Nurkic and Cauley-Stein go off

Nurkic and Cauley-Stein go off
Jonas Nader breaks down Thursday's six-game slate including monster nights from Jusuf Nurkic and Willie Cauley-Stein.
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Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo announced on Friday that Ben Simmons will not play this season, as his foot has not yet fully healed.

It's a tough blow for the Sixers, as they were hoping to get at least a glimpse of the first overall pick in the 2016 draft over the final month of the season. Simmons suffered a Jones fracture back in October. There was not timeline given initially, but Simmons had progressed to the point where he was recently participating in limited portions of practice. However, after consulting with team physicians, the Sixers decided it was best to sideline him for the entire season. If you had stashed Simmons on your roster in re-draft leagues, he can now be cut loose.
Feb 24 - 10:51 AM

A number of title contenders that will pursue Andrew Bogut once he clears waivers.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Warriors, Cavs and Rockets will all be among the teams in pursuit of Bogut once he becomes a free agent. From a fantasy standpoint, Bogut is not nearly as hot a commodity. Regardless of where he lands, Bogut will likely see limited minutes off the bench over the rest of the regular season, as his new team will do their best to keep him fresh for the playoffs.
Feb 24 - 10:42 AM

Gerald Green (heel) will not play Friday vs. Toronto.

Green is averaging just 11.4 minutes per game for the Celtics this season. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart might see a small bump in playing time on Friday.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 24 - 10:31 AM

Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is not listed on the injury report and is expected to play Friday night vs. the Nuggets.

Lin has not appeared in a game since the day after Christmas. And he has played in just seven games since the start of November. Being injury prone obviously makes him a risky add, especially because the Nets will err on the side of caution and limit his minutes the rest of the way. However, he has averaged 13.9 points, 5.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.3 treys and 1.3 steals in the 12 games he's played in this season. He's worth a flier if you have room on your roster.
Feb 24 - 10:19 AM

Nerlens Noel is not expected to make his Mavs debut on Friday night vs. Minnesota.

Noel is listed as out and not yet with the team. The Mavs next game is Saturday night at home vs. the Pelicans. Noel's fantasy stock has received a major boost via the trade to Dallas, especially since the Mavs have waived Andrew Bogut. In fact, it could be argued Noel is one of the biggest winners among all players on the move at the deadline. Considering Dallas traded for Noel with the intention of signing him long-term, Noel is expected to be installed as the starter and play heavy minutes immediately.
Source: Mavs.com
Feb 24 - 10:16 AM

Quincy Acy (ankle) will not play Friday night in Denver.

Acy sprained his ankle back on February 5th and has not appeared in a game since. He was expected to return after having a week to rest but is obviously not yet 100 percent. The fantasy impact is minimal, as Acy is averaging just 11.2 minutes per contest in the 12 games he played as a Net.
Feb 24 - 10:04 AM

Cavs general manager David Griffin said that J.R. Smith (thumb) is doing very well and may be "slightly ahead of schedule."

Smith has been seen working out on the court prior to each of the Cavs last two games. Smith was originally projected to miss 12-14 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery back on Dec. 20. If he returns by the 12-week mark, he'd be back in action by mid-March. However, Smith will likely have his playing time limited initially. In addition, with Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver playing well, there isn't an excess of minutes to go around. Smith can be left on the wire.
Feb 24 - 10:01 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks are planning to sign Axel Toupane of the Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract.

Very limited fantasy impact here, as it is extremely unlikely that Toupane will crack the rotation and see anything other than garbage-time minutes.
Feb 24 - 9:45 AM
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