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.
Justise Winslow said that he's 100 percent healthy heading into training camp.
Winslow dealt with a very minor ankle sprain during Summer League, but it appears he's fully recovered and he'll be more than ready when training camp tips off in late-September. He'll be competing for reserve minutes with James Ennis playing behind Luol Deng in Miami, so it's tough to see him gaining any traction in standard leagues this season with the aforementioned players healthy. He's not worth a draft pick in most leagues.
Nikola Pekovic has yet to go through any basketball activities since undergoing ankle surgery in April.
Pekovic only managed to make it through 31 games last season, putting up averages of 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field. He'll be joining a crowded frontcourt rotation next season featuring Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng, and given his extensive injury history, head coach Flip Saunders will likely do the best he can to limit his minutes by bringing him off the bench. Spending a draft pick on Pek would be a waste in most leagues.
Ricky Rubio (ankle) has been fully cleared to play, but has yet to go through any full contact drills.
Rubio underwent ankle surgery back in April, but it appears that he'll enter training camp 100 percent healthy. Still, in Rubio's four-year career he's only managed to stay healthy for one season, and last year he suited up for just 22 games. He can light up the assist category, and pile up steals numbers, but his poor field goal percentage and complete lack of a 3-point shot really limits his upside. Rubio will make for a risky mid-round selection on draft day.
Henry Sims is eager to prove his worth at the Suns' training camp, and he hopes to secure a roster spot as the team's third-string center.
"This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do for a team that can make the playoffs," Sims said. "I want to show the NBA I can do what I was doing there [in Philadelphia] on any team and do more. It gives me an extra boost of energy to be here for a potential playoff team." What Sims did in Philly was compile averages of 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on 47.4 percent shooting from the field. He'd pick up plenty of DNP-CDs as a member of the Suns, so even if he makes the team, there will be no reason to touch him on draft day in any league.