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  • Suns' Kelly Oubre: Expects to return in Orlando

    Oubre (knee) is expected to be fully recovered from a torn right meniscus and available for the Suns when the season returns in Orlando on July 31, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.

    Oubre tore his right meniscus in late February and subsequently underwent successful surgery. He has has been able to rehab at home during quarantine and has apparently not suffered any setbacks. The 24-year-old was second on the Suns in minutes played (34.5), so a return to the rotation would certainly make a significant impact. He also averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game before going down. The Suns have have teams ahead of them to jump for the two potential play-in spots after eight games.

  • Kyrie Irving PG | BKN

    Nets' Kyrie Irving: Won't play when season resumes

    Irving (shoulder) will not be available when the NBA season resumes in Orlando in July, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Few details have emerged since Irving underwent surgery on his right shoulder in early March, but Wojnarowski confirmed Friday that the procedure was, indeed, season-ending. Even with a lengthy delay, Irving will set his sights on a return to action to begin the 2020-21 season, which is currently slated to begin in December. Brooklyn expects to have Kevin Durant (Achilles) available to make his Nets debut at that time, as well.

  • Kevin Durant SF | BKN

    Nets' Kevin Durant: 'My season is over'

    Durant (Achilles) reiterated Friday that he will not play for the Nets when the NBA resumes play in Orlando in July, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports. "My season is over," Durant said. "I don't plan on playing at all. We decided last summer when it first happened that I was just going to wait until the following season. I had no plans of playing at all this season."

    This echoes what we've heard from Durant on multiple occasions throughout the last few months, but some were still holding out hope that the two-time Finals MVP could make his return following what will be a nearly five-month delay to the 2019-20 season. Durant confirmed that he continues to make progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles, which he suffered during the NBA Finals last June, but he said that he's yet ready to return to game action. "It's just best for me to wait," Durant said. "I don't think I'm ready to play that type of intensity right now in the next month. It gives me more time to get ready for next season and the rest of my career."

  • Spurs' Lonnie Walker: Expected to play in Orlando

    Walker (lower leg) "should be good to go" once the season resumes in Orlando, Matthew Tynan of The Athletic reports.

    Walker was nursing a left shin bruise when the season was suspended. The injury wasn't serious, though, so he's expected to be in uniform when the Spurs participate in the resumption of the season.

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    Trail Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic: Expected to play in Orlando

    Nurkic (lower leg) is healthy and expected to play when the 2019-20 season resumes in Orlando, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.

    Nurkic was on the verge of practicing with the G League squad when the season was suspended. Once things pick up in Orlando, Nurkic will presumably take on a significant role with the team, though it's unclear how his minutes will be balanced with Hassan Whiteside's.

  • Zach Collins PF | POR

    Trail Blazers' Zach Collins: Healthy, expected to play

    Collins (shoulder) has healed from his injury and is expected to play once the season resumes, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.

    Collins dislocated his shoulder during the third game of the season, leaving a gap at power forward that Carmelo Anthony eventually filled. The three-and-D big man gives the Blazers a unique set of choices in terms of lineup configuration.

  • Spurs' Dejounte Murray: Expected to play during resumption

    Murray (calf) "should be good to go" once the Spurs resume playing games, Matthew Tynan of The Athletic reports.

    Murray was ruled out indefinitely in early March due to a strained right calf. However, the time off and rehab have helped him recover. Since February, he's averaging 12.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 27.2 minutes.

  • Darius Bazley SF | OKC

    Thunder's Darius Bazley: Playing pickup, presumably healthy

    Bazley (knee) was seen playing pickup games in Oklahoma City this week and is presumably healed from his right knee sprain, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports.

    While there hasn't been official word that Bazley is cleared, reports in early February indicated that he'd be sidelined for about a month. Considering it's June and Bazley is playing pickup, he should be good to go once the season resumes.

  • Doug McDermott SF | IND

    Pacers' Doug McDermott: Heals from injury

    McDermott (toe) has healed from his right toe soreness, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.

    McDermott missed the Pacers' final three games leading up to the suspension of the season. From February onward, he's averaged 10.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.6 minutes.

  • Evan Fournier SG | ORL

    Magic's Evan Fournier: Recovered from elbow injury

    Fournier (elbow) is fully recovered from his injury and will be ready when the Magic resume play in July, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

    Fournier suffered a ligament sprain in his elbow in March and missed Orlando's final three games before the league suspended game action. Having had plenty of time to heal, Fournier will return to an important role for the Magic as they push for a playoff spot. He's in the midst of his best NBA campaign, averaging a career-high 18.8 points while hitting his three-pointers at a 40.6 percent clip.