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    • Kyrie Irving BOS PG
      Celtics' Kyrie Irving: No restrictions expected for regular season
      4h ago

      Irving (knee) isn't expected to have any restrictions when the regular season opens Oct. 16 against the 76ers, David Aldridge of TNT reports.

      Irving has been deemed fully healthy for three weeks now and with another month to go before the opener, he should have plenty of time to get comfortable with his knee and back into game shape. While the Celtics have excellent depth in the backcourt with both Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier, Irving is still headed for a 30-plus minute role, so he should come off the board in the first two or three rounds of most fantasy drafts. The injury concerns are still there after missing at least 19 games in each of the last three years and he's also going to have to adjust to playing with Gordon Hayward, but he's still an All-Star candidate and will do the bulk of the play-making in Boston.

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    • Andre Roberson OKC SG
      Thunder's Andre Roberson: Yet to be cleared for contact
      6h ago

      Roberson (kneecap) hasn't been cleared for contact or 5-on-5 work, David Aldridge of TNT reports.

      Roberson had previously reported that he hoped to be back to full strength by December, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he isn't ready for contact in mid-September, more than two months beforehand. While the Thunder certainly want their top defender back as soon as possible, he won't be rushed into action and is still likely looking at missing at least the first month or two of the season barring any surprising developments in his recovery. Adding on to that, Roberson's value comes on the defensive side of the ball, so he'll struggle to provide significant fantasy value even when he's at full strength. With Roberson sidelined to start the season, Dennis Schroder will likely be the most intriguing fantasy asset that should benefit, while guys like Raymond Felton, Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson could see added minutes as well.

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    • DeMarcus Cousins GS C
      Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins: Sitting out training camp
      7h ago

      Cousins (Achilles) won't participate in training camp, David Aldridge of TNT reports.

      Cousins was always considered a long shot to be ready for camp as he works his way back from a torn left Achilles' tendon, so this is merely a confirmation that he's sitting out. That said, coach Steve Kerr is still planning to watch a ton of film with Cousins, so the hope is to keep him involved in practices and to help the All-Star big man get a feel for how the team plays together. Considering the talent surrounding Cousins, the Warriors will be extremely cautious with his recovery and don't have much incentive to rush him back early on in the regular season. With the uncertainty regarding his return and the potential for him to miss more than half the season, Cousins will likely be a popular late-round flier in most leagues.

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    • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson BKN SF
      Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Health trending positively
      8h ago

      Hollis-Jefferson (hip) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, of the New York Post reports.

      Hollis-Jefferson injured his hip at former teammate Jeremy Lin's charity basketball game in China in early August. There has not been much word regarding the severity of the injury since, but general manager Sean Marks indicated on Tuesday that he should be good to go for the start of training camp. The 23-year-old is expected to kick off his fourth season as the Nets' starting power forward career highs in points, rebounds, steals, and minutes last season, and could potentially build on that momentum assuming his health is up to par.

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    • Zhaire Smith PHI SG
      76ers' Zhaire Smith: Targeting return in December
      8h ago

      Smith (foot) is targeting a return at the end of December, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

      Smith underwent surgery on Aug. 9 to address an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot and it appears we now have a targeted timetable for a potential return. If he gets back on the court in December, Smith will have officially missed roughly the first three months of the season and he would also likely be eased back into the swing of things once cleared. As a result, the rookie isn't expected to be a fantasy contributor this year and he could even get some rehab time in with the team's G-League affiliate as well. Look for the 16th overall pick to spend much of his time in a deep reserve role once healthy.

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    • Isaiah Thomas DEN PG
      Nuggets' Isaiah Thomas: Training camp availability uncertain
      9h ago

      Thomas (hip) remains questionable for the start of training camp next week, Chris Dempsey of Nuggets.com reports.

      Thomas indicated at the end of July that he expected to be fully cleared in a month, so it appears he's a little bit behind in the recovery process. A large part of that is likely just the Nuggets taking a cautious approach with Thomas, who played just 32 games during the 2017-18 campaign and underwent hip surgery back in March. In a recent interview, Nuggets President of Basketball Ops Tim Connelly said, "Like all of our guys, we want to be especially sensitive to Isaiah. I think he probably has rushed back (in the past). We want Isaiah to be right. So, he's working his butt off a couple times a day with our guys. He's getting better by the day. But we're not trying to win the preseason. Whenever he's ready he'll be out there and I'm sure he'll be impactful." Look for an update to be provided on Thomas prior to the start of training camp next week, but don't be surprised if he's significantly restricted early on and he may not be ready to take part in preseason play which starts Sept. 30.

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    • DeMarcus Cousins GS C
      Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins: Sitting out training camp
      7h ago

      Cousins (Achilles) won't participate in training camp, David Aldridge of TNT reports.

      Cousins was always considered a long shot to be ready for camp as he works his way back from a torn left Achilles' tendon, so this is merely a confirmation that he's sitting out. That said, coach Steve Kerr is still planning to watch a ton of film with Cousins, so the hope is to keep him involved in practices and to help the All-Star big man get a feel for how the team plays together. Considering the talent surrounding Cousins, the Warriors will be extremely cautious with his recovery and don't have much incentive to rush him back early on in the regular season. With the uncertainty regarding his return and the potential for him to miss more than half the season, Cousins will likely be a popular late-round flier in most leagues.

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    • Justin Patton MIN C
      Timberwolves' Justin Patton: Undergoes successful surgery
      12h ago

      Patton (foot) underwent successful surgery on Tuesday.

      Prior to the surgery, the Timberwolves declared Patton out indefinitely. After the surgery, that hasn't changed. Considering he played just one NBA game as a rookie after breaking his other foot around this same time last year, a similar situation could be in store this time around.

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    • Lucas Nogueira TOR C
      Lucas Nogueira: Will sign with Spanish club
      2d ago

      Nogueira is set to sign with Fuenlabrada of the Spanish Liga ACB, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reports.

      Since being selected in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, Nogueira has struggled to find much of a role in Toronto. He averaged a career-high 19.1 minutes during the 2016-17 campaign, but the big man once again fell well out of the rotation last year, posting averages of just 2.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks across 8.5 minutes. That prompted the Raptors to avoid giving Nogueira a qualifying offer this summer, which made him an unrestricted free agent. With training camps opening up later this month and Nogueira still without a deal in the NBA, he's opted to head overseas to Spain. Word on any sort of opt-out clause for the NBA is unclear at this point in time, but Nogueira will now look to rebuild his value overseas.

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    • Bam Adebayo MIA C
      Heat's Bam Adebayo: Third-year option picked up
      2d ago

      The Heat announced Wednesday that they exercised Adebayo's third-year option for the 2019-20 season, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      The decision was a no-brainer for the Heat after Adebayo flashed plenty of promise in a rotational role as a rookie, finishing his inaugural campaign with averages of 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.8 minutes per game. Though he doesn't have a clear path to a major uptick in playing time in his sophomore season, Adebayo's role could expand if the Heat elect to trade or otherwise phase out Hassan Whiteside, who hasn't met expectations since signing a lucrative long-term deal in the summer of 2016.

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    • DeWayne Dedmon ATL C
      Hawks' Dewayne Dedmon: No longer needs walking boot
      2d ago

      Dedmon no longer requires a walking boot for his fractured left ankle, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Dedmon has been out of the boot for about a week now, creating optimism that he'll be back to full strength at some point during training camp or the preseason. The 29-year-old opened his first season with the Hawks as the team's starting center and averaged career highs across the board with 10.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.8 blocks in 24.9 minutes per contest, but he could see his role decline in 2018-19. Along with adding 2013 lottery pick Alex Len to their frontcourt mix and spending the final pick of the first round on power forward Omari Spellman, the Hawks are expected to hand big man John Collins a larger share of minutes in his second NBA season.

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    • Justin Patton MIN C
      Timberwolves' Justin Patton: Out indefinitely
      3d ago

      Patton is considered out indefinitely after suffering a broken right foot.

      The injury was reported over the weekend and this confirms that Patton will likely be looking at an extended absence. He's expected to undergo surgery in the near future and a more concrete timetable for his return could potentially be released following it. Either way, it's an extremely tough blow for the second-year big man who missed all but one game as a rookie with a broken left foot.

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    • Eric Moreland DET PF
      Raptors' Eric Moreland: Signs contract with Raptors
      10h ago

      Moreland signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Raptors on Tuesday, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.

      Moreland had a career year with Detroit last season, playing in 67 games and averaging 2.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 12.0 minutes. While those numbers weren't overly impressive, he had previously played in 11 total games in two prior seasons, so his involvement was still encouraging nonetheless. Still, the Pistons opted to let him walk this season and Moreland will now head to training camp with Toronto. If he makes the team, Moreland would provide some depth up front, but he'd be highly unlikely to make a fantasy impact in most formats.

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    • Kristaps Porzingis NY PF
      Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis: Meeting with team doctors this week
      17h ago

      Porzingis (knee) will meet with team doctors this week, Steve Popper of Newsday reports. General manager Steve Mills stated, "We'll have some medical evaluations of [Porzingis] this week and we'll start to develop what the right plan is for him to come back. We're not going to do anything that jeopardizes the future of this franchise and we're going to be consistent and stay true to that."

      The continued sentiment from management is that this season is "a time focused on player development", indicating there will be no rush to bring back Porzingis, who tore his ACL in early February. It's possible a more specific timeline will emerge after he meets with team doctors. From a fantasy perspective, the murkiness of the situation makes it tough to determine where to draft Porzingis, who averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.9 threes last season. Even when he returns, it's possible he sees limited minutes and takes frequent nights off.

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    • Skal Labissiere SAC PF
      Kings' Skal Labissiere: Pleased with offseason development
      4d ago

      Labissiere said earlier in the week that he's improved his training methods over the past few months and has turned in his "best offseason" of his basketball career, Kyle Ramos of the Kings' official site reports.

      Labissiere ended his second NBA campaign in street clothes while managing an sprained left ankle, but it wasn't anything that dramatically delayed his preparation for the upcoming season. While it's good to hear that the 2016 first-round pick is seemingly motivated to improve after a so-so sophomore season, it's difficult to see his role growing much in 2018-19. In addition to selecting fellow big man Marvin Bagley with the No. 2 overall selection in June, the Kings are expected to give 2017 first-round pick Harry Giles consistent minutes in the frontcourt after Giles missed the entire 2017-18 season while recovering from knee surgery. Along with those two young cornerstones, Labissiere's playing time may be threatened by holdovers Willie Cauley-Stein, Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos and offseason pickups Nemanja Bjelica and Deyonta Davis.

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    • Guerschon Yabusele BOS PF
      Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele: Has left hand wrapped
      5d ago

      Yabusele was seen at the Celtics practice facility Thursday with a wrap on his left hand, Boston.com reports.

      It's unclear when Yabusele suffered the injury or how serious it is. It's possible his availability for training camp will be affected. More information on the injury should emerge in the coming days or during the beginning of camp.

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    • Dirk Nowitzki DAL PF
      Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: Progressing well from ankle surgery
      7d ago

      Nowitzki (ankle) resumed scrimmaging with teammates Sept. 5, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.

      It represented Nowitzki's first documented 5-on-5 work since he underwent left ankle surgery April 5. Head coach Rick Carlisle said Nowitzki will likely be available for the start of training camp Sept. 21, but the Dallas bench boss was less willing to define the future Hall of Famer's role heading into his 21st -- and perhaps final -- NBA season. Though he suited up for 77 games in 2017-18, Nowitzki averaged 12.0 points in 24.7 minutes per contest, his lowest marks in both categories since his rookie campaign of 1998-99. After the team added DeAndre Jordan to the frontcourt mix this summer, there's some thought that Nowitzki could be moved to the bench during the upcoming campaign.

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    • Marvin Williams CHA PF
      Hornets' Marvin Williams: Will compete for starting job
      8d ago

      Williams, along with everyone else on the Hornets aside from Kemba Walker, will be competing for a starting role heading into training camp, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      The news comes from the Hornets' new head coach, James Borrego. A bit of a shake-up wouldn't be surprising, as Charlotte only made the playoffs twice in the past five years with Steve Clifford at the helm, and the team never made it past the first round. Williams has been on the team for the past four years and has been a full-time starter over the past three. However, he only played 25.7 minutes per game last season, averaging 9.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. He could garner a similar workload this year despite possibly coming off the bench.

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    • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson BKN SF
      Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: Health trending positively
      8h ago

      Hollis-Jefferson (hip) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, of the New York Post reports.

      Hollis-Jefferson injured his hip at former teammate Jeremy Lin's charity basketball game in China in early August. There has not been much word regarding the severity of the injury since, but general manager Sean Marks indicated on Tuesday that he should be good to go for the start of training camp. The 23-year-old is expected to kick off his fourth season as the Nets' starting power forward career highs in points, rebounds, steals, and minutes last season, and could potentially build on that momentum assuming his health is up to par.

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    • Gordon Hayward BOS SF
      Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Participates in 5-on-5 work
      6d ago

      Hayward (ankle/leg) has been playing 5-on-5 for a couple of weeks now, Jay King of The Athletic reports.

      Since the end of August, reports on Hayward's health have been nothing but positive and this latest update provides even more optimism for a full workload heading into the opener. Hayward has reportedly deemed himself 100 percent healthy, though he did acknowledge he's working on getting his explosiveness back and other basketball related things. If things continue to trend in the right direction, look for Hayward to potentially get some short stints throughout the preseason with the ultimate plan of being full go by the time of the Celtics' opener Oct. 16 against Philadelphia.

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    • Nicolas Batum CHA SF
      Hornets' Nicolas Batum: Will have to compete for starting job
      8d ago

      New Hornets coach James Borrego indicated Tuesday that his starting lineup is not set entering training camp, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.

      While Batum is a clear favorite to start on the wing, it looks as though Borrego will try to spark some competition in camp. Batum's primary competition comes in the form of Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk and Miles Bridges -- with Lamb being the most likely of the three to see significant minutes. Regardless of Borrego's words, Batum has started every game in which he's played since 2012, so a shift to a bench role seems rather unlikely.

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    • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist CHA SF
      Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Not guaranteed to start
      8d ago

      New Hornets coach James Borrego said Tuesday that he's yet to decide on a starting lineup, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.

      This could just be typical coach-speak, but Borrego directly stated that four of the five starting spots will be an open competition, with only Kemba Walker locked in at point guard. Kidd-Gilchrist should be the favorite to slot in at one of the forward spots, but it's possible the Hornets could go in another direction in an effort to spark what was a slightly-above-league-average offense last season. Kidd-Gilchrist has been one of the better and more versatile defensive players in the league since going No. 2 overall in 2012, but his offensive game has lagged behind, and he's demonstrated minimal improvement on that end of the floor over the past six seasons. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 2017-18, but his complete lack of an outside game -- 36 career 3PA -- remains an impasse in the modern NBA.

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    • Gordon Hayward BOS SF
      Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Looks good in practice
      9d ago

      Celtics teammate Terry Rozier said Hayward (ankle/leg) was "moving great" while working out at the team's facility last week, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

      Rozier's sentiments seemingly back up what head coach Brad Stevens said about Hayward being close to resuming five-on-five work, which is expected to happen prior to the start of the Celtics' training camp. Hayward will likely face some restrictions in the Celtics' initial practices and preseason contests while he returns from a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia, but the expectation remains that he'll be in the starting five when the regular season opens Oct. 16 against the 76ers.

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    • Alfonzo McKinnie TOR SF
      Warriors' Alfonzo McKinnie: Joining Warriors for camp
      13d ago

      McKinnie has signed a training camp contract with the Warriors, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

      McKinnie, who went undrafted in 2015, spent time in overseas and in the G-League before making his NBA debut with the Raptors last season. In 53 total minutes, he posted 21 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. He shot 8-of-15 from the field and 3-of-9 from three.

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    • Andre Roberson OKC SG
      Thunder's Andre Roberson: Yet to be cleared for contact
      6h ago

      Roberson (kneecap) hasn't been cleared for contact or 5-on-5 work, David Aldridge of TNT reports.

      Roberson had previously reported that he hoped to be back to full strength by December, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he isn't ready for contact in mid-September, more than two months beforehand. While the Thunder certainly want their top defender back as soon as possible, he won't be rushed into action and is still likely looking at missing at least the first month or two of the season barring any surprising developments in his recovery. Adding on to that, Roberson's value comes on the defensive side of the ball, so he'll struggle to provide significant fantasy value even when he's at full strength. With Roberson sidelined to start the season, Dennis Schroder will likely be the most intriguing fantasy asset that should benefit, while guys like Raymond Felton, Alex Abrines and Terrance Ferguson could see added minutes as well.

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    • Zhaire Smith PHI SG
      76ers' Zhaire Smith: Targeting return in December
      8h ago

      Smith (foot) is targeting a return at the end of December, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

      Smith underwent surgery on Aug. 9 to address an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot and it appears we now have a targeted timetable for a potential return. If he gets back on the court in December, Smith will have officially missed roughly the first three months of the season and he would also likely be eased back into the swing of things once cleared. As a result, the rookie isn't expected to be a fantasy contributor this year and he could even get some rehab time in with the team's G-League affiliate as well. Look for the 16th overall pick to spend much of his time in a deep reserve role once healthy.

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    • Dzanan Musa BKN SG
      Nets' Dzanan Musa: Slated for MRI
      9h ago

      Musa (ankle) is undergoing an MRI to determine the severity of his injury, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.

      Musa injured his right ankle in the World Cup Qualifiers over the weekend and had to be helped off the floor with what appeared to be a significant issue. While he's slated to undergo an MRI to provide clarity, Nets GM Sean Marks did mention that the injury is "not as serious as posted out there." That provides some optimism that Musa will be able to avoid an extended absence, though look out for another update once the results are in.

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    • Theo Pinson BKN SG
      Nets' Theo Pinson: Lands two-way contract
      10h ago

      Pinson will enter the 2018-19 season signed to a two-way contract, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.

      It was previously rumored that Pinson was given an Exhibit 10 deal, but he actually was given a two-way contract instead. That means he'll be eligible for 45 days of action at the NBA level during the upcoming campaign, with the rest of his time being spent with the Nets' G-League affiliate. As a result, Pinson's first year with the Nets will be in a developmental capacity and he'll struggle to get on the floor unless a handful of injuries were to occur. The North Carolina product averaged 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block in five summer league contests with Brooklyn.

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    • Dion Waiters MIA SG
      Heat's Dion Waiters: Doubtful for start of season
      12h ago

      Waiters (ankle) is "unlikely" to be ready for the start of the regular season, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.

      Waiters is recovering from ankle surgery that limited him to 30 games last season. He's expected to miss all of training camp and probably won't be in uniform during the Heat's regular-season opener Oct. 17 against the Magic. A more concrete timetable for a return may be established closer to that date. In his absence, Dwayne Wade, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington could all see extra time.

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    • Xavier Silas BOS SG
      Nuggets' Xavier Silas: Receives camp deal from Denver
      1d ago

      Silas signed a training-camp contract with the Nuggets on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Other than the 10-day contract he earned from the Celtics late last season, Silas spent the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign in the G-League where he averaged an impressive 18.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals across 43 games. That showing was impressive enough to peak the Nuggets' interest this offseason, who will now bring him in for training camp to get a closer look at his skill set. Despite the invite to camp, Silas is still going to have an uphill battle to make the final roster and seems more likely to return to the G-League for the start of the season.

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    • Kyrie Irving BOS PG
      Celtics' Kyrie Irving: No restrictions expected for regular season
      4h ago

      Irving (knee) isn't expected to have any restrictions when the regular season opens Oct. 16 against the 76ers, David Aldridge of TNT reports.

      Irving has been deemed fully healthy for three weeks now and with another month to go before the opener, he should have plenty of time to get comfortable with his knee and back into game shape. While the Celtics have excellent depth in the backcourt with both Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier, Irving is still headed for a 30-plus minute role, so he should come off the board in the first two or three rounds of most fantasy drafts. The injury concerns are still there after missing at least 19 games in each of the last three years and he's also going to have to adjust to playing with Gordon Hayward, but he's still an All-Star candidate and will do the bulk of the play-making in Boston.

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    • Isaiah Thomas DEN PG
      Nuggets' Isaiah Thomas: Training camp availability uncertain
      9h ago

      Thomas (hip) remains questionable for the start of training camp next week, Chris Dempsey of Nuggets.com reports.

      Thomas indicated at the end of July that he expected to be fully cleared in a month, so it appears he's a little bit behind in the recovery process. A large part of that is likely just the Nuggets taking a cautious approach with Thomas, who played just 32 games during the 2017-18 campaign and underwent hip surgery back in March. In a recent interview, Nuggets President of Basketball Ops Tim Connelly said, "Like all of our guys, we want to be especially sensitive to Isaiah. I think he probably has rushed back (in the past). We want Isaiah to be right. So, he's working his butt off a couple times a day with our guys. He's getting better by the day. But we're not trying to win the preseason. Whenever he's ready he'll be out there and I'm sure he'll be impactful." Look for an update to be provided on Thomas prior to the start of training camp next week, but don't be surprised if he's significantly restricted early on and he may not be ready to take part in preseason play which starts Sept. 30.

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    • Lonzo Ball LAL PG
      Lakers' Lonzo Ball: Will be limited to start camp
      9h ago

      Ball (knee) won't be ready for 5-on-5 scrimmages when training camp opens for the Lakers next week, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.

      Ball was recently praised by Lakers GM Rob Pelinka for his improved physique this summer, but the second-year guard is still being brought along slowly when it comes to basketball activities. He's reportedly participated in 1-on-1 drills, but with the Lakers easing him back in, Ball isn't expected to be a full go for the start of training camp. While that may be slightly concerning for his availability for the preseason, the Lakers haven't shown any indication that Ball won't be ready for the opener Oct. 18 against the Trail Blazers.

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    • Mike Conley MEM PG
      Grizzlies' Mike Conley: Working out with no limitations
      10h ago

      Conley (heel) is considered fully healthy as training camp approaches, David Aldrdige of TNT reports.

      Conley's 2017-18 season was cut short in its infancy, as he missed 70 games after undergoing surgery in January to clean up his left heel. The point guard resumed five-on-five work earlier this month, and new coach J.B. Bickerstaff confirmed Monday that Conley is a back at full speed. "Right now he's in full participation in everything we're doing," Bickerstaff said. "Obviously we kind of keep an eye on him. In training camp, our expectation is that he's full go." Bickerstaff went on to note that while Conley won't face any sort of minutes restriction in the wake of the injury, the talent the Grizzlies added this offseason will hopefully equate to a lower overall workload for both he and Marc Gasol. "We don't have any expectation of Mike missing anything," Bickerstaff said. "As the season goes, we'll keep an eye on him. When we added some of the depth on our team, we don't have to kill Mike and Marc from a minutes perspective. Rather than getting into restrictions, their average minutes don't have to be 36, 38 minutes to carry the team."

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    • Jarrett Jack NY PG
      Pelicans' Jarrett Jack: Signs non-guaranteed contract with Pelicans
      1d ago

      Jack will sign a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Pelicans, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Jack spent the 2017-18 campaign with the Knicks, where he played a surprisingly large role in the backcourt despite some intriguing younger pieces being present on the roster. He finished the year averaging 7.5 points, 5.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds across 25.0 minutes. He wasn't re-signed this offseason by New York and will instead travel to New Orleans to play for the Pelicans during the upcoming campaign. Jack will provide veteran leadership for a team looking to return to the playoffs, but he'll have a very tough time reaching the 25.0 minutes he averaged in New York if he makes the final roster. The Pelicans already have Elfrid Payton, Jrue Holiday, Ian Clark and Frank Jackson in the fold, all of whom should limit Jack's impact.

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    • Luka Doncic DAL PG
      Mavericks' Luka Doncic: Impressing in offseason workouts
      2d ago

      Doncic has been impressive in pickup games at the Mavericks' facility leading up to training camp, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

      While summer pickup games are far from the real thing, MacMahon noted that Doncic has "often been the best player on the court" in contests that include current Mavericks, a well as local products like the Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge. MacMahon went to state that Doncic is "not in great shape by NBA standards," which may be a bit of a concern, but shouldn't be overly surprising given that Doncic took several weeks off following the conclusion of the EuroLeague season in late-June. Expectations are justifiably high for Doncic, who's arguably the most accomplished European player to ever come to the NBA, and it remains to be seen how he'll be utilized by a Mavs team simultaneously developing second-year point guard Dennis Smith, Jr.

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