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Date Player
10/23/2016 Bruno Caboclo, Tor, SF
The Raptors have exercised the fourth-year option on Caboclo's contract.

Analysis: The 20th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft remains a major project, but the Raptors haven't given up on him yet. Caboclo has played in only 14 games over his first two seasons, spending most of that time in the D-League.
10/23/2016 Lucas Nogueira, Tor, C
The Raptors have exercised their fourth-year option on Nogueira.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Brazilian showed some promise in his second NBA season, shooting 63.6 percent from the field while averaging 2.2 points in 29 games in 2015-16. Nogueira is battling rookie first-round pick Jakob Poeltl to begin the season as Toronto's backup center.
10/23/2016 Delon Wright, Tor, PG
The Raptors have picked up the third-year option on Wright's rookie contract.

Analysis: Wright, who'll miss the season's first two months recovering from shoulder surgery, averaged 3.8 points and 1.1 assists in 27 games as a rookie in 2015-16. The Utah product was the 20th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.
10/22/2016 Patrick Beverley, Hou, G
Beverley will miss at least the first 20 games of the season due to a left knee injury.

Analysis: Last season, Beverley averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. His career averages are 9.2 points, 3.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. Beverley played in one exhibition game on Oct. 2, scoring five points and adding six rebounds and five assists in a 131-94 victory over the Shanghai Sharks.
10/22/2016 Kay Felder, Cle, PG
Felder of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers was placed in the NBA's concussion protocol after taking a blow to the head during Friday's practice. Felder will continue to be evaluated and is questionable for Tuesday's season opener against the Knicks.

Analysis: Felder, who was acquired in a draft night trade and later signed to a three-year, $2.4 million contract by the Cavaliers, averaged 8.8 points in 22.2 minutes during six preseason games. The Horizon League's career assist leader is expected to back up starting point guard Kyrie Irving.
10/21/2016 Louis Amundson, NY, PF
Amundson was among five players waived by the Knicks on Friday.

Analysis: The journeyman forward started 35 games for the Knicks in 2014-15 and appeared in 29 last season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds. Amundson could eventually be re-signed or catch on with another team, though he won't have any fantasy value regardless of where he ends up.
10/21/2016 Cleanthony Early, NY, SF
Early was one of five players waived by the Knicks on Friday.

Analysis: The move comes three days after New York re-signed the former Wichita State standout. Early, who averaged 4.3 points in 56 games with the Knicks over the previous two seasons, missed most of the offseason with a hamstring injury. He could still wind up with the team's D-League affiliate in Westchester.
10/21/2016 Chasson Randle, NY, PG
Randle was one of five players waived by the Knicks on Friday.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie had been pushing for a roster spot as a third point guard before recently injuring his eye in a preseason game. Randle still may have a shot to make the league once he's recovered from the injury.
10/21/2016 Jared Sullinger, Tor, F-C
The Raptors announced Sunday that Sullinger will undergo foot surgery. The surgery will insert a screw into the fifth metatarsal in Sullinger's left foot. The team called the procedure "a preventative measure to alleviate symptomatic stress reactions" and said his status will be updated following the surgery.

Analysis: Sullinger's foot was stepped on during the Raptors' preseason opener on Oct. 1, and he hasn't played since. Sullinger signed a one-year deal worth a reported $6 million in the offseason. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Celtics, averaging 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
10/21/2016 Willie Cauley-Stein, Sac, F-C
The Kings exercised their third-year option on Cauley-Stein on Friday.

Analysis: Cauley-Stein is entering his second season with the Kings after being drafted sixth overall in the 2015 draft. Cauley-Stein averaged 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks last season when he was named to the all-rookie second team.
10/21/2016 Spencer Dinwiddie, Chi, PG
The Chicago Bulls waived Dinwiddie on Friday, decreasing their roster to 14.

Analysis: Dinwiddie, 23, was acquired in a trade with the Detroit Pistons for forward Cameron Bairstow on June 17. The Bulls waived him on July 7, but re-signed him on July 28. In five preseason games, Dinwiddie averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists over 14.9 minutes per contest.
10/21/2016 Danny Green, SA, G-F
Green will miss three weeks after straining his left quadriceps. Green initially suffered the injury during training camp and aggravated it Tuesday during the Spurs' annual intra-squad scrimmage.

Analysis: The eight-year veteran averaged 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds last season while shooting 33 percent on 3s, his lowest percentage in six seasons with the Spurs.
10/21/2016 Nerlens Noel, Phi, F-C
The 76ers announced Friday that Noel elected to have surgery on his left knee after consulting with several specialists.

Analysis: Noel missed his entire rookie season while recovering from surgery on his left knee, but this latest procedure is arthroscopic and considered to be minor. The Sixers have not announced a timetable for his return.
10/21/2016 Ben Bentil, Bos, PF
The Boston Celtics waived Bentil on Friday, trimming their roster to 16 players.

Analysis: Bentil, drafted with the No. 51 overall pick by the Celtics in this year's draft, isn't expected to join their NBA Development League affiliate Maine Red Claws despite earlier consideration to do so. "I think that Ben will look for other opportunities," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told reporters Friday. Bentil averaged 5.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game in three preseason games with Boston.
10/21/2016 Gary Harris, Den, SG
The Nuggets exercised their fourth-year option on Harris on Friday.

Analysis: Harris averaged 8.5 points in his first two seasons with Denver. He was picked 19th overall by Chicago during the 2014 draft and acquired that night.
10/21/2016 Jusuf Nurkic, Den, C
The Nuggets exercised their fourth-year option on Nurkic on Friday.

Analysis: Nurkic averaged 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in two seasons with Denver. The Bosnian center figures heavily into the Nuggets' plans this season.
10/21/2016 Emmanuel Mudiay, Den, PG
The Nuggets exercised their third-year option on Mudiay on Friday.

Analysis: Mudiay was the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft. He played in 68 games and averaged 5.5 assists, which was tops among rookies. He scored 12.8 points a game.
10/20/2016 Marcus Smart, Bos, PG
Smart could miss around two weeks after spraining his left ankle in Wednesday's preseason game against the Knicks.

Analysis: If that timetable is accurate, Smart would miss at least the first three games of the regular season. The Celtics have the backcourt depth to withstand a brief absence from the 2014 first-round pick, with second-year pro Terry Rozier likely slotting in as the backup point guard behind Isaiah Thomas.
10/20/2016 Stanley Johnson, Det, G-F
The Pistons exercised their team option on Johnson through the 2017-18 season Thursday.

Analysis: The move came as little surprise after Johnson averaged 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds as a rookie in 2015-16. Detroit drafted him with the No. 8 pick in 2015. He made six starts last season.
10/20/2016 Jarrett Jack, Atl, G
The Hawks waived Jack on Thursday.

Analysis: Jack has been unable to practice after suffering torn knee ligaments last season. He missed all seven of the Hawks' exhibition games this preseason. Jack agreed to a one-year, veteran-minimum contract worth $980,431 this summer after the Brooklyn Nets waived him and his $6.3 million contract in June, making him an unrestricted free agent. Jack averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 assists last season in 32 games, all as a starter.
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