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Damian Lillard said he expects to play off the ball more this season.

"It's something that I wanna do," Dame said. "It's really hard for 82 games just having the ball, making plays, scoring against five people." Lillard said he's up for the challenge, though. Dame ranked fourth in the NBA in time of possession per game, so this would be a noteworthy change. He also said there should be more variety to the offense, which makes sense after what happened vs. New Orleans. With more talk of the Blazers trying to take more 3-pointers, Dame is locked in as a top-eight pick thanks to his durability.
Sep 25 - 8:04 PM

Warriors coach Steve Kerr indicated that DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) is farther along than he expected.

"We're just taking it slowly, but I don't think it'll be too long before he's taking part in practice," Kerr said. This comes on the heels of GM Bob Meyers saying that the Warriors aren't going to hold him back when he's ready, but that's still several weeks away. He's scheduled to be re-evaluated in four weeks, but Cousins' fantasy appeal is growing by the day with all the positive reports out there.
Sep 25 - 7:57 PM

Danilo Gallinari could close some games as the starting five.

Coach Doc Rivers hinted last week that his closing lineup will often be Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and Gallinari, and they showcased that exact lineup on the first day of camp. The Clippers are loaded at guard, so small lineups are going to be a major theme for them this season. This is good news for Gallinari because he could play 30+ minutes even with Harris breaking out last season.
Sep 25 - 7:42 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said he thinks Julius Randle can "push the basketball."

"He can do some of the things as far as playing that DeMarcus [Cousins] can do," Gentry said. Interesting. Around this time last year, Lakers coach Luke Walton said he didn't want Randle to bring the ball up after a defensive rebound yet. With the Pelicans preaching pace, this could help Randle's dimes to get the ball down the court faster.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 7:15 PM

Gordon Hayward said he felt "really good" after getting through his first set of two-a-days at training camp.

Hayward went through all aspects of Tuesday's practice without limitations, and even threw down a dunk off his left foot during a scrimmage, so from a physical standpoint, he appears to have fully recovered from the leg injury. Hayward said he's planning on suiting up for Boston's preseason opener on September 28, which will be the first time he's stepped on the court for any game-time action since breaking his leg on October 17 of 2017.
Sep 25 - 6:51 PM

The Kings are reportedly interested in acquiring Gorgui Dieng to help facilitate the Jimmy Butler deal.

The Timberwolves have been rather adamant about including Dieng and the three years and $48 million left on his contract in any Jimmy Butler deal, and the Kings have made it known to Minnesota and their suitors that they'd be happy to take on a few bloated contracts in exchange for a future first-rounder. Sacramento also is holding the expiring deals of Zach Randolph, Iman Shumpert and Kosta Koufos, so they're uniquely positioned to help facilitate a blockbuster trade involving Butler.
Source: ESPN
Sep 25 - 6:11 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said he expects to experiment with Anthony Davis, Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic lineups in the preseason and training camp.

He said he wants to figure out how he can maximize all of his bigs. Gentry mentioned that he thinks all three of these guys can switch on defense, which is obviously the biggest potential pitfall if Niko and Julius have to play on the perimeter more on defense. With the Pelicans also saying they want to play even faster than their league-leading pace last year, there should be enough possessions to go around.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 4:53 PM

Hassan Whiteside said he's feeling "healthier" entering his age-29 season and that "all the pain is gone" from last year's injuries.

"Full contact. He looks good," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "And it's not by accident either. He put in that type of training during the summer. It's always great to see these kinds of results. He had a good day today. He's in shape. He's able to go through all the drills, the activity, the competition without having to sit out anything." Whiteside may still be limited to minutes in the mid-20s, but if pain-free, he'll be more effective while on the court.
Sep 25 - 4:45 PM

Kawhi Leonard said it "felt amazing" to be able to go through 5-on-5 work at Tuesday's practice.

This was Leonard's first time participating in full-contact, 5-on-5 work since January, and he came out of the scrimmage without issue. "It felt amazing to just play, run up and down and compete," said Leonard. "They did a great job of letting us move along with the drills quickly, transition in drills. It was a great practice today. I enjoyed it. Coming back tonight to get some shots up, and I'm ready for Round 2." So far, so good.
Sep 25 - 3:58 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left hamstring) went through roughly 40-50 percent of Tuesday's practice.

It's the first practice of training camp, so this might just be the Nets' taking it easy on him after he tweaked his left adductor in August. As long as he can continue to ramp up his activities without experiencing a setback, we wouldn't be too worried about RHJ. He's a solid, late-round target.
Sep 25 - 3:42 PM

Luke Walton said he's not ready to commit to who will start at point guard.

Walton added that Rajon Rondo did great in his first practice as a Laker, and if the season started tomorrow he would start No. 9 due to Lonzo Ball (knee) being unavailable, but that's not saying much. That starting point guard position will be an open one at camp, but this does have the potential to devolve into a value-killing, timeshare situation between Rondo and Ball.
Sep 25 - 3:31 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) did not participate during the contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

Ball is still "a few" steps away from being cleared for 5-on-5 work following his July surgery, and while he'll go through the non-contact portions later on Tuesday, the Lakers don't want him participating in two-a-day activities at this point. It's a bit too early to be too worried about this knee issue, but if it lingers into the preseason, there will be cause for concern.
Sep 25 - 3:19 PM




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