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Daniel Theis (knee) is back to playing some 5-on-5 action.

He was getting close earlier this month, but now the Celtics are expected to have the full roster ready for camp. Theis is going to be a weapon in coach Brad Stevens' frontcourt arsenal, but he'll be used situationally.
Sep 19 - 6:09 PM

Reggie Jackson (ankle) said he is day-to-day.

"I’ve been nursing injuries, and they’re nagging, but it’s part of the career, part of life," Jackson said on Wednesday. He didn't provide many details, but said it's still a rehab process. Jackson was able to return from his ankle sprain for 12 games last season and he may not have been 100 percent, but it sounds like he may be limited in the preseason. Ish Smith makes sense as a late-round flier for now, and maybe Luke Kennard can get some PG minutes.
Sep 19 - 4:50 PM

Mo Bamba said he changed his diet from his college days.

This isn't necessarily big news, but it's a positive for young players to change their diet to help keep them in shape. For now, Bamba is expected to come off the bench, but the team dealing Bismack Biyombo away suggests they want him on the court to start his NBA career. Given his upside for blocks and his early growth as a shooter, Bamba is worth a look in the later rounds.
Sep 19 - 4:43 PM

Trey Burke said he believes he will start at point guard this season.

"That’s just my mindset. I know coach [David Fizdale] said he’s going to training camp rolling the ball out to allow us to compete for the starting spot — which I believe is fair," Burke said. Burke should be considered as the starter and he'll likely play next to Frank Ntilikina at times. Burke lit it up after the break last year at 15.9 points per game, but he's still only worth a late-round flier.
Sep 19 - 4:36 PM

Justise Winslow said he's focusing on ball handling this offseason in hopes of earning more point-guard responsibilities.

He said he liked to handle the ball and play point guard because it was challenging to him. Winslow isn't much of a shooter, but he did distribute the ball well late last season. With Dion Waiters (ankle) still recovering, there could be an opportunity for Winslow to log minutes at guard early in the season. He's only a late-round flier at best.
Sep 19 - 4:12 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau has no interest in trading Jimmy Butler and wants to try and return to the playoffs with him in the lineup, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

This isn't exactly big news because Thibodeau obviously wouldn't admit to wanting to deal Butler because it'll hurt him in the leverage game. In case you missed it, Butler's preferred destinations including the Nets, Knicks and Clippers, which means it could be tough to agree on a deal because those teams are rebuilding. It's certainly possible the Wolves make a deal with another team not on the list much like the Kawhi Leonard deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 19 - 4:05 PM

After an NBA investigation into workplace misconduct, Dallas owner Mark Cuban and the NBA have agreed that he'll donate $10 million to organizations that promote women in leadership roles and combat domestic violence.

The Mavericks were found to have "serious workplace misconduct by former and current employees," and "improper or ineffective management." Cuban appeared on ESPN's The Jump today and multiple times he took the blame and even called himself "stupid" for how he mishandled this horrible series of events. Since buying the Mavs in 2000, the NBA's report says that claims were substantiated by 15 current and former employees regarding inappropriate comments and touching by former President and CEO Terdema Ussery. Cuban also should've fired multiple people for their behavior, but he again admitted he made a major mistake and has "no excuse."
Sep 19 - 3:27 PM

Jimmy Butler's three preferred destinations are the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

It's an interesting list, and it's not a coincidence that all three teams would have a max salary slot for Butler next season. Of course, the Wolves will have the final say on who they choose to deal with, and it may be hard for the Knicks to put a package together. There is a lot of fantasy fallout from this news, but it shouldn't affect Jimmy too much. Karl-Anthony Towns looks like he's poised for an even bigger year while Jeff Teague would get to run the offense. It also makes sense to take a flier on Tyus Jones until we find out how this ends.
Sep 19 - 2:26 PM

Jimmy Butler has formally requested to be traded away from Minnesota.

Wow. Butler presented Minnesota management with a list of 1-3 teams that he'd be interested in signing a contract extension with, and one of those teams is assuredly the Lakers. The Wolves will likely want to get rid of Butler prior to camp, so things could move somewhat quickly here, as his value will decline throughout the year. With Butler set to leave Minnesota, Luol Deng could potentially open the year as a starter and both Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns should see a nice uptick in usage. Jeff Teague should also spend more time running the offense sans Jimmy. Butler will be an elite asset wherever he winds up, but he does have a history of having trouble staying on the court.

Tyrius Walker has agreed to a training camp deal with the Knicks.

He'll be waived after camp and then head to New York's G-League affiliate.
Sep 19 - 12:59 PM

The Pelicans have waived Emeka Okafor.

Parting ways with Okafor will open up another spot on the training camp roster, and this will help improve Jahlil Okafor's chances of making the regular-season roster. The 35-year-old Okafor showed that he's still capable of contributing meaningful minutes in his return from a four-year absence last season, so maybe he'll be able to sign a minimum-level deal somewhere. Retirement could also be an option.
Sep 19 - 12:53 PM

Julian Washburn and Amida Brimah have signed training camp contracts with the Spurs.

Neither of these guys are expected to make the team.
Sep 19 - 12:46 PM

Nets' GM Sean Marks expects to sign Theo Pinson to a two-way deal.

"I think we do. It’s staying flexible throughout the year; we’ll see what happens. We do have a guy in mind," said Marks when asked about who will fill the second two-way slot on the roster. "Pinson is gonna be our two-way guy. It hasn’t been out there yet; it probably shouldn’t be." Pinson went undrafted out of North Carolina, but he was always on Brooklyn's radar. Assuming he signs the two-way deal, he'll spend most of the year in the G-League.
Source: Nets Daily
Sep 19 - 12:41 PM

Sergio Llull again made it clear that he has no interest in coming to the NBA.

"Would I like to retire with Real Madrid? Of course, I would like that. I have a long contract yet now I’m focused on having a great season," Llull said. "Of course it’s hard to say no because the NBA is very tempting on all levels. But I’ve explained many times that I’m happy here with Real Madrid. I want to stay here and keep winning." It sounds like the 30-year-old Spanish sharpshooter will finish his career in Europe.
Source: Euro Hoops
Sep 19 - 12:35 PM

Dirk Nowitzki believes that DeAndre Jordan will "fit in well" in Rick Carlisle's system.

"I think he’s going to be great, I think he’s going to fit in great with coach’s system," said Nowitzki. "The [center] is always running and rolling and protecting the rim, so we’re looking forward to him really fitting in." Jordan's blocks per game dipped to just 0.9 last season, which really hurt his value, and he also saw a slight reduction in minutes. However, he could be looking at minutes in the mid-30s in Dallas, so maybe he'll be able to get his blocks back to the 1.5+ range. As long as you're punting FT, DJ remains a legit, mid-round target.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 19 - 12:31 PM



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