Joel Embiid (knee) has been ruled out for rest of the season.
"The assessment of Monday's follow-up MRI of Joel Embiid's left knee appears to reveal that the area affected by the bone bruise has improved significantly, while the previously identified meniscus tear appears more pronounced in this most recent scan," 76ers Chief Medical Director Jonathan Glashow said. The 76ers will continue to work with specialists on Embiid's knee while the team continues to talk about his long-term health. With Embiid out, Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes will see minutes at center and have some value in standard leagues. Dario Saric and Robert Covington have also stepped up.
J.R. Smith (thumb) was getting shots up at Wednesday's shootaround in Boston.
He is traveling with the team and is getting closer to his return. On the TNT broadcast from Monday, Smith said he was hopeful to return in a couple weeks, but said he hasn't asked the doctors much because he doesn't want to get bad news. His return means the playing time for Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert should drop.
K.J. McDaniels went through his second full practice on Tuesday.
Excluding garbage time, coach Kenny Atkinson did not want to play McDaniels over the weekend due to not going through a practice, but now there is a chance McDaniels gets out there against the Kings on Wednesday based on Atkinson's comments. "It’s a good chance for the coaches to get a feel for who is this guy, what can he do and how can help us where we can put him out," Atkinson said. He's still only a stash in very deep leagues.
Paul Zipser (ankle) went through a full practice on Wednesday and his status is unclear for Thursday against the Warriors.
The Bulls parted ways with Doug McDermott because they wanted to get a look at guys like Denzel Valentine and Zipser. If Zipser is a go, it could take minutes away from Valentine and all the other guards not named Dwyane Wade or Jimmy Butler. Zipser's upside isn't the greatest.
Michael Carter-Williams (knee) went through a full practice on Wednesday.
His status is still unclear for Thursday against the Warriors. MCW's role is even more unclear with Rajon Rondo playing well and the Bulls wanting to give minutes to Cameron Payne. Carter-Williams can remain on the wire just about everywhere.
The Cavs will waive Jordan McRae.
This has been the story since the buyout talks heated up for Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams. Once the moves become official, McRae will become a free agent and would likely get some interest on a 10-day deal. If he lands on a really bad team, he could be an interesting target in deep leagues.
Jameer Nelson (illness) is expected to be a game-time decision to face the Bucks on Wednesday.
He played 30 minutes on on Tuesday and looked fine with 12 points. Denver would certainly miss Nelson based on his play in his last five, averaging 12.0 points, 3.4 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.8 treys in 29.6 minutes. If he can't go, Emmanuel Mudiay would be in the rotation while Jamal Murray could get close to 30 minutes. Murray would be an attractive DFS play, especially with a lack of value PGs tonight.
Coach Dave Joerger said Skal Labissiere is closer to getting some consistent minutes.
Excluding the garbage time minutes from Saturday, Labissiere has been hanging in the low teens for minutes since the trade deadline. The Kings are using Kosta Koufos and Anthony Tolliver slightly more than expected, but that may change once the Kings fall out of the playoff race. Labissiere is someone to watch in deep leagues, but he still isn't stuffing the stat sheet outside of points and boards to add in standard leagues yet.