News: Durant (broken foot) may be in line to return as early as Friday's game against the Knicks, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: The Thunder's surprising decision to waive Sebastian Telfair on Wednesday creates an open roster spot for the team, suggesting that one of Durant, Russell Westbrook (broken hand) or Mitch McGary (broken foot) is on track to fill the vacancy. Durant was close to a full participant earlier in practice this week, showing far better progress in his recovery from the injury than was expected at this point. A return to action doesn't seem to be too far off, and while Durant could struggle initially to replicate last season's MVP numbers, he still figures to remain an elite fantasy commodity once he gets back on the court.
News: Lamb scored 21 points (7-8 FG, 3-3 3P, 4-5 FT) with four rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block in 24 minutes off the bench before fouling out of Wednesday's game.
Impact: He failed to even make a field goal in the Thunder's last game on Sunday, so don't take Wednesday's near-perfect performance from the floor as a sign of things to come for Lamb. Kevin Durant is practicing as well, and once KD gets back on the court Lamb's role and minutes will take a hit. Despite Wednesday's numbers, Lamb owners in shallower leagues may want to see if they can put his roster spot to better use.
News: Telfair was waived by the Thunder on Wednesday, The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: The Thunder needed to remove a player from the roster, and they decided to release Telfair and retain Ish Smith. Telfair averaged 8.6 points and 2.9 assists in 15 games with the Thunder. It remains to be seen where he will land next.
News: Ibaka scored 20 points (9-19 FG, 2-4 3P, 0-1 FT) with eight rebounds, four blocks, three assists and a steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday;s win over the Jazz.
Impact: He's now averaging 18.5 points, 9.8 boards and 2.8 blocks over his last four games, and Ibaka is heating up just in time for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to return to the lineup. His scoring numbers should remain about the same, but look for Ibaka's efficiency to increase once opposition defenses have more to worry about.