Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will start Friday night vs. the Nuggets.
This will be Lin's first game action since Dec. 26. He has played in only 12 games this season for the Nets but is averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 treys and 1.3 steals in those contests. Spencer Dinwiddie, who had a few nice games prior to the All-Star break, will get bumped back to the bench.
Corey Brewer is with his new team but is a "long shot" to make his Lakers debut Friday vs. OKC.
Brewer has struggled mightily this season, averaging career-lows in points (4.2), rebounds (2.0), steals (0.7) and minutes (15.9). With the Lakers in rebuilding mode, the 30-year old Brewer is expected to see only limited minutes off the L.A. bench. He can be left on the waiver wire.
Tyler Ennis (trade) will not play Friday night vs. OKC
Ennis is expected to make his Lakers debut Sunday vs. the Spurs. The Rockets traded Ennis in order to shed salary. Ennis has not played well since being drafted 18th overall out of Syracuse in the 2014 draft. This season he is averaging just 1.9 points and 1.1 assists in 6.3 minutes. The Lakers are his fourth team in less than three years. Ennis can be left on the waiver wire.
Bobby Portis will start at power forward Friday night vs. the Suns.
Portis has been disappointingly quiet for much of the 2016-17 campaign, but it appears he will get a chance to showcase his talents over the season's final two months after the Bulls traded Taj Gibson to OKC on Thursday. Portis flashed his upside when he scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Bulls final contest before the All-Star break. He had 16 points and six boards in the only other game he played more than 25 minutes this season. His fantasy stock is rising.
The Hawks have suspended Dennis Schroder for one game (Friday night vs. Miami) for failure to report to the team on time after the All-Star break.
"Dennis has played an important role for our team and been a significant contributor to our success this season," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We are disappointed that he did not return to the team on time and we have discussed this with him. We look forward to him rejoining the team in Orlando tomorrow night." Malcolm Delaney is expected to draw the start in place of Schroder on Friday night and makes for an excellent streaming and/or DFS option.
Coach Brad Stevens said Avery Bradley (Achilles) will go through shootaround but will "most likely" not play Friday night vs. Toronto.
This is somewhat discouraging news, as Bradley has appeared in only one game since Jan 6. and had been targeting Friday as a return date. However, Bradley did travel with the team and told reporters that he felt "100 percent." He said he hoped to play Friday night but that the training staff might not let him. Marcus Smart will again see heavy minutes in Bradley's absence.
Rodney Hood (knee) will play Friday night vs. the Bucks.
Hood, who has missed seven straight games, has been somewhat disappointing this season. His scoring, assist and steals averages are lower than there were compared to the 2015-16 campaign. This is due in large part to the nagging injury issues that have limited him for much of the season. With Hood back in the lineup, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will see their minutes reduced.
Andrew Bogut will not be with Sixers for at least a week while dealing with personal issues.
There are no further details as to the nature of the issues. However, this does not preclude the Sixers from buying out Bogut's contract, which would enable him to sign with a contender. The Warriors, Cavs and Rockets are reportedly the teams that will be competing for Bogut's services.