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  • Clint Capela HOU C
    Hawks' Clint Capela: 'Ready to go' for season-opener
    2h ago

    Capela reiterated Thursday that he's fully healthy after dealing with a heel injury last season, Sarah Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Due to a plantar fascia injury, Capela never appeared in a game for the Hawks after coming over from Houston at the deadline. But the big man was able to participate in a minicamp back in September, so there's no reason to believe he'll be less than 100 percent to begin the 2020-21 season. Capela, who last played in an NBA game on Jan. 29, is penciled in as the Hawks' starting center.

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  • DeMarcus Cousins HOU C
    Rockets' DeMarcus Cousins: Feeling good entering season
    2h ago

    Cousins (knee) said Thursday that he feels healthy entering the 2020-21 season, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

    Cousins missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL, which came on the heels of a torn Achilles that cut short his 2018-19 campaign. Given the severity of the two injuries, it's difficult to evasion Cousins ever returning to All-Star status, but the veteran sounded confident at Thursday's media availability. "I feel incredible," Cousins said. "My body is in a great place. My mind is in a great place. I'm just ready to get back on the court."

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  • Goran Dragic MIA PG
    Heat's Goran Dragic: Foot feeling 'great'
    2h ago

    Dragic said Thursday that his foot hasn't given him any trouble during the first few days of camp, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    Dragic tore plantar fascia in his right foot during Game 1 of the NBA Finals back in October, but he reiterated Thursday that he's fully recovered. "No pain, nothing," Dragic said. "Just a little bit of stiffness in the morning, and that's it." The injury put an end to Dragic's fantastic run through the postseason, when he played some of the best basketball of his NBA career. The veteran re-signed with the Heat last month and will likely retain his spot as the starting point guard to begin the season.

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  • Tyler Herro MIA SG
    Heat's Tyler Herro: Third-year option picked up
    6h ago

    The Heat informed Herro on Thursday that his $4 million team option for 2021-22 will be exercised, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Miami didn't have to think hard about whether to pick up Herro's third-year option after the 20-year-old seemingly established himself as a foundational piece for the organization at the NBA bubble in Orlando this summer. Over his 29 appearances with Miami after the season restarted in late July, Herro averaged 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 three-pointers in 32.2 minutes per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from downtown and 90.7 percent from the charity stripe. While it's unclear if Herro will unseat Duncan Robinson as a starter on the wing to begin 2020-21, he should be in store for a 30-minute role most nights even if he serves as a sixth man.

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  • Anthony Davis LAL PF
    Lakers' Anthony Davis: Finalizing megadeal with L.A.
    7h ago

    Davis' agent, Rich Paul, said Thursday that the big man is in the process of finalizing a five-year, $190 million contract with the Lakers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Though Davis declined his $28.7 million player option for 2020-21 in mid-November, the All-Star big man was never considered likely to leave Los Angeles after claiming his first NBA title during his inaugural season with the Lakers. According to the report, Davis' new contract will include an early termination option prior to the fifth year of the deal in 2024-25, which would allow the 27-year-old to once again explore free agency. After the Lakers extended LeBron James' contract two years earlier this week, the team will now have both of its superstars on the books through at least the 2023-24 season.

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  • Tony Snell ATL SF
    Hawks' Tony Snell: Tending to inflamed foot
    21h ago

    The Hawks announced Monday that Snell was diagnosed with right foot inflammation following a recent MRI, the Associated Press reports.

    The report notes that Snell only recently resumed limited form shooting and conditioning activities, so he doesn't sound like he'll be ready to go when the Hawks begin their preseason schedule Nov. 11 versus the Magic. After being acquired from the Pistons earlier in the offseason in what amounted to a salary dump, Snell looks to be on the outside looking in for a spot in a deep Hawks wing rotation.

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  • Clint Capela HOU C
    Hawks' Clint Capela: 'Ready to go' for season-opener
    2h ago

    Capela reiterated Thursday that he's fully healthy after dealing with a heel injury last season, Sarah Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Due to a plantar fascia injury, Capela never appeared in a game for the Hawks after coming over from Houston at the deadline. But the big man was able to participate in a minicamp back in September, so there's no reason to believe he'll be less than 100 percent to begin the 2020-21 season. Capela, who last played in an NBA game on Jan. 29, is penciled in as the Hawks' starting center.

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  • DeMarcus Cousins HOU C
    Rockets' DeMarcus Cousins: Feeling good entering season
    2h ago

    Cousins (knee) said Thursday that he feels healthy entering the 2020-21 season, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

    Cousins missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL, which came on the heels of a torn Achilles that cut short his 2018-19 campaign. Given the severity of the two injuries, it's difficult to evasion Cousins ever returning to All-Star status, but the veteran sounded confident at Thursday's media availability. "I feel incredible," Cousins said. "My body is in a great place. My mind is in a great place. I'm just ready to get back on the court."

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  • Dwight Powell DAL C
    Mavericks' Dwight Powell: Cleared for camp
    1d ago

    Powell (Achilles) confirmed Wednesday that he will be a "full go" when training begins later this month, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports. "No hiccups [in the recovery process]," Powell said. "Ready to get going."

    Though Powell ruptured his right Achilles' tendon Jan. 21 and required surgery, he looks to have benefited greatly from the delayed start to the 2020-21 season. While coach Rick Carlisle could look to limit Powell's minutes early on in the season and perhaps not use him in one half of back-to-back sets, the 29-year-old is expected to begin the campaign as the Mavericks' starting center with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out indefinitely. Before suffering the injury last season, Powell averaged 9.4 points (on 63.8 percent shooting from the field), 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game over 40 appearances.

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  • Joakim Noah LAC C
    Joakim Noah: Waived, likely retiring
    2d ago

    The Clippers waived Noah on Tuesday, and the veteran center is "likely headed toward retirement," Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Noah has struggled to stay healthy and find a role late in his career, appearing in just 129 games over the past five seasons. That said, he was excellent during his prime years in Chicago, making one All-NBA team, three All-Defense teams and earning 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year honors while also coming in fourth in MVP voting. Between his two All-Star seasons, Noah averaged 12.3 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals in 35.9 minutes.

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  • Josh Gray LSU C
    Josh Gray: Waived by Oklahoma City
    2d ago

    Gray was waived by the Thunder on Tuesday, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.

    The 27-year-old was acquired from the Pelicans as part of the four-team trade that involved Steven Adams, Jrue Holiday and Eric Bledsoe as the principle players. Gray appeared in only two games last season and is now in search of a new team.

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  • Tristan Thompson CLE C
    Celtics' Tristan Thompson: Dealing with hamstring issue
    2d ago

    Thompson is expected to be limited during the first week of camp due to a strained hamstring, Jay King of The Athletic reports.

    The issue doesn't look to be anything of great concern, but Thompson's status is worth keeping an eye on, especially if he were to miss any preseason action. The ex-Cavalier is expected to play a key role for Boston this season, whether he backs up Daniel Theis or eventually works his way into the starting lineup.

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  • Anthony Davis LAL PF
    Lakers' Anthony Davis: Finalizing megadeal with L.A.
    7h ago

    Davis' agent, Rich Paul, said Thursday that the big man is in the process of finalizing a five-year, $190 million contract with the Lakers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Though Davis declined his $28.7 million player option for 2020-21 in mid-November, the All-Star big man was never considered likely to leave Los Angeles after claiming his first NBA title during his inaugural season with the Lakers. According to the report, Davis' new contract will include an early termination option prior to the fifth year of the deal in 2024-25, which would allow the 27-year-old to once again explore free agency. After the Lakers extended LeBron James' contract two years earlier this week, the team will now have both of its superstars on the books through at least the 2023-24 season.

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  • Johnathan Williams WAS PF
    Johnathan Williams: Playing overseas
    23h ago

    Williams signed a contract with Turkish club Galatasaray in September, Eurohoops.net reports.

    The 25-year-old center finished the 2019-20 season as one of the Wizards' two-way players, but he opted to head overseas rather than exploring his opportunities at the NBA level heading into 2020-21. Williams' contract with Galatasaray presumably contains an opt-out clause that would allow him to return to the NBA if a team expresses interest in signing him.

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  • Lauri Markkanen CHI PF
    Bulls' Lauri Markkanen: Donovan wants more versatility
    2d ago

    Coach Billy Donovan expressed that he doesn't want Markkanen to be just a catch-and-shoot forward, Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score reports.

    Donovan noted that "everybody knows [Markkanen] can put the ball on the floor and he can shoot it," but the coach wants him to be able to attack mismatches and finish at the basket. Markkanen has great size and solid athleticism at 7-feet, 240 pounds, so it's understandable that Donovan wants the power forward to be more aggressive. Markkanen has battled injury, but his upside is clear. The 23-year-old ranked 54th in fantasy on a per-game basis two years ago while averaging 18.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 threes and 1.4 assists in 32.3 minutes.

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  • LaMarcus Aldridge SA PF
    Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge: Committed to shooting more threes
    2d ago

    Aldridge (shoulder) is committed to taking more three-pointers, Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com reports.

    Aldridge took and made the most threes of his career last season as a 34-year-old, going 61-of-157 (38.9 percent) from beyond the arc. As he ages and the game shifts more toward perimeter play, Aldridge is apparently looking to increase that number. However, that could decrease his free-throw attempts, rebounds and field-goal percentage.

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  • Carmelo Anthony POR PF
    Trail Blazers' Carmelo Anthony: Expected to come off bench
    2d ago

    Anthony is expected to come off the bench this season while Robert Covington and Derrick Jones start, Aaron J. Fentress of The Oregonian reports.

    Anthony, at 36 years old, will be coming off the bench for the first time in his career. He should still see minutes in the mid-to-high-20s and will presumably be a focal point of the bench unit. Still, a hit to his fantasy value is likely.

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  • Michael Porter Jr. DEN PF
    Nuggets' Michael Porter: Likely starter at forward
    2d ago

    Coach Michael Malone implied Tuesday that Porter will begin the season in a starting role, Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports reports.

    Malone noted that he's yet to officially decide who will start at shooting guard, small forward and power forward, but he went on to say that Porter will have "a good chance to start" at one forward spot. With Jerami Grant now in Detroit, starting Porter is a relatively obvious move, though the Nuggets have been conservative with the 22-year-old, who missed his entire rookie season after undergoing back surgery. Over his final 26 games of the season in the Orlando bubble (playoffs included), Porter averaged 14.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.8 steals in 26.3 minutes per game.

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  • Tony Snell ATL SF
    Hawks' Tony Snell: Tending to inflamed foot
    21h ago

    The Hawks announced Monday that Snell was diagnosed with right foot inflammation following a recent MRI, the Associated Press reports.

    The report notes that Snell only recently resumed limited form shooting and conditioning activities, so he doesn't sound like he'll be ready to go when the Hawks begin their preseason schedule Nov. 11 versus the Magic. After being acquired from the Pistons earlier in the offseason in what amounted to a salary dump, Snell looks to be on the outside looking in for a spot in a deep Hawks wing rotation.

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  • Brandon Clarke MEM SF
    Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke: Could start season at power forward
    1d ago

    Clarke is a strong candidate to start at power forward at the beginning of the year since Jaren Jackson (knee) is still recovering, Mark Giannotto of The Commerical Appeal reports.

    How long Jackson will be sidelined is unclear, but it will provide an excellent opportunity for Clarke to step into a big role early in the season. When seeing at least 24 minutes last season, Clarke averaged 15.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals. Even once Jackson returns, he could be eased back in to a full workload and might have to take games off. The situation makes Clarke a possible fantasy sleeper.

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  • Chandler Hutchison CHI SF
    Bulls' Chandler Hutchison: Shoulder feels 'great'
    1d ago

    Hutchison (shoulder) noted that his surgically-repaired shoulder feels "great," K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Hutchison also mentioned that his offseason workouts have focused on shooting and ballhandling. Over his first two seasons in the league, the forward is averaging 6.2 points across 19.8 minutes on 45.8 percent shooting from the field, 29.5 percent from three and 59.5 percent from the free-throw line. He appears to be in line to back up Otto Porter at small forward, though Garrett Temple and rookie Patrick Williams could see minutes there as well.

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  • Mario Hezonja MEM SF
    Grizzlies' Mario Hezonja: Unlikely to make team
    1d ago

    Hezonja is unlikely to make the Grizzlies' final roster, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports.

    Hezonja is not and will not be with the team for camp and is likely only to remain on the team as a possible trade option. It seems unlikely he'll be fantasy relevant this season.

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  • LeBron James LAL SF
    Lakers' LeBron James: Inks two-year extension
    1d ago

    James has agreed to a two-year, $85 million max extension with the Lakers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    James had a $41 million player option for 2021-22, but he and the Lakers have opted to lock in $85 million. James is coming off of his fourth title and at age 35 last season, averaged 25.3 points, a league-high 10.2 assists, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals.

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  • Nicolas Batum LAC SF
    Clippers' Nicolas Batum: Officially joins Clippers
    1d ago

    Batum agreed to a one-year contract with the Clippers on Tuesday after clearing waivers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    As expected, Batum opted to sign on with Los Angeles after no team was willing to put in a claim for the declining veteran, who was owed $27.13 million after exercising his 2020-21 player option earlier in the offseason. The Hornets will end up footing that bill, while Batum will join the Clippers on a much more club-friendly deal. The 31-year-old will likely open the season with a regular role on the second unit, but he won't be in store for major minutes during games in which both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are available.

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  • Tyler Herro MIA SG
    Heat's Tyler Herro: Third-year option picked up
    6h ago

    The Heat informed Herro on Thursday that his $4 million team option for 2021-22 will be exercised, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Miami didn't have to think hard about whether to pick up Herro's third-year option after the 20-year-old seemingly established himself as a foundational piece for the organization at the NBA bubble in Orlando this summer. Over his 29 appearances with Miami after the season restarted in late July, Herro averaged 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 three-pointers in 32.2 minutes per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from downtown and 90.7 percent from the charity stripe. While it's unclear if Herro will unseat Duncan Robinson as a starter on the wing to begin 2020-21, he should be in store for a 30-minute role most nights even if he serves as a sixth man.

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  • Marko Guduric MEM SG
    Grizzlies' Marko Guduric: Not expected to make team
    1d ago

    Guduric is unlikely to make the Grizzlies' final roster, Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian reports.

    Guduric played 484 minutes as a rookie and averaged 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. The Grizzlies are apparently comfortable letting him walk this season, as he won't be at training camp with the team.

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  • Malik Beasley MIN SG
    Timberwolves' Malik Beasley: Suspension is 'likely'
    1d ago

    Beasley is "likely" to serve a suspension in response to his arrest this fall, Dane Moore of Blue Wire Podcasts reports.

    Beasley was charged with fifth-degree drug possession and threat of violence in October following his September arrest. It's anticipated that he'll be serving some sort of suspension by the league as a result.

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  • Quinndary Weatherspoon SA SG
    Spurs' Quinndary Weatherspoon: Expected to be out for opener
    2d ago

    Weatherspoon (knee) is not expected to play in the opener, Evan Closky of KENS 5 reports.

    Weatherspoon underwent knee surgery in October and won't be ready for the season opener, and Derrick White (toe) and Keldon Johnson (foot) are out as well. With a depleted backcourt, coach Gregg Popovich could turn to Dejounte Murray, Tre Jones, Lonnie Walker and Patty Mills to start the year.

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  • Quinndary Weatherspoon SA SG
    Spurs' Quinndary Weatherspoon: Limited to begin camp
    2d ago

    Weatherspoon (knee) won't be participating at the start of training camp Tuesday, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.

    The 24-year-old underwent knee surgery in early October and apparently isn't yet fully recovered. Weatherspoon will have a few weeks to take the court before the start of the regular season in late December.

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  • Buddy Hield SAC SG
    Kings' Buddy Hield: Role remains in question
    2d ago

    When asked Tuesday if Hield will start at shooting guard, coach Luke Walton was noncommittal, Sports 1140 KHTK in Sacramento reports. "We got a lot of new faces here," Walton said. "We have to continue to look at what is going to be best for our team."

    It's not exactly the most encouraging quote from Walton, who had his run-ins with Hield last season. Even with Bogdan Bogdanovic out of the picture, it appears as though Walton may consider using Hield off the bench, though if that's the case, it's unclear who would start ahead of him. The Kings are relatively thin in the backcourt outside of Hield and De'Aaron Fox, so the top candidates would be Cory Joseph or Tyrese Haliburton, the 12th overall pick in November's NBA Draft.

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  • Goran Dragic MIA PG
    Heat's Goran Dragic: Foot feeling 'great'
    2h ago

    Dragic said Thursday that his foot hasn't given him any trouble during the first few days of camp, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    Dragic tore plantar fascia in his right foot during Game 1 of the NBA Finals back in October, but he reiterated Thursday that he's fully recovered. "No pain, nothing," Dragic said. "Just a little bit of stiffness in the morning, and that's it." The injury put an end to Dragic's fantastic run through the postseason, when he played some of the best basketball of his NBA career. The veteran re-signed with the Heat last month and will likely retain his spot as the starting point guard to begin the season.

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  • Kris Dunn ATL PG
    Hawks' Kris Dunn: Nursing knee injury
    21h ago

    The Hawks announced Monday that Dunn is limited to modified individual workouts after he was diagnosed with a right knee injury, the Associated Press reports.

    Dunn is still presumably dealing with the residual effects of the MCL sprain he sustained to his right knee back on Jan. 31, in what was ultimately his final appearance with the Bulls. The Hawks were presumably cognizant of Dunn's medical situation when they signed him to a two-year, $10 million contract in November, so at this stage, the knee issue isn't believed to be anything that will result in an extended absence to begin the regular season. Even if healthy, Dunn isn't necessarily a lock to crack head coach Lloyd Pierce's rotation with all of Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Rajon Rondo, Cam Reddish, De'Andre Hunter and Tony Snell in the mix for playing time at point guard or on the wing.

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  • Russell Westbrook WAS PG
    Wizards' Russell Westbrook: Dealt to Washington
    22h ago

    Westbrook has been traded to Washington for John Wall and a future first-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Westbrook's wish to be dealt from Houston has been granted. The former MVP will now move on to a Wizards squad where he'll step right in as the complementary piece alongside Bradley Beal. Westbrook averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists during his lone season with the Rockets in 2019-20 and figures to continue to dominate the stat-sheet in the nation's capital. Westbrook will likely take sole possession of point-guard duties for the Wizards during the 2020-21 campaign, with Ish Smith backing him up.

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  • John Wall WAS PG
    Rockets' John Wall: Headed to Houston in Westbrook swap
    22h ago

    Wall was traded to the Rockets on Wednesday, along with a protected future first-round pick, in exchange for Russell Westbrook, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Rumors of this deal had been floated around last month, but there was no indication that the two sides were close to agreeing to a trade. In Wall, the Rockets get a player with an All-Star pedigree, but one who missed all of last season while recovering from a torn Achilles. Wall hasn't played in an NBA game since December of 2018, but all indications are that he'll be available for the start of the 2020-21 season. For Houston, Wall will fill the starting point guard spot vacated by Westbrook and become the latest star guard to team with James Harden. Fantasy-wise, the trade should not have a major effect on his fantasy value, though Harden is a more ball-dominant backcourt partner than Bradley Beal.

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  • Jalen Brunson DAL PG
    Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: Deems self healthy
    1d ago

    Brunson (shoulder) said Wednesday that he's "100 percent ready to go" for training camp, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

    Brunson's second NBA season came to an end shortly before the league-wide shutdown in mid-March after he underwent surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder. The extended break from basketball coupled with the later start to the 2020-21 campaign appears to have provided Brunson with sufficient time to recover from surgery, so he's not expected to face any limitations when the Mavericks begin their regular-season slate later this month. Brunson likely will be competing with second-round rookie Tyrell Terry and Trey Burke for playing time on the second unit behind starting guards Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway.

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  • Stephen Curry GS PG
    Warriors' Stephen Curry: Kerr hopes to cap minutes
    2d ago

    Coach Steve Kerr said he wants to keep Curry's minutes around the 34-range, while also acknowledging that will be "really difficult," Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Given the Warriors' extremely thin bench, Curry and the rest of the starters may have to carry huge workloads to compete in the Western Conference. However, Curry is 32 years old and has a recent injury history, so pushing him past 34 minutes per game is less than ideal. Curry has seen over 34 minutes per game four times in his career -- none more recent than his 2015-16 MVP campaign when he was 27 years old.

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