2017 NBA Fantasy Basketball Waiver Advice: Feb. 17 Cover Image
2017 NBA Fantasy Basketball Waiver Advice: Feb. 17
Justin Fensterman
Okaro White Headshot

White was recalled from the D-League on Tuesday.

The Heat sent White to the D-League to allow him to participate in the D-League All-Star Game over the weekend, but he'll now return to Miami in advance of Friday's game in Atlanta. In 14 games for the Heat this season, White is averaging 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game.
1:37 pm (EST)
Briante Weber Headshot

Weber's second 10-day contract with the Warriors expired Tuesday and the point guard won't be re-signed by the team for the remainder of the season, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reports.

Weber had a number of teams interested in his services when D-League players became eligible to sign 10-day contracts with NBA clubs a few weeks earlier, but the 24-year-old settled on the Warriors with the hope of contending for a title. While he made five appearances over the course of his two 10-day deals, Weber only averaged 1.6 points and shot 30 percent from the field in 8.2 minutes per game, and apparently didn't do enough in practices either to prove himself deserving of being signed for the rest of the season. He'll likely now stick with the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce before potentially latching on with another NBA team as a depth option in the backcourt.
12:29 pm (EST)
Kyle Wiltjer Headshot

Wiltjer was assigned to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Wiltjer was promoted to the Rockets in advance of their final game before the All-Star break Feb. 15 against the Heat, but the undrafted rookie out of Gonzaga failed to see the floor. Since Wiltjer was unlikely to crack the big club's rotation coming out of the break, he'll report back to Rio Grande Valley in search of regular playing time. He's been one of the Vipers' top scoring options this season with an average of 20.1 points per game.
12:24 pm (EST)
Chinanu Onuaku Headshot

Onuaku was assigned to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Tuesday, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Onuaku and Kyle Wiltjer were both recalled from the D-League prior to the Rockets' final game before the All-Star break Feb. 15 against the Heat, but neither player saw the floor in the contest. The duo will now head back to Rio Grande Valley in search of more regular run. Onuaku ranks fifth in the D-League in rebounds per game (10.5) and second in field-goal percentage (65.8%) on the season.
12:21 pm (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul has reached a verbal agreement with the Clippers to re-sign with the team on a new long-term contract this summer, Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report reports.

While the Clippers could be at risk of losing Blake Griffin in free agency this summer, it appears the team will be able to keep their other star in the fold. Paul carries a $24.2 million player option for the 2017-18, but he's expected to decline the option and take advantage of the likely salary-cap increase, which should be announced once the new collective bargaining agreement goes into effect during the summer. The terms of Paul's reported deal with the Clippers aren't known and won't be official until he puts pen to paper in July, but he's expected to earn more than $200 million with the new contract.
12:09 pm (EST)
Joel Bolomboy Headshot

Bolomboy was recalled from the D-League's Salt Lake City Stars on Tuesday.

Bolomboy was recently sent back to the Stars for his 14th assignment of the season, with the latest stint including an appearance in the D-League All-Star Game. He'll likely resume practicing with the Jazz before they return to action Friday against the Bucks, but expect him to head back to the Stars in the near future.
12:04 pm (EST)
Tiago Splitter Headshot

Splitter (hip, calf) has been doing increased work in his rehabilitation lately and could return to action at some point after the All-Star break, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

It doesn't appear that Splitter is on the cusp of returning to full practices, but this update nonetheless qualifies as good news for the center, who has been sidelined all season with the injuries. Splitter will give the Hawks some added depth at center once he returns to game action, but after averaging only 16.1 minutes per game when he was healthy last season, he's not a player who needs to be stashed in most formats.
12:02 pm (EST)
Matt Barnes Headshot

Barnes is expected to be waived by the Kings, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

This move comes as a result of the DeMarcus Cousins trade that was reported Sunday night, as the Kings will need to open a roster spot to take on the three players they're receiving from the Pelicans in the deal. Barnes has been playing 25 minutes per game in Sacramento this season, but is averaging just 7.6 points per game, which is his lowest total since the 2010-11 season. At 36 years old and after 13 seasons, Barnes is reaching the tail end of his NBA career, but he could still provide quality play and valuable veteran leadership for any team in the second half of the season.
Yesterday 12:40 pm (EST)
Johnny O'Bryant Headshot

O'Bryant's second 10-day contract with the Nuggets expired Friday, Chris Reichert of The Step Back reports.

Rather than signing O'Bryant for the rest of the season, the Nuggets elected to let the forward head back to the D-League ranks. O'Bryant, who suited up for the Northern Arizona Suns in the D-League All-Star Game, could get another look from an NBA team in the final two months of the season.
Yesterday 12:18 pm (EST)
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving tallied 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-8 3Pt), 14 assists, seven rebounds and three steals across 22 minutes in the Eastern Conference's 192-182 loss to the Western Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game.

In a game where defense was essentially optional, Irving was able to have his way throughout the evening, leading the Eastern Conference in both assists and boards. The point guard is averaging a career-best 24.4 points per game on the season and doesn't figure to see his scoring take much of a hit after the break, especially with Kevin Love (knee) likely out until late March or early April.
Yesterday 10:45 am (EST)
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