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Doug McDermott OKC SF
Thunder's Doug McDermott: Plans to play Friday vs. Lakers1h ago
Doug McDermott is planning to take the floor during Friday's tilt against the Lakers, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.
McDermott will likely provide relief off the bench for both Andre Roberson and Victor Oladipo, and could very well see the same 24.5 minutes per game he was receiving on the Bulls. He's knocking down 37 percent of his three-point attempts this season, but could see a higher volume of attempts considering the havoc that Russell Westbrook creates in the lane for opposing teams.
Taj Gibson OKC PF
Thunder's Taj Gibson: Plans to play Friday vs Lakers1h ago
Taj Gibson is planning to play during Friday's tilt against the Lakers, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.
It's still unknown whether or not Gibson will enter the starting five for Friday's game, but it seems likely that he'll receive 20-to-30 minutes considering the team has dealt big man Joffrey Lauvergne in the deal that brought Gibson to Oklahoma City. Gibson is averaging 11.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, and could see very similar numbers on his new team.
Ian Mahinmi WAS C
Wizards' Ian Mahinmi: Will be held to 15-to-17 minutes for two weeks1h ago
Ian Mahinmi will face a restriction of around 15-to-17 minutes for the next two weeks, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
The Washington Wizards have been careful to manage Mahinmi's workload since he returned to action earlier this month after requiring injections back in December to ease the pain in both of his knees. He played no more than 15 minutes in any of the Wizards' four games before the All-Star break, and it doesn't look as though the team plans to overextend him much further for the next several contests. Even once all of Mahinmi's restrictions are lifted, he's unlikely to surpass 20 minutes in most games anyway, given his status as the backup to starting center Marcin Gortat, who regularly plays 30 minutes.
Gerald Green BOS SF
Celtics' Gerald Green: Out Friday, Sunday with heel injury1h ago
Gerald Green (heel) isn't traveling with the Boston Celtics and won't play Friday against the Raptors or Sunday against the Pistons, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Green injured his right heel in a Feb. 15 game against the 76ers, and though he was able to play through the injury a day later in the team's loss to the Bulls, it appears his condition worsened over the All-Star break. After failing to practice Thursday, the Celtics decided it was best to let Green recover in Boston rather than join the team on their two-game road swing. Green was only averaging 14.6 minutes per game over his previous five appearances, so none of the Celtics' wings figure to gain substantial fantasy value in the short term while he's out.
Jahlil Okafor PHI C
76ers' Jahlil Okafor: Expected to start at center next four games1h ago
Jahlil Okafor will start at center in Friday's game against the Wizards, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Okafor's name had been a fixture in trade rumors in the weeks leading up to Thursday's deadline, but the Philadelphia 76ers were unable to find a suitor for the second-year big man, and instead turned their focus to finding a new home for Nerlens Noel in order to clear up the team's logjam at center. With Noel now with the Mavericks and Joel Embiid (knee) out for at least the next four games, Okafor will find himself on the top of the depth chart in the short term, giving him his most best opportunity of the season to deliver helpful production. In his other 22 starts this season, Okafor is averaging 13.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 block in 25.4 minutes per game, but since most of those outings came when Noel was available, it's likely Okafor will see even more minutes in the games to come.
Al Jefferson IND C
Pacers' Al Jefferson: Out Friday with dental issue1h ago
Al Jefferson is recovering from a dental procedure and /status/835256638210736130">">won't play Friday against the Grizzlies.
Jefferson is apparently still dealing with some pain in his mouth, so the Pacers will give him the night off and reevaluate his condition prior to Saturday's game against the Heat. Fortunately for the Pacers, they'll be able to reclaim some depth in the frontcourt with the likely returns of Thaddeus Young (wrist) and Lavoy Allen (knee), so coach Nate McMillan shouldn't have too much difficulty finding players to cover Jefferson's 14.6 minutes per game.
Brooks Orpik WAS D
Capitals' Brooks Orpik: Won't go Friday33m ago
Brooks Orpik (undisclosed) did not take the ice for pregame warmups and, thus, won't suit up for Friday's contest with the Oilers.
Orpik will miss his first game of the season as he deals with this mystery ailment. The veteran blueliner has yet to record a goal, but the Caps will miss the defensive boost he provides as shown by his excellent plus-32 rating. Aaron Ness will likely draw into the lineup for Friday's matchup.
T.J. Oshie WAS RW
Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Out Friday35m ago
T.J. Oshie (undisclosed) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he won't play Friday against the Oilers, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.
The specific nature of Oshie's ailment remains unclear, but he'll be dearly missed by the Washington Capitals and fantasy owners alike Friday, as he's been red-hot lately, racking up eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last five games. More information regarding the American winger's status should be released ahead of Saturday's matchup with Nashville.
Markus Granlund VAN C
Canucks' Markus Granlund: Diagnosed with mumps41m ago
Markus Granlund has been diagnosed with mumps and won't play Saturday against the Sharks, Matthew Sekeres of TSN 1040 reports.
Five different Vancouver Canucks players have been diagnosed with mumps, and at this point it isn't clear how long Granlund or any of the other ailing skaters will be sidelined due to the illness. However, Granlund's owners shouldn't have too much trouble finding a suitable replacement for the 23-year-old pivot's production, as he's only tallied 26 points (15 goals, 11 assists) in 60 games this season.
Alexandre Grenier VAN RW
Canucks' Alexandre Grenier: Recalled from minors Friday45m ago
Alexandre Grenier was recalled from AHL Utica on Friday, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 reports.
The Vancouver Canucks are going through something of a crisis coming off their bye week, as five of their players are displaying symptoms of mumps, with Troy Stecher having the only confirmed diagnosis. As a result, Grenier could get an immediate opportunity to play, albeit likely in a bottom-six role. The 25-year-old has put up 15 goals and 23 assists in 51 games with Utica this season.
Michael Chaput VAN C
Canucks' Michael Chaput: Out sick Saturday1h ago
Michael Chaput will miss Saturday's game against the Sharks after showing symptoms of mumps, Matthew Sekeres of TSN 1040 reports.
Chaput is one of four Vancouver Canucks projected to miss Saturday's contest after the players contracted the virus during their bye week. It's unclear how long the illness will keep him sidelined, but Chaput doesn't contribute a whole lot offensively anyway -- he has just two points since Jan. 7.
Nikita Tryamkin VAN D
Canucks' Nikita Tryamkin: Won't play Saturday1h ago
Nikita Tryamkin has been diagnosed with mumps and won't play Saturday against the Sharks, Matthew Sekeres of TSN 1040 reports.
Tryamkin is just one of five Vancouver Canucks who has displayed symptoms of the mumps virus, and at this point it isn't clear how long he'll be sidelined due to the illness. The towering Russian defender's absence will test Vancouver's depth at defense, but won't mean much to fantasy owners, as his meager offensive contributions -- seven points in 50 games this campaign -- keeps him from being a desirable option in most formats.
Ryan Garton TB RP
Rays' Ryan Garton: Sits with illness2h ago
Ryan Garton will not pitch in the Tampa Bay Rays ' first spring training game Friday due to illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He should be good to go in a couple days. Garton posted a 4.35 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 37 games in his rookie season and is expected to take over a middle-reliever role to begin 2017.
Russell Martin TOR C
Blue Jays' Russell Martin: Will receive limited workload2h ago
Russell Martin will be eased into spring training by having a limited defensive workload, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Manager John Gibbons says the plan is to "make sure he gets enough at-bats" before the season begins. Martin underwent minor knee surgery this offseason and it appears the organization is exercising caution regarding his return. In addition, the 33-year-old has a built-in break this March when he joins the Canadian WBC team as a coach for a few days. Martin is expected to start Toronto's Grapefruit League game this Sunday, but he should be well-rested when the regular season begins.
Sean Doolittle OAK RP
Athletics' Sean Doolittle: Throws first bullpen of spring2h ago
Sean Doolittle threw his first bullpen session of spring training Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Plagued by shoulder issues over the past two seasons, Doolittle appears to be getting back on track as spring games begin. The left-hander has shown he still has potential, posting a 3.23 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a 45:8 K:BB ratio in 44 games last year. Barring any setbacks, expect Doolittle to compete for a setup role in the Oakland bullpen when he returns to game action.
Lance Lynn STL SP
Cardinals' Lance Lynn: Will start Monday split squad game2h ago
Lance Lynn (elbow), making his return after missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, will start Monday's split squad game against the Nationals,Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Lynn will make his long-awaited return to the mound after missing all of last season. The 29-year-old right-hander is looking to earn a spot in the starting rotation and build on his streak of four straight double-digit victory seasons, with Monday's outing serving as his first chance to start building his case,
Ross Detwiler OAK RP
Athletics' Ross Detwiler: Returns to Oakland with new pitch3h ago
Ross Detwiler , a non-roster invitee to spring training who spent time with the A's last season, developed a cutter this offseason, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "It's just another look, all my pitches fade off arm-side so I have something going the other way," Detwiler said. "It puts something in the hitters' heads, they can't necessarily dive out."
After tossing eight scoreless frames in his Oakland debut last Aug. 11, Detwiler struggled the rest of the way, finishing the 2016 campaign with a 6.10 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 48.2 innings. The 32-year-old decided to add a cutter to his arsenal this offseason at the encouragement of A's coaches Curt Young and Scott Emerson and has had some early success with it in bullpens this spring. Bruce Maxwell, who's caught the veteran in those sessions, has noted the pitch has "got late break to it" and could be key in Detwiler's quest for a roster spot. The veteran southpaw is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut in Saturday's opener against the Cubs following starter Jesse Hahn.
James Pazos SEA RP
Mariners' James Pazos: Vying for bullpen spot this spring3h ago
James Pazos , a hard thrower who arrived in Seattle via trade on Nov. 18, could stick as a left-handed relief option out of the bullpen with a strong spring, Owen Perkins of MLB.com reports. "Pazos, being left-handed, would be a nice fit for us, if it clicks there," manager Scott Servais said Thursday. "You always get excited by power."
The 25-year-old southpaw spent five seasons in the Yankees organization, whiffing an impressive 243 batters over 215.1 innings in his minor league career. He hasn't fared anywhere near as well in multiple major league stints, however, generating a 5.40 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 8.1 frames between the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Pazos' impressive stuff is somewhat sabotaged by his command, an area that he's trying to hone in on this spring in an effort to secure a spot as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.
Jeremy Ross ARI WR
Cardinals' Jeremy Ross: Re-signs with Cardinals43m ago
The Arizona Cardinals and Jeremy Ross agreed to a one-year contract Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
After releasing Michael Floyd in mid-December, the Cardinals brought in Ross as wide receiver depth. Ross made appearances in the final two games of the season, the latter of which he hauled in all four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during a 44-6 romping of the Rams. His likely ticket to sticking in Arizona is his return ability, as the Cardinals ranked 16th in average kickoff return and 30th in average punt return in 2016.
Byron Maxwell MIA DB
Dolphins' Byron Maxwell: Expects to be ready for OTAs2h ago
Byron Maxwell (ankle) expects to be ready for OTAs, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Maxwell missed the final two games of the regular season as well as the Miami Dolphins ' lone playoff appearance due to an unspecified ankle issue. It isn't clear whether he required corrective surgery this offseason or what his rehab regimen entails, but it doesn't appear that Maxwell will miss a beat in terms of his preparation for the 2017 campaign.
DeAndre Carter NE WR
49ers' DeAndre Carter: Signs two-year deal with San Francisco3h ago
DeAndre Carter signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.
Carter spent last summer in training camp with the Patriots, but he was waived prior to the start of the regular season. Now entering his third season in the league, the Sacramento State product will compete for a role on special teams or as a depth option at slot receiver.
Josh Doctson WAS WR
Redskins' Josh Doctson: Doing running, catching drills6h ago
Josh Doctson (Achilles) has been running drills and catching footballs, JP Finlay of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Doctson continues his quest for a full recovery after injuring his Achilles in OTAs last offseason. Once fully healthy, he could become a major factor in Washington's offense with fellow wideouts Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson slated to become free agents in a couple weeks. Look out for more updates on his road to recovery throughout the offseason.
Bobby Richardson KC DE
Broncos' Bobby Richardson: Signs with Denver6h ago
Bobby Richardson signed a contract with the Denver Broncos on Friday, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post reports.
Richardson spent 15 games with the Saints in 2015, recording 40 tackles, half a sack, one interception and a pass deflection. He'll look to compete for a spot on the Broncos' 53-man roster next season.
Rob Gronkowski NE TE
Patriots' Rob Gronkowski: Expresses no doubt with regard to Week 1 status7h ago
Rob Gronkowski , who was placed on IR this past December after undergoing a procedure on his back, relayed that he has "no doubt" that he will be ready for the start of the upcoming regular season, CSN New England reports.
While Gronkowski's optimism on the injury front is encouraging, the tight end's status will still be worth monitoring closely in the coming months due to his lengthy history of back woes (including three surgeries) as well as other assorted ailments. When healthy, Gronkowski is fantasy's top tight end. However, following a 2016 campaign in which he only played eight games -- logging 25 catches for 540 yards and three TDs in the process -- his durability issues will no doubt be a concern for prospective fantasy owners. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Martellus Bennett, who filled in capably for Gronkowski down the stretch, is heading toward free agency and could leave the New England Patriots .