Valanciunas (thumb) is doubtful for Monday's preseason opener against the Timberwolves.

The 6-foot-11 big was traded to New Orleans over the offseason, but his status for the team's first action of the preseason is in jeopardy due to a thumb strain. If Valanciunas is forced to sit, both Jaxson Hayes and Willy Hernangomez would most likely see increased playing time Monday.

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