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  • Knicks' Bojan Bogdanovic: Returns to practice

    Bogdanovic (calf) participated in Tuesday's practice and is expected to play in Thursday's game versus the 76ers, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reports.

    Bogdanovic is expected to return to action Thursday after missing the Knicks' previous game with a left calf injury. The veteran forward has come off the bench in each of his first two appearances with New York, averaging 13.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 28.0 minutes.

  • Knicks' Donte DiVincenzo: Trending in right direction

    DiVincenzo (hamstring) was active for practice Tuesday and is on track for Thursday's game against Philadelphia, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reports.

    DiVincenzo returning after the All-Star break was mentioned by coach Tom Thibodeau on Friday, and similar sentiments came Tuesday, as he expects DiVincenzo to suit up Thursday against Philadelphia. DiVincenzo is joined by Isaiah Hartenstein (Achilles) and Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) in ramping up for Thursday's game.

  • Knicks' Julius Randle: Still not cleared to practice

    Coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday that Randle (shoulder) hasn't been cleared to practice but is progressing well in his recovery, Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News reports.

    Randle hasn't played since Jan. 27 due to a dislocated right shoulder. While an official injury report has yet to be announced for Thursday's game versus the 76ers, Randle's absence from practice is a bad sign of his availability.

  • Knicks' Isaiah Hartenstein: Practices Tuesday

    Hartenstein (Achilles) participated in practice Tuesday, Steve Popper of Newsday reports.

    Hartenstein was joined by Donte DiVincenzo and Bojan Bogdanovic in logging limited practice Tuesday, with a potential return Thursday against Philadelphia firmly in play. Hartenstein missed three contests prior to the All-Star break due to his ongoing left achilles tendonitis.

  • Dante Exum SG | DAL

    Mavericks' Dante Exum: Sits out practice

    Exum (knee) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Grant Afseth of SI.com reports.

    Exum has missed Dallas' last 10 contests due to right knee inflammation. While fantasy managers should wait for an official injury report to clarify Exum's status for Thursday's matchup with the Suns, the 28-year-old guard will likely have to log at least one practice before seeing any game action.

  • Wizards' Justin Champagnie: Inks 10-day deal with Washington

    Champagnie agreed to a 10-day contract with the Wizards on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Prior to getting the opportunity with the Wizards, Champagnie had been a dominant performer for the G League's Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 22.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.4 steals, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.3 blocks in 37.6 minutes per game over 34 appearances. The third-year pro hasn't appeared in an NBA game since the 2022-23 campaign, and has made only five appearances since 2021-22. With Kyle Kuzma and Deni Avdija occupying the two starting forward spots and reserve options in Bilal Coulibaly and Corey Kispert needing playing time, it's unclear how many minutes will be available for Champagnie over the next 10 days.

  • Thaddeus Young PF | PHO

    Suns' Thaddeus Young: Officially signs with Phoenix

    Young (not injury related) officially signed with the Suns on Tuesday, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

    This deal was reported Feb. 13, but it took a week to become official. Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday morning that Young is expected to be available for Thursday's game in Dallas, which is Phoenix's first contest following the All-Star break. However, even if Young is available, he's not guaranteed playing time right away.

  • Desmond Bane SG | MEM

    Grizzlies' Desmond Bane: Making progress, but timeline TBD

    Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman said Friday that Bane (ankle) is progressing through the initial stages of his rehab and will be re-evaluated at some point after the All-Star break, Michael Wallace of the team's official site reports. "We'll be smart," Kleiman said when asked if Bane could return at some point this season. "We're going to make sure [Bane and Marcus Smart] are in position to be fully healthy [before playing]."

    Bane hasn't played since Jan. 12, when he sustained what was reported as a Grade 3 left ankle sprain in the Grizzlies' loss to the Clippers. Though a Grade 3 sprain typically entails a multi-month recovery and often requires surgery, Bane seems to be coming along far more rapidly in his rehab process than initially anticipated. Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins confirmed earlier this month that Bane was able to resume individual work in practice, and a formal update regarding when the fourth-year guard might be ready to mix into drills with his healthy teammates could come shortly after he's re-evaluated. At this stage, however, Bane remains without a formal timeline for a return to game action, though Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal relays that Bane is closer to playing than Smart, who has been out since Jan. 9 with a right ring finger central slip tear. Given that the 20-36 Grizzlies aren't shaping up as playoff contenders, the team likely won't look to rush Bane back until they're confident he's 100 percent healthy. Fantasy managers should expect Bane to miss the Grizzlies' remaining three games of February, at a minimum.

  • Marcus Smart PG | MEM

    Grizzlies' Marcus Smart: Progressing, still lacking timeline

    Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman said Friday that Smart (finger) is progressing through the initial stages of his rehab and will be re-evaluated at some point after the All-Star break, Michael Wallace of the team's official site reports. "We'll be smart," Kleiman said when asked if Smart could return at some point this season. "We're going to make sure [Smart and Desmond Bane] are in position to be fully healthy [before playing]."

    Smart hasn't played since Jan. 9, when he exited early in a win over the Mavericks and was later diagnosed with a right ring finger central slip tear. When Smart suffered the injury, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the point guard would be sidelined for approximately six weeks. Though Smart has now reached the end of that projected timeline, the Grizzlies haven't offered an indication that the 29-year-old is close to a return, and Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Tuesday that Bane -- out since Jan. 12 with a severe left ankle sprain -- looks closer than Smart to resume playing. More clarity on a target date for Smart's return could come forth when Memphis reconvenes for practice this week, but expect his absence to stretch into March while the 20-36 Grizzlies have little incentive to rush him in the midst of a non-contending season.

  • Justise Winslow: Deal with Toronto ends

    Winslow became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday after his 10-day contract with the Raptors expired, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.

    The veteran forward didn't see any game action during his abbreviated stay with Toronto, and it's unclear if the Raptors will look to bring him back on a second 10-day deal. Before signing with the NBA team on Feb. 10, Winslow had appeared in 19 games with Toronto's G League affiliate, Raptors 905. In those contests, Winslow averaged 16.7 points (on 51.7 percent shooting from the field), 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers in 27.4 minutes per game.

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