The workouts are similar to what Simmons was able to do prior to the 76ers ruling him out for the season a little less than two weeks ago after he required surgery to insert bone marrow into his fractured right foot. He'll presumably be limited in workouts for the remainder of the season, but the 76ers are hopeful that the No. 1 overall pick will be able to see some action in summer league and receive full clearance for training camp in the fall. The 76ers are grooming Simmons as their long-term solution at point guard, but that won't necessarily preclude them from using their first-round pick on another ball handler in June.
Ingram was removed from Friday's game agains the Timberwolves with tendinitis in his right knee, so the Lakers will wait until shootaround Sunday to update his status. At this point in the season, the Lakers have set their sights on the lottery, so Ingram is unlikely to be cleared unless he's 100 percent healthy.
Brown's production has taken a downturn of late, so Bradley's absence and his subsequent promotion to the starting lineup could be what the rookie needs to get back on track. In 11 outings as a starting guard this season, Brown is averaging 10.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game.
This ends up being pretty good news for the rookie forward, as earlier reports feared that Bender missing the remainder of the season was a real possibility. The timetable given would mean that Bender would have a chance to return in early-to-mid March, but given the Suns' playoff hopes are a long shot, they likely won't be in any rush to bring their rookie back. Fellow rookie Marquese Chriss could potentially be pushed into even more minutes at the power forward position in Bender's absence, but the big the big man being out shouldn't have too drastic of an impact on the team's rotation.
With the starting backcourt of Ricky Rubio and Brandon Rush going a combined 3-of-12 from the field Tuesday, coach Tom Thibodeau leaned more heavily on his top backup guards, Dunn and Tyus Jones. Despite seeing his most playing time since Jan. 28, Dunn was still unable to hit double-digit points, contributing just as many fouls. The Timberwolves still seem to view the rookie as a key part of their long-term core, but he's unlikely to emerge as a fantasy asset outside of deeper formats until at least next season.
It was a career night for the red-hot Hield, who established new career highs in scoring, rebounds and assists in the loss. While the Kings have no visions of remaining competitive over the final couple weeks of the season, Hield, the team's top long-term asset, is one of the few players on the roster who will see his role increase down the stretch. The 23-year-old rookie is averaging 14.7 points (on 50% shooting from the field), 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals in 27.9 minutes per game since the All-Star break.
Murray continues to serve as a dependable source of scoring off the bench, with Saturday's effort marking his sixth straight double-digit scoring tally. The rookie has kept his streak going despite shooting just 28.6 and 30.8 percent, respectively, over the last two games. With a secure and sizable role in the Nuggets backcourt rotation, Murray remains an appealing option in all formats for his ability to contribute across the stat sheet.
Chriss earned his second career double-double Thursday, and it also marked the first time he achieved consecutive 20-point games. Chriss has scored in double-digits for five straight games, and is averaging 8.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.8 threes, and 1.4 steals during that stretch. Granted, this is only a limited stretch of games, but only two players in NBA history have averaged at least 1.4 threes, steals, and blocks in a single season.
With the Raptors winning handily, coach Dwane Casey was able to get Poeltl some extra run, and the 7-1 rookie responded by dropping a career-high 12 points. Despite the Raptors taking him ninth overall in last year's draft, Poeltl has only appearanced in 41 games for the team this season, averaging 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds across 10.5 minutes per game. Considering he's slotted behind almost everyone else in the Raptors' big man rotation, Poeltl likely won't be fantasy relevant for the remainder of the season.
Maker only made one bucket in an uneventful start at center on Monday, as he quickly gave way to John Henson and Greg Monroe as the game progressed. This has been a familiar tune of musical chairs since the team lost Jabari Parker (knee) to injury, and it seems that despite playing solely from the bench, Monroe has been the primary beneficiary. At this point, Monroe is the only player in this rotation that garners serious attention as he has logged an average of 26.7 minutes per game since Parker's injury, while Maker has seen an average of only 12.4 minutes per game in that time span. Henson has even done better than Maker with 17.4 minutes per game, and he has only seen the floor in 7 of the 15 games the Bucks have played without Parker. It's hard to find a reason to consider Maker in this crowded group.
Thursday marked the first time all season that Sabonis has come off the bench, and he had a fairly typical game, hovering around his season averages of 6.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks across 21.0 minutes per game. Though coach Billy Donovan is experimenting with his rotations since acquiring new pieces at the trade deadline, it may be the case that Sabonis' fantasy production doesn't fluctuate much from here on out. The situation is worth monitoring, though the 6-10 rookie out of Gonzaga is only valuable in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
The 6-8 rookie -- who dropped a career-high 17 points Saturday against the Grizzlies -- seemingly has the Grizzlies' number, dropping 16 points on them Thursday. He also recorded a career-high four blocks, demonstrating his potential on both sides of the rock. In addition, Prince has been scorching hot since the All-Star break, knocking down 53.8 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. While he's probably not worth a pickup in almost any fantasy format at this point, he's shown he's capable of playing at the NBA level when given the opportunity.
The 7-2 big out of Greece demonstrated his ability to clean the glass Sunday, ripping down an impressive four offensive rebounds on his way to 10 total rebounds on the game in just 24 minutes of action. He also flashed his defensive potential, recording both a steal and a block. That being said, he committed five fouls, but that's nothing unusual for a 19-year old rookie finding his way around an NBA court. He's seen an increased role within the Kings' rotation over the past four games, averaging 15.7 minutes per game in the three games prior to Sunday's 24 minute showing. While it's possible he scrapes the surface of his fantasy potential at the end of this season, he likely won't be worth a look on the waiver wire in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Valentine secured his first career double-double as he tallied an impressive all-around line. The 12 rebounds easily eclipsed his previous season high of seven boards. Valentine has scored in double figures in five straight games, and has posted decent all-around numbers in that stretch, with averages of 11.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.8 three-pointers made per game. Owners in need of low-end all-around support could benefit by adding Valentine to finish the season.
Hernangomez has started the last three games with Wilson Chandler (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (knee) sitting out with their respective injuries. However, Chandler has been cleared to return to the court and is a better matchup against LeBron James at small forward, so the Nuggets will insert him into the top unit right away, while sending Hernangomez to the bench. Chandler's presence likely means a decent drop in minutes for Hernangomez moving forward.
Yabusele was selected by the Celtics with the 16th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, but was a stash candidate for them, as he instead went to China to play with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. He ended up playing in 43 games for the Sharks, posting averages of 20.9 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks across 30.3 minutes. He'll now come to the United States and play for the Red Claws of the D-League, although his debut remains to be seen for Maine, as he's dealing with an ankle injury and also has to work through some visa issues. Yabusele isn't expected to join the Celtics this season, but could debut with the team at some point during the 2017-18 campaign.
Baldwin has taken part in 24 games for the Grizzlies this season, but has seen the floor just once over the team's last 21 contests. That prompted the Grizzlies to send him to the D-League yet again, giving him the opportunity to see extended minutes. Once recalled, Baldwin will slot back in as depth in the backcourt, but is no higher than the team's fourth option at point guard with the likes of Mike Conley, Toney Douglas and Andrew Harrison in the fold.
Ellenson will practice with the Drive on Tuesday before playing in their game Wednesday against Raptors 905, followed by a weekend back-to-back set against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The rookie first-round pick has made just 14 appearances with the Pistons this season, with none coming since Jan. 18.
Beasley has seen a total of three minutes with the Nuggets in March, so another stint with the Skyforce allows him the opportunity to see extended playing time. He could be recalled in time for Friday's matchup with the Pacers, but an injury would likely have to occur higher up on the depth chart before Beasley sees regular minutes in the rotation.
After three consecutive games of scoring in double figures, LeVert cooled off against the Celtics. LeVert's average of six field goal attempts per game in the last five makes him hard to own, because there is not much of an opportunity for him to produce offensively. In what has been an inconsistent rookie campaign, owners should also expect an inconsistent finish to the season.
With Kent Bazemore (knee) likely sidelined until around March 26, the Hawks have decided to call up the 6-6 Bembry, who is capable of playing both small forward and shooting guard. He's averaged 2.8 points across 9.6 minutes per game in 30 appearances with the Hawks this season.
Richardson has not played since Feb. 15, the last game before the All Star break, as he has been dealing with a hamstring injury. The Kings have not offered a time table on his recovery, rendering him day-to-day going forward. His next opportunity to return will be Sunday against the Clippers.
Zizic fills the immediate need for the Celtics as they need a big center who has the ability to block shots and rebound. The Celtics fans were seen booing the draft pick, but they most likely know little about him. He's extremely tough, and has a very high motor, both very positive signs in a seven footer.
Despite Gerald Henderson and Robert Covington's recent returns from injury, Luwawu-Cabarrot is continuing to see time at both shooting guard and the 3, and drew a start at shooting guard on Sunday. It appears evident that the Sixers like what they see in the rookie, and they are going to give him every opportunity to show what he's got as their disappointing season winds down. The trio of Henderson, Covington and Luwawu-Cabarrot will be a quandary to navigate moving forward as they will most likely poach minutes from each other and render all of them less relevant from a fantasy perspective, but it's likely that you'll see enough of Luwawu-Cabarrot and Covington on the floor to warrant some consideration.
The rookie out of North Carolina has appeared in only one game for the Clippers after dealing with a herniated disc in his back, and he's highly unlikely to be an impact player at the NBA level over the final month of the regular season. In three games for the Salt Lake City Stars, Johnson posted averages of 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in 14.1 minutes.
Korkmaz was the first round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers this year, and it was not clear when he would eventually join the NBA squad. He was previously with Anadolu Efes, the first pro team he played for.
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Siakam essentially fell out of the rotation as soon as the Raptors added Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, and he's since spent a few stints in the D-League. The New Mexico State product will return to the Raptors in advance of Thursday's game against Miami, a game which he may end up starting if Serge Ibaka is suspended, as expected, following Tuesday night's melee involving Robin Lopez. Siakam has played only 20 total minutes since Feb. 8.
Though he was dropped to the second unit with Kosta Koufos returning to the starting five following a one-game rest, Labissiere still benefited from a healthy workload and came dangerously close to recording a triple-double. The scoring and rebound production was unsurprising given what Labissiere has been able to do since the All-Star break, but the eight assists should be viewed as a major outlier. Labissiere had failed to drop more than two dimes in any of his previous 22 appearances prior to Friday.
While the Spurs would certainly like Murray to be available, he's currently third in their point guard hierarchy, so his absence shouldn't be detrimental to the team's success. He's played in 37 games this season, averaging 3.5 points across 8.5 minutes per game. In his absence, starter Tony Parker and reserve Patty Mills will likely continue to split minutes at the point guard slot. A two-week return date would put his first opportunity to return at April 2 against the Jazz
Jones saw significant action Saturday against the Spurs with coach Steve Kerr resting four of the Warriors' top players, but the rookie center will now head back to the D-League with the team back to full strength. He isn't remotely worth consideration in season-long or DFS formats.