Paul George shoots jumpers after practice
Paul George | IND
(October 21, 2014 5:03 PM EDT)
Paul George shot around following the Pacers' practice on Monday, making jumpers out to the 3-point line.
It's amazing to see George on the court less than three months after suffering a multiple compound fracture to his right leg. Despite his encouraging progress and optimism that he can return if Indiana makes the playoffs, he remains out indefinitely. The Pacers are proceeding as though he won't return during the 2014-15 season, and he's only worth owning if you don't mind stashing him in an IR spot all year.
Kevin Durant (foot surgery) won't rush back
Kevin Durant | OKC
(October 21, 2014 4:43 PM EDT)
Kevin Durant said that he won't rush his return from foot surgery, which is expected to sideline him until at least late November.
"I'm sure I'll feel better in two or three weeks, but definitely don't want to rush it and wind up hurting it even more," Durant said. "I'm taking my time with it. I'm just blessed it happened early in the season where I can get past it, and hopefully by December I'll be ready to play." He'll be re-evaluated in late November, guaranteeing that he'll miss a minimum of 17 games to begin the season.
John Wall (knee) will return Wed. in New York
John Wall | WAS
(October 21, 2014 3:38 PM EDT)
John Wall (left knee tendinitis) said that he'll play in Wednesday's exhibition.
He could have played on Monday but rested as a precaution, which was a big reason reserve guard Garrett Temple logged 42 minutes. Wall is coming off a career-best year with averages of 19.3 points, 1.3 triples, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals, racking up first-round fantasy value with zero DNPs all season.
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Al Jefferson rests w/ left ankle soreness
Al Jefferson | CHA
(October 21, 2014 3:16 PM EDT)
Al Jefferson rested on Monday in part due to left ankle soreness.
Although this doesn't sound serious, it's an ominous report considering the early months of his 2013-14 season were plagued by a sprained right ankle. Jefferson's health is essential for the Hornets' chances of building on last year's playoff run and they'll be extra cautious with their 265-pound center, but at the moment there are zero indications that he's in danger of missing the season opener.
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Nerlens Noel (illness) back at practice Tues.
Nerlens Noel | PHI
(October 21, 2014 3:05 PM EDT)
Nerlens Noel (illness) returned to practice on Tuesday and he will be available for Thursday's preseason finale.
Noel battled an upper respiratory infection for nearly a week but seems to have recovered, and he said he didn't lose any weight due to the illness. His durability is a question mark, given his lanky frame and high-flying style, but he has tantalizing upside as a rebounder and defensive menace.
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Ty Lawson (hamstring) ruled out vs. Blazers
Ty Lawson | DEN
(October 21, 2014 2:43 PM EDT)
Ty Lawson (hamstring) will not play vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.
He left Saturday's game with "tightness" in his hamstring and this doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Nevertheless, mounting health concerns are enough to knock Lawson down a peg in fantasy drafts. A serious ankle injury suffered last May prevented him from running until July and it caused the Nuggets "some concern" as recently as mid-October.
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Anthony Davis practicing on Tuesday
Anthony Davis | NO
(October 21, 2014 1:06 PM EDT)
Anthony Davis (wrist) was participated in Tuesday's practice with his right wrist wrapped.
The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick.
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Russell Westbrook aims to play 82 games
Russell Westbrook | OKC
(October 21, 2014 12:50 PM EDT)
Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.
After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day.
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Courtney Lee to open season as Grizz starter
Courtney Lee | MEM
(October 21, 2014 12:01 PM EDT)
Courtney Lee will open the season in the Grizzlies' starting lineup, according to head coach Dave Joerger.
With Nick Calathes out for the first 20 games of the season due to a suspension, Lee and Tony Allen will serve as the starting SG and SF for the Grizzlies. Lee averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers with the Grizzlies last season and is now a solid late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
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Jabari Parker reminds Kidd of Grant Hill
Jabari Parker | MLW
(October 21, 2014 11:03 AM EDT)
Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said that Jabari Parker reminds him of Grant Hill.
Besides their shared Duke background, Kidd sees a few similarities between Hill and Parker. "He's got a quick first step. What I like is he tries to make the right play to his teammates," Kidd said. "It's not always about scoring. He wants to win; he cheers his teammates on. That's kind of cool to see." Parker has had a strong preseason and should have no problem returning fantasy value as an early-middle round selection.
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