NBA Player News
|10/20/2016||Marcus Smart, Bos, PG|
|Smart could miss around two weeks after spraining his left ankle in Wednesday's preseason game against the Knicks.
Analysis: If that timetable is accurate, Smart would miss at least the first three games of the regular season. The Celtics have the backcourt depth to withstand a brief absence from the 2014 first-round pick, with second-year pro Terry Rozier likely slotting in as the backup point guard behind Isaiah Thomas.
|10/19/2016||Marvin Williams, Cha, F|
|Williams will miss the remainder of the preseason with a non-displaced fracture of his left middle finger.
Analysis: The Hornets said Wednesday that Williams will be re-evaluated next week. Coach Steve Clifford says there is a good chance Williams will be available for the team's regular season opener on Oct. 26 against the Bucks.
|10/19/2016||Aron Baynes, Det, C|
|Baynes has had surgery to repair a broken nose. Baynes was ruled out for Wednesday night's preseason game against the Toronto Raptors.
Analysis: With a protective mask, he is expected to be available to play when Detroit opens the regular season next week at Toronto.
|10/19/2016||Karl-Anthony Towns, Min, C|
|Towns had 31 points and nine rebounds and Minnesota led by 40 points in the third quarter in Wednesday's rout.
Analysis: Towns shot 7 for 10 from the field and 17 for 17 at the free throw line in 25 minutes, having his way with defensive stalwart Marc Gasol. He's going to be a fantasy stud this season.
|10/19/2016||Marc Gasol, Mem, C|
|Gasol had six points and four rebounds in 19 minutes for Memphis on Wednesday, an encouraging sign after the star center suffered a bone bruise on the same foot that was surgically repaired in February.
Analysis: Gasol had also left last Saturday's game due to an ankle injury. Fantasy owners should be wary of Gasol's recent injury history.
|10/19/2016||Andrew Wiggins, Min, G-F|
|Wiggins (allergic reaction) sat out Wednesday's game, as did Shabazz Muhammad (right hip).
Analysis: Brandon Rush started in Wiggins' place and had nine points and five assists.
|10/19/2016||James Harden, Hou, G|
|Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, including 12 and four while playing most of the third quarter, to lead Houston in Wednesday's preseason win.
Analysis: Harden could have more of these kinds of lines as coach Mike D'Antoni said he'll be used more at point guard this season.
|10/19/2016||Eric Gordon, Hou, SG|
|Gordon had 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's win.
Analysis: Gordon is expected to open the season as a starter while Patrick Beverley recovers from left knee injury.
|10/19/2016||Harrison Barnes, Dal, F|
|Barnes was 1 of 9 from the field on Wednesday, putting him at 24 percent (12 of 51) in the preseason.
Analysis: He signed a max deal at four years, $94 million in the offseason. This is a bit of a disturbing trend after Barnes also struggled in last year's NBA Finals.
|10/19/2016||Derrick Rose, NY, PG|
|Rose will likely have no more than just a few practices to get ready for opening night with the New York Knicks. Rose and two friends were cleared Wednesday in a $21.5 million lawsuit that accused them of raping his ex-girlfriend, jurors in Los Angeles needing less than four hours to reach their decision.
Analysis: Hornacek said he did not expect Rose to play in the preseason finale in Brooklyn on Thursday, though did not completely rule it out. Rose and the Knicks open the season Tuesday in Cleveland, when the Cavaliers will get their championship rings - and at the same time, next door at Progressive Field, the Indians will host Game 1 of the World Series.
|10/18/2016||Cleanthony Early, NY, SF|
|The Knicks have re-signed Early. The team announced the move Tuesday and didn't disclose terms of the deal.
Analysis: The 6-foot-8 Early averaged 1.8 points in 17 games for New York during his second NBA season in 2015-16, a season shortened after he was shot in the right knee and robbed in December 2015. He was assigned to the NBA D-League's Westchester Knicks on four occasions, averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in seven appearances. The Bronx native was drafted out of Wichita State by New York in the second round (34th overall) of the 2014 NBA draft.
|10/18/2016||LaMarcus Aldridge, SA, F-C|
|The Spurs reportedly may want to trade Aldridge, who is rumored to be unhappy with his role of being the No. 2 scoring option behind Kawhi Leonard.
Analysis: ESPN.com reported that Aldridge is unlikely to finish the season with the Spurs as the relationship isn't working out. Aldridge departed the Trail Blazers as a free agent following the 2014-15 season and signed with the Spurs believing he would be the center of San Antonio's offense. That didn't occur last season as Leonard's level of play took another strong step forward. Leonard led the team in scoring at 21.2 points per game while Aldridge averaged 18.0.
|10/18/2016||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|On the night Cleveland got its starting lineup from Game 7 of last season's NBA Finals together for the first time in this exhibition schedule, now that J.R. Smith has re-signed, Irving left in the second quarter of the Cavaliers' matchup against Washington with a left calf strain.
Analysis: Irving, who went scoreless in 10 minutes, joined a long list of players who are dealing with aches and pains as the preseason winds down.
|10/18/2016||Otto Porter, Was, SF|
|Porter missed his second straight contest on Tuesday.
Analysis: Porter is dealing with injured ribs.
|10/18/2016||Aaron Gordon, Orl, F|
|Gordon did not play in Tuesday's preseason game.
Analysis: Gordon is nursing an ankle injury.
|10/18/2016||Justise Winslow, Mia, F|
|Miami was without Winslow (back) and Luke Babbitt (groin) on Tuesday, and still haven't seen Josh McRoberts (foot) and Josh Richardson (knee) on the floor in the preseason.
Analysis: Hassan Whiteside also missed the game because of a death in his family, and James Johnson tweaked his left foot to sideline him for the second half.
|10/18/2016||Emmanuel Mudiay, Den, PG|
|Mudiay did not play Tuesday night due to a right ankle sprain.
Analysis: Mudiay sprained his ankle in the third quarter of Friday's loss to the Warriors.
|10/18/2016||E'Twaun Moore, NO, G|
|Moore did not play Tuesday due to a right heel injury.
Analysis: Moore went down with a contusion in Wednesday's preseason game against the Rockets in China.
|10/18/2016||Paul Pierce, LAC, F|
|The Clippers played without Pierce in Sacramento on Tuesday, after the veteran sprained an ankle while warming up for the game.
Analysis: Pierce isn't likely to have much fantasy value in his final season. He's likely to miss quite a few games due to injury/rest as well.
|10/17/2016||Michael Carter-Williams, Chi, PG|
|The Bulls have acquired Carter-Williams from Milwaukee in exchange for guard Tony Snell.
Analysis: The 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year is ticketed for a backup role behind Rajon Rondo and gives the Bulls another sound defender at the position. Carter-Williams, who's averaged 14.5 points, 6.1 assists and 1.7 steals over three NBA seasons with Philadelphia and the Bucks, won't solve Chicago's need for outside shooting, however. The 25-year-old owns just a 25.5 percent success rate from 3-point range.
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