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Indiana Pacers guard/forward Jeremy Lamb (knee) is expected to be off crutches soon after having knee surgery on March 11. Lamb was ruled out for the rest of the season on Feb. 24 after suffering a left ACL tear, a torn lateral meniscus, and a lateral femoral condylar fracture. There's a good chance that Lamb is going to miss time next season as well while he recovers. It sounds like he's making progress, but basketball fans and fantasy owners won't see Lamb again this season. Victor Oladipo, Aaron Holiday, and Justin Holiday will be asked to step up once the NBA returns from hiatus.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green could see more time at the center position going forward. The Warriors like having Eric Paschall at the forward position, so Green is likely going to need to switch to the center spot when they play on the court together. Golden State feels that Green can guard anyone on the court, so it doesn't matter where they put him. His fantasy value really depends on how many minutes he plays and he's been injured frequently this season. Hopefully Green's value will increase when the Warriors get healthy next season.
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (knee) should be ready to play around September or October, according to head coach Steve Kerr. Thompson is recovering from an ACL tear, but should before the start of next season. He began shooting around and doing some drills before the NBA went on hiatus. The Warriors have no reason to let Thompson play this season, so fantasy owners can leave him on the waiver wire. He won't have fantasy value this season, but Thompson should be ready to roll next season.
New York Knicks forward Ignas Brazdeikis was expected to be given an opportunity to play on the team before the league was suspended, according to Marc Berman. He was averaging 21 points while shooting a high percentage from the floor during his 21 games in the G League. Unfortunately, both the NBA and G League have suspended play until further notice. It's unclear if the Knicks still play to give Brazdeikis a shot when the league does return to action. Otherwise, he might have to wait until the Summer League before he gets a chance to prove himself.
Phoenix Suns guard Cameron Johnson missed the final three games before the NBA went on hiatus due to mononucleosis. He was not dealing with an other symptoms and has made a full recovery. It sounds like he's feeling better and is ready to play when the NBA resumes play. It's unclear at the moment when that is going to happen, but Johnson hasn't been a huge factor in fantasy hoops anyway. He doesn't have much standard league value, but could be useful in deep leagues when the league does return.
Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. said that the NBA being on hiatus has given him enough time to heal his ankle issue properly. He suffered a right ankle injury on January 31 and was playing through the issue after the All-Star break. Porter mentioned that his ankle was really sore, but he's using this extra time off to rest it. It was tough for him to play through the pain, but it sounds like he's ready to go once the NBA resumes play.
Memphis Grizzlies guard Justise Winslow (back) had a good chance at jumping into the starting five before the NBA went on hiatus, according to his teammate Dillon Brooks. Winslow is a solid playmaker and has improved his shooting since last season. He has been limiting turnovers as well, but hasn't been able to get on the court much this season. The Grizzlies will likely move Kyle Anderson or De'Anthony Melton to the bench if they decide to start Winslow. However, fantasy owners and NBA fans will have to wait patiently until the league resumes play. Winslow could have fairly decent fantasy value if he is plugged into the starting five at some point.
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is expected to opt into his player option for next season, according to Sean Deveney. He has bounced back nicely this season, averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season. Hayward has a player option worth $34 million for next season. It's the final year of the deal he signed with Boston back in 2017. There's a good chance that Hayward won't get anything near $34 million on the open market. It wouldn't be shocking if he decides to opt-in to his player option for the 2020-2021 season.
Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (heel) was making progress and actually began half-court workouts before the NBA was suspended on March 11. He was reportedly still feeling soreness on March 7, but often times rest is the best way to help with plantar fasciitis. It's unclear when the NBA is going to return, but Capela could take the court for a few games if they decide to continue with the regular season. However, he'll likely be heavily restricted, so he won't be able to help much in fantasy hoops this season.
Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris has hinted at the fact he'd like to play for the organization past the 2019 season. Yeah, definitely! Why wouldnt you? Harris said when asked if he wants to stay with the Nets. Harris goes on to say that he has gotten close with his teammates and knows what this team is capable of doing when full healthy. The Nets have his Bird Rights, but Harris has earned a significant pay raise after his play over the last few seasons.
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