Head coach Scott Brooks indicated that Mahinmi bumped his knee in practice a few days ago, which resulted in him being held out Thursday. However, he did return Friday and participated in the majority of practice. The team is likely just being cautious in order to avoid any type of nagging injury this early in training camp.
Beal sustained the concussion after taking an accidental blow to the head in Wednesday's practice. However, the injury does not appear to be serious as he has already been cleared to return to the court. The 23-year-old sharp shooter is expected to go through a 45-minute workout Friday, and subsequently return to practice with the team on Saturday.
This is horrendous news for the rookie stalwart as it seems as though he'll be forced to miss a significant portion of the upcoming season. The exact details of his injury are still under wraps, but it would be surprising if Simmons was allowed back on the court anytime soon. He originally suffered a rolled ankle during a scrimmage Friday and precautionary X-ray and MRI results revealed the worst. In his absence, Dario Saric, Nerlens Noel, and Jerami Grant could all see unexpectedly more time at power forward.
It looks as if there is no real concern surrounding Morris' inury and the team is simply taking a cautious approach with the forward. He should be in no real danger of missing the start of the regular season as the starting small forward for the Pistons.
Arthur is still recovering from his left knee surgery he underwent a few weeks ago and has continued to be a limited participant in practice. The forward seems to be positively progressing, however, considering he's been running for a couple of weeks. Assuming Arthur continues on his path to recovery, he will see minutes in the Nuggets' rotation in front of fellow teammates Danilo gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Jusuf Nurkic.
Mejri was initially thought to be back at full strength by the time training camp rolled around, but it appears that is not yet the case. Head coach Rick Carlisle said he hopes to have the big man back to being a full participant soon, especially with preseason now getting underway. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward till the start of the regular season.
The 76ers have limited Okafor's activity during training camp while he battled a knee injury, but the big man had said earlier in the week that he is no longer being bothered by the ailment. Head coach Brett Brown saying Okafor will play Tuesday essentially confirms that the former Duke big man is healthy and ready for the season. Brown also doesn't anticipate that he'll have a minutes restriction on Okafor, further affirming that he is fully recovered.
Head coach Brett Brown does not seem too concerned with the No. 1 overall pick's health, but it's something to monitor as the injury was severe enough where x-rays needed to be taken. The 76ers will likely update Simmons' status tomorrow following the x-rays and take precautionary measures with him as the preseason approaches.
The injury likely isn't anything serious for the center, who is fresh off signing a $98 million contract this offseason, but Whiteside does have a history with knee injuries. Most recently, he suffered from a sprained MCL in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but said in June that it was no longer an issue. Nevertheless, Whiteside is probably being held out as a precaution, and unless reported otherwise, the injury should not hold him out for too long.
Powell's weight has vacillated between the 230- and 255-pound range over the last year, but the big man indicated that the middle ground of that range is most ideal for him, as it provides him with enough strength to battle frontcourt players on the boards while also allowing him to maintain his mobility. After re-signing with the Mavericks on a four-year, $37 million contract over the summer, Powell looks in line to serve as the Mavs' top reserve in the frontcourt. He'll see time behind both Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut at power forward and center, respectively.