Terrence Jones Headshot

Terrence Jones will start for the Pelicans on Friday.

Added 11/04/16 5:57 pm (EST)   Source
Terrance Jones came off the bench for the Pelicans against the Grizzlies the other day. In that game he put up seven points, nine rebounds and two assist over 28 minutes played. The Grizzlies rank ninth in points allowed to power forwards. Tonight, Jones draws a much more favorable matchup against the Phoenix Suns, who rank ninth worst in points allowed to PFs. This makes Jones, getting his first start of the year, a nice start in daily or seasonal leagues.
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) is "preparing to attempt to play" in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Added 9:33 pm (EST)
Rondo was able to get some shots up at Tuesday's practice, but coach Fred Hoiberg reiterated that the Kentucky product would still miss Game 5. However, it appears the veteran guard has different plans, as he is preparing as though he will give it a go Wednesday. A final decision on his status is unlikely to be determined until closer to tip-off. If he does take the court, he figures to be limited in what he can provide offensively. If he does not, the Bulls would presumably give Isaiah Canaan another starting opportunity.
Dewayne Dedmon Headshot

Dedmon (illness) will come off the bench for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Grizzlies, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.

Added 7:23 pm (EST)
Dedmon has been a fixture in the Spurs' starting lineup throughout the later stages of the season, but a recent illness kept him out of Game 4 of the Spurs' first round series on Saturday. David Lee drew the start in his place, posting eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes, and will remain with the top unit during Game 5 despite Dedmon being available. That said, with both players active, they'll likely be in a timeshare, which could mean a decrease in playing time all around, thus hurting their overall fantasy value.
Festus Ezeli Headshot

Trail Blazers' GM Neil Olshey said Ezeli's contract for the 2017-18 season won't be guaranteed, making him an unrestricted free agent, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Added 6:12 pm (EST)
Ezeli was expected to bring the Trail Blazers a much-needed defensive presence in the frontcourt this past season, but a previous left knee injury continued to hamper his availability to take the court. Despite originally expecting to miss just six weeks after receiving a pain injection early in year, Ezeli eventually suffered a setback in his rehab and would go on to miss the entire 2016-17 campaign, finishing with yet another season-ending surgery in March. With a non-guaranteed $7.73 million contract for next season on tap, GM Neil Olshey wasted no time making the decision to drop him, as just a day after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors, he announced the team wouldn't keep Ezeli around. Ezeli will be an unrestricted free agent and can sign with anyone, although his most recent knee surgery could hold him out for a good chunk of the 2017-18 season as well, which will likely keep most teams away for the time being.
Diamond Stone Headshot

Stone (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Jazz.

Added 5:41 pm (EST)
Stone has been out since mid-February with a bone bruise in his left knee and he's highly unlikely to return to the lineup at any point during the playoffs. That said, he hasn't officially been ruled out for the rest of the postseason, so look for Stone's status to continue to be updated on a game-to-game basis. Even if cleared, he'd just be an emergency depth option off the bench.
Jusuf Nurkic Headshot

Nurkic (leg) believes his fracture will take 2-3 months to fully heal, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

Added 4:14 pm (EST)
While the word is coming from Nurkic rather than official team doctor, it's the best indication of a recovery time that has been noted at the moment. By his estimate, the earliest his leg could be fully healed is late June or early July. Thankfully for him and the team, that timetable will probably still leave him with ample opportunity in the offseason to improve his body and his game before the start of training camp next season. Those thinking about drafting him in fantasy next season shouldn't have any reason to be concerned about the status of his leg, unless he encounters a setback during his rehabilitation.
Ian Mahinmi Headshot

Mahinmi (calf) has been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against Atlanta, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

Added 2:38 pm (EST)
Mahinmi stated earlier Tuesday that he expects to return before the end of Washington's first round series, but coach Scott Brooks quickly shut down any speculation that the big man could be back for Game 5. Mahinmi is yet to participate in practices or shootarounds, so until that happens he'll likely remain in street clothes. Brooks called Mahimni doubtful for Friday's Game 6, but further details should emerge later in the week.
Ian Mahinmi Headshot

Mahinmi (calf) is expected to return during the first-round series against the Hawks but has yet to practice, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

Added 2:22 pm (EST)
The backup center is ahead of schedule in his recovery from strained calf but has to pass certain physical challenges before returning to the rotation. His absence from practice thus far makes a comeback for Wednesday's Game 5 seem skeptical, but look for official updates to come after Wednesday morning shootaround. Should he be ruled out, expect Jason Smith to continue backing up starter Marcin Gortat.
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown did not participate in Tuesday's practice due to an illness, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Added 1:02 pm (EST)
No official word regarding his status for Wednesday's Game 5 has been announced, but Brown should likely be considered questionable for the contest due to the illness that caused him to miss Tuesday's practice. That being said, he's played a combined two minutes over Games 3 and 4, so his availability for Wednesday likely won't have too much impact on the fantasy forecast.
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) got shots up during Tuesday's morning shootaround, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.

Added 12:12 pm (EST)
Though coach Fred Hoiberg reiterated that Rondo is still out for Game 5, Tuesday marks the first time that Rondo has touched a basketball with his right hand since suffering the injury. Rondo has yet to be ruled out for the series, but depending on how long the series goes, it remains a possibility that he could push a return for either a Game 6 or Game 7. While he continues to rehab, expect Isaiah Canaan to draw another start at point guard during Wednesday's Game 5, likely sending Jerian Grant back to the bench.
Fred VanVleet Headshot

VanVleet was assigned to the D-League's Raptors 905 on Tuesday.

Added 11:07 am (EST)
VanVleet will be joined by Pascal Siakam and Bruno Caboclo on the assignment, and all three players are expected to suit up for the 905 on Tuesday in their D-League Finals series with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The rookie point guard saw three minutes in garbage time during the Raptors' Game 5 win over the Bucks on Monday, scoring three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and adding one assist.
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