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  • Justise Winslow - F/G - Miami Heat

    Justise Winslow was limited Monday with hamstring tightness.

    Winslow recently signed a new extension and seems to be staying in South Beach, unless things with Minnesota shift quickly. A hamstring injury two days before the season starts is not ideal. Winslow will have a hard time holding consistent fantasy value anyways due to Miami's crowded rotation. If he were to miss it would mean more minutes for Kelly Olynyk and possibly Derrick Jones Jr.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Wayne Ellington - G - Miami Heat

    Wayne Ellington (left ankle soreness) practiced in full Monday and is hopeful of playing in Wednesday's opener.

    It seems like Ellington has a good shot of playing after missing the entire preseason. He may need a game or two to shake off the rust, but Ellington should be one of the more reliable 3-point specialists this season.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • James Johnson - F - Miami Heat

    James Johnson (sports hernia) was back at practice Monday but coach Erik Spoelstra says he needs more work before he makes a return.

    Johnson seems unlikely to play for the season opener. Justise Winslow was limited because of a hamstring injury so Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. could see extended run in the Heat's opener. Johnson should not miss much more time after the opener and should return with late-round value.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • Myles Turner - C - Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner tweaked his left ankle, but still participated in most of practice.

    Turner sat out near the very end of practice but said he is "all good." He also sat out Saturday's practice because of an ankle sprain, and missed 17 games last season due to multiple minor injuries. Don't drop him down draft boards, but his status should be monitored due to his history of nagging injuries. He's missed 40 games in three seasons, including an ankle sprain last year.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Wilson Chandler - F - Philadelphia Sixers

    Wilson Chandler (left hamstring strain) has already been ruled out for Tuesday's opener.

    Brett Brown said Chandler was "a ways away" as of October 11th, and it seems he may still have another week or two before returning. The Sixers have their eyes on a deep playoff run and won't rush Chandler. He has late-round value as a backup forward, but there is no need to hold him if he is going to miss extended time.

    Source: Tom Moore on Twitter

  • Mike Muscala - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike Muscala (sprained right ankle) is "highly questionable" for the league-wide opener Tuesday.

    Muscala was doubtful as of two days ago; highly questionable is not much better. Coach Brett Brown did mention T.J. McConnell is someone who could see increased minutes if Moose is indeed out. Amir Johnson should get extra run and Jonah Bolden could make his debut.

    Source: Tom Moore on Twitter

  • Delon Wright - G - Toronto Raptors

    Delon Wright did not practice Monday and is questionable for the Raptors' season opener Wednesday.

    Wright left last Wednesday's preseason game with the injury and has not practiced since, but the Raptors do not think he will miss much time. If he is forced to miss the opener, it will mean a heavier workload for Fred VanVleet and possibly a few more minutes for Danny Green.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Michael Carter-Williams - G - Houston Rockets

    Michael Carter-Williams was able to practice with the Rockets on Monday.

    Carter-Williams was slowed down by left knee soreness in the preseason but will be ready for opening night. He'll be the backup point guard on the Houston depth chart but won't be a fantasy factor.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Marquese Chriss - F - Houston Rockets

    Marquese Chriss and Nene will only participate in half of Monday's practice but are expected to be ready for Wednesday's game.

    The quote, to be clear, is, "All of the Rockets planned opening-night rotation will be available on Wednesday." There's a little gray area in that Chriss might not win the backup center job over Isaiah Hartenstein and Nene might not be in the rotation, but we're going to expect Chriss to be fully recovered from his left ankle sprain by the opener.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina - G - New York Knicks

    The Knicks have exercised their third-year option on Frank Nitlikina.

    No surprises here, as the Knicks seem a little more committed to Ntilikina as a serious future piece after yanking him around last season. He's our favorite fantasy target in the New York backcourt but most players can steer clear as long as the team insists on splitting minutes three ways.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter