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Date Player
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.
10/16/2017 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) reportedly is a game-time decision for Tuesday's opener against the Celtics.

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 a game-time decision.
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.
10/16/2017 Andre Iguodala, GS, G-F
Iguodala is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Rockets with a strained back.

Analysis: Iguodala is a solid defensive player but isn't going give you too many high-scoring games as long as he's on a team with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.
10/16/2017 Omri Casspi, GS, F
The Warriors have upgraded Casspi (sprained ankle) to probable for Tuesday's season opener.

Analysis: Casspi practiced Monday and doesn't appear to have any major restrictions for Tuesday's matchup with the Rockets. He averaged nearly 12 points two seasons ago for the Kings, but it's hard to see him getting many scoring opportunities on a loaded Golden State team.
10/16/2017 Marco Belinelli, Atl, G-F
Belinelli is likely to play in the Hawks' season opener Wednesday.

Analysis: Belinelli developed soreness in his left Achilles after playing in EuroBasket this summer, and he missed the final four preseason games as a precaution. But he should be part of what Mike Budenholzer expects to be a 10- or 11-man Atlanta rotation.
10/16/2017 LaMarcus Aldridge, SA, F-C
Aldridge has agreed to a three-year, $72.3 million extension with the Spurs, according to ESPN.

Analysis: There's a partial guarantee in the third year for Aldridge, who seemingly hasn't been a great fit for the Spurs system but is still a highly productive player.
10/16/2017 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cha, SF
Kidd-Gilchrist will miss Wednesday's season opener due to a personal matter.

Analysis: The defensive-minded forward has been away from the team for the past week due to the matter. Jeremy Lamb is the favorite to start in Kidd-Gilchrist's place against the Pistons and should receive a bump in his usual minutes.
10/16/2017 Wade Baldwin IV, Mem, PG
The Grizzlies waived Baldwin IV on Monday, finalizing their roster for the regular season.

Analysis: Memphis grabbed Baldwin with the 17th pick out of Vanderbilt, and he started one of his 33 games as a rookie. The guard averaged 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
10/16/2017 Danté Exum, Uta, G
Exum will have surgery to repair a separated left shoulder. The surgery is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Los Angeles and there is no announced timeline for his return.

Analysis: Exum was injured in a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 6 when he landed awkwardly on the floor. The 2014 No. 5 overall pick was hoping to have a career year as a restricted free agent. Coach Quin Snyder was playing Exum as a point guard and off guard this season. This is the second significant injury of Exum's short career. A torn ACL kept him from playing in 2015-16. Exum averaged 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.
10/16/2017 Richard Jefferson, Atl, G-F
Jefferson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Nuggets for the veteran minimum salary of $2.3 million.

Analysis: The move comes three days after the Cavaliers traded Jefferson to the Hawks, who promptly waived the 37-year-old small forward. Jefferson, who averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 79 games with Cleveland last season, probably doesn't have a whole lot left in the tank, but should provided the Nuggets with a needed veteran presence.
10/16/2017 Jameer Nelson, Den, PG
The Nuggets will reportedly waive Nelson to make room for the recently signed Richard Jefferson.

Analysis: Nelson started 40 games at point guard for the Nuggets last season and played reasonably well, averaging 9.2 points and 5.1 assists while shooting 38.8 percent from 3-point range in 75 overall contests. However, Denver deemed the 35-year-old expendable with a pair of former first-round picks, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay, also manning the position. He should still be able to catch on somewhere else, perhaps with a contender.
10/15/2017 Marcus Morris, Bos, F
Morris will miss Tuesday's season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to right knee soreness, Boston coach Brad Stevens said on Sunday. Morris will miss at least the first couple weeks of the regular season, according to Stevens. He played just 11 minutes in the preseason due to the knee woes and because he was away on trial in Phoenix for aggravated assault. He was acquitted.

Analysis: "With him getting here a little bit late, we feel like he needs a little more of a preseason," Stevens said. "He will most likely be out here for the coming week-plus and then we will re-evaluate after that. They've done all the testing and, structurally, the knee is in good shape."
10/14/2017 C.J. McCollum, Por, G
The NBA has suspended McCollum for the season opener for leaving the bench during an altercation in a preseason game.

Analysis: McCollum averaged a career-best 23 points last season, his fourth with the Blazers since being the 10th overall pick in 2013 out of Lehigh. He will miss Wednesday's game at Phoenix and can return Friday at Indiana.
10/13/2017 Myles Turner, Ind, F-C
The Pacers have picked up their team option on the contract of Turner.

Analysis: The option for the 21-year-old Turner is for a fourth year. The Pacers hope the 6-foot-11 youngster will become the long-term face of the franchise. Last season, he averaged 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds and was second in the league in blocks (172).
10/13/2017 Domantas Sabonis, Ind, PF
The Pacers have picked up their team option on the contract of Sabonis.

Analysis: The Pacers picked up a third-year option for Sabonis, a 2016 first-round draft pick who was traded to Indiana by Oklahoma City along with Victor Oladipo as part of the deal for Paul George. He averaged 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 81 games as a rookie last season.
10/13/2017 Richard Jefferson, Atl, G-F
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Jefferson and guard Kay Felder to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday to get down to the maximum 15-player roster limit, according to multiple reports. The Hawks reportedly will waive both players.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Jefferson averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 79 games last season.
10/13/2017 Kay Felder, Chi, PG
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Felder and Richard Jefferson to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday to get down to the maximum 15-player roster limit, according to multiple reports. The Hawks reportedly will waive both players.

Analysis: Felder averaged 4 points and 1.4 assists in 42 games as a rookie in 2016-17.
10/12/2017 Rodney McGruder, Mia, SG
McGruder is expected to miss three to six months due to a stress fracture in his lower left leg, according to multiple reports. McGruder is slated to undergo surgery next week.

Analysis: McGruder averaged 6.4 points in 78 games (65 starts) last season in his first NBA campaign.
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