NBA Player News
|10/8/2015||Brandon Bass, LAL, F-C|
|Bass suffered a knee injury on a hard fall in Tuesday's preseason loss to Utah.
Analysis: Bass is expected to have an MRI and CT scan, and his status is uncertain.
|10/8/2015||Aron Baynes, Det, C|
|Baynes was a partial participant at Wednesday's practice, according to the Pistons' official website.
Analysis: Baynes is dealing with an ankle injury.
|10/8/2015||Bojan Bogdanovic, Bkn, G-F|
|Bogdanovic missed two days of practice due to a sore ankle and won't play in Thursday's preseason matchup with Detroit.
Analysis: The injury does not appear to be serious.
|10/8/2015||Solomon Hill, Ind, G-F|
|Hill won't play in Thursday's preseason game against Orlando.
Analysis: Hill is nursing a minor ankle injury.
|10/8/2015||Terrence Jones, Hou, F|
|Jones didn't play in Wednesday's preseason game.
Analysis: Jones aggravated a rib injury Tuesday against Memphis.
|10/8/2015||Adonis Thomas, Det, PF|
|Thomas was diagnosed with a slight tear in his Achilles on Wednesday according to the Pistons' official website.
Analysis: It's unclear if Thomas will be ready for the regular season.
|10/8/2015||Omer Asik, NO, F-C|
|Asik is expected to be sidelined about three weeks with a right calf strain.
Analysis: The club says the 7-footer strained his calf in practice on Wednesday. Asik is entering his second season in New Orleans. He appeared in 76 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
|10/7/2015||D'Angelo Russell, LAL, PG|
|Russell left the Lakers' exhibition game against Utah in the first quarter Tuesday night with a bruised glute muscle.
Analysis: Russell, the second overall pick from Ohio State, went down in the paint with 7:42 left in the quarter after stepping in front of Rudy Gobert as Utah's center went to the basket. Russell was called for a foul on the play and remained face down on the court for about a minute before being helped off the court by team personnel. He was taken to the locker room and a Lakers spokesman said he wouldn't return. Russell scored five points in his debut Sunday.
|10/7/2015||Kevin Durant, OKC, F|
|Thunder coach Billy Donovan says he expects Durant to play 18-22 minutes in the season opener against the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Durant missed 55 games last season and needed three surgeries to repair his broken right foot. He last played in a game on Feb. 18 against Dallas. Durant says he's trying not to think about his injury anymore. He says he's trying not to put too much pressure on himself, either.
|10/7/2015||Zach LaVine, Min, PG|
|Interim coach Sam Mitchell named LaVine the starter Wednesday, before the Wolves had even played a preseason game. Mitchell says the decision is all about developing the young Timberwolves for the future.
Analysis: The 20-year-old LaVine is entering his second season in the league. He won the dunk contest at All-Star weekend as a rookie, but has impressed Mitchell with his work ethic in training camp. LaVine gets the nod over the 32-year-old Kevin Martin, one of the best shooters in the NBA.
|10/7/2015||Matt Barnes, Mem, SF|
|Barnes says the NBA is investigating what happened with his former teammate, Knicks coach Derek Fisher, in California and called the incident a "personal matter" involving someone who was a good friend at one point.
Analysis: Barnes spoke Thursday after the Grizzlies' morning shootaround. The veteran says in video posted by The Commercial Appeal that he has not spoken with the NBA yet. Barnes says the "real details" will come out in due time and would not comment on what happened.
|10/6/2015||Thabo Sefolosha, Atl, G-F|
|Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday in the trial of Sefolosha, who was charged with resisting arrest and other crimes during a confrontation with police officers outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub in April.
Analysis: Sefolosha suffered a season-ending leg fracture in the struggle and has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also include misdemeanor obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct. He has rejected a plea offer from prosecutors, and his attorney, Alex Spiro, has said Sefolosha is going to trial to clear his name. A jury was picked Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court.
|10/5/2015||Andrea Bargnani, Bkn, F-C|
|Bargnani has a tight left hamstring for Brooklyn.
Analysis: Reports indicate that Bargnani had an precautionary MRI that was negative.
|10/5/2015||Alexis Ajinca, NO, F-C|
|Ajinca is expected to miss at least four weeks with a right hamstring strain.
Analysis: Ajinca was injured in Saturday's preseason opener against Indiana.
|10/4/2015||Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C|
|LeBron James calls Thompson's contract stalemate with the Cavaliers ''a distraction.''
Analysis: Thompson has not reported to training camp as he remains in a holdout for a long-term deal. James remains hopeful the sides can work out a deal for Thompson, who filled in for an injured Kevin Love and helped the Cavs make it to the NBA Finals last season. Thompson remains a restricted free agent and can receive offers from other teams.
|10/4/2015||Chris Bosh, Mia, F-C|
|Bosh returned to the Miami Heat lineup and scored 14 points in a 90-77 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night in a preseason game.
Analysis: Bosh, who missed Miami's final 30 games last season because of blood clots in one of his lungs, played 23 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds.
|10/3/2015||Ben McLemore, Sac, SG|
|The Kings have picked up the 2016-17 option on McLemore's contract. General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.
Analysis: McLemore was Sacramento's first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.
|10/3/2015||Nikoloz Tskitishvili, LAC, F|
|The Clippers have waived Tskitishvili. The move came Saturday, a day after he didn't play in the team's first preseason game, a 103-96 victory over Denver. The team signed him last week.
Analysis: Tskitishvili, a 32-year-old from Tbilisi, Georgia, played for Champville of the Lebanese Basketball League last season. He has appeared in 172 career NBA games with Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix, averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. He was chosen fifth overall in the 2002 NBA draft by the Nuggets.
|10/3/2015||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cha, SF|
|Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday night. The team's top defensive player tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Saturday night against Orlando.
Analysis: Kidd-Gilchrist elected to have surgery after consulting with team orthopedist Marcus Cook earlier in the day. Had he not opted for surgery, the chances of reinjuring the shoulder were much higher.
|10/2/2015||Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C|
|Thompson declined to sign a one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for this season and remains a restricted free agent.
Analysis: Thompson had until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to accept the offer. The elite rebounder and the defending Eastern Conference champions remain apart on a long-term contract. The Cavs practice Friday, and if he's not there he will be considered a holdout.
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