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Kyle Anderson will once again be in the starting lineup as the Spurs take on the Kings Thursday, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.


Anderson was relatively quiet in Tuesday's season opener as he started for the injured Danny Green. Meanwhile, the Spurs other reserve wing Jonathan Simmons had an impressive performance, which was cause for speculation regarding what direction the team would go Wednesday. Anderson played 22 minutes in the opener, and should see a similar workload Thursday.

Tyus Jones (Min)

Tyus Jones did not play in Wednesday's loss to Memphis due to a coach's decision.


There's been talk Jones could be traded as the acquisition of 2016 first-round draft pick Kris Dunn makes him expendable. Don't expect him to play much unless Ricky Rubio or Dunn get hurt.

Adreian Payne did not play in Wednesday's loss to Memphis due to a coach's decision.


Payne is far down on the depth chart and it's hard to see him having much of a role unless there are several injuries in the front court.

Jerian Grant is inactive for Thursday's game against the Celtics, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.


Grant is likely a coach's decision inactive, though no reason was provided for his not playing on Thursday. Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant may see a few extra minutes while Grant is out. Saturday's game against the Pacers' will be Grant's first chance to return to the lineup.

Brandon Rush (Min)

Brandon Rush did not score (0-for-3 from the field) but had an assist in 14 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Memphis.


Rush will be one of the top options off the bench and should get opportunites to make three-point shots, but he had a minor role in a game where all the starters played at least 33 minutes. He may not get many shots on most nights.

Nemanja Bjelica (Min)

Nemanja Bjelica scored three points in 14 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Memphis.


Bjelica was one of the top subs off the bench, but that didn't translate into a lot of opportunities with all five starters playing 33 minutes or more. It was somewhat surprising Bjelica only attempted (and missed) one three-point shot with the T-Wolves behind late in the game. He should get more changes to make an impact with his three-point shot this season.

Ricky Rubio (Min)

Ricky Rubio scored four points with eight assists in 33 minutes in Wednesday's loss to Memphis.


Rubio only attempted five shots from the floor (1-of-5) as he's not going to be asked to shoot much in new head coach Tom Thibodeau's offense.

Denzel Valentine (ankle) has been cleared for Thursday's season opener against the Celtics, Sean Highkin of The Athletic reports.


Valentine was able to participate fully in practice throughout the beginning of the week and came into Thursday with a probable designation, so it comes as little surprise he's been cleared to play. He's not expected to have any sort of limitations, although it remains to be seen what kind of role coach Fred Hoiberg has planned for his rookie. Valentine could very well be brought along slowly, so it may be wise to temper expectations for the time being. He's slated to come off the bench behind Dwyane Wade as a depth option at shooting guard.

Chase Budinger has signed with Baskonia of the Spanish ACB EuroLeague, international reporter David Pick reports.


Budinger has spent the last seven seasons in the NBA, spending time with the likes of Houston, Minnesota, Indiana and Phoenix. He split the 2015-16 campaign between the Pacers and Suns, finishing with averages of 4.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist over 14.1 minutes per game. Budinger latched on with the Nets during training camp, but was unable to make the final roster and will now head overseas to Spain for his first career appearance in the the international game.

Brian Roberts (Cha)

Brian Roberts (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Friday's matchup with the Heat.


Roberts missed the season-opener against Milwaukee on Wednesday, contradicting earlier reports that he'd be cleared in time to be available off the bench. The general belief seems to be that the veteran should be able to return Friday, barring a setback, but an update likely won't come until after morning shootaround. If he's held out again, Ramon Sessions would receive most of the backup minutes behind starting point guard Kemba Walker.

Frank Kaminsky (Cha)

Frank Kaminsky (foot) has been deemed questionable to play Friday against Miami.


After missing Wednesday's season opener with a sprained right foot, the big man's status heading into the weekend remains clouded. Kaminsky was able to work out at Thursday's practice and was observed going through sprints, skips and shuffle cuts without noticeable restriction. Even so, Charlotte will likely wait until shootaround Friday morning to make a decision, and if Kaminsky is ultimately held out again, expect to see more of Spencer Hawes and Cody Zeller off the bench. In Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks, Hawes scored four points in 13 minutes, while Zeller tallied 15 points in 14 minutes.

Jose Calderon (LAL)

Jose Calderon (calf) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Jazz, Mark Medina of L.A. Daily News reports.


Calderon has dealt with a strained left calf recently, but was able to get back on the floor and return to practice Thursday. However, he's still listed as doubtful for Friday, so look for him to remain sidelined for a second consecutive game. Jordan Clarkson is operating as the team's sixth man and should see extended minutes at both point guard and shooting guard off the bench while Calderon remains out.

Wayne Ellington (Mia)

Wayne Ellington (quad) has been formally ruled out for Friday's game against the Hornets, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.


This news comes as no surprise after the Heat revealed earlier in the week that Ellington would likely miss multiple games to begin the season. The veteran has yet to return to practice since suffering a right quad bruise on Oct. 21, and coach Erik Spoelstra said Wednesday that Ellington has been limited to only stationary shooting and free throws. With both Ellington and Josh Richardson (knee) out, expect Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson and Rodney McGruder to again handle the bulk of the workload at shooting guard.

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said Monday that Quincy Pondexter (knee) will likely be reevaluated in about two weeks.


Demps has declined to give a return timeline for Pondexter, but did suggest that the forward is likely further behind in his recovery from injury than Tyreke Evans (knee), who is expected back between late November and mid-December. Once Pondexter is reevaluated, the Pelicans should have a better idea on a return date, but with the 28-year-old having not suited up in a game since April 2015, he'll likely face significant restrictions when he's finally cleared to play again.

Josh McRoberts (Mia)

Josh McRoberts (foot) is no longer listed on the Heat's injury report in advance of Friday's matchup with the Hornets, Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports.


After being limited by a stress reaction in his right foot throughout training camp and the preseason McRoberts finally returned to full practice earlier in the week, but didn't play in the team's opener Wednesday against the Magic. Considering he's no longer on the injury report, McRoberts will presumably be available to play Friday night, though it's possible he'll face a minutes restriction. McRoberts has previously seen most of his action at power forward in the past with the Heat, but is expected to play primarily at center in 2016-17. He'll battle Willie Reed for the top backup role behind starter Hassan Whiteside.

Trevor Booker (Bro)

Trevor Booker put up eight points (4-5, 0-1 3Pt), seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 24 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.


Booker has typically been a rotation player up to this point in his career, but he played well in his first start for the Nets, as the 28-year-old shot 100 percent inside the arc and tallied more assists than any single game last season. The forward also led the team in defensive rebounds with six. Booker will look to build on his performance Friday against the Pacers.

Derrick Favors (Uta)

Derrick Favors (knee) took part in practice Thursday and remains questionable to play Friday against the Lakers, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.


A sore left knee kept Favors out of the Jazz's opener against Portland on Tuesday, but the fact that he was able to put in a full practice Thursday has to be viewed as an encouraging sign. Still, Utah will wait until Friday's shootaround to give Favors another evaluation, at which point his status should become more clear.

Dario Saric struggled in his first taste of regular season NBA action, finishing with just five points (2-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes Wednesday against Oklahoma City.


Saric got the start at power forward alongside fellow-rookie Joel Embiid, but it was Embiid who had the better outing, finishing with 20 points and seven rebounds in only 22 minutes. While Saric struggled from the field Wednesday, he remains a high-upside prospect who should have a fairly long leash in his first season. Saric will look to rebound when the Sixers host the Hawks on Saturday night.

Jordan Clarkson (LAL)

Jordan Clarkson provided 25 points (8-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three rebounds, three steals and an assist across 25 minutes in Wednesday's 120-114 win over the Rockets.


Coach Luke Walton liked what he saw from Clarkson while experimenting with him as the Lakers' sixth man in the preseason, and Clarkson validated the coach's decision to keep him in that role in the opener by delivering a team-high scoring total. While the Rockets fell into a shooting funk in the fourth quarter, Clarkson heated up, churning out 12 points in the final period, including a decisive three-pointer with 1:48 remaining to give the Lakers a four-point lead. Clarkson saw less court time than starting shooting guard Nick Young, who posted eight points on 3-for-12 shooting in 27 minutes, but Young's historically erratic play should allow Clarkson to dominate the minutes at the position before long, even if he continues to come off the bench.

Victor Oladipo (OKC)

Victor Oladipo accumulated 10 points (4-16 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 103-97 win over the 76ers.


After exploding for 34 points in the Thunder's preseason opener, Oladipo's scoring and efficiency took a steep hit over the remainder of the exhibition schedule, and those struggles carried over to the regular-season opener. Oladipo's poor shooting and team-high three turnovers in Wednesday's contest resulted in coach Billy Donovan scaling back his workload, allowing Kyle Singler (22 minutes) and Semaj Christon (15 minutes) to see enhanced court time. The Thunder still view Oladipo as an integral part of the core and are counting on him to be their primary scoring option after Russell Westbrook, but he's worth avoiding in daily formats until he proves his shooting woes are behind him.