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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

Andre Roberson (left knee surgery) has still not been cleared for contact or five-on-five work.

Roberson said that he hopes to be 100% by December, so it sounds like there's a good chance he'll miss the beginning of the season. That will create some increased opportunity for Dennis Schroder, but Schroder will likely lose a ton of value once Roberson works his way back into the rotation. To be clear, Roberson isn't worth drafting anywhere.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 4:31 PM

Justin Patton underwent successful surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Tuesday, and he will be out indefinitely.

The Timberwolves aren't always forthcoming with the injury updates, so it could be a while before we get an official timetable on Patton. He's irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 4:23 PM

Dion Waiters (ankle surgery) will not be ready for the start of training camp and it's unlikely he'll be cleared in time for Miami's regular-season opener on October 17.

"Dion will not be returning to the court until the Heat medical team and training staff deem him healed, rehabbed and physically conditioned for all basketball activities," said Pat Riley in an official Miami Heat statement. Waiters will likely be brought along slowly, and he'll be competing for minutes with Dwyane Wade and Wayne Ellington, so there's no reason to target him in any leagues.
Sep 18 - 4:19 PM

Brett Brown said he's expecting Joel Embiid to be "dominant" this season.

Brown has been thoroughly impressed with Embiid's workouts this summer, and we'd anticipate the 24-year-old center taking another big leap forward in his third NBA season. While he remains a bit of an injury-risk after only making it through 63 games last season, it's worth noting that none of those missed games last season were due to knee or foot issues. If you want him, you'll need to invest at the top of Round 2.
Sep 18 - 2:34 PM

Zhaire Smith (Jones fracture) is expected to make it back to the court sometime around Christmas.

This timetable would assume zero setbacks for Smith, so it's subject to change should any unfortunate incidents occur. The 76ers have absolutely no incentive to rush Smith's recovery, and he's expected to spend a lot of his rookie season in the G-League anyway, so he's not someone that should be targeted in most leagues.
Sep 18 - 2:24 PM

Eric Moreland has reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with the Raptors.

He'll be competing for the third-string, center-spot with Chris Boucher at camp, but regardless of who makes the team, neither of these guys will be relevant in fantasy hoops while the Raptors are at full strength.
Sep 18 - 2:18 PM

Sixers coach Brett Brown said Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons will occasionally play together next season.

Both players are capable of playing off the ball, so this certainly makes sense. It will be very interesting to see how Fultz looks in training camp and the preseason, which will provide our first look at his re-worked jumper. Brown said that Fultz has been very diligent in his offseason work and took a whopping 150,000 shots this summer.
Sep 18 - 1:58 PM

Tom Thibodeau is traveling to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Per Woj, the original plan had been a meeting in Minneapolis, but that changed in the past 24 hours. David Aldridge is reporting that Butler has serious questions about the direction of the Wolves franchise, but he is willing to hear Minnesota out, and is not yet dead set on demanding a trade. We should finally have some concrete details on Butler's future in Minnesota once this much-discussed meeting wraps up.
Sep 18 - 12:48 PM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said that Kawhi Leonard is healthy and expects Leonard to arrive in Toronto "shortly."

Here's the full quote from Ujiri on Leonard: "He's happy, and from what everybody has told me he's healthy. He's determined. He seems in the right frame of mind... I think there's a fire inside him and we're all excited about that." Masai also stated that Leonard has already spent a lot of time with the Raptors coaches and met many of his new teammates while training in L.A. over the summer.
Sep 18 - 12:15 PM



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