NBA Injury Report: Week 17
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
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|Anthony Davis||NO||Hand||DAY TO DAY||It's not looking like Davis will be traded prior to the trade deadline and there is a chance he can return for the Pelicans next game. Julius Randle and Jahlil Okafor pick up minutes if he needs more time off.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Oladipo will miss the rest of the season after tearing tendons in his Knee. Tyreke Evans (when healthy) will see a lot more playing time and Cory Joseph should see some more love in the rotation.|
|John Wall||WSH||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Wall had surgery to fix his Achilles and he'll miss the rest of the 2018 season. Bradley Beal becomes the Wizards top usage option and Tomas Satoransky will see a ton of minutes for the rest of the way.|
|Kyrie Irving||BOS||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Irving missed his previous game w/ a strained Hip and if he has to miss more time, Terry Rozier will be the primary fill in option and Marcus Smart will get to the run the point as well.|
|Clint Capela||HOU||Thumb||2-3 Weeks||Capela will time after injuring his Thumb on an alley-oop. Nene ' and Kenneth Faried will see more playing time until he's ready to return.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||DAL||Knee||No Timetable||There is still no official timetable for Porzingis season debut even after being traded. He may still miss the rest of the season. Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell will get more playing time down the stretch.|
|Paul Millsap||DEN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Millsap missed his previous game w/ an Ankle injury and he may need to sit for another game and Trey Lyles will be the primary fill in option if he has to stay out. Mason Plumlee will also pick up minutes.|
|Kevin Love||CLE||Toe||DAY TO DAY||Love is getting close and could possibly make his return next week.. Larry Nance Jr. , Tristan Thompson (when healthy) and Ante Zizic benefit if he needs more time.|
|Julius Randle||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Randle can possibly return from an Ankle injury for the Pelicans next game. Jahlil Okafor will pick up a lot of minutes. Darius Miller could get more involved in the rotation.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Foot||No Timetable||LeVert is getting closer to returning from a dislocated Foot. Spencer Dinwiddie (when healthy), Shabazz Napier and Joe Harris will see more minutes.|
|JJ Redick||PHI||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Redick missed his previous game because he was sick and if he needs to miss more time Furkan Korkmaz could see more minutes.|
|Nikola Mirotic||NO||Calf||DAY TO DAY||Mirotic is a couple of games away from returning and Darius Miller will fill in for him until he is ready to return. Mirotic can possibly be traded.|
|Marcus Morris||BOS||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Morris had to miss his last game w/ a sore Knee and Jayson Tatum will see more usage if he has to miss more time. Semi Ojeleye could pick up playing time if he sits for the Celtics next game.|
|Dwight Howard||WSH||Glute||3-5 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 (when healthy) will fill in.|
|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.|
|Goran Dragic||MIA||Knee||2-4 weeks||With Dragic out, Tyler Johnson , Dwayne Wade and Josh Richardson will get a lot more playing time running the point.|
|Eric Gordon||HOU||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Gordon may have to sit for a second straight game on Wednesday and Austin Rivers and Gerald Green will see more minutes if he can’t go.|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||CHI||Thumb||6-10 Weeks||Carter will be out for the next couple of months and Bobby Portis will see a lot more minutes and usage. Robin Lopez and Jabari Parker should also see more playing time as well as the Bulls are looking to trade them.|
|Kyle Anderson||MEM||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Anderson has missed his last three games w/ a Shoulder injury and if he has to miss more time, Justin Holiday and Bruno Caboclo will see more minutes.|
|Jamal Murray||DEN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Murray could return for the Nuggets next game or two. Monte Morris will pick up a lot of minutes. Will Barton could see time running the point.|
|Robert Covington||MIN||Ankle||No Timetable||Covington is slowly recovering but he's not ready to return just yet. Dario Saric and Josh Okogie will continue to see more playing time.|
|J.J. Barea||DAL||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Barea tore his Achilles and will miss the rest of the season. Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris will see more back up minutes for the rest of the season.|
|Danilo Gallinari||LAC||Back||DAY TO DAY||Gallinari has missed his last 10 games and if he needs to sit for more games. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell 's usage will go up and Jonathan Motley will pick up minutes. Expect him back in a few games.|
|Derrick Rose||MIN||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Rose had to sit another game because of his injured Ankle. Isaiah Canaan and Jerryd Bayless will pick up more playing time w/ Teague and Jones both hurt.|
|Isaiah Thomas||DEN||Hip||No Timetable||It is still uncertain when we will see Thomas get in the mix in Denver. There are conflicting reports about when and if we will see him in FEB. Jamal Murray 's minutes are safe and secure and Monte Morris will see a lot of PT.|
|Spencer Dinwiddie||BKN||Thumb||2-5 Weeks||Dinwiddie had Thumb surgery and he'll be out for the next bunch of weeks. Joe Harris and Shabazz Napier will see more minutes and usage until he or Caris LeVert returns to the lineup.|
|Markieff Morris||WSH||Neck||2-4 Weeks||Morris could be out until late February-early March w/ this Neck injury. Jeff Green and Sam Dekker will see more minutes until he returns. Otto Porter Jr. (when healthy) will see more usage.|
|Cedi Osman||CLE||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Osman missed his last game w/ a Knee injury and if he has to miss more time, Alec Burks will see more playing time. Jordan Clarkson and David Nwaba could benefit as well.|
|Tristan Thompson||CLE||Foot||1-2 Weeks||Thompson will miss another week or two of action. Ante Zizic will see more minutes and usage and Channing Frye should see the floor more as well. Larry Nance Jr. will see more usage.|
|Jonas Valanciunas||TOR||Thumb||DAY TO DAY||Valanciunas is practicing but he may need another game or two to further recover before returning to the court. Serge Ibaka , Pascal Siakam and Greg Monroe will fill in until he returns.|
|Tyus Jones||MIN||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Jones injured his Ankle in his last game and high Ankle sprain's take longer to heal. Derrick Rose (if healthy) will see more minutes. Isaiah Canaan and Jerryd Bayless will get in the mix.|
|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.|
|Denzel Valentine||CHI||Ankle||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Valentine had season-ending Ankle surgery. Chandler Hutchison and Wayne Selden will benefit w/ more playing time and Zach LaVine will also pick up a few more minutes.|
|TJ Warren||PHX||Ankle||1-2 Weeks||Warren will miss a few more games. Josh Jackson Kelly Oubre Jr. will see an increase in minutes and involvement in the offense.|
|Markelle Fultz||PHI||Neck/Shoulder||No Timetable||Fultz is suffering from Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and it's impacting his shooting ability. T.J. McConnell will continue to see more playing time.|
|Lonzo Ball||LAL||Ankle||2-4 Weeks||Ball has a badly sprained Ankle and will miss a few weeks. Rajon Rondo will run the point. Josh Hart will pick up minutes too.|
|Jeff Teague||MIN||Foot||DAY TO DAY||Teague has missed his last seven games. Derrick Rose (if healthy) will pick up a lot more playing time w/ Tyus Jones out. Isaiah Canaan and Jerryd Bayless should pick up playing time too.|
|Derrick White||SAS||Foot||1-2 Weeks||White doesn't need to sit long-term which is good news, but he may need another week or two to recover and Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills will see more minutes and usage.|
|Elfrid Payton||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Payton will miss his fifth straight game w/ a sprained Ankle and if he needs to sit out for more games, Tim Frazier and Frank Jackson will see more minutes.|
|Gary Harris||DEN||Groin||DAY TO DAY||This Groin injury just won't go away! Harris will need to sit for another game or two and Malik Beasley and Will Barton will see more usage. Juancho Hernangomez can indirectly benefit.|
|Emmanuel Mudiay||NY||Shoulder||2-3 Weeks||Mudiay has a strained Shoulder and while he's out Dennis Smith Jr. , Allonzo Trier and Kadeem Allen will see more minutes.|
|JaMychal Green||MEM||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Green missed his last game w/ a Knee injury and if he needs to miss more time, Jaren Jackson Jr. will see more usage and Ivan Rabb 's minutes will go up.|
|Jared Dudley||BKN||Hamstring||1-3 Weeks||Dudley will be sidelined for at least another couple of weeks w/ a strained Hamstring. Rodions Kurucs and Treveon Graham will see more minutes.|
|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. DeMarcus Cousins and Kevon Looney 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 (when healthy) will see more minutes.|
|Allen Crabbe||BKN||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Crabbe could return for the Nets next game according to reports. Joe Harris , Rodions Kurucs and DeMarre Carroll will see more minutes and usage if he can't go.|
|Zhaire Smith||PHI||Foot||2-3 Weeks||Smith is dealing with a fractured foot. T.J. McConnell will pick up more playing time. The Sixers will not rush Smith back, but he is getting closer to making his debut.|
|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 Mike Scott will see more playing time.|
|E'Twaun Moore||NO||Quad||DAY TO DAY||Moore will miss his fifth straight game w/ a Quad injury and Darius Miller will see a lot more minutes and usage until he returns.|
|Josh Hart||LAL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Hart missed his last game w a Knee injury and if he has to miss more time, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Brandon Ingram will see more minutes.|
|Garrett Temple||MEM||Shoulder||1-2 Weeks||Temple has a sprained Shoulder and Kyle Anderson (when healthy) and Justin Holiday will fill in for him until he returns to the lineup.|
|Timofey Mozgov||ORL||Knee||No Timetable||Mozgov had Knee surgery and we don't when or IF we'll see him take the court for the rest of the season.. Khem Birch has a shot to grab a few minutes because of this situation.|
|John Henson||CLE||Wrist||3-7 Weeks||Henson had Wrist surgery. Tristian Thompson (when healthy), Ante Zizic and Larry Nance Jr. will see more playing time until he returns to action.|
|Dante Exum||UT||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Exum will be out for at least another few weeks. Ricky Rubio and Royce O'Neale will see more action on the court until he returns.|
|Raul Neto||UT||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Neto is looking like he'll return for the Jazz next game. Ricky Rubio and Royce O'Neale will pick up minutes if he can't go.|
|Dillon Brooks||MEM||Toe||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Brooks will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his Toe. Justin Holiday , Bruno Caboclo Garrett Temple (when healthy) and Kyle Anderson (when healthy) will see more playing time.|
|Thabo Sefolosha||UT||Hamstring||1-2 Weeks||Sefolosha will need to sit for another week or two w/ an injured Hamstring. Kyle Korver will see more minutes and shots. Royce O'Neale will also see more minutes.|
|Miles Plumlee||ATL||Knee||No Timetable||It's uncertain when we'll see Plumlee back on the court. Dewayne Dedmon and Alex Len will see more minutes. Plumlee was on the outside of the Hawks rotation.|
|Tony Bradley||UT||Knee||2-3 Weeks||Bradley's injury doesn't impact the rotation much because he barely gets any playing time in it. He'll miss the next few weeks of action|
|Mohamed Bamba||ORL||Leg||No Timetable||Bamba could potentially miss a lot of time as he's dealing w/ a stress fracture in his Leg. Khem Birch will see a ton of back up minutes until he returns.|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||MIA||Knee||5-6 Weeks||Jones is dealing w/ multiple bone bruises in his Knee and he'll be out for awhile. Dion Waiters and Rodney McGruder will see more playing time. Tyler Johnson will benefit w/ more shots.|
|De'Anthony Melton||PHX||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||Melton will need to miss a couple of weeks and Elie Okobo and Jamal Crawford will see more usage behind Devin Booker .|
|Tony Parker||CHA||Back||DAY TO DAY||Parker left Tuesday's game w/ a Back injury and he'll likely have to miss time. Devonte' Graham will be ready to fill in w/ back up minutes.|
|Frank Ntilikina||NY||Groin||1-2 Weeks||Ntilikina is suffering from an injured Groin and w/ other Knicks guards out and traded, Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson will see more minutes and usage.|
|Omri Casspi||MEM||Knee||No Timetable||Casspi could be out for the season w/ an injured Knee and Bruno Caboclo and JaMychal Green will benefit if he has to miss significant time.|
|Jonathon Simmons||ORL||Abs||DAY TO DAY||Simmons missed his last three games w/ an ab-strain. Terrence Ross will pick up more minutes if he has to miss more time. Evan Fournier will see more time w/ the ball.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Foot||1-3 Weeks||Jabari Parker will pick up a lot more playing time w/ Hutchison out. Wayne Selden should also be more involved in the Bulls rotation over the next few weeks.|
|Terrance Ferguson||OKC||Back||DAY TO DAY||Ferguson should be able to return for his next game, but if he needs to sit for one more game, Hamidou Diallo will benefit as he did last game.|
|Aron Baynes||BOS||Foot||2-3 Weeks||Baynes has a very sore Foot and will need to miss the next few weeks of action. Expect Daniel Theis to pick up more playing time until he returns.|
|Doug McDermott||IND||Ribs||DAY TO DAY||McDermott will need to sit for another game or two and Tyreke Evans and Bojan Bogdanovic will pick up more shots.|
|Joakim Noah||MEM||Heel||DAY TO DAY||Noah missed his last game w/ a Heel injury and if he needs to miss more time, Ivan Rabb will see more back up minutes. JaMychal Green benefits as well, but he's also banged up.|
|Donte DiVincenzo||MIL||Heel||No Timetable||DiVincenzo hasn't played in over a month and we don't know when he'll be back in action. Tony Snell and D.J. Wilson will pick up more playing time until he returns.|
|Robert Williams III||BOS||Back||DAY TO DAY||Williams has missed his last six games w/ a Back injury and Daniel Theis will fill in until Williams is ready to return.|
|Shake Milton||PHI||Finger||No Timetable||Milton is on the outside looking into the Sixers rotation and he will be out for a long time w/ a broken Finger.|
|Jason Smith||MIL||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Smith has missed his last eight games w/ a Knee injury and it won't impact the rotation too much. D.J. Wilson will see more minutes.|
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D. Hernandez - C
The Raptors have waived Dewan Hernandez.
This decision comes as no surprise, as Hernandez played sparingly last season and the Raptors were facing a salary guarantee deadline. Had he been on the roster come November 29, Hernandez's contract for the 2020-21 season would have been fully guaranteed. Hernandez played in six games for the Raptors last season, averaging 2.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.2 steals per appearance.
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K. Martin - SF
Kelan Martin and the Pacers have come to terms on a two-year contract according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Martin appeared in 31 games for the Timberwolves during his rookie season, posting averages of 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers in 16.0 minutes per. He shot 39.2 percent from the field, 26.0 percent from three and 96.8 percent from the foul line. Martin is unlikely to have enough of an impact to make him a player worth selecting in any fantasy league, regardless of format.
Added 11:19 am (EST)
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M. Belinelli - SG
Marco Belinelli has signed a three-year deal with Virtus Bologna, the club announced Thursday.
Belinelli appeared in 57 games for the Spurs last season, averaging 6.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 15.5 minutes per game. With San Antonio getting considerably younger on the perimeter, it was quite clear that Belinelli would not be back with the team. He'll be back at the place where his professional career began, as Virtus Bologna signed Belinelli in 2002 when he was just 16 years old.
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L. Deng - SF
The NBA has denied the Lakers' request to exclude the salary of retired forward Luol Deng from salary cap, luxury tax and hard-cap calculations according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Lakers attempted to prove that an injury that Deng suffered while with the team prevents him from playing competitive basketball, but the strategy failed. A big issue was the fact that Deng played in 22 games for the Timberwolves during the 2018-19 season, after his time with the Lakers had concluded. Deng is owed his salary for the next two seasons, which will be a $5 million cap hit for the Lakers.
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N. Vonleh - PF
The Bulls and Noah Vonleh have agreed to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Vonleh, who appeared in 21 games for the Bulls during the 2017-18 season, will get a second stint in the Windy City. In 36 games for the Timberwolves and Nuggets last season he averaged 3.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.2 blocks in 10.5 minutes per game. He'll be a deep rotation guy for the Bulls, and there's no need to select him in any fantasy league regardless of format.
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C. Wood - PF
Rockets coach Stephen Silas will keep the team's "five-out offense," according to newly-signed center Christian Wood.
"With me, with my ability being able to shoot the ball, I think it's perfect," he said. "It's a great fit, with James [Harden] hopefully in the pick-and-roll, we can do great things." Wood shot over 40% from deep as a starter last season, and he's in position to thrive as Houston's starting center. Dual trade requests from Harden and Russell Westbrook still hang over the team, but Wood should be a fantasy darling no matter what Houston's roster looks like at the end of the season.
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G. Robinson - SF
Free agent Glenn Robinson III has drawn interest from the Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, Nets, and Jazz, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
Most of the major dominoes have fallen in free agency, so it's time for guys like GR3 to get their due. The 26-year-old swingman only appeared in 14 games for Philly last year, and a return with the Sixers probably isn't in the cards. "This [Sixers] team is full of wings, full of guys who can play," he said in February after being traded to Philly. "So really, I don’t really understand it." Robinson was cruising with low-end fantasy appeal in Golden State before the trade, so he's worth a look if he carves out 25+ minutes.
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H. Whiteside - C
Hassan Whiteside has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings.
Sacramento essentially devolved into the only place that made sense for Whiteside, as he wanted to play for a team that would give him a prominent starting role, but his addition to the Kings’ roster absolutely destroys Richaun Holmes’ fantasy outlook. Whiteside was a first-round product last year while earning 30 minutes a night in Portland, but he might be more in the mid-to-high-20s range in Sacramento with more competition for minutes at the five-spot, so it could be tough for him to meet first-round expectations. However, as he’s shown in the past, he only needs minutes in the mid-20s to produce top-40 value, so he's back in the conversation as an early-round option.
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