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Atlanta Hawks
Training camp site: Atlanta
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• PF Josh Powell
• SG Jordan Crawford
Key subtractions
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Al Horford
• PF Josh Smith
• SF Marvin Williams
• SG Joe Johnson
• PG Mike Bibby

Player to Watch: Any time a player gets paid, they immediately become someone to watch. And Joe Johnson got paid this summer. Most questioned the deal for Johnson, wondering if he was really worth the max money he was given. And now without the incentive of working for that contract left, all he has is the motivation he's got left is proving the doubters wrong. And winning games, of course.

Camp Battles: The Hawks are pretty much set across the board. The one battle that could be interesting later on is if Jeff Teague can push Mike Bibby at some point. This camp could be a big step in Teague showing he might be ready at some point.

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

 
Charlotte Bobcats
Training camp site: Wilmington, N.C.
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• PG Shaun Livingston
• SG Matt Carroll
• PF Eduardo Najera
• PF Dominic McGuire
• C Kwame Brown
Key subtractions
• PG Raymond Felton
• C Tyson Chandler
• C Alexis Ajinca
• C Theo Ratliff
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Nazr Mohammed
• PF Boris Diaw
• SF Gerald Wallace
• SG Stephen Jackson
• PG DJ Augustin

Gerald Wallace (Getty Images)
Player to Watch: Tyrus Thomas. Thomas is at yet another "time to show what he can do" moment (seemingly the ninth of his career). With the new contract the Bobcats rewarded himself with, he's no longer the young'n working on becoming legit. He's got to actually develop and identity. He doesn't need to be Josh Smith with his overall athletic dynamism or a premier lockdown defender. But he's got to develop a set role on the floor that translates with his abilities. And stop shooting that mid-range jumper! But if he's able to effectively translate that athleticism he still has into production, consistently, it'll go a long way to putting him in a higher tier among NBA forwards. Time for Larry Brown to work his Magic again.

Camp Battles: Point guard is going to be a messy, messy affair without Raymond Felton around. D.J. Augustin has been the player the Cats had hoped would overtake Felton for years, and he's never gotten there. Now he's got no real choice and if he doesn't get it together this year their clock may run out on him. Shaun Livingston has a great opportunity to really push for a starting gig, but his body hasn't been the same since the injury.

Power forward's another interesting spot. Diaw has the best skill set, but Tyrus Thomas has the new contract and the potential. That one could get messy as Thomas has become more authoritative this summer about his career. He's no longer unsure of himself now that he's out of Chicago.

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

 
Miami Heat
Training camp site: Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• SF Mike Miller
• C Zydrunas Ilgauskas
• SG Eddie House
• PF Juwan Howard
• PF Chris Bosh
• SF LeBron James
Key subtractions
• SG Quentin Richardson
• C Jermaine O'Neal
• PF Michael Beasley
• SG Daequan Cook
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Joel Anthony
• PF Chris Bosh
• SF LeBron James
• SG Mike Miller
• PG Dwyane Wade

Player to Watch: Aside from the circus atmosphere starting Sept. 27 with media day on the University of Miami campus, the most interesting X’s and O’s to examine will be Erik Spoelstra’s use of Wade and LeBron as interchangeable point guards. I expect a token go at it with Carlos Arroyo and/or Mario Chalmers at point, but ultimately Spoelstra’s best lineup will be using Wade and LeBron as interchangeable wings with either one able to initiate the offense.

Camp Battles: Chalmers vs. Arroyo for backup point guard. Anthony, Jamaal Magloire and perhaps Dampier for starting center. Pat Riley and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy for best preseason insult.

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-- By Ken Berger, CBSSports.com Senior Writer

 
Orlando Magic
Training camp site: Orlando, Fla.
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• SG Quentin Richardson
• PG Chris Duhon
• C Daniel Orton
Key subtractions
• SF Matt Barnes
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Dwight Howard
• PF Rashard Lewis
• SF Mickael Pietrus
• SG Vince Carter
• PG Jameer Nelson

Jameer Nelson, Dwight Howard and Vince Carter (Getty Images)
Player to Watch: The easy answer here is Dwight Howard. Around him, all things function in Orlando. But the guy to keep an eye on is Vince Carter. He had somewhat of a down season last year, but he's coming into this camp kicking off a contract year. So the thinking would be that he'll be more focused, in better shape and as prepared as ever. J.J. Redick could potentially push him a bit for his starting spot so Carter has got to be ready to hit the ground running.

Camp Battles: As mentioned, it's possible that Redick could push Carter. Van Gundy is a coach that likes defense and Redick has come a long way on that end. He can shoot, which is something the Magic like. And now he's playing hard and defending. Carter obviously still is a great athlete that can explode any night, but if there's any sign he's dogging it, Van Gundy may decide to go with the young guy.

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

 
Washington Wizards
Training camp site: Fairfax, Va.
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• PG John Wall
• PG Kirk Hinrich
• PF Trevor Booker
• PF Yi Jianlian
• C Hamady N'Diaye
• C Hilton Armstrong
• PF Kevin Seraphin
Key subtractions
• PG Randy Foye
• PG Shaun Livingston
• SF Mike Miller
Probable starters entering camp:
• C JaVale McGee
• PF Andray Blatche
• SF Josh Howard
• SG Gilbert Arenas
• PG John Wall

John Wall (Getty Images)
Player to Watch: Gilbert Arenas. I'm going against the grain on this and saying Arenas, but his situation is far more interesting than top pick John Wall's. Arenas has played point guard his entire career and as of right now, the Wizards intend to move him to shooting guard. Gilbert Arenas, shooting guard. Write your own jokes here, people.

Camp Battles: The starting point guard position is Wall's, no doubt. But steady guard Kirk Hinrich will definitely make a push for legit minutes. Add in Nick Young trying to beat out Arenas for the starting 2, Al Thornton trying to win the small forward spot over Josh Howard and Yi Jianlian trying to move ahead of Blatche on the depth chart and you should see a competitive camp for the Wiz.

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

 
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