Patrick Patterson
Thunder's Patrick Patterson: Undergoes arthroscopic surgery on left knee
Patrick Patterson, F, OKC
8/10/2017
News: Patterson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks, Erik Horne of NewsOK.com reports.

Patterson, who agreed to a three-year, $16.4 million contract with the Thunder during free agency, underwent a quick clean-up procedure, so there's no structural damage or anything that could keep him out for an extended period of time. His four-to-six week timetable puts him in good shape for a return prior the start of training camp on Sept. 26, although the Thunder could ease him back into the swing of things early on to avoid any sort of setbacks. Patterson is currently the favorite to start at power forward following the departure of Domantas Sabonis to the Pacers, which should allow the 6-foot-9 big man a chance to boost his overall production after averaging 24.6 minutes per game in a reserve capacity with the Raptors last season.

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Ben McLemore
Grizzlies' Ben McLemore: Fractures foot, out 12 weeks
Ben McLemore, G, MEM
8/8/2017
News: McLemore suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during a pick-up game in Los Angeles and will be sidelined for 12 weeks after undergoing surgery Tuesday, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

The Grizzlies will be without McLemore -- who they signed to a two-year, $10.7 million contract over the summer -- until at least early November. While the 6-foot-6 shooting guard hasn't had a noteworthy career up to this point, Memphis lacks depth at the position, seemingly giving McLemore plenty of opportunities to prove himself. He isn't projected to miss any regular season games, though will miss out on valuable offseason time to work on his game. Overall, this development shouldn't affect his fantasy stock too much, but those who take a chance on him probably shouldn't be surprised if he starts off slow or misses games here and there with lingering soreness.

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Joel Embiid
76ers' Joel Embiid: Expects to be ready by training camp
Joel Embiid, C, PHI
8/2/2017
News: Embiid (knee) is performing non-contact drills and expects to be cleared for full-contact 5-on-5 by training camp, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.

Things seem to be progressing well for Embiid in his rehabilitation after undergoing surgery back in late March to address a meniscus tear in his left knee. The 76ers are likely planning to play it as safe as possible with their star-potential big man, but apparently are prepared to run him through full-contact activity once training camp kicks off. He projects to be the starting center for the team, as he posted 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists across 25.4 minutes per game last season.

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Timothe Luwawu
76ers' Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot: Sitting out Eurobasket
Timothe Luwawu, G, PHI
7/31/2017
News: Luwawu-Cabarrot will not participate in Eurobasket due to a knee injury sustained during pre-tournament training camp, Sportando reports.

Sportando reports that Luwawu-Cabarrot is simply battling inflammation in his patellar tendon, so the decision to sit out Eurobasket is likely precautionary. The 22-year-old appeared in 69 games as a rookie last season, averaging 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in just over 17 minutes per game.

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Danilo Gallinari
Clippers' Danilo Gallinari: Fractures right hand
Danilo Gallinari, F, LAC
7/30/2017
News: Gallinari was diagnosed with a fractured right hand Sunday and has been ruled out for EuroBasket, EuroHoops.net reports.

Gallinari suffered from the injury while playing in a friendly Sunday for the Italian National Team, as a scuffle under the basket escalated and led to the small forward throwing a punch. Gallinari has now been given a recovery timetable of 40 days, which would mean he'll ideally be back to full strength by the time training camp rolls around for next season.

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Malik Monk
Hornets' Malik Monk: To be cleared for full basketball activity on Aug. 1st
Malik Monk, G, CHA
7/29/2017
News: Monk (ankle) will be cleared for full basketball activity on August 1st, Kentucky basketball beat writer Jerry Tipton reports.

Monk, the No. 11 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was unable to play in Summer League due to an ankle injury sustained during the draft workout process. This means he will be set to go for the Hornets' training camp and for preseason play.

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Justise Winslow
Heat's Justise Winslow: Says he's taking contact
Justise Winslow, F, MIA
7/27/2017
News: Winslow (shoulder) indicated in an interview that he's going through contact drills, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Winslow underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum back in January, costing him the final three and a half months of the regular season. He was able to shed his sling in February and has now started taking part in drills, including those that allow contact. While Winslow did admit that he's yet to go through any scrimmages, the fact that he's already comfortable taking contact bodes well for a full recovery ahead of the 2017-18 season. He'll likely target the start of training camp for a return, so look for additional updates to be provided once camp nears.

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Brandon Knight
Suns' Brandon Knight: Tears ACL, could miss all of 2017-18 season
Brandon Knight, G, PHO
7/25/2017
News: Knight has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, requiring surgery, and could miss the entirety of the upcoming 2017-18 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Knight struggled to find his way into the Suns' rotation last season, playing in just 54 games and posting 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 boards across 21.1 minutes per game while shooting 39.8 percent from the field -- all career worsts. Now, it appears that there's a chance Knight won't participate at all during the 2017-18 season as the result of an ACL tear in his left knee, which he suffered while playing in his native South Florida. Though he wasn't expected to see a significant role next season after floundering in a sixth man role last year, his injury will likely open up more opportunities for the likes of Tyler Ulis and Elijah Millsap, assuming the Suns don't make a move to acquire another guard in free agency.

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Allen Crabbe
Nets' Allen Crabbe: Traded to Nets
Allen Crabbe, G, BKN
7/25/2017
News: Crabbe was traded to the Nets on Tuesday in exchange for Andrew Nicholson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

The Nets threw a four-year, $75 million offer sheet at Crabbe last summer, but the Trail Blazers opted to match, a decision the team may ultimately have regretted. Tuesday's deal lends credence to that notion, as the move essentially amounts to a salary dump. Portland is expected to waive Nicholson in short order and will use the stretch provision to spread out the three years and roughly $20 million remaining on his contract. For Crabbe, the trade represents an opportunity to step into a larger role, albeit for a young team likely to struggle again next season. In 2016-17, Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three. He'll have a good chance to start at small forward for Brooklyn, which has the cap room to absorb his hefty contract outright, and will also see minutes at shooting guard.

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Derrick Rose
Cavaliers' Derrick Rose: Will sign with Cavaliers
Derrick Rose, G, CLE
7/24/2017
News: Rose committed to signing with the Cavaliers after completing a physical exam Monday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Rose was expected to choose between the Lakers and Cavaliers in what will likely be a one-year deal at a minimal price. Rose could potentially be entering an advantageous situation for a comeback, as starting star point guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly requested a trade from the team. Should he actually be traded, and depending on who the Cavaliers get in return, Rose could be in line for a heavy workload playing alongside LeBron James. However, that is all speculation at the moment, and in the meantime Rose figures to be in line for a role providing scoring off the bench. The 28-year-old is six years removed from an MVP season before significantly injuring his knee the following year. He is coming off his best season statistically since suffering the injury.

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