Patrick Beverley (cut foot) will sit out of the contact portion of practice on Sunday.
He will go through some drills, but the Rockets obviously won't push him during the preseason. Beverley aslo missed practice on Saturday, but he's expected to be cleared on Monday or Tuesday. The injury isn't a concern for fantasy owners.
Dante Exum (knee surgery) said that his explosion off the dribble, his speed and his jumping ability is back.
He was declared to be 100 percent in early August, so he should be good to go for the preseason. Exum only averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 assists as a rookie and missed the entire 2015-16 season, so expect to see some rust. With George Hill running the first unit, the Jazz will be able to ease Exum back into action. He has more value in real life than in fantasy, so he's not a standard-league target.
Pistons GM Jeff Bower said the team is still in ongoing discussions with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Bullock regarding contract extensions.
"We’re all in agreement it’s an atmosphere and environment where they have good thoughts," Bower said. "We’re going to continue to take those talks a little bit further through the month and see if there’s an opportunity to reach an extension now." The Pistons will have until the Oct. 31 deadline to reach an agreement or they will become restricted free agents next summer. KCP is going to have a massive role as the starting SG this season, while Bullock may struggle to find minutes with Stanley Johnson ready to take on a larger role off the bench.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey is hoping that Clint Capela can take a "big step forward" this season.
"To go from playing 15-20 minutes against often not the starting center to playing 25-plus minutes against front-line guys, that’s a big step forward," Morey said. "It’s more physical. It takes a big toll on your body to do that night-in and night-out." Capela is expected to take over as the starting center in Houston and should see a huge bump in playing time. He averaged 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.1 minutes per game last season, but we'd be more excited about him if he wasn't so bad at the line -- he hit just 37.9 of his free throws last season.
Anthony Davis (knee surgery) thinks that he is on track to play in the season opener.
"Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there," Davis said on Saturday. "Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful." He did "virtually" everything in the Pelicans first practice, but his workload will continue to be monitored during the preseason. His durability concerns aren't a secret, but his sheer upside means he won't fall out of the first round of fantasy drafts.
Jason Thompson has signed a $1.5 million deal with China's Shandong Bulls.
He obviously didn't generate much NBA interest in free agency, but the 30-year-old forward could always come back to the states once his season in China ends. He's firmly off the fantasy radar.
Victor Oladipo said that he's more than just a "3-and-D" wing.
"I don't just want to be a three-point shooter. I don't just want to be a defensive stopper," Oladipo said. "I want to be one of the best players in this league, and in order to do that, you have to affect the game on both ends and do multiple things." The minutes will be there for Oladipo in OKC, so despite playing next to a usage rate monster in Russell Westbrook, we're expecting a career year from the fourth-year SG. Reaching for him in the second round is fair game after he put up averages of 19.4 points, 5.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 triples per game after the break last season.
Larry Bird said that Jeff's Teague knee has been fine so far.
"In the workouts, he looks fine," Bird said. "He’s been playing for the last week or two, and that’s encouraging. When you start two-a-days, things can change, but [by] all indications, he looks pretty good." With the Pacers expected to get out and run this season, Teague will have to get his legs under him pretty quickly with the season just a little over a month away. Teague is playing for a new deal and the 28-year-old PG will be a nice mid-round pick despite lining up next to two ball-dominant guys in Paul George and Monta Ellis.