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Portland Trail Blazers forward Jabari Walker (ankle) is available ahead of Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Walker was uncertain coming into this game, but will officially suit up. However, Walker will come off the bench with Toumani Camara, and Deandre Ayton starting on Friday. Fantasy managers who already have Walker rostered should hold him for the moment. The Blazers season is headed in the wrong direction and it wouldn't be shocking to see them give Walker more playing time in the second half.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Jabari Walker (ankle) has been tagged as questionable for the team's matchup against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. The 21-year-old has played a bigger role for the Blazers this season as the injuries have piled up and the team continues to look for their building blocks moving forward. Walker is receiving an average of 11 more minutes a night than his rookie season and he has turned that into 8.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game on 46.9% shooting from the floor. Walker has only missed four games this year and those were back in the beginning of January. Those fantasy managers in deeper leagues who depend on Walker will want to keep tabs leading up to tipoff, but if he doesn't play, Toumani Camara and Duop Reath would likely get some extra minutes.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Scoot Henderson (groin) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets. The rookie guard has been banged up due to injuries this season, but Henderson has played well whenever he's healthy. Recently, head coach Chauncey Billups said that Henderson will remain in the starting five for the rest of the season. That move to the starting unit should give him increased fantasy value going forward. However, Matisse Thybulle should continue starting until Henderson is ready to play again.
Portland Trail Blazers center Duop Reath is getting converted to a standard NBA contract from his two-way deal on Friday. The 27-year-old rookie agreed to a three-year deal with the team after posting averages of 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 made threes, and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 47.5% from the floor and 38.5% from beyond the arc. Reath went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft after he finished up his last two years of college eligibility at LSU. The young big man from Sudan posted solid performances in the summer league and received his first contract from the Blazers right before the season started. Now that he has proven to be a serviceable backup big, he cashed in on a new contract.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Scoot Henderson (foot) is available ahead of Thursday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. As expected, Henderson will suit up for this game after being listed as probable heading into the contest. He'll move into the starting five for the first time since January 14th. Henderson has been playing better lately and should see an increased role during the second half of the season. Matisse Thybulle will head to the bench with Henderson getting the starting nod.