Zeller ended up getting lost in the shuffle last season due to the Celtics' glut of big men, so it wasn't expected that he'd be retained heading into the offseason. However, with Jared Sullinger leaving for the Raptors and Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, Zeller will provide some veteran insurance in the frontcourt. Zeller averaged 6.1 points and 3.0 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game over 60 appearances last season, and while he could see those figures spike while Olynyk is out, the big man will likely get buried on the depth chart when the roster returns to full strength.
Green has been a journeyman throughout his NBA career, bouncing around between eight teams in nine seasons to go along with stops in the D-League, Russia and China. It will now all come full circle for the veteran swingman, who rejoins the team that drafted him in the first round out of high school in 2005. The Celtics already have a trio of established guards on their roster in Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, and Avery Bradley, but there should be some spare backcourt minutes left over for Green, who occasionally carried the Heat offense for extended stretches while coming off the bench last season. While he figures to open the season as a rotation player, Green will have to fend of youngsters R.J. Hunter and Jaylen Brown for minutes as the campaign progresses.
Butler rolled his ankle in Friday's game against Argentina, but it is considered a minor injury, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.
He rolled the ankle in a 111-74 blowout win in an exhibition against Argentina as the U.S. men's basketball team prepares for the Olympics in Rio. It certainly shouldn't be an injury that lingers past the Olympics, and he'll likely be able to get back in action in the coming days/weeks.
Green has reached a plea deal related to his arrest on assault charges in Michigan earlier this month, ESPN.com reports.
Green's agreement will require him to pay a $560 fine and his assault and battery charge will both be expunged. The All Star forward was accused of striking a man at a restaurant in East Lansing, Michigan, where Green attended college at Michigan State. Now that his case is closed, Green will be able to fully focus on playing for Team USA at this summer's Olympics.
Nowitzki originally agreed to a two-year contract worth around $40 million, but the Mavs have officially upped the number for their veteran forward. He'll be joined in the team's frontcourt by newcomers Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, but Nowitzki will likely remain a solid scoring weapon and viable fantasy option.
Grant concluded his two game Utah Summer League stint with 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.
Grant emerged as one of Philadelphia's most dependable offensive assets last season. His shortened summer league appearance likely indicates that Philadelphia knows he has little to prove at that level. Grant is one year removed from averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest with the 76ers. Last season, Philadelphia possessed 10 players who each netted eight or more points per game. When you factor Ben Simmons into that equation it generates the notion that something has to give. Grant has proven he can succeed at the professional level, but with a clustered rotation only time will tell if his production takes a backseat.
Vonleh totaled 12.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in four Las Vegas Summer League contests.
Vonleh opted to jump ship to the NBA after one season at Indiana which, in retrospect, may not have been the best decision for his growth as a player. In two professional seasons, Vonleh has posted 3.6 points and 3.8 boards per game. However, it seems as though the former lottery pick may finally be projecting into the player scouts once thought he would become. Vonleh led Portland in the rebounding column and proved to be one of the team's most reliable offensive options this summer. Despite the emergence of Mason Plumlee, the Trail Blazers still haven't completely filled the void left from LaMarcus Aldridge's departure last season. In a perfect world, Vonleh would step up and surface as a solid contributor. However, whether or not the 20-year-old has the ability to cement his presence in the rotation remains to be seen.
Connaughton went for 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game over five Las Vegas Summer League appearances.
There really isn't anything this guy can't do as an athlete. The former baseball and football standout has chosen to pursue a basketball career and it seems to be paying dividends. Connaughton finished summer league play as Portland's second-leading scorer and buried a game winning three-pointer in overtime to beat the Jazz on July 12. Last season, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. As for right now, Connaughton will presumably be stuck behind the likes of C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe in the rotation. However, he could end up pushing Gerald Henderson for minutes as the season progresses.
Cauley-Stein wrapped up his Las Vegas Summer League play averaging 7.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game over four games.
The 7-foot-1 big man's summer league performance comes as a bit of a disappointment considering where he was just one year ago. It is understandable that many close to the Kings were expecting big numbers this summer after Cauley-Stein averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during his rookie campaign. Although it would have been nice to see him blow away the competition, it still was just a four game sample. The former Kentucky standout is likely to see an increased role this season, especially if the Kings decide to part ways with star center Demarcus Cousins.
Crowder is no longer experiencing pain in his ankle, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.
Crowder struggled with a sprained ankle at the end of the 2015-16 regular season and into the playoffs, but was never forced to undergo offseason surgery. However, the pain lingered for nearly two months after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs, showing a true toughness from the 26-year-old forward for being able to play through it for so long. Now that the ankle is pain free, Crowder will look to return to form at the start of his fifth NBA campaign and he should be with the team for training camp without any restrictions.