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  • Pelicans to sign Sindarius Thornwell
    The Pelicans have signed Sindarius Thornwell as a substitute player for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

    Advice: The Pelicans are adding Thornwell as emergency depth as they are not expecting Darius Miller (Achilles) to be ready in time for Orlando. Thornwell has 137 NBA games under his belt for the Clippers but hasn't made much noise yet with career averages of 2.5 points on 41.5% shooting. Don't expect to see him much. Today, 11:06 am
  • Hardaway Jr. leaning towards playing in Orlando
    Tim Hardaway Jr. said his status for Orlando is up in the air but hinted that he's more likely to play than sit out. 

    Advice: “I’m still up in the air right now, but I love the game of basketball," THJ said. "When you have the opportunity to do the one thing you love, you just go for it.” Hardaway Jr. was rolling prior to the pause, scoring 21.5 points over his last 10 games with 3.9 triples and 2.1 assists on 44.6% from the field. Today, 11:02 am
  • Suns won't rule out Kelly Oubre (knee)
    The Suns aren't ready to rule out Kelly Oubre (right knee) for the Orlando restart according to GM James Jones. 

    Advice: Jones echoed coach Monty Williams' comments about Oubre last week as the Suns continue to take a wait-and-see approach. Jones added that Oubre has been diligently rehabbing at the facility and it sounds like he's planning to travel to Orlando for the restart. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported back in mid-June that Oubre was unlikely to play and it wouldn't make much sense to rush him back with the Suns facing an uphill battle to sneak into the playoffs. Today, 10:56 am
  • Bradley Beal will travel, but status unclear
    Bradley Beal will travel with the Wizards to Orlando but his playing status is still up in the air. 

    Advice: He said last week that he "isn't swayed one way or another," so this isn't much of an update. According to coach Scott Brooks, the decision for Beal hinges on his conditioning. “We’re not gonna put our players at risk if they’re not ready to play in an NBA game,” Brooks said. The Wizards have a shot to sneak in as the 8th seed with the Nets missing several key players, but the Wizards are more concerned about evaluating their young talent in Orlando. Today, 10:52 am
    Game Time Decision
  • Porzingis teases new elements to his game
    Kristaps Porzingis said that he developed new elements of his game during the stoppage.

    Advice: “It’s a secret," he said. "I’ll show it on the court.” Porzingis added that the time off has been great for his health and that he's 100 percent. "The extra time just gave all of us more time to recover from little things that we all have going on. Basically everybody has something, always, and we just play through it, so this extra time gave guys the opportunity to heal those little things, to be even in better shape and to feel better when we come back.” Today, 7:52 am
  • Kings facility shut down due to COVID-19
    The Kings practice facility has reportedly been shut down due to COVID-19. 

    Advice: Sam Amick is reporting that there was a positive test within the team's traveling party on Sunday and the Kings are set to head to Orlando on Wednesday. The Kings are the seventh of 22 teams heading to Orlando who have taken similar measures recently, joining the Bucks, Heat, Clippers, Nuggets, Suns and Nets. Orlando is going to be a very interesting experiment, but it's not off to a very good start so far. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Bucks close training facility
    The Bucks have closed down their practice facility in Milwaukee after a new round of testing on Friday. 

    Advice: The facility will remain closed until the team goes to Orlando on Thursday and it will be interesting to see what players might be impacted by a positive test for COVID-19. The Bucks are one of the favorites to win an NBA title in Orlando and the odds-on favorite to win the East. Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Mike Conley may leave bubble for child's birth
    Mike Conley is likely to leave the NBA bubble for his child's birth, with a due date of Aug. 27, according to Jazz coach Quin Snyder.

    Advice: Conley was equivocal when asked about exiting the bubble this week, saying, "I’m gonna be in a bubble, but yet if I leave to go see my baby born, I’m gonna be quarantined on the way back in, and possibly have to miss a game or whatever the situation is." Snyder was more direct, saying, "I think he needs to be there [for his child's birth], and he knows that, and he agrees." Players who exit the bubble with approval from the league are only subject to a four-day quarantine, so if Conley does leave he ideally won't miss many games. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Brett Brown talks up Shake Milton again
    When asked who will run the offense when Ben Simmons is off the court, coach Brett Brown said Shake Milton had “put his hand up in a pretty definitive way."

    Advice: Josh Richardson underwhelmed as a secondary playmaker before the season was paused and Raul Neto didn't make much noise either, so it makes sense to go back to Milton. "He’s incredibly different as a secondary ball carrier, somebody that’s that long and can play pick and roll game, make an open shot, sit down in a stance and guard,” Brown added. Milton averaged 17.8 points and 4.1 assists in his last nine games for the shorthanded 76ers and shot a blistering 57% from the field, so we like his chances of being the 5th starter with Al Horford coming off the bench. Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • Myles Turner has been working out for 4-5 weeks
    Myles Turner said he has been able to get access to a gym and continue basketball-related activities for 4-5 weeks.

    Advice: Prior to that, he built a makeshift gym in the family garage, and was running at a high school rack. Prior to the NBA shutting down, Turner was on a roll over his last eight with averages of 12.6 points, 8.6 boards, 0.8 steals, 1.4 treys and a whopping 3.9 blocks per game. With Vic Oladipo opting out there could be more shots going to Turner in Orlando. Saturday, 12:04 pm
  • Landry Shamet tests positive for coronavirus
    Landry Shamet has tested positive for coronavirus and is unlikely to travel with the Clippers to Orlando this week.

    Advice: This doesn't mean Shamet won't eventually join the Clippers in the bubble. Before he does, though, he'll need to self-isolate and pass two negative tests, then test negative again upon arriving in Orlando. Teams won't play exhibitions until July 22 and the Clippers' first real game will be played July 30, so Shamet may not miss any games. Still, the more practices and workouts he misses, the more he'll need to catch up once he's healthy and cleared to play. Saturday, 10:00 am
    Game Time Decision
  • OG Anunoby works on offensive skills during break
    OG Anunoby spent the NBA hiatus working on his shooting, ball-handling and passing.

    Advice: Anything that boosts Anunoby's offensive versatility would be welcome, and he also spent plenty of time in the weight room, which is a common theme among players during the shutdown. Anunoby's 2019 postseason was marred by an appendectomy just prior to the first round, which he said he will "use as motivation" as the Raptors try to defend their championship against long odds. Saturday, 9:57 am
    Player Note
    OG Anunoby Tor - SF,PF
  • Victor Oladipo opts out of Orlando restart
    Victor Oladipo has decided to sit out of the resumed NBA season.

    Advice: “As a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart," Oladipo told The Athletic. "But I truly believe continuing on the course I’m on and getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me.” Oladipo had been unsure of his status for Orlando since last month, and his decision to opt out isn't a big surprise. Back in March, Oladipo said he still wasn't 100% from his knee surgery, and all this time off does add additional unknowns on his recovery. Oladipo also has one more year under contract with the Pacers, so focusing on 2020-21 makes sense. With him out, Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday figure to see some extra minutes. Friday, 12:50 pm
    Out For Season
  • Kent Bazemore hopes to remain with Sacramento
    Kent Bazemore reiterated on Friday that he hopes to remain with the Kings beyond the 2019-20 season.

    Advice: Bazemore is an unrestricted free agent and he's coming off a rocky year in which he averaged 8.7 points on career-low 37.4% shooting. The Kings can probably keep him for a reasonable salary, in other words, and coach Luke Walton seemed pleased with Bazemore in February, saying he was "a big part of [the Kings] having a little bit of success." Friday, 12:01 pm
  • Break helped Tyler Herro feel '100 percent'
    Tyler Herro said the league's hiatus has allowed his ankle to heal "100 percent."

    Advice: Herro had already returned prior to the shutdown, but he echoes a sentiment plenty of players are saying right now -- the break allowed them to put nagging injuries behind them. "It definitely helped me just so I had more time to recover," Herro said. Miami comes into the bubble in great health, which is good for their playoff hopes but bad for Herro's DFS appeal since he'll be competing for touches with Jimmy Butler, Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson, Goran Dragic and even Andre Iguodala. Friday, 11:54 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic expects to play some PF in Orlando
    Jusuf Nurkic expects to play some power forward in Orlando.

    Advice: That almost certainly refers to playing alongside Hassan Whiteside, who leads the NBA in blocks per game (3.1) and is second in rebounds (14.2). Nurk hasn't played since March 2019, but the Blazers reportedly won't have him on any minute-limit. If he starts alongside Zach Collins and gets some overlapping minutes with Whiteside, his playing time should fall in the 24-30 range, depending on conditioning. Friday, 10:39 am
  • Khris Middleton didn't touch a ball for 2-3 months
    Khris Middleton didn't touch a basketball for 2-3 months during the league's shutdown.

    Advice: Middleton said that's "definitely the longest [stretch] of his career" without handling a ball, but he was able to remain in shape by working out at home. Rust is a very real factor as teams ramp up to the season's resumption on July 30 -- players haven't forgotten how to shoot or dribble, but game-conditioning is something you can't simulate in your living room or home gym. Friday, 10:25 am
  • Vincent Poirier will leave ORL for child's birth
    Celtics center Vincent Poirier plans to leave the bubble in Orlando once his wife goes into labor.

    Advice: As with teammate Gordon Hayward, Poirier is likely to leave during the playoffs in September, which is when his wife is due. Unlike Hayward, though, Poirier's absence shouldn't disrupt the Celtics' rotation in any way -- he averaged 5.7 minutes in 20 appearances this season. Friday, 10:22 am
  • Darius Miller (Achilles) still iffy for Orlando
    Darius Miller (Achilles) is still "unsure" if he'll be ready to play when the Pelicans resume play in Orlando.

    Advice: Miller had surgery last August and although he's made great progress, he's been unable to play 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 due to COVID-19 restrictions. New Orleans will continue to evaluate him as they begin formal practices, and if he can't play they will be allowed to replace him on the roster. Friday, 10:19 am
  • J.J. Redick loses 10 pounds during NBA hiatus
    J.J. Redick lost 10 pounds during the league's hiatus.

    Advice: Redick is one of the league's hardest workers and unlike most players' "muscle watch" statements recently, the veteran was focused on getting down to his weight as a college player with Duke. Now in his 14th NBA season, Redick continues to play a major role on a playoff contender, averaging 14.9 points for the Pelicans, with 2.9 triples on 45.2% shooting from deep (the second-best mark of his career). Friday, 9:39 am
  • Zach Collins (shoulder) confirms 'no limitations'
    Zach Collins said his surgically-repaired left shoulder has "no limitations ... like the surgery didn't even happen."

    Advice: Collins wasn't officially cleared for full basketball activities until mid-June, and he's had either limited or no contact work, but this is still a great update. "The shoulder feels great," he said. "I have had no reason to believe that it will hold me back from doing anything. I feel pretty normal on the court like the surgery didn’t even happen, so I’m ready to go." Collins is expected to start alongside Jusuf Nurkic when the season resumes -- coach Terry Stotts didn't rule out a Nurk/Hassan Whiteside frontcourt, but then suggested that was just "to give [reporters] something to talk about." Friday, 9:37 am
  • Donovan Mitchell confirms he's 'good' w/ Gobert
    Donovan Mitchell confirmed that his relationship with Rudy Gobert has been repaired, saying, "Right now, me and Rudy are good."

    Advice: Mitchell has acknowledged that there was preexisting basketball-related tension with Gobert, which was exaggerated by personal problems after Gobert and Mitchell both tested positive for coronavirus. “Whatever happened between me and Rudy happened," he said. "And now we are ready to hoop and focus on the team as a whole." This storyline won't go away overnight, but for now the Jazz are focused on coming together to make a playoff push -- they enter the bubble as the No. 4 seed in the West, but the Thunder and Rockets are on their heels. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Josh Hart: Zion Williamson's shot looks 'better'
    Pelicans teammate Josh Hart said Zion Williamson's "shot looks better than it has in a while."

    Advice: "I think body-wise, he looks amazing," Hart added, echoing the thoughts of anyone who saw a recent photo of a facemask-wearing Zion looking shredded in the gym (see article below). Williamson said he was on the court "every day" during the shutdown, working out with his father-in-law, and said he's "in good shape right now." New Orleans will need him in peak form to emerge from a tight pack of teams vying for the No. 8 seed (the Pelicans are currently 3.5 games behind Memphis). Friday, 7:50 am
  • Gordon Hayward will leave bubble for child's birth
    Gordon Hayward said he'll leave the bubble in Orlando when his wife, whose due date is in September, goes into labor.

    Advice: September would be the midst of the playoffs, so Boston may need to navigate the loss of a key player at a less-than-ideal moment. "That's a pretty easy decision for me," Hayward said. "I've been there for the birth of all my children." Most players who leave the bubble will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days upon re-entry, but players with permission (which Hayward will have) may quarantine for as few as four days. Friday, 7:43 am
  • Luka Doncic says he's in good shape
    Luka Doncic said he feels he's "in good shape."

    Advice: Last month, Doncic's trainer had said that Doncic wasn't quite ready, but he had later corrected his comments because they may have been taken out of context. During his time in Slovenia, Doncic said he mostly played tennis and soccer and lifted weights to stay in shape. He was ridiculously hot back when the 2019-20 season started in October, so maybe he starts out hot again in Orlando. Thursday, 6:29 pm
  • Mike Conley expected to step up w/ Bojanovic out
    Mike Conley is expected to pick up many of Bojan Bogdanovic's minutes and touches.

    Advice: Bogdanovic is rehabbing from wrist surgery and won't play in Orlando. That leaves a huge hole in the lineup (20.2 points in 33.1 minutes), and teammate Joe Ingles expects Conley to shoulder a bigger load. "There will be more opportunity, and Mike is in position to take a lot of that," he said. "It’s a role that he’s ready for and one that he’s excited for. He’s going to be a big piece heading into this last stretch.” Ingles himself will have a bigger role, but it will take a team effort to replace a 20-point scorer. Thursday, 11:06 am
  • Zach Collins 'likely' to start alongside Nurkic
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that both Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins "will likely start" when the season resumes.

    Advice: Nurkic is returning from a bad leg injury, and Collins is back from left shoulder surgery. Both guys reportedly look "great," according to Damian Lillard, and their success will be crucial for the Blazers to pull off a run into the postseason. It remains to be seen who starts at SF in this lineup, but Stotts suggested it's a two-man race between Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. Thursday, 10:48 am
  • De'Aaron Fox, Kings have discussed extension
    De'Aaron Fox and the Kings have reportedly talked about a contract extension, though the financial impact of the league's shutdown could complicate a deal.

    Advice: The fact that they're talking is good news for Kings fans, and it seems there is mutual interest in an extension. Fox reiterated on Wednesday that he hopes to stay in Sacramento, saying, "I see myself being here. I want to be here." Fox continues to improve, averaging a career-high 20.4 points on 47.5% shooting this season, with 6.8 dimes, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He is shooting just 30.7% from deep and 70.3% from the line, though, which has dented his fantasy appeal. Thursday, 8:33 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic doesn't have a minutes limit
    Coach Terry Stotts said Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) will not have a minutes limit.

    Advice: Damian Lillard had mentioned that Nurkic could start over Hassan Whiteside with Zach Collins at the four and Carmelo Anthony at the three. Stotts said that he doesn't see Nurkic doing a lot, but he will try to add 3-pointers to his arsenal in the future. His minutes will likely be in the mid-20s in what should be close to a 50/50 split with Whiteside. Wednesday, 12:56 pm
  • Report: Bradley Beal undecided on Orlando re-start
    Bradley Beal hasn't decided whether he'll play in Orlando.

    Advice: Beal said he "isn't swayed, one way or another." He continues to work out and the Wizards are simply in a holding pattern until their franchise player makes up his mind. The Wizards enter the bubble 5.5 games behind the No. 8 seed Magic. With only eight games to make up the difference, a playoff spot seems very unlikely, so Beal might decide it's not worth risking injury. If he opts out, it would be a bombshell for a Wizards team with no real option to make up his production -- they'd lean more on literally anyone in a uniform including Ish Smith, Shabazz Napier, Gary Payton II, Garrison Mathews, Troy Brown Jr. Wednesday, 10:34 am
    Game Time Decision
  • Victor Oladipo undecided on playing in Orlando
    Victor Oladipo still isn't sure if he'll play when the season resumes in Orlando on July 30.

    Advice: Oladipo is evaluating the health of his previously torn quad before committing to playing. "I haven't made a decision just yet," he said. "I'm taking it one day at a time. When the day comes, I'll know ... hopefully I can make a decision soon." Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard said recently that Oladipo is in good shape, but VO himself admitted he "wasn't even 80%" when the season shut down. Wednesday, 7:57 am
    Out For Season
  • Vic Oladipo in great shape right now
    Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard says that Victor Oladipo is in great shape right now, although his status for Orlando is still up in the air. 

    Advice: "We have timed workouts and physical therapy and conditioning, and if you all know Victor, he's here first and really doesn't want to leave all day," Pritchard said. I don't think I've seen him in better shape than I've seen him in today in a long time." Pritchard also says that one Pacer is still on the fence about playing in Orlando, but if Oladipo goes and plays, it sounds like he should be fully ready to rock. Tuesday, 11:57 am
    Out For Season
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