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Dallas Mavericks
Training camp site: Dallas
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• C Tyson Chandler
• C Alexis Ajinca
• C Ian Mahinmi
• SG Dominique Jones
Key subtractions
• C Erick Dampier
• PF Eduardo Najera
• SG Matt Carroll
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Tyson Chandler
• PF Dirk Nowitzki
• SF Shawn Marion
• SG Caron Butler
• PG Jason Kidd

Player to Watch: Butler. When he’s good, he’s very, very good. And when he’s bad, he’s divisive.

Camp Battles: Ultimately, Carlisle faces only two starting lineup decisions. But they’re important ones: Whether to start Chandler or Brendan Haywood at center, and whether Butler starts at shooting guard with Marion at the three, or Butler at the three with Beaubois (once he’s healthy) starting in the backcourt with Kidd. Neither one of those decisions will be made in October. But all eyes will be on first-round pick (acquired from Memphis) Dominique Jones, a slasher who has a chance to crack Carlisle’s rotation and give the Mavs the dribble-penetration element they sorely lacked last season.

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-- By Ken Berger, CBSSports.com Senior Writer

 
Houston Rockets
Training camp site: Houston
Training camp starting date: Sept. 25
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• C Brad Miller
• SG Courtney Lee
• PF Patrick Patterson
Key subtractions
• SG Trevor Ariza
• C David Andersen
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Yao Ming
• PF Luis Scola
• SF Shane Battier
• SG Kevin Martin
• PG Aaron Brooks

Player to Watch: Patrick Patterson. Assuming the Rox don't go all nuts and acquire Carmelo Anthony during camp, their starting lineup is pretty well set. But Patterson is a rookie who comes out of that ridiculous Kentucky class and could wind up being the kind of flex player that makes a big impression on Rick Adelman. He's versatile, strong, has a good mid-range, and can work inside of a complex offense. He's got a great opportunity to make an impact for the Rockets during camp.

Camp Battles: Small forward was set to be a huge battle but promising second year man Chase Budinger tweaked an ankle and won't be able to battle old man Battier for the slot left open by Trevor Ariza's departure. Jermaine Taylor, Courtney Lee, and Jared Jeffries should have a good one for the backup role behind Martin. Jordan Hill vs. Patterson should make for a nice one as well, with Hill's scrap versus Patterson's finesse providing contrast in style.

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

 
Memphis Grizzlies
Training camp site: Memphis
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• SG Tony Allen
• PG Acie Law
• SG Xavier Henry
Key subtractions
• SG Ronnie Brewer
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Marc Gasol
• PF Zach Randolph
• SF Rudy Gay
• SG O.J. Mayo
• PG Mike Conley

Player to Watch: Xavier Henry. Why? Because we haven't seen him since Kansas finished getting eliminated by a massive underdog in the NCAA tournament. Henry was absent from Summer League due to the holdout stemming from Michael Heisley's bizarre insistance that the rookie earn his bonus by doing something extra as far as performance. Like, some sort of bonus performance. Silly man. Eyes will be on Henry, whose play could have multiple impacts on the Grizz. If he solidifies the backcourt rotation, the Grizzlies will finally gain some depth after being one of the shallowest rotations in the league last season. Furthermore, if he can work with O.J. Mayo as a pair of combo guards, it could mean less time for Mike Conley. With Conley coming up on a possible extension, these are relevant questions not just for this season, but going forward.

Camp Battles: Backup point guard should be a good one, with Acie Law, Greivis Vasquez, and other camp invites vying for the backup slot. Okay, maybe "good one" is a bit much, but it should be competitive, especially given there's not that much of a gap between those players and Mike Conley in the point guard department.

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

 
New Orleans Hornets
Training camp site: New Orleans, La.
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• SG Trevor Ariza
• SG Marco Belinelli
• PF Craig Brackins
• SF Quincy Pondexter
• PG Mustafa Shakur
Key subtractions
• PG Darren Collison
• SF James Posey
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Emeka Okafor
• PF David West
• SF Trevor Ariza
• SG Marcus Thornton
• PG Chris Paul

Chris Paul (Getty Images)
Player to Watch: Chris Paul. Coming off an injury that caused him to miss the last 37 games of the season, some wonder if Paul will be the same player. Add in the turbulent offseason with rumors about his New Orleans future and all eyes are on CP3 as he heads to camp. Marcus Thornton is maybe the most intriguing player on the roster because of his potential to break out as a big time scorer, but the Hornets are Chris Paul's team and therefore, he's the one to be watching.

Camp Battles: One key area is up for discussion going into camp for the Hornets: Who's Chris Paul's new backup point guard? After trading Darren Collison as part of the Ariza deal, the Hornets signed D-Leaguer Mustafa Shakur in the offseason and have recently inked D.J. Strawberry to come to camp and compete for the job. It's the type of position battle that's not overly important because if all goes well, whoever wins the job will only get 8-10 minutes a night. But if something goes wrong like it did last season, it could become a very important spot for the Hornets.

At shooting guard, Marcus Thornton is almost assured of having the starting job, but Marco Belinelli could potentially push him a bit.

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

 
San Antonio Spurs
Training camp site: San Antonio
Training camp starting date: Sept. 28
Team page | Depth chart
Key additions
• PF Tiago Splitter
• SG James Anderson
Key subtractions
• SG Roger Mason Jr.
• SG Keith Bogans
• C Ian Mahinmi
Probable starters entering camp:
• C Antonio McDyess
• PF Tim Duncan
• SF Richard Jefferson
• SG George Hill
• PG Tony Parker

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Richard Jefferson (Getty Images)
Player to Watch: Duncan. At 34, Timmy most certainly is on his last legs. But accelerate reports of his demise at your own peril. Gregg Popovich says Duncan will report to camp even slimmer than he was a year ago, when he showed up having shed 15 pounds. The long-anticipated agreement with Splitter, the Brazilian big man drafted in 2007, will give Pop even more reason to be judicious with Duncan’s minutes during the regular season. The best power forward of his generation may also be the most boring, but enjoy his artistry while it lasts.

Camp Battles: Despite their reputation for being the old-folks home of the NBA, the Spurs actually have some youth to integrate into the rotation. Some potentially very good youth. Aside from the obvious leaders of this movement, Hill and DeJuan Blair, Popovich s eager to take a look at some of the youngsters who excelled on the Spurs’ Summer League team, which went 5-0 in Las Vegas despite the notable lack of a lottery pick. Sharpshooter Gary Neal, 25, averaged 16 points on 50 percent shooting in Vegas (including 17-for-34 from beyond the arc) and earned himself a three-year contract. Alonzo Gee, 23, and Curtis Jerrells, 23, a D-League callup last season, first-round pick Anderson, 21, and Garrett Temple, 24, also will get long looks in camp. Really, anyone under the age of 30 has a standing invitation to Spurs training camp just to pad the average-age statistic.

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-- By Ken Berger, CBSSports.com Senior Writer

 
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