NBA Player News
|10/19/2016||Andrew Wiggins, Min, G-F|
|Wiggins (allergic reaction) sat out Wednesday's game, as did Shabazz Muhammad (right hip).
Analysis: Brandon Rush started in Wiggins' place and had nine points and five assists.
|10/19/2016||James Harden, Hou, G|
|Harden had 23 points and 11 assists, including 12 and four while playing most of the third quarter, to lead Houston in Wednesday's preseason win.
Analysis: Harden could have more of these kinds of lines as coach Mike D'Antoni said he'll be used more at point guard this season.
|10/19/2016||Eric Gordon, Hou, SG|
|Gordon had 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's win.
Analysis: Gordon is expected to open the season as a starter while Patrick Beverley recovers from left knee injury.
|10/19/2016||Harrison Barnes, Dal, F|
|Barnes was 1 of 9 from the field on Wednesday, putting him at 24 percent (12 of 51) in the preseason.
Analysis: He signed a max deal at four years, $94 million in the offseason. This is a bit of a disturbing trend after Barnes also struggled in last year's NBA Finals.
|10/19/2016||Derrick Rose, NY, PG|
|Rose will likely have no more than just a few practices to get ready for opening night with the New York Knicks. Rose and two friends were cleared Wednesday in a $21.5 million lawsuit that accused them of raping his ex-girlfriend, jurors in Los Angeles needing less than four hours to reach their decision.
Analysis: Hornacek said he did not expect Rose to play in the preseason finale in Brooklyn on Thursday, though did not completely rule it out. Rose and the Knicks open the season Tuesday in Cleveland, when the Cavaliers will get their championship rings - and at the same time, next door at Progressive Field, the Indians will host Game 1 of the World Series.
|10/18/2016||Cleanthony Early, NY, SF|
|The Knicks have re-signed Early. The team announced the move Tuesday and didn't disclose terms of the deal.
Analysis: The 6-foot-8 Early averaged 1.8 points in 17 games for New York during his second NBA season in 2015-16, a season shortened after he was shot in the right knee and robbed in December 2015. He was assigned to the NBA D-League's Westchester Knicks on four occasions, averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in seven appearances. The Bronx native was drafted out of Wichita State by New York in the second round (34th overall) of the 2014 NBA draft.
|10/18/2016||LaMarcus Aldridge, SA, F-C|
|The Spurs reportedly may want to trade Aldridge, who is rumored to be unhappy with his role of being the No. 2 scoring option behind Kawhi Leonard.
Analysis: ESPN.com reported that Aldridge is unlikely to finish the season with the Spurs as the relationship isn't working out. Aldridge departed the Trail Blazers as a free agent following the 2014-15 season and signed with the Spurs believing he would be the center of San Antonio's offense. That didn't occur last season as Leonard's level of play took another strong step forward. Leonard led the team in scoring at 21.2 points per game while Aldridge averaged 18.0.
|10/18/2016||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|On the night Cleveland got its starting lineup from Game 7 of last season's NBA Finals together for the first time in this exhibition schedule, now that J.R. Smith has re-signed, Irving left in the second quarter of the Cavaliers' matchup against Washington with a left calf strain.
Analysis: Irving, who went scoreless in 10 minutes, joined a long list of players who are dealing with aches and pains as the preseason winds down.
|10/18/2016||Otto Porter, Was, SF|
|Porter missed his second straight contest on Tuesday.
Analysis: Porter is dealing with injured ribs.
|10/18/2016||Aaron Gordon, Orl, F|
|Gordon did not play in Tuesday's preseason game.
Analysis: Gordon is nursing an ankle injury.
|10/18/2016||Justise Winslow, Mia, F|
|Miami was without Winslow (back) and Luke Babbitt (groin) on Tuesday, and still haven't seen Josh McRoberts (foot) and Josh Richardson (knee) on the floor in the preseason.
Analysis: Hassan Whiteside also missed the game because of a death in his family, and James Johnson tweaked his left foot to sideline him for the second half.
|10/18/2016||Emmanuel Mudiay, Den, PG|
|Mudiay did not play Tuesday night due to a right ankle sprain.
Analysis: Mudiay sprained his ankle in the third quarter of Friday's loss to the Warriors.
|10/18/2016||E'Twaun Moore, NO, G|
|Moore did not play Tuesday due to a right heel injury.
Analysis: Moore went down with a contusion in Wednesday's preseason game against the Rockets in China.
|10/18/2016||Paul Pierce, LAC, F|
|The Clippers played without Pierce in Sacramento on Tuesday, after the veteran sprained an ankle while warming up for the game.
Analysis: Pierce isn't likely to have much fantasy value in his final season. He's likely to miss quite a few games due to injury/rest as well.
|10/17/2016||Michael Carter-Williams, Chi, PG|
|The Bulls have acquired Carter-Williams from Milwaukee in exchange for guard Tony Snell.
Analysis: The 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year is ticketed for a backup role behind Rajon Rondo and gives the Bulls another sound defender at the position. Carter-Williams, who's averaged 14.5 points, 6.1 assists and 1.7 steals over three NBA seasons with Philadelphia and the Bucks, won't solve Chicago's need for outside shooting, however. The 25-year-old owns just a 25.5 percent success rate from 3-point range.
|10/17/2016||Tony Snell, Mil, G-F|
|The Bucks have acquired Snell from Chicago in exchange for point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
Analysis: Milwaukee was seeking a shooter with Khris Middleton set to miss most of the season recovering from hamstring surgery. Snell, who's shot 35.1 percent from 3-point range while averaging 5.3 points over three NBA seasons, will compete with 2015 first-round pick Rashad Vaughn for minutes at shooting guard.
|10/17/2016||Quincy Ford, NO, SF|
|The Pelicans signed Ford to their preseason roster.
Analysis: The 6-foot-8 Ford, an undrafted rookie out of Northeastern, is expected to see playing time at shooting guard and small forward. Ford played for the Utah Jazz's summer league team. He averaged 5.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and an assist in eight games.
|10/16/2016||Chris Paul, LAC, PG|
|Paul sat out practice Sunday after spraining his left thumb in practice the previous day.
Analysis: Coach Doc Rivers said Paul should be OK to play in one of the Clippers' last two preseason games.
|10/16/2016||Meyers Leonard, Por, F-C|
|Leonard missed Sunday's preseason game due to a back injury.
Analysis: Leonard dislocated his left shoulder in practice in March, an injury that ended his season.
|10/16/2016||Álex Abrines, OKC, SG|
|Abrines hurt his hip in Sunday's preseason game.
Analysis: The 6-foot-6 small guard/shooting forward was the No. 32 overall pick in the 2013 draft. He was acquired by the Thunder as part of the trade that sent James Harden to the Rockets. Abrines averaged 9.6 points in 19.6 minutes in the Spanish ACB and in Euroleague this past year. He has exceptional range, connecting on 49.1 percent of his field-goal attempts and 43.5 percent of his attempts from 3-point range.
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