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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (hip) is expected to undergo testing on Saturday. The 22-year-old missed two games because of a hip pointer before returning for Wednesday's meeting with the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 17 points in 37 minutes. However, he lasted only four minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday before aggravating the injury. At this rate, it appears Edwards could miss more games moving ahead, which would be a tough blow for the first-place Timberwolves. It will also be unfortunate for fantasy managers, considering the 2020 No. 1 overall pick has averaged 24.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.2 steals throughout the 2023-24 campaign. If Edwards misses time, Nickeil Alexander-Walker would presumably see a noticeable uptick in production, giving him value for those needing to fill a hole in their fantasy lineup.
According to Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Brooklyn Nets guard Mikal Bridges is "100%" committed to the team. The former Sun recently expressed his disapproval of the offense under Jacque Vaughn, who has since been relieved of his head coaching duties. However, it appears Bridges plans to remain in Brooklyn. "I'm here now and want to stay here," said Bridges during a recent interview. "I'm going to keep grinding and getting to wherever we've got to get to win." The 27-year-old was traded to Brooklyn last season and averaged a career-high 26.1 points in 27 games. But his production has declined significantly, logging nearly five points fewer per contest throughout the 2023-24 campaign. But with Kevin Ollie earning the interim tag, Bridges may get back on track sooner rather than later, so fantasy managers need to remain patient.
Free-agent forward Thaddeus Young officially agreed to a contract with Phoenix. The 35-year-old was traded to Brooklyn ahead of the deadline but was eventually waived. He has suited up for seven teams throughout his career, most recently averaging 5.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 23 games with Toronto this season. Although those numbers weren't the best for fantasy purposes, Young was much more productive in his six starts. He'll likely get a few chances to roll with the first five while in Phoenix. However, he's not worth much to fantasy managers at the moment, although there could be streaming opportunities at some point moving ahead. Yet, Young's presence could at least mean fewer minutes for guys like Drew Eubanks, Bol Bol, and Royce O'Neale, three players who already need to scratch and claw for playing time.
Detroit Pistons forward/center Isaiah Stewart might play on Thursday in Indiana. The 22-year-old had missed the Pistons' final eight games entering the All-Star break because of an ankle injury. Although he is seemingly healthy enough to play, there were doubts regarding his availability after he was arrested for allegedly punching Suns forward Drew Eubanks before a game on February 14. Stewart is due for a court appearance on February 23. However, until the situation is resolved and the league concludes an investigation, Stewart may return as initially expected. For now, fantasy managers should at least consider him questionable. But if Stewart isn't on the court versus the Pacers, Simone Fontecchio, Ausar Thompson, and Mike Muscala could continue to benefit.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Warriors will convert the contract of guard Lester Quinones to a standard deal. The two-way player has appeared in 19 games for Golden State this season. He got off to a slow start. Yet, Quinones is beginning to get a consistent role in the rotation and has averaged 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in his nine games in February. While he still has a way to go before earning a spot on most fantasy rosters, there could be streaming opportunities somewhere down the line.
Chicago Bulls forward Torrey Craig (knee) suffered a right knee sprain while training during the All-Star break. He will be re-evaluated in a few weeks. However, the veteran could be sidelined longer. Craig has averaged 6.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists with the Bulls this season. Unfortunately, he'll now be on the shelf for the second time this year, missing over a month because of a foot injury. Craig was also starting to get enough minutes to make him a relevant fantasy option in deeper formats. But now that he is out for the foreseeable future, he can be dropped from all fantasy rosters.
Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young has steered himself clear of trade rumors and wants to remain on the team. "It's this type of league where things change and happen, but obviously, my mindset is staying in Atlanta right now. I don't get caught up in the rumors and all that stuff, my contract is locked in for a couple of years, and I don't have very much to say about it right now," Young told Jameelah Johnson of atlhawksfans.com. From a personal perspective, Young is having another fantastic season, but Atlanta is on track to a losing record and missing the playoffs, which definitely isn't a pleasant situation for the star point guard or the team. This is the second season of a five-year, $215 million extension Young signed with the Hawks in 2021.
Denver Nuggets guard/forward Christian Braun hopes to get healthy over the All-Star break, which would then allow him to produce better performances. The 22-year-old was expected to make a big step up in 2023-24, but he hasn't gained any momentum due to health issues holding him back. While averaging 19.0 minutes off the bench, Braun has put up 7.0 points with 3.5 rebounds. "I don't want to sit here and make any excuses, but it hasn't been great," Braun told Sean Keeler of The Denver Post. "(It's been) one thing after another. But I feel all right I think this break for me, personally, will be great for my body. I think that's the biggest thing for me right now, is getting my body back. (It) hasn't felt great all year."
According to Philadelphia 76ers head coach Nick Nurse, point guard Kyle Lowry had several options available to him after being bought out by Charlotte, but he chose to link up with his hometown team because the veteran sees the Sixers as the best fit for him. Having Nurse as the coach could have been one of the biggest factors in Lowry's decision to move to Philadelphia, as the two won the NBA championship together in Toronto five years ago. Lowry will be backing up first-year All-Star Tyrese Maxey at his new club. "He gives us another ball handler, backup point guard, whatever," Nurse said of Lowry. "Second point guard, whatever you want to say with that. You got some three-point shooting, and you got some very good defensive knowledge, especially team defense, schematically and stuff like that."
New York Knicks guard/forward Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) is on track to jump back into the lineup on Thursday when the team returns from the All-Star break with a matchup against the 76ers in Philadelphia. DiVincenzo didn't play in the team's final game before the break due to right hamstring soreness. Getting the 27-year-old sniper back is great news for the injury-hit Knicks, as DiVincenzo has been like a man possessed lately, averaging 26.5 points across his last eight appearances.
New York Knicks forward Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) is set to return to action on Thursday versus the 76ers. The veteran scorer missed the team's final game ahead of the All-Star break with left calf soreness. Since arriving from Detroit earlier in the month, Bogdanovic has suited up two times for the Knicks. He's averaged 13.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 28.0 minutes off the bench. From a fantasy perspective, the move to New York isn't great for Bogdanovic, but he should still play an important role for the Knicks with a couple of key forwards out injured.