2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Injury Report: February 7
Justin Fensterman brings you all the latest updates on injuries around the NBA and what you need to know about their fantasy basketball impact.
|NAME||TEAM||INJURY||TIMETABLE TO RETURN||ANALYSIS|
|Kawhi Leonard||SAS||Quad||No Timetable||Leonard is out indefinitely and the Spurs hope to get him back before the season's over. Kyle Anderson and Rudy Gay (when healthy) pick up PT.|
|Gordon Hayward||BOS||Ankle/Tibia||No Timetable||Hayward can shoot stand-still jumpers and wants to return this season. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart (when healthy) pick up shots and minutes.|
|Nikola Vucevic||ORL||Hand||2-3 Weeks||Vucevic is practicing and is reportedly almost ready to take full contact. With all of the injuries on Orlando, Bismack Biyombo will pick up PT.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||NY||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||With Porzingis done, Kyle O'Quinn and Michael Beasley will play more. Will Willy Hernangomez finally get playing time?|
|Paul Millsap||DEN||Wrist||3-5 Weeks||Millsap is practicing but we won't see him again until sometime after the All-Star break. Trey Lyles and Mason Plumlee pick up minutes.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||NO||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Cousins will not return for the remainder of the season and Darius Miller, Omer Asik and Dante Cunningham (when healthy) will play heavy minutes.|
|Mike Conley||MEM||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Conley is having surgery and won't return to the court this season. Andrew Harrison and Mario Chalmers will fill-in.|
|John Wall||WSH||Knee||6-8 Weeks||Wall has to get another procedure on his Knee and will miss up to two months. Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier will pick up minutes.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Hand||6-8 Weeks||With Kevin Love out for potentially the next two months, Jeff Green, Jae Crowder and Tristan Thompson will fill in.|
|Patrick Beverley||LAC||Knee||No Timetable||Beverley had surgery and thinks he can return this season. Austin Rivers (when healthy), Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic pick up minutes.|
|Markelle Fultz||PHI||Shoulder||No Timetable||After it seemed like he was on his way back, Fultz is once again having Shoulder issues and it's impacting his shooting in practice|
|Andre Drummond||DET||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||The Ankle injury seemed minor and we're awaiting his status for Wednesday. If he can't go, Anthony Tolliver will pick up PT.|
|Devin Booker||PHX||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Booker missed his previous game with a Hip injury and his status for Wednesday is not looking good.Tyler Ulis and Troy Daniels will pick up PT.|
|Aaron Gordon||ORL||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Gordon is dealing with a Hip injury and has missed his last five games. He'll likely need more time off and Mario Hezonja will pick up PT.|
|Lonzo Ball||LAL||Knee||No Timetable||New reports are saying that we may not see Ball until after the All-Star break. Jordan Clarkson and Josh Hart will grab PT.|
|Jeremy Lin||BKN||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||D'Angelo Russell will rotate between PG and SG spot and Spencer Dinwiddie will pick up minutes.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Oladipo is sick and he's questionable for Wednesday's game. If he can't go Lance Stephenson and Cory Joseph pick up playing time.|
|Kris Dunn||CHI||Concussion||No Timetable||Dunn is starting to practice again and hopefull the Headaches are behind him and could be back in the next week or two. Jerian Grant grabs PT.|
|Enes Kanter||NY||Face||DAY TO DAY||Kanter is going to have some dental work done thanks to Jabari Parker. If he has to miss Thursday's game, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez take over.|
|Harrison Barnes||DAL||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Barnes missed his previous game and is questionable for Thursday. If he can't play, Wes Matthews usage goes up and Maxi Kleber adds PT.|
|Mason Plumlee||DEN||Calf||2-4 Weeks||Plumlee is dealing with a Calf strain and Trey Lyles will pick up even more playing time and Paul Millsap will return in the not so distant future.|
|Austin Rivers||LAC||Heel||Friday||Rivers is finally just about ready and he says he plans to return Friday. You never know with the Clippers and they could make trades.|
|Reggie Jackson||DET||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||With Jackson out, Ish Smith takes over at PG and is very familiar with the Pistons offense. All Pistons options will see a boost in shots with Jackson out.|
|Rondae Hollis-Jefferson||BKN||Groin||DAY TO DAY||RHJ has missed his last six games and is still a few games from returning. If he can't play Quincy Acy (when healthy) and Jarrett Allen will pick up minutes.|
|Dion Waiters||MIA||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Waiters had Ankle surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington pick up minutes.|
|Seth Curry||DAL||Tibia||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Curry will not play this season and Yogi Ferrell will grab more playing time along with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris.|
|Carmelo Anthony||OKC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Melo sprained his Ankle Tuesday night and if he can't play on Thursday, Jerami Grant will pick up a lot of minutes.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||NY||Shin||DAY TO DAY||Hardaway Jr. is dealing with a minor Shin contusion and if he can't play Thursday, Damyean Dotson and Lance Thomas will pick up playing time.|
|Darren Collison||IND||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Collison will miss the next few weeks after having minor Knee surgery and Cory Joseph will pick up a lot of minutes.|
|Mirza Teletovic||MIL||Lung||No Timetable||Teletovic is dealing with issues regarding Blood Clots and that's what's kept Chris Bosh out of Basketball. He could miss the rest of the season.|
|Rudy Gay||SAS||Heel||2-4 Weeks||With Gay out until after the All-Star break, Kyle Anderson will continue to see consistent minutes and shot opportunities.|
|Thabo Sefolosha||UT||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Sefolosha had surgery on his Knee and will miss the rest of the season. Jonas Jerebko will see more playing time.|
|Trevor Ariza||HOU||Hamstring||No Timetable||With Ariza out for at least the next few games, Gerald Green and P.J. Tucker will pick up minutes.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Concussion||DAY TO DAY||LeVert could be in the league's concussion protocol. Joe Harris and Nik Stauskas will pick up playing time.|
|Marcus Smart||BOS||Hand||1-2 Weeks||Smart did not make a smart decision by injuring his hand on a picture frame and Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin will pick up playing time while he's out.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||MIL||Quad||6-8 Weeks||With Brogdon out for potentially the next two months, Sterling Brown, Sean Kilpatrick and Tony Snell will pick up more playing time.|
|Kelly Olynyk||MIA||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Olynyk is questionable for Wednesday's game and if he can't play Bam Adebayo will pick up more playing time.|
|Jordan Bell||GSW||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Bell will be on the shelf for the next couple of weeks and Kevon Looney will pick up minutes while he's out.|
|DeAndre' Bembry||ATL||Groin||1-3 Weeks||Bembry is dealing with a strained Groin and Marco Belinelli will continue to pick up minutes.|
|Chandler Parsons||MEM||Knee||1-3 Weeks||Parsons has been practicing this week and reports say that he can be back before the All-Star break. Jarell Martin and Deyonta Davis will pick up minutes.|
|John Henson||MIL||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Henson missed his previous game as he's dealing with soreness in his Hamstring and if he can't play on Friday, Thon Maker and Tyler Zeller will grab minutes.|
|Terrence Ross||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||We still don't have an update on Ross and Jonathon Simmons will continue seeing a lot of minutes.|
|Ryan Anderson||HOU||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Anderson hurt his Ankle on Tuesday and if he can't play Wednesday, P.J. Tucker and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will see more action.|
|Rodney McGruder||MIA||Tibia||No Timetable||With McGruder out, Josh Richardson picks up more minutes and the Heat are not giving a clear timetable outside of saying he's working hard to return.|
|Glenn Robinson III||IND||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||He's continues to work his way back and is practicing. His playing time may depend on Bojan Bogdanovic's impact on the court.|
|Dante Exum||UT||Shoulder||No Timetable||Exum can shoot but can't take contact yet, but is recovering. Donovan Mitchell will get more run.|
|Cameron Payne||CHI||Foot||2-3 Weeks||Payne's recent tests have come back clean regarding his Foot and he's on his way bac. He'll have to shine more than Jerian Grant in order to play.|
|De'Aaron Fox||SAC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Fox hurt is Ankle on Monday, but said he should be fine for Friday's game. If he can't play George Hill will see more minutes.|
|Jon Leuer||DET||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Leuer had Ankle surgery and is out for the rest of the season.|
|C.J. Williams||LAC||Ankle||No Timetable||Williams will rehab with the G-league and Jawun Evans and even Tyrone Wallace will pick up playing time while he's out.|
|Brandon Knight||PHX||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||He will not be playing this season.|
|Nerlens Noel||DAL||Finger||2-4 Weeks||Noel is looking at a February return and has been cleared for contact. Dirk Nowitzki and Salah Mejri will continue to see a lot of minutes.|
|Jonathan Isaac||ORL||Ankle||No Timetable||Isaac will be out for a long time as his Ankle just won't heal and Mario Hezonja should pick up playing time.|
|Isaiah Canaan||PHX||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||With Canaan out for the rest of the season, Tyler Ulis, Troy Daniels and even Josh Jackson will pick up minutes and usage.|
|Marvin Williams||CHA||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Williams has missed his last four games, but he's been feeling better and is close to returning. Frank Kaminsky will pick up minutes.|
|Dorian Finney-Smith||DAL||Knee||No Timetable||He's on the outside looking into the Mavs rotation when he eventually returns.|
|Solomon Hill||NO||Hamstring||1-2 Months||The Hammy is torn and that'll cost him a ton of time. Dante Cunningham will start in his place.|
|Alan Williams||PHX||Knee||1-2 Months||New Reports say that Williams is making progress and could return as early as February. March seems more realistic.|
|Okaro White||MIA||Foot||1-2 Months||All Heat PF's pick up a few more minutes with White's Foot fractured.|
|Alexis Ajinca||NO||Knee||2 Months or not at all||Ajinca had surgery and will be on the outside looking into the Pelicans rotation if he returns.|
|Furkan Korkmaz||PHI||Lisfranc Injury||3-5 Weeks||Korkmaz is on the outside looking in when it comes to the Sixers rotation.|
|Evan Turner||POR||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Turner missed his previous game and if he can't play Thursday, Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton will see more playing time.|
|Skal Labissiere||SAC||Shoulder||1-3 Weeks||He'll miss the next couple of weeks. Kosta Koufos and Zach Randolph will pick up more minutes.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Patellar Tendon||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Roberson will miss the rest of the season and Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson will fill in moving forward|
|Quincy Acy||BKN||Finger||DAY TO DAY||Acy missed his previous game and if he can't play Wednesday, Jahlil Okafor will pick up playing time along with Jarrett Allen.|
|Jawun Evans||LAC||Groin/Abs||DAY TO DAY||Evans has missed seven straight games and is dealing with multiple injuries. Milos Teodosic will see more minutes.|
|Frank Mason||SAC||Plantar Fascia||3-4 Weeks||Mason should be ready to go after the All-Star break and he'll be brought back slowly. All Kings options at guard will fill in.|
|Matthew Dellavedova||MIL||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||Delly will miss almost a month of action and Sean Kilpatrick and even Jason Terry could pick up more playing time.|
|Ron Baker||NY||Shoulder||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Baker will miss the rest of the season with a Torn Labrum. Jarrett Jack's minutes are safe and Frank Ntilikina will pick up more playing time.|
|Shane Larkin||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Larkin has missed his last five games and Thursday isn't looking good for him. Terry Rozier will pick up more playing time.|
|Malachi Richardson||SAC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Richardson has missed his last five games and is on the outside looking in when it comes to the Kings rotation.|
|Deyonta Davis||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Davis should play Wednesday and if he can't go, Jarell Martin picks up more playing time.|
|Tyler Cavanaugh||ATL||Ankle||3-4 Weeks||He'll be back at some point after the All-Star break and he's on the outside looking in when it comes to the Hawks rotation.|
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B. Beal - SG
Bradley Beal has reportedly committed to playing for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics.
Coach Gregg Popovich secures another elite player for the national team, whose roster already includes Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum and Draymond Green. Beal has averaged at least 35.8 minutes in four straight seasons, so additional wear-and-tear in the summer isn't ideal for fantasy purposes. He's missed a combined 27 games the past two years. Then again, if Beal weren't playing for Team USA he'd probably be doing some comparably strenuous training anyway. Players who will not be joining the national team include LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Jimmy Butler, while a host of other All-Star players haven't publicly announced a decision
Added 3:17 pm (EST)
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D. Nowitzki - PF
Dirk Nowitzki is rejoining the Mavericks organization as a special advisor.
Nowitzki's first assisting Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in his search for a new head of basketball operations and then coach, according to New York Times reporter Marc Stein, who broke the news. "Mark approached me and asked me to help out and of course I said yes," said Nowitzki. "Any way I can help my Mavs, I'm in."
Added 1:44 pm (EST)
Added 1:44 pm (EST)
M. Conley - PG
Mike Conley (right hamstring strain) is "working toward a return to the lineup," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Conley has been sidelined since straining his hamstring back on June 2nd in Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies and acknowledged earlier this week that he suffered a "small setback" on June 10. On Wednesday, Conley told reporters: “With the way things have been progressing and obviously with the series as close as it is and as tight as it is, I think that [playing in] this series is possible, depending on the situation. I’ve played through a lot of things in my career and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again." With the Jazz facing elimination in Game 6 in L.A. on Friday night, and Donovan Mitchell nursing a troublesome ankle injury, it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see Conley give it a go tonight.
Added 12:07 pm (EST)
Added 12:07 pm (EST)
D. Mitchell - SG
Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is "progressing to be a game-time decision," for Game 6 vs. the Clippers on Friday night, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Mitchell started out the postseason on fire, but his nagging right ankle injury has limited him significantly in the Clippers series, robbing Mitchell of his explosiveness. "It's just something I'm going to have to deal with," Mitchell said after Wednesday night's loss in Game 5. "It bleeping sucks." He is officially listed as questionable on the injury report. The fact that his availability is still up in the air less than 10 hours before the start of the most important game of Utah's season speaks volumes. We will keep a close eye out for updates on his status throughout the day.
Added 11:58 am (EST)
Added 11:58 am (EST)
N. Jokic - C
Nikola Jokic said he has decided not to compete in the Olympics Games this summer.
“With my great regret, this is the moment when I have to announce that despite my great desire, I am not able to play for the national team,” Jokic told Serbian news agency Tanjug. “Simply, the condition of my body requires a longer absence from the court for recovery.” Remarkably, dating back to last season, Jokic had played in 109 consecutive contests. The Nuggets front office and coaching staff is undoubtedly relieved to learn the MVP will give his body some much-needed rest.
Added 11:20 am (EST)
Added 11:20 am (EST)
M. Brown - C
Moses Brown is being traded to Boston, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Brown will be packaged with Al Horford and a 2023 second-round pick in exchange for Kemba Walker, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round draft pick. Brown was a very pleasant surprise for the Thunder this past season. In 43 appearances (32 starts), he averaged 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 21.4 minutes a night. Brown shot 54.5% from the floor and 61.9% from the free-throw stripe. With Robert Williams' difficultly staying healthy, Brown could be a valuable backup big for Boston, who didn't have a reliable center behind The Time Lord last season.
Added 10:20 am (EST)
Added 10:20 am (EST)
A. Horford - C
Al Horford is being traded to Boston, along with Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick, in exchange for Kemba Walker, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Horford was rested frequently last season and sat out the final six weeks of the 2020-21 campaign after the Thunder went in tank mode. In the 28 games he did play, Horford averaged 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a career-high 2.0 made 3-pointers per game, while shooting 45% from the floor, 36.8% from downtown and 81.8% from the free-throw line. At 35 years of age, Horford is obviously not the All-Star caliber player he once was, but is still certainly capable of posting solid all-around numbers. The Celtics will make more moves this summer, but Horford should see plenty of playing time next season on a Boston squad lacking front-court depth.
Added 9:43 am (EST)
Added 9:43 am (EST)
K. Walker - PG
Kemba Walker, the No. 16 pick and a 2025 second-round pick are being traded from the Celtics to the Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Happy Friday morning! Woj dropped this nugget around 9 a.m. on Friday and if anyone was wondering how the Celtics were going to get out from under Kemba's ridiculous contract, here's your answer. The oft-injured point guard could start for the Thunder, pushing Shai-Gilgeous Alexander over to shooting guard next season, but there's also a good chance the Thunder will move him, considering their youth goals and the fact they now have three No. 1 picks in July. Of course, Kemba needs to be healthy for that to happen and SGA is still a cornerstone of the franchise, with or without Walker. The Thunder get yet another first-round pick, which they collect like most people collect sports cards, stamps or bobbleheads. The arrival of Horford and Brown in Boston is a bit concerning for the development of Robert Williams but he's had trouble staying healthy, as well. It's been quite a three-day news cycle in the NBA and one can only wonder what the next Woj bomb will look like.
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