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Last season, Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin dealt with a knee injury that limited his availability at the end of the season and the beginning of the playoffs, which led Griffin to have knee surgery in the offseason. The surgery wasn't expected to keep Griffin out of any offseason activities, and Tuesday's announcement that he's resumed light basketball activities keeps Griffin on track to be a full go for the 2019-2020 season. Knee injuries are definitely something to be concerned over, but as long as Griffin is able to take the court when the season opens, his usage on this Pistons team will make him a strong fantasy basketball option next season. There's injury risk, but Griffin's upside is undeniable.
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis is not close on a contract extension with the Monday deadline looming. The Pacers are reportedly actively shopping Sabonis to see what they can get. It's unlikely that the Pacers move Sabonis, but it's possibly if the two can't come to an agreement. T.J. Warren, T.J. Leaf, and Goga Bitadze would see extended roles if the Pacers did move on from Sabonis to start the season.
Golden State Warriors forward/center Marquese Chriss made the cut for the regular season roster, according to Shams Charania. Chriss played very well in the preseason and the Warriors will need him to open the season. Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) is sidelined, so there will be minutes for Chriss in the rotation. He's more of a deep league guy than anything else, but we'll see what Chriss can do. Alfonzo McKinnie has been waived by the team, clearing room for Chriss on the roster.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (hamstring) is expected to be fully healed and ready to play in the regular season, according to head coach Dwane Casey. Griffin ended last season with a left knee issue that required surgery. He's been battling a hamstring issue in camp, so hopefully it's not something that lingers. Griffin is expected to be ready for the season opener, but should get plenty of rest games along the way.
Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) was able to participate in a light workout after shootaround on Friday. Cauley-Stein suffered a left foot injury in late September and hasn't done much work since then. He's expected to miss the first few weeks of the season, but it could be longer. It's unclear at the moment how long Cauley-Stein is going to be sidelined. Kevon Looney will continue to gain fantasy value in the meantime.
Sacramento Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox (back) and center Dewayne Dedmon (illness) were able to return for Friday's practice. Fox has been dealing with some back issues, but appears to have put it behind him. He's expected to be fine for the regular season opener. Dedmon was battling an illness, but is set to be the starting center to begin the season. Dedmon should be worth grabbing at the back end of most drafts.
Sacramento Kings center Harry Giles (knee) is likely going to be sidelined to begin the regular season. Head coach Luke Walton said that he's going to take his time with Giles and bring him along slowly. Giles already has serious knee issues and Walton doesn't want to put his career in danger. Richaun Holmes should get the backup center minutes to begin the season, but is basically just a deep league asset.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (rest) and center Dwight Howard (rest) are sitting out of Friday's preseason game against the Golden State Warriors. Both players had strong preseasons, but head coach Frank Vogel will let the young guys play in this one. Howard is worth grabbing in the last few rounds of standard drafts, while Bradley isn't a great option, but could be worth a look as a last pick or two.
Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (knee) is beginning to do some conditioning work this week. It doesn't sound like he's been able to go through a full practice yet, but the Grizzlies are being cautious here. Brandon Clarke has been playing well and is seeing his stock quickly rise in standard leagues. Valanciunas will drop a bit on draft boards, but he's still worth grabbing in the middle rounds.
Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (hamstring) is expected to be ready to play in Thursday's season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers. He suffered a hamstring injury in early October, but returned to practice a few days ago. Looney is expected to share the center minutes with Marquese Chriss to open the season. He'll be worth grabbing around the 90-100 range in most formats.
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (knee) is expected to play some 5-on-5 in the next couple of days. Oladipo is progressing faster than he was expected and could beat his December timetable. He is worth grabbing in the 75-100 range in most drafts, assuming there is an IR spot available. The Pacers are going to be cautious here, but Oladipo will hopefully be able to return before December.
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