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10/7/2015 D'Angelo Russell, LAL, PG
Russell left the Lakers' exhibition game against Utah in the first quarter Tuesday night with a bruised glute muscle.

Analysis: Russell, the second overall pick from Ohio State, went down in the paint with 7:42 left in the quarter after stepping in front of Rudy Gobert as Utah's center went to the basket. Russell was called for a foul on the play and remained face down on the court for about a minute before being helped off the court by team personnel. He was taken to the locker room and a Lakers spokesman said he wouldn't return. Russell scored five points in his debut Sunday.
10/7/2015 Kevin Durant, OKC, F
Thunder coach Billy Donovan says he expects Durant to play 18-22 minutes in the season opener against the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

Analysis: Durant missed 55 games last season and needed three surgeries to repair his broken right foot. He last played in a game on Feb. 18 against Dallas. Durant says he's trying not to think about his injury anymore. He says he's trying not to put too much pressure on himself, either.
10/6/2015 Thabo Sefolosha, Atl, G-F
Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday in the trial of Sefolosha, who was charged with resisting arrest and other crimes during a confrontation with police officers outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub in April.

Analysis: Sefolosha suffered a season-ending leg fracture in the struggle and has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also include misdemeanor obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct. He has rejected a plea offer from prosecutors, and his attorney, Alex Spiro, has said Sefolosha is going to trial to clear his name. A jury was picked Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court.
10/5/2015 Andrea Bargnani, Bkn, F-C
Bargnani has a tight left hamstring for Brooklyn.

Analysis: Reports indicate that Bargnani had an precautionary MRI that was negative.
10/5/2015 Alexis Ajinca, NO, F-C
Ajinca is expected to miss at least four weeks with a right hamstring strain.

Analysis: Ajinca was injured in Saturday's preseason opener against Indiana.
10/4/2015 Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C
LeBron James calls Thompson's contract stalemate with the Cavaliers ''a distraction.''

Analysis: Thompson has not reported to training camp as he remains in a holdout for a long-term deal. James remains hopeful the sides can work out a deal for Thompson, who filled in for an injured Kevin Love and helped the Cavs make it to the NBA Finals last season. Thompson remains a restricted free agent and can receive offers from other teams.
10/4/2015 Chris Bosh, Mia, F-C
Bosh returned to the Miami Heat lineup and scored 14 points in a 90-77 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night in a preseason game.

Analysis: Bosh, who missed Miami's final 30 games last season because of blood clots in one of his lungs, played 23 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds.
10/3/2015 Ben McLemore, Sac, SG
The Kings have picked up the 2016-17 option on McLemore's contract. General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.

Analysis: McLemore was Sacramento's first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.
10/3/2015 Nikoloz Tskitishvili, LAC, F
The Clippers have waived Tskitishvili. The move came Saturday, a day after he didn't play in the team's first preseason game, a 103-96 victory over Denver. The team signed him last week.

Analysis: Tskitishvili, a 32-year-old from Tbilisi, Georgia, played for Champville of the Lebanese Basketball League last season. He has appeared in 172 career NBA games with Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix, averaging 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. He was chosen fifth overall in the 2002 NBA draft by the Nuggets.
10/3/2015 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cha, SF
Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday night. The team's top defensive player tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Saturday night against Orlando.

Analysis: Kidd-Gilchrist elected to have surgery after consulting with team orthopedist Marcus Cook earlier in the day. Had he not opted for surgery, the chances of reinjuring the shoulder were much higher.
10/2/2015 Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C
Thompson declined to sign a one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for this season and remains a restricted free agent.

Analysis: Thompson had until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to accept the offer. The elite rebounder and the defending Eastern Conference champions remain apart on a long-term contract. The Cavs practice Friday, and if he's not there he will be considered a holdout.
10/2/2015 John Henson, Mil, F-C
The Milwaukee Bucks have locked up Henson for the long haul. The Bucks announced a contract extension with the Henson on Friday.

Analysis: A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press it is a four-year extension worth $44 million. It could reach $48 million with incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team does not disclose contract terms.
9/30/2015 Pau Gasol, Chi, F-C
Gasol said he had sinus surgery in June.

Analysis: It was to address the chronic sinusitis he experienced the past few years.
9/29/2015 Iman Shumpert, Cle, G-F
Shumpert needs surgery on his right wrist and will be sidelined for at least three months.

Analysis: Shumpert injured his wrist last week while getting ready for training camp. He told the team about his injury on Monday and an MRI revealed a ruptured sheath in his wrist. The team said he will have the operation Wednesday and that he could need as long as 14 weeks to recover.
9/29/2015 Jabari Parker, Mil, F
Parker was a full participant when the Milwaukee Bucks opened training camp. It was the official practice for the forward since his rookie season ended in December because of a left knee injury.

Analysis: Coach Jason Kidd said Parker went through the whole practice on Tuesday. Parker said he was making progress, and he was encouraged by how practice went.
9/29/2015 Derrick Rose, Chi, PG
Rose had surgery to repair his left eye socket Wednesday, a day after being elbowed in the face. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the operation to repair a left orbital fracture "went as expected" and the team said Rose should be able to resume ''basketball activities'' in two weeks - about two weeks before the Oct. 27 opener against Cleveland.

Analysis: The injury is the latest in a long line for Rose and the last thing the Bulls needed with a new coach in Fred Hoiberg. Rose missed all of the 2012-13 season after tearing his left ACL during the first round of the 2012 playoffs, and played only 10 games two years ago after tearing the meniscus in his right knee. He also had a minor procedure on the right knee late last season.
9/28/2015 Anthony Bennett, Tor, F
Bennett signed with the Toronto Raptors on Monday, and the Canadian forward is looking toward a new start in his hometown.

Analysis: Bennett has had a rough two seasons in the NBA since he was the surprise No. 1 overall pick by Cleveland in 2013. He battled injuries in his rookie season with the Cavaliers and in second season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he landed with Andrew Wiggins in the Kevin Love deal.
9/26/2015 Mike Dunleavy, Chi, G-F
Dunleavy has undergone back surgery and will miss eight to 10 weeks.

Analysis: The Bulls say in a statement that Dunleavy "experienced some occasional back discomfort over the summer which had recently worsened." After "conservative measures" failed to end the symptoms, he underwent a microdiscectomy Friday at Rush University Medical Center. Dunleavy faces the possibility of missing 12 to 16 regular-season games. Training camp begins next week.
9/25/2015 Ricky Rubio, Min, PG
As the Minnesota Timberwolves prepare to open training camp, rumors have circulated that Rubio is available via trade. General manager Milt Newton tells The Associated Press that the Wolves ''are not talking to anybody about trading Ricky.''

Analysis: Rubio was limited to 22 games last season due to an ankle injury and is starting a new four-year, $56 million contract. He will turn 25 next month and has suffered serious injuries in two of his first four seasons in the league. Newton calls Rubio ''one of the best facilitators in the league.'' The Wolves believe they need the flashy playmaker to take charge of a young core featuring Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the last two No. 1 overall draft picks.
9/25/2015 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, LAC, F
The Clippers have signed Mbah a Moute

Analysis: Mbah a Moute averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 67 games for Philadelphia last season. His seven-year NBA career includes stints with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Minnesota and the 76ers. Mbah a Moute returns to Los Angeles, where he helped UCLA make three consecutive Final Four appearances before being taken in the 2008 NBA draft by the Bucks.
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