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Evan Mobley (right ankle sprain) will miss the next one-to-two weeks for the Cavaliers per Shams Charania. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mobley will now miss the rest of the preseason and might also be at risk of missing the team’s season opener. The second-year center is coming off a rookie campaign that saw him average 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while receiving solid volume, posting a usage rate of 20.1%. Mobley’s injury seems minor enough that he should still be drafted at his current ADP with confidence.

Seth Curry is not fully cleared for Nets training camp. (Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Curry said he is at 85 or 90% so his status for the season opener shouldn't be in too much doubt. He underwent surgery on his left ankle in early May.

Ben Simmons said he has been cleared for Nets training camp. (Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “I’m ready to go,” Simmons said. He should be a full participant ahead of the start of training camp on Tuesday. He will be a risky player this year for fantasy managers but when he is fully healthy and in tune, he has proven to be a solid player in category leagues with his ability as a passer and rebounder. We'll likely see a lot of Simmons taking the ball up this year with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on the outside which could lead to a lot of assist opportunities for Simmons.

The Chicago Bulls announced that Lonzo Ball will undergo an "arthroscopic debridement" of his left knee on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and will be re-evaluated in 4-to-6 weeks. (Source: Chicago Bulls on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It looks like the knee injury that forced Ball to miss almost the entirety of the 2021-22 season is still lingering, as he will undergo another procedure. With Chicago's first game being played on Oct. 19, it looks like it may be a long shot for the point guard to be available to open the season. In terms of his fantasy value, this puts an even bigger question mark next to his name going into drafting season, and it may be the safe bet to stay away from him until more information is known.

Gary Harris has suffered a tear in his left meniscus and will undergo further testing to determine a timetable for his recovery according to ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harris’ injury comes just a month before the start of NBA training camp so all fantasy managers can do is wait to find out how much of the upcoming season this will cost the 27-year-old. Harris averaged 11.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 28.4 minutes across 61 games for the Magic last season. Harris, who came to the Magic as part of the Aaron Gordon trade to Denver in 2021, had just signed a two-year, $26 million extension back in June.

Chet Holmgren will miss the entire 2022-23 NBA season after suffering a Lisfranc injury in his right foot on August 20 as reported by ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Holmgren suffered the injury will attempting to guard LeBron James at the rim on a fast break at Jamal Crawford’s Pro-Am “The Crawsover” on August 20. The second overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft will now miss his entire rookie season. Thus begins a disappointing start to the young big man’s career. The only consolation for fantasy managers is he can now be a sneaky draft and stash in dynasty formats for those willing to take him as a late-round flier on Draft Day.

Middleton had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist in early July. This injury dates back to March and is not the same injury that kept him out of the Bucks playoff run, which was an MCL sprain. (Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Middleton is expected back by the beginning of the regular season. Hopefully he is able to heal fully and have some ramp up time before the season. If that’s the case, fantasy players shouldn’t expect a drop off in his production outside of the first couple of games.

E.J. Liddell suffers torn ACL

Wed, Jul 13th 7:49am EDT
By Garrett Ball

The rookie second round pick out of Ohio State suffered a torn ACL playing against the Hawks in Summer League. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It’s an unfortunate injury for Liddell, who slid into the second round after many graded him a first round prospect. Liddell had an uphill battle to make the team in New Orleans with the Pelicans already maxing out their guaranteed contract roster spots. Now with his injury, the path to an NBA roster has just become that much harder for him.

Jaden Ivey suffered a right ankle injury in Saturday's Summer League game against the Wizards. (Source: Mike Curtis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ivey appeared to have his ankle stepped on by Isaiah Todd on a three-point attempt early in the opening quarter. Ivey hit all three throws before leaving the game and was later ruled out for the afternoon. The rookie was on pace for a huge showing already having scored 11 points with two assists in just five minutes of play. The Pistons will likely take a very cautious approach with Ivey the rest of Summer League.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Aron Baynes expected to work out for several NBA teams in Las Vegas one year after suffering a spinal cord injury. (Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Just one year removed from a spinal cord injury that cost him the entirety of the 2021-2022 NBA season, Baynes is now healthy and working out for several teams during the Las Vegas summer league. He returned to playing basketball only in January after grueling weeks regaining his strength through daily physical therapy and is now ready to show teams his progress. The 35-year-old has played nine seasons in the NBA and averaged 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds with the Toronto Raptors during the 2020-21 season.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Portland Trail Blazers lottery pick Shaedon Sharpe sustained a left shoulder injury Thursday that ended his Summer League debut and he is expected to undergo an MRI on Friday. (Source: Chris Haynes of Yahoo)

Fantasy Impact: The seventh overall selection in the 2022 NBA draft saw his summer league debut cut short due to a shoulder injury. He played just six minutes, going for 2 points on 1-3 shooting (0-2 3PT) with 1 turnover. Several outlets have reported that the injury isn't expected to be severe but reports will likely drop mid-day Friday after his MRI. He is expected to be a large part of the 2022 Blazers roster and likely to be a top-150 player in fantasy leagues this season.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Memphis Grizzlies F Jaren Jackson Jr., underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 months. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)

Fantasy Impact: Just 30-minutes prior to free agency, the Grizzlies dropped the news that injury-riddled forward, Jaren Jackson Jr., has surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. The team is optimistic that Jackson will make a full recovery and in time to return for the regular season. A 4-6 month recovery has him looking at a November return which will likely have him missing a few games to start the season.

According to Law Murray of The Athletic, Clippers F Kawhi Leonard progressing well in rehab from ACL surgery. (Source: Law Murray)

Fantasy Impact: After tearing an ACL during 2020's playoff run, Leonard was forced to miss all of the NBA's 2021-2022 season. The Athletics Law Murray dropped a few hints that Leonard is continuing to progress well in his recovery and has not had any setbacks. With NBA camps not opening until mid-October, it's increasingly likely that we see Leonard on Day 1 of the 2022-2023 NBA season. The Clippers are currently sixth on the NBA odds board to win the championship.