NBA Player News
|10/19/2014||Xavier Henry, G-F||Henry is expected to miss the rest of the preseason with a bruised knee.
Analysis: Henry could be back for the Lakers' season opener against Houston on Oct. 28.
|10/19/2014||Ben McLemore, SG||The Sacramento Kings have picked up the 2015-16 option on guard Ben McLemore's contract. General manager Pete D'Alessandro announced the move Sunday.
Analysis: McLemore averaged 8.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 26.7 minutes last season as a rookie. McLemore was picked seventh overall by Sacramento in the 2013 draft.
|10/17/2014||Kyrie Irving, G||Irving is coming back to the court after missing three games with a sprained right ankle. Irving had his ankle stepped on by teammate Anderson Varejao in practice early last week and didn't play in Brazil when Cleveland faced the Miami Heat.
Analysis: Cavs coach David Blatt says Irving will play in Friday's exhibition against Dallas. Blatt says Irving "is raring to go, and that's good." Blatt isn't worried about Irving's conditioning because he played this summer with USA basketball.
|10/17/2014||Kevin Love, F-C||Love will not play in Friday's preseason tilt against Dallas.
Analysis: Coach David Blatt wants to rest Love, who has played in all four preseason games but was bothered by a stiff neck after a collision in Wednesday night's game in Cincinnati.
|10/17/2014||Joel Anthony, F-C||The Boston Celtics have traded Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for guard Will Bynum.
Analysis: Anthony has averaged 2.3 points and 3 rebounds in his seven years in the league. He spent the first six years with the Miami Heat before he was traded to the Celtics in January. He scored 22 points in 21 games after coming to Boston.
|10/17/2014||Will Bynum, PG||The Boston Celtics have traded center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for Bynum.
Analysis: Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists over 56 games last season, his seventh in the NBA.
|10/17/2014||Larry Sanders, F-C||Sanders will miss the rest of the preseason after minor surgery. General manager John Hammond said Friday that Sanders had an outpatient procedure. Sanders is expected to be ready when the regular season begins Oct. 29 against the Charlotte Hornets. Details of Sanders' surgery were not disclosed.
Analysis: The Bucks had already announced that Sanders would miss Friday night's preseason game in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, against Minnesota because of an illness. Sanders played well in three preseason games, averaging 10.7 points and 10.0 rebounds. The 6-foot-11 shot-blocking center hopes to bounce back from a season marred by an orbital bone fracture and a thumb injury. Sanders also had off-court issues after signing a four-year, $44 million contract extension.
|10/16/2014||Joel Embiid, C||Arthur Embiid, the younger brother of Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid, died Thursday in Africa. The cause of death wasn't immediately available.
Analysis: Embiid, a 7-footer from the University of Kansas, has yet to practice or play in the preseason after having surgery on his right foot in June, shortly before the team made him the third overall pick in the draft. He's expected to at least miss a large portion of the regular season. Coach Brett Brown, general manager Sam Hinkie and forward Luc Mbah a Moute - also a native of Cameroon - skipped the team's exhibition game Thursday night against Boston to be with Embiid.
|10/16/2014||Brook Lopez, C||Lopez is expected to be sidelined for 10 days to two weeks after mildly spraining his right mid-foot Wednesday night in the Nets' exhibition game against Sacramento in China.
Analysis: The Nets said Thursday that X-rays and a CT scan in New York revealed no fractures or bone injuries. Lopez missed most of last season after breaking the foot Dec. 21 during a game at Philadelphia.
|10/15/2014||Yuki Togashi, PG||The Dallas Mavericks have signed Togashi after he played on their summer league team.
Analysis: Togashi averaged 5.3 points in four summer league games. The native of Niigata, Japan, played high school basketball in the U.S. at the school that produced Kevin Durant.
|10/15/2014||Steve Nash, PG||Nash has missed his third straight practice after injuring his back while carrying bags.
Analysis: Coach Byron Scott said Nash had "a little bit of a setback" earlier Wednesday while carrying bags. Scott says Nash "heard a twinge" in his back, and the coach suspected it was a back spasm. The Lakers don't know how long the two-time NBA MVP will be out of action.
|10/14/2014||LeBron James, F||James will not play in the Cavaliers' exhibition game against Milwaukee.
Analysis: With Cleveland scheduled for three preseason games in four days, coach David Blatt wants to rest his superstar Tuesday night. James is not injured and Blatt says this is "just part of our process and part of our management of how we want to approach preseason and best get him ready for the start of the season." James has been bothered by a stiff back early in training camp.
|10/14/2014||Jonas Valanciunas, C||The Toronto Raptors have picked up the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross, guaranteeing their contracts through the 2015-16 season.
Analysis: Valanciunas, a 7-0 center from Lithuania, averaged 10.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 138 starts in his two seasons since the Raptors selected him fifth overall in the 2011 draft. Last season, Valanciunas led the team in rebounds (714), offensive rebounds (226) and double-doubles (26).
|10/14/2014||Terrence Ross, G-F||The Toronto Raptors have picked up the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross, guaranteeing their contracts through the 2015-16 season.
Analysis: The 6-foot-7 Ross, taken eighth by the Raptors in 2012, averaged 8.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 154 games. He started 62 of the final 63 games last season, and had 51 points on Jan. 25 against the Los Angeles Clippers to tie Vince Carter's franchise record.
|10/14/2014||Jodie Meeks, SG||Meeks is expected to miss about eight weeks because of a stress reaction of his lower back.
Analysis: Meeks signed a $19.5 million, three-year deal with the Pistons this offseason. He was diagnosed with back spasms last week and had additional testing done because of continuing discomfort. Meeks started 70 games last season, averaged a career-high 15.7 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range.
|10/14/2014||Bradley Beal, SG||The Wizards have exercised their fourth-year contract option on Beal and their third-year option on forward Otto Porter.
Analysis: Beal was selected with the No. 3 pick in 2012 and averaged 17.5 points last season. He broke a bone in his left wrist in a preseason game last week and is expected to miss about six weeks.
|10/14/2014||Otto Porter Jr., SF||The Washington Wizards have exercised their fourth-year contract option on guard Bradley Beal and their third-year option on Porter.
Analysis: Porter joined the Wizards in 2013 and averaged only 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 37 games last season.
|10/13/2014||Johnny O'Bryant III, PF||O'Bryant has a sprained right knee, and the team says there is no timetable for his return.
Analysis: O'Bryant was injured in the third quarter of Thursday night's 94-80 preseason loss at Detroit. He had an MRI over the weekend that showed a grade-three sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his knee. The Bucks said Monday that O'Bryant does not need surgery, and he already has started rehabbing the injury.
|10/13/2014||Kemba Walker, PG||Walker suffered a contusion on his left knee during Monday night's NBA preseason game against Orlando.
Analysis: Walker was injured early in the third quarter. With 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, Walker had come up with his own rebound on a missed 3-pointer, and was driving to the basket for a layup when he suddenly pulled up. He didn't return, and it's unclear if the injury is serious.
|10/12/2014||Kevin Durant, F||The Oklahoma City Thunder say star forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery Thursday to address a bone fracture in his right foot and will be out at least six weeks. General manager Sam Presti said the procedure was performed at a clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the team, Durant and his representatives "jointly decided" surgery was needed.
Analysis: Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks. The reigning NBA MVP was diagnosed over the weekend with a "Jones fracture," a broken bone at the base of his small toe. The Thunder open the season Oct. 29 at Portland. A six-week absence could have Durant back for the start of December, with about 65 games remaining.
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