|Wed Oct 7||15:54||Budinger (hamstring) ruled out for Thursday's preseason game aga...||Chase Budinger||SF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Budinger (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's preseason game against Orlando, Candace Buckner of the Indy Star reports.
Budinger will miss a third straight preseason matchup due to the hamstring ailment, and he's currently without a return timetable. While the injury isn't considered overly serious, the fact that he's already been ruled out for Thursday's game, rather than being listed as questionable or doubtful, may be an indication that he's currently not close to 100 percent.
|Wed Oct 7||15:52||Hill (ankle) considered questionable for Thursday's matchup with...||George Hill||PG||Spurs||Iavaronis|
Hill (ankle) is considered questionable for Thursday's matchup with Orlando, Candace Buckner of the Indy Star reports.
Hill was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice after rolling his ankle Tuesday night, but he doesn't believe the issue will impact him beyond a few days.
|Wed Oct 7||15:06||Udrih (ankle) saw 14 minutes of duty off bench in Tuesday's pres...||Beno Udrih||PG||Kings||Buchanalia|
Udrih (ankle) saw 14 minutes of duty off the bench in Tuesday's preseason win over the Rockets. He knocked down both of his free-throw attempts, but shot just 1-for-4 from the field.
Udrih is coming off offseason surgery on his right ankle, but his appearance in Tuesday's game demonstrates he was no lingering concerns about the injury. The 33-year-old will likely serve as the top backup at point guard behind Mike Conley.
|Wed Oct 7||15:02||Duncan||Tim Duncan||C||Spurs||The Sith Lords|
Duncan, as well as Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw, will sit out Thursday's preseason opener, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Given what we've seen from the Spurs over the years, this comes as no surprise, and coach Gregg Popovich will likely continue to rest his veterans throughout the exhibition season. New addition LaMarcus Aldridge will suit up Thursday in what will be his first action in Spurs uniform.
|Wed Oct 7||15:02||Allen came off bench in Tuesday's preseason opener against Rocke...||Tony Allen||SG||Celtics||Free Agent|
Allen came off the bench in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Rockets, while Jeff Green served as the starter at small forward.
Allen finished with five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and two rebounds in his 11 minutes. The veteran guard has previously chafed at the notion of coming off the bench, but with coach Dave Joerger perhaps intent on adding a jolt of offense to his starting unit this season, Green may be afforded the greater minutes load of the two players. Rather than a clear first/second unit distinction between the two players, Joerger may ultimately swap Allen and Green in and out of the starting lineup. Allen still brings all-world perimeter defense to the table, so it could be advantageous for Joerger to run him with the starters when opponents roll out small-ball lineups.
|Wed Oct 7||14:54||Green made start at small forward in Grizzlies' preseason opener...||Jeff Green||PF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Green made the start at small forward in the Grizzlies' preseason opener Tuesday against the Rockets. He finished with 11 points (3-9 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and seven rebounds in 18 minutes.
Coach Dave Joerger has yet to confirm as much, but it looks like Green, who entered the Grizzlies' starting lineup late in the postseason, will replace Tony Allen as the team's preferred option at small forward. Allen's lock-down defense on the perimeter may afford him more minutes against small-ball lineups, but Green's superior all-around game should give the Grizzlies a needed jolt offensively. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 13.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 45 games with the Grizzlies last season after coming over from the Celtics in a January trade.
|Wed Oct 7||14:47||Williams has signed contract to play in newly-launched AmeriLeag...||Terrence Williams||SF||NJ Nets||The Schellackers|
Williams has signed a contract to play in the newly-launched AmeriLeague this season, Sportando reports.
The fledgling league will amount to platform for Williams to showcase himself for another opportunity in the NBA. Since last suiting up for the Celtics in 2013, the former first-round pick has done a lot of globetrotting, playing for at least nine known teams around the world.
|Wed Oct 7||14:42||Bargnani (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday||Andrea Bargnani||C||Raptors||The Sith Lords|
Bargnani (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Andy Vasquez of The Record reports.
Bargs has now sat out the last three days, including Monday's preseason exhibition against Turkish club Fenerbahce. He's without a clear timetable at this point and should be considered questionable for Thursday's matchup with Detroit.
|Wed Oct 7||14:19||Budinger has missed Pacers' first two preseason games with sore ...||Chase Budinger||SF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Budinger has missed the Pacers' first two preseason games with a sore right hamstring.
The injury has prevented Budinger from making much of a run at the starting small forward job, for which C.J. Miles appears the clear frontrunner. Injury issues have not been foreign to Budinger throughout his career, as the 67 games he played last season were his most since 2010-11. He'll be a key member of the Pacers' rotation once the hamstring issues subside, but it's a fairly safe bet to expect some malady to keep him sidelined for a stretch of action at some point during the regular season.
|Wed Oct 7||14:06||Ellis (back) played 21 minutes in Tuesday's preseason tilt again...||Monta Ellis||PG||Warriors||The Schellackers|
Ellis (back) played 21 minutes in Tuesday's preseason tilt against the Pistons and scored 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt).
Ellis suffered a minor back injury during practice last week, but it failed to prevent him from suiting up in either of the Pacers' first two exhibitions. He'll serve as the team's starting shooting guard and secondary scoring option on offense after Paul George.
|Wed Oct 7||13:23||Dudley (back) unlikely to resume practicing fully with Wizards u...||Jared Dudley||SF||Suns||Free Agent|
Dudley (back) is unlikely to resume practicing fully with the Wizards until Oct. 13, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.
With that timetable in mind, Dudley can be safely ruled out of the Wizards' next two exhibition games after he missed Tuesday's preseason opener against the 76ers. If the schedule holds, Dudley would still be able to get in two weeks of practice time in advance of the regular season, likely making him available for the Oct. 28 opener with the Magic. However, because of the time he's already missed, Dudley seems unlikely to pose much of a threat to Otto Porter for the starting role at small forward.
|Wed Oct 7||13:16||Hilario came off bench in Tuesday's preseason opener against Six...||Nene Hilario||C||Nuggets||Team Erik|
Hilario came off the bench in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Sixers, scoring 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 FT) while adding six rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot.
Wizards coach Randy Wittman said after the game not to read too much into Tuesday's lineup, but it still seems worth noting that Hilario was absent from the starting five after Wittman spoke at the end of last season about utilizing more speed-oriented small-ball lineups in 2015-16. Wittman's decision to start the 6-foot-9 Kris Humphries, who had spent all offseason expanding his range and went 2-for-4 from the three-point line Tuesday, seems to align with his stated goal, and it could be something the Wizards continue to explore throughout the preseason. If Humphries, and to a lesser degree, Drew Gooden, continue to shoot well from deep in the preseason while functioning as stretch fours, Hilario could serve primarily as a bench player for the first time in his three and a half seasons with the Wizards. In such a scenario, he could notice a considerable decline in his fantasy value due to the expected drop in minutes that would come with a bench role.
|Wed Oct 7||13:01||Humphries inserted into starting lineup at power forward in Tues...||Kris Humphries||PF||NJ Nets||Buchanalia|
Humphries was inserted into the starting lineup at power forward in Tuesday's exhibition opener against the Sixers. He scored six points (2-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt) and added six boards in 20 minutes.
The Wizards have primarily utilized Nene Hilario as their starting power forward during his three and a half seasons in Washington, but coach Randy Wittman had floated out the possibility during the offseason of employing smaller, speed-oriented lineups during the coming season. In accordance with that goal, Humphries has worked all summer to add a three-point shooting element to his game, which he put on display Tuesday night. Though Humphries has always boasted a solid shot from mid-range, he's never really expanded to the three-point line, as he enters this season with just 26 attempts from deep in his 11-year career. His achievements Tuesday offer encouragement that he'll be able to discover another dimension of his game, and the Wizards figure to allow Humphries to experiment from deep throughout the preseason. If Humphries continues to find success from downtown, Wittman could end up keeping him in the fold as the starter ahead of Hilario once the regular season begins.
|Wed Oct 7||11:42||Prince will not play in Wednesday's preseason game due to dental...||Tayshaun Prince||SF||Pistons||The Sith Lords|
Prince will not play in Wednesday's preseason game due to a dental procedure.
It doesn't appear as if the procedure was anything serious, so Prince should be healthy when the regular season rolls around. The 35-year-old is expected to see some playing at small forward, albeit in a reserve role behind Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad.
|Wed Oct 7||10:08||Lee started at power forward in Celtics' preseason opener Tuesda...||David Lee||C||Knicks||Buchanalia|
Lee started at power forward in the Celtics' preseason opener Tuesday against Italian club Olimpia Milano, scoring 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 FT) and adding seven rebounds in 21 minutes.
Given the inferior competition, there's little to take away from Lee's near-double-double performance, but the fact that he garnered the start is relevant. It looks like Lee and Tyler Zeller will be positioned to open the season as the starting frontcourt tandem, but Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko, and Jared Sullinger remain in the picture for playing time. The glut of big men may prevent Lee from averaging much more than 25-to-30 minutes per game.
|Wed Oct 7||08:40||Livingston being urged by his teammates and coaches to take more...||Shaun Livingston||PG||Wizards||Team Erik|
Livingston is being urged by his teammates and coaches to take more three-point attempts, CSN Bay Area reports. In his 11-year NBA career, Livingston has taken just 51 three-pointers, making 10 of them.
If Livingston were to take, and make, more three-pointers, that would obviously boost his fantasy value, but that's not his game. He's a ball-handler who usually rolls toward the hoop or cuts back door when the ball's out of his hands. His nature is to penetrate.
|Tue Oct 6||23:44||Hill rolled his ankle Tuesday but said he's fine going forward||George Hill||PG||Spurs||Iavaronis|
Hill rolled his ankle Tuesday but said he's fine going forward, the Indianapolis Star's Nate Taylor reports.
He had a slight limp after Tuesday's preseason game, but it doesn't sound like anything that will affect Hill's status for the start of the season.
|Tue Oct 6||17:50||Webster (hip) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game||Martell Webster||SF||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Webster (hip) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game, J. Michael of CSN reports.
Webster is dealing with what Randy Wittman called a "strained hip," and the veteran will sit out Tuesday's exhibition opener. While the issue is minor, it's not overly encouraging for Webster, who dropped 20 points this offseason in an effort to relieve pressure from his joints and surgically repaired back.
|Tue Oct 6||17:28||Martin expected to begin season coming off bench||Kevin Martin||SG||Rockets||Doppelganger|
Martin is expected to begin the season coming off the bench, Justin Termine of Sirius XM reports.
Interim Wolves coach Sam Mitchell told a radio show Tuesday that Zach LaVine will open the year as the starting two-guard, which means Martin is set to come off the bench, given Andrew Wiggins' status as the starting small forward. The 32-year-old Martin started 36 of the 39 games in which he played last season, but he was bothered by a number of injuries, including a fractured wrist. He's highly unlikely to approach the 33.4 minutes per game he averaged last season, but Martin is still expected to hold down a significant role as the backup shooting guard behind LaVine. It's too early to speculate exactly what kind of minutes load he'll see, but considering his proficiency as a three-point shooter (38.5 percent career; 39.3 percent last season) he should still hold decent fantasy value.
|Tue Oct 6||17:22||Afflalo (hamstring) will not play in Wednesday's exhibition agai...||Arron Afflalo||SG||Nuggets||Free Agent|
Afflalo (hamstring) will not play in Wednesday's exhibition against Brazilian club team Bauru, Steve Popper of the Bergen Record reports.
The announcement comes as no surprise after Afflalo missed the past four days of practice with a sore hamstring. The Knicks are expected to go with Jerian Grant or Langston Galloway as their starter at shooting guard for the game, but Afflalo will top the depth chart at the position once he returns to full health.