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Chicago Bulls
Training camp site: Chicago, Ill.
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• C Carlos Boozer
• SG Kyle Korver
• SG Ronnie Brewer
Key subtractions
• C Brad Miller
• PG Kirk Hinrich
• PF Hakim Warrick
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Joakim Noah
• PF Carlos Boozer
• SF Luol Deng
• SG Kyle Korver
• PG Derrick Rose

Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose (Getty Images)
Player to Watch: Taj Gibson. Gibson played well last season with extremely limited expectations. The questions in camp will surround his ability to develop under what is considered to be a very low ceiling. Gibson needs to expand his offensive repertoire and improve on the glass.

Camp Battles: Backup shooting guard is going to be one to sort out, with Ronnie Brewer the defensive stopper and C.J. Watson the scoring type. Seeing who's going to be the primary rebounder between Noah and Boozer should be a good one to watch as well.

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-- By Matt Moore, CBSSports.com Facts & Rumors

 
Cleveland Cavaliers
Training camp site: Independence, Ohio
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• PG Ramon Sessions
• C Ryan Hollins
• SF Joey Graham
• SG Christian Eyenga
Key subtractions
• C Shaquille O'Neal
• SG Delonte West
• C Zydrunas Ilgauskas
• PG Sebastian Telfair
• SF LeBron Jamesbr>
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Anderson Varejao
• PF Antawn Jamison
• SF Joey Graham
• SG Anthony Parker
• PG Mo Williams

Player to Watch: J.J. Hickson. He’s the guy the Cavs refused to give up in any trade scenario for Jamison or Amar’e Stoudemire. With you-know-who out of the picture, Hickson should benefit from increased touches and has a chance to be a bright spot as the otherwise dismal post-you-know-who era begins.

Camp Battles: Graham, Jamario Moon and Jawad Williams will have a lively competition to replace you-know-who at small forward.

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-- By Ken Berger, CBSSports.com Senior Writer

 
Detroit Pistons
Training camp site: Detroit, Mich.
Training camp starting date: Sept. 27
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• SG Tracy McGrady
Key subtractions
• C Kwame Brown
• C Gerg Monroe
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Ben Wallace
• PF Charlie Villanueva
• SF Tayshaun Prince
• SG Rip Hamilton
• PG Rodney Stuckey

Player to Watch: Ben Gordon. Gordon was the premier free agent for the Pistons as they tried to reconfigure their team. Instead, he was pretty bad last year, when injuries didn't keep him off the floor. His shot wasn't there. And Ben Gordon without a shot is like a bike without wheels. It's shiny, but it also doesn't actually do anything. He's not a tremendous defender, he's bad when it comes to creating opportunities for his teammates, and you're banking on him being a volume shooter. So if he's shooting poorly (his eFG%-factoring field goal percentage with threes factored- plummeted to 47% from 52% the prior year), he's not giving you much. He's pledged to be more aggressive this season, and if he bounces back, the Pistons will too... a little bit. Gordon needs to hit camp running, get the starting job, and become the premier talent the Pistons are paying him to be.

Camp Battles: The easy out here is shooting guard as Ben Gordon tries for 400th time in his career to win a starting spot while Rip Hamilton keeps his death grip. But given the odds that both of them will be healthy for the duration of camp, this one's hard to classify as a battle, especially with how willing Gordon is to accept a sixth man award role. The real battle is likely to be at power forward, where Jason Maxiell is no longer the kiddo and could make a legitimate push for the starting power forward slot if Charlie Villanueva doesn't show the requisite toughness for Kuester. And while Greg Monroe probably won't win it, his raw ability may put him into a fight with 84-year-old veteran Ben Wallace. All of this is before the Pistons' biggest dilemma. Dynamic Will Bynum who can be inefficient and force things at times, or Rodney Stuckey, who can simply vanish now and then. Pretty much Prince is the only one locked in.

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-- By Matt Moore, CBSSports.com Senior Writer

 
Indiana Pacers
Training camp site: Indianapolis, Ind.
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• PG Darren Collison
• SG Lance Stephenson
• SF Paul George
• SF James Posey
Key subtractions
• PF Troy Murphy
• PG Earl Watson
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Roy Hibbert
• PF Josh McRoberts
• SF Danny Granger
• SG Mike Dunleavy
• PG Darren Collison

Roy Hibbert and Danny Granger (Getty Images)
Player to Watch: To be determined power forward. Right now, the Pacers have Josh McRoberts starting at the 4. I think it's safe to assume Larry Bird has plans to make a move to have someone new there. Tyler Hansbrough is also in the mix but he's battling a condition that's hampering his ability to get on the floor.

Camp Battles: Two positions: The aforementioned power forward situation and also shooting guard. Is it Mike Dunleavy? Brandon Rush? Dahntay Jones? Rookie Lance Stephenson? Could lottery rookie Paul George slide down and play the 2? The Pacers have a number of rotation questions coming in and in both cases, might not have the player to fill them actually on the roster.

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-- By Royce Young, CBSSports.com Facts & Rumors

 
Milwaukee Bucks
Training camp site: Milwaukee, Wis.
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• SF Corey Maggette
• PF Drew Gooden
• PF Larry Sanders
• SG Chris Douglas-Roberts
Key subtractions
• SG Charlie Bell
• PG Luke Ridnour
• C Dan Gadzuric
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Andrew Bogut
• PF Drew Gooden
• SF Corey Maggette
• SG John Salmons
• PG Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings (Getty Images)
Player to Watch: Chris Douglas-Roberts. Okay, this is a lie. If Brandon Jennings is involved in any way, you watch him. But CDR's not a bad backup option, literally. With the Bucks needing a legit backup shooting guard, CDR has a chance to capitalize on his combination of handle and size if he can develop into a well-rounded player that commits to Scott Skiles' system. CDR is also highly explosive and can go off at any time, so how he reacts to Skiles' military approach may be the defining verdict on his career if things go sour.

Camp Battles: Carlos Delfino versus Corey Maggette should be a great one. Maggette had a fantastic season last year and is a better overall player than Maggette. But Maggette has the contract and offensive firepower to demand a starting spot. Skiles abandoned Delfino in the playoffs when he wasn't in a good matchup. There's no telling how this one will wind up, but Delfino's play in FIBA this summer certainly is cause for excitement.

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-- By Matt Moore, CBSSports.com Facts & Rumors

 
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