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Chase Budinger had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Monday, involving the removal of his lateral meniscus.

Budinger is out indefinitely. Removing the meniscus should result in a speedier recovery time though it may also eventually cause him premature arthritis. We'll try to remain optimistic while awaiting medical updates, but the removal of Budinger's meniscus invokes the specter of Brandon Roy's career-ending knee problems. His absence should hand the starting SF job to Corey Brewer, with Derrick Williams and rookie Shabazz Muhammad backing up the position. Of the three, only Brewer is worth a fantasy draft pick. Check back soon for more information about Budinger's health and return timetable.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (personal) will not play on Thursday vs. Cleveland.

KCP is playing nearly 35 minutes per game this season, so the Lakers will likely use a committee approach to absorb his workload. The Lakers haven't announced a replacement starter yet, but Jordan Clarkson, Corey Brewer and Josh Hart are candidates to see increased roles. Clarkson offers the most streaming upside with 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 triples over his last five games in just 22.0 minutes.
Dec 14 - 7:07 PM

Dwyane Wade (left knee soreness) will play vs. the Lakers on Thursday.

Wade sat out vs. the Hawks on Tuesday but it looks like that was a precaution, as he'll be back out there for the Cavs' home game tonight. J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver takes a slight hit with Wade back in action.
Dec 14 - 6:25 PM

Allen Crabbe (left knee soreness) is available to play vs. the Knicks on Thursday.

Crabbe logged 31 minutes vs. the Wizards on Tuesday and he shouldn't have any restrictions, so owners can expect a similar workload tonight. Playing time aside, he just needs to start making shots -- in the past four games, Crabbe is a combined 16-of-48 from the field (33.3 percent).
Dec 14 - 6:05 PM

John Collins (shoulder) will return to action vs. the Pistons on Thursday.

Collins will come off the bench and he'll be on a minute-limit in his first game back from a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. The Hawks will need his rebounding tonight vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons, so hopefully he can get into the 20-24 minute range. His return should erode the playing time of guys like Tyler Cavanaugh and Miles Plumlee, although Plumlee is slated to get the start.
Dec 14 - 6:03 PM

Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Rockets.

This is a marquee matchup with the No. 1 seed in the West, so it's hard to imagine Kawhi sitting out. The Spurs do play again on Saturday, though, so it's possible he'll pick up a DNP for that one -- regardless, owners should confirm Kawhi's status after San Antonio's shootaround.
Dec 14 - 5:59 PM

Tyreke Evans (right hip) is questionable to play vs. the Hawks on Friday.

According to Grizzlies writer Michael Wallace, Evans has "battled soreness in the hip for more than a week after initially taking a fall in last Wednesday's loss in New York." He was ruled out during warmups on Wednesday and could be headed for a game-time decision, but owners should check for updates after Friday's shootaround.
Dec 14 - 5:54 PM

Chandler Parsons (lower back) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

Parsons is reportedly dealing with lower back soreness after someone fell on him during Wednesday's game, but the injury is "not considered serious." Memphis does have back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, however, so don't be surprised if Parsons is limited at some point this weekend.
Dec 14 - 5:52 PM

Will Barton (lower back contusion) is questionable for Friday's game vs. New Orleans.

Gary Harris and Jamal Murray went off in Barton's absence on Wednesday, and both players would be in line for extra work if Barton is ruled out again. We'll know more after Denver's shootaround, so check back Friday afternoon for an update.
Dec 14 - 5:28 PM

Evan Fournier (sprained right ankle) is listed as 'out' for Friday's game vs. Portland.

Fournier hasn't even resumed running so this isn't a surprise. The good news is that he's walking without a limp and was spotted shooting some free throws on Thursday, but the earliest we could see him is Sunday in Detroit. His absence opens up extra minutes for Jonathon Simmons, Mario Hezonja and Wesley Iwundu.
Dec 14 - 4:12 PM

Jusuf Nurkic (sprained right ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday's game vs. Orlando.

The Blazers had been ruling Nurk out a day in advance for the past few games, so this is a very promising step. Meyers Leonard (illness) isn't even on the injury report, so he'll be available, which will cut into the playing time of Zach Collins and Ed Davis regardless of Nurk's status. Check back after Friday's shootaround for another update.
Dec 14 - 3:37 PM

Markieff Morris (sore right hip) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

This comes from the game notes, however, which are rarely reliable. Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that Kieff was dealing with "discomfort in his ankle and groin," despite being listed out Wednesday with a hip injury, so there's a lot going on here. It doesn't sound too serious, given the 'probable' tag, but we'll know more after Friday's shootaround.
Dec 14 - 3:03 PM




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