Walton has yet to the see the floor over the first two games of the season, so he'll head to the the G-League to get more reps and help further his development. Walton is on a two-way contract and is expected to spend the majority of the season with the Sioux Falls Syforce, keeping him off the fantasy radar.
Thompson doesn't appear to be in danger of missing any time, though it will still be worth it to monitor his status up through pregame warmups Tuesday, especially considering the Cavaliers are heading into a back-to-back set. After opening the 2017-18 campaign coming off the bench, Thompson has seen a much smaller role than last season and is averaging just 5.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 23.3 minutes.
It's the first news of Hood returning to the court after he was forced out of Friday's game against the Timberwolves, but his status remains up in the air. The Jazz should provide another update on Hood's status after shootaround Tuesday morning, but it's likely he'll be a game-time decision. In the event that he is unable to play once again, both Thabo Sefolosha and Alec Burks should see extended minutes off the bench.
The exact reasoning behind the absence is unclear, but Kilpatrick will sit out Tuesday, with his next opportunity to take the floor coming on Wednesday against the Cavaliers. That being said, Kilpatrick hasn't seen the floor over the first three games of the season, so his absence shouldn't cause any drastic changes to the regular rotation.
Whitehead has been inactive for the first three games of the season and coach Kenny Atkinson has publicly stated that he'll likely be the odd man out of the backcourt rotation, so a stint in the G-League should give Whitehead an extra opportunity to work on his game. While Jeremy Lin's (knee) absence for the rest of the season could potentially allow Whitehead to pick up a few reserve minutes once recalled, it still won't be enough to make him a fantasy relevant player.
Hammons has yet to see the floor for the Heat over the first few games of the season, so he'll head to the Sioux Fall Skyforce in order to get some in-game action. Hammons is merely an emergency depth option at center for the Heat, currently behind the likes of Hassan Whitside, Kelly Olynyk, Jordan Mickey and Bam Adebayo, so expect plenty of G-League stints throughout the 2017-18 campaign.
Smith is still considered day-to-day with his right shoulder sprain but will miss his second straight game after being forced out of the team's season opener. Consider him questionable to return for Wednesday's game against the Lakers as the Wizards embark on a three-game West Coast trip. Kelly Oubre will start once again Monday in Smith's absence.
Markieff Morris (abdomen) continues to inch closer to a return and has been cleared for one-on-one work, but he's still not ready to take the court and will likely be out at least a few more games. That allows Oubre to pick up a second straight start Monday. In Friday's stint with the top unit, Oubre largely struggled, posting just four points, seven rebounds and two steals across 36 minutes. That being said, the monster 36-minute workload is good news for his fantasy value heading into Monday's game and he'll be a relatively cheap candidate to consider in DFS lineups for the time being.
Payton was held out of practice Monday with what's being called a mild-to-moderate hamstring strain, so he was already considered a long shot take the court. He'll remain out Tuesday, but will then have two additional days off for rest prior to Friday's tilt with the Spurs. Look for D.J. Augustin to pick up another start in Payton's absence after tallying 12 points, four rebounds, 10 assists and one steal across 27 minutes in Saturday's fill-in start against the Cavaliers.
The rookie out of Syracuse wasn't going to be a major part of the rotation, so he'll head to Rio Grande Valley for an opportunity to see starter's minutes, albeit against inferior competition. The Nuggets also assigned Monte Morris and Torrey Craig to the Vipers on Monday.
The Spanish wing has played sparingly off the bench in the Nuggets' first two contests, totaling only 13 minutes and attempting just one field goal. The team will wait until closer to game-time to make a decision on Hernangomez's status, but whether he's active or not shouldn't have much of an effect on coach Mike Malone's rotation.
This is the first we've heard of the injury, which apparently occurred during Saturday's 111-101 victory over the Warriors. Evans had 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists in that contest, playing 23 minutes off the bench behind James Ennis and Aaron Harrison. If Evans is ultimately ruled out Monday, the Grizzlies would be especially shorthanded on the wing, meaning Chandler Parsons and rookie Dillon Brooks would be the top two options off the bench.
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