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Ian Mahinmi is currently dealing with knee soreness, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

Impact

Head coach Scott Brooks indicated that Mahinmi bumped his knee in practice a few days ago, which resulted in him being held out Thursday. However, he did return Friday and participated in the majority of practice. The team is likely just being cautious in order to avoid any type of nagging injury this early in training camp.

Bradley Beal has passed the league's concussion protocol, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

Impact

Beal sustained the concussion after taking an accidental blow to the head in Wednesday's practice. However, the injury does not appear to be serious as he has already been cleared to return to the court. The 23-year-old sharp shooter is expected to go through a 45-minute workout Friday, and subsequently return to practice with the team on Saturday.

Ben Simmons is dealing with a fracture in the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot, although an estimate for his time off the court has yet to be released by the Sixers, Bob Cooney of the Daily News reports.

Impact

This is horrendous news for the rookie stalwart as it seems as though he'll be forced to miss a significant portion of the upcoming season. The exact severity of his injury is still under wraps, but it would be surprising if Simmons was allowed back on the court anytime soon. He originally suffered a rolled ankle during a scrimmage Friday and precautionary X-ray and MRI results revealed the worst. In his absence, Dario Saric, Nerlens Noel, and Jerami Grant could all see unexpectedly more time at power forward.

Marcus Morris (finger) was limited in Friday's practice, but head coach Stan Van Gundy said he would have probably played if it was a game, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.

Impact

It looks as if there is no real concern surrounding Morris' inury and the team is simply taking a cautious approach with the forward. He should be in no real danger of missing the start of the regular season as the starting small forward for the Pistons.

Darrell Arthur (knee) was limited during Friday's practice, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports.

Impact

Arthur is still recovering from his left knee surgery he underwent a few weeks ago and has continued to be a limited participant in practice. The forward seems to be positively progressing, however, considering he's been running for a couple of weeks. Assuming Arthur continues on his path to recovery, he will see minutes in the Nuggets' rotation in front of fellow teammates Danilo gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Jusuf Nurkic.

Salah Mejri (knee) has been limited in training camp following surgery on his right knee in June, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

Impact

Mejri was initially thought to be back at full strength by the time training camp rolled around, but it appears that is not yet the case. Head coach Rick Carlisle said he hopes to have the big man back to being a full participant soon, especially with preseason now getting underway. He should be considered day-to-day moving forward till the start of the regular season.

Jahlil Okafor is expected to play in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Celtics, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly reports.

Impact

The 76ers have limited Okafor's activity during training camp while he battled a knee injury, but the big man had said earlier in the week that he is no longer being bothered by the ailment. Head coach Brett Brown saying Okafor will play Tuesday essentially confirms that the former Duke big man is healthy and ready for the season. Brown also doesn't anticipate that he'll have a minutes restriction on Okafor, further affirming that he is fully recovered.

Ben Simmons rolled his ankle in Friday's practice and will have precautionary x-rays, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly reports.

Impact

Head coach Brett Brown does not seem too concerned with the No. 1 overall pick's health, but it's something to monitor as the injury was severe enough where x-rays needed to be taken. The 76ers will likely update Simmons' status tomorrow following the x-rays and take precautionary measures with him as the preseason approaches.

Hassan Whiteside missed practice Friday with a sore left knee, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sentinel reports.

Impact

The injury likely isn't anything serious for the center, who is fresh off signing a $98 million contract this offseason, but Whiteside does have a history with knee injuries. Most recently, he suffered from a sprained MCL in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but said in June that it was no longer an issue. Nevertheless, Whiteside is probably being held out as a precaution, and unless reported otherwise, the injury should not hold him out for too long.

Dwight Powell said Thursday that he now checks in at 245 pounds, ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon reports.

Impact

Powell's weight has vacillated between the 230- and 255-pound range over the last year, but the big man indicated that the middle ground of that range is most ideal for him, as it provides him with enough strength to battle frontcourt players on the boards while also allowing him to maintain his mobility. After re-signing with the Mavericks on a four-year, $37 million contract over the summer, Powell looks in line to serve as the Mavs' top reserve in the frontcourt. He'll see time behind both Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut at power forward and center, respectively.

Dennis Schroder, who was held out of Thursday's practice with a sore ankle, is expected to be reevaluated in a few days, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Impact

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer indicated the Hawks were erring on the side of caution by keeping Schroder, the projected starter at point guard, out for a few days in order for him to recover from the injury. In addition to Schroder, backup point guard Jarrett Jack (knee) has also been limited at camp, leaving Malcolm Delaney and Will Bynum as the only healthy players capable of running the offense during practices.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Thursday that Paul Millsap (knee) remains "very, very limited" in his on-court activities while he recovers from a non-surgical procedure, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Impact

While Budenholzer's quote seems concerning on the surface, Millsap was expected all along to be sidelined for three weeks after undergoing the procedure on his right knee just over a week ago, so it comes as little surprise that he's doing limited work on the court. The power forward has been limited to free throw shooting thus far during workouts, but we should see him ramp up his activities in the coming week as he nears the end of his recovery timetable. It's expected that Millsap will miss most of the Hawks' preseason schedule, but he's on track to return to full strength for the start of the regular season.

Alan Anderson is dealing with an ankle injury and was held out of Thursday's practice, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

Impact

It's not exactly clear when the injury occurred, but Anderson is being held out for "precautionary measure". With that said, it doesn't sound like anything serious and he'll likely make a return to practice in the near future. Anderson is currently competing with Luc Mbah a Moute and Wesley Johnson for the starting small forward gig, so he'll likely push to get back to practice as soon as possible.

Throughout the beginning of training camp, Denzel Valentine has played 70 percent of of his time on the wing, while also seeing 30 percent at point guard, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

Valentine is slated to spend the majority of his rookie season on the wing, fighting with the likes of Doug McDermott and Tony Snell for minutes behind Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler. However, the Bulls are experimenting with Valentine at point guard as well, where the team has some unproven talent behind starter Rajon Rondo. Valentine has the ability to be both a scorer and a facilitator, evidenced by his averages of 19.2 points and 7.8 assists during his senior season at Michigan State, so he shouldn't have too much trouble adjusting to that role. Valentine will likely see some time at point guard during the preseason, which should also give us a better indication of his role heading into his rookie campaign.

Elfrid Payton (hip) was sidelined a second straight practice Thursday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Impact

A projected starter for the upcoming season, Payton has been dealing with a strained hip flexor throughout the start of training camp. He indicated Wednesday that his injury was feeling better, but he took another day off Thursday for further rest and recovery. The Magic open up their preseason schedule against the Grizzlies on Oct. 3, so for now, consider Payton questionable for that matchup.

Devin Harris (toe) will take contact during Friday's practice, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Impact

Harris started training camp as a limited participant and was held out of contact portions of practice, as he was being eased into action after undergoing offseason surgery on his toe. However, he's progressed enough over the first couple of days during camp, that he's going to go through a full-contact practice on Friday. With that said, it appears he's nearing a return to full strength, although it wouldn't be surprising if the Mavericks kept him limited once they open up their preseason schedule against the Pelicans on Oct. 1.

Quincy Ford (head) was cleared to practice Thursday, Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports.

Impact

Ford took a shot to the head during Wednesday's morning practice, but it appears he's avoided any sort of concussion, as he was already back on the floor Thursday. It's good news for Ford, considering he'll need an impressive showing during training camp to earn a spot on the regular season roster. More likely, he'll start his professional career in the D-League.

Thon Maker had additional tests performed on his sprained right wrist and was cleared of any breaks, but he's still slated to miss a few more practices, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Impact

Maker suffered the sprained wrist during practice Wednesday, but as expected, it's nothing too severe. The Bucks will proceed cautiously with Maker, who will rest up for a few more days and could miss the Bucks' preseason opener, scheduled for Oct. 8.

Marcus Morris is dealing with a finger injury and was a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.

Impact

Morris had an X-ray performed on the finger, but it came back negative, indicating the injury isn't that serious. While Morris could be at risk of missing a few more days of practice, he doesn't look to be in danger of missing time during the regular season. Morris is poised to start at small forward this season, but could see a slight downgrade in playing time after averaging 35.7 minutes per game last season. Coach Stan Van Gundy has spoken of getting more rest for his starters in 2016-17, so if that plan holds to form, Stanley Johnson would be in line for expanded run.

Marcus Thornton was held out of practice Thursday with a sprained right thumb, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.

Impact

Thornton jammed his finger during a previous practice and is now dealing with some lingering pain, so the Wizards will hold him out to avoid any further damage. The veteran shooting guard could be at risk of missing the Wizards' preseason opener next week, but this doesn't seem like the sort of injury that would keep him sidelined through the start of the regular season.