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Date Player
10/11/2017 Michael Carter-Williams, Cha, PG
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford announced that Carter-Williams will miss next week's season opener due to continued soreness in both his knees.

Analysis: Carter-Williams underwent PRP injections in both knees in mid-July and has yet to be cleared for full-court scrimmaging. The Hornets signed the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year over the summer to be the backup point guard to Kemba Walker, a role that could now fall on either rookie first-round pick Malik Monk or Julyan Stone during the early season.
10/11/2017 Miles Plumlee, Atl, F-C
The Hawks announced Wednesday that Plumlee will be sidelined an additional two to three weeks with a strained right quad.

Analysis: Plumlee, acquired from Charlotte in the offseason deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Hornets, initially sustained the injury in a preseason game on Oct. 1. In his absence, expect rookie first-round pick John Collins to see some additional minutes at center in a rotation with Dewayne Dedmon and Mike Muscala.
10/10/2017 Rajon Rondo, NO, PG
Rondo is dealing with a sports hernia, and reportedly will miss at least four weeks.

Analysis: The four weeks could very well balloon to six, so Rondo is not a viable fantasy option early on.
10/9/2017 Sheldon Mac, Was, SG
Mac's season is over due to a torn Achilles.

Analysis: He averaged 3 points in 30 games as a rookie last season.
10/9/2017 Joel Embiid, Phi, F-C
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers and Embiid have agreed on a maximum contract extension. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced. The person said Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives.

Analysis: Embiid's career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He was only recently cleared to participate in 5-on-5 drills but the Sixers must feel confident enough in his health to offer him the max deal.
10/8/2017 Gary Harris, Den, G-F
The Denver Nuggets and Harris on Saturday reached an agreement on a four-year, $84 million contract extension, according to ESPN via league sources.

Analysis: Harris, 23, averaged 14.9 points and made 50.2 percent of his field goals last season, including 42 percent from 3-point range. For his three-year career, Harris has averaged 10.5 points while shooting 46 percent from the field.
10/8/2017 Richaun Holmes, Phi, F-C
Holmes has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in the radial bone of his left wrist, the team announced Sunday. The injury occurred at the 1:37 mark in the third quarter of Friday night's preseason game against the Boston Celtics.

Analysis: Holmes, 23, will be re-evaluated in approximately three weeks. That means he probably will miss the first two weeks of the regular season. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Holmes averaged 9.8 points and 5.5 rebounds last season when he played in 57 games, including 17 starts.
10/7/2017 Kris Dunn, Chi, G
Dunn will reportedly miss the beginning of the season with a finger injury.

Analysis: That could mean Jerian Grant would get the start on opening night.
10/7/2017 Seth Curry, Dal, G
Curry is out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his tibia.

Analysis: Curry averaged a career-high 12.8 points last season when he started 42 of 70 games.
10/6/2017 Harry Giles, Sac, F-C
Giles will not play until at least January while he rehabs his surgically repaired knees.

Analysis: Giles, the 20th overall pick out of Duke, missed summer league to rest his left knee. The team said Friday he will work with the training staff to build strength and endurance. He will participate in some ''controlled'' parts of practice. Giles had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee last October after a ligament tear during high school in 2013. He also tore a ligament in his right knee in 2015.
10/5/2017 Andre Drummond, Det, F-C
Drummond had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the Pistons' preseason opener on Wednesday.

Analysis: Drummond is set to have another big season on the boards and should rank among the league's leaders in that category. Draft accordingly in your fantasy leagues.
10/5/2017 Nicolas Batum, Cha, G-F
Batum sprained his left elbow and left 49 seconds into the game on Wednesday.

Analysis: His status is uncertain.
10/5/2017 Dennis Schroder, Atl, PG
Schroder had 18 points as the Hawks earned their first preseason victory over the Cavs on Wednesday.

Analysis: Schroder could very well be on the verge of an even bigger season after averaging 17.9 points and 6.3 assists in 2016-17. He's certainly worth at look in your fantasy draft.
10/5/2017 Ben Simmons, Phi, PG
Simmons finally on the floor with Markelle Fultz alongside in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Analysis: Philadelphia started the last two No. 1 overall picks together in its 111-89 home loss to Memphis. Simmons, who missed all of last season recovering from a broken foot, showed his versatility with six points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He shot only 2 for 8 and Fultz was worse at 2 for 13, finishing with four points in his first game.
10/5/2017 Markelle Fultz, Phi, PG
Ben Simmons finally on the floor with Fultz alongside in Philadelphia.

Analysis: Philadelphia started the last two No. 1 overall picks together in its 111-89 home loss to Memphis. Simmons, who missed all of last season recovering from a broken foot, showed his versatility with six points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He shot only 2 for 8 and Fultz was worse at 2 for 13, finishing with four points in his first game.
10/5/2017 Kyle Kuzma, LAL, F
Kuzma scored 21 points in a game where both teams rested top players in Ontario, California on Wednesday.

Analysis: Kuzma is definitely a player to watch as he's considered a top sleeper candidate. He had a fabulous summer league showing and shined in this game against the Nuggets.
10/5/2017 Lonzo Ball, LAL, PG
Ball (ankle) won't play in Sunday's preseason contest and may miss the rest of the preseason as a precaution.

Analysis: The injury isn't expected to be serious.
10/5/2017 Iman Shumpert, Cle, G-F
Shumpert (sprained left foot) returned for Tuesday's preseason game against the Bulls. He had 12 points in just over 11 minutes while shooting 4 of 5 overall and 2 of 2 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Shumpert sustained the injury while landing awkwardly after a missed dunk attempt during the first quarter of the preseason opener Oct. 4.
10/5/2017 LeBron James, Cle, F
James will sit out Friday's exhibition game against the Indiana Pacers as he recovers from a sprained left ankle.

Analysis: James got hurt on Sept. 27 when he stepped on a teammate's foot in practice. He took part in Cleveland's workout on Thursday and the club wanted to see how he responded before deciding if he would try to go against the Pacers. He's going to sit again as a precaution, the team said.
10/5/2017 Norman Powell, Tor, G-F
Powell agreed to a four-year, $42 million contract with the Raptors on Thursday.

Analysis: Powell, entering his third season, was due to become a restricted free agent in July. He holds a player option on the final season of his extension. Powell averaged 8.4 points in 76 games (18 starts) last season.
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