• The Sacramento Kings announced Thursday morning that rookie power forward Harry Giles will not play during the 2017-18 NBA season.  James Ham from NBC Sports California shared the official announcement from the team on Twitter:

    Ham also shared the following information in a subsequent article posted to NBCSports.com:

    After consulting multiple experts on bilateral knee injuries, the Kings made the early decision to wait a full year from the date of Giles’ last ACL surgery before allowing him to see unrestricted court time. That date has passed, but without a conventional training camp, Sacramento has chosen to err on the side of caution and prepare Giles for a healthy offseason program and Las Vegas Summer League appearance.

    Earlier this month, the team sent Giles, along with assistant general manager Brandon Williams, to P3 for biometrical and neuromuscular evaluations. According to the team, those tests proved overwhelmingly successful.

    Sacramento has chosen to play it safe with Giles to this point, and given his injury history that is likely the best choice.  The Kings traded for the rights to Harry Giles after the Portland Trail blazers selected him 20th overall in the 2017 draft.

    Giles was expected to go much higher prior to his freshman season at Duke, but multiple knee injuries and a lack of production during at his time in college caused him to fall.  Given Giles’ immense talent and unique injury history, pushing him to play earlier than necessary would be an irresponsible risk to take.

Fantasy News

  • Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Head coach David Fizdale told the media that Dennis Smith Jr. will play in "short bursts, three, four-minute stretches” on Tuesday against the Bulls.

    DSJ has missed the past seven games due to a personal matter. He will return on Tuesday but doesn't look like a solid option in DFS lineups to the minute restriction he might see as he slowly works his way back into game-shape. Frank Ntilikina has been the main beneficiary during DSJ's absence.

    Source: Marc Berman on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard does not have an injury designation for Wednesday's showdown against the Rockets.

    Paul George is also listed as questionable to make his Clippers debut, potentially making this game even bigger. Feel free to deploy the superstar forward as usual.

    Source: Andre Greif on Twitter

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George (shoulders) is being listed as questionable to make his Clippers debut against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    George is expected to make his debut on either Wednesday or Thursday against the Pelicans. A Wednesday return would put George against his former teammate Russell Westbrook on a primetime ESPN game.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (left thumb sprain) is available to play against the Knicks on Tuesday.

    Carter's injury designation is getting a bit redundant as he continues to play through his thumb sprain. We will continue to update his status per usual.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris and Shake Milton are both available to play against the Cavs on Tuesday after being listed as probable earlier.

    Harris will slot into the PF slot with Al Horford resting while Milton will resume his role as a defensive guard off the bench.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Furkan Korkmaz
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Furkan Korkmaz is being listed as the starter for Tuesday's game against the Cavs.

    Korkmaz will take the place of Al Horford in the starting lineup while he rests, and may stick in there for Wednesday's game against the Magic if Joel Embiid sits out the backend of the back-to-back. Korkmaz is an attractive streamer for the next two days if you are looking for a dart throw.

    Source: Kyle Neubeck on Twitter

  • Hamidou Diallo
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Hamidou Diallo is being listed as the starter in place of Terrance Ferguson (personal) for Tuesday's matchup with the Pacers.

    Diallo has averaged 9.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals on .513 shooting from the field in just 22.0 minutes per game this year. He makes for a fun streamer against the Pacers for those looking for some defensive numbers.

    Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Cory Joseph is expected to start in place of De'Aaron Fox against the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Joseph and Bogdan Bogdanovic will pick up most of the slack while Fox is out for the forseeable future, with Yogi Ferrell seeing some added run as well.

    Source: James Ham on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid is available to play against the Cavs on Tuesday.

    Feel free to get the superstar big man in your lineups. The Sixers play again on Wednesday and it is very likely that Embiid sits in the backend of the back-to-back.

    Source: Derek Bodner on Twitter

  • Cristiano Felicio
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Cristiano Felicio (wrist) will be out for the next 4-8 weeks with a broken wrist after falling in practice on Monday.

    This is a tough blow for Felicio. Daniel Gafford and Luke Kornet will continue to run as the backup C's behind starter Wendell Carter Jr.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter