|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||13:22||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||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||10:08||Johnson missed Thursday's exhibition against Real Madrid||Amir Johnson||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Johnson missed Thursday's exhibition against Real Madrid, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.
A bug has been working its way around the Celtics locker room recently, so it's possible Johnson will be isolated from the team for a few days until he shows improvement with his condition. The illness shouldn't jeopardize Johnson's availability for the majority of what remains of the Celtics' preseason schedule, but the big man's chances of opening the regular season in a starting role appear to have dissipated. Coach Brad Stevens has used David Lee and Tyler Zeller as his starting frontcourt for both of the Celtics' exhibitions thus far, leaving Johnson, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Jonas Jerebko to fight for reserve minutes.
|Fri Oct 9||07:58||Bogut scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting with four rebounds,...||Andrew Bogut||C||Bucks||Free Agent|
Bogut scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, a steal and three blocked shots in Thursday night's preseason game against the Trail Blazers.
Bogut had been held scoreless in the preseason opener Tuesday, but had much more energy Thursday. The big story surrounding Bogut is that he's lost weight and could be on the floor more this season.
|Fri Oct 9||03:46||Carroll put up 18 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3PT), six rebounds, one a...||DeMarre Carroll||PF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Carroll put up 18 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3PT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal in a 105-97 win over the Lakers on Thursday.
Carroll should see an almost identical role that he saw with the Hawks and that makes him relevant in almost every format. The only worry is that he'll have to play third-fiddle, behind the ball dominant-guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Look for Carroll to post a very similar line to his 12.6 point, 5.3 rebound, 1.7 assist, 1.3 steal averages from last season.
|Thu Oct 8||23:46||Casspi doubtful to return to Thursday's preseason game due to fl...||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Free Agent|
Casspi is doubtful to return to Thursday's preseason game due to flu-like symptoms.
Considering that Thursday's game doesn't mean much for the big picture, so it's not a surprise that they'll take a precaution to ensure the illness doesn't cause something worse. Assuming it ends up being nothing more than a bug, he should be good to go for the beginning of the regular season.
|Thu Oct 8||20:07||Booker suspended for first game of regular season after taking s...||Trevor Booker||PF||Wizards||Free Agent|
Booker has been suspended for the first game of the regular season after taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during Tuesday's preseason game, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.
Booker set a hard screen on Hibbert, causing Hibbert to confront Booker after the play. Booker then took an open handed swing at the center, before being restrained and ejected. With Booker set to miss the first game of the season, look for rookie Trey Lyles to take the majority of the back-up minutes behind starting power forward, Derrick Favors.
|Thu Oct 8||17:36||Bradley recorded 17 points (7-14 FG, 3-4 3PT), two assists, thre...||Avery Bradley||SG||Celtics||Free Agent|
Bradley recorded 17 points (7-14 FG, 3-4 3PT), two assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 21 minutes of action Thursday against Real Madrid.
The Celtics' starting two-guard turned in his second strong preseason performance in as many games, and has nailed 87.5 percent (7-of-8) of his 3-point attempts over that span. Bradley was pleasanty aggressive on offense Thursday, more than doubling his shot attempts over the amount he tallied in the exhibition opener. The 24-year-old, already renowned for his defense, will look to take the next step in his offensive development in 2015, making his volume of attempts and scoring proficiency particularly worth monitoring over the rest of the preseason.
|Thu Oct 8||17:16||Whiteside (calf) said he hopes to return to preseason action in ...||Hassan Whiteside||C||Kings||Free Agent|
Whiteside (calf) said he hopes to return to preseason action in "about a week or so."
Whiteside joined the Heat in Louisville on Wednesday for their preseason game against the Magic, but was limited to shooting jumpers on the court at morning shootaround. The center has been bothered by the calf strain for over a week, but seems to be making incremental progress in his recovery.
|Thu Oct 8||12:41||Collison (knee) recorded six points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and three ...||Nick Collison||PF||Thunder||Free Agent|
Collison (knee) recorded six points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and three rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Timberwolves.
Collison had a scope on his right knee during the offseason, but it never threatened his availability for the start of training camp. The veteran forward is again in line to fill out the Thunder's reserve ranks in the post, but don't expect him to see much more than 15-to-20 minutes per game.
|Thu Oct 8||12:14||Chalmers (knee) played 15 minutes in Wednesday's preseason loss ...||Mario Chalmers||PG||Heat||Free Agent|
Chalmers (knee) played 15 minutes in Wednesday's preseason loss to the Magic. He missed both of his field-goal attempts and knocked down only one of his four free-throw attempts.
Chalmers was dealing with a minor knee injury late last week, but he's been able to participate in both of the Heat's preseason contests. The eighth-year guard has averaged 29 minutes per game in each of the last two seasons, but with Goran Dragic re-signed to a long-term contract after coming over to Miami last February at the trade deadline, Chalmers is expected to settle for a full-time backup role in 2015-16.
|Thu Oct 8||11:47||Korver (ankle/elbow) started at small forward in Wednesday's pre...||Kyle Korver||SG||Bulls||Free Agent|
Korver (ankle/elbow) started at small forward in Wednesday's preseason opener against the Cavaliers and scored two points (0-3, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) in the 98-96 victory.
Korver was given a clean bill of health in advance of training camp after he underwent surgeries on his right ankle and right elbow over the summer. Coming off one of the best seasons of his career, the 34-year-old Korver should remain one of the NBA's most efficient shooters on the wing, making him particularly valuable in leagues that count three-point and free-throw percentages. Korver's 49.2 percent success rate from downtown last season ranked second in the league among qualifiers.
|Thu Oct 8||11:44||Asik will miss three weeks with calf strain||Omer Asik||C||Bulls||Free Agent|
Asik will miss three weeks with a calf strain, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
With Alexis Ajinca set to miss four-to-six weeks due to a hamstring injury, the Pelicans could be without two of their top centers to start the season. Asik's newest injury is particularly alarming considering he also dealt with a back injury throughout much of the summer, further clouding his availability for the start of the regular season. If Asik and Ajinca are out for any considerable amount of time, Kendrick Perkins and Anthony Davis could see additional time at center until the injured duo returns.
|Thu Oct 8||07:45||Gordon played just six minutes in Warriors' preseason opener Tue...||Ben Gordon||SG||Pistons||Free Agent|
Gordon played just six minutes in the Warriors' preseason opener Tuesday, his debut with his new team.
We're looking for a bigger role for Gordon on Thursday when the Warriors play the Trail Blazers in their second preseason tilt. Gordon's a somewhat interesting subplot in the Warriors' preseason. A one-time high-volume shooter/scorer that's fallen off the last three seasons is trying resurrect himself on the world champions' deep roster. He's looking for backup shooting guard minutes along with Leandro Barbosa (15 points, 15 minutes Tuesday) and a reconstituted Brandon Rush (five points, 16 minutes).