J.R. Smith (knee) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Miami.
Kevin Love (back spasms) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Miami.
Seth Curry (right knee sprain) has been ruled out Friday.
This will be the fourth straight game Curry has missed due to the knee sprain. Starter Deron Williams will continue to played extended minutes. Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson will likely see addition time off the bench.
The Rockets have pulled Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet and are negotiating a new deal.
The drama continues, as it now appears Motiejunas and Houston are working on a new contract that is agreeable to both sides. From a fantasy perspective, the implications aren't all that significant. Motiejunas will only likely see limited minutes in Houston, especially initially as he works his way back into game shape.
Ian Mahinmi is expected to get another MRI on his right knee on Friday.
Mahinmi required surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee before the season tipped and then developed soreness, believed to be tendinitis, in the right knee after playing just 14 minutes vs. the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 26. As a result, Marcin Gortat, at 32 the oldest player on the roster, has had to play a career-high 35.4 minutes per game for Washington. Daniel Ochefu, a rookie who signed as a free agent, hasn't been deemed ready by coach Scott Brooks to log any meaningful minutes. Mahinmi should not be owned in standard leagues.
Former first-round pick Royce White has signed a deal with a team in the Canadian League.
White has played in only three regular-season games, as a member of the Kings back in 2014. He's only 25 years old, so time is still on his side, but it's becoming less and less likely that White will fulfill his potential and make it back to the NBA.
Rookie point guard Tomas Satoransky is having some trouble adjusting to the NBA, and playing off the ball.
After an impressive preseason, Satoransky's regular season has been a disappointment. He’s playing more than 16 minutes a night, but is shooting just 40 percent from the field, is scoring 3.8 points with 2.4 assists per game. Satoransky believes much of his struggles are stemming from learning a new position: "I’m not playing as a point guard, I’m playing mainly as two or three and that’s difficult for me," Satoransky said. ‘When you played your entire career as a point guard, it’s difficult to adapt to a new role, especially because you have to play defense against bigger guys. I know I have to do better to play in these roles." Satoransky can be left on the waiver wire in standard leagues.
D'Angelo Russell (knee) participated in the non-contact portions of Thursday’s practice and said he "feels great."
Russell will not play Friday vs. the Suns, but is making progress. "I mean, I feel good," Russell said on Thursday. "I waited so long to get back on the court until I was 100%. I feel great. Just about, I don’t know, knocking the dust off before I get in the game, so try to get it out now, knock the rust off while I’m out here now." Russell had a platelet-rich plasma injection on Nov. 23 to help the soreness in his left knee. The Lakers said he would be sidelined for at least two weeks. He did off-court rehab work until Tuesday, when a doctor examined him and agreed he was ready for on-court work.