Opening Tip-Pregame Notes from Around the NBA
-Despite trade rumors earlier in the day, Rip Hamilton to start for Pistons. He had missed an earlier practice because of personal reasons.
-Charlie Villanueva and Ben Wallace will play, Kwame Brown is out.
-Ronnie Brewer's status for Utah's opener is reportedly "uncertain" due to a back injury.
- Rookie Marcus Thornton will be on the inactive list for Wednesday's season opener against the Spurs.
-Granger plays during pregame shootaround and is now a game-time decision. Expect him to play.
-Damian Wilkins and Ryan Gomes to start for T'Wolves against Nets
-Conley to play for Grizzlies