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Kyrie Irving (knee) won't be under any minutes restrictions when the regular season begins according to TNT Analyst David Aldridge.

Irving has been cleared for basketball activities since July and this comes on the heels of Danny Ainge's comments that Irving will be ready to go at "full speed" in training camp. Irving was the 14th best player in 9-category leagues on a per-game basis last season, but his durability issues are a red flag.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 8:20 PM

Isaiah Thomas' (right hip) availability for training camp remains in question according to Nuggets President Tim Connelly.

"We want to be especially sensitive to Isaiah," Connelly said. "I think he probably has rushed back (in the past). We want Isaiah to be right, so he's working his butt off a couple times a day with our guys." Thomas said back in July that he would "for sure" be ready for camp after undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery in March, but there's no word of a setback and it sounds like the Nuggets will bring him along very slowly by design.
Sep 18 - 8:08 PM

Lakers coach Luke Walton said Lonzo Ball (knee) won’t be ready for 5-on-5 scrimmages when training camp starts next week.

Ball has gone through some 1-on-1 drills, but Walton said the Lakers won’t "rush him back at all." He had the injured portion of his left meniscus removed during his July surgery and was expected to be 100 percent for camp, so this obviously isn't ideal with the season less than a month away. He's shaping up to be a risk vs. reward player in the middle rounds.
Sep 18 - 7:55 PM

Pacers President Kevin Pritchard hinted that Kyle O'Quinn might not be in the rotation.

Here's what Pritchard said to KOQ during his recruiting pitch: "We don't know if you're going to play a minute or 500 minutes, but there's a role that Al Jefferson held last year that was a tremendous role for us that's so important." Big Al played 13.4 minutes across 36 appaerances last season, so if that's what they're envisioning for KOQ then his fantasy value will be non-existent. On the other hand, this is great news for Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 7:49 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left adductor strain) will be ready for training camp according to Nets GM Sean Marks.

Marks didn't go into detail, but it's nice to have an update because we've heard very little since he picked up the injury in early August. RHJ is the favorite to start as Brooklyn's small-ball four this season and will be a nice source of points, out-of-position assists, rebounds and defensive stats.
Sep 18 - 7:33 PM

Despite a "fantastic offseason," GM Sean Marks said it's unlikely that the Nets will agree to an extension with D'Angelo Russell before the Oct. 15 deadline.

"If I was to say right now, I’d probably say we’ll let it ride out. But things change in this business pretty quickly, so we’ll adjust as we go," Marks said. This isn't a big surprise with the Nets trying to keep their flexibility for free agency in 2019. Russell is healthy, motivated and the coaching staff and his teammates have been talking him up all summer, but as talented as he is, inefficiency and durability concerns makes him one of the most polarizing fantasy assets.
Sep 18 - 7:26 PM

Dzanan Musa's right ankle injury isn't believed to be serious.

"Dzanan is currently getting an MRI," Nets GM Sean Marks said. "It’s to be determined. It’s not as serious as was posted out there, thankfully. All is well there." Marks went on to say that Musa would be cleared in time for training camp, and while the Nets have a lot of depth on the wings, Musa's multiple-position flexibility could help him carve out a role -- he even played some point guard for Bosnia this summer.
Sep 18 - 7:19 PM

The 76ers have hired Elton Brand to be their new GM, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Brand impressed ownership and Brett Brown during the interview process, beating out several other candidates, and he will now be elevated from VP of Basketball Operations. He rose through the ranks in Philly, from the GM of the G-League team to now overseeing the 76ers franchise, and he did all that in just a years time.
Sep 18 - 6:49 PM

Rick Carlisle said that Dennis Smith Jr. is a guy he'll be "counting on" to step up this season.

"It’s a big year for him," said Carlisle of DSJ. "He had a very good statistical year last year and he’s a guy that we’re counting on." Smith Jr. put in averages of 15.2 points, 3.8 boards, 5.2 dimes, 1.0 steal and 1.5 triples per contest last season, but his 39.5% shooting mark really weighed down his value. If he could improve the efficiency, that would be a dramatic boon to his value. He's on the radar as a late-round, sleeper pick.
Sep 18 - 5:48 PM

Evan Fournier has fully recovered from his March knee sprain and will not have any limitations at training camp.

Fournier looked fine at the Africa Games, and he'll enter the year as one the primary options in Orlando's offense. At the very least, he should be able to match last year's numbers of 17.8 points, 2.2 triples, 2.9 assists and 1.7 turnovers per contest, which was good enough for sixth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He'll be a nice value-pick towards the later rounds.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 5:22 PM

Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) will not have any limitations entering training camp.

Beverley will go to camp in Los Angeles, but there's a chance he could be making a move to Phoenix at some point, with rumors heating up about the Suns' interest in him. He's coming off a very serious knee injury but has looked great at recent workouts, and he could be fun to own if he does wind up in Phoenix. Beverley is someone to consider towards the final few rounds on draft day.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 5:15 PM

Ricky Rubio (hamstring) is fully cleared for training camp.

Rubio went down with a hamstring injury during Game 5 of the playoffs back in May, but he's been fully cleared for a while now. He got off to a slow start last year, but turned into a third-round producer after the break with averages of 15.0 points, 5.3 boards, 5.6 dimes, 1.6 triples, 1.7 steals and just 2.3 turnovers per game on 43.6% shooting. He's an enticing mid-round target.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 5:11 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) will not be ready for training camp.

Cousins tore his Achilles in late-January, so he might not be making it back to the floor until around Christmas. The primary goal is to have Boogie good to go when the playoffs begin, so expect him to be brought along slowly with plenty of random rest days throughout the year. He's probably going to be more trouble than he's worth, but there's nothing wrong with taking a flier on him towards the later rounds.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 5:07 PM

J.B. Bickerstaff hinted that he'll be conservative with Marc Gasol's minutes' allotment this upcoming season.

"When we added some of the depth on our team, we don’t have to kill Mike [Conley] and Marc from a minutes perspective," said J.B. Bickerstaff. "Rather than getting into restrictions, their average minutes don’t have to be 36, 38 minutes to carry the team." Gasol averaged 33.0 minutes per game last season, but it sounds like Bickerstaff would like to trim off a few more minutes. He should still be able to contribute top-50 value, but there will be some health concerns with him entering his age-34 season.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 5:03 PM

Mike Conley has completely recovered from the left heel surgery and he'll be working without limitations at training camp.

"Right now he’s in full participation in everything we’re doing," Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "In training camp, our expectation is that he’s full go... We don’t have any expectation of Mike missing anything. As the season goes, we’ll keep an eye on him." Bickerstaff also noted that with the added depth at point guard he'll be able to better manage Conley's minutes, so it sounds like they want to keep him in the lower-30s this year.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 4:54 PM



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