News: Nogueira (hamstring) is not likely to play in the Raptors' exhibition game on Sunday, Raptors Media Relations reports.
Impact: Nogueira's sitting out with a sore hamstring is likely a precautionary measure. He is buried on the depth chart at center behind Jonas Valaciunas, Luis Scola, and Bismack Biyombo, so it's unlikely he'd provide much fantasy value.
News: Bennett is likely to miss tonight's preseason opener against the Clippers, Eric Koreen of the National Post reports.
Impact: Bennett hyperextended his shoulder in practice and will probably take the night off to rest it. The injury doesn't seem like anything to serious, and the former first-overall pick should be good to go by the beginning of the regular season.
News: Ross attributed last season's struggles to an ankle injury that bothered him throughout the second half, the Toronto Sun reports. "It was frustrating," he said. "I would roll my ankle and go in the back and work on it, it would feel a little better, then I'd go right back out and roll my ankle again, so it was more just like physically taxing, it just kind of took a toll on me at the end of the year," Ross said.
Impact: He had offseason surgery to hopefully correct the issue, and Ross says he now feels healthier than he did last season. He'll be moving to the bench due to the DeMarre Carroll signing and has an opportunity to turn his career around in a more narrowly-defined role on the second unit, but Ross has a lot to prove as he heads into the final season of his rookie contract.
News: Valanciunas has been working this offseason to add a face-up element to his offensive game, the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: His consistently strong free throw percentages show that Valanciunas has a good shot, he just needs to learn to recognize how to set it up from the floor and when he can use it effectively. Regardless of how much he improves though, the center figures to remain a secondary option in an offense dominated by the backcourt tandem of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.