Utah-based sports broadcaster Tim Montemayor reports that Dante Exum was diagnosed with a torn ACL in Slovenia, and "the Jazz will confirm that diagnosis ASAP."
Initial reports suggested that the Jazz "feared" Exum had torn his ACL and we should stress that Exum's official diagnosis won't be known until further tests are performed on Wednesday. The 20-year-old suffered the non-contact injury while playing in an exhibition for Australia. He's almost certain to miss the FIBA Oceania championship in mid-August but his status for training camp and opening night won't be known until Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.
76ers draft pick J.P. Tokoto is expected to attend training camp.
The Sixers have until Sept. 5 to make Tokoto a contract offer or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent -- either way, Tokoto is likely to spend the 2015-16 season in the D-League or overseas. The explosive athlete has a long way to go before acquiring fantasy relevance.
Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said that he's "familiar with the [Mavs'] offensive system," and he intends to be more than a 'three and D' player in Dallas.
"There’s not a thing that I [can't] do on the court, and I’m excited for the opportunity," Matthews said. "You know, talking to coach Carlisle, I’m obviously familiar with the system, having ran it in Portland ... there's opportunities that he sees how I can help this team." We expect Matthews to pick things up quickly, but the Mavs will be extra cautious with him and his ongoing recovery from Achilles surgery makes him a risky pick in fantasy drafts.
John Wall has accepted an invite to the USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas.
The five non-displaced fractures in his left hand and wrist were fully healed in mid-July, so presumably Wall will be an active participant. He was cut by coach Mike Krzyzewski last year, along with teammate Bradley Beal, but both of the Wizards' explosive guards will have a fresh chance to earn a spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
The Spanish team Baskonia is reportedly taking legal action against Celtics prospect Colton Iverson for allegedly violating his recent contract extension.
FIBA voided the extension at Iverson's request, reportedly because he's still owed about 90,000 euros in back-pay from the near-bankrupt team. Baskonia responded to FIBA's decision by asking the Spanish court system to award financial damages to the team. Iverson is expected to sign a contract in Turkey this season, and he must be pleased to be leaving this dysfunctional situation in the rearview mirror.
Hedo Turkoglu is not interested in signing overseas as he is still looking for another NBA contract.
Turkoglu reportedly wanted to latch on with the Kings, but that report was later shot down. Turkoglu is well past his prime and wouldn't have more than a limited role at this point in his career, so he is not on the fantasy radar.
The Jazz are concerned that Dante Exum may have suffered a torn ACL in his left knee while playing for Australia on Tuesday.
To be completely clear, there has been no diagnosis yet, but they do have a reason to be concerned due to the fact that it was a non-contact knee injury. There is no reason to speculate until we know more, and Exum is currently on his way back to Utah in order to re-evaulated. If doctors determine that Exum has to miss time, Trey Burke will benefit the most.
Alexey Shved (back) will not play with Russia during Eurobasket.
Shved is still recovering from a back injury, but after signing a lucrative three-year deal with Khimki Moscow of Russia it's not surprising to see him err on the side of caution. Shved does have an opt-out clause for the NBA and he did play surprisingly well for the Knicks last season, but he is off the fantasy radar for now.