• James Johnson
    F, Miami Heat

    James Johnson (left shoulder sprain) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Suns.

    Johnson was recently upgraded from doubtful to questionable, but ultimately will not be able to suit up. The Heat will be relatively thin against the Suns, but none of their injuries are long-term, per coach Erik Spoelstra. Johnson is not much of a fantasy option right now anyways.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • De'Andre Hunter
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    De’Andre Hunter will start in the Hawks’ season opener vs. the Pistons.

    This is great news for Hunter and his owners as it shows how much confidence they have in the rookie. He’ll likely be up and down throughout the season but he’ll have plenty of opportunity on this Hawks team.

    Source: KL Chouinard on Twitter

  • Andre Roberson
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Andre Robertson (left knee) went through contact practice on Sunday.

    Coach Billy Donovan still didn’t have a solid answer regarding Robertson’s availability for the Thunder’s season opener vs. the Jazz but this is good news. He’ll be a very big piece of OKC’s defensive scheme but won’t really provide much for fantasy owners outside of steals and a few blocks.

    Source: Erik Horne on Twitter

  • JJ Redick
    SG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Coach Alvin Gentry wants to stick with J.J. Redick to begin the season .

    This is good news for Redick as he’ll continue to start even with Zion Williamson out. The Pels will likely move Brandon Ingram down to power forward and keep the rest of the lineup the same.

    Source: Will Guillory on Twitter

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    The Pistons want to award Christian Wood with a regular season roster spot for his strong preseason play.

    Wood and Joe Johnson had been competing throughout the entire preseason and the Pistons might end up keeping them both. The Pistons have got to move some things around to make him fit but he’ll be a valuable piece for them to hang onto going into the season.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Moritz Wagner
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Moe Wagner (sore back) missed Sunday's practice but is expected to return soon.

    Wagner left Friday's preseason finale after taking a hard fall, but the Wizards think it's a short-term injury. He's a decent late-round target if you're in a 14- or 16-team league and should play a legitimate role backing up Thomas Bryant, Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Austin Rivers
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Austin Rivers is dealing with shoulder soreness but is expected to play in Thursday's regular-season opener.

    It's the first we've heard of Rivers' injury, so we expect him to be fine. He's not much of a fantasy target but will carry a big role with the Rockets likely losing Gerald Green for the season.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Mike D'Antoni is anticipating that Russell Westbrook (dislocated finger) will be able to play on Thursday.

    The Rockets revealed the injury late in the preseason, and Westbrook suffered another dislocation in Friday's preseason finale. It hasn't affected him yet outside of a precautionary removal from that contest, and we wouldn't hold this against Westbrook in any last-minute fantasy drafts.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter

  • Isaiah Thomas
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Isiah Thomas (left thumb surgery) practiced in full on Sunday.

    According to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, coach Scott Brooks said "I'd love to have him for that first game but we'll see. Probably not but we'll see". It sounds like Thomas is close to returning but we likely won't see him in the Wizards' Oct.23 opener. He's worth taking a flier on later in drafts because he should have a good amount of opportunity with the Wizards roster lacking much talent.

    Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter

  • Khyri Thomas
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    According to Keith Smith , a handful of teams who need help at point guard have reached out to the Pistons about acquiring Khyri Walker.

    The Pistons are considering trading the young lead guard rather than having his contract take up space on their books for the next two years. He'd be better off in place with less point guard depth than the Pistons but it's unlikely he holds much fantasy value regardless.

    Source: Keith Smith on Twitter

  • Aubrey Dawkins
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have signed and waived Aubrey Dawkins.

    This was a move to get Dawkins eligible for the Pel's G-League team and doesn't have much significance in fantasy.

    Source: Keith Smith on Twitter