Gary Harris
Nuggets' Gary Harris: Will sit out Thursday vs. Spurs
Gary Harris, SG, DEN
5:15 PM
News: Harris (ankle) will sit out Thursday's game against the Spurs, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

After spraining his right ankle on Monday against the Magic, Harris was subsequently held out of Tuesday's matchup with the Lakers. Despite the added time off, Harris is still dealing with some lingering discomfort and considering he was ruled out a day in advance, there's a chance Harris ends up missing even more time following Thursday's contest. Look for Will Barton to pick up another start at shooting guard, after exploding for 26 points, four rebounds and eight assists over 35 minutes on Tuesday in relief.

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Brandon Knight
Suns' Brandon Knight: Questionable for Thursday
Brandon Knight, PG, PHO
2:55 PM
News: Knight (wrist) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic reports.

Knight has been held out the last two contests with a sprained right wrist, after previously playing through the injury in recent weeks. There's a chance he attempts to play through it again come Thursday, but at this point, his status is still up in the air. Look for another update following Thursday's morning shootaround, which should give us a better indication of his eventual availability. Knight's role has fluctuated quite a bit over the last month, so it may be wise to steer clear for the time being.

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Dejounte Murray
Spurs' Dejounte Murray: Cleared to play Thursday vs. Nuggets
Dejounte Murray, PG, SA
2:50 PM
News: Murray (ankle) is not listed on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Mike Monroe of The Rivard Report reports.

Murray has missed the last two games with a sprained right ankle, but is feeling better after the added time off and should be good to go against the Nuggets on Thursday. Despite being at full strength, Murray will take on just a minor role off the bench, likely only receiving a few spot minutes at point guard behind the likes of Tony Parker and Patty Mills.

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Chris Paul
Clippers' Chris Paul: Undergoes successful thumb surgery Wednesday
Chris Paul, PG, LAC
2:30 PM
News: Paul underwent successful surgery on his thumb Wednesday and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

Paul suffered a torn ligament in his thumb earlier in the week and after successful surgery Wednesday, his timetable for a return remains unchanged. Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton are expected to receive big minutes in the backcourt and could be a speculative add in fantasy leagues for the duration of Paul's absence, although Rivers clearly has more upside of the two. Jamal Crawford is another guy who could see a bump in minutes, so his value should also see a boost over the next month or two. Blake Griffin (knee) is expected back in one-to-two weeks, which at least provides some good news for the Clippers. Once healthy and off any restrictions, Griffin will likely push for even more of a role offensively to make up for Paul's missed production.

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Klay Thompson
Warriors' Klay Thompson: Now listed as questionable
Klay Thompson, SG, GS
2:20 PM
News: Updating a previous note, the Warriors are now listing Thompson (personal) as questionable to play Wednesday against the Thunder, Anthony Slater of Bay Area News Group reports.

Just minutes earlier, the Warriors announced that Thompson would not play Wednesday night due to a family issue, but Thompson has apparently informed the team that he may be able to make it back in time for the 10:30 PM ET tip. At this point, the guard should be considered firmly questionable, with his availability likely to come down to a game-time decision. If he's ultimately unable to play, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw would be set for increased roles.

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T.J. McConnell
76ers' T.J. McConnell: Questionable Wednesday vs. Raptors
T.J. McConnell, PG, PHI
1:25 PM
News: McConnell (wrist) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

McConnell was originally viewed as doubtful to play heading into the day, but the 76ers upgraded his status after he was able to take part in morning shootaround. The point guard only had his sprained right wrist taped up during shootaround, a positive sign after he was spotted with a splint on the wrist Tuesday. McConnell is scheduled to go through a pregame workout before a final determination is made on his status, but if he remains out for a second straight game, Sergio Rodriguez would pick up another start at point guard.

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Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola: Signs contract with Spanish club
Nicolas Laprovittola, PG, SA
1:00 PM
News: Laprovittola signed a contract Wednesday with Saski Baskonia of the Spanish ACB League, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Laprovittola earned a roster spot with the Spurs as an undrafted rookie, but appeared in only 18 games before the team decided to drop him from the roster. After failing to find any other suitors elsewhere in the NBA, the 26-year-old will head back to the ACB League, where he suited up last season. If he plays well in Spain, he could gin up interest for an NBA return at some point next season.

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Ron Baker
Knicks' Ron Baker: Expected to start again Wednesday
Ron Baker, SG, NY
12:20 PM
News: Baker is expected to remain in the starting lineup Wednesday against Boston, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

In a surprising decision, Baker made his first career NBA start Monday against the Hawks, displacing Courtney Lee at shooting guard. Baker finished with 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 22 minutes, apparently enough to warrant another start as the Knicks look to snap out of a recent slump.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Pistons' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Ruled out Wednesday
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, DET
12:05 PM
News: Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) will not play Wednesday against the Hawks, Jake Chapman of Pistons.com reports.

As expected, Caldwell-Pope will miss a third straight game as he continues to nurse a Grade 2 rotator cuff strain in his left shoulder. The Pistons are off Thursday and Friday, so it's possible Caldwell-Pope could make his return to action Saturday against Washington.

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Mo Williams
Hawks' Mo Williams: Dealt to Nuggets, released immediately
Mo Williams, PG, ATL
11:55 AM
News: Williams was traded to the Nuggets late Tuesday night in exchange for the rights to 2005 draft pick Cenk Akyol, the Denver Post reports.

The deal was simply made for cap purposes, as it helps the Nuggets inch closer to reaching the league's salary floor. Acquiring Williams, and his salary hit of $2.1 million, brings the Nuggets to roughly $77 million in team salary, $7 million away from the $84 million cap floor. Since Williams' contract is prorated, Denver will only pay him about $400,000 in salary, but his cap hit will remain at $2.1 million. Atlanta, meanwhile, creates a trade exception by dealing Williams, who is essentially retired, despite the fact that he's yet to officially submit his retirement papers to the league office. All in all, the deal is a thinly veiled salary-motivated move for both sides, as it was expected that the Hawks would eventually dump Williams' salary after acquiring him from Cleveland in the Kyle Korver deal. In order to temporarily clear a roster spot for Williams, the Nuggets opted not to sign Alonzo Gee to a second 10-day deal, but with Williams now off the roster, the team could bring Gee back on another short-term contract.

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