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Karl-Anthony Towns will return to the lineup Wednesday vs. Clippers [UPDATE]

Timberwolves All-Star has been sidelined after testing positive for Covid-19.

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on January 13, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Grizzlies defeated the Timberwolves 118-107.  Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

UPDATE: Towns will start in Wednesday’s game vs. the Clippers after being sidelined due to Covid-19. With Russell out, the Wolves will likely feature Towns and Beasley on offense. We don’t know if KAT will have a minutes restriction, though it’s safe to say he may be monitored a bit in his return. Towns hasn’t played in almost a month and had only played 4 games prior to testing positive.

UPDATE: Towns is considered a game-time decision, per coach Ryan Saunders. Shams Charania reported earlier Wednesday that Towns is expected to return to the lineup after a 13-game absence due to Covid-19.

Minnesota Timberwolves C Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to return to the lineup for Wednesday’s game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported. Towns has been sidelined the past 13 games after testing positive for Covid-19. He was placed in health and safety protocols and is now recovered enough to return to the court. The T’Wolves are also listing D’Angelo Russell (leg) as questionable to play.

Update: Russell has been ruled out.

It’s been a rough season for Towns, who was previously out due to wrist surgery. He returned briefly before testing positive and has only played in four games this season. He last played on January 13th against the Memphis Grizzlies. It’s safe to say Towns will likely be on a minutes restriction in his return to the lineup on Wednesday night. D’Lo was injured early in Monday’s loss to the Mavericks and did not return. He aggravated the leg injury that was nagging him before.

At $9,700 on DraftKings tonight, Towns isn’t really a viable option until we know more about his playing time. If he isn’t going to be held back at all, Towns becomes an OK GPP play at this price. It’s not a great matchup against Serge Ibaka and the Clippers, however, so again, tournaments may be the way to go. If players aren’t on top of the news, Towns probably goes overlooked, plus this game locks after 7:00 p.m. ET.

We also have to monitor D’Lo ($6,800), who may be held out. If that’s the case and Towns is going to play around 25-30 minutes, we can fire him up. Malik Beasley ($7,000) should be fine to roll out in all formats even with Towns back. Beasley becomes a great GPP play if Russell is ruled out. Ricky Rubio ($5,800) should play more minutes if Russell is sidelined and he could end up being a decent cash-game play.