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Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said on Saturday that he won't allow Derrick Rose to return to action "until the doctors say he's 100 percent and they put their reputations on the line."

Reinsdorf was forthright when explaining Rose's timetable. "The doctors told us that it would be eight to 12 months from the time of the surgery," he said. "Surgery was the middle of May. That means the earliest possible time he'll be back would be the middle of January. If it's 12 months, then he'll miss the whole season. We just don't know. The reports are very good. They say he's ahead of schedule." For however long he's out, the Bulls will lean on guards Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson and Marquis Teague.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Aug 11, 2012 05:47:00 PM

The Bucks announced that Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery on his left hamstring.

According to the Bucks, Middleton is expected to miss around six months. It's possible Middleton could be held out for the entire season, especially since this timetable has him returning around late march to early April. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Malcolm Brogdon is a huge threat to his workload and the Bucks could also bring in some additonal help on the wings. Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker to benefit the most.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 30 - 10:16 AM

Thon Maker was cleared of any serious injury to his right wrist.

He's sporting a right wrist brace, but he didn't sound concerned about the injury and said he expects to be back on the court in a "few" days. Coach Jason Kidd wasn't concerned either, saying that Maker could even return in a couple days if the swelling subsides. There's nothing to worry about here, especially this early in training camp.
Source: Sportsfan
Sep 30 - 10:10 AM

Dennis Schroder (ankle) will be re-evaluated in a few days.

He tweaked his ankle on Thursday and the Hawks held him out of practice. Teams are usually overly cautious during the preseason, so there's no reason to be concerned just yet. Schroder is poised for a career year as the full-time starting PG in Atlanta.
Sep 30 - 9:28 AM

Paul Millsap continues to be "very, very limited" at training camp.

He's been limited to free throw shooting so far, but based on his original timetable he should be ready for the season opener. Millsap underwent a preventative knee procedure on September 22, so the Hawks are likely just being very careful with their franchise player. There will be several updates throughout the week, but this shouldn't impact his draft stock too much.
Sep 30 - 9:23 AM

Blake Griffin has been working on his shooting from beyond the arc this summer and wants to be more confident from deep.

"I don’t necessarily think falling in love with the 3-point shot is a good idea, but shooting it confidently from there is great," Griffin said. While Griffin did only make six treys all of last season, he has shown he is capable. On his shots from 20-24 feet last season, Griffin made a very respectable 41.5 percent (34-of-82). Additionally, Chris Paul said the Clippers will tell Blake to "shoot it damn near every time he catches it." Even with a slightly higher upside, the injury risk will cause Blake to slide a bit this year, and justifiably so.
Sep 29 - 9:06 PM

Brett Brown confirmed that he intends to play Dario Saric and Ben Simmons together.

"I think the pluses are you have 6-10 do-alls that really can jump into a very versatile defensive world with perhaps a lot of switching," Brown said of the Saric-Simmons pairing. "I think they are elite defensive rebounders that can rebound, lead a break, and take off." Brown hopes that Saric can get comfortable playing out of position at small forward, and he's determined to use training camp to develop some chemistry between the two lottery picks. It sounds like Brown plans to give quality run to Saric his rookie year, so targeting him towards the later rounds makes sense given his upside.
Sep 29 - 6:01 PM

Cameron Payne could miss the first month of the regular season as he rehabs from an acute fracture to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Foot injuries are tricky for NBA players, and given that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this offseason to correct the Jones fracture, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see the Thunder use extreme caution in bringing him back this time around. With Payne sidelines, Ronnie Price will become Russell Westbrook's primary backup, and Victor Oladipo could also spend some more time running the point. With an uncertain timetable, Payne is no longer worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:44 PM

Dennis Schroder (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

The severity of the injury is currently unclear, but it's worth noting that Schroder has been very durable through the first three years of his career, and he hasn't dealt with any serious ankle injuries. We'll be closely monitoring this situation, but if the injury is bad enough to force Schroder to miss any time, that would open up some opportunity for Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) and Malcolm Delaney. Stay tuned.
Sep 29 - 3:02 PM

Jahlil Okafor (knee), Gerald Henderson (rest) and Joel Embiid (rest) were all withheld from competing in Thursday's scrimmage due to "load management."

Okafor has been experiencing some soreness in his surgically repaired right knee and was also limited during Wednesday's practice, although he maintains that he's healthy and that these maintenance days are simply precautionary. Embiid got in a full practice on Wednesday, so it's not surprising to see him get a day off as part of his maintenance program, and Henderson was simply given a rest day as one of the older guys on the roster.
Sep 29 - 2:57 PM

Deron Williams is being limited during the early goings of training camp as he tries to get his conditioning up to par after spending a majority of the offseason rehabbing from surgery to correct a sports hernia.

Williams is reportedly healthy, and him being limited is just a precautionary endeavor by the Mavs medical staff, but there's no denying that this guy is one of the more injury prone players in the league. Through 68 games last season, Williams compiled averages of 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, 1.3 triples and 2.3 turnovers per game on 38.7 percent shooting which was only good enough for ninth-round value in standard leagues. There are higher upside guys to take late.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 2:28 PM

Bradley Beal (concussion) was held out of Thursday's practice.

Beal is in the concussion protocol and will be unable to work out until he's cleared. While the 23-year-old is still an injury risk, he has enough upside to warrant a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues after averaging 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal in 55 games last season.
Sep 29 - 1:35 PM




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