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  • Player News
    • Jordan Bell GS C
      Warriors' Jordan Bell: Expected to play in summer league
      19m ago

      Bell is expected to play on the Warriors' summer league team, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

      Bell had a strong rookie campaign for the Warriors, averaging 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 block in 14.2 minutes. He even drew 13 starts, posting 7.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and just under two blocks per game in those outings.

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    • Wilson Chandler DEN SF
      Nuggets' Wilson Chandler: Exercises player option
      29m ago

      Chandler exercised his $12.8 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

      This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Chandler was unlikely to garner a bigger contract in free agency. The 31-year-old is coming off one of the most uneventful seasons of his career. He averaged just 10.0 points (44.5 percent shooting from the field and 35.8 percent from three), 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31.6 minutes.

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    • Chris Boucher GS PF
      Chris Boucher: Waived by Golden State
      2h ago

      Boucher was released by the Warriors on Friday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Boucher, an undrafted rookie last season, played just one minute for Golden State. He spent most of the year in the G-League, averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 22.2 minutes.

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    • DeAndre' Bembry ATL SF
      Hawks' DeAndre' Bembry: Playing in summer league
      2h ago

      Bembry will join the Hawks' summer league roster, Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Injuries limited Bembry to just 26 games last year, which was his sophomore campaign. In those games, he posted 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.5 minutes. He'll look to gain some more experience by playing in summer league.

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    • Jarell Eddie CHI SG
      Celtics' Jarell Eddie: Joins Celtics for summer league
      7h ago

      Eddie will play with the Celtics' summer league team, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.

      Eddie was primarily featured in the G-League last season but did sign a 10-day contract with the Celtics in January and then with the Bulls in February. He's likely destined for another G-League heavy season, but he will use the summer to potentially land a two-way contract with a team.

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    • Zach Randolph SAC PF
      Kings' Zach Randolph: Could see role reduced
      21h ago

      Randolph could see his workload reduced as a result of the Kings selecting Marvin Bagley with the number two overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

      Randolph signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Kings last summer and played a significant role on the team in 2017-18. He appeared in 59 games, averaging 14.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.6 minutes. However, with Sacramento bringing in power forward/center Bagley, Randolph's role could fall by the wayside as the team looks to continue the rebuild.

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    • Jordan Bell GS C
      Warriors' Jordan Bell: Expected to play in summer league
      19m ago

      Bell is expected to play on the Warriors' summer league team, Anthony Slater of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

      Bell had a strong rookie campaign for the Warriors, averaging 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 block in 14.2 minutes. He even drew 13 starts, posting 7.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and just under two blocks per game in those outings.

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    • Robin Lopez CHI C
      Bulls' Robin Lopez: May see role reduction
      22h ago

      Lopez may see his workload reduced, as the Bulls selected Wendell Carter with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

      Lopez was one of the few veterans on the rebuilding Bulls last season, playing 64 games and averaging 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes. However, he was mostly seeing time since Chicago didn't have an up-and-comer for the position. Drafting Carter solves that issue, and could push Lopez farther down on the depth chart.

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    • Tyson Chandler PHO C
      Suns' Tyson Chandler: Could see role impacted
      22h ago

      Chandler's role with the Suns could be impacted by the team's selection of Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

      The veteran is likely nearing the end of what's been a very productive career, but he still has one year and nearly $14 million remaining on his deal with the Suns. Due in part to injuries, Chandler played in just over half of Phoenix's games last season, and with Ayton now in the fold, it's difficult to imagine Chandler taking on a more significant role in 2018-19.

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    • Dwight Howard CHA C
      Nets' Dwight Howard: Negotiating buyout
      1d ago

      Howard is expected to be bought out by the Nets once the trade with Charlotte is finalized on July 6, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

      The Nets traded for Howard earlier in the week in an effort to shed the final two years of Timofey Mozgov's contract, which opens multiple max salary slots starting in 2019-20. However, it appears they have no plans of keeping the 32-year-old veteran and a buyout is fully expected to be completed in the next few weeks. That paves the way for Jarrett Allen, the Nets first-round pick in 2017, to take the reigns at center, as the team shifts to developing some of its younger talent. Howard's future, on the other hand, is a bit unclear. There will surely be a handful of teams interested in bringing in the big man, though he's suited up for three organizations over the last three years, which may suggest teams haven't been overly enthused with his locker room presence. Howard still averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 81 games with Charlotte, so he still has plenty left in the tank heading into his 15th year in the league.

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    • Kyle O'Quinn NY C
      Kyle O'Quinn: Declines option, becomes unrestricted free agent
      2d ago

      O'Quinn has declined his $4.2 million option for the 2018-19 season to become an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      O'Quinn will look to capitalize on the best season of his career and test the free agent market this off-season. O'Quinn posted career highs in points, rebounds and assists a season ago while also shooting 58.5 percent from the field.

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    • DeWayne Dedmon ATL C
      Hawks' Dewayne Dedmon: Exercises player option
      2d ago

      Dedmon has exercised his $7.2 million player option with the Hawks for next season, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Dedmon has decided to opt-in to his player option and return to the Hawks next season. Dedmon will look to continue his success with the Hawks next season after posting career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals a season ago.

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    • Chris Boucher GS PF
      Chris Boucher: Waived by Golden State
      2h ago

      Boucher was released by the Warriors on Friday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Boucher, an undrafted rookie last season, played just one minute for Golden State. He spent most of the year in the G-League, averaging 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 22.2 minutes.

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    • Zach Randolph SAC PF
      Kings' Zach Randolph: Could see role reduced
      21h ago

      Randolph could see his workload reduced as a result of the Kings selecting Marvin Bagley with the number two overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

      Randolph signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Kings last summer and played a significant role on the team in 2017-18. He appeared in 59 games, averaging 14.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 25.6 minutes. However, with Sacramento bringing in power forward/center Bagley, Randolph's role could fall by the wayside as the team looks to continue the rebuild.

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    • Bobby Portis CHI PF
      Bulls' Bobby Portis: Could see role reduced
      22h ago

      Portis could see his role reduced as a result of the Bulls selecting Wendell Carter with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

      Portis posted a career year during the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22.5 minutes. However, considering Carter projects to have a higher ceiling, his minutes will probably get prioritized over Portis'. And, with Lauri Markkanen still in the fold, Portis appears to be the odd man out in the frontcourt.

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    • Marreese Speights ORL PF
      Marreese Speights: Headed to China
      3d ago

      Speights agreed to a contract Monday with the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, freelance reporter David Pick reports.

      Since Speights signed a one-year deal with Orlando last summer, he won't officially become a free agent until July, when his contract with the CBA club should become official. After struggling to find playing time and seeing his efficiency decline with a rebuilding Magic club in 2017-18, Speights was unlikely to garner much more than another one-year contract with minimal guaranteed money from NBA teams. His deal with Guangzhou likely contains more favorable terms, and should afford him the opportunity to potentially return to the NBA once the CBA season concludes at some point between February and May, depending on if or how deep Guangzhou advances in the playoffs.

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    • Cheick Diallo NO PF
      Pelicans' Cheick Diallo: Will join Summer League roster
      4d ago

      Diallo will be on the Pelicans' Vegas Summer League roster, Scott Kushner of The Advocate reports.

      Diallo played in a career-high 52 games in his second NBA season with the Pelicans, but averaged just 11.2 minutes when on the court. As a result, the New Orleans coaching staff wants to get their big man some extra reps and will have him participate in Summer League once again with the hopes of aiding his development. Diallo would be in line for a bigger role if DeMarcus Cousins were to sign elsewhere in free agency, so any additional work should only help his quest for more minutes.

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    • Darrell Arthur DEN PF
      Nuggets' Darrell Arthur: Picks up player option
      7d ago

      Arthur exercised his $7.4 million player option for the 2018-19 season Friday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Given that Arthur's market value as a free agent this offseason would likely be close to the minimum, picking up the player option was a no brainer for the 30-year-old. Arthur appeared in just 19 games this season, averaging 2.8 points per game, and he'll likely find himself out of the rotation once again in 2018-19. However, given that Arthur is now an expiring contract, he could be used in a potential trade as salary filler.

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    • Wilson Chandler DEN SF
      Nuggets' Wilson Chandler: Exercises player option
      29m ago

      Chandler exercised his $12.8 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

      This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Chandler was unlikely to garner a bigger contract in free agency. The 31-year-old is coming off one of the most uneventful seasons of his career. He averaged just 10.0 points (44.5 percent shooting from the field and 35.8 percent from three), 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31.6 minutes.

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    • DeAndre' Bembry ATL SF
      Hawks' DeAndre' Bembry: Playing in summer league
      2h ago

      Bembry will join the Hawks' summer league roster, Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Injuries limited Bembry to just 26 games last year, which was his sophomore campaign. In those games, he posted 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.5 minutes. He'll look to gain some more experience by playing in summer league.

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    • Gordon Hayward BOS SF
      Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Expected at full strength by August
      2d ago

      Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Monday that he expects Hayward (ankle) to be "pretty close to full tilt by the end of July, August first-ish," Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.

      Hayward's inaugural season with the Celtics lasted all of six minutes after he suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in his left leg during the team's season opener Oct. 17. After undergoing surgery shortly thereafter, Hayward was spotted going through workouts on the court during the spring, but the Celtics dismissed any notion of the forward returning to action in the postseason. With Hayward having all summer to regain strength in his leg and build up his conditioning, it sounds as though he'll be a full participant when training camp opens in September. It remains to be seen what the Boston roster will still look like at that point, but the 28-year-old's ability to swing between both forward spots should allow him to assume a high-minute starting role in 2018-19.

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    • Jayson Tatum BOS SF
      Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Not participating in Summer League
      4d ago

      Tatum won't participate in the Vegas Summer League, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.

      Tatum played in 99 games when including postseason contests as a rookie and likely needs some time to wind down and rest his body. The 20-year-old has already established himself as a key contributor and a building block for the future, so with little to prove, the Celtics won't risk his health in the Summer League. The Celtics are likely going to have to make some adjustments to their forward rotation with Gordon Hayward (leg) coming back prior to the upcoming campaign, which will be something to monitor once training camp and the preseason arrives to see how it impacts Tatum's role.

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    • Rudy Gay SA SF
      Spurs' Rudy Gay: Declines player option
      4d ago

      Gay has declined his player option for the 2018-19 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

      Gay had previously been on the fence regarding whether or not to pick up his $8.8 million option, but it appears he's elected to decline it and could be looking to latch on with another contender or find a longer-termed deal. The 31-year-old played a career-low 21.6 minutes per game in his first year with San Antonio and despite the potential for a change of scenery, it seems unlikely the veteran forward would command a much larger role if he signs on with another contender. Injury concerns will be a factor for a player who's seen action in just 87 games over the last two seasons, but Gay still demonstrated an ability to be a consistent scorer off the bench for the Spurs when healthy and should field plenty of interest elsewhere in the league.

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    • Kawhi Leonard SA SF
      Spurs' Kawhi Leonard: Wants out of San Antonio
      7d ago

      Leonard (quadriceps) wants to be traded from the Spurs, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

      Multiple reports have come through saying that Leonard wants out, and Yahoo's Shams Charania reported in more detail that the superstar "has grown uncomfortable with the Spurs and is ready for move." While this is certainly shocking news, it seemed like the tension behind the scenes between Leonard and the Spurs was building towards this moment despite the fact that Leonard would have been capable for a massive contract extension that only San Antonio could pay him. Nevertheless, it appears at some point that the former Finals MVP will be on his way out of San Antonio this offseason in a trade that should result in a massive haul for the Spurs.

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    • Jarell Eddie CHI SG
      Celtics' Jarell Eddie: Joins Celtics for summer league
      7h ago

      Eddie will play with the Celtics' summer league team, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.

      Eddie was primarily featured in the G-League last season but did sign a 10-day contract with the Celtics in January and then with the Bulls in February. He's likely destined for another G-League heavy season, but he will use the summer to potentially land a two-way contract with a team.

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    • Dion Waiters MIA SG
      Heat's Dion Waiters: Resumes basketball activies
      2d ago

      Waiters (ankle) has progressed to "court work" but is not yet playing in pickup games, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

      Waiters underwent surgery in late January to address an injured left ankle, which cut his year short, as he appeared in just 30 games. The campaign marked his second straight year dealing with injuries, as he played in 46 games during the 2016-17 campaign as a result of groin and ankle issues. That said, the hope now is that Waiters can put his ankle problems behind him and resume being a go-to scoring option for the Heat. Over the past two seasons, the guard has averaged 15.2 points, 4.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per game. However, he's struggled with efficiency, shooting only 41.4 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from deep and 67.9 percent from the charity stripe during that stretch. It's unclear if he'll have the same exact role moving forward, as other Heat players have stepped up in his absence. Notably, Josh Richardson was a force on both ends of the floor and was crucial in Miami's success during 2017-18, averaging 12.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.2 minutes with higher efficiency than Waiters.

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    • Donovan Mitchell UTA SG
      Jazz's Donovan Mitchell: Cleared for basketball activity
      3d ago

      Mitchell (foot) has been cleared to resume basketball activity, per his official Twitter account.

      Mitchell was forced out of Game 5 of the Conference Semifinals against the Rockets due to a foot injury, with X-rays coming back negative. In late May, he was seen sporting a walking boot, but has apparently made significant progress since then. He'll now look to improve on his unexpectedly successful rookie campaign, where he averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 33.4 minutes. Mitchell continued to play at a high level throughout the postseason, posting 24.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals across 37.5 minutes per contest.

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    • Trevor Ariza HOU SG
      Rockets' Trevor Ariza: Looking for long-term deal
      6d ago

      Ariza will become an unrestricted free agent this summer and is expected to demand a contract in the range of four-to-five years, Kelly Iko of Rockets Wire reports.

      That would be a hefty demand for the 33-year-old Ariza, who has been the Rockets' starting small forward since joining the team in summer of 2014. His ability to defend, knock down threes and durability will garner significant attention on the market, but maybe not at four-to-five years.

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    • Jodie Meeks WAS SG
      Wizards' Jodie Meeks: Picks up player option
      10d ago

      Meeks exercised his player option for the 2018-19 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

      Meeks' option is a relatively cheap one -- just $3.4 million -- and will only pay him about $160,000 more than he made during the 2017-18 season. The 30-year-old appeared in 77 games -- his most in four years -- for the Wizards, but he shot just 39.9 percent from the floor and 34.3 percent from three, nearly three percentage points lower than his career mark. The Kentucky product will once again fill a minor role off the bench, but he'll miss roughly a quarter of the regular season after being suspended in April for a violation of the league's Anti-Drug policy.

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    • Dwyane Wade MIA SG
      Heat's Dwyane Wade: Undecided on future
      11d ago

      Wade said Sunday that he has yet to decide if he wants to continue playing during the 2018-19 season, Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Wade, who will become a free agent in July, said that if he does return for a 16th NBA season, he would like to return to Miami, where he finished the 2017-18 campaign following a February trade from Cleveland. While suiting up for 67 games between the two teams, Wade made only three starts and averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22.9 minutes per contests, all of which were the lowest or second-lowest marks of his career. If he elects to keep playing during the upcoming season with the Heat or another franchise, the 36-year-old would almost certainly have to settle for a full-time bench role, with his playing time potentially plunging even further.

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    • Milos Teodosic LAC PG
      Clippers' Milos Teodosic: Faces added competition in backcourt
      22h ago

      Teodosic will face added competition in the backcourt following the Clippers selection of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with the 11th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

      Teodosic's first season in Los Angeles was marred with injury, as a lingering plantar fascia issue in is left foot limited him to just 45 games. That didn't keep him from seeing significant playing time when available, however, and the 31-year-old finished the campaign averaging 9.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds across 25.2 minutes. That said, Patrick Beverley is returning from a season-ending knee injury and the Clippers selected 6-foot-6 point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with their first pick in the draft, so Teodosic is far from guaranteed the same role he saw as a rookie. Teodosic is currently sitting on a $6.3 million player option for the 2018-19 season and he's yet to indicate whether he'll opt in or out.

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    • George Hill CLE PG
      Cavaliers' George Hill: Could be impacted by Sexton pick
      22h ago

      Hill could see his role with the Cavs impacted by the team's selection of Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in Thursday's draft.

      When healthy, Hill was the regular starter at point guard after coming over from the Kings midway through the season. He had his ups and downs but strung together some solid performances in the postseason and represented one of Cleveland's few two-way options in the backcourt. The future of virtually the entire Cavs' roster is up in the air at this point as LeBron James' free agency saga drags on, but Hill is still under contract for $19 million in 2018-19. If he remains with the Cavs, he'll likely have to battle Sexton for minutes.

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    • Dennis Schroder ATL PG
      Hawks' Dennis Schroder: Could see competition in backcourt
      22h ago

      Schroder could see some competition at point guard after the Hawks traded for Trae Young during the 2018 NBA Draft.

      While Schroder may see some of his minutes taken away in favor of the rookie, it's also possible that getting Young on draft night could be the first step in Schroder's exit out of Atlanta after he said he didn't want to be part of a rebuild again. Schroder is, however, coming off the most productive season of his career, averaging 19.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. It's also possible that Schroder and Young could co-exist in the backcourt, so the Hawks may elect to experiment with some lineups before making any drastic roster moves.

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    • Austin Rivers LAC PG
      Clippers' Austin Rivers: Exercises $12.6 million option
      1d ago

      Rivers will exercise his $12.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      It was reported earlier in June that Rivers was undecided on whether to opt in or out of his contract, though it appears he's chosen the former and will remain with the Clippers for a fourth straight season. While Rivers saw action in just 61 games in 2017-18, he did tally career-highs of 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.7 minutes, and was relied upon in the backcourt when the Clippers were dealing with some other injuries. While there's been some trade speculation regarding other guards on the roster, the Clippers currently have the likes of Milos Teodosic, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams under contract, so Rivers will certainly have to fend off some of these other guys in order to approach the 33.7 minutes he averaged last year.

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    • Kyrie Irving BOS PG
      Celtics' Kyrie Irving: Expected at full strength by August
      2d ago

      Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Monday that he expects Irving (knee) to be "pretty close to full tilt by the end of July, August first-ish," Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.

      The Celtics initially handed Irving a 4-to-5-month recovery timeline after he underwent a second surgery in April to remove two screws in his left knee. Stevens' comments suggest that Irving is on track to beat the projected timetable or hit the low end of it, at the very least. Prior to being shut down following the procedure, Irving noticed only a slight decline in his overall numbers during his first season in Boston compared to his final campaign with Cleveland in 2016-17. The point guard still averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 three-pointers in 32.2 minutes per game over 60 contests, but he could notice another dip in his producion during the upcoming campaign. In addition to his sketchy track record on the health front, Irving could cede some of the scoring burden to Gordon Hayward (ankle), who was limited to one game in his first season with Boston, and perhaps another star player. The Celtics have a deep trove of high draft picks and young assets through which to engineer a deal for one of the top talents on the open market this summer.

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    • Lonzo Ball LAL PG
      Lakers' Lonzo Ball: Resumes basketball activies
      10d ago

      Ball, who underwent a platelet-rich plasma shot in his knee and missed the final eight games of the season, is now healthy enough to resume basketball-related activities, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN reports.

      Ball, who has been lifting weights since the season ended, noted that the injury was minor and he "just basically took time off [to let the knee heal]". Now 100 percent healthy, Ball can continue to work on his all-around offensive game and finding consistency with his shot -- something the Lakers reportedly have stressed to him. He finished his rookie campaign hitting just 36.0 percent of his shots from the field, 30.5 percent from three and 45.1 percent from the charity stripe. There were positives to the year, however, including his passing (7.2 assists per game), rebounding (6.9) and defense (a combined 2.5 steals/blocks)

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