• Dennis Smith Jr.
    PG, New York Knicks

    Dennis Smith Jr. (strained lower back) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason game but David Fizdale expects him to return for the Knicks' last two exhibition contests.

    Smith has said his injury is nothing to worry about but this does open the door for Elfrid Payton to carve out more minutes for himself. DSJ was only a late-round flier in 8-cat formats to begin with, and his draft stock will slip for as long as he's sidelined.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter