February 14, 2018, 9:55 am
His right ankle bears watching as it has been a career-long issue. His year playing in China ended prematurely with the same injury and he has missed time in all three of his NBA seasons with sprains, all to his right ankle. Mudiay is expected to come off the bench on Wednesday but that should change after the All-Star break, as Jeff Hornacek has indicated he may replace veteran Jarrett Jack as starter. He had 14 points and 10 assists in 30 minutes of action on Sunday, but he leveled off against the Sixers on Monday with seven points and two assists in just 19 minutes. It remains to be seen what kind of value he will have moving forward in a crowded backcourt where Frank Ntilikina and Trey Burke are also guaranteed to get plenty of minutes.
July 2, 2020, 5:09 am
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July 1, 2020, 8:28 pmDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard remains in his Atlanta-area home and the Lakers hope he will eventually join them in Orlando.
The Lakers do not plan to replace Howard on the roster. They are being patient with Howard, but if he decides to not play in Orlando the Lakers will likely look to sign another center.
Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:40 pmLuc Mbah a MouteSF, Houston Rockets
Shams Charania reported that the Houston Rockets plan to sign Luc Mbah a Moute for the Orlando restart.
Thabo Sefolosha announced on Wednesday that he will not participate in the Orlando restart, leaving the Rockets with a need for an additional three-and-D wing. Mbah a Moute played 61 games for the Rockets in 2017-18 and averaged 25.6 minutes per game, so he is familiar with their system. Mbah a Moute will be a low-usage player that the Rockets can plug in at the end of their rotation and will provide them more depth, which could be imperative for teams given the COVID-19 concerns surrounding this Orlando restart.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:31 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell has advanced in his rehab from a torn Achilles as he has been able to do some light shooting, agility work, and has been able to do some jogging on the treadmill.
Powell suffered a torn Achilles in January and has no chance of participating in Orlando's restart. However, it is always good news to hear a player reach a milestone in terms of their rehab. Powell may not play an NBA game until the 2021-22 season as he continues to recover from one of the toughest injuries in basketball. This is a situation that will continue to evolve over the next year or so.
Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:21 pmJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Head coach Taylor Jenkins told the media that they are "looking good, feeling good" in regards to the health of Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee), Brandon Clarke (right quad) and Justise Winslow (back soreness).
Jackson and Clarke missed nine and eight games respectively prior to the shutdown while Winslow has yet to play a game for the Grizzlies due to an ongoing back injury. This appears to be great news for the young team as they will be at full strength when the league does resume. Clarke and Jackson definitely have fantasy appeal as they both finished inside the top-80 on the season. Winslow has potential but he is the riskiest of the three based on a brand new situation and the back injury that has caused him to miss 53 games so far this season. It is probably best to avoid Winslow for the league resumption and re-evaluate his fantasy value prior to the 2020-21 campaign.
Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:03 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Wizards center Thomas Bryant told the media that he is "100 percent healed" from a stress fracture in his foot and is doing everything on the basketball court ahead of the NBA resumption in Orlando.
Bryant struggled to stay healthy prior to the league suspension as he played in 38 out of 64 games while the team also had him on a strict minutes limit for several of the contests that he was able to play. He is an intriguing fantasy option for the NBA restart but his recent injury history should be considered at draft time.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 6:03 pmCaleb SwaniganPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Blazers forward, Caleb Swanigan, has opted out of the resumption of the NBA season in Orlando.
Swanigan averaged 13.3 mpg for the Blazers across 20 contests and is off the radar from a fantasy perspective. He will join Trevor Ariza who will also be sitting out the NBA restart. There was very little likelihood that Swanigan would have been part of the rotation in Orlando with Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins returning from injury.
Source: NBC Sports Northwest
July 1, 2020, 5:56 pmThabo SefoloshaSF, Houston Rockets
Thabo Sefolosha will not participate in Orlando when the league resumes.
Sefolosha was a deep rotation piece for the Rockets as he only eclipsed the 20 minute mark once this season. There isn't much of a fantasy impact here as Sefolosha played in just two of the team's final nine games.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 3:52 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
In regards to the health of Jusuf Nurkić and Zach Collins, head coach Terry Stotts said that "they both look great" and will be available for the restart of the NBA season in Orlando.
Nurkić was close to returning when the league was suspended while Collins was further away from playing basketball in March. However, the additional three months allowed Collins to recover as he has no limitations heading into the restart in Orlando. It is likely that they will find themselves in the starting unit while Nurkić is the more proven player in terms of fantasy production.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 3:29 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
The Kings training staff believes that Marvin Bagley (left foot sprain) will be available for game action shortly.
Bagley hasn't appeared in a game since January. While Bagley would likely have a bench role, his return may cut into the playing time of teammates like Harrison Barnes and Harry Giles.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter