Paul George (leg) was noncommittal when asked about when he'd be able to return to the court this season.
"I didn't set any deadline," said George. "I said I was hopeful after two weeks of working out that I'd be in game-playing shape, but there's still no deadline." When asked if he felt he was halfway there, George simply responded: "I think I'm coming along." He also added that while he's been on the practice court, he has not experienced any pain that would hold him back from doing what he needs to do, and we'll continue to track his progress closely. While George isn't a must-stash guy with no official return date on the calendar, his upside is certainly significant.
Nick Young (knee) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Memphis.
Young has said that he's targeting a return for Sunday's matchup against the Mavericks, so we'll be considering him on the doubtful side of the questionable tag for Friday's game. When he is able to return to the lineup, Jeremy Lin's value could take a hit.
LaMarcus Aldridge admitted during a recent interview that he had to go through an adjustment period learning to play with a sore thumb on his right shooting hand.
"It’s still sore but it’s not bothering me too much," Aldridge said. "I had to get used to it, but I’m not going to say it messed with my shooting because that’s not who I am." Aldridge is as tough as they come, so he's not going to use any excuses for the missed shots. However, he is shooting just 36.3 percent from the field since the break, so the injury has clearly affected him. He's still an elite asset, despite the poor shooting.
Updating a previous report, Tyson Chandler (hip) will play Friday vs. the Trail Blazers.
Chandler has been sidelined for the past two games, but he'll return to the starting lineup tonight for what should be an exciting uptempo game against Portland. Bernard James will head back to the bench with this news, and his demotion to the second unit will make him a non-factor in nearly all leagues. Get Tyson active.
Playoff teams around the league are again checking in with JaVale McGee after contract talks with the Boston Celtics fell through.
The Warriors, Mavericks, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, and Bulls have all expressed interest in signing McGee, but he's not likely to earn enough minutes in the rotation with any of those clubs to be able to produce any reliable value in most fantasy leagues. McGee reportedly wants a player option for next season (which is the reason his contract talks fell apart in Boston), and it'll be interesting to see if any of these contending teams cater to his demands.
Avery Bradley (left elbow sprain) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.
Bradley isn't even traveling with the team right now, so we're going to have to consider him questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Magic as well. With Bradley sidelined, Evan Turner, Jae Crowder, and Isaiah Thomas will all have the opportunity to see extended minutes, with Thomas offering the most upside as the guy who will likely be asked to carry a heavier load on offense.
Chandler Parsons (ankle) will remain sidelined for at least two more games.
That means Parsons will be unavailable for Thursday's game vs. the Trail Blazers, as well as Friday's matchup with the Warriors. He did however say that he is hopeful to suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers, so we'll be considering him questionable for that one. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson will continue to start with Al-Farouq Aminu seeing extended minutes off the bench.
Tyson Chandler (hip) went through shootaround this morning, and he remains probable for Thursday's game vs. Portland.
Head coach Rick Carlisle said "it's looking good," for Chandler suiting up for tonight's game, a move that will send Bernard James back to the bench and to irrelevancy in most leagues. Go ahead and get Chandler in your active lineups.