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Tracking Kawhi Leonard, Malcolm Brogdon, Ja Morant, others on December 9th NBA injury report [UPDATE]

We’re monitoring all the latest lineup and injury news heading into lock for Monday night’s nine-game slate of fantasy basketball.

 Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard dribbles up the court during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

There are nine games on Sunday’s main slate and we’ll be keeping an eye on all the latest injuries and lineup news heading into lock at 7:00 p.m. ET. Below is a table tracking each notable player, and we’ll drop in updates throughout the day with useful information for both DFS and season-long fantasy basketball.

UPDATE: Jae Crowder (illness) available to play vs. Warriors

UPDATE: KAT, Teague, Wiggins and Shabazz Napier will all play vs. Suns

UPDATE: Marvin Bagley (thumb) out vs. Rockets; Bogdan Bogdanovic will play

Bagley will not return to the lineup tonight, so nothing changes for the Kings rotation. Bogdanovic isn’t a bad value play at $4,800 vs. Houston. Fast-paced game.

UPDATE: Cory Joseph (back) will start vs. Rockets

UPDATE: Fred VanVleet (knee) ruled out vs. Bulls

With FVV out, Norman Powell will start in his place tonight vs. Chicago. Powell is a solid value play in DFS and is worth picking up if you own VanVleet in season long. Kyle Lowry also becomes more appealing on DraftKings as well.

UPDATE: Derrick Favors (personal) remains out; Jahlil Okafor will start ahead of Lonzo Ball vs. Pistons

There’s a bit to digest here. So Favors remains out, nothing new there. Ball will go to the bench and Okafor will start with Jrue Holiday, J.J. Redick, Kenrich Williams and Brandon Ingram. This shouldn’t impact the minutes distribution all that much, may just be game planning by Alvin Gentry, but we’ll see. The Pelicans are pretty toxic right now, so not sure how appealing I view them in all fantasy formats.

UPDATE: Gordon Hayward doesn’t have minutes limit, but will be monitored

This basically means Hayward will play a normal amount of minutes is everything goes according to plan. If the game is a blowout, we may not see much Hayward, but I don’t think that should impact him in DFS. In season-long, I’d probably hold off on starting Hayward in the interim. Also he’s starting, for what it’s worth.

UPDATE: Patrick Patterson will start for Kawhi Leonard

UPDATE: Jacob Evans (hip) available vs. Grizzlies

UPDATE: Celtics SF Gordon Hayward (hand) will be available to play vs. Cavs; Marcus Smart ruled out

So Hayward is going to be back tonight, so we can roll him out in DFS at $3,000 on DK. We still don’t know how many minutes he’ll play, but regardless, this price is just too low and the matchup is too good. Smart (eye) is out, so we should see someone hop into the starting lineup. It could be Hayward, or possibly Grant Williams or Semi Ojeleye.

UPDATE: Timberwolves injury report lengthy vs. Suns

So Karl-Anthony Towns and Shabazz Napier are both probable, while Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins are questionable again. All four of them played last night vs. the Lakers, so there’s a chance this isn’t as serious as it seems. KAT and Bazz will likely play, so let’s focus on the other two. If Teague is out, we’ve seen Jarrett Culver play some point guard, plus Napier would likely play more minutes as well. Josh Okogie will also handle the ball more.

If Wiggins is sidelined, Culver and Robert Covington will play more wing minutes, plus we could see more Jordan Bell and Keita Bates-Diop off the bench.

UPDATE: Ja Morant (back) will return to lineup, Jae Crowder (illness) questionable vs. Warriors

So Morant is expected to be back in the lineup after going through shootaround this afternoon. It also does not appear that Morant will have restrictions, so he should be in the starting 5 and get his usual allotment of minutes. This is a great matchup vs. the Dubs, so I’m OK rolling Ja out in GPPs on DraftKings at a nice price of $6,900. Tyus Jones should go back to the bench and gets a downgrade.

If Crowder is out, we should see more Solomon Hill, Marko Guduric and Grayson Allen.

UPDATE: Danilo Gallinari (ankle) ruled out vs. Jazz

This is a bit of a surprise since Gallo wasn’t on the injury report heading into Monday night’s slate. We could see Nerlens Noel jump into the starting lineup at PF alongside Steven Adams, or the Thunder could go with a smaller lineup and start Dennis Schroder with Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. I’d say Noel and Abdel Nader are the biggest benefactors with Gallo out.

UPDATE: Fred VanVleet (knee) questionable vs. Bulls

FVV is officially questionable to play tonight vs. Chicago. If VanVleet can’t go, expect Norman Powell to jump into the starting lineup and play big minutes for coach Nick Nurse. Powell is $4,900 on DraftKings, so he’d be a top value play if VanVleet can’t play.

UPDATE: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cory Joseph probable; Marvin Bagley questionable vs. Rockets

Bogdanovic and Joseph were both able to play Sunday, so it’s good news that they are on track to go on the second of a back-to-back. Bogdanovic is a decent value at $4,800 on DK. Joseph should continue to start at PG with De’Aaron Fox sidelined. Bagley was initially ruled out but has been upgraded to questionable. Still, it seems unlikely he’ll return yet.

UPDATE: Kawhi Leonard (load management) ruled out Monday vs. Pacers

As expected, Leonard will not play on the second of a back-to-back to manage his knee injury. With Leonard now out, we can target Paul George heavily in DFS in a revenge narrative. The Clippers will also be without Rodney McGruder, Landry Shamet and JaMychal Green, so the Pacers are in a good spot at home.

UPDATE: Aron Baynes (calf) likely to play vs. Timberwolves

Baynes is on track to play tonight for the Suns at home vs. Minnesota. If he does, he’ll be on a minutes restriction, however, so at $5,200 on DraftKings I’m hesitant to play him. Baynes is another body down low though, so this maybe impacts Karl-Anthony Towns? But not enough to scare us off KAT tonight.

UPDATE: Marcus Smart (eye) questionable to play vs. Cavs

Smart has an eye infection and may not be able to play tonight. If that’s the case, we could see Hayward jump back into the starting lineup, or Stevens may opt to leave Grant Williams in there again. Semi Ojeleye is also a candidate to start, while Brad Wanamaker would likely see more minutes at guard if Smart can’t play.

UPDATE: Gordon Hayward (hand) went through shootaround, on track to return vs. Cavaliers

Hayward still has to meet with trainers and we may have to wait closer to game time to see if he’s in, but it looks like the forward will return tonight vs. Cleveland. At $3,000 on DK, Hayward is a prime value option given his minutes aren’t too limited. We’ll keep an eye on updates to see if Hayward will start or come off the bench.

UPDATE: Malcolm Brogdon (hand) says he’ll play vs. Clippers

Brogdon appears on track to play tonight vs. L.A. at home. We’re still awaiting word on Kawhi Leonard, but if he sits, Brogdon is in a decent spot against the Clips. His price is down, though we should be concerned a bit about the hand. It could make Brogdon reluctant to shoot, which would hurt his fantasy value. I’d lean against Brogdon in DFS for better options. In season-long, if you play the matchups, I’d bench Brogdon if you have a player in a more appealing spot.

NBA Injury Report, Dec. 9

Pos. Player Team Opp. Injury Status DraftKings Price Notes
Pos. Player Team Opp. Injury Status DraftKings Price Notes
C Karl-Anthony Towns MIN PHX Knee Will Play $9,300
SG/SF Kawhi Leonard LAC IND Rest OUT $8,300 Patrick Patterson will start for Leonard
PG/SG Malcolm Brogdon IND LAC Hand Will Play $7,300 Brogdon will start, wear brace on shooting hand
SG/SF Andrew Wiggins MIN PHX Thumb Will Play $7,300
PG/SG Fred VanVleet TOR CHI Knee OUT $7,000 Norman Powell will start
PG/SG Ja Morant MEM GSW Back Will Play $6,900 Not expected to have minutes limit
SF/PF Danilo Gallinari OKC UTA Ankle OUT $6,600
PG/SG Jeff Teague MIN PHX Ankle Available $6,200
SF/PF Dario Saric PHX MIN Back Available $5,900
PG/SG Mike Conley UTA OKC Hamstring OUT $5,500
PG/SG Marcus Smart BOS CLE Eye OUT $5,400
C Aron Baynes PHX MIN Calf Will Play $5,200 Likely to have minutes restriction
SF/PF Jae Crowder MEM GSW Illness Available $5,200
PF/C Marvin Bagley SAC HOU Thumb OUT $5,000
PF/C Derrick Favors NOP DET Personal OUT $5,000
SG/SF Bogdan Bogdanovic SAC HOU Knee Will Play $4,800
PF/C Brandon Clarke MEM GSW Hip OUT $4,500
PG/SG Cory Joseph SAC HOU Back Will Play $4,200 Joseph will start
SG/SF Mikal Bridges PHX MIN Finger Available $4,100
SF/PF Jake Layman MIN PHX Toe OUT $3,800
SG/SF Landry Shamet LAC IND Ankle OUT $3,100
PG/SG Shabazz Napier MIN PHX Hamstring Available $3,100
SF/PF Gordon Hayward BOS CLE Hand Available $3,000 Hayward won't have minutes limit, but will be monitored
PG/SF Jacob Evans GSW MEM Hip Available $3,000