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The Thunder are hopeful that Cameron Payne (Jones fracture) will be ready to go for the 2016-17 regular-season opener.

Foot injuries can be tricky, so any setback in the recovery process would likely mean that Payne would begin the 2016-17 season on the sidelines. If Payne isn't ready for opening night, Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo would get all the run they could handle, with Semaj Christon seeing some increased opportunity as the team's backup point guard.

Jameel Warney has reportedly agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Mavericks.

It's a training camp invite, but with the depth the Mavs have at the power forward position, it would be extremely surprising to see the Warney end up on the opening-night roster.
Jul 26 - 2:20 PM

Anderson Varejao (back) likely won't play in the Olympics.

He visited a back specialist on Monday who advised him to sit out and rest this summer. Hopefully he will be 100 percent for the Warriors' training camp, but he likely won't be a factor in fantasy leagues as the backup center behind Zaza Pachulia.
Jul 26 - 1:31 PM

Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson believes Anthony Bennett will help the Nets with his rebounding and versatility on the offensive end.

"Rebound the ball, run the court and really help us on the defensive end with his length and size and speed. Then the other parts of the game, that’ll come," Atkinson said. "I think he’s proved with Team Canada he can shoot the three, I think he’s proved that he can drive it, I think he can proved he can be a versatile offensive player, but with his package, we want to minimize it a little instead of expand it." Bennett is looking forward to a fresh start in Brooklyn and said that he's already feeling his confidence return. He's not guaranteed a role with his new team, so he needs a strong training camp.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 26 - 12:58 PM

Solomon Hill said the opportunity to start in New Orleans was a "huge" factor in his decision to sign.

Hill also said that he's comfortable playing the three and four and that he's looking forward to the up-tempo offense. Tyreke Evans (knee) likely won't be ready for the start of the season, so Hill will compete with Quincy Pondexter for the starting small forward role on opening night. Regardless, Hill is nothing more than a late-round flier and didn't really make any noise last season until the playoffs.
Jul 26 - 12:26 PM

According to Wizards reporter J. Michael, a contract extension for Otto Porter is unlikely.

This means that Porter would become a restricted free agent next summer if the two sides don't reach an agreement. Porter will now have the chance to bet on himself in the hopes of landing a massive deal in 2017 -- the salary cap is expected to rise again. Coach Scott Brooks is a "big believer" in Porter's potential, so he could have a big season if he can hold off Kelly Oubre for the starting small forward role. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 triples last season, shooting 47.3 percent from the field.
Jul 26 - 12:00 PM

The Pistons have officially signed Ray McCallum.

He didn't crack the rotation in San Antonio last season and ended up with the Grizzlies on a pair of 10-day contracts. McCallum could be the third-string PG in Detroit with a strong training camp, but he won't be relevant in fantasy leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 26 - 11:51 AM

John Wall (knee surgeries) said that he's doing "great."

He added that he hopes to be back on the basketball court around the first week of August, so it sounds like he's on pace to be ready for training camp. The Wizards kept their core together this summer and improved their bench depth, so they will be looking to get back in the playoff mix with Wall leading the charge. Wall was a top-25 asset in standard leagues last season and will likely come off the board in the second round of most fantasy drafts.
Jul 26 - 11:49 AM

The Hawks have officially signed Matt Costello.

It's likely just a training camp deal for the undrafted forward out of Michigan State. Costello averaged 5.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists during the summer league.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 26 - 11:18 AM

The Charlotte Hornets have officially signed Mike Tobey.

"We really liked what we saw in Mike during mini-camp and he continued to impress throughout Summer League," Hornets GM Rich Cho said. "He is a talented young big man with a lot of potential and we look forward to seeing what he can do moving forward." Tobey averaged 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals in 20.8 minutes per game during the summer league, but this is basically just a training camp deal and he's not guaranteed a spot on the 15-man roster.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 26 - 10:57 AM

According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dion Waiters has the "inside track" as the initial starting replacement for Dwyane Wade.

It's not a lock by any means, as Waiters will be competing with Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington for minutes. It was reported on Monday that Waiters' deal with the Heat is for one year and $2.9 million, but he does have a player option for the 2017-18 season. He averaged just 9.8 points, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers in OKC last season while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, so he's still not an attractive fantasy asset.
Jul 26 - 10:11 AM

Tyler Johnson said that he will be able to fit into any type of role next season.

"I think me and Josh Richardson have a good opportunity to play both guard spots," Johnson said. "It's interchangeable. So I mean whether I'd be coming off the bench or whether I'm starting, either one, I've shown that I have the ability to fit into any type of role." The Heat just added Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington, but there's a report that Richardson could play some small forward next season which would open up a few more minutes for Johnson.
Jul 26 - 10:01 AM

According to Heat reporter Ira Winderman, Josh Richardson will likely spend some time playing small forward next season.

After losing Dwyane Wade in free agency, the Heat added Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington at the two, while Tyler Johnson could see some minutes there as well. "I mean, you've got to be flexible in this league," Richardson said of playing the three. "So I haven't really dived too much into anything. I'm just ready to play whatever role I need to, like I did last year." Richardson is going to get minutes no matter what and is firmly on the radar as a late-round pick with upside.
Jul 26 - 9:56 AM

Sasha Kaun retired from basketball because of his right ankle problems.

"I kind of feel my ankle has been bothering me awhile. With the amount of pain I was going through, I just wanted to be done. It’s something I’ve had all my career,"Kaun said. "It was definitely getting worse and worse, year by year." Even if healthy, Kaun wouldn't have cracked the rotation in Cleveland last season anyways.
Source: KU Sports
Jul 26 - 9:27 AM

The Thunder are still telling other teams that Russell Westbrook isn't available according to Royce Young of ESPN.

The report adds that the Thunder have received plenty of calls, but they aren't interested in a rebuild just yet. With Dion Waiters moving on to the Heat, the Thunder are now under the salary cap which will allow them to renegotiate Westbrook's contract up to a max-level deal, starting next season. Westbrook reportedly doesn't want to be traded, but the Thunder may not have a choice if they can't reach an agreement on a contract extension.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 9:19 AM



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