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LaMarcus Aldridge's wrist X-rays came back negative and he's been diagnosed with a sprain.

Owners can safely exhale. Although the problem is on Aldridge's shooting hand, he is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Heat. We previously blurbed this as just "water under the bridge," but we had second thoughts and will simply advise owners to not panic but to take shooting wrist injuries seriously in general. Aldridge has dealt with chest, ankle, back and this wrist injury throughout the year, but has missed just two games and is averaging 20.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and a career-high 1.3 blocks.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee) has yet to begin running or cutting, but he is doing heavy weight-lifting with his surgically-repaired leg.

Parsons has also resumed shooting around, including one-dribble pull-ups, and he's optimistic that he'll be ready for the Mavs' season opener. Whether he'll participate in training camp or the preseason is unclear, but at least it doesn't sound like he'll miss many (if any) games to begin the season.
Sep 2 - 8:22 PM

Jarell Martin suffered a broken foot and will be out indefinitely.

It's a tough start for the 2015 first round and he almost certainly won't be ready for the opener. Martin wasn't going to be in the rotation to start the year, but foot injuries have caused several big men problems these days. If the Grizzlies become short-handed, expect guys like Jarnell Stokes and Brandan Wright to get more minutes.
Sep 2 - 8:09 PM

Glen Davis will have surgery on Wednesday to repair torn ligaments, a cyst and a bone spur in his left ankle.

He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks, which means he won't be ready for the start of the season. Davis remains unsigned and he'll likely remain a free agent when the NBA season tips off. If teams lose players due to injury during the year, they may be more inclined to contact Big Baby.
Sep 2 - 6:04 PM

Nik Stauskas scored 15 points against Cuba on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

He was being much more aggressive and was even turning down some 3-pointers. Stauskas is the heavy favorite to start at shooting guard on an NBA team desperately seeking production from beyond the arc. Yes, his rookie season was a disaster, but the opportunity on his new team makes him an ideal late-round flier.
Sep 2 - 5:39 PM

Nikola Pekovic has yet to go through any basketball activities since undergoing ankle surgery in April.

Pekovic only managed to make it through 31 games last season, putting up averages of 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field. He'll be joining a crowded frontcourt rotation next season featuring Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng, and given his extensive injury history, head coach Flip Saunders will likely do the best he can to limit his minutes by bringing him off the bench. Spending a draft pick on Pek would be a waste in most leagues.
Sep 2 - 1:19 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) has been fully cleared to play, but has yet to go through any full contact drills.

Rubio underwent ankle surgery back in April, but it appears that he'll enter training camp 100 percent healthy. Still, in Rubio's four-year career he's only managed to stay healthy for one season, and last year he suited up for just 22 games. He can light up the assist category, and pile up steals numbers, but his poor field goal percentage and complete lack of a 3-point shot really limits his upside. Rubio will make for a risky mid-round selection on draft day.
Sep 2 - 1:13 PM

Kendall Marshall has been at the 76ers' practice facility the past few days and at this point it seems likely that he will get a training camp invite with the club, according to sources of Jake Fischer.

If Marshall does receive a camp invite from the Sixers, he would be the team's 20th and final player at training camp. Marshall is more than capable of being the starting point guard on a bad team, as he averaged 8.0 points, 8.8 assists and 1.3 three-pointers per game through 54 games with the Lakers during the 2013-14 season. Assuming he makes the squad in Philadelphia, he'd be well worth a late-round selection on draft day for owners looking to shore up the assist category.
Sep 2 - 11:28 AM

Ricky Rubio said that he's seen Karl-Anthony Towns working out in Minnesota this summer, and that he was impressed with Towns' shooting range.

"I have seen [Towns] working out this summer in Minnesota," said Rubio. "I can tell he is a great player and not just like a big centre, he can really shoot the ball, he can play in the pick-and-pop and he is really going to surprise some people." If head coach Flip Saunders allows it, Towns has the potential to develop into a legitimate threat from beyond the arc. Add that to the fact that he's an above-average shot blocker, and it's easy to see why he'll likely cost you a mid-round selection on draft day.
Source: Gulf News
Sep 2 - 9:33 AM

Baron Davis said he is in great shape and is still hoping for an NBA comeback.

"I'm watching these guys on the court and thinking, I could be a good backup or even a third OG mentor," David said. "Some of these kids need that. That could be a great role." While it's nice to see B-Diddy healthy again after battling injuries for much of his NBA career, it's extremely unlikely that he'll catch on with an NBA team so fantasy owners can feel free to move to the next blurb.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 1 - 11:02 AM

Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson has been on a "month-to-month" plan to lose weight.

"I was in Santa Monica with him about 2 1/2 weeks ago," Clifford said. "He had a plan month-by-month with [strength and conditioning coach] Matt Friia. He’s on target. He feels good and looks good. Now he has to finish up in August and September." This obviously implies that Jefferson's plan is going well, so he should be able to improve upon his 2014-15 averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in what will be a contract year. Jefferson missed 17 games due to injury last season, so he might be available at a discount in the middle rounds.
Aug 29 - 1:33 PM

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey may have insinuated in an interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe that C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard could start.

After calling Al-Farouq Aminu the starter at small forward, Olshey said that Aminu could thrive next to Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Meyers Leonard because of their ability to stretch the floor. To be fair, this could simply mean that McCollum and Leonard are going to have sizable roles (which is obvious), so it will be interesting to see how things shape up during training camp. Leonard will likely battle Ed Davis for the starting PF spot and is worth a look in the later rounds, while McCollum will compete with Gerald Henderson for the SG spot. McCollum is high on our list of breakout candidates, so he is the SG you will want to target.
Source: Grantland
Aug 28 - 11:19 AM




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