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Portland Trail Blazers guard/forward Rodney Hood (back) has been ruled out for Saturday's preseason game against the Phoenix Suns. He is dealing with back spasms, so the team is likely just being cautious here. Hood will battle Kent Bazemore for playing time in Portland. He'll be worth a look in deeper leagues, but that's about it for the moment.
Los Angeles Lakers forward/center Anthony Davis (thumb) was injured during the first quarter of Saturday's preseason loss. The team is calling the injury a Grade 1 sprain, but Davis will have an MRI done on Sunday. The Lakers next preseason game is on Monday, but it's safe to assume he's done for the preseason. Davis should be fine for opening night, so fantasy owners shouldn't have to worry.
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (ankle) was able to fully participate in Saturday's practice, according to head coach Steve Clifford. Vucevic is dealing with a mild ankle sprain, but has downplayed the severity. It's unclear whether or not Vucevic will suit up for Sunday's preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He should be fine for the regular season, so fantasy owners don't have anything to worry about.
Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (foot) will be shut down for the rest of the preseason. Valanciunas is dealing with foot soreness, but the team doesn't appear worried about it. They want to give him as much rest as possible before the regular season. It's unclear whether or not Valanciunas will be ready for the regular season opener. Bruno Caboclo and Brandon Clarke will benefit in the absence of Valanciunas.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's preseason game against the Boston Celtics. He was limited in camp earlier due to a left foot issue. Garland has some decent upside in the middle rounds of drafts, assuming he's healthy. The Cavs are rebuilding, so Garland should see plenty of action over the course of the season.
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's preseason game against the Chicago Bulls. Lowry has not played since undergoing thumb surgery in July. It's unclear whether or not Lowry will be ready for opening night. He'll be a steal in fantasy drafts, assuming he's healthy this season.
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (rest) will sit out of Sunday's preseason contest against the Chicago Bulls. He made his preseason debut on Thursday, but played just 18 minutes off the bench. The Raptors are going to manage his workload after he played in the FIBA World Cup this summer. Gasol still holds fantasy value, but not anything like he used to.
Golden State Warriors guard/forward Alec Burks (ankle) is making solid progress, but still remains out of practice. He sprained his right ankle about a week ago and still has yet to practice. Burks needs to play during camp to earn his spot in the rotation. The Warriors need depth guys like Burks, but it's hard to justify drafting him in most settings right now.
Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (hamstring) remains out of practice after suffering an injury over a week ago. He hurt his hamstring 10 days ago, but the Warriors are making sure he's fully healthy for the regular season. Omari Spellman and Marquese Chriss will continue to fill in at center. Looney does have some decent fantasy value, but will have to battle Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) for playing time.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (shoulder) could be sidelined the first ten games of the regular season, according to head coach Doc Rivers. The Clippers have not given a definitive timetable, but this sounds about accurate. That would have George returning around the middle of November. He'll still have great fantasy value, despite being sidelined for the first month or so of the season.
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