Injuries

  • Lonzo Ball
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Lonzo Ball (left ankle) said he'll be ready to go in "a week or two."

    Ball missed the final 35 games of the season because of a Grade 3 left ankle sprain and bone bruise that he suffered in January. Last season also started off slowly as a preseason groin injury cost him a chance to open the year as a starter, and he was forced into sharing point guard work with Rajon Rondo and LeBron James when healthy. A fresh start in New Orleans, where Ball can play an up-tempo game as a franchise building block, should do him wonders. There's some injury risk here considering he's logged only 99 games through two seasons, but Ball's stat set — even with the poor efficiency — could support middle-round numbers. It sounds as though he'll be good to go for training camp.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Brandon Ingram
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Brandon Ingram (right arm DVT) said that he's "really close" to resuming normal workouts.

    Ingram underwent surgery on March 16 and the Pelicans have been consistent in saying they have no long-term concerns about Ingram's health. We're fully expecting him to be ready for training camp, though you'll want to keep an eye out for further updates as camp approaches. Ingram's stat set has the same holes as always, but it's possible that this season he'll become a featured player and bludgeon his way to enough volume to make up for his weak spots. His outlook improves on what it would've been with the Lakers, but Ingram still looks like a player that will be overdrafted.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Reggie Bullock
    SG-SF, New York Knicks

    Reggie Bullock is expected to miss at least one month of the regular season, per SNY's Ian Begley.

    Bullock, who initially agreed to a two-year deal worth $21 million, re-worked his contract to clock in at two years (with a second year that isn't fully guaranteed) for under the $4.7 million exception. There's no word on what exactly Bullock is dealing with, though he suffered from neck stiffness and plantar fasciitis in his right foot late last season. There's no need to monitor Bullock in standard leagues to open the year.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Speaking to Sirius XM, Steve Clifford said that although there remains no timetable for Markelle Fultz (shoulder), he is making good progress.

    Clifford said, "You know, right now we don't have a timetable for when he'll be back, but he's really doing a great job." Fultz simply wasn't ready to suit up, and even though we haven't really had any concrete updates on him since his last game on November 18, we're still expecting him to be ready to start the season. Fultz will make for a late-round flier on the chance that he finally gets healthy and puts it all together.

    Source: Sirius XM NBA Radio on Twitter

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left knee) has been cleared to start light basketball activities after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in late April.

    Griffin dealt with left knee soreness in the season's final games and missed the first two games of the playoffs. His issues were dealt with quickly after the season ended and he should be ready for the start of the season. Look for Griffin to come off draft boards in the early-middle rounds after he put up a career season last year, though there might not be much profit margin at that price. There's a definite 8-cat lean as well.

    Source: Rod Beard on Twitter

  • Nicolo Melli
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli underwent knee surgery and will not participate in Italy’s training camp at the end of July, ahead of the FIBA World Tournament.

    This comes out of nowhere and the only relative information we have is that Melli will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis. The Italian big should be fine for the Pelicans training camp where he will compete for the backup power forward minutes as long as the surgery is not anything too serious.

    Source: Sportando

  • Kz Okpala
    F, Miami Heat

    KZ Okpala and Chris Silva (sprained left knee) will not play for the rest of Summer League.

    Okpala, the 32nd pick in the draft, did not play at all in Vegas after he was held up in transaction formalities. Silva was signed to an Exhibit 10 contract yesterday, so he's not missing out on a chance at a spot by being ruled out here.

    Source: Barry Jackson on Twitter

  • Shake Milton
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Shake Milton (ankle) has been ruled out of Friday's Summer League game.

    Milton sustained the injury on Monday, shortly after signing a four-year contract with the Sixers. It's been a tough break but he has far more security than most players in Vegas, so we wouldn't expect this absence to affect his long-term outlook in any way.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Nassir Little
    SF, Trail Blazers

    Nassir Little left Thursday's Summer League game with a left shoulder contusion after only four minutes of action.

    Little got lots of hype as a steal for the Blazers at No. 25 in the draft, but he hasn't done much to impress viewers at Summer League. Still, Portland is sitting with a wide-open depth chart after losing their two starting forwards from last season, which gives Little and outside chance at playing a solid role this year. He registered no stats before leaving the game tonight.

    Source: Jamie Hudson on Twitter

  • Isaiah Hartenstein
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Isaiah Hartenstein (sprained right ankle) expects to be ready for training camp as of Thursday's reports.

    There's some optimism from Hartenstein that the recovery should not be a huge process and he should be ready to go for the season in which he could be the backup to Clint Capela

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • De'Andre Hunter
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    De'Andre Hunter (sore knee) has been ruled out of Thursday's Summer League game.

    Hunter also sat out on Tuesday but there's nothing to suggest that this is a serious issue. The Hawks have already said that Hunter will play a lot this season, and the potential is there for him to start at small forward. Atlanta's rotation could be messy but it's worth keeping an eye on to see who carves out the most playing time.

    Source: Chris Vivlamore on Twitter

  • Edmond Sumner
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Edmond Sumner (sore left foot) and Goga Bitadze (visa) will not play in Thursday's Summer League game.

    Both players have yet to suit up in Vegas, and it seems unlikely that either will return for the elimination round. Aaron Holiday (sore left hip) and Brian Bowen (sore back) are available after sitting out on Tuesday.

    Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Zion Williamson (left knee bruise) is still expected to play for the Select Team at Team USA training camp, per David Griffin.

    The Pels ruled Williamson out for the rest of Summer League after he took a shot to the knee 11 minutes into his debut, but it's simply precautionary. New Orleans planning on using his Vegas stint as a ramp-up and simply wanted to help him get his conditioning up before working with Team USA. There's no need to fret for fantasy purposes.

    Source: NOLA.com

  • Jarrell Brantley
    PF, Utah Jazz

    Jarrell Brantley (right hamstring tightness) and Tre'Shaun Fletcher (left hip soreness) have been ruled out of Thursday's Summer League game.

    This is the last Summer League game before the tournament opens, so hopefully they will be able to return for the elimination games. Brantley was the 50th overall selection in this year's draft while Fletcher went undrafted after four years at Toledo.

    Source: Eric Walden on Twitter

  • J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Barea (Achilles) says he is on track to be back at full strength when training camp opens in September.

    Barea tore his right Achilles on January 11, so he'll have nearly nine full months of rehab under his belt when camp opens. He has progressed to jumping up on boxes and jumping rope and can also take jumpers and run some pick-and-roll actions, though he has yet to be cleared for full jumping. We'll keep you updated on Barea's progress as the season approaches.

    Source: Dallas Mavericks