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Enes Kanter says his arm feels "pretty good" and when asked if he might play on Friday night, he said "it's a secret."

If Kanter really is in play for tomorrow night against the Lakers it means he recovered very quickly from his broken arm and returned a bit ahead of schedule. While feeling "pretty good" is a step in the right direction, we still don't know if Kanter has a realistic shot at playing on Friday. But it sure seems like a possibility. Watch for more updates on his status coming Friday afternoon.
Feb 23 - 1:58 PM

Ricky Rubio is practicing prior to the trade deadline on Thursday.

There's not much information to be gleaned here, but at a minimum it doesn't sound like a Rubio trade has already been agreed upon. The Knicks have repeatedly been mentioned as suitors for Rubio, possibly in a deal involving Derrick Rose, and we won't have to wait much longer to learn his fate.
Feb 23 - 1:53 PM

DeMar DeRozan missed practice on Thursday because he was attending a funeral.

To be clear, he's fully expected to play on Friday vs. the Celtics. The Raptors are expected to make a move at the deadline, but DeRozan obviously isn't going anywhere -- the Raptors are looking for a small forward and have been linked to P.J. Tucker and Wilson Chandler.
Feb 23 - 1:48 PM

Chris Paul (thumb) remained listed as out in the game notes for Thursday against the Warriors.

He reportedly could play and has been cleared. For what it's worth, the game notes had him listed as out after the report came out that he could play. In other words, we're treating this report more like a "doubtful" to play.
Feb 23 - 1:40 PM

Combo guard Jarrett Jack will work out for the guard-depleted Pelicans, according to Marc Stein.

The former Yellow Jacket and NBA vet last played for the Nets and Hawks, and is trying to come back from an ACL tear suffered in 2016. The Pelicans, who need guard help after the DeMarcus Cousins trade, would be a nice landing spot for him, but he's 33 years old and probably wouldn't make much of a fantasy impact even if he were to be signed.
Feb 23 - 1:27 PM

The Clippers and Knicks have discussed a trade involving Courtney Lee, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The Knicks are reportedly looking for draft picks, which the Clippers don't have, so it's unclear how far these discussions have gone. Lee would be a nice real-world addition to the Clippers but it wouldn't help his fantasy stock.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 23 - 1:26 PM

Ty Lawson (groin) is available to play on Thursday vs. the Nuggets.

He was able to practice on Tuesday after missing the last four games before the All-Star break. Lawson isn't a great fantasy asset right now, but that could change if the Kings move Darren Collison at the deadline.
Feb 23 - 1:22 PM

Garrett Temple (left hamstring) will not play vs. the Nuggets on Thursday.

Temple suffered a partially torn hamstring and he was due to be reevaluated after the break, but we've yet to hear an updated timetable. Fantasy owners can leave him on the wire, while expecting guys like Buddy Hield, Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans to absorb extra minutes in his absence.
Feb 23 - 1:21 PM

The Pacers are involved in talks to clear roster spots, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

This could be related to the potential Paul George deal, which has really picked up steam according to multiple reports. It's starting to feel like George is more likely to be traded than Jimmy Butler.
Feb 23 - 1:19 PM

Deron Williams isn't expected to ask for a buyout if he's not moved before the deadline.

The Jazz have been linked to D-Will, but there is no deal in the works right now. A move would more than likely hurt his fantasy value, so his owners will be hoping that he stays put. Yogi Ferrell will be the big winner if the Mavs find a new home for Williams.
Feb 23 - 1:13 PM

If Sixers do not receive the 2017 top-18 protected pick from the Mavs in the Nerlens Noel trade, it converts to two second-round picks in 2017 and 2018, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

The Mavs are currently 9.5 games out of the 19 spot in the draft, so that means there is almost no chance the 76ers get that pick this year. One other aside on this is apparently the 76ers love Justin Anderson in this deal. Before you bash the 76ers, remember Noel would've had to been paid massive money as a backup to Joel Embiid.
Feb 23 - 1:08 PM

Dario Saric is expected to start and see a "more pronounced role" as a featured player, according to coach Brett Brown.

It's Homie time in Philly. He gets a hefty usage rate bump when he's not next to Joel Embiid (knee) and he's now the only healthy power forward on the roster. In his last five games, Dario has taken half of his shots in the paint, averaging 20.6 points, 7.4 boards, 2.2 treys and 1.2 steals. He'll likely have some bad games mixed in, but Saric looks poised for a big finish in his rookie season.
Feb 23 - 12:57 PM

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown is expected to return from his hip injury on Friday night against the Raptors.

Brown missed three straight games prior to the All-Star break with the injury, but made it through Wednesday's practice and should be good to go tomorrow. Now let's see if the Celtics pull off any deals on Thursday that might either help or hurt his negligible fantasy value.
Feb 23 - 12:48 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) went through part of practice on Thursday as planned.

He's only played in one game since Jan. 6, but he said he felt good after the limited practice. Coach Brad Stevens didn't even know if Bradley would travel for Friday's game vs. the Raptors, so that's a concern considering Bradley was initially targeting that game for his return. We could have another update soon, but Marcus Smart will continue to benefit if he's out.
Feb 23 - 12:48 PM

Gerald Green sat out Thursday's practice with a sore heel.

His availability for Friday's game vs. the Raptors is unclear, but either way it's unlikely to alter many fantasy lineups. Check back for updates after shootaround.
Feb 23 - 12:47 PM



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