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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/14/14

NBA Player Updates 10/14: News From Around the League

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The NBA preseason continues to roll along, and that means we’re getting closer and closer to the start of the regular season on October 28. In the meantime, there’s plenty of information to go over, so with that said let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news.

It seems the Thunder’s Kevin Durant hasn’t made a concrete decision about what to do for his injured foot just yet. He’s reportedly still considering non-surgical options to treat the fracture he’s got, and is currently mulling his options.
Assuming Durant eventually does opt for surgery, he’s looking at a 6-8 week recovery period. That said, the longer it takes him to make up his mind, the longer he’ll be out.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/14/14

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In other injury news, the Hawks’ Al Horford is scheduled to return to action this week. He’s been out of commission since early last year due to a torn pectoral muscle but is expected to get into preseason action this week.
Horford has been doing 5-on-5 scrimmage work in practice and seems to be just about ready to take the floor. The Hawks play Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, so we’ll see which game he gets into.

Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving took part in the team’s non-contact drills during yesterday’s practice, according to sources close to the team. He’s nursing an ankle injury sustained during practice last week, but his condition isn’t considered to be too serious.
The hope here is that Irving will be well enough by Friday to be able to play in the team’s preseason game. We’ll see if he can make it back for that one.

Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has no structural damage in his knee, which is great news for the Pistons.
Caldwell-Pope is going to be out of action for at least the next three preseason games, however the feeling is that he’ll be ready for the regular season. His role will be increasing this year--especially defensively--so it’s important for him to get back to 100 percent.

Celtics C Vitor Faverani went under the knife yesterday. He had knee surgery in Spain and will be out 6-8 weeks while he recovers.
This is Faverani’s second knee procedure this year. He also had knee surgery in March. These ongoing injuries could cause the Celtics to cut him, so we’ll see what the team opts to do.

NBA Daily Schedule: Let’s start looking forward to the upcoming 2014-15 NBA regular season. Here’s a look at opening night on October 28.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014:

8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)

10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT)

NBA 2014 Off-Season Schedule: It’s been long off-season, but we’ve had plenty of happenings (and rumors) around the league to keep us busy. Here’s a look at what we’ve got left.

October 4: Preseason begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin

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