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Derrick Favors will not return to lineup Wednesday vs. Bucks [UPDATE]

Pelicans forward has been away from team due to personal reasons.

New Orleans Pelicans center Derrick Favors posts up against Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless in the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Favors was supposed to be back tonight, but he’ll remain out of the lineup, per Gentry.

New Orleans Pelicans PF/C Derrick Favors plans to return to the lineup Wednesday vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

Favors returned to practice with the team Tuesday and is on track to return to the lineup, which is good news for New Orleans, which desperately needs his size down low. Favors has been away from the team due to personal reasons since Nov. 16, missing the past 12 games.

Fantasy Basketball Analysis: New Orleans Pelicans PF/C Derrick Favors

In season-long, if Favors is on the waiver wire, scoop him up. He should be inserted back into the starting lineup and I can’t see any reason why he’d be limited in minutes. The Pelicans have been awful defending the interior — and in general — so getting an experienced big man like Favors back should help. Prior to leaving the team, Favors posted a 20-20 game vs. the Clippers, so he was just about hitting his stride.

For DFS, we’ll have to see what his price is, but this isn’t a great matchup vs. the Bucks, who enter Wednesday’s game on a 15-game winning streak, and one of the top defensive teams in the NBA. This directly impacts Jahlil Okafor, who should return to the bench, though Alvin Gentry may go with a more traditional lineup when Favors is back. Kenrich Williams and Jaxson Hayes should also see less playing time.