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Jusuf Nurkic is expected to return around the All-Star in February after undergoing offseason leg surgery which has held him out so far this season. Hassan Whiteside will remain the starter until Nurkic returns. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Whiteside will certainly lose some value once Nurkic returns but we expect him to lose out the most down the stretch of games in the fourth quarter. Nurkic can be a solid IR bench player for the tail end of fantasy seasons.

Category: Injury Updates

Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting with nine rebounds, two steals, two three-pointers, two blocks, and one assist in 37 minutes during Thursday's 114-99 loss to the Nuggets.

Fantasy Impact: Anthony had another solid game for fantasy owners providing across the board stats. The veteran forward is now averaging 16.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 three-pointers made over 12 games and should be owned in all 12 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps

Kent Bazemore scored nine points on 3-for-7 shooting with three rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes during Thursday's 114-99 loss to Denver.

Fantasy Impact: Bazemore has started the last three games but has not done much with his new role. Over that time the veteran forward is averaging 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds over 29.3 minutes and can be left on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Hassan Whiteside scored 33 points on 15-for-21 shooting with 11 rebounds, four blocks, one three-pointer, and two assists in 35 minutes during Thursday's 114-99 loss to the Nuggets.

Fantasy Impact: Whiteside had another big game as the veteran center is having a great year for fantasy owners. Whiteside is averaging 16.0 points, 13.2 boards, 2.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 4.2 blocks over his previous six games

Category: Game Recaps

Damian Lillard scored 13 points on 5-for-16 shooting with two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, and two three-pointers in 38 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Lillard had an off night shooting and was just 2-for-9 from the three-point line. The All-Star guard is having a strong season averaging 26.3 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.4 rebounds and should be started in every league.

Category: Game Recaps

Anfernee Simons scored 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting with five rebounds, four three-pointers and three assists over 29 minutes as the Blazers beat the Knicks on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Simons got some extra run with the game on Tuesday being a blowout. The second year guard was hot shooting 4-for-7 from the three-point line. Simons could be a benefactor in the injury to Rodney Hood but is only worth owning in 14 team leagues and deeper at the moment.

Category: Game Recaps

CJ McCollum scored 13 points on 5-for-14 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, one block, and one three-pointer over 31 minutes as the Blazers beat the Knicks on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: McCollum has been hot but struggled on Tuesday and was just 1-for-8 from the three-point line. Overall the veteran guard is having another strong season for fantasy owners averaging 21.6 points and 2.6 three-pointers made and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Skal Labissiere scored six points on 3-for-4 shooting with one rebound and one block over 10 minutes as the Blazers lost to the Lakers on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Labissiere has not been seeing enough minutes this season to be worth picking up in fantasy leagues. On the year the big man is averaging 6.1 points and 5.0 rebounds over 17 minutes a game.

Category: Game Recaps

Mario Hezonja scored four points on 1-for-4 shooting with two rebounds and one assist over 17 minutes as the Blazers lost to the Lakers by a 136-113 score.

Fantasy Impact: Hezonja had three DNPs in his last seven games but the veteran forward may have found himself back in the rotation with Rodney Hood out for the season with an Achilles injury. Even with the increase in playing time, Hezonja is only worth owning in deeper fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Rodney Hood will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his Achilles in Friday’s matchup with the Lakers. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hood landed awkwardly in the first quarter of Friday’s game and was quickly diagnosed with a torn Achilles. He started all 20 games he played for Portland this season, averaging 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest. In the wake of the season-ending injury, Kent Bazemore will likely step into a starting role at small forward, and he needs to be added across all fantasy formats.

Category: Injury Updates

Gary Trent (hamstring) will not play Wednesday against the Kings. (Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Trent will miss his fifth consecutive game due to a hamstring injury. He will try to return for Friday's contest against the Lakers.

Category: Injury Updates

Nassir Little scored two points on 1-for-2 shooting with two rebounds and an assist over 11 minutes on Friday as the Blazers beat the Bulls by a 107-103 score.

Fantasy Impact: Little has been seeing inconsistent minutes off the bench in his rookie season with the Blazers. The forward has shown some flashes but is not worth owning in fantasy but is a good stash in dynasty formats.

Category: Game Recaps

Anthony Tolliver scored nine points on 3-for-4 shooting with seven rebounds, three three-pointers, and one assist over 30 minutes on Saturday as the Blazers lost to the Cavaliers.

Fantasy Impact: Tolliver started for Hassan Whiteside for the second game in a row. But Whiteside should be back any game now and Tolliver will go back to playing just a few minutes a game. The veteran big man can be left on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Pau Gasol waived by Blazers

Wed, Nov 20th 5:27pm EST
By Zachary Hanshew

Pau Gasol has been waived by the Trail Blazers, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gasol — who hasn’t taken the court in 2019-20 due to a foot injury — appeared in just 30 games for the Spurs and Bucks a season ago. The Blazers are reportedly looking to move him into a coaching position, and it’s highly likely his career as a player is a wrap. The Spanish-born forward earned six All-Star selections, four All-NBA selections, and won two NBA titles over 18 years in the Association.

Category: Transactions

Zach Collins (shoulder) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Spurs. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The Blazers are yet to issue a formal update on Collins, who left Sunday's game with a dislocated shoulder, but it looks as though he'll be in for a multi-game absence. Look for Anthony Tolliver and Skal Labissiere to pick up minutes up front in Collins' absence.

Category: Injury Updates

Jake Layman will sign a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Timberwolves. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Layman will be acquired in a sign-and-trade deal, although it's unclear what Portland's expected to get in return. He will likely find minutes at both forward positions. Layman averaged 7.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.8 triples made in 71 games for the Trail Blazers last season.

Category: Transactions

Enes Kanter signed a two-year, $10 million dollar deal on Monday, he will have a player option in the second year. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kanter averaged 13.7 points and 9.9 rebounds in 24.5 minutes with the Knicks and Blazers last season. Boston just lost Al Horford in free agency and is hoping that Kanter will be able to fill in a similar role. Horford averaged 4.5 more minutes than Kanter did last year, so if Kanter sees an increase in his minutes, fantasy owners will also see an increase in his value.

Seth Curry returns to Dallas

Mon, Jul 1st 2:09pm EDT
By Kaiyo Funaki

Seth Curry has agreed to play for the Dallas Mavericks on a four-year, $32M contract. Curry last played for the Mavs during the 2016-2017 season. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The journeyman sharpshooter seems to have found a permanent residence after bouncing around six different teams in his five years in the league. Curry cashes in on a year where he only averaged 7.9 PPG but showed glimpses of his ability during the playoffs. He will be competing for the backup PG role vacated by J.J. Barea, who is currently recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. Now that he is guaranteed some financial and contractual stability, perhaps Curry will finally have a breakout year.

Category: Transactions

Evan Turner was traded to the Hawks on Monday in exchange for Kent Bazemore. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Turner will join a crowded wing rotation in Atlanta, but could see increased time as a backup ball-handler behind Trae Young. Turner averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks in 73 games for the Trail Blazers last season.

Category: Transactions

Mo Harkless put in 10 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, two dimes and a steal in 26 minutes of floor time on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: It was Harkless' first double-double in over a month and the veteran was able to stuff the stat sheet too, swiping a steal for the seventh straight contest. The St. John's product also has four blocks in his last two games.

Category: Game Recaps

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