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Griffin agreed to a contract buyout with the Pistons on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The 31-year-old has been sitting out since Feb. 12 with the team making a conscious effort to move him, and the Pistons were unable to gain any real traction on the trade market. Griffin is making over $36 million this season and had a player option for nearly $39 million for 2021-22, so it's hardly a surprise a trade didn't come to fruition. The veteran forward averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 36.5 percent from the field in 20 games before being shut down, and he'll now be free to sign where he pleases as an unrestricted free agent.
Anderson had nine points (3-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal across 26 minutes in Thursday's loss against the Bucks.
Anderson was able to return following a one-game absence but struggled to make an impact offensively. He has now gone five straight games without reaching the 15-point mark after doing so in four straight appearances between Feb. 14 and Feb. 19. Those inconsistencies certainly limit his upside going forward.
Morant posted 35 points (11-25 FG, 3-13 3Pt, 10-11 FT), six rebounds, five assists and a steal across 39 minutes in Thursday's loss against the Bucks.
Morant has now scored 35 points in back-to-back and ended the first half of the season on a strong note. He's been the Grizzlies' biggest offensive threat by a wide margin and while he endured a few slow outings upon his return, he's now finding in form and gearing up for the second half of the season. He's averaging 21.8 points and 7.2 assists per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor over his last 10 appearances.
Gray compiled 23 points (10-23 FG, 3-7 3Pt), seven assists and three rebounds over 35 minutes in Thursday's 99-94 loss to the Charge.
Gray was held to just six points in Tuesday's loss to the Stars, but he led the team on the scoreboard against Canton while matching his highest scoring total of the season in the narrow loss. The 27-year-old is now averaging 13.0 points, 5.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds over 28.9 minutes per game this year.
Valanciunas ended with 13 points (6-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 12 rebounds, a steal and a block across 27 minutes in Thursday's loss against the Bucks.
Valanciunas posted a double-double for the eighth time in his last nine appearances, but he was uncharacteristically poor from the field and needed 16 shots to score 13 points. He's averaging 14.2 points and 12.6 rebounds over his last nine games, though, so fantasy managers shouldn't reach too much into what ended being an off night for the big man, as he has been remarkably consistent with his production on a steady basis.
Middleton had 22 points (6-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 9-9 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals across 39 minutes in Thursday's win at Memphis.
Middleton recorded his first double-double since Feb. 10, when he posted 18 points and 11 assists in a 125-124 loss against the Suns, and he continues to provide value as the Bucks' second-best offensive threat behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. Middleton has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games and is shooting 47.8 percent from the field in that span.
Antetokounmpo had 26 points (10-19 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-9 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block across 36 minutes in Thursday's win at Memphis.
Antetokounmpo ended just two assists shy of posting what would've been his fifth triple-double of the season, but as it has been the trend all season long, he was an absolute stud and was impactful on both ends of the court. Antetokounmpo hasn't been able to repeat what he did over the last two seasons, but he is still having a monster year and is averaging 29.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and a career-high 5.9 assists per game thus far.
DiVincenzo registered seven points (2-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and four assists across 30 minutes in Thursday's win at Memphis.
DiVincenzo found a way to stuff the stat sheet and make his presence felt, but he didn't provide a huge boost in most fantasy formats and has been marred by poor shooting displays in recent games. He is averaging 11.3 points but shooting 41.7 percent from the field over his last seven appearances, and he has failed to score more than seven points three times during that stretch.
Dort delivered 15 points (5-16 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four steals, three rebounds, a steal and a block across 36 minutes in Thursday's win at San Antonio.
Dort was coming off two straight games in which he couldn't score more than five points, and while the shooting woes continue to plague him, at least he delivered a bounce-back effort in terms of the scoring column. Dort has scored in double digits in eight of his last 10 appearances and is averaging 12.9 points in that stretch, but he's also shooting a meager 33.3 percent from the field in that span.
Gilgeous-Alexander notched 33 points (11-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 9-10 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and a block across 37 minutes in Thursday's win at San Antonio.
Gilgeous-Alexander carried the Thunder in their final game of the season before the All-Star break and once again proved what he can do when he's clicking on offense. The third-year guard has scored 20-plus points in six of his last nine contests following a four-game absence in February, and he has surpassed the 30-point mark three times in that stretch as well.