According to the Denver Post, Jusuf Nurkic (knee) is still rehabbing and is hoping to be ready by the start of the season or "soon thereafter."
The Nuggets have been quiet regarding the status of Nurkic since his knee surgery back in May, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be ready in time for training camp. We will continue to be on the lookout for a status update, but as of right now he is still worth a late-round flier after averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 blocks with the starting unit last season.
Danilo Gallinari told his Italian national team coach Simone Pianigiani that he is ready to play all five games during the six days.
For anyone who has ever owned Gallinari in fantasy, this news is a little concerning. On the bright side, this means that Gallinari must be in excellent condition and that he is obviously healthy, but the bad news is that he is putting a lot of pressure on his body and it's no secret that he isn't the most durable player. We will be watching him very closely, but he is still shaping up to be an excellent target in the later rounds if he can avoid an injury this summer.
Deron Williams said that he is excited to play with Dirk Nowitzki.
"It’s going to be great," Williams said. "Dirk can play til he’s 50 the way he shoots the ball…I’ve always had a lot of respect for his game, and what he brings to the court. I’m definitely excited as a point guard to play with somebody of his caliber." Father Time is starting to catch up with the German Legend, and there's a good chance that his production and minutes continue to trend down in his age-37 season. His fantasy value could also take another hit if the Mavericks aren't very competitive in the loaded Western Conference, so there is no reason to grab him before the middle rounds.
Alvin Gentry said that Anthony Davis' increased weight won't jeopardize his quickness.
"I think for him, the ability to have a strong base and not get pushed around is important," Gentry said. "The thing that I like about it is that he put on the weight without jeopardizing any of his quickness or ability. That's also a huge point too. I think it gives him the opportunity to have a stronger base and at least when he's getting knocked around he can hold his on." Davis is up to 253 pounds and is noticeably put on some serious muscle, so it's just another reason to get excited about arguably the best player to own in fantasy.
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said that Eric Gordon's shooting could be a "big weapon" this season.
"Obviously I like him a lot," Gentry said of Gordon. "I think him coming into the season where he's going to participate in training camp and go through, I look for him to have a really good year. If you look at the end of last year, he was shooting the ball as well as any two-guard in the league. I think he ended up shooting 44 percent over the last 30-something games. Just that alone could be a big weapon for us. I think there are a lot of other things he can do." This is an intriguing quote to say the least, and it sounds like Gordon will be a key component of Gentry's up-tempo system. Gordon does have a scary injury histrory, but he is a sleeper in the later rounds and should be available at a major discount.
The Rockets will invite undrafted Incarnate Word guard Denzel Livingston to training camp.
Similar to Will Cummings and Remi Yusuf, Livingston isn't expected to make the final roster and will be a candidate for their D-League team. For what it's worth, he posted averages of 21.5 points, 5.9 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.3 blocks, 2.6 steals and 1.6 3-pointers for Incarnate Word last season.
The Rockets have reached an agreement to bring undrafted Temple guard Will Cummings to training camp.
He averaged 14.8 points, 4.2 assists, 4.1 boards and 1.9 steals during his senior season at Temple, but he is expected to end up with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League.
The Rockets have invited Remi Yusuf to training camp.
Yusuf is an odd fit because he is 31 years old and has spent his professional career playing overseas, but there isn't any reason to think that he will make the final roster.