It's safe to say that this is not the way the Bucks expected things to go for Maker in their opening practice of training camp. He's been sent back to Milwaukee in order to be evaluated for a sprained wrist, and we should know more about the injury in the next couple of days. The Bucks selected the 19-year-old with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and his pro career is not off to a great start.
The 76ers have been actively trying to trade either Okafor or Nerlens Noel this offseason so this injury is not exactly ideal should they be currently negotiating any deals. Okafor had a solid rookie year in 2015, averaging 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.
Payton strained his left hip flexor during the practice on Tuesday. He sat out the last 40 minutes. On Wednesday, head coach Frank Vogel said his practice status "day-to-day" which means Payton's timetable to return is completely up in the air. Vogel earlier this off-season said he is anticipating a "heck of a year" from the third-year point guard. If his shooting stroke has improved, Payton could have a big year in Orlando, assuming he outplays D.J. Augustin
Exum has been cleared for full activities for awhile so now it’s a matter of getting into playing shape after missing all of last year. The guard will be used off the bench so his fantasy value is limited and can be avoided in drafts.
More information will be known later, but not good for a rookie trying to carve out a role on a team to miss any amount of time. At this point, it doesn’t appear Layman will be a fantasy option and fantasy owners can avoid this situation.
Ezeli continues to deal with knee issues, but the original timetable suggested the big man would be ready for the start of the regular season. There’s not much upside so fantasy owners can avoid investing in this situation.
Payne had been recovering from a fractured foot so it’s not known if this is related or how long he will have to be sidelined for. The guard is looking to take the next step in his career as he enters his second year with the Thunder, but it will be hard to carve out a role playing behind Russell Westbrook.
McRoberts has always had trouble staying healthy and it will continue this season. The power forward was in line to receive more minutes due to the latest situation with Chris Bosh, but will now have to play catch up when he is finally healthy. The Heat will use a combination of Derrick Williams, James Johnson and Udonis Haslem to fill that void.
Rose is looking to start fresh in New York, as he has not played in more than 66 games since the 2010-'11 season. In 2015-'16 Rose averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists. The Knicks go into the season with Rose, Anthony and youngster Kristaps Porzingis, which figures to be a talented core. Rose is worth drafting, but do not overpay for him.
Durant shocked the hoops world when he decided to join the Warriors, instead of beating them. While he says it will be easy, there is only one ball to go around. It would hard to think the Warriors stars will not all take a bit of a hit in fantasy production, but Durant, Curry, and Green still figure to be big contributors in fantasy.