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  • John Wall LAC PG
    Clippers' John Wall: Running with second unit
    6m ago

    Clippers coach Ty Lue said Thursday that Wall has been playing point guard for the team's bench unit, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.

    Lue also mentioned that the situation at point guard is expected to be fluid. The second unit will also include Brandon Boston, Terrance Mann, Marcus Morris and Morris Brown. Wall will miss Thursday's practice and Friday's preseason opener due to rest.

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  • Reggie Jackson LAC PG
    Clippers' Reggie Jackson: Running with first unit early
    11m ago

    Coach Ty Lue indicated Thursday that Jackson (rest) has been playing with the first unit early in camp, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.

    Jackson is one of four Clippers players -- Wall included -- slate to sit out the team's preseason opener Friday versus Maccabi Ra'anana. While the situation figures to be fluid, with both Jackson and Wall seeing a good amount of minutes on the ball, Jackson appears to have the upper hand early in camp, while Wall has been running with the second unit.

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  • Paul George LAC SF
    Clippers' Paul George: Won't suit up Friday
    30m ago

    George won't take the floor during Friday's international clash with Maccabi Ra'anana in Seattle, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.

    George joins a pack of Clippers vets who will sit out the contest, but there's nothing to be concerned about, given the reason behind his absence. His next opportunity to make his 2022-23 preseason debut arrives Monday against Portland.

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  • Reggie Jackson LAC PG
    Clippers' Reggie Jackson: Skipping international tilt
    33m ago

    Jackson won't suit up for Friday's international contest against Maccabi Ra'anana, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.

    Jackson joins several veteran Clippers who will sit out the game, allowing others battling for roles and roster spots to share the spotlight. His next chance to make his preseason debut surfaces Monday against the Trail Blazers.

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  • John Wall LAC PG
    Clippers' John Wall: Resting Thursday and Friday
    37m ago

    Wall is not practicing Thursday and will not play in Friday's international exhibition versus Maccabi Ra'anana, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.

    Wall is one of four players who will sit out the international affair, but he still has three more opportunities to get in some preseason action before the regular season fires up Oct. 20 versus the Lakers. His next chance arises Monday against the Trail Blazers.

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  • Cameron Johnson PHO SF
    Suns' Cameron Johnson: Slated to start at PF
    1h ago

    Head coach Monty Williams confirmed Thursday that Johnson is in line to start at the four for the Suns this season, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

    Johnson was the presumed favorite to take over the starting job with Jae Crowder likely on the way out, and Williams has now set that in stone. A first-round pick in 2019, Johnson supplied his best season to date in 2021-22, averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 26.2 minutes per game, and his minutes figure to expand this season.

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  • Naz Reid MIN C
    Timberwolves' Naz Reid: To play more power forward
    20h ago

    Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said Wednesday that he has spent all summer trying to get Reid more reps at power forward, Jace Frederick of St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Reid has played primarily center in his first three seasons in Minnesota as a backup to Karl-Anthony Towns. However, with the addition of Rudy Gobert, the team has limited minutes to go around at center. The 6-foot-10 big man has proven to be a solid floor spacer, shooting 34.3 and 35.1 percent from three in his last two seasons. This versatility should allow Minnesota to play their star centers without having to sacrifice too many of Reid's minutes.

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  • Daniel Theis IND C
    Pacers' Daniel Theis: Misses practice with illness
    2d ago

    Theis wasn't in attendance Tuesday for the Pacers' first training camp practice due to an illness, Scott Agness of FieldhouseFiles.com reports.

    Theis reportedly had some symptoms of COVID-19, but he hasn't tested positive for the virus and will be eligible to practice as soon as Wednesday if he continues to test negative. After coming over from Boston in July as part of the deal that sent Malcolm Brogdon to the Celtics, Theis is projected to serve as a depth piece in the Indiana frontcourt in 2022-23.

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  • Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
    Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Hoping to return soon
    2d ago

    Coach Chris Finch said Tuesday that the team hopes to have Towns (illness) back at practice by the end of the week, Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Towns missed the team's media day Monday due to a non-COVID illness, but as expected, he won't miss much time and should be good to go for the season opener. Last season, the All-Star forward averaged 24.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 33.5 minutes per game.

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  • Goga Bitadze IND C
    Pacers' Goga Bitadze: Close to 100 percent
    2d ago

    Bitadze is close to 100 percent healthy heading into training camp while he recovers from an ankle injury, Scott Agness of FieldhouseFiles.com reports.

    Bitadze was sidelined late in the 2021-22 campaign due to a foot issue, but he was cleared to take part in FIBA action this summer for the Georgian national team. He might have picked up the ankle issue at some point along the way, but it doesn't sound like anything that will affect his availability for the start of the regular season. Bitadze has shown the ability to produce some fantasy-friendly lines on the brief occasions he's seen extended run through his first three NBA years. Still, he may not be a lock to enter the 2022-23 season as a member of the rotation while Myles Turner is still on the roster and while Isaiah Jackson and Jalen Smith may be higher priority developmental options.

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  • Jalen Smith IND C
    Pacers' Jalen Smith: Nearly recovered from ankle tweak
    2d ago

    Smith is close to 100 percent healthy after suffering a mild ankle tweak ahead of training camp, Scott Agness of FieldhouseFiles.com reports.

    After coming over in a mid-season trade from Phoenix, Smith averaged 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds across 22 appearances with Indiana. The 2020 first-round pick should continue to get opportunities to replicate his success from last season, but he could be part of a messy frontcourt rotation until Myles Turner gets moved.

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  • Dewayne Dedmon MIA C
    Heat's Dewayne Dedmon: Limited by foot issue Tuesday
    2d ago

    Dedmon was limited during Tuesday's practice due to a foot injury, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    Dedmon's limited participation likely indicates his issue is relatively minor. Still, it will be worth monitoring his participation level as the preseason opener approaches Sept. 4 versus the Timberwolves.

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  • Udonis Haslem MIA PF
    Heat's Udonis Haslem: Misses practice with sore Achilles
    4h ago

    Haslem didn't partake in practice Tuesday due to Achilles soreness, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Haslem's issue doesn't appear serious, but the 42-year-old will likely take every precaution at this stage in his career. Even when he's healthy, Haslem figures to log action in no more than a handful of games in 2022-23 and is primarily viewed as a mentor at this point.

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  • Al Horford BOS PF
    Celtics' Al Horford: Expected to play back-to-backs
    1d ago

    Horford said Monday that he plans to play back-to-backs this season after preparing for that role this offseason, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

    The veteran forward has seen his minutes decline slightly over the past several years and only played both games of a back-to-back set a few times last season. However, after offseason surgeries for Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Robert Williams (knee), the Celtics don't have much frontcourt depth, which may force Horford into an expanded role to start the 2022-23 campaign. Nonetheless, Boston has championship aspirations again, so while Horford is confident in his conditioning, the Celtics will continue to monitor him closely to avoid any late-season regression.

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  • Nikola Jovic MIA PF
    Heat's Nikola Jovic: Limited by Achilles
    2d ago

    Jovic was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice session due to an Achilles issue, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

    Jovic missed time during Summer League due to a quad problem, but a different injury is limiting his availability early in camp. The Heat open the preseason Oct. 4 versus the Timberwolves.

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  • Killian Tillie MEM PF
    Grizzlies' Killian Tillie: Limited entering training camp
    3d ago

    Tillie (back) is still limited entering training camp, Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Tillie appeared in just four contests post-All-Star break last season due to injuries and remains limited for the start of Memphis' training camp. The extent of the 24-year-old's injury remains unclear, but there'll likely be more clarity as the regular season approaches.

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  • Jaren Jackson Jr. MEM PF
    Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson: Remains on track during rehab
    3d ago

    Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman said Monday that Jackson (foot) remains on track to return sometime between the initial 4-to-6 month timeline, Drew Hill of The Daily Memphian reports.

    Jackson underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot at the end of June and remains on track to return sometime before the end of December. Last season, he posted 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.1 assists across 27.3 minutes. In his absence, Brandon Clarke and Ziaire Williams are candidates for increased roles to start the season.

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  • Usman Garuba HOU PF
    Rockets' Usman Garuba: Healthy for training camp
    3d ago

    Garuba (ankle) is healthy and available for training camp, Ben DuBose of USA Today reports.

    Garuba suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain during Summer League and was sidelined for a few weeks. However, as expected, the second-year forward is good to go for training camp. He appeared in 24 games as a rookie, posting 2.0 points and 3.5 rebounds across 10.0 minutes.

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  • Paul George LAC SF
    Clippers' Paul George: Won't suit up Friday
    30m ago

    George won't take the floor during Friday's international clash with Maccabi Ra'anana in Seattle, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.

    George joins a pack of Clippers vets who will sit out the contest, but there's nothing to be concerned about, given the reason behind his absence. His next opportunity to make his 2022-23 preseason debut arrives Monday against Portland.

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  • Cameron Johnson PHO SF
    Suns' Cameron Johnson: Slated to start at PF
    1h ago

    Head coach Monty Williams confirmed Thursday that Johnson is in line to start at the four for the Suns this season, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

    Johnson was the presumed favorite to take over the starting job with Jae Crowder likely on the way out, and Williams has now set that in stone. A first-round pick in 2019, Johnson supplied his best season to date in 2021-22, averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 26.2 minutes per game, and his minutes figure to expand this season.

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  • Kawhi Leonard LAC SF
    Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Resting Thursday and Friday
    1h ago

    Clippers coach Ty Lue said that Leonard (knee) will rest and not play in Thursday's practice or Friday's preseason opener, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.

    Lue said that Leonard went through the team's first three practices without any issues. The superstar forward is on a good track to play once the regular season begins, but expect the Clippers to continue with load management procedures. Leonard joins Paul George, John Wall and Reggie Jackson for sitting out Friday's preseason opener.

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  • AJ Griffin ATL SF
    Hawks' AJ Griffin: Nursing ankle injury
    18h ago

    Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said Wednesday that Griffin "tweaked" his ankle and has been limited in practice the last couple days, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.

    Griffin didn't participate in Wednesday's open practice due to the ankle issue, but it doesn't sound like a big concern considering he's still participating in workouts. As long as the rookie can log some live sessions with the team soon, he should be ready for the preseason when it begins Oct. 6.

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  • Quentin Grimes NY SF
    Knicks' Quentin Grimes: Seen in walking boot
    23h ago

    Grimes (foot) is considered day-to-day due to left foot soreness that has put him in a walking boot, Ian Begley of SportsNet New York reports.

    The Knicks are likely just being cautious with Grimes to ensure that he is healthy for the regular season. The second-year guard is in line to be one of the first options off the bench this season. Grimes' injury will not likely cause him to miss any time, but it is worth monitoring for a lingering injury.

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  • Kawhi Leonard LAC SF
    Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Full participant in practice
    23h ago

    Leonard was not limited in the Clippers' practice sessions Wednesday, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.

    Coming off an ACL surgery that caused Leonard to miss all of the 2021-22 season, it was expected that he would be limited in training camp. However, being a full participant in practice is a good sign that the superstar forward will be fully healthy for the regular season.

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  • Joshua Primo SA SG
    Spurs' Joshua Primo: Suffers MCL sprain
    2h ago

    Primo sprained the MCL in his left knee in camp and will miss at least the beginning of preseason, independent NBA writer Matthew Tynan reports. However, he's expected back for the start of the regular season.

    Primo appears to have avoided significant damage but will take a bit of a hiatus before returning to the floor. Per Tynan, the earliest Primo could return is the final game of the preseason, so his status should be monitored as the regular season approaches.

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  • Trent Forrest ATL SG
    Hawks' Trent Forrest: Misses open practice due to illness
    18h ago

    Hawks head coach Nate McMillan said Wednesday that Forrest didn't participate in Atlanta's open practice due to a non-COVID illness, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.

    It's unclear if the ailment is related to the same bug currently affecting Dejounte Murray (illness), but Forrest was one of several players to miss Wednesday's open practice. Provided the illness doesn't linger, Forrest should be available for the Hawks' preseason opener against the Bucks on Oct. 6.

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  • Seth Curry BKN SG
    Nets' Seth Curry: Likely available Opening Night
    1d ago

    Coach Steve Nash relayed Wednesday that Curry (ankle) could log action late in the preseason and should be available for the Opening Night on Oct. 19 versus the Pelicans, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

    Curry will miss the first three preseason tilts and will likely log limited action in the preseason finale if he makes a cameo. When healthy, Curry has plenty of competition for playing time in Joe Harris, Cam Thomas and Patty Mills, among others.

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  • Evan Fournier NY SG
    Knicks' Evan Fournier: Heads pack to start at SG
    2d ago

    Head coach Tom Thibodeau indicated Tuesday that Fournier is considered the favorite to start at shooting guard, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports.

    Fournier started all but two games last season for the Knicks and appears positioned to retain his starting job entering 2022-23. He was a solid shooter last season, averaging 14.1 points over 29.5 minutes and should claim a similar role this year.

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  • Dylan Windler CLE SG
    Cavaliers' Dylan Windler: In mix for starting job
    2d ago

    Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff lauded Windler's play since returning to the club after Labor Day and suggested he's among the candidates to start at small forward to open 2022-23, Evan Dammarell of SBNation.com reports.

    Windler spent some of last season in the G League and averaged under 10 minutes per game with the parent club, but it appears he's made huge strides this offseason and could challenge for a starting gig. Even if he claims a spot, the upgraded Cavs have numerous options ahead of him in the pecking order for usage. Still, it would mean a sizable jump in minutes, and he could creep onto the fantasy radar in some formats.

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  • Dwayne Bacon LAL SG
    Lakers' Dwayne Bacon: Joins Lakers
    3d ago

    Bacon agreed to a contract with the Lakers on Monday, Keith Smith of Spotrac.com reports.

    After spending last season with AS Monaco of the EuroLeague, Bacon will get a chance to make his return to the NBA in Los Angeles. The 2017 second-round pick has career averages of 7.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists across four seasons with both the Hornets and Magic. Even if he wins out in his battle for a roster spot, Bacon is unlikely to be a regular member of head coach Darvin Ham's rotation.

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  • John Wall LAC PG
    Clippers' John Wall: Running with second unit
    6m ago

    Clippers coach Ty Lue said Thursday that Wall has been playing point guard for the team's bench unit, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.

    Lue also mentioned that the situation at point guard is expected to be fluid. The second unit will also include Brandon Boston, Terrance Mann, Marcus Morris and Morris Brown. Wall will miss Thursday's practice and Friday's preseason opener due to rest.

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  • Reggie Jackson LAC PG
    Clippers' Reggie Jackson: Running with first unit early
    11m ago

    Coach Ty Lue indicated Thursday that Jackson (rest) has been playing with the first unit early in camp, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports.

    Jackson is one of four Clippers players -- Wall included -- slate to sit out the team's preseason opener Friday versus Maccabi Ra'anana. While the situation figures to be fluid, with both Jackson and Wall seeing a good amount of minutes on the ball, Jackson appears to have the upper hand early in camp, while Wall has been running with the second unit.

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  • Reggie Jackson LAC PG
    Clippers' Reggie Jackson: Skipping international tilt
    33m ago

    Jackson won't suit up for Friday's international contest against Maccabi Ra'anana, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.

    Jackson joins several veteran Clippers who will sit out the game, allowing others battling for roles and roster spots to share the spotlight. His next chance to make his preseason debut surfaces Monday against the Trail Blazers.

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  • John Wall LAC PG
    Clippers' John Wall: Resting Thursday and Friday
    37m ago

    Wall is not practicing Thursday and will not play in Friday's international exhibition versus Maccabi Ra'anana, Justin Russo of the 'Clip & Roll' podcast reports.

    Wall is one of four players who will sit out the international affair, but he still has three more opportunities to get in some preseason action before the regular season fires up Oct. 20 versus the Lakers. His next chance arises Monday against the Trail Blazers.

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  • Dejounte Murray ATL PG
    Hawks' Dejounte Murray: Back in practice
    2h ago

    Murray (illness) rejoined practice Thursday but will integrate slowly after missing some time, Lauren L. Williams of MLive.com reports.

    Murray sat out Wednesday's practice with a non-COVID illness, but he's at least back in the mix for the Hawks as of Thursday. His first chance to don the new uniform arrives next Thursday against the Bucks, and he figures to pair with Trae Young to form a dynamic backcourt for Atlanta in 2022-23. However, Murray figures to lose some fantasy value moving off the ball.

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  • Marcus Zegarowski BKN PG
    Marcus Zegarowski: Being waived again
    2h ago

    The Nets have requested waivers on Zegarowski (foot), Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.

    Zegarowski will be signed and waived by the Nets twice within 10 days as a result. It's unclear exactly where he will go from here, but he should be free to explore options with other teams.

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