Sat Sep 14 11:01am ET
By STEPHEN WADE
AP Sports Writer
Serbia's Vasilije Micic in action during the FIBA Basketball World Cup match between Serbia and the United States at the Dongguan Basketball Center, Dongguan, China, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP)
BEIJING (AP) Serbia basketball coach Sasha Djordjevic says he's resigning after his team - among the favorites to win the basketball World Cup - settled for fifth place.
Djordjevic broke the news after Serbia beat the Czech Republic 90-81 on Saturday to win the game that decided fifth and sixth place.
Djordjevic says ''I've already told the players I think it's time to leave. That's it. I want to resign now. ... I'm leaving in a moment when we unfortunately didn't manage our goal.''
Serbia has won silver medals in the last three major international tournaments under Djordjevic, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics three years ago.
But Serbia failed in the World Cup, not only to win, but to book a place in next year's Tokyo Olympics. Serbia will have to win an Olympic qualifying tournament next summer to advance.
New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (calf) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the San Antonio Spurs. Gibson missed the preseason finale on Friday due to the same calf issue. Bobby Portis would be asked to do more, assuming Gibson doesn't play on Wednesday. The Knicks have a bunch of veteran big guys, so it's unclear how they plan to work that rotation.
Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (foot) will start in Wednesday's season opener, but he'll be limited to begin the season. He missed the entire preseason due to foot soreness. The Grizzlies don't want to rush him back too soon, so limiting Valanciunas is the best option. It's concerning for fantasy owners, but hopefully the soreness won't last too long. It's unclear how much Valanciunas will play, so fantasy owners will just have to wait and see.
Dallas Mavericks forward/center Dwight Powell (hamstring) will miss at least the first two games of the season, according to head coach Rick Carlisle. Powell had already been ruled out for Wednesday, but he'll sit out on Friday as well. The Mavs aren't going to rush him back to the court, so he could miss more games than two games. Maximilian Kleber will benefit the most in his absence.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (calf) is questionable for Tuesday's season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers. Head coach Frank Vogel said they will wait until closer to game time before making a final decision. Avery Bradley, Alex Caruso, and Quinn Cook would be asked to pick up extra minutes without Rondo. None of them are solid options, but Bradley is probably the best out of the trio.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Rodney McGruder (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. He'll join teammate Paul George (shoulder) on the sideline for this one. Maurice Harkless and JaMychal Green will be asked to do more off the bench. Kawhi Leonard will carry the load on offense.
Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (hamstring) has been removed from the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls. He missed the final game of the preseason due to a left knee issue. It was a minor issue and he'll be fine for the regular season opener. Rozier should have good upside in Charlotte, so he'll be a solid middle round guy to grab in most formats.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (hamstring, knee) will be sidelined until at least the first week of November. Griffin was battling a hamstring issue in camp, but it sounded like he was going to play through it. He's targeting a return around the first week of November, but we'll see if that happens. Griffin has dealt with knee issues in the past, so him dealing with soreness isn't surprising. Markieff Morris is expected to start in the absence of Griffin, but is likely only reliable in deep leagues.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (ribs) will be in the starting five for Thursday's game against the Houston Rockets. Earlier this month, Bledsoe fractured the cartilage between two of his ribs. Bledsoe isn't 100 percent healthy yet, but he'll play through the pain in the season opener. It sounds like a pain tolerance type of issue more than anything, so Bledsoe should be fine.
Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney (hamstring) should be fine to suit up for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Looney tweaked his hamstring in camp and has been rehabbing since then. He's made strong improvements and should be ready for opening day on Thursday. He'll draw the start at center with Willie Cauley-Stein (foot) sidelined to begin the season.
Golden State Warriors forward/center Marquese Chriss (toe) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Chriss signed a non-guaranteed deal in camp, but played his way onto the final roster. The Warriors are banged up, so Chriss will actually see decent minutes to begin the season. Kevon Looney (hamstring) is expected to start at center, but Chriss should see solid minutes off the bench.
Boston Celtics center Robert Williams (head) is not listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Williams was dealing with concussion symptoms, but was able to practice on Tuesday. He'll be in the mix for minutes at center, but Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter will see time as well. This most likely is a wait and see kind of situation for fantasy leagues.
New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (calf) did not practice on Monday. He missed Friday's preseason finale due to a nagging right calf injury. Gibson is questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Spurs. Bobby Portis and Kevin Knox will split up the minutes if Gibson is unable to play.
Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (hamstring) has been ruled out for Wednesday's season opener against the Washington Wizards. Powell has been progressing well, but the team will be cautious to start the season. Maximilian Kleber will see a boost in minutes and usage with Powell sidelined to begin the season. Powell should be a reliable fantasy option once he's healthy enough to play.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard won't have any minute restrictions for Tuesday's season opener against the Lakers. Head coach Doc Rivers downplayed the potential of load management this season. Paul George (shoulder) is expected to be sidelined until November, so Leonard will be asked to lead the team by himself to start the season. The Clippers are going to rest Leonard throughout the season, but he's such a special player that fantasy owners can live with it.
Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) was a full participant for Monday's practice. There was some doubt that Valanciunas wouldn't be ready for the season opener, but there's hope now. He's expected to suit up for Wednesday's contest despite missing the preseason. Valanciunas should get plenty of run in Memphis, but is only a middle round guy in fantasy leagues right now.
Detroit Pistons forward Joe Johnson has been waived by the organization on Monday. Johnson won MVP in the Big3 league, but sadly age has caught up to him. He was experiencing some Achilles soreness during the preseason. Christian Wood outplayed Johnson and received the final roster spot. Maybe another organization gives Johnson a chance, but he won't be relevant in fantasy leagues.
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown agreed to terms on a huge extension with the organization on Monday. Brown agrees to a four-year $115 million extension with the team. It was rumored that the two weren't close to an agreement this weekend, but they come to terms now. Brown has plenty of potential, but he's a low-end guy and a tough player to trust in most category leagues.
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis has agreed to a long-term extension with the organization on Monday. Sabonis agrees to a four-year $79.4 million extension with the team on Monday. There were rumors that the two sides weren't close this weekend, but they were able to finalize a deal before the deadline. Sabonis has great upside as a starter in Indiana this season.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (calf) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's regular season opener against the Clippers. He's dealing with a sore calf, so that's nothing to be worried about. The Lakers might be cautious to start the year since they have a bunch of depth at the guard position. Alex Caruso and Avery Bradley would see more minutes if Rondo does sit out.
Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside (ankle) was a full participant during Monday's practice. Whiteside has been bothered by an ankle issue throughout the preseason, but it seems to be getting better. He should be fine for the regular season opener against the Denver Nuggets. He has a tough time stay healthy, but has plenty of upside with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) sidelined to begin the season.