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2017 NBA Fantasy Basketball Waiver Advice: Feb. 17
Justin Fensterman
Emmanuel Mudiay Headshot

Mudiay (back) took part in a full practice on Tuesday, Adam Mares of DenverStiffs.com reports.

Mudiay missed the last six games prior to the All-Star break because of back spasms, but after a week off for additional rehab, it appears he's finally nearing a return to full strength. His full participation in Tuesday's practice indicates he could be good to go as soon as Thursday's game against the Kings, although a final word on his availability might not come until later in the week. A return from Mudiay would mean a significant decrease in value for Jameer Nelson, who's taken over the starting point guard role for the duration of Mudiay's absence.
8:25 pm (EST)
Tim Quarterman Headshot

Quarterman was assigned Tuesday to the D-League's Long Island Nets.

Quarterman has taken part in just 13 games for the Trail Blazers this season, as he's no higher than the team's fourth option at either point guard or shooting guard. With Long Island starting up their post All-Star break schedule on Wednesday against the Grand Rapids Drive, Quarterman will join the team to get extended playing time, which should provide some much-needed game reps. He could be recalled to the Trail Blazers ahead of Thursday's game with the Magic, but he won't see the court if the game remains competitive.
8:16 pm (EST)
Joakim Noah Headshot

Noah (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

Noah reportedly tweaked his hamstring during a practice just prior to the All-Star break and continues to deal with significant discomfort despite having the last week off for recovery. His next opportunity to take the court will be Saturday against the 76ers, although at this point, there's no guarantees he'll be ready by that time. With Noah sitting out Thursday, Willy Hernangomez will draw yet another start, marking his third in a row. Kyle O'Quinn could also see a few extra minutes off the bench.
8:08 pm (EST)
Corey Brewer Headshot

Brewer, along with a first-round pick, will be traded to the Lakers on Tuesday in exchange for Louis Williams, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

The first-round pick was likely the more coveted asset for the Lakers, but Brewer is still a guy that should play well into the team's up-tempo attack. He's also a well-known defender, which is another trait that is valuable for a team that gives up 110.7 points per game. In moving to the Lakers, Brewer could see a slight uptick in playing time, but he'll still have to fight for minutes at small forward with the likes of Brandon Ingram and Luol Deng. That likely leaves him in a smaller rotational role off the bench, although we should get a better picture of how he'll be used once the Lakers resume games later this week.
7:57 pm (EST)
Lou Williams Headshot

Williams has been traded to the Rockets for Corey Brewer and a 1st round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

The veteran shooting guard had been rumored to be on the block, as the Lakers were looking to acquire assets and build for the future. Williams was averaging 18.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.1 triples across 24.2 minutes per game off the bench for the Lakers. He will presumably see a similar role with the Rockets providing a spark with the second unit off the bench, but it's unclear at this time if he will see as many minutes. The Rockets style of play makes sense in theory for Williams, and he should make a relatively smooth transition in with the team.
7:50 pm (EST)
Courtney Lee Headshot

Lee is dealing with an illness and sat out Tuesday's practice.

With another day off prior to Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, there's a decent chance Lee has enough time to make a full recovery. That said, it will be a situation to monitor moving forward just in case the ailment lasts longer than expected. Look for his status to be updated following Wednesday's session, which should give us a better indication regarding whether he'll be healthy enough to slot into his usual starting shooting guard role.
7:43 pm (EST)
Joakim Noah Headshot

Noah (hamstring) was held out of Tuesday's practice.

Noah missed five straight games prior to the All-Star break because of a hamstring injury and it appears he's still not over the lingering issue despite having another full week off for added recovery. He'll continue to receive treatment over the next day or two, but for now, he can be considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers. Noah's absence from Tuesday's practice is obviously a bit concerning and if he's unable to take the court moving forward, Willy Hernangomez would likely be the main beneficiary.
7:36 pm (EST)
Malik Beasley Headshot

Beasley was assigned Tuesday to the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce.

With guys like Gary Harris, Will Barton and Jamal Murray all in the fold in the Nuggets' backcourt, Beasely has found minutes hard to come by in his first NBA season. He's averaged just 4.9 minutes over 18 games with Denver, so coach Michael Malone will look to get his young guard some added on-court opportunities in assigning him to D-League. Beasley could see added minutes with the Nuggets as the season winds down, but for the most part, expect the 2016-17 campaign to largely be a developmental one.
6:31 pm (EST)
C.J. Watson Headshot

Watson (Achilles) was held out of Tuesday's practice and is expected to have an MRI performed on Wednesday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Watson suffered the injury in a game against the Spurs just prior to the All-Star break and despite over a week off for added rest and recovery, he's still dealing with some lingering discomfort. That's obviously concerning for his availability moving forward, but with an MRI scheduled for Wednesday, we should get further clarification on whether or not something more serious is at hand. Watson can be considered highly questionable for Thursday's game against the Trail Blazers until additional information is provided.
6:15 pm (EST)
Patrick Beverley Headshot

Beverley (groin) is back to full strength and is good to go for Thursday's game against the Pelicans, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Beverley suffered a groin injury in a game against the Heat just prior to the All-Star break, but it was never considered a serious ailment and he's now fully healthy after the added time off. Look for him to take on his usual role as a starter in the backcourt on Thursday against the Pelicans and he'll look to build on a strong start to February, where he's averaged 12.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals across 27.0 minutes in six games.
6:08 pm (EST)
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