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  • Player News
    • Tacko Fall BOS C
      Celtics' Tacko Fall: Suffers mild knee sprain
      2d ago

      Fall suffered a minor knee sprain during workouts and is expected to be out for a week, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

      The injury occurred while Fall collided with another player on a block attempt. He should be healthy in time for training camp.

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    • Christian Wood DET PF
      Pistons' Christian Wood: Roster spot in jeopardy
      3d ago

      Wood's roster spot is in jeopardy after the Pistons agreed to a one-year contract with Joe Johnson, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.

      Unless the team opens up a spot via trade, it's possible Wood loses out to the veteran Johnson. Wood has shown plenty of flashes throughout his time in the NBA, notably averaging 18.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and a combined 2.4 blocks/steals across the final seven games of last season.

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    • Troy Caupain POR PG
      Trail Blazers' Troy Caupain: Inks camp deal with Blazers
      3d ago

      Caupain agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Trail Blazers on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Undrafted out of Cincinnati in 2017, Caupain has played in just four NBA games. He spent essentially all of last season with the Lakeland Magic of the G League, where he averaged 16.4 points on 12.7 shots, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.7 minutes. Portland will give him a training camp tryout, and it's possible Caupain will land a roster spot and be able to provide the team with additional backcourt depth.

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    • London Perrantes POR PG
      London Perrantes: Inks camp deal with Blazers
      3d ago

      Perrantes signed a training camp contract with the Trail Blazers on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      The former Virginia standout was a member of the Pelicans' summer league team in July, and he'll now have an opportunity to audition for the Blazers in training camp. Chances are relatively slim that Perrantes, who played overseas last season, makes the final roster.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Shut down for remaining FIBA play
      4d ago

      Smart, due to minor injuries, will sit out Team USA's remaining games, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Smart is dealing with a left knuckle injury (X-rays came back negative) along with quad and calf soreness, and he'll opt to mitigate the risk of further injury. The decision is understandable, especially since Team USA lost to France and will be fighting for consolation victories.

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    • Jayson Tatum BOS SF
      Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Sits out loss to France
      4d ago

      Tatum (ankle) didn't play Wednesday in Team USA's 89-79 loss to France in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals.

      Tatum hasn't played since Team USA's first game in the group play round last week, but his sprained left ankle isn't viewed as a major concern heading into the NBA season. Before Wednesday's contest, Mark Stein of The New York Times relayed that the Americans expected to have Tatum available for Friday's semifinal game against Argentina, had the United States beaten France. Instead, the Americans will now take on Serbia on Thursday in a consolation game, and there's a decent chance Tatum sits out the rest of the World Cup with the gold medal out of reach.

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    • Tacko Fall BOS C
      Celtics' Tacko Fall: Suffers mild knee sprain
      2d ago

      Fall suffered a minor knee sprain during workouts and is expected to be out for a week, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

      The injury occurred while Fall collided with another player on a block attempt. He should be healthy in time for training camp.

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    • Willie Cauley-Stein GS C
      Warriors' Willie Cauley-Stein: Expected to start at center
      5d ago

      Cauley-Stein is expected to start at center for the Warriors, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

      Slater was asked about the Warriors' projected starting five in a mailbag piece, so this is more so his opinion, rather than a definitive statement from coach Steve Kerr. Nonetheless, it's a minor vote of confidence for Cauley-Stein, who the Warriors brought over from Sacramento in free agency to help fill the void left by the departure of DeMarcus Cousins. At the end of the day, Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney figure to split minutes relatively evenly, though Slater notes that Looney will likely be the one on the court in closing situations.

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    • Moses Brown NBADRAFT C
      Rockets' Moses Brown: Agrees to camp deal with Portland
      6d ago

      Brown and the Trail Blazers came to terms Monday on a training camp contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Undrafted out of UCLA, Brown will latch on with a Trail Blazers team hurting for depth at the center spot with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) injured. Portland brought in Hassan Whiteside over the summer, but it also parted ways with Meyers Leonard, so there's an outside chance Brown could be kept around as an emergency option at the five. The 7-1 Brown averaged 9.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 32 games at UCLA last season.

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    • DeMarcus Cousins LAL C
      Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins: Lakers apply for exception
      6d ago

      The Lakers have applied for a $1.75 million disabled player exception with Cousins (knee) expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Even after an injury-plagued, inconsistent year in Golden State, Cousins was expected to be a key piece in a shallow Los Angeles frontcourt, but he suffered a torn ACL in a preseason workout back on Aug. 15. If the league grants the Lakers the exception, they'll be able to use half of Cousins' salary ($1.75 million) toward signing another player. At this time, it's unclear who that player might be.

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    • Bol Bol DEN C
      Nuggets' Bol Bol: Inks two-way deal with Nuggets
      11d ago

      Bol and the Nuggets agreed to a two-way contract on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Bol, who fell to pick 44 in the 2019 Draft, wasn't able to secure a true rookie contract with Denver. Per the nature of two-way deals, he'll spend the majority of next season in the G League developing his skills. We shouldn't expect him to see much, if any, time at the NBA level season, meaning his fantasy stock is incredibly low outside of dynasty formats.

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    • DeMarcus Cousins LAL C
      Lakers' DeMarcus Cousins: Arrest warrant issued
      16d ago

      An arrest warrant was issued for Cousins (knee) in connection with the misdemeanor domestic violence charge he's facing in Mobile, Ala., ESPN.com reports.

      More specifically, Cousins is being charged with third-degree harassing communications. A former girlfriend, Christy West, is seeking a restraining order against Cousins following a recent argument related to their seven-year-old son. Cousins has thus far declined comment on the matter, while the Lakers and NBA issued statements Tuesday indicating that both parties were investing the allegations. Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles earlier this summer, is expected to miss most -- if not all -- of the 2019-20 season after tearing his ACL in a workout earlier this month.

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    • Christian Wood DET PF
      Pistons' Christian Wood: Roster spot in jeopardy
      3d ago

      Wood's roster spot is in jeopardy after the Pistons agreed to a one-year contract with Joe Johnson, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.

      Unless the team opens up a spot via trade, it's possible Wood loses out to the veteran Johnson. Wood has shown plenty of flashes throughout his time in the NBA, notably averaging 18.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and a combined 2.4 blocks/steals across the final seven games of last season.

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    • Aric Holman NBADRAFT PF
      Mavericks' Aric Holman: Claimed by Mavs
      16d ago

      Holman was claimed off of waiver by the Mavericks on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Holman was on an Exhibit 10 deal with the Lakers before being waived to make room for Dwight Howard. Holman went unselected during the 2019 NBA Draft after four years as Mississippi State, averaging 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 assist across 22.0 minutes during Conference play while shooting 42.9 percent from three overall.

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    • Domantas Sabonis IND PF
      Pacers' Domantas Sabonis: Slated to start alongside Turner
      19d ago

      Pacers coach Nate McMillan confirmed earlier in the summer that he intends on starting Sabonis at power forward in 2019-20, freelance sports writer Mark Montieth reports.

      Indiana experimented with Sabonis alongside Myles Turner in the frontcourt last season, but typically not for prolonged stretches while Thaddeus Young handled the bulk of the minutes at power forward. With Young having since moved on to Chicago, however, the Pacers seem willing to give the Sabonis-Turner tandem a more extended trial, at least at the beginning of the upcoming campaign. The arrangement could create some spacing issues, but the threat Turner offers behind the arc could allow Sabonis to do most of his damage in the low post, just as he did in 2018-19 as a backup center. If that ends up being the case, Sabonis may not be in line for a dramatic reduction in the career-best 59 percent mark from the field he posted a season ago.

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    • Blake Griffin DET PF
      Pistons' Blake Griffin: Likely to rest more in 2019-20
      19d ago

      The Pistons will likely take a more proactive approach in monitoring Griffin's workload this season, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

      Griffin is coming off of a productive season in which he appeared in 75 games -- his most since 2013-14 -- but it came at a cost, as the veteran's body began to break down late in the year, causing him to miss two of the team's four first-round playoff contests. This time around, the Pistons are expected to be more cautious with Griffin, especially in back-to-back situations, and Langlois speculates that Griffin could ultimately end up being limited to fewer than 70 total games. That could put Detroit in a dicey situation when it comes to competing for a playoff spot, but the team added Markieff Morris to provide reliable depth behind Griffin -- something that wasn't necessarily there a season ago.

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    • P.J. Washington CHA PF
      Hornets' PJ Washington: Fully healthy entering camp
      19d ago

      Washington (foot) is fully healthy as training camp approaches, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.

      The swingman was held out of the Las Vegas Summer League in July while battling soreness in his foot, which stemmed from an injury he suffered back in March at Kentucky. The first-round pick clarified Monday night that he's medically cleared and anticipates being at full strength for the start of camp at the end of September. "I'm pretty much cleared to do everything," Washington said. "After summer league, it was about two weeks." The 6-7 Washington will likely spend time at both forward spots for the Hornets this season, but GM Mitch Kupchak already implied after the draft that Washington could first get some seasoning with the team's G League affiliate in Greensboro. Chances are, Washington won't be an overly valuable fantasy asset in Year 1, though with Charlotte projected to be among the NBA's bottom-dwellers, he could see more opportunity later on, should the team shift toward a more youth-oriented rebuild.

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    • Aric Holman NBADRAFT PF
      Aric Holman: Waived by Lakers
      19d ago

      Holman will be waived by the Lakers on Monday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Holman, who is currently on a Exhibit 10-day contract, will be reportedly waived to make room for the newly signed Dwight Howard. The rookie out of Mississippi State will look to grab another contract with another team, presumably a G League contract, if at all any.

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    • Jayson Tatum BOS SF
      Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Sits out loss to France
      4d ago

      Tatum (ankle) didn't play Wednesday in Team USA's 89-79 loss to France in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals.

      Tatum hasn't played since Team USA's first game in the group play round last week, but his sprained left ankle isn't viewed as a major concern heading into the NBA season. Before Wednesday's contest, Mark Stein of The New York Times relayed that the Americans expected to have Tatum available for Friday's semifinal game against Argentina, had the United States beaten France. Instead, the Americans will now take on Serbia on Thursday in a consolation game, and there's a decent chance Tatum sits out the rest of the World Cup with the gold medal out of reach.

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    • Jayson Tatum BOS SF
      Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Will be game-time call vs France
      4d ago

      Tatum (ankle) participated in Team USA shootaround and is a game-time decision for Tuesday's quarterfinal game against France, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.

      Tatum has missed three straight Team USA contests due to a relatively minor sprained ankle, but it's possible he gets back into the action against France.

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    • Alfonzo McKinnie GS SF
      Warriors' Alfonzo McKinnie: Could move into starting role
      5d ago

      McKinnie could open the season as the Warriors' starting small forward, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

      In the absence of Klay Thompson (knee), Golden State's options at small forward are admittedly rather bleak, but Slater wrote Tuesday that he believes McKinnie holds a slight advantage over Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III. Of the three, McKinnie has the most experience in the Warriors' system, and he's a proven hustler on the defense end who should help ease the burden on D'Angelo Russell and Steph Curry on that end of the floor. With that said, even if McKinnie starts and takes on an expanded role, he hasn't shown nearly enough upside to warrant consideration in most fantasy formats.

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    • Jayson Tatum BOS SF
      Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Sits out Team USA game
      6d ago

      Tatum (ankle) isn't playing Monday for Team USA in its FIBA World Cup matchup with Brazil, John Schuhmann of NBA.com reports.

      Tatum will miss the Americans' third straight contest on account of a sprained left ankle, but the injury isn't viewed as a major concern. If Team USA stays alive in the World Cup with a victory Monday, Tatum could be available to play in the national team's next game.

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    • Jayson Tatum BOS SF
      Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Sits out Team USA game
      6d ago

      Tatum (ankle) isn't playing Monday for Team USA in its FIBA World Cup matchup with Brazil, John Schuhmann of NBA.com reports.

      Tatum will miss the Americans' third straight contest on account of a sprained left ankle, but the injury isn't viewed as a major concern. If Team USA stays alive in the World Cup with a victory Monday, Tatum could be available to play in the national team's next game.

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    • Rui Hachimura WAS SF
      Wizards' Rui Hachimura: Will miss rest of World Cup
      9d ago

      Hachimura will miss the rest of the World Cup due to knee discomfort and fatigue, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.

      Team Japan has a couple of meaningless games remaining in the World Cup so it's a no brainer for Hachimura than to watch them from the sidelines and rest up for the start of training camp. The rookie's knee discomfort shouldn't be an issue come training camp, as the injury is more of a precaution.

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    • Antonio Blakeney CHI SG
      Bulls' Antonio Blakeney: Cut by Bulls
      8d ago

      Blakeney and the Bulls agreed to part ways on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Blakeney has thrived in the G-League during his time in the league, but was never able to find that same success when given a chance on the Bulls' roster. A streaky scorer, he will need to work on his efficiency in order to find another opportunity.

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    • Kris Wilkes NBADRAFT SG
      Kris Wilkes: Fails to finalize deal with Knicks
      9d ago

      Wilkes ultimately will not sign a contract with the Knicks due to ongoing health issues, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.

      Wilkes had been expected to sign a two-way contract with Knicks for much of the summer, but apparently it had only been a verbal agreement. Berman also reports that the Knicks are allegedly still interested in signing Wilkes at a later date, but for now he remains a rookie free agent with health issues.

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    • Devon Hall OKC SG
      Thunder's Devon Hall: Signs two-way deal with Thunder
      11d ago

      Hall agreed to a two-way contract with the Thunder on Wednesday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Hall was the 53rd pick of the 2018 Draft, and he played in 10 games for the Thunder's G League affiliate last season. There, he averaged 7.3 points on 6.7 shots, 1.6 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 21.1 minutes. In signing a two-way deal, he'll likely spend the majority of the upcoming season in the G League once more.

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    • Buddy Hield SAC SG
      Kings' Buddy Hield: In contract extension negotiations
      11d ago

      Hield and the Kings' front office are working on a contract extension, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports. According to general manager Vlade Divac, "We're working on it and we'll figure out something. Buddy is (a) very important piece to this franchise."

      Hield is in the final year of his rookie contract, and he's coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He's proven to be one of the best three-point shooters in the league, and his career 41.9 percent mark from distance ranks sixth among active players.

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    • Davon Reed MIA SG
      Heat's Davon Reed: Signing camp deal with Miami
      12d ago

      Reed is expected to sign a training camp deal with the Heat, Shandel Richardson of The Athletic reports.

      Reed was in the NBA under a two-way contract with the Pacers last season and then played summer league with the Warriors earlier this offseason. He will now try to crack Miami's final roster during the team's training camp.

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    • Eric Gordon HOU SG
      Rockets' Eric Gordon: Inks extension
      15d ago

      Gordon signed a three-year, $54.5 million contract extension with the Rockets on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Gordon has been a valuable piece to the Rockets' puzzle the past three years while working as a second-unit scorer and occasional sidekick alongside James Harden in the starting five. The extension will keep him in the fold through the 2022-23 campaign, but his outlook may be more muddled moving forward with the offseason addition of Russell Westbrook. With Westbrook and Harden likely to absorb most of the minutes at two backcourt spots, Gordon could end up seeing a good portion of his playing time at small forward during the upcoming campaign. While that not ideal for defensive purposes, Gordon should continue to garner plenty of open looks from distance when playing alongside either or both of Harden and Westbrook.

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    • Troy Caupain POR PG
      Trail Blazers' Troy Caupain: Inks camp deal with Blazers
      3d ago

      Caupain agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Trail Blazers on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Undrafted out of Cincinnati in 2017, Caupain has played in just four NBA games. He spent essentially all of last season with the Lakeland Magic of the G League, where he averaged 16.4 points on 12.7 shots, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.7 minutes. Portland will give him a training camp tryout, and it's possible Caupain will land a roster spot and be able to provide the team with additional backcourt depth.

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    • London Perrantes POR PG
      London Perrantes: Inks camp deal with Blazers
      3d ago

      Perrantes signed a training camp contract with the Trail Blazers on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      The former Virginia standout was a member of the Pelicans' summer league team in July, and he'll now have an opportunity to audition for the Blazers in training camp. Chances are relatively slim that Perrantes, who played overseas last season, makes the final roster.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Shut down for remaining FIBA play
      4d ago

      Smart, due to minor injuries, will sit out Team USA's remaining games, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Smart is dealing with a left knuckle injury (X-rays came back negative) along with quad and calf soreness, and he'll opt to mitigate the risk of further injury. The decision is understandable, especially since Team USA lost to France and will be fighting for consolation victories.

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    • Chris Clemons HOU PG
      Rockets' Chris Clemons: Getting Exhibit 10 deal
      4d ago

      The Rockets released Clemons from his two-way deal Monday and re-signed him to an Exhibit 10 deal, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.

      The move merely affords Clemons some extra security on his contract and lessens the risk if he were to succumb to an injury. The undrafted rookie out of Campbell isn't expected to crack the Rockets' opening-night roster and will likely report to their G League affiliate in Rio Grande Valley to begin his professional career.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Back in action for USA squad
      5d ago

      Smart played in both of the United States' last two games in the FIBA World Cup, signaling that he's moved past the strained left quadriceps muscle he dealt with last week.

      The injury prevented Smart from playing in last Thursday's victory over Japan, but his absence was believed to be precautionary more than anything else after he had previously missed time in August with a left calf strain. Smart should be available for the remainder of Team USA's upcoming games and will likely be a full participant when the Celtics begin training camp.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Sits out vs. Japan
      10d ago

      Smart (quad) did not play in Thursday's FIBA World Cup win over Japan.

      Smart is dealing with a strained left quad, which comes on the heels of the strained left calf he suffered during Team USA minicamp. With an inferior opponent on the schedule -- USA won 98-45 -- Smart's absence was likely just precautionary.

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