NBA Player News
|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.
|10/12/2014||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG||Caldwell-Pope sprained his left knee in the third quarter in the Pistons' 91-89 exhibition loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Analysis: Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Caldwell-Pope will be looked at when the team returns to Detroit. "We'll re-evaluate it going forward," Van Gundy said. "We'll get him an MRI and we'll go from there, see what's going on." Caldwell-Pope is averaging 16.7 points through Detroit's first three preseason games after scoring 5.9 per game in his rookie season.
|10/12/2014||Andre Drummond, F-C||Drummond led the Pistons with 21 points in preseason action Sunday.
Analysis: Drummond made all nine of his shots with several rim-rattling dunks that reverberated through the arena.
|10/11/2014||Bradley Beal, SG||Beal will need surgery on his left wrist and it's not clear yet how long he'll be sidelined. Beal had an MRI exam Saturday that showed he has a non-displaced fracture of a bone in his non-shooting wrist. He was hurt in the first quarter of a preseason game against Charlotte on Friday night.
Analysis: The Wizards said Saturday that they will announce a timeline for Beal's recovery after the operation. Beal averaged 17.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season, pairing with John Wall to give the Wizards one of the NBA's most dynamic young backcourt pairs and help the team reach the second round of the playoffs.
|10/9/2014||Jabari Parker, SF||Parker scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, and Milwaukee beat the Memphis Grizzlies 86-83 on Wednesday night in his preseason debut.
Analysis: Parker played nearly the entire fourth quarter, seemingly gaining energy as the final minutes ticked down. With 3:48 left, Parker drove the baseline on Earl Clark before faking a pass that froze Clark for a moment. Parker went back to his left for a dunk that tied it at 75. "As the game progressed, I got a little more comfortable out there," the 19-year-old Parker said. "I got the jitters. I think my second shot was like an air ball, but it's going to take time."
|10/9/2014||Kent Bazemore, G-F||Bazemore has returned to action for Atlanta in the preseason.
Analysis: Bazemore was working his way back from a torn tendon in his right foot suffered last season.
|10/9/2014||Gerald Henderson, G-F||Henderson has suffered a right hamstring strain, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Analysis: Henderson's status is in doubt for the season opener against the Bucks.
|10/9/2014||Noah Vonleh, PF||Vonleh continues to recover from sports hernia surgery.
Analysis: Vonleh won't be ready for the the start of the season.
|10/9/2014||JaVale McGee, C||McGee is still working his way back from last season's fractured left leg.
Analysis: McGee may not start the season, according to the Denver Post.
|10/9/2014||Aaron Gray, C||Gray will miss training camp and be out indefinitely after suffering a cardiac episode earlier this year.
Analysis: Gray had the problem, and is still undergoing testing to find out exactly what needs to be done. Gray is getting multiple opinions, so there is no timeline on his return. "When you are a pro athlete, your body is how you make your living, so you know when something is wrong," he said.
|10/9/2014||Ian Mahinmi, C||Mahinmi has returned to preseason action for Indiana.
Analysis: Mahinmi was out with an elbow injury suffered in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
|10/9/2014||Damien Inglis, SF||Inglis is out after ankle surgery.
Analysis: His status for the start of the season is uncertain.
|10/9/2014||Tiago Splitter, C||Splitter is out indefinitely with a leg injury.
Analysis: Splitter has a strained right soleus, according the Spurs. There is no timetable for his return.
|10/9/2014||Steve Nash, PG||Nash appears set to play in the season opener against the Rockets.
Analysis: Nash feels revitalized from the long offseason after nerve problems in his back and left leg limited him to 15 games last season. The 40-year-old will have his minutes limited big-time.
|10/9/2014||Michael Beasley, F||The Memphis Grizzlies have waived Beasley, who had signed a non-guaranteed contract with the team last month.
Analysis: Beasley, 25, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season with Kansas State. The 6-foot-9 forward owns career averages of 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 24.9 minutes in 409 NBA games with the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns. Beasley has made 199 career starts.
|10/9/2014||Mitch McGary, PF||McGary has a broken bone in his left foot and is expected to miss about six weeks. The Thunder said an evaluation Thursday confirmed McGary fractured his left second metatarsal Wednesday night in an exhibition game at Denver.
Analysis: McGary, the former Michigan player drafted 21st overall this year, had 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 36 minutes against the Nuggets.
|10/8/2014||DeJuan Blair, F-C||Blair, Nene, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas were each suspended for one regular-season game by the NBA on Wednesday.
Analysis: The Wizards players left the bench area during an altercation between Paul Pierce and Chicago's Joakim Noah during Monday's preseason game.
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