Thon Maker
Bucks' Thon Maker: Wrist injury not serious
Thon Maker, PF, MIL
9/29/2016
News: Maker had additional tests performed on his sprained right wrist and was cleared of any breaks, but he's still slated to miss a few more practices, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Maker suffered the sprained wrist during practice Wednesday, but as expected, it's nothing serious. He'll remain sidelined for at least a couple more days and should be considered questionable for the Bucks' preseason opener on Oct. 8 against the Mavericks. With that said, he shouldn't miss any regular season action.

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Markieff Morris
Wizards' Markieff Morris: Not dealing with finger injury
Markieff Morris, PF, WAS
9/29/2016
News: Updating a previous report: Morris is not dealing with a finger injury and should be good to go for practice moving forward, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

There was some confusion regarding coach Scott Brooks' comments about a potential injury, as it was actually Marcus Thornton dealing with a finger injury and not Morris. With that said, he should be healthy moving forward and doesn't have any concerns with his status heading into the preseason.

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Aaron Gordon
Magic's Aaron Gordon: Sits out of practice Thursday
Aaron Gordon, PF, ORL
9/29/2016
News: Gordon (ankle) did not practice on Thursday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Gordon opened training camp as a limited participant, as he sprained his ankle during a workout earlier in September. However, he was held out of practice completely Thursday and likely spent the session going through more rehab on the side. According to coach Frank Vogel, Gordon is "antsy" to get back on the floor, so it wouldn't be surprising if he tried to log a few practices next week prior to the start of the preseason schedule. He should continue to be considered day-to-day in the meantime.

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Myles Turner
Pacers' Myles Turner: Remains in concussion protocol
Myles Turner, PF, IND
9/29/2016
News: Turner remains in the league's concussion protocol and was sidelined again during Thursday's practice.

The Pacers are listing Turner as day-to-day, so he'll continue to be evaluated throughout the rest of the week. He's still going through the league mandated concussion protocol, so he could be a few days off from a potential return. With that said, his availability for the preseason schedule doesn't appear to be in danger and there's no reason to believe he'll be out for an extended period of time.

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Shabazz Muhammad
Timberwolves' Shabazz Muhammad: Could see time at three spots
Shabazz Muhammad, SF, MIN
9/29/2016
News: Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau hinted Wednesday that Muhammad could see playing time at shooting guard, small forward and power forward this season, Kyle Radke of Timberwolves.com reports.

Thibodeau values versatility in his players, and he'll try to see how malleable Muhammad might be as he evaluates the fourth-year player in the coach's first training camp with Minnesota. Even more so than versatility, however, Thibodeau puts a premium on defense, which is an area Muhammad may be less equipped to prove his worth. While he's said that his primary focus this offseason was improving on that end of the floor, Muhammad still has a long way to go before being even a passable defender, as his 113.8 Defensive Rating last season ranked second to last in the NBA among those who played enough minutes to qualify. Because of that deficiency along with Thibodeau's historical tendency to ride his starters heavily, it's tough to envision Muhammad's production taking a dramatic step forward in 2016-17.

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Dario Saric
76ers' Dario Saric: Candidate to start at small forward
Dario Saric, SF, PHI
9/29/2016
News: Saric scrimmaged Wednesday with what appeared to be the Sixers' projected starting lineup, Jake Fischer of the Sports Illustrated reports.

With No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons manning Saric's natural power forward spot, the 22-year-old from Croatia slotted in at small forward, a position the Sixers believe he can successfully settle into over time. At 6-foot-10, Saric is bigger than most other wings, which may confer him an advantage on the offensive end, but could inhibit him defensively. In order for Saric to successfully man that spot, he'll need to show in training camp that he can consistently produce as a three-point shooter. It's not expected that that will be much of an issue for Saric, who shot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc last season while playing abroad for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League. If the rookie sticks in a starting role for the bulk of the season, he could be a respectable source of points, rebounds and treys in deeper formats.

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Robert Covington
76ers' Robert Covington: Getting look as starting shooting guard in camp
Robert Covington, SF, PHI
9/29/2016
News: Covington practiced with the Sixers' first unit as a starting shooting guard during Wednesday's session, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reports.

Coach Brett Brown has yet to formally announce his plans for the Sixers' opening night lineup, but it appears his early plan for the starting five includes Jerryd Bayless, Covington, Dario Saric, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. While Covington saw most of his action at small forward last season, the Sixers are hoping Saric will be able to handle the position after serving as a power forward throughout most of his time in Turkey. The shift to shooting guard shouldn't hurt Covington too much, as his reputation as a volume three-point shooter makes him an adequate fit at the position. What's more worrisome for Covington is the likelihood that his shot attempts and playing time will decline in 2016-17, as the offseason additions of Saric, Simmons and Gerald Henderson in addition to holdover Hollis Thompson give the Sixers more options on the wing than they've had in either of his previous two seasons with the club.

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Sam Dekker
Rockets' Sam Dekker: Shows versatility during camp
Sam Dekker, SF, HOU
9/28/2016
News: Dekker has seen time at shooting guard, small forward and power forward throughout training camp so far, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

Dekker saw action in just three games during his rookie season, before being shutdown with a lingering back injury. He's was back to full strength at the start of training camp earlier this week and it appears the Rockets are going to experiment with him a bit, as he's seen time at both forward spots, as well as shooting guard. With that said, it's tough to see Dekker guarding opposing power forwards unless he bulks up quite a bit, so it wouldn't be surprising if he's used exclusively at the other two positions by the time the regular season opens. Dekker is a bit buried on the depth chart and will likely find minutes hard to come by in his second NBA season, although his versatility may afford him some additional minutes here and there.

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Gerald Green
Celtics' Gerald Green: Will be sidelined with hip flexor injury
Gerald Green, SF, BOS
9/28/2016
News: Green is expected to miss a few days with a hip flexor injury, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

It's unclear exactly when Green may have suffered the injury, but he'll take a few days off for precautionary measure. The injury isn't expected to be anything serious and at the latest, we'll likely see Green available by the start of next week. With that said, Green doesn't appear to be in danger of missing preseason action.

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Ben Simmons
76ers' Ben Simmons: Plays backcourt role Wednesday
Ben Simmons, SF, PHI
9/28/2016
News: Simmons saw time at both point guard and shooting guard during Wednesday's practice, Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer reports.

The Sixers are expected to experiment heavily with their recent No. 1 overall pick, as he'll likely see time at both guard and forward spots throughout the preseason. At 6-foot-10, Simmons has the size, ball-handling and passing skills to play nearly every position in the NBA, but he's still expected to see most of his regular season action at the two forward positions. Simmons is on pace to see a huge workload during his rookie season, with a minutes load likely over 30 per game. It should be interesting to see how his positioning throughout the preseason affects his statistical production, so it's something to keep an eye on in the lead-up to the regular season opener.

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