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    • Davon Reed PHO SG
      Davon Reed: Waived by Suns
      30m ago

      Reed was waived by the Suns on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      The Suns recently signed Jamal Crawford to a contract and needed to open up a roster spot, so Reed will be the player that gets released in the corresponding move. Look for Reed to try and latch on elsewhere in the coming few days, but if he doesn't drum up much interest, there's a chance he lands in the G-League to start the year. Reed could also consider heading overseas if a more lucrative contract is offered. In 21 games as a rookie last season, Reed averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds across 11.5 minutes.

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    • Isaiah Canaan PHO PG
      Suns' Isaiah Canaan: May start at point guard
      1h ago

      Canaan said he expects to start at point guard Wednesday against Dallas, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.

      If Canaan does indeed draw the start, Devin Booker would take over at shooting guard and Josh Jackson would fall into a reserve role behind Trevor Ariza at small forward. "As of right now, that's what it's looking like. I'm really looking forward to that and just going out there and trying to do whatever I can to help the team win." stated Canaan. The Suns likely won't release their starting five until after shootaround Wednesday.

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    • Harrison Barnes DAL SF
      Mavericks' Harrison Barnes: Hoping to put in full practice Friday
      2h ago

      Barnes (hamstring) participated in parts of Tuesday's practice and is hoping to put in a full session Friday, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports.

      Barnes continues to nurse a strained right hamstring, but coach Rick Carlisle sounded optimistic when discussing the situation after Tuesday's practice. "He's making good progress with no setbacks that I'm aware of," Carlisle said. "He did pick up his activity and was in more non-contact things. We'll shoot for Friday, which should be a full practice day and see where we are then." Barnes has already been ruled out of Wednesday's season opener, and at this point it's unclear if he has a realistic chance to play Saturday against Minnesota.

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    • J.R. Smith CLE SG
      Cavaliers' J.R. Smith: Avoids structural damage
      3h ago

      Smith (elbow) has been diagnosed with elbow soreness after undergoing an MRI, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

      Smith has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Toronto, but it's good news that he's managed to avoid a significant injury. He was held out of Tuesday's practice after experiencing elbow discomfort and tests revealed no structural damage. Smith's status for Cleveland's next contest in Minnesota on Friday is up in the air, although he may be held out as a precaution.

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    • Shaun Livingston GS PG
      Warriors' Shaun Livingston: Expected to play in opener
      3h ago

      Livingston (foot) participated in morning shootaround and should be good to go off the bench for Tuesday's game against the Thunder, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

      Livingston entered Tuesday questionable for the season opener, but he went through shootaround without issue and should be a full go to start the 2018-2019 campaign. He'll see minutes off the bench as the backup point guard throughout the season, barring injury to Stephen Curry.

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    • Dwight Howard WAS C
      Wizards' Dwight Howard: Practices in full Tuesday
      3h ago

      Howard (back) practiced without issue Tuesday and will be a game-time decision for Thursday's season opener against Miami, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.

      Although Howard has made it through practice in each of the last two days, coach Scott Brooks still hasn't made a decision on whether Howard will take the court Thursday. Given that he failed to take the court in the preseason due to a back issue, Howard's minutes may be restricted in the opener even if he's given the green light.

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    • Dwight Howard WAS C
      Wizards' Dwight Howard: Practices in full Tuesday
      3h ago

      Howard (back) practiced without issue Tuesday and will be a game-time decision for Thursday's season opener against Miami, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.

      Although Howard has made it through practice in each of the last two days, coach Scott Brooks still hasn't made a decision on whether Howard will take the court Thursday. Given that he failed to take the court in the preseason due to a back issue, Howard's minutes may be restricted in the opener even if he's given the green light.

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    • Jahlil Okafor NO C
      Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor: Probable for Wednesday
      3h ago

      Okafor (ankle) is listed as probable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

      Okafor missed a chunk of the preseason with a sprained right ankle, but is nearing full strength ahead of the opener. Barring a surprise uptick in discomfort, look for Okafor to take the floor Wednesday and he should slot in as depth in the frontcourt behind Anthony Davis. Fantasy owners will likely want to take a wait-and-see approach with Okafor until he shows he's worthy of consideration in leagues.

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    • Steven Adams OKC C
      Thunder's Steven Adams: Game-time call Tuesday
      3h ago

      Adams (back) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's regular-season opener against the Warriors, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Adams came into Tuesday with a questionable designation due to lower back soreness and it appears the team will wait until he goes through pregame warmups to make a decision on his availability. Look for another update to be provided as tip-off approaches, but if Adams were to miss time, Nerlens Noel would likely be in line for a start at center. Patrick Patterson could also be used more as a small-ball center.

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    • Nene HOU C
      Rockets' Nene Hilario: Out for opener
      4h ago

      Hilario (calf) will not play Wednesday against the Pelicans, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.

      The veteran is still nursing a sore right calf/ankle and won't be available Wednesday. However, coach Mike D'Antoni said he expects Nene to "be back soon," so consider the 36-year-old questionable for Saturday's game against the Lakers.

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    • DeMarcus Cousins GS C
      Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins: Ruled out for season opener
      5h ago

      Cousins (Achilles) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

      The Warriors have yet to provide a concrete timetable for Cousins' return to game action, so it comes as little surprise that he's unavailable for the regular-season opener. The big man has recently ramped up his conditioning work, but he'll need to participate in full-contact practices on a regular basis before a target date for his Warriors debut is established. Even once he's cleared to play, Cousins could face ongoing minute restrictions, which is a factor that fantasy owners currently stashing him will have to consider when weighing whether he's worth clogging up a bench spot.

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    • Moe Wagner LAL C
      Lakers' Moritz Wagner: Nearing return to action
      22h ago

      Wagner (knee) has been participating in some non-contact drills and some controlled contact post work in practice, Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.

      Wagner was forced to miss the whole preseason due to a knee contusion, although it's good to see that he's been getting some work in during practice. His status for the season opener Thursday against Portland has yet to be revealed, but he's expected to be reevaluated in the next few days to determine his availability moving forward.

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    • James Johnson MIA PF
      Heat's James Johnson: Officially out Wednesday
      3h ago

      Johnson (illness) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Magic, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

      Johnson will be traveling with the Heat to Orlando, which provides some optimism that a return may not be too far off. Still, with Miami heading into a back-to-back to start the year, they'll keep Johnson out to limit his workload. There's also a decent chance Johnson is held out Thursday, though confirmation on that likely won't come until game day. With Justise Winslow (hamstring) also expected to sit out, the likes of Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk should get big minutes in the frontcourt.

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    • Jarred Vanderbilt DEN PF
      Nuggets' Jarred Vanderbilt: Unavailable for season opener
      3h ago

      Vanderbilt (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Clippers, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.

      Vanderbilt remains without a timetable for a return from a foot injury, and the Nuggets are expected to evaluate him from game-to-game as the season unfolds. Even when he returns to health, he'll struggle for playing time as he's currently buried on the team's depth chart. Vanderbilt's next chance to take the court will come Saturday against the Suns.

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    • Michael Porter Jr. DEN PF
      Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr.: Won't play in opener
      3h ago

      Porter (back) won't be available for Wednesday's game against the Clippers, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.

      Porter was optimistic he'd manage to return from back surgery in time for the season opener, but he'll be forced to miss at least the first contest of the 2018 campaign. His exact return date remains unknown, but the Nuggets aren't' expected to rush him back into action. Porter's next opportunity to take the court will come Saturday against Phoenix.

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    • James Johnson MIA PF
      Heat's James Johnson: Doubtful for Wednesday
      3h ago

      Johnson (illness) will travel with the Heat for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Magic, but is not expected to play, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Johnson missed the entire preseason due to a sports hernia and is also working through an illness, so he likely needs more time to work his way back to full strength. The big man also needs to get his legs under him and make sure his conditioning is up to par, so that should keep him out for at least Wednesday's contest. However, with the Heat heading into a back-to-back set, there's certainly a chance Johnson is also held out Thursday. All that said, a return doesn't appear to be too far off and Johnson could push for a starting role once he's a full go.

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    • Marquese Chriss HOU PF
      Rockets' Marquese Chriss: Will miss season opener
      4h ago

      Chriss (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.

      Chriss has been dealing with a sprained ankle for roughly a week and a half and the discomfort will now linger into the regular season. The good news, however, is that head coach Mike D'Antoni expects Chriss to "be back soon," so look for the big man to be available at some point over the next few games. Chriss' next opportunity to make his debut will be Saturday against the Lakers.

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    • Julius Randle NO PF
      Pelicans' Julius Randle: Expected to come off bench
      4h ago

      Randle is expected to come off the bench in Wednesday's season opener against Houston, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

      Nothing is set in stone, but coach Alvin Gentry said Tuesday that he's leaning toward starting Nikola Mirotic at power forward alongside Anthony Davis to begin the season. While Randle may be the better all-around player, Mirotic offers more floor-spacing, and the pair figure to split minutes relatively evenly, while also playing together in certain alignments. Randle closed the preseason with back-to-back 20-point games, including a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double in 25 minutes against the Raptors.

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    • Harrison Barnes DAL SF
      Mavericks' Harrison Barnes: Hoping to put in full practice Friday
      2h ago

      Barnes (hamstring) participated in parts of Tuesday's practice and is hoping to put in a full session Friday, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports.

      Barnes continues to nurse a strained right hamstring, but coach Rick Carlisle sounded optimistic when discussing the situation after Tuesday's practice. "He's making good progress with no setbacks that I'm aware of," Carlisle said. "He did pick up his activity and was in more non-contact things. We'll shoot for Friday, which should be a full practice day and see where we are then." Barnes has already been ruled out of Wednesday's season opener, and at this point it's unclear if he has a realistic chance to play Saturday against Minnesota.

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    • Justise Winslow MIA SF
      Heat's Justise Winslow: Unlikely to play Wednesday
      3h ago

      Winslow (hamstring) is considered doubtful for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Magic, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Winslow was limited at practice earlier in the week with a hamstring issue, which is apparently giving him enough discomfort to be ruled doubtful for the opener. The Heat are heading into a back-to-back set to open the year, so there's a chance Winslow misses both of those contests if the Heat opt to take a cautious approach with him. In addition to Winslow, James Johnson (abdomen) is expected to sit out as well, which should leave the Heat without some key frontcourt pieces. Look for guys like Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo to see an uptick in workload for the time being.

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    • Lance Thomas NY SF
      Knicks' Lance Thomas: Will play, start season opener
      4h ago

      Thomas (hip) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's regular season opener against the Hawks and will start at power forward, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.

      Thomas has been working through a sore hip of late and most recently was held out of Monday's practice. However, it appears the expectation is that Thomas will take the court for the opener, so consider him a full go barring some sort of uptick in discomfort during pregame warmups. Thomas had previously been announced the team's starting power forward, so his listing with the top unit doesn't come as any sort of surprise. He'll be joined by Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway, Frank Ntilikina and Enes Kanter.

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    • Kevin Knox NY SF
      Knicks' Kevin Knox: To begin season in bench role
      4h ago

      Knox will come off the bench for Wednesday's season opener against Atlanta, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.

      Knox started all five preseason games and was widely expected to start at small forward, but coach David Fizdale announced Tuesday that he's changed his mind and will instead go with Frank Ntilikina at small forward. It's a rather bizarre decision, but Ntilikina does have more size than a typical guard, so it looks as though Fizdale is hoping to get multiple ball-handlers on the floor at once. Trey Burke will start at point guard, with Tim Hardaway, Jr. at the two.

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    • Cedi Osman CLE SF
      Cavaliers' Cedi Osman: Will play, start Wednesday
      4h ago

      Osman (ankle) will play and start at small forward in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Raptors, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.

      Osman missed the Cavaliers' preseason finale with a sore ankle, but it was never considered to be anything serious and he's now been cleared for the start of the regular season. Look for him to immediately slot into the starting five at small forward and Osman could push for 30-plus minutes on a night-to-night basis considering his status with the top unit.

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    • Wesley Johnson LAC SF
      Pelicans' Wesley Johnson: Doubtful for opener
      4h ago

      Johnson is unlikely to be available for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

      Johnson was just traded to the Pelicans on Monday, so he likely won't have enough time to travel and get comfortable in his new city. As a result, it seems unlikely the forward will be ready to give it a go Wednesday for the opener, which makes Friday's tilt with Sacramento Johnson's next opportunity to make his debut. Keep an eye out for additional updates later this week. Johnson will be competing for minutes as a depth piece on the wing.

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    • Davon Reed PHO SG
      Davon Reed: Waived by Suns
      30m ago

      Reed was waived by the Suns on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      The Suns recently signed Jamal Crawford to a contract and needed to open up a roster spot, so Reed will be the player that gets released in the corresponding move. Look for Reed to try and latch on elsewhere in the coming few days, but if he doesn't drum up much interest, there's a chance he lands in the G-League to start the year. Reed could also consider heading overseas if a more lucrative contract is offered. In 21 games as a rookie last season, Reed averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds across 11.5 minutes.

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    • J.R. Smith CLE SG
      Cavaliers' J.R. Smith: Avoids structural damage
      3h ago

      Smith (elbow) has been diagnosed with elbow soreness after undergoing an MRI, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

      Smith has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Toronto, but it's good news that he's managed to avoid a significant injury. He was held out of Tuesday's practice after experiencing elbow discomfort and tests revealed no structural damage. Smith's status for Cleveland's next contest in Minnesota on Friday is up in the air, although he may be held out as a precaution.

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    • Dion Waiters MIA SG
      Heat's Dion Waiters: Won't travel with team
      3h ago

      Waiters (ankle) will not travel with the team and is slated to miss the first two regular-season games of 2018, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Waiters will remain in Miami while the rest of the team travels to Orlando and Washington to open the 2018 campaign. He's been slowly ramping up his basketball activities and figures to be questionable for Saturday's contest against Charlotte.

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    • Wayne Ellington MIA SG
      Heat's Wayne Ellington: Expected to miss Wednesday's opener
      3h ago

      Ellington (ankle) will likely be ruled out for Wednesday's game agaisnt Orlando, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Ellington managed to make it through a full practice Monday, but it appears he's still not healthy enough to see game action. If he's held out of the season opener, his next chance to take the court will come Thursday against Washington.

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    • Kenrich Williams NO SG
      Pelicans' Kenrich Williams: Clinches roster spot
      4h ago

      Williams has secured a spot on the Pelicans' 15-man roster heading into Wednesday's season opener against the Rockets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      After going undrafted out of TCU in June, Williams took an unusual path to the New Orleans roster, as he declined to accept a two-way contract or Exhibit 10 deal and instead elected to sign a camp deal featuring only $50,000 in guaranteed money. The swingman secured his spot with a strong showing in the preseason, during which he averaged 2.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game. He'll likely begin his NBA career on the outside of the rotation, as the Pelicans boast a number of established options on the wing.

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    • Devin Booker PHO SG
      Suns' Devin Booker: 'He's ready' for opener
      5h ago

      Coach Igor Kokoskov reiterated that Booker will be ready for Wednesday's season opener against Dallas, AZCentral.com reports.

      This isn't breaking news, as the Suns announced Monday that Booker will be available, but Kokoskov left no doubt when asked about his star guard's health. "Devin's going to play on Wednesday," Kokoskov said. "There's no secret. He's ready. He's playing. He's excited." That should eliminate any remaining shred of doubt regarding Booker's injury situation, but it's still a bit unclear how, exactly, Booker will be used. The Suns still don't have a true NBA-caliber point guard on the roster, so the expectation is that Booker may fill that role for the time being, as he did for parts of last season.

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    • Isaiah Canaan PHO PG
      Suns' Isaiah Canaan: May start at point guard
      1h ago

      Canaan said he expects to start at point guard Wednesday against Dallas, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.

      If Canaan does indeed draw the start, Devin Booker would take over at shooting guard and Josh Jackson would fall into a reserve role behind Trevor Ariza at small forward. "As of right now, that's what it's looking like. I'm really looking forward to that and just going out there and trying to do whatever I can to help the team win." stated Canaan. The Suns likely won't release their starting five until after shootaround Wednesday.

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    • Shaun Livingston GS PG
      Warriors' Shaun Livingston: Expected to play in opener
      3h ago

      Livingston (foot) participated in morning shootaround and should be good to go off the bench for Tuesday's game against the Thunder, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

      Livingston entered Tuesday questionable for the season opener, but he went through shootaround without issue and should be a full go to start the 2018-2019 campaign. He'll see minutes off the bench as the backup point guard throughout the season, barring injury to Stephen Curry.

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    • Michael Carter-Williams HOU PG
      Rockets' Michael Carter-Williams: Probable for opener
      3h ago

      Carter-Williams is officially listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic reports.

      Carter-Williams has been battling a sore left knee in recent days, but the expectation is that he'll play Wednesday night. He went through a full practice Monday, so the "probable" designation is likely just precautionary.

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    • Isaiah Thomas DEN PG
      Nuggets' Isaiah Thomas: Officially out for opener
      3h ago

      Thomas (hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Clippers, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.

      Thomas is still without a timetable for a return and it wouldn't be surprising if he missed another week or two to start the season. Still, until a target date is provided, Thomas will continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. Until Thomas is healthy enough to take the court, look for Monte Morris to serve as Jamal Murray's backup at point guard.

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    • Russell Westbrook OKC PG
      Thunder's Russell Westbrook: Officially ruled out for opener
      3h ago

      Westbrook (knee) has been ruled out for the Thunder's season opener Tuesday against Golden State, Royce Young of ESPN reports.

      Westbrook missed the entire preseason following a minor procedure on his right knee, but the Thunder were holding out hope that he'd be cleared to play in the regular-season opener. While the former MVP was close to returning, he'll remain out Tuesday and set his sights on a potential debut Friday night against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

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    • Frank Ntilikina NY PG
      Knicks' Frank Ntilikina: Earns starting small forward job
      4h ago

      Ntilikina will start at small forward in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Hawks, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.

      Ntilikina was originally battling for the starting point guard job with the likes of Trey Burke and Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle), but will apparently be shifted over to the wing to start the year. That allows Burke to start at point guard, while rookie Kevin Knox will surprisingly come off the bench despite starting at small forward for much of the preseason. This is a vote a confidence for Ntilikina, who's ability to play multiple positions should keep on the floor for significant minutes most nights.

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