October 25, 2018, 2:36 pm
The mailbag is back for this Thursday episode, plus a boatload of injury news!
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October 20, 2019, 7:57 pmKelly OlynykC, Miami Heat
Regarding Kelly Olynyk's (right knee bone bruise) role for the start of the season, head coach Erik Spoelstra stressed keeping him active but not forcing Olynyk into more minutes than he can handle.
The Heat are going to take things slow with Olynyk and make sure the injury does not become a persistent issue. It is a pain for his owners to wait through, but Olynyk looked good in his limited preseason performances. He may not get his full compliment of minutes after being a full participant in practice for only the past five days. However, it should only be a matter of weeks until Olynyk is back to his normal workload.
Source: Khobi Price on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 6:59 pmTyler UlisPG, Sacramento Kings
The Kings have waived Tyler Ulis and Hollis Thompson.
Ulis has been injured during training camp, but had little chance of making the roster with Cory Jospeh and Yogi Ferrell in front of him. Other teams may want to see him healthy before taking a shot on him. Thompson should garner some interest around the league fairly quickly.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:17 pmVlatko CancarSF, Denver Nuggets
Vlatko Cancar (ankle) hurt his ankle during Sunday's practice.
The ankle injury may put his availability in question for opening night. An update should be coming out with more information regarding the injury, but Cancar should not be on any draft boards regardless.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:13 pmRodney McGruderSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Rodney McGruder (high ankle sprain) is questionable to play in Tuesday's opening game versus the Lakers.
McGruder is noted to be progressing well, but high ankle sprains tend to be tricky and if re-injured could shelve a player for several weeks. If McGruder is healthy enough to suit up, he figures absorb some of Paul George's allotted minutes.
Source: Tomer Azarly on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:09 pmAlen SmailagicPF, Golden State Warriors
Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain) has a chance to play in Thursday's season opener.
Smailagic was expected to miss a decent amount of time, so him not being ruled out is somewhat shocking. There is no reason to look at Smailagic in any drafts, but him missing time could funnel more minutes to Jordan Poole.
Source: Logan Murdock on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:05 pmWillie Cauley-SteinC, Golden State Warriors
Willie Cauley-Stein (left foot strain) will not play in Thursday's season opener.
WCS has been cleared fr non-contact drills, but with Kevon Looney looking healthy it makes the call easier to take the cautious approach. WCS is looking like Looney's primary backup.
Source: Logan Murdock on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 5:01 pmDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
The Knicks will not announce their starting point guard until Wednesday.
Death, taxes and Knicks head coach David Fizdale doing Fizdale-like stuff. The battle has been between Elfrid Payton and Dennis Smith Jr., while Frank Ntilikina sits in the background. It appears that after a few more days of practice Fizdale will have the sample size he needs to make confirm his starter, but for now they both remain as late-round fliers.
Source: Marc Berman on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 4:44 pmKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma (left foot stress reaction) has been ruled out of Tuesday's season opener.
This isn't a shocker considering Kuzma has yet to be cleared for contact. He is still participating in non-contact half-court drills, but has no firm timetable to return.
Source: Bill Oram on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 4:38 pmKevon LooneyPF-C, Golden State Warriors
Kevon Looney (right hamstring strain) will play in Thursday's game and possibly open as the starting center.
Looney practiced on Sunday and looked good to go. Looney is the favorite to start, it just seems like his health will determine whether or not he does. Looney offers late-round appeal in standard leagues and remains a sleeper on most boards.
Source: Monte Pool on Twitter
October 20, 2019, 4:35 pmIsaiah TaylorPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have waived Isaiah Taylor.
Taylor signed to a partially guaranteed deal back in September, but did not stand out during training camps. He had a stint with the Hawks back during the 2017-18 season and will likely get picked up by another team and relegated to the G League.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter