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Amare Stoudemire (knee) was taking part in half court 3-on-3 scrimmage on Monday.

STAT is eyeing a return for Game 3 of the second round, and if all goes according to plan this week, Stoudemire should be back out on the floor this weekend. Mike Woodson has promised Stoudemire will become an immediate part of the rotation, but it's not clear how that will impact Kenyon Martin or Carmelo Anthony's time at power forward. Eyewitness reports suggest Stoudemire is very rusty and not yet in basketball shape, which comes as expected.
Mon, May 6, 2013 01:11:00 PM

The Hawks are "planning to negotiate" a potential contract extension with Dennis Schroder, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Jun 27 - 9:08 AM

Marco Belinelli has suffered a fracture of his jaw bone, according to Sportando.

The report also states that Belinelli is expected to join training camp for the national team on Tuesday, so it's unclear how long he may be sidelined. After the Hornets just surprisingly traded the No. 22 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft in exchange for Belinelli's services, Charlotte has to be hopeful this injury doesn't have a long-term impact.
Jun 27 - 9:05 AM

Kevin Durant has not scheduled or agreed to a meeting with the Knicks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

The Knicks are "optimistic" that they'll get a chance to meet with Durant, but so far his only proposed sit-downs are with the Thunder, Warriors, Heat, Clippers, Celtics and Spurs. Whether or not the Knicks ultimately secure a meeting with Durant, they're an extreme long-shot to sign the summer's most coveted free agent.
Jun 26 - 11:51 PM

Joakim Noah isn't interested in re-signing with the Bulls, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to the report, Noah has "no trust in the direction of the [Bulls'] front office," and his priorities are being on a winning team, having the opportunity to start and finish games, and finding a franchise that will support his charity work with the Noah's Arc Foundation. The 31-year-old center will have plenty of suitors this summer but fantasy owners should be wary of him following two disappointing, injury-riddled seasons.
Jun 26 - 11:21 PM

Bucks' GM John Hammond said that he views Thon Maker as a "rotational player at a minimum" to start his career.

"The one thing with him is we're not going to have to teach him how to work," said Hammond of Maker. "Short-term, we have some patience with him. But Thon has size and can stretch the floor." Maker has a frail frame, but he's a highly intriguing prospect as a 7'1" big with a sweet jumper and ball handling skills. He'll likely be logging most his minutes at the four-spot to begin his career, meaning he'll be serving as Jabari Parker's backup. It'll likely take Maker some time to establish himself as a standard league asset.
Jun 26 - 5:19 PM

Marco Belinelli went to the hospital after being hit in the left eye during an exhibition game for Team Italy on Sunday.

Currently there aren't any additional details regarding Belinelli's eye, although a hospital visit indicates that he could be dealing with a significant injury. A worst-case scenario here would likely be an orbital fracture, and while that would likely force Belinelli out of the Olympics, he'd still have plenty of time to recover for the 2016-17 season.
Jun 26 - 5:03 PM

John Wall said that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgeries to his left and right knee, and he expects to be able to run at full speed by the end of July.

"This week I can start doing a little bit of running, like jogging and stuff like that," said Wall. "Probably not until the end of July I can really start having full out sprints and stuff. Start really working out. I can start doing basketball drills and stuff like that. I can stand up now. I just can’t change directions and cut." Wall is on track to be ready for training camp, although he's made it clear that he will not rush his recovery. Either way, he should be good to go when the 2016-17 season kicks off, and he'll be worth an early-round selection on draft day.
Jun 26 - 2:37 PM

According to the New York Post, Joakim Noah is the Knicks' top target in free agency.

We already know that Derrick Rose is going to recruit him, and New York obviously needs a starting center after trading away Robin Lopez to the Bulls. Noah has also been linked to the Wolves, but the Knicks have plenty of cap space and it sounds like they are going to aggressively pursue him on July 1.
Jun 26 - 10:57 AM

Donatas Motiejunas said he likely won't play for Lithuania in the Olympics because his back still isn't 100 percent.

"The specialists told me that it is necessary to strengthen it and I have to make specific exercises," Motiejunas said. "I still hope to play for Lithuania but I am aware that I may not play for the National Team." His back has been a major red flag for a while now and it's not a great sign that it's still bothering him two months after the Rockets' season ended. If anything, the durability issues should keep his price down as he enters restricted free agency.
Source: Sportando
Jun 26 - 10:01 AM

DeMar DeRozan does not plan to schedule meetings with other teams at the start of free agency, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN.com.

He is going to focus on agreeing to terms with the Raptors. DeRozan has said his mindset has always been Toronto for basically the entire season, including after he was knocked out of the postseason. The Raptors can offer DeRozan a five-year, $153 million deal. General manager Masai Ujiri said his No. 1 goal is to bring the 2015-16 All-Star back, so the Raptors are heavy favorites.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 4:52 PM

Kyrie Irving has accepted his invitation from USA Basketball to play in the 2016 Olympics.

He didn't play much basketball last summer with his knee injury, but this year he'll be playing a ton. Irving will be arguably the best point guard on the Team USA roster and should run the offense while he's out there. The 24-year-old guard accepting his invite also suggests his foot injury during the playoffs is feeling better.
Jun 25 - 4:26 PM




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