NBA Injury Report: November 22
Justin Fensterman goes around the league, providing critical information on every injured player, on every team.
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|NAME||TEAM||INJURY||TIMETABLE TO RETURN||ANALYSIS|
|Kevin Durant||BKN||Achilles||No Timetable||Durant is likely out for the season, but, depending on where the Nets end up in the standings, a return in early April could be on the table. Taurean Prince will benefit most along with Joe Harris with Durant out.|
|Stephen Curry||GSW||Hand||No Timetable||After having surgery on his Hand, Curry will miss the next few months of action. D'Angelo Russell (when healthy) becomes the top shooting option and reserves such as Alec Burks and Ky Bowman will see more minutes.|
|John Wall||WSH||Achilles||No Timetable||Wall is very likely out for the entire season even though he's been rehabing from a torn Achilles. Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith will run the point for the Wizards.|
|Damian Lillard||POR||Back||DAY TO DAY||Lillard has missed his last two games with a back injury but it shouldn't keep him out for long. If needs another game out, Anfernee Simons will fill in.|
|Klay Thompson||GSW||Knee||No Timetable||It hasn't been confirmed that we won't see Thompson play this season but we won't see him until late March, early-April at the earliest. Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Poole will pick up more minutes for the season.|
|DeMarcus Cousins||LAL||Knee||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Cousins tore his ACL in the offseason and we won't see him suit up this season. Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee will pick up his minutes this season.|
|Victor Oladipo||IND||Knee||3-6 Weeks||The question is whether or not Oladipo makes it back to the court before the end of 2019? Malcolm Brogdon (if healthy) becomes the prioritized scorer and Jeremy Lamb (when healthy) and Justin Holiday will fill in early on.|
|Nikola Vucevic||ORL||Ankle||4-5 Weeks||With Vucevic out, Khem Birch and Mohamed Bamba will split the open minutes. Jonathan Isaac benefits indirectly especially if Aaron Gordon needs to miss time.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||IND||Back||DAY TO DAY||Brogdon's back is in pain and he's missed his last two games. His minutes will be divided between Aaron Holiday and T.J. McConnell (if healthy).|
|Ricky Rubio||PHX||Back||DAY TO DAY||Rubio missed his last game with a back injury and if he needs to miss more time, Tyler Johnson will fill in. We will see Devin Booker run the point a bit more as well.|
|D'Angelo Russell||GSW||Ankle||1-3 Weeks||Russell is back on the shelf again with an ankle injury and while he's out Alec Burks and Ky Bowman will fill in a PG.|
|Kyrie Irving||BKN||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||Irving will sit for the fourth straight game on Friday. Spencer Dinwiddie will be the biggest beneficiary and Joe Harris will also see more minutes with Caris LeVert also out.|
|Jusuf Nurkic||POR||Leg||No Timetable||It's hard to tell whether or not we'll see Nurkic take the court this season after suffering a terrible leg injury. March is possible, but even the Blazers aren't ready to commit to that. Hassan Whiteside will start in his place.|
|Zion Williamson||NO||Knee||2-4 Weeks||Williamson's regular season debut will have to wait as he recovers from knee surgery. Jahlil Okafor and Nicolo Melli will pick up more minutes until he's ready.|
|Khris Middleton||MIL||Thigh||2-3 Weeks||Middleton is dealing with an injured thigh and Wes Matthews will benefit most from a production standpoint and Donte DiVincenzo could see more playing time until he returns.|
|Hassan Whiteside||POR||Hip||DAY TO DAY||The Blazers are running out of options and if they are in a situation in which Whiteside can't go as they were on Thursday, Skal Labissiere will benefit by picking up the vacant minutes.|
|De'Aaron Fox||SAC||Ankle||No Timetable||We don't know when we'll see Fox again as he deals with a terribly sprained ankle. From the minutes side, Cory Joseph (if healthy) should benefit the most, but this injury should also open up more shots for Bogdan Bogdanovic .|
|Draymond Green||GSW||Heel||DAY TO DAY||Green missed his last game and continues to be banged up and if he needs to miss an additional game, Eric Paschall will fill in.|
|Marvin Bagley III||SAC||Thumb||1-3 Weeks||Bagley is recovering from a fractured thumb and while he's out expect more minutes and usage fron Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica . Dewayne Dedmon and Harry Giles (if healthy) shouild see his minutes pick up as well.|
|Kyle Lowry||TOR||Thumb||1-3 Weeks||Lowry fractured his thumb and while he's out for the next few weeks, Fred VanVleet will fill in and spend a lot of time running the point. If the Raptors need another option, they could rely on Norman Powell to help.|
|Clint Capela||HOU||Concussion||No Timetable||We're waiting to see if Capela needs to be placed in the league's concussion protocol. If he does need to sit for a couple of games, Tyson Chandler will get more playing time at center.|
|Gordon Hayward||BOS||Hand||5-6 Weeks||Hayward had to have surgery on his hand and he'll miss multiple weeks. Jaylen Brown 's usage will rise and Marcus Smart (if healthy) will see more minutes and more shots until Hayward returns.|
|Jeremy Lamb||IND||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Lamb is still recovering from his ankle injury but the end is in sight and he could return next game. T.J. Warren will continue to have a bigger role until Lamb returns. Aaron Holiday could find himself seeing an uptick in minutes.|
|Aaron Gordon||ORL||Ankle||No Timetable||We're unsure when Gordon will return, but it's likely that he will be out for multiple games. Jonathan Isaac 's usage goes up and Al-Farouq Aminu should see more minutes.|
|Josh Hart||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Hart has missed his last five games with lower body injuries. Frank Jackson and even E'Twaun Moore to see more minutes. Lonzo Ball 's usage should go up.|
|Justise Winslow||MIA||Concussion||No Timetable||Winslow continues to miss games and it looks like we won't see him until next week. Duncan Robinson will benefit by getting more minutes with Derrick Jones Jr. out as well but Tyler Herro (if healthy) should see more shots.|
|Caris LeVert||BKN||Thumb||3-5 Weeks||With LeVert out and having surgery on his thumb, expect more minutes and production from Joe Harris and Taurean Prince . Spencer Dinwiddie should benefit as well indrectly.|
|Serge Ibaka||TOR||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Ibaka is apparently getting close to returning. Marc Gasol and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will see more minutes if Ibaka needs to continue to sit.|
|Aron Baynes||PHX||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Baynes has missed his last two games with a hip injury and if he needs more time off, Frank Kaminsky and Dario Saric will fill in.|
|Zach Collins||POR||Shoulder||15-17 Weeks||Collins will be out for multiple months and Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Tolliver will fill the void. They do have Mario Hezonja , but he can't match up against low-post players.|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||SAC||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Bogdanovic may have to sit for Friday's game and that could mean more usage is going the way of Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica .|
|Eric Gordon||HOU||Knee||5-6 Weeks||Gordon will be out for multiple weeks after having knee surgery. With Danuel House also injured, Austin Rivers should get more playing time in the Rockets rotation with their second unit.|
|Ed Davis||UT||Fibula||2-3 Weeks||Davis' fibula is fractured and he'll need time to recover. Jeff Green and Tony Bradley will pick up minutes until he returns. Georges Diang is another big body who can also find himself grabbing playing time.|
|Kevon Looney||GSW||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Looney is getting close to returning and adding much-needed depth to the Warriors frontcourt. Willie Cauley-Stein and Eric Paschall will be in a minutes battle once he returns.|
|Reggie Jackson||DET||Back||4-6 Weeks||Stress reactions are never good and are tough to recover from and this will keep Jackson on the sidelines for a while. Derrick Rose takes over in the starting lineup with Tim Frazier backing him up.|
|Gerald Green||HOU||Foot||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Green's foot is broken to the point that we won't see him this season. Eric Gordon (when healthy), Danuel House Jr. (when healthy) and Austin Rivers will pick up the slack this season. House will be the biggest beneficiary.|
|Danuel House Jr.||HOU||Shoulder||DAY TO DAY||House is hurt again and may have to sit for Friday's game. Austin Rivers will see more playing time and even guys like Ben McLemore should see more minutes with Eric Gordon out as well.|
|Josh Richardson||PHI||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Richardson has already missed one game because of his hip and if he needs to sit, it will benefit Mike Scott when it comes to production and Furkan Korkmaz will see more minutes.|
|Otto Porter Jr.||CHI||Foot||2-3 Weeks||Porter will be shelved for the next few weeks with a bone bruise (not ideal). Chandler Hutchison (if healthy) will see more minutes. Thaddeus Young and Shaq Harrison could see minutes as well.|
|Derrick Favors||NO||Back||DAY TO DAY||Favors has missed his last three games and he could be looking at a few more games out and that will benefit Nicolo Melli and Jaxson Hayes .|
|Elfrid Payton||NY||Hamstring||No Timetable||Payton continues to miss games with an injured hamstring. Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina will fill in at PG until he returns. Allonzo Trier will see more minutes as well.|
|Derrick White||SAS||Foot||DAY TO DAY||White has already missed one game because of a foot injury and if he needs to miss more time, Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills will see more minutes.|
|Patrick McCaw||TOR||Knee||No Timetable||Expect McCaw to be out for at least a month. The Raptors have the point covered with Kyle Lowry (when healthy) and Fred VanVleet .|
|Kevin Huerter||ATL||Shoulder||3-5 Weeks||Huerter's rotator cuff is strained and he will be out for at least a few weeks. Cam Reddish (if healthy) and DeAndre Bembry should see more minutes. Chandler Parsons could get into the mix as well.|
|Damion Lee||GSW||Hand||1-3 Weeks||Lee fractured his hand and while he sits, Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III will see more minutes and usage.|
|Landry Shamet||LAC||Ankle||No Timetable||It's uncertain when we'll see Shamet back on the floor and this opens up back up minutes for Rodney McGruder to get more involved. Paul George being back will also help filling in the gap.|
|Trevor Ariza||SAC||Groin||DAY TO DAY||Ariza strained his groin last week and with De'Aaron Fox already out, it can only bode well for Bogdan Bogdanovic who will certainly pick up minutes and shots even with Cory Joseph also hurt.|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||MIA||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Jones continues to sit out and Tyler Herro will pick up more minutes and Jimmy Butler , Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn will also benefit by getting more shots.|
|Avery Bradley||LAL||Leg||1-2 Weeks||Bradley will continue to sit with his leg injury and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso will pick up more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|T.J. McConnell||IND||Groin||DAY TO DAY||McConnell has missed his last two games with a groin injury and the Pacers guards are already banged up. If he can't go, Aaron Holiday will see more minutes.|
|Tony Snell||DET||Hip||DAY TO DAY||Snell will miss his second game in a row with a strained hip and his minutes will be divided between Bruce Brown Jr. and Langston Galloway if he has to continue to sit.|
|Hamidou Diallo||OKC||Knee||DAY TO DAY||Diallo has missed his last three games and until he's ready to suit up Terrance Ferguson will pick up more minutes.|
|Shabazz Napier||MIN||Hamstring||DAY TO DAY||Napier continues to sit and that will mean more of a workload for Jeff Teague . Rookie Jarrett Culver will pick up minutes. Josh Okogie benefits indirectly.|
|Andre Roberson||OKC||Knee||No Timetable||New year, same story! Roberson has to be cleared in order to play and Hamidou Diallo (when healthy) and Terrence Ferguson will pick up minutes at SG/SF.|
|Reggie Bullock||NY||Neck||No Timetable||Bullock is looking like he's on his way back, but the Knicks won't rush him. Wayne Ellington and Allonzo Trier will see more minutes until he's ready to suit up.|
|Jake Layman||MIN||Toe||DAY TO DAY||Layman missed his last game with a toe injury and this injury could allow Jordan Bell to pick up more playing time.|
|Cam Reddish||ATL||Wrist||DAY TO DAY||Reddish has a sprained wrist and DeAndre Bembry and DeAndre Hunter should see more minutes and shots if he has to sit.|
|Seth Curry||DAL||Illness||DAY TO DAY||Curry has missed a game this week already and if he has to sit another game, Delon Wright and Tim Hardaway Jr. will pick up more minutes.|
|Chandler Hutchison||CHI||Shin||DAY TO DAY||Hutchison is dealing with lower body pain and he may have to sit for his second game in a row meaning Thaddeus Young will be getting more PT at SF. Shaq Harrison will benefit as well.|
|Trey Burke||PHI||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Burke is banged up and may have to sit on Friday and that would give Raul Neto back up minutes behind Ben Simmons .|
|Jahlil Okafor||NO||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Okafor has missed his last five games and Derrick Favors (when healthy) will be seeing a lot more minutes and Nicolo Melli and Jaxson Hayes will continue to get more involved.|
|Edmond Sumner||IND||Hand||1-2 Weeks||Sumner is dealing with an injured hand and until he returns, Aaron Holiday will pick up a good amount of back up minutes.|
|Darius Miller||NO||Achilles||OUT FOR THE SEASON||Miller injured his Achilles back in August and we shouldn't expect him to play this season.|
|Jacob Evans III||GSW||Adductor||2-3 Weeks||The Warriors are very much in need of Evans to return because of all of the other injuries they are facing. Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks will pick up playing time until he's ready to return.|
|John Henson||CLE||Groin||1-2 Weeks||We haven't seen Henson since the first game of the regular season. Larry Nance Jr., Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love will handle the PF/C minutes in Cleveland.|
|Ian Mahinmi||WSH||Achilles||1-2 Weeks||Mahinmi is starting to practice and is inching closer to returning and Davis Bertans and Mo Wagner could see their minutes drop once he's ready to return.|
|Nene||HOU||Adductor||No Timetable||We're unsure when we'll see Nene ' take the floor this season. Tyson Chandler will back up Clint Capela this season.|
|Ty Jerome||PHX||Ankle||2-4 Weeks||Jerome is dealing with a badly sprained ankle. Ricky Rubio and Tyler Johnson will handle the point with Devin Booker getting PT there as well.|
|Cory Joseph||SAC||Heel||DAY TO DAY||Joseph may have to sit with a bruised heel and if he has to sit Yogi Ferrell will see more minutes and Bogdan Bogdanovic (if healthy) will help run the point.|
|Michael Carter-Williams||ORL||Hip||No Timetable||We're uncertain how long MCW will be out for but Markelle Fultz and D.J. Augustin will see even more minutes while he's out.|
|Stanley Johnson||TOR||Groin||2-3 Weeks||Johnson is very much on the outside looking into the Raptors rotation. Norman Powell will continue to see more minutes with Kyle Lowry out as well.|
|Dylan Windler||CLE||Leg||4-6 Weels||The Cavs are very much looking to their youth to see what they can build around in their system and Windler could come up late-December, early-January and grab a few minutes in the Cavs rotation.|
|Khyri Thomas||DET||Foot||5-6 Weeks||Thomas isn't a meaningful part of the Pistons rotation, but with other players hurt, he was able to steal a few minutes. Those minutes will now go to Bruce Brown Jr. and Langston Galloway|
|Caleb Swanigan||SAC||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Swanigan is on the outside looking into the Kings rotation even with other big men out for the team. NOT IDEAL when it comes to his minutes potential and production. Richaun Holmes will see extra minutes.|
|Brandon Knight||CLE||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Knight sprained his ankle earlier in the week and missed his last game. If he has to sit for another game, Jordan Clarkson and Darius Garland will pick up minutes.|
|Luke Kornet||CHI||Face||No Timetbale||Kornet had to have surgery because his sinuses were being impacted and we're uncertain when he'll return to the court. More playing time coming for Thaddeus Young .|
|KZ Okpala||MIA||Achilles||No Timetable||Okpala is a very small part of the rotation and with it being an Achilles injury that he suffered, it will take a while to heal even though it's not torn.|
|Grayson Allen||MEM||Ankle||DAY TO DAY||Allen has now missed nine straight games. Dillon Brooks and Marko Guduric and Tyus Jones will see more minutes until he's ready to return.|
|Alen Smailagic||GSW||Ankle||2-3 Weeks||The Warriors could use as much help as they can get at this point. Willie Cauley-Stein will start at Center and Kevon Looney (when healthy) will back him up and Eric Paschall will benefit with more minutes too.|
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T. Maker - C
Thon Maker has signed a training camp deal with the Cavaliers.
He had a very soft market after the Pistons declined to extend a qualifying offer. Maker isn't a lock to make the roster but this is one of the few landing spots where he'll actually get a chance with the Cavs rebuilding. He'll compete for backup center minutes behind Andre Drummond.
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D. Oturu - C
Daniel Oturu signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal with the Clippers.
Both years are guaranteed and it's a nice deal for Oturu, who was drafted by the Pistons with the 33rd pick in the draft before being sent to the Clips in a draft-day trade for Mathias Lessort.
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B. Adebayo - PF
Bam Adebayo officially signed his five-year, $163 million max contract with the Heat, the richest in team history.
Adebayo will be just 29 when he's due for another big deal and Pat Riley is fired up about it. "One of the most important things a franchise can do is to make sure that your best, youngest, cornerstone players sign on the dotted line," Riley said. "Getting Bam his extension was a no-brainer for us because we know he will be around for years to come."
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C. Winston - PG
Cassius Winston will be on a two-way deal with the Wizards this upcoming season.
This is the typical route for late, second-round picks, and it guarantees that Winston will spend a majority of his rookie year in the G League. The Wizards have now filled both of their two-way slots, with Garrison Mathews taking the other spot. Neither of these guys are worth your attention in fantasy hoops.
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X. Tillman - SF
Xavier Tillman will reportedly be signing a four-year deal with the Grizzlies.
Tillman was drafted by Sacramento, but they sent him away to Memphis on draft day, and it's possible he could be in the rotation to start the year with Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) not expected to be ready for opening night. He has the potential to establish himself as an elite defender in the league, so we'll be watching to see how his role develops through training camp and the preseason.
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R. Tucker - SG
The Cavs will reportedly waive Rayjon Tucker.
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M. Kidd-Gilchrist - SF
The Knickerbockers reportedly decided to add Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to their roster on a one-year deal.
He's a power forward with zero range or any offensive game to speak of, so he should fit right in amongst the other 357 bigs in New York. It's even possible that Tom Thibodeau could give him way too many minutes at the expense of guys like Julius Randle, Obi Toppin and Mitchell Robinson in the name of defense if he makes the team. His contract is reportedly an Exhibit10 deal, so he could be waived at the end of training camp. Either way, he's not worth your attention in fantasy hoops.
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K. Mane - PG
Karim Mané has signed a two-way contract with the Magic.
Mané went undrafted in the 2020 draft, as he's still quite raw, but he's an elite athlete with the tools to develop into a menace on the defensive end. The two-way deal means he'll spend a majority of the year in the G League, so Mané is safe to ignore in all re-draft leagues this season.
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