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Houston Rockets forward Marquese Chriss (knee) is not expected to be ready to participate once training camp opens. The 25-year-old is still working his way back from knee surgery, which could sideline him heading into the regular season. He was traded to Houston earlier in the offseason, but isn't a great fit for this team. The Rockets have a logjam at forward, which is bad news for Chriss. It's possible he doesn't even have a role in the rotation once he's healthy. Chriss didn't bring much to the table last season, so he can be ignored heading into draft day.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) might not be ready for the season opener, according to team president Sam Presti. The team announced that Gilgeous-Alexander will be re-evaluated in two weeks, but the organization wants to be cautious with their young guard. It's worth noting that SGA has played in a total of 91 games over the last two seasons. The Thunder have been extremely cautious with him, so fantasy managers should expect that to continue. There should be more information in the coming weeks, but it sounds like fantasy managers could be without Gilgeous-Alexander for the beginning of the season.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort (shoulder) is expected to be 100 percent healthy heading into training camp. This is great to hear after Dort underwent surgery on his shoulder in March. The Thunder have invested quite a lot of money in Dort with a five year deal worth $87.5 million. He's expected to be a key player for this organization going forward. He's strong on both sides of the court and could be a borderline top-100 player, assuming everything falls into place for him.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (knee) won't be available for the beginning of training camp. The 24-year-old is dealing with an MCL sprain in his left knee and will miss at least two weeks before being re-evaluated. Gilgeous-Alexander is coming off a solid year, averaging 24.5 points, 5.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. However, after shooting a career-high 41.8% from deep in 2020-21, he took a huge step backward last season by sinking only 30.0% of his tries from downtown. He also missed the final 10 games with a right ankle injury. Nonetheless, Gilgeous-Alexander could be ready to roll for the start of the season, so his latest ailment shouldn't impact his draft stock.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (hip) mentioned that he is physically ready for this upcoming season. The young guard said he has been fine-tuning some things and spending more time in the weight room. Giddey was a stud last season before a hip injury knocked him down. When healthy, Giddey looks like he can do just about everything on an NBA court. There should be plenty of minutes for Giddey this upcoming season. Fantasy managers shouldn't be worried about his health right now. He is expected to be someone that comes off early in fantasy drafts this year.