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Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back.
Oct 20 - 7:23 PM

Tiago Splitter (calf) will not play on Monday and is doubtful for Wednesday.

He could miss the season opener and it appears his calf strain is not close to being healed. Splitter isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 20 - 7:22 PM

Kawhi Leonard (eye) is out for Monday's game and is dealing with a "strong strain" of the virus in his eye, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

"He had a really strong strain of whatever virus it is," Popovich said. "He's still out and they're going to re-evaluate [Tuesday]." Leonard is expected to miss much of the preseason and he is questionable to start the season. There has been no indication that he has anything seriously wrong with his eye, so he shouldn't be knocked down your draft board because of his illness.
Oct 20 - 7:17 PM

Channing Frye (knee) was not a participant during Monday's practice.

Frye's been seen getting up some jumpers before games, and is reportedly making progress with his injury, but still remains without an official return date. Frye's ability to offer 3-point shooting from the power forward position mixed in with some blocks makes him a nice asset to own, and he's worth a gamble in the later rounds of standard leagues, despite the knee injury.
Oct 20 - 7:15 PM

Victor Oladipo (knee) returned to practice on Monday.

There was little doubt that he would miss time in the regular season and now he looks to be ready to go. Oladipo did sit in some portions of practice and he might miss another preseason game, but fantasy owners can draft him as if he's healthy. He's a breakout candidate and the shift to shooting guard should help.
Oct 20 - 7:08 PM

Kevin Garnett (stomach virus) will travel to Boston for Wednesday's preseason game.

Garnett has been very sick with this stomach virus, but he should be ready for opening night. Still, he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues after posting 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds last season.
Oct 20 - 7:06 PM

Amare Stoudemire will start at center vs. the Bucks on Monday.

Stoudemire is likely to be rested in back-to-back sets this season, and with minimal contributions to the box score, he's just not worth drafting in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 7:00 PM

Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet.
Oct 20 - 6:55 PM

Andrei Kirilenko will start in place of Mirza Teletovic on Monday as the Nets take on the 76ers.

Head coach Lionel Hollins said that he just wants to get a different look with Kirilenko in the starting lineup, but Teletovic will play. Kirilenko is capable of putting up serviceable lines while healthy, but the problem is the only time AK-47 made it through a full 82-game season was his rookie year in 2001. Kirilenko was limited to just 45 games last season, and we wouldn't recommend drafting him in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 6:46 PM

Jimmy Butler (thumb) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. Cleveland.

Butler sprained his left thumb during Sunday's exhibition vs. the Hornets, and he's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday when the team returns to Chicago. The injury is not considered serious, but Butler is likely to sit for the remainder of the Bulls' preseason games. Kirk Hinrich will draw the start in Butler's place.
Oct 20 - 6:38 PM

John Wall (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans, but head coach Randy Wittman expects him to practice on Tuesday.

Wall has dealt with tendinitis in his left knee for a few years now, but it didn't cause him to miss a single game last season. Given the fact that Wittman expects Wall to return to practice on Tuesday, we're not considering this to be a serious issue, and the Wizards are likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Wall led the league in total assists last season, and added a 3-point shot to his game. He's well worth a look towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 6:25 PM

Lakers waive C Jeremy Tyler.

Tyler appeared in three preseason games for the Lakers, averaging 2.7 points over 9.3 minutes of action. He was never likely to make the Lakers' regular-season roster.
Source: Brad Turner
Oct 20 - 6:16 PM

Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day.
Oct 20 - 6:10 PM

Marvin Williams (right elbow contusion) will not suit up for Monday's preseason game vs. the Hawks.

This is the first we're hearing of an elbow injury, so for now we'll be listing him as day-to-day for now. Williams is the starting power forward for the Hornets, but he's really not going to offer much to a fantasy squad outside of 3-point shooting. There are better players with higher upside you can target in the later rounds of drafts, so Williams is more of a deep league play at best.
Oct 20 - 6:04 PM

Gerald Henderson (hamstring) will not play Monday vs. the Hawks.

Henderson is likely to see his 32 minutes per game average reduced this season with Lance Stephenson in town, and that will cause all of his numbers to take a substantial hit. Hendo didn't really offer much to fantasy squads aside from scoring, and with a much-diminished role in Charlotte, he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 5:55 PM



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