NBA Injury Report: Week 11
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
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|LeBron James||LAL||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Even though the Cavs are not saying he'll be out for multiple games, it's looking like he'll miss the next handful of games. Luckily, James doesn't need surgery and Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart will fill in.|
|Paul George||OKC||Quad||DAY TO DAY||George might have to miss Friday's game w/ a Quad injury. Terrence Ferguson will see the majority of minutes if George has to sit.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Oladipo suffered a minor Shoulder injury in practice and may need to miss Friday's game. Tyreke Evans will fill-in if Oladipo is sidelined.|
|Chris Paul||HOU||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||Paul will miss at least another week of action w/ yet another Hamstring injury. Eric Gordon and Gerald Green will play more minutes until he returns.|
|Kyle Lowry||TOR||Back||DAY TO DAY||Lowry's Thigh is feeling better, but he is now suffering from a Back injury and he'll miss his second straight game on Friday. Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright will pick up minutes.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||NY||Knee||No Timetable||There is still no official timetable for Porzingis season debut. He could end up sitting out the full season. Noah Vonleh , Luke Kornet and Kevin Knox will fill in.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||GSW||Achilles||3-4 Weeks||Cousins is practicing with the Warriors G-League team. It's looking more and more like he'll return in the middle of January. Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney will continue to fill-in.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Toe||3-5 weeks||Love is looking at a mid-January return. Larry Nance Jr. and Cedi Osman will continue to pick up more playing time and usage.|
|Nikola Mirotic||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Mirotic is dealing w/ Ankle soreness and he will miss his seventh straight game on Wednesday. Julius Randle , Darius Miller and Solomon Hill will see more minutes.|
|Bobby Portis||CHI||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Portis is out w/ a badly sprained Ankle and Lauri Markkanen will see extended minutes. You would think Jabari Parker would be thrown a few minutes, but he's still in the doghouse and not in the rotation.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Foot||No Timetable||LeVert is starting to rehab and there is a chance he will return this season from a dislocated Foot. Allen Crabbe (when healthy) and Joe Harris will continue to see more minutes.|
|Paul Millsap||DEN||Toe||1-2 Weeks||Millsap is practicing and he's healing quickly. He could be back in the next week or two. Mason Plumlee and Trey Lyles will continue to pick up minutes.|
|Jeff Teague||MIN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Teague has missed five straight games w/ an Ankle injury. His status for Friday is uncertain. Derrick Rose and Tyus Jones will see more minutes and usage.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Glute||6-8 Weeks||Howard is feeling better and isn't feeling as much lower body pain. He'll still be out for a while. Thomas Bryant , Ian Mahinmi and Markieff Morris will fill in. Morris usage should go way up.|
|Dejounte Murray||SAS||Torn ACL||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Murray is out for the 2018-2019 regular season. Patty Mills , Derrick White and Bryn Forbes will see a ton of minutes.|
|Tristan Thompson||CLE||Foot||1-2 Weeks||Thompson is once again practicing and he could return to action in the next few games. Larry Nance Jr. and Ante Zizic will see more playing time until he returns.|
|Taurean Prince||ATL||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Prince is dealing w/ multiple injuries to his Ankle and it wouldn't be surprising to see him out until mid-January. Kevin Huerter and DeAndre' Bembry will see more minutes.|
|Jae Crowder||UT||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||Crowder injured his Thumb on Thursday and it is uncertain how much time he'll have to miss. Derrick Favors and even Thabo Sefolosha will pick up minutes if Crowder is sidelined.|
|Will Barton||DEN||Hip||1-2 Weeks||Barton is feeling better and it's possible that he can return in the next week or two. Trey Lyles , Juancho Hernangomez and Torrey Craig will continue to see more minutes until he returns.|
|Rajon Rondo||LAL||Finger||DAY TO DAY||Rondo is now dealing w/ a sprained Finger and his timetable to return is uncertain. Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart will fill in until he is ready to return.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||WSH||Knee/Quad||1-2 Weeks||Porter will be out for at least another week of action. New acquisition Trevor Ariza will fill in until Porter is ready to return.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||NY||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Hardaway missed his previous game because he's sick. Damyean Dotson , Trey Burke and Frank Ntilikina will pick up minutes if he can't go.|
|Pau Gasol||SAS||Foot||No Timetable||Gasol's injury is starting to practice but isn't close to returning to the court. Jakob Poeltl and Davis Bertans will fill in w/ LaMarcus Aldridge 's usage remaining very high.|
|Elfrid Payton||NO||Pinky||2-4 Weeks||Payton had surgery on his fractured Pinky and will miss more time. Tim Frazier and Jrue Holiday will fill in until he returns.|
|Wesley Matthews||DAL||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Matthews is out for Friday's game w/ a injured Foot. Luka Doncic and J.J. Barea will see more playing time on Friday.|
|Isaiah Thomas||DEN||Hip||No Timetable||After thinking that December was a possibility, we won't see Thomas for at least another couple of weeks. Jamal Murray 's minutes are safe and secure. Monte Morris will continue to see more back up minutes.|
|Rodney Hood||CLE||Achilles||DAY TO DAY||Hood will miss his third game in a row on Friday w/ a sore Achilles and Jordan Clarkson and Alec Burks will see more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Gary Harris||DEN||Hip||1-2 Weeks||Harris is very close to returning as he's practicing in full. We could see him back in the next couple of games. Torrey Craig and Juancho Hernangomez will get more playing time until he returns.|
|Dennis Smith Jr.||DAL||Wrist||DAY TO DAY||There's a chance that Smith can return Friday. Luka Doncic and J.J. Barea will see more minutes if he needs more time.|
|Tyreke Evans||IND||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Evans may have sit for Friday's game. Cory Joseph and Aaron Holiday should see more playing time if Evans doesn't suit up.|
|JaVale McGee||LAL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||McGee has missed his last six games because he's sick and if he needs to miss more time, Ivica Zubac and Tyson Chandler will pick up minutes. There's a chance McGee can play on Friday.|
|Jonas Valanciunas||TOR||Thumb||2-3 Weeks||Valanciunas will need to miss the next few weeks after having surgery on his Thumb. Pascal Siakam and Greg Monroe will fill in until he returns.|
|Dion Waiters||MIA||Ankle||No Timetable||Waiters is getting closer to finally hitting the court. He's been practicing. Wayne Ellington , Dwayne Wade, Derrick Jones Jr. , and Rodney McGruder will see more minutes. Until he's ready.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Knee||No Timetable||Roberson is not recovering and we don't know when we'll see him on the court again. Dennis Schroder , Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson will pick up playing time.|
|Goran Dragic||MIA||Knee||7-8 weeks||With Dragic out for a bunch of weeks, Tyler Johnson , Dwayne Wade and Josh Richardson will get a lot more playing time for the next month and change.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Valentine had season-ending Ankle surgery. Justin Holiday will benefit w/ more playing time and Zach LaVine will also pick up a few more minutes.|
|Alex Len||ATL||Back||DAY TO DAY||Len will miss his second straight game on Friday w/ a Back injury. Dewayne Dedmon will see extended run and John Collins will also pick up more minutes.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Knee||1-2 Weeks||Bagley is dealing w/ a bone bruise in his Knee and he may have to miss the next week or two of action. Nemanja Bjelica will see more minutes until he is ready to return.|
|Aron Baynes||BOS||Hand||3-5 Weeks||Baynes had surgery on his Hand and will miss the next month and change. Al Horford will see more minutes and Daniel Theis should get more involved in the rotation.|
|Jamal Crawford||PHX||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Crawford may have to miss his second straight game Friday and Kelly Oubre Jr. and Elie Okobo will pick up more playing time.|
|Ish Smith||DET||Adductor||2-4 Weeks||Smith will miss a few more weeks of action after tearing a muscle in his Groin. Reggie Jackson and Langston Galloway will fill in while he's out.|
|Markelle Fultz||PHI||Neck/Shoulder||No Timetable||Fultz is suffering from Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and it's impacting his shooting ability. He'll be out until earliest late January. T.J. McConnell will continue to see more playing time.|
|James Ennis III||HOU||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Ennis could return to action on Saturday after being out w/ a strained Hamstring. Gerald Green and Eric Gordon will see more playing time if he can't go.|
|David Nwaba||CLE||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Nwaba will miss his second straight game w/ an Ankle injury. Cedi Osman and Alec Burks will see more minutes until he returns.|
|Miles Plumlee||ATL||Knee||1-3 Weeks||Plumlee went through a minor Knee procedure and he'll likely miss the next couple of weeks. He's on the outside looking into the Hawks rotation.|
|Damian Jones||GSW||Shoulder||No Timetable||There's a good chance Jones will have to miss the rest of the season after having surgery on a torn Pectoral Muscle. Kevon Looney , Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko will see more minutes.|
|Luc Mbah a Moute||LAC||Knee||No Timetable||It's become very unclear when we'll see Mbah a Moute return to the floor. Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari will see more minutes.|
|Alex Abrines||OKC||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Abrines will miss Friday's game because he is sick. Expect Hamidou Diallo to benefit by getting more playing time until he returns.|
|Ersan Ilyasova||MIL||Face||1-2 Weeks||Ilyasova had surgery on his Nose and could miss another few games. Brook Lopez and D.J. Wilson will continue to pick up playing time.|
|Robert Williams III||BOS||Leg||DAY TO DAY||Williams has missed his last two games w/ a sore Leg. Daniel Theis will pick up minutes and Al Horford should be able to get extended run.|
|Allen Crabbe||BKN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Crabbe will mis his eigth straight game on Friday w/ a Knee injury and Rodions Kurucs and DeMarre Carroll will see more minutes and usage.|
|Ante Zizic||CLE||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Zizic may have to sit Friday w/ a sore Knee. Larry Nance Jr. will continue logging a ton of minutes w/ Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love sidelined as well.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||6-8 Weeks||Smith is dealing with a fractured foot. T.J. McConnell will pick up more playing time. The Sixers will not rush Smith back.|
|Justin Patton||PHI||Foot||No Timetable||Patton had surgery on his foot and it is undetermined when he'll be back with his new team. Amir Johnson and Wilson Chandler will see more playing time.|
|Grayson Allen||UT||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Allen has missed his last seven games w/ an Ankle injury. He's on the outside looking into the Jazz rotation. Dante Exum should be able to benefit slightly.|
|Mitchell Robinson||NY||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Robinson will miss another few games w/ a sprained Ankle and that leaves more minutes for time for Enes Kanter and Luke Kornet .|
|Henry Ellenson||DET||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Ellenson will miss at least another week of action and Blake Griffin will continue to play heavy minutes. Reggie Bullock will also see more minutes and usage.|
|Timofey Mozgov||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||Mozgov hasn't played all year and it's uncertain whether or not he'll even be in the rotation this season. Khem Birch will play more minutes than him.|
|Treveon Graham||BKN||Hamstring||No Timetable||Graham is practicing w/ the Nets G-League team but there still isn't a timetable in regards to when we'll see him back w/ the Nets. Allen Crabbe (when healthy) and Joe Harris will see more minutes|
|John Henson||CLE||Wrist||9-13 Weeks||Henson had Wrist surgery and will be on the shelf for the next few months. He was also traded to the Cavs and Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr. will see more playing time until he returns to action.|
|Glenn Robinson III||DET||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Robinson could return to action on Friday. Luke Kennard , Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock will pick up minutes if he has to remain sidelined.|
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General manager Daryl Morey emphasized that Paul has not requested a trade from the Rockets, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports. "Tweet that I said that. Print it. Tweet it twice."
Horford, despite prior reports that he was likely to stay with the Celtics, is expected to sign a four-year contract elsewhere, Steven Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.
D. Powell - PF
Powell opted into the final year of his contract with the Mavs on Tuesday, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.
H. Whiteside - C
Whiteside is expected to opt into the final year of his contract with the Heat, the Miami Herald reports.
Paul has demanded a trade from the Rockets, Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reports.
H. Barnes - SF
Barnes will decline his $25.1 million player option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Horford will not exercise his player option for the 2019-20 season but wants to sign a new deal with the Celtics this offseason, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
R. Hollis-Jefferson - SF
The Nets declined to extend Hollis-Jefferson a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.