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The Rockets have signed Isaiah Taylor to a three-year non-guaranteed deal.

He's averaging 21.1 points and 6.1 assists in the D-League while shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc, but the Rockets are going to leave him in the D-League for now. There's no fantasy appeal here as long as Patrick Beverley is active.
Feb 27 - 1:13 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) is unlikely to play on Monday vs. the Raptors according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

He's day-to-day, so maybe we will see him back on Mar. 1 vs. the Magic. With Joakim Noah (knee surgery) likely out for the season, KP may spend more time at center down the stretch. Willy Hernangomez looks like a great option in all formats Monday, while Lance Thomas will likely start next to Carmelo Anthony if KP can't go. Thomas played 37 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday, scoring 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and one triple. To be clear, Thomas' ceiling is low.
Feb 27 - 12:58 PM

The Hornets have signed Briante Weber to a 10-day contract.

The Hornets quickly moved to sign Weber after he was released by the Warriors. With Ramon Sessions (knee) on the shelf, Weber will compete for backup PG minutes with Brian Roberts. He's a defensive specialist with career averages of 3.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals, so he's not worth picking up in most fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 27 - 12:37 PM

Joakim Noah is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season.

Just when we thought his contract couldn't look any worse. This report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, so it's more than credible. Noah's hamstring is the reason he's been sidelined recently, so the knee issue is coming out of nowhere -- this is the same knee he injured back in 2014, but it's reportedly unrelated. We'll have an update when the Knicks address this, but Willy Hernangomez should be picked up in all standard leagues. Kyle O'Quinn gets a nice boost as well. Marc Berman of the NY Post is reporting that Noah's surgery is scheduled for Monday night.

Ben Simmons had a "minor foot procedure" to stimulate bone growth and accelerate healing.

He had bone marrow injected in his effective fracture area, but the 76ers said he will resume training by the end of the week. Simmons has already been ruled out for the season, but he will continue to have scans on his foot every month. For now, he's expected to be ready for the summer league.
Feb 27 - 11:51 AM

Joel Embiid has some swelling in his left knee and is out indefinitely.

Embiid is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday afternoon, so maybe we'll get a better update on his timetable after that. He was originally ruled out through Mar. 3, but it sounds like he's looking at an extended absence. The playoffs are basically out of the question for Philly, so the shut-down risk here is huge. The outlooks for Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes have improved with this report.
Feb 27 - 11:43 AM

J.J. Barea (calf) will not play on Monday vs. the Heat.

Barea has been practicing with the Mavericks and coach Rick Carlisle said he could return later this week. The Mavs are giving Yogi Ferrell a lot of burn right now and they signed Quinn Cook out of the D-League this week, so the Mavs will be able to ease Barea back into the rotation. He's more of a low-end pickup because of the restrictions he will likely have.
Feb 27 - 11:32 AM

Deron Williams' status for Monday's game vs. the Bucks is still up in the air.

He's fully expected to sign at some point Monday, but he wasn't at the morning shootaround. If D-Will is cleared in time to play, he could be tossed into the fire right away as LeBron James (illness) and Kyle Korver (knee) are considered questionable. To be clear, D-Will is not a great fantasy pickup in Cleveland.
Feb 27 - 11:29 AM
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