Lakers coach Byron Scott heaped praise on Julius Randle but wouldn't commit to him as the starting power forward.
"He’s been fantastic," Scott said of Randle. "He’s not going overboard as far as trying to go too fast. He’s picking his moments and he’s rebounded the hell out of the ball." Scott is a huge Larry Nance (knee) fan, so we should see a position battle right after the All-Star break. To be clear, Randle is still the big to own in Los Angeles.
The Suns are still expected to try and trade Morris before the deadline.
He had a scuffle during Wednesday's game and even had his hands around teammate Archie Goodwin's neck, and as much the Suns downplayed the incident, it's clear that both sides need a fresh start. The question now is whether or not another team would want to trade for the mercurial forward, but expect the chatter to heat up right after the All-Star game.
John Henson (back) will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.
The Bucks took the cautious approach with Henson and held him out for seven straight games. He will hopefully be good to go after the break, and he isn't the worst stash if you need blocks in case the Bucks decide to move Greg Monroe at the deadline. He owns season averages of 6.8 points, 3.9 boards, 1.0 assist and 2.0 blocks in 16.7 minutes.
Greivis Vasquez (ankle surgery) still has no timetable for a return.
He was reportedly aiming to return to the court at the end of January, but that was always way too optimistic. The Bucks are falling out of the playoff hunt, so they won't be in a hurry to rush the guard back. Vasquez is not worst stashing in most formats.
The Heat are reportedly willing to trade Jarnell Stokes for a second round pick.
Stokes has only made a handful of brief appearances for Miami and he has spent the majority of his time in the D-League, so the Heat are simply looking to open up a roster spot. Unless Stokes is traded to an ideal situation, he would likely be looking at a very limited role. He's not worth stashing at this point.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd praised Jerryd Bayless for his improved 3-point shot.
"He has worked extremely hard at it and put a lot of time into it," Kidd said. "He is not short on confidence, so right now he is shooting the three at a very high level." Bayless has the fifth best 3-point percentage in the NBA at 43.6 percent, and he's also playing well off the bench with averages of 11.6 points, 3.4 boards, 3.2 assists and 2.8 treys over his last five games. If Michael Carter-Williams is dealt at the deadline, Bayless would be worth a pickup.
Chandler Parsons said that his body "feels great."
"I'm feeling great," Parsons said. "It's some of the best basketball I've ever played in my career. My body feels great. I'm as confident as I've ever been. And I'm in a good place." His knee surgery is a distant memory and the forward has been playing excellent with averages of 25.0 points, 4.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.0 3-pointers over his last two games. That pace likely isn't sustainable, but he's poised for a solid finish to the season.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens is surprised how fast Jae Crowder has developed.
"I think for any of us to say that we would have thought he would have been averaging what he's averaging [and] being as focal a part of what we're trying to do — I don't know if any of us would have thought it would have happened that quickly," Stevens said. "But he got better and better as his opportunities increased last year and just kind of took off from there." The forward has also been a surprise in fantasy, returning top-30 value on the season with averages of 14.1 points, 5.1 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.7 triples.