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.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer indicated the Hawks were erring on the side of caution by keeping Schroder, the projected starter at point guard, out for a few days in order for him to recover from the injury. In addition to Schroder, backup point guard Jarrett Jack (knee) has also been limited at camp, leaving Malcolm Delaney and Will Bynum as the only healthy players capable of running the offense during practices.
While Budenholzer's quote seems concerning on the surface, Millsap was expected all along to be sidelined for three weeks after undergoing the procedure on his right knee just over a week ago, so it comes as little surprise that he's doing few activities right now. The power forward has been limited to free throw shooting thus far during workouts, but we should see him ramp up his activity in the coming week as he nears the end of his recovery timetable. It's expected that Millsap will miss most of the Hawks' preseason schedule, but he's on track to return to full strength for the start of the regular season.
It's not exactly clear when the injury occurred, but Anderson is being held out for "precautionary measure". With that said, it doesn't sound like anything serious and he'll likely make a return to practice in the near future. Anderson is currently competing with Luc Mbah a Moute and Wesley Johnson for the starting small forward gig, so he'll likely push to get back to practice as soon as possible.
Valentine is slated to spend the majority of his rookie season on the wing, fighting with the likes of Doug McDermott and Tony Snell for minutes behind Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler. However, the Bulls are experimenting with Valentine at point guard as well, where the team has some unproven talent behind starter Rajon Rondo. Valentine has the ability to be both a scorer and a facilitator, evidenced by his averages of 19.2 points and 7.8 assists during his senior season at Michigan State, so he shouldn't have too much trouble adjusting to that role. Valentine will likely see some time at point guard during the preseason, which should also give us a better indication of his role heading into his rookie campaign.
A projected starter for the upcoming season, Payton has been dealing with a strained hip flexor throughout the start of training camp. He indicated Wednesday that his injury was feeling better, but he took another day off Thursday for further rest and recovery. The Magic open up their preseason schedule against the Grizzlies on Oct. 3, so for now, consider Payton questionable for that matchup.
Harris started training camp as a limited participant and was held out of contact portions of practice, as he was being eased into action after undergoing offseason surgery on his toe. However, he's progressed enough over the first couple of days during camp, that he's going to go through a full-contact practice on Friday. With that said, it appears he's nearing a return to full strength, although it wouldn't be surprising if the Mavericks kept him limited once they open up their preseason schedule against the Pelicans on Oct. 1.
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.