Player Notes

  • Playing 5-on-5 with no restrictions
    Head coach Jacque Vaughn said Tuesday that Simmons (back/knee) is playing 5-on-5 with no restrictions and will be ready for training camp at the beginning of October, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Advice: This was expected after Simmons' agent, Bernie Lee, said at the end of July that Simmons would be 100 percent by training camp. However, when Lee said that, Simmons still wasn't cleared for 5-on-5 drills, so it's still noteworthy that the oft-injured point guard has progressed through his rehab without a setback. Simmons has talked all offseason about getting back to the style of play he excelled at early in his career, so there's optimism for a bounce-back campaign, though Simmons needs to stay on the court first. He's sat out over 20 games in three consecutive seasons after missing just four contests through his first two NBA campaigns. Yesterday, 7:35 am
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    Ben Simmons BKN - PG,SG,PF
  • Signs with Golden State
    McGruder (foot) signed with the Warriors on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: McGruder missed the final nine games of the 2022-23 regular season due to a foot injury and remained a free agent all summer. It appears he's healthy after signing a deal with the Warriors, and he'll look to compete for a roster spot during training camp. The veteran guard was limited to just 32 appearances (12 starts) with the Pistons last season and averaged 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 made three-pointers in 16.4 minutes per game. McGruder has shot 36 percent from deep during his career. Monday, 1:40 pm
  • Joins Minnesota
    Keels has agreed to a training camp contract with Minnesota, Jon Krawczysnki of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Keels was on a two-way contract with the Knicks in 2022-23 and is a former Duke standout. He'll be facing an uphill battle to make the final roster in Minnesota. Monday, 11:56 am
  • Looks healthy heading into camp
    Haliburton (ankle) averaged 8.6 points, 5.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks in 21.5 minutes per contest while appearing in eight games for the United States in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in August and September.

    Advice: Haliburton missed the final seven games of the 2022-23 campaign due to a minor ankle injury, but the Pacers had no reservations about signing the point guard to a lavish extension this offseason before clearing him to play for the United States national team. Before he was shut down late last season, Haliburton established himself as a cornerstone player for Indiana and one of the top fantasy performers overall, as he averaged 20.7 points, 10.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.9 three-pointers and 1.6 steals in 33.6 minutes over 56 games while shooting 49 percent from the field and 87.1 percent from the free-throw line. He profiles as a rock-solid first-round selection in both points and categories leagues heading into the 2023-24 season. Monday, 10:37 am
  • Inks deal with Sacramento
    The Kings signed Burton to a training camp deal Friday, Brenden Nunes of Kings Pulse reports.

    Advice: Burton made two NBA appearances for the Kings last season but spent most of his time with the Stockton Kings of the G League. He averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists with Stockton and will look to compete for a regular-season roster spot. Friday, 10:39 am
  • Extension contracts stall
    Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that contract extensions between Hield and the Pacers have stalled, so Indiana has begun trade conversations.

    Advice: Hield started 73 of 80 games for Indiana last season, averaging 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 31.0 minutes per game. He shot 42.5 percent from deep, the second-highest mark of his career. However, the Pacers added Bruce Brown, Jarace Walker and Obi Toppin to their wing group this offseason, and it appears Hield is the odd man out. Hield has one year remaining on the four-year, $94 million extension he signed with the Kings in 2019. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
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    Buddy Hield IND - SG,SF
  • Inks deal with Clippers
    The Clippers signed Moon to an Exhibit 10 contract Wednesday, Michael Scotto of USA Today Sports reports.

    Advice: Moon made four appearances for the Clippers in 2022-23, averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 assists in 5.0 minutes. He will likely compete for the team's remaining two-way roster spot. Wednesday, 1:40 pm
  • Questionable for training camp
    Alvarado suffered an ankle sprain during a workout over the weekend, putting his training camp availability at risk, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Alvarado was beginning to ramp up for the start of training camp after he missed the FIBA World Cup due to a lower leg injury he suffered at the end of the 2022-23 season, but he suffered an ankle sprain during a workout. At this point, it is unclear whether Alvarado will be available for training camp or the Pelicans' first preseason game on Oct. 10. Sep 17, 4:09 pm
  • Joins Minnesota
    Nix agreed to a one-year deal with the Timberwolves on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Nix, who spent his first two seasons in the NBA with the Rockets, will continue his career in Minnesota, presumably joining the Timberwolves on an Exhibit 10 deal. He appeared in 57 games (seven starts) in 2022-23, averaging 4.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 16.0 minutes. He'll have an uphill battle to earn a spot on the Wolves' opening night roster. Sep 17, 9:49 am