Marcus Smart still has his fingers taped up, but he's able to play.
Smart has been practicing almost every day at the team facility and he's obviously ready to roll for camp. He tore it up in Summer League before the injury, so he'll be a player to watch in camp. For now, he's a player with upside at the end of standard drafts.
Coach Brad Stevens said he's "interested to see" the Celtics using bigger lineups next season.
Last year, they used a heck of a lot of Jae Crowder at the four down the stretch. In the offseason, they picked up Amir Johnson and David Lee, so they will likely have a more traditional lineup while the team is healthy. Lee is an intriguing pick late in drafts while Crowder is a bit of a question mark.
Dwight Howard was detained at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Friday for having a gun in his bag, but he won't face criminal charges.
According to the ESPN report, "Houston Police Department spokesperson Kese Smith said Wednesday that Howard was stopped at Terminal E at 7 a.m. when Transportation Security Administration officials discovered a pistol in the bottom of a carry-on bag." The NBA is not fond of any news items regarding guns, especially coming from their high-profile players. What's more, the Rockets fired their social media guy for tweeting horse and gun emojis.
Glen Davis will have surgery on Wednesday to repair torn ligaments, a cyst and a bone spur in his left ankle.
He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks, which means he won't be ready for the start of the season. Davis remains unsigned and he'll likely remain a free agent when the NBA season tips off. If teams lose players due to injury during the year, they may be more inclined to contact Big Baby.
Nik Stauskas scored 15 points against Cuba on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.
He was being much more aggressive and was even turning down some 3-pointers. Stauskas is the heavy favorite to start at shooting guard on an NBA team desperately seeking production from beyond the arc. Yes, his rookie season was a disaster, but the opportunity on his new team makes him an ideal late-round flier.
Chandler Parsons (knee) was present for a team workout on Wednesday, but he did not participate.
He was taking some shots, which is nothing new since he has been doing so since at least Aug. 19. Parsons is still on track to play for training camp. The Mavs are a little depleted on offense and Dirk Nowitzki is a year older, so Parsons' fantasy ceiling is alluring. He's a strong option in the middle rounds.
Michele Roberts said that she will have a meeting with Adam Silver in early-September, and she hopes to avoid a lockout season in 2017.
"Sitting down at a table already now with the NBA to understand what worries the owners and what worries the players," said Roberts when asked how another lockout season can be avoided. "In the past very few attempts to speak in advance of the problems that led to the lockouts have been made. Whether both commissioner Silver and myself want to do everything possible to prevent the NBA to stop: the only way is to negotiate." For the sake of fantasy fanatics everywhere, let's hope the NBA can avoid yet another lockout season.
Chandler Parsons (knee) said that his knee is "feeling great," and he is confident he'll be ready for the Mavs' regular-season opener on October 28.
It remains to be seen if Parsons will be ready for training camp, but it sounds like he'll be good to go when the regular-season begins. He should see a bit of an increased role in Dallas' offense this season with Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo no longer on the roster, and he'll look to build upon last year's averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 three-pointers, 1.0 steal and just 1.5 turnovers per game. He's a do-it-all kind of guy, and will make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day.