The Warriors are uncertain when Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) will be able to play.
He's questionable to start the season after his surgery back on on Aug. 15. Livingston was fantastic in Brooklyn due partially to his versatility and the team's lack of depth, but the Warriors won't need him nearly as much. He won't be worth drafting in most fantasy leagues due to his lower upside.
Andew Bogut (ribs) has been doing some 5-on-5 workouts in recent weeks at a Warriors facility.
He didn't participate at the FIBA World Cup, but he's been working out since June. Bogut played 27.5 minutes per game before the All-Star break last season, but his playing time dropped to 23.7 per game after that. The Warriors will likely keep him around 24 minutes per game in 2014-15 and he has a lot of injury risk, so he's only a late-round pick in standard drafts.
David Lee is expected to be healthy for training camp.
He had a minor procedure for a core muscle injury back in July, but was expected to be ready in August. Lee has been stuck with all sorts of injuries and the Warriors may give some of his minutes to Draymond Green to help keep him fresh for the playoffs.
Former Suns player Rex Chapman has been accused of stealing $14K of merchandise from a Scottsdale, Arizona Apple Store and pawning the goods for cash.
He's facing 14 felony counts and was arrested by the Scottdale Police Department. Chapman played in the league from 1988-2000, so this is a little surprising. He also had front-office duties with the Suns and Wolves.
Kostas Papanikolaou is excited to be making the jump to the NBA this season, and he's expected to officially sign sometime next week once his buyout with the Olympiakos becomes official.
"I don’t like to say I’m a scorer or a rebounder," said Kostas. "I try to do everything that I can in each game, play tough first of all and bring my energy and give my team whatever they need. If this is a loose ball, there will be a fight for the loose ball. If there is a crucial rebound, there is going to be a crucial rebound." Kostas will fight for minutes in a crowded Houston backcourt, and he's not really worth monitoring in standard leagues.
Tyson Chandler is upset about insinuations that he was a problem in the Knicks' locker room last season.
"I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there," Chandler said Friday. "You can say I didn't live up to whatever or you didn't like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don't even know where that came from." Owner Mark Cuban, GM Donnie Nelson, and coach Rick Carlisle all cited Chandler's outstanding leadership as a reason as to why they brought him back to Dallas, and Chandler will look to put last year's disappointing season behind him. Chandler will make for a solid selection in the later rounds of drafts as a rebounding specialist, and field goal percentage booster.
Updating a previous report, the Suns have no interest in an Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade deal with Minnesota, according to sources.
The purported deal didn't make much sense, as the Timberwolves would simply be unloading bad contracts onto Phoenix in exchange for an all-star caliber player. With the Suns reportedly not interested in Ricky Rubio, and Andrew Wiggins being untouchable, there just isn't a plausible deal that could take place. It seems the most likely scenario is Eric Bledsoe accepting the Suns' qualifying offer, and becoming an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. If he can remain healthy, Bledsoe could be a steal in the early-mid rounds of your draft as he looks to prove he’s worth the max-deal he is seeking.
The Wizards have again reached out to Ray Allen to gauge his interest in joining the organization.
Allen is still undecided on whether or not he'll retire, but if his goal is to chase a championship, it seems unlikely he would choose Washington over say San Antonio or Cleveland. Allen's prolific, and clutch three-point shot making ability makes him an enticing asset for a championship contender, but as a specialist off the bench, his fantasy value would be nearly non-existent.