DFS NBA Rankings : February 24 Cover Image
DFS NBA Rankings : February 24
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Avery Bradley Headshot

Bradley (Achilles) will sit out Friday against the Raptors, CSN Northeast's A. Sherrod Blakely reports.

Bradley did travel with the Celtics for their two-game road trip to kick off their post-All-Star break schedule, and even though the shooting guard saw involvement in morning shootaround and said he feels 100 percent healthy, coach Brad Stevens and the team's staff decided it was for the best for Bradley to miss his 17th consecutive game. Despite Bradley's extended absence, the Celtics have surged into second in the Eastern Conference standings, so the team has the luxury of holding him out for precautionary purposes. Marcus Smart is expected to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard in Bradley's stead, though it's uncertain if Smart or Jaylen Brown (hip) will start at the position. Bradley's next chance to return to the court will come Sunday against the Pistons.
4:46 pm (EST)
Ray McCallum Headshot

McCallum's second 10-day contract with the Hornets expired Friday, MLive.com's Aaron McMann reports.

The Hornets haven't formally announced whether they'll release McCallum or sign him to a contract for the rest of the season, but it appears they will go with the former route, as the team formally signed Johnny O'Bryant to a 10-day deal Friday, filling their 15th roster spot. McCallum never ended up seeing the floor during his two 10-day stints with the Hornets, as coach Steve Clifford opted to use Kemba Walker and Brian Roberts as his sole point guards. Look for McCallum to report back to the D-League's Grand Rapids Drive.
4:33 pm (EST)
Johnny O'Bryant Headshot

O'Bryant signed a 10-day contract with the Hornets on Friday.

O'Bryant has now been promoted from the D-League's Northern Arizona Suns to the NBA on two occasions this season, after previously signing two consecutive 10-day deal with the Nuggets in January and February. The third-year forward has averaged 18.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25 games for Northern Arizona, but doesn't project as much more than a depth option in the frontcourt for the Hornets. He'll likely struggle to crack the rotation.
4:25 pm (EST)
Spencer Dinwiddie Headshot

Coach Kenny Atkinson said that Jeremy Lin (hamstring) would start at point guard Friday against the Nuggets, likely meaning that Dinwiddie will return to a bench role.

Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead have both received starts at point guard during Lin's 26-game absence, with Dinwiddie handling the majority of those duties. The 23-year-old seemed to be hitting his stride with back-to-back 17- and 19-point efforts heading into the All-Star break, but his playing time and productivity figures to take a hit now that Lin is back in the fold. Dinwiddie will have to fight Whitehead for most of the spare minutes behind Lin, though at 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Dinwiddie also possesses the frame to challenge for minutes on the wing.
4:08 pm (EST)
Jeremy Lin Headshot

Coach Kenny Atkinson confirmed that Lin (hamstring) will start at point guard in Friday's game against the Nuggets.

The Nets indicated several days ago that they anticipated Lin would return for the team's first game after the All-Star break, but it wasn't clear whether or not he would immediately settle back into a starting role following a 26-game absence due to a strained hamstring. However, Atkinson put that mystery to bed at the Nets' morning shootaround, so it looks like Lin could be in store for a normal workload right off the bat. The point guard has been limited to just 12 games this season due to the recurring hamstring injuries, but has been effective when he's taken the court. He's averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 three-pointers in 25.0 minutes per game, and should warrant a pickup in just about every fantasy format now that he's healthy again. Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead will likely see their playing time tail off now that Lin is available.
4:03 pm (EST)
Kay Felder Headshot

Felder was assigned to the D-League's Canton Charge on Friday.

The rookie point guard has appeared in 36 games for the Cavaliers this season and is averaging 4.1 points in 9.6 minutes per game, but he's mostly played out of necessity, as the team's lack of depth behind starting point guard Kyrie Irving has forced Felder into more run with the second unit than the organization probably intended. It appears that the Cavaliers may soon be less reliant on Felder, however, as the team is believed to be the frontrunner to sign veteran point guard Deron Williams, who was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday. If Williams indeed clears waivers and latches on with the Cavaliers as their primary backup point guard, Felder could end up seeing extended time at the D-League level over the final month and a half of the regular season.
3:54 pm (EST)
Avery Bradley Headshot

Bradley (Achilles) isn't expected to play in Friday's game against the Raptors, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Bradley traveled with the team and took part in shootaround, but the Celtics remain cautious with their shooting guard after he suffered a setback a couple weeks ago. Bradley has missed 20 of the team's last 21 games and it appears as though he is set to miss at least one more. Marcus Smart will likely get the start at shooting guard once again with Jaylen Brown serving as the backup in his return from a hip injury.
3:49 pm (EST)
Thaddeus Young Headshot

Young (wrist) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game against the Grizzlies.

Young has missed the last eight games for the Pacers, but it seems the All-Star break has provided the forward ample time to recover from his left wrist sprain. Should Young officially be ruled active Friday, he is likely to assume his role as the starting power forward with no restrictions. Lavoy Allen (knee), who is also listed as probable, will backup Young at the position.
3:36 pm (EST)
Georgios Papagiannis Headshot

Papagiannis was assigned to the D-League's Reno Bighorns on Friday, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.

Papagiannis has bounced back and forth from the D-League to the NBA all season. He has only taken the floor four times for the Kings this season, averaging 4.5 minutes a contest. He'll see major minutes Friday night against the Santa Cruz Warriors but the Kings have not mentioned if the 18-year-old will continue his stint with the Bighorns or rejoin the Kings afterwards.
3:35 pm (EST)
Lavoy Allen Headshot

Allen (knee) is probable to participate in Friday's matchup against Memphis.

Allen is on track to make his debut back to the court after missing three straight games due to his injury. Since Kevin Seraphin has been starting in Allen's place while Allen has rested, he could be expected to start again Friday if Allen is held out for a fourth matchup.
3:34 pm (EST)
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