Fantasy 30: More trade deadline buzz

Kemba Walker is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. Will the Charlotte Hornets trade him before the deadline or aim to re-sign him? Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Is the Anthony Davis injury worse than originally thought? Which players are on the trade block with the NBA's trade deadline looming and only two weeks out?

Here's a look at the most fantasy-relevant news and notes for all 30 teams around the league:

Atlanta Hawks: Kevin Huerter missed Monday's game due to a tweaked neck muscle suffered during the pregame routine, and he's listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bulls. Huerter has been a terrific source of 3-pointers this season, especially during a recent stretch that has included him cashing in for at least four 3s during three of his past four games.

Boston Celtics: Al Horford has come alive on the offensive end of the court during his past four games, averaging 17.8 PPG, but the veteran center will rest during Wednesday's game against the cellar-dwelling Cavaliers. The 32-year-old has played in 38 of the Celtics' 47 games so far this season. Kyrie Irving (illness) will also miss this game.

Brooklyn Nets: D'Angelo Russell is playing the best ball of his career, and his coach has taken notice. "Unbelievable," Atkinson told the New York Post of Russell's play. "He has great confidence right now, on both ends of the floor. I think the other guys are feeding off that confidence. And it's not just the shots he's making, but how he's running the offense and his command of the offense and guys following his command and his leadership. That's a big part of our success." The 22-year-old is putting up career highs in several notable categories (19.2 PPG, 6.4 APG and 2.7 3PG) while shooting a career-best 43.8 percent from the field.

Charlotte Hornets: From a pure talent perspective, few teams in the league may be in a worse place than the Hornets, and according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the team isn't looking to move its best player -- Kemba Walker -- before the trade deadline. Walker is set to become an unrestricted free agent over the summer, so the Hornets must feel confident that they'll be able to retain their star guard.

Chicago Bulls: According to this tweet by KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune from Friday, the injury to Wendell Carter Jr. won't stop the Bulls from shopping a couple of big men in the weeks leading up to the NBA trade deadline: "It should be noted that the Bulls still will shop Robin Lopez and Jabari Parker in advance of the Feb. 7 trade deadline, even with news of Wendell Carter Jr. injury and likely surgery. If they find deals, Cristiano Felicio or small lineup always can be used." New York and New Orleans are two teams that have been tied to the Bulls in trade talks, so stay tuned.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Charania reports that the Cavaliers have several teams interested in making a deal for Rodney Hood. New Orleans, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee have all expressed interest in the veteran scorer. Hood has put up 12.7 PPG this season but doesn't bring much else to the table in fantasy as far as rebounding, passing, defense and 3-point shooting are concerned.

Dallas Mavericks: When at his best, second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. can be a top-100 type of fantasy talent, and he showed that during his first game back -- Tuesday's win over the Clippers. DSJ went for 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. A big positive with Smith is the improvement he has made as a shooter between his first and second seasons, going from 39.5 to 43.8 FG% and from 31.3 to 36.4 3FG%.

Denver Nuggets: Both Gary Harris and Will Barton will remain on 20-minute limits in Wednesday's game against Utah, limiting their upside in all fantasy formats for at least another game. Harris has averaged 18.0 MPG in two games since returning to the lineup, while Barton has played 18.5 MPG in the four games since he's been back.

Detroit Pistons: According to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons are receiving trade interest about Ish Smith and Reggie Bullock. Both players become free agents after the season, but Ellis believes it could take a first-rounder to get Bullock -- one of the team's best 3-point options -- from the Pistons.

Golden State Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins has averaged 18.5 MPG in his first two games with the Warriors, and the star big man reports that he hasn't felt any soreness in his Achilles. "There's soreness when it comes to running and getting used to game speed," Cousins told the Mercury News. "My legs are fatigued after that. But as far as the Achilles, it's nothing. It's good. It's strong. It's more conditioned than any part of my body part right now."

Houston Rockets: If you're looking for some efficient scoring to go with rebounding, Kenneth Faried might be worth a look. The veteran forward is available in most ESPN leagues and put up 13 points and six rebounds in his 23-minute Rockets debut. At 29, Faried is younger than most realize and still has some life in those legs, which makes him a factor in fantasy until Clint Capela returns to the court in another month or so.

Indiana Pacers: Victor Oladipo remains one of the better shooting guard options in fantasy, but there's no overlooking the drop in his production this season compared to last. The biggest issue? Shooting. After making 47.7 percent of his shots in 2017-18 on his way to 23.1 PPG, those numbers have fallen to 42.3 percent and 19.2 PPG, respectively, this season. That shooting percentage would be the lowest since his rookie season with the Magic in 2013-14.

LA Clippers: Danilo Gallinari has missed the past two games with a back issue but, surprisingly, it hasn't translated into more production out of Tobias Harris. In fact, Harris made just one shot from the field in Tuesday's loss to Dallas, finishing with nine points. This is something to watch as long as Gallinari remains out. For what it's worth, Gallinari didn't join the Clippers for the rest of their road trip, meaning he will miss at least two more games.

Los Angeles Lakers: Rajon Rondo is expected to rejoin the Lakers for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves after missing the past 14 games with a sprained ligament in his right index finger. If he can stay healthy, which is a big "if," considering he's missed 34 of the Lakers' 48 games this season, the 32-year-old point guard has a chance to become a big factor the next month while Lonzo Ball is out.

Memphis Grizzlies: There were some whispers last week about the Grizzlies being open to moving Marc Gasol, and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski expanded on that on Tuesday, explaining that the team is in fact open to trading Gasol and/or Mike Conley. Wojnarowski writes: "Memphis ownership and management have decided that they've reached an organizational crossroads and are preparing to weigh deal scenarios on one or both of their cornerstone veterans between now and the Feb. 7 trade deadline -- and perhaps into the offseason, league sources said." Stay tuned, because if either veteran is moved, it would have huge fantasy implications.

Miami Heat: Last week, I wrote about Dion Waiters taking his feelings public about a perceived lack of playing time. He was fined for those comments, but none of it has hurt him on the court. In fact, Waiters put up two of his best games of the season during the past week, scoring 21 points off the bench on Saturday and following it up with 18 points in a season-high 28 minutes against the Celtics on Monday. A bigger role appears to be in reach, after all.

Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon doesn't get a lot of attention, but the third-year guard is quietly one of the game's best shooters. In fact, he is on pace to achieve a rare feat this season of shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line. Only seven players in NBA history have managed to achieve that, and you may have heard of them: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Larry Bird.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Jeff Teague missed Tuesday's game against the Suns due to a foot injury, and it sounds like the point guard could potentially be sidelined for a while. "I'll just try to see if I can get out there and run," he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "But right now I can't even really run. I guess we'll see." Teague has already had two prolonged stretches in which he was forced to sit out this season (six games and nine games).

New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Davis is set to see a hand specialist to see if he suffered a solar plate avulsion fracture in his left index finger, per his agent Rich Paul. If that's the case, one of the top players in fantasy hoops will find himself sidelined anywhere between 2-4 weeks. Stay tuned, because the extent of the injury and timetable has a giant impact on not just Davis and his Pelicans teammates, but on the entire fantasy basketball world.

New York Knicks: Just when it looked like Luke Kornet could help the Knicks, supplying scoring and 3-point shooting, the 7-foot-1 big man was lost for a couple weeks after going down with a sprained left ankle against the Thunder on Monday. That leaves the Knicks without one of their better 3-point options; Kornet connected on 10 3s in the four games before the injury.

Oklahoma City Thunder: Kelly Iko of The Athletic reported Tuesday that the Thunder have had discussions with Miami about trading for sharp-shooting veteran Wayne Ellington, who has seen his role decline this season with the Heat. "It's no secret that Ellington is unhappy with his current role with the Heat," Iko wrote. "In fact, his representatives met with Miami over this issue, seeking a resolution. Per sources, the problem with trying to deal for Ellington is that Miami doesn't really want to take back salary."

Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon (back) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn. If he's unable to go, it will mark the third straight game the bouncy forward has missed. However, he was able to practice on Tuesday and said he felt "markedly better," so it appears likely that Gordon will be back against the Nets.

Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons (illness) didn't practice on Tuesday and is questionable -- along with Jimmy Butler (wrist) -- for Wednesday's game against the Spurs. Simmons has played in all but one of the 76ers' 48 games this season, while Butler has battled various ailments and missed six games since joining Philadelphia in mid-November.

Phoenix Suns: T.J. Warren (ankle) left Tuesday's game early against the Timberwolves, and his absence helped spark a season-high 27 points from Josh Jackson. It must be noted that Devin Booker was also ejected in the third quarter of this game, but if Warren is forced to miss Thursday's game against Portland, it could be worth using a flier on Jackson once again for the depleted Suns frontcourt.

Portland Trail Blazers: Jake Layman was known as a sharpshooting forward way back in his prep days before joining Maryland, so it shouldn't be a surprise to see him pop off with big games like the one he had Friday (20 points, four 3-pointers). Layman, a second-rounder in 2016, is settling in nicely in his third year in the league and carving out a role off the bench as an instant-offense type. His confidence is rising by the week, and he's worth a look in deep leagues in which you need to stream for 3-pointers or points.

Sacramento Kings: It took more than half the season, but Marvin Bagley III finally notched the first start of his NBA career in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, and it was an impressive one at that: 22 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks. Even though the big offensive performance happened on a night with Nemanja Bjelica and De'Aaron Fox out, this type of eye-opening performance out of last year's No. 2 overall pick could lead to more starts and increased minutes during the second half of the season.

San Antonio Spurs: DeMar DeRozan is in an unfamiliar place this month, averaging just 15.3 PPG and shooting an icy 39.0 percent despite not taking a single 3-pointer. DeRozan is too talented and has too long of a track record to believe this will continue. Efficient scoring is what he does best, and when he's in a funk like this, he isn't a top-50 fantasy player.

Toronto Raptors: The absence of Jonas Valanciunas has afforded Serge Ibaka an opportunity to play like the younger version of himself, at least from a production standpoint. The 10th-year pro is currently averaging a career-high 16.2 PPG, and his numbers have been particularly impressive during the month of January (51.0 FG%, 16.3 PPG and 7.2 RPG). Shot-blocking is the one area in which he has fallen off drastically. Once one of the game's best in that department, he's at 1.3 BPG for a second straight season -- still good, but not great.

Utah Jazz: What a stretch it has been for Donovan Mitchell, who is playing like a top-25 fantasy option once again. During his past 10 games, the second-year pro has averaged 28.6 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.4 SPG and 2.7 3PG. He has also been very efficient, making 48.1 percent of his shots during that span.

Washington Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. finds himself in a rare situation as a max player who is being used off the bench, but the 25-year-old swingman seems to be thriving in that role. How can we make sense of this? Bulletsforever.com detailed this week that Porter has averaged 16.8 PPG off the bench compared to 11.7 PPG as a starter, despite averaging 2.1 fewer MPG in this role as a reserve.