|Fri Oct 9||19:39||Gooden (glute) out Friday night vs Knicks Chris Miller of CSN Mi...||Drew Gooden||PF/C||Bucks||The Sith Lords|
Gooden (glute) is out Friday night vs the Knicks Chris Miller of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports
Gooden is in the stage of his career where preseason minutes aren't essential in defining his role on the team, which is why the Wizards are likely being cautious here. Barring any injuries to Humphries or Gortat, Gooden will likely settle in as a formidable role player this season.
|Fri Oct 9||18:42||Temple sitting out Friday's preseason game against Knicks||Garrett Temple||SG||Bobcats||Free Agent|
Temple is sitting out Friday's preseason game against the Knicks, J. Michael of CSN reports.
Temple is likely being held out as a precaution, though it's worth noting that he dealt with hamstring issues late in the 2014-15 campaign. At this point, it's unclear how much time he could miss, but until the team issues a report, consider the veteran day-to-day.
|Fri Oct 9||18:30||Collison (rest) will sit out of Thunder's Friday night preseason...||Nick Collison||PF||Thunder||Free Agent|
Collison (rest) will sit out of the Thunder's Friday night preseason game, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports.
The team is simply giving the 34-year-old veteran a night of rest during the preseason. Collison will provide depth in the frontcourt for the Thunder this season, but won't get the minutes necessary to provide much fantasy value.
|Fri Oct 9||18:09||Seraphin (knee) officially out Friday night against Wizards||Kevin Seraphin||PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Seraphin (knee) is officially out Friday night against the Wizards, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.
Seraphin, who also missed practice Thursday due to the knee injury, said the issue is not major. He's unsure whether or not he'll play Monday, but the minor injury will surely not threaten his status by the time the regular season begins.
|Fri Oct 9||16:01||Howard sat out practice Friday due to stiffness in his back||Dwight Howard||C||Magic||Buchanalia|
Howard sat out practice Friday due to stiffness in his back, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Rockets said they only held Howard out as a precaution, so the ailment doesn't look to be anything that will affect his status as the regular season approaches. Both Howard and Terrence Jones (ribs) are listed as day-to-day heading into the weekend.
|Fri Oct 9||15:54||Dalembert did not practice Friday due to swelling in his left kn...||Samuel Dalembert||C||Kings||Doppelganger|
Dalembert did not practice Friday due to swelling in his left knee, Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The issue doesn't appear to be anything serious, but it may be a byproduct of Dalembert showing up to camp out of shape. The veteran will compete with Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee for the starting center spot this season.
|Fri Oct 9||14:14||Mike Conley: Wearing the Mask For Now||Mike Conley||PG||Grizzlies||Doppelganger|
Conley will continue to wear the protective mask he began wearing last season when he suffered a facial fracture, Pete Prancia of Fox Sports Southeast reports.
Conley has gotten off to a slow start in the preseason, posting averages of 6.0 points (44.4 FG, 50.0 3Pt, 75.0 FT), 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 3.0 turnovers in 19 minutes per game. Still, he remains the team's top creator off the dribble, and he'll be relied on heavily to get good looks for the Grizzlies offense.
|Fri Oct 9||14:05||Hinrich (toe) made his preseason debut Thursday against Nuggets,...||Kirk Hinrich||PG/SG||Hawks||The Schellackers|
Hinrich (toe) made his preseason debut Thursday against the Nuggets, contributing three assists and three rebounds but no points.
Hinrich's toe injury was always viewed as minor, so it wasn't a surprise that he was back on the court in short order. The veteran guard is slated to see reserve minutes behind Derrick Rose this season.
|Fri Oct 9||13:48||Rubio (quad) will not participate in practice Friday and out for...||Ricky Rubio||G||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Rubio (quad) will not participate in practice Friday and is out for Saturday's preseason game against the Bulls, the Timberwolves PR reports.
Rubio has not participated in practice the majority of the week due to a strained right quad injury. Initially it appeared that Rubio would be ready to play by now, but the Timberwolves may just be taking precautionary measure to assure their star point-guard is ready to go when the regular season gets underway. Rubio will still make the trip to Canada with the team, but look for rookie Tyus Jones to get the start Saturday in Rubio's place.
|Fri Oct 9||13:25||Bosh sat out of practice on Friday due to illness||Chris Bosh||PF||Heat||The Schellackers|
Bosh sat out of practice on Friday due to illness, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports.
The illness does not appear to be anything too serious. There is still no word on if Bosh will play in Monday's preseason matchup with the Spurs. Bosh had 18 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 23 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Magic.
|Fri Oct 9||13:22||Brandan Wright: Fitting In Well Off Bench||Brandan Wright||PF||NJ Nets||Free Agent|
Wright has averaged 9.0 points (57.1 FG, 0.0 3Pt, 100.0 FT), 7.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.5 blocks in 20 minutes per game through two preseason contests with the Grizzlies.
The versatile big man won't have a lead role so long as the Grizzlies are employing Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, but Wright's versatility puts him in the discussion for backup minutes at both center and forward. He's not going to sink three-pointers, but apart from that he's a capable contributor across the board. Still, he's unlikely to hold much value outside of deeper leagues unless an injury to Gasol or Randolph occurs.
|Fri Oct 9||13:01||Blake (concussion) expected to remain sidelined for at least ano...||Steve Blake||PG||Lakers||Free Agent|
Blake (concussion) is expected to remain sidelined for at least another seven-to-10 days, MLive.com's Aaron McCann reports.
Blake missed the Pistons' first two preseason games with the head injury and has yet to resume practicing after sustaining the concussion a week earlier. It remains undetermined if Blake will be ready before the start of the regular season.
|Fri Oct 9||12:59||Martin missed his second straight preseason game Thursday due to...||Cartier Martin||SG||Wizards||Free Agent|
Martin missed his second straight preseason game Thursday due to a right wrist injury, MLive.com's Aaron McCann reports.
Martin is one of several players in contention for the 15th and final spot on the Pistons' roster, so he'll likely need to get back on the court quickly in order to demonstrate to the coaching staff that he's the most qualified man for the job. The 30-year-old appeared in 23 games for Detroit last season, averaging 1.6 points and 0.9 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game.
|Fri Oct 9||12:18||Lopez scored 17 points (7-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT) in Thursday's ...||Brook Lopez||C||NJ Nets||The Schellackers|
Lopez scored 17 points (7-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT) in Thursday's preseason win over the Pistons. He also compiled nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
The most notable part of Lopez's line were the two three-point attempts, an element that the big man is looking to add to his game in 2015-16. Lopez has already fired off three tries from three-point land during the preseason, hitting only one. It's still expected that Lopez will do most of his scoring damage in the post this season, but if he can at least show some semblance of ability from long range, it should help the Nets with their spacing on offense.
|Fri Oct 9||12:14||Young generated eight points (4-7 FG), four rebounds, and four s...||Thaddeus Young||SF||76ers||The Sith Lords|
Young generated eight points (4-7 FG), four rebounds, and four steals over 18 minutes in Thursday's preseason win over the Pistons.
Young is slated to start at power forward this season for the Nets, after re-signing with the club this summer on a four-year, $50 million contract. The forward averaged 29.6 minutes per contest with Brooklyn in 2014-15, and it's difficult to see him carving out a much larger minutes load this season, even with few attractive options behind him on the depth chart.
|Fri Oct 9||11:53||Seraphin missed practice and shootaround on Thursday due to knee...||Kevin Seraphin||PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Seraphin missed practice and shootaround on Thursday due to a knee injury. He is questionable for the Knicks' preseason game against the Wizards on Friday, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.
The former Wizard signed a one-year deal with Knicks this offseason. Seraphin played 22 minutes in the sixth man role for the Knicks in their preseason debut against the Paschoalotto Bauru on Wednesday. He had 14 points, five rebounds, and a steal. This injury should in no way hinder Seraphin from being ready for the start of the regular season.
|Fri Oct 9||11:34||Sefolosha (leg) acquitted of all three charges from nightclub in...||Thabo Sefolosha||SG||Thunder||Free Agent|
Sefolosha (leg) was acquitted of all three charges from a nightclub incident on Friday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Sefolosha was arrested outside a New York City popular nightclub this past April following an incident which resulted in the stabbing of Buck's forward Chris Copeland. Sefolosha was charged with three different misdemeanors. In court on Wednesday, he claimed the NYPD were overly aggressive during the arrest, which resulted in Sefolosha breaking his right fibula and suffering ligament damage. The Hawks' vet is still recovering from these injuries, but is optimistic he won't have to miss a large number of games once the regular season gets underway. Sefolosha can now put this whole mess behind him and focus on getting back on the court.
|Fri Oct 9||11:31||Hill notched 10 points (5-7 FG), seven rebounds, and three block...||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Hill notched 10 points (5-7 FG), seven rebounds, and three blocks in Thursday's preseason win over the Magic.
Hill submitted his best performance of the preseason Thursday, but so did Ian Mahinmi (eight points on 4-for-4 shooting, nine rebounds), his chief competition for the Pacers' starting center job. Mahinmi's greater familiarity with coach Frank Vogel in addition to his superior defensive abilities probably give him the leg up on winning the role, but Hill clearly has more fantasy upside of the two players due to his willingness to look for his own shot and knock down free throws at a respectable clip. Even if Hill doesn't win the starting gig, the playing time distribution between the two players should be relatively even, and if Mahinmi goes down with an injury, Hill could quickly become a must-own player in any format. He was a nightly threat for double-doubles while seeing a career-high 26.8 minutes per game with the Lakers last season, finishing the campaign with averages of 12 points and 7.9 rebounds.
|Fri Oct 9||11:25||Mahinmi scored eight points (4-4 FG, 0-2 FT), grabbed nine rebou...||Ian Mahinmi||C||Mavericks||Free Agent|
Mahinmi scored eight points (4-4 FG, 0-2 FT), grabbed nine rebounds, and notched three blocks in 21 minutes Thursday against the Magic.
Mahinmi has started at center in two of the Pacers' first three preseason games, making him the likely leader in the competition with Jordan Hill to replace the departed Roy Hibbert. Hill possesses the greater fantasy appeal of the two players due to his superior offensive abilities, but coach Frank Vogel seems to have a greater affinity for Mahinmi, who is entering his fourth season with Indiana and is the better rim protector of the two.
|Fri Oct 9||11:19||Miles poured in 14 points in Thursday's preseason win over Magic...||C.J. Miles||SF||Jazz||Team Erik|
Miles poured in 14 points in Thursday's preseason win over the Magic, but shot just 5-for-17 from the field and 2-for-9 from three-point range.
With Chase Budinger missing the Pacers' first three preseason contests with left hamstring soreness, Miles seems to have separated himself in the competition for the starting gig at small forward, despite Thursday's less-than-stellar shooting performance. Miles had fared better from both the field and long range in the Pacers' previous two games, and after he converted threes at a 34.5 percent clip last season, he should continue to receive the green light to fire away. While his overall shooting percentage may remain a drain in fantasy formats where that statistic applies, Miles may be able to make up for that deficiency through volume. The 154 three-pointers he sank in 2014-15 placed him 13th in the league, enabling him to finish with a career-high 13.5 points per game.