Mavs F Dwight Powell (elbow) has not been cleared for contact.
He injured himself during the FIBA Americas tournament in early September, but an MRI came back negative and he even returned for a game vs. Panama a few days later. He could return to action as soon as this week.
Hassan Whiteside (calf) is feeling "much better" and vowed to be ready for opening night.
"I want to get a couple preseason games," said Whiteside. "I'll for sure be back before the regular season." He's entering a massively important contract year, so the motivation to play won't be lacking, and Whiteside remains a tantalizing pick in the early rounds.
Cole Aldrich (left ankle sprain) will return to action vs. the Raptors on Sunday.
The Clippers' backup big man isn't a fantasy option while DeAndre Jordan is healthy -- DJ averaged 34.4 minutes per game last season, the most of any center in the NBA.
The Hornets will start P.J. Hairston alongside Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller on Sunday.
Nicolas Batum and Al Jefferson are being rested, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) is injured, so there's not much to glean from this patchwork lineup. Check back after the exhibition to see how Hairston, Lamb and Williams fare as fill-in starters.
Anthony Bennett hyper-extended his shoulder during practice on Sunday and he's unlikely to play vs. the Clippers.
It's a minor injury but Bennett can't afford many setbacks as he fights for playing time during training camp. Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola are ahead of Bennett on the depth chart and that's unlikely to change while both veterans are healthy.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI in Charlotte on Monday.
The MRI will determine whether he has any structural damage, at which point the Hornets should provide a timetable for his return. If MKG is forced to miss any regular-season action, expect Nic Batum to play more SF with minutes also opening up for P.J. Hairston, Jeremy Lamb and Marvin Williams.
Al Jefferson, Nicolas Batum and Spencer Hawes will all be held out of Sunday's exhibition as a precaution.
It's a back-to-back preseason set, so coach Steve Clifford is wisely giving his veterans the night off. The extra rest can only be a good thing for Big Al, who reportedly lost 20 pounds this summer in an effort to take some strain off his lower body. He's been quite durable throughout his career but injuries caused him to miss 17 games during the 2014-15 season.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (dislocated shoulder) will meet the Hornets in Miami on Sunday before flying with the team to Charlotte.
The severity of MKG's injury has yet to be determined, but it's somewhat encouraging that he's joining the team one day after the dislocation. Nicolas Batum won't play Sunday as a precaution but he's the perceived favorite to start at SF in MKG's absence, with Jeremy Lamb a likely option at SG. The Hornets are hoping that arrangement won't last long. We'll update MKG's timetable as soon as more details emerge.