Injury updates: Arenas, Redd, Gortat

by on Aug.17, 2009, under Injuries

  • Arenas appears to be healthy for the first time in a long time.  When would you draft him? (Flickr/Keith Allison)

    Arenas appears to be healthy for the first time in a long time. When would you draft him? (Flickr/Keith Allison)

    Agent Zero has probably fallen out of favor, and maybe off the radar for many fantasy basketball fans, especially those who have been burned by him in the past two seasons.  However, early signs seem to indicate that Gilbert Arenas is healthy and ready to be the high-scoring, electrifying point guard for the Washington Wizards again.  Steve Alexander of Rotoworld.com thinks that Arenas could very well be drafted in the third round: ”I think taking a gamble on him in the third round makes sense, as he could end up providing first-round value.”  With a well-rounded, healthy roster this season, if Arenas is indeed healthy, he’ll be the reason why many owners smack their foreheads in the first month of the season.  He seems like a prime candidate to be early trade bait if you’re more risk averse but decide to grab him early.

  • Michael Redd only played 33 games last season before going down with a left knee injury, which required surgery.  He hasn’t received much attention lately, but he may warrant a look in the middle to late rounds of most drafts.  ”The doctors have told me that absolutely I will be able to come back stronger than I was before, if I rehab the proper way,” Redd said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel.  There doesn’t seem to be a set timetable just yet, so don’t get your hopes up for a fully healthy Redd to be ready by the beginning of the season.  At best, it seems reasonable to expect that Redd will be ready to come off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks by the season opener.  Redd could be a huge help to get your team into solid playoff contention.  Don’t disregard him in your drafts.
  • Marcin Gortat, the backup center for the Orlando Magic who got way more attention (and money) than he deserved this summer, has apparently suffered a back injury while playing for the Polish national team in London on Friday.  According to a British blogger, Gortat is expected to be out for five to seven days.  Back injuries tend to linger, especially bad ones, but Gortat seems to have dodged a bullet here.  Still, if you are in a deeper league and are thinking about drafting the Polish Hammer, monitor this situation.

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