feb 21 - 5:56 PM

General manager Ryan McDonough said Marquese Chriss needs to show more consistency.

"In some ways, if he's able to show that consistency that that'll help dictate what we do or don't do this summer," McDonough said. Chriss' sophomore season has been a bit of a nightmare and it's led to him losing playing time. The inconsistency makes him tough to own in shallower leagues.
Feb 21 - 5:29 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich said the Spurs "need to find exactly what we have" with Dejounte Murray.

"It’s time," Pop said. Well, that should mean Murray is going to be starting for the foreseeable future. Murray has started every game he's been active since Jan. 21, averaging 10.5 points, 7.5 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks on 48.6 percent from the fielding 73.3 percent from the line over those 25.8 minutes per game. Expect him to be busy to finish this season.
Feb 21 - 5:25 PM

Ersan Ilyasova is expected to remain the starting power forward.

The Hawks did sit Ilyasova, Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore last week, but coach Mike Budenholzer said he expects to stay the course with his rotation. "I think we’ve been a mix of young and veteran guys all year," he said Wednesday. "I think the way we progressed through the season — of course when you start the season you think it could be a little different —[but] right now but I think the way we’ve played, and the way we continue to play, won’t be that much different." Ilyasova's minutes will likely be inconsistent, so he may be tough to hold in shallower fantasy leagues.
Feb 21 - 5:17 PM

Alex Abrines (left hip contusion) participated in non-contact work on Tuesday and went through full practice on Wednesday with no restrictions.

That should put him on track to play against the Kings on Thursday. Abrines suffered the injury on Feb. 14 before the All-Star break, but it sounds like it's a minor ailment. He'll be looking at minutes in the low 20s and only has value in very deep leagues.
Feb 21 - 4:56 PM

Trevor Ariza (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday, and he will play on Friday against the Wolves.

He's been working out full speed for at least a week, so he should be ready to roll for Friday night and may not even have restrictions. Ariza suffered his injury on Jan. 28, so he's had three weeks to recover. His return means Luc Mbah a Moute, P.J. Tucker and Gerald Green will lose minutes. Ariza should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 21 - 4:52 PM

Reggie Bullock (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

Hopefully, Bullock will be well enough to play in Friday's game against the Celtics. If Bullock can't suit up, that would mean more minutes for Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson and maybe Langston Galloway.
Feb 21 - 4:20 PM

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