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  • Joel Embiid C | PHI

    76ers' Joel Embiid: 'I feel a hundred percent'

    Embiid (foot) said Saturday that he feels "a hundred percent," Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.

    During a team event, Embiid interacted with fans and revealed that he's not experiencing any injury-related issues as training camp approaches. The former Kansas star did acknowledge that he'll likely face some playing restrictions in 2016-17, though he noted that they would not be due to concern over re-injury and would rather be a product of the fact that he hasn't played in a game setting in two-plus years. Embiid remains somewhat of a wild card for the 76ers this season, but if he's healthy he has the potential to develop into a top-tier center down the road.

  • Tibor Pleiss C | PHI

    76ers' Tibor Pleiss: Will be waived by Sixers

    Pleiss is expected to be waived by the Sixers, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly reports.

    Pleiss and two future second-round picks were just traded Friday from the Jazz in exchange for Kendall Marshall. With Marshall already waived by the Jazz on Friday, the trade was essentially for financial bookkeeping purposes. Even though Pleiss stands at an imposing 7-3, the German is now in danger of seeing his NBA career come to an end after one forgettable season in Utah where he made just 12 appearances.

  • 76ers' Kendall Marshall: Traded to Jazz

    Marshall was traded to the Jazz on Friday in exchange for Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks, and cash, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

    Marshall had been buried on the 76ers' depth chart at guard heading into the 2016-17 season, so the team will at least be getting value in return for sending the 25-year-old off to a new squad. Throughout the 2015-16 season in Philadelphia he notched 3.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 13 minutes per game in 30 games played. The likes of George Hill, Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, and more crowd the backcourt in Utah, so Marshall has some battling to do before securing a spot in the pecking order.

  • Tibor Pleiss C | PHI

    76ers' Tibor Pleiss: Sent to Philadelphia

    Pleiss was traded Friday to the 76ers along with two future second-round picks and cash in exchange for guard Kendall Marshall, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

    Pleiss was a longshot to make the roster in Utah heading into the 2016-17 season with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert dominating the majority of minutes in the frontcourt, with several secondary options in Trey Lyles, Boris Diaw, and Joel Bolomboy providing depth. Pleiss only averaged seven minutes per game throughout the 2015-16 season with the Jazz, reeling in 1.3 rebounds and 2.0 points per game as well. The 76ers have plenty of young weapons such as first overall pick Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor so Pleiss' role could be limited given he makes the final roster.

  • Kelly Olynyk C | BOS

    Celtics' Kelly Olynyk: Shoulder getting stronger

    Olynyk indicated Wednesday that his surgically-repaired right shoulder is becoming stronger, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.

    Olynyk remains concerned that his activities could still be limited at the start of training camp in late September, but the big man nonetheless appears to be well ahead of the five-month recovery timetable initially handed down in late May. That timetable likely would have resulted in Olynyk being sidelined for the start of the season, but the Celtics seem increasingly optimistic that he'll be back to full health at some point later in camp. Olynyk is expected to compete with Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko for a starting role in the frontcourt alongside marquee free-agent signing Al Horford.

  • Josh McRoberts PF | MIA

    Heat's Josh McRoberts: Will stick with Miami for upcoming season

    The Heat have informed McRoberts that he remains in the team's plans for the upcoming season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

    McRoberts' name surfaced in trade rumors throughout the offseason, but since the big man underwhelmed during an injury-plagued 2015-16 campaign and is due $5.8 million in 2016-17, it's unlikely the Heat gained much traction with any supposed discussions. With Chris Bosh's health on uncertain ground heading into the season while he recovers from a setback relating to blood clots, the Heat could need McRoberts to raise his performance in order to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference.

  • Nikola Mirotic PF | CHI

    Bulls' Nikola Mirotic: Indicates knee injury isn't serious

    Mirotic doesn't believe the right knee injury he suffered while playing for Spain in the 2016 Summer Olympics is anything serious, Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    Mirotic hurt the knee in a collision during the Spanish team's bronze-medal winning performance Sunday against Australia, but after briefly leaving the contest, he was able to return minutes later. After the win, Mirotic downplayed the severity of the ailment, so it doesn't seem he's at risk of being unavailable when the Bulls open training camp in the fall. The 25-year-old is expected to compete with Taj Gibson in camp for the starting power forward role.

  • Brandon Ingram SF | LAL

    Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Signs rookie contract

    Ingram signed a rookie-scale contract with the Lakers on Tuesday.

    Ingram, the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, is expected to immediately play a major role for the rebuilding Lakers, though he'll likely find himself on the second unit to begin the season after the team signed veteran forward Luol Deng in the offseason. The 18-year-old provided glimpses of his vast potential during the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists across five games.

  • Festus Ezeli C | POR

    Trail Blazers' Festus Ezeli: To miss six weeks

    Ezeli received an injection in his left knee and is expected to miss six weeks, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports.

    Ezeli missed nearly half of last season due to complications with his left knee, which resulted in a mid-season procedure just before the All-Star break. While he returned near the end of the regular season and was available throughout the playoffs, he was never quite fully healthy, and that was borne out in his lackluster postseason performance. According to the Trail Blazers, Ezeli received the injection to "alleviate pain and improve function," perhaps as a means of taking caution against further issues before the 2016-17 season begins. The six-week timetable should enable Ezeli to be ready for opening night, though more will be known as training camp approaches.

  • Jason Terry SG | MIL

    Bucks' Jason Terry: Signs contract

    Terry officially signed with the Bucks on Monday, Eric Pincus of BasketballInsiders.com reports.

    The 39-year-old veteran has been in the process of finalizing a deal with the Bucks and will now sign on as a mentor to some of the Bucks' younger backcourt players. Terry should be a low-end rotational player in his first year with the team and will likely struggle to see minutes worthy of a fantasy pickup. However, he'll give the Bucks a consistent three-point shooter off the bench to plug and play when needed, which is an added bonus to the veteran leadership he should be able to provide.