NBA Player News
|10/17/2017||Frank Ntilikina, NY, PG|
|Ntilikina (knee) reportedly should be ready for Thursday's opener.
Analysis: Knees issues limited Ntilikina during summer league and preseason play. The eighth overall pick is slated to go off the bench to begin his NBA career.
|10/17/2017||Tony Allen, NO, G-F|
|Allen (ankle) should be ready to make his debut with the Pelicans on Wednesday.
Analysis: He spent the previous seven seasons with Memphis, and brings a solid veteran presence to New Orleans.
|10/17/2017||Anthony Davis, NO, F-C|
|Davis (ill) has been under weather but still expected to play in Wednesday's opener.
Analysis: Davis is an elite fantasy producer, but this situation does not seem to be serious enough for him to miss time.
|10/17/2017||Wayne Selden Jr., Mem, SG|
|Selden (quad) has been ruled out of Wednesday's opener.
Analysis: He averaged 5.1 points as a rookie last season but could see an expanded role in the near future.
|10/17/2017||Raul Neto, Uta, PG|
|The status of Neto (leg) for Wednesday's season opener is uncertain.
Analysis: With Dante Exum out, Neto is Utah's backup point guard behind Ricky Rubio. Neto has been limited in practice this week.
|10/17/2017||Alexis Ajinca, NO, F-C|
|Ajinca (hamstring) will not play in Wednesday's season opener.
Analysis: Ajinca is a solid backup who does not have much fantasy value at the moment.
|10/17/2017||Lonzo Ball, LAL, PG|
|Ball (ankle) practiced fully Tuesday and is expected to be at full strength for Thursday's season opener.
Analysis: Ball had missed time in the preseason with the ankle problem but has not been limited in practice recently.
|10/17/2017||Julius Randle, LAL, PF|
|Randle expects to play in Thursday's season opener despite dealing with an intercostal strain.
Analysis: Randle has practiced this week on a limited basis, including not playing in Tuesday's scrimmage.
|10/17/2017||Shabazz Napier, Por, PG|
|Napier (hamstring) has been cleared for Wednesday's season opener against the Suns.
Analysis: Napier didn't play in the preseason because of the injury but has gone through full-contact practice this week.
|10/17/2017||Will Barton, Den, G-F|
|Barton (ankle) says he will be fine for Wednesday's season opener and has been cleared to play.
Analysis: Barton suffered a scary injury in practice Monday, getting carried off the court. But apparently it's nothing too serious, and he doesn't expect to have his minutes limited Wednesday.
|10/17/2017||Chris Paul, Hou, PG|
|Paul (knee, shoulder) confirmed after the Rockets' shootaround that he'll play in Tuesday night's season opener.
Analysis: Paul has been battling some soreness, but it doesn't appear to be anything that should hold him back in his Rockets debut.
|10/17/2017||Guerschon Yabusele, Bos, PF|
|Yabusele will miss Tuesday's season opener due to an illness.
Analysis: The No. 16 overall pick in last year's draft had been expected to make his NBA debut after playing professionally in China last season. Yabusele is considered to have a good chance at being a regular in Boston's rotation this season.
|10/17/2017||Alex Len, Pho, F-C|
|Len (foot) is questionable for the Suns' season opener Wednesday against the Blazers.
Analysis: Len, who averaged 8 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, is expected to remain the backup to Tyson Chandler.
|10/17/2017||Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sac, SG|
|Bogdanovic (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Rockets.
Analysis: Bogdanovic, who signed a three-year, $27 million deal with Sacramento in the offseason, had a strong preseason and is expected to be at least a regular in the rotation if not a starter at some point.
|10/17/2017||Tyreke Evans, Mem, G-F|
|Evans (sore ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Pelicans.
Analysis: It's no surprise that Evans begins the season with a health issue after playing only 65 games over the past two seasons due to injuries. If healthy, Evans could be a decent point producer for a Memphis team thin on good offensive options in the backcourt.
|10/17/2017||De'Aaron Fox, Sac, PG|
|Fox is expected to play in Wednesday's season opener despite a lower back contusion.
Analysis: This year's No. 5 overall pick missed the Kings' preseason finale because of the injury but has not been limited in practice this week.
|10/17/2017||George Hill, Sac, G|
|Hill is on track to play in Wednesday's season opener despite a recent groin problem.
Analysis: Kings coach Dave Joerger said he was confident Hill would play after being able to practice in full this week.
|10/16/2017||Joel Bolomboy, Uta, PF|
|The Jazz have waived Bolomboy.
Analysis: The team drafted Bolomboy with the No. 52 overall pick in 2016 and he played in 12 games. The 6-foot-9, 235-pounder from Weber State bounced back and forth from the NBA G League, where he played 24 games for the Salt Lake City Stars and averaged 16.4 points, 13.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
|10/16/2017||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James (ankle) is a game-time decision for Tuesday's opener against the Celtics but was reportedly seen warming up without limitation before the game.
Analysis: James has been slowed by a sprained left ankle for more than two weeks and though he reportedly took part in the shootaround, he did not speak with reporters. However, his official designation is questionable.
|10/16/2017||Terrence Ross, Orl, G-F|
|Ross could miss Wednesday's opener against the Heat with a sore hamstring.
Analysis: Ross is slated to start for the Magic after averaging 11 points in 24 games for them last season since coming over from Toronto.
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