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  • 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. Yesterday, 10:00 am
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Jakob Poeltl ready to 'step up' without Aldridge
    Jakob Poeltl said he's ready to "step up" in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder surgery).

    Advice: “Losing a big man, I have to step up,” said Poeltl. “I’m going to take on that challenge." He only started 10 of his 58 games this season, as the Spurs settled on using Aldridge at center to begin games. That limited Poeltl to 5.3 points, 5.3 boards and 1.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes, but the per-minute boards and blocks can't be faulted. Thursday, 11:16 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
  • Jontay Porter (knee) might be cleared to play soon
    Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins didn't rule out rookie Jontay Porter (ACL surgery) being available to play in Orlando.

    Advice: Jenkins framed Porter's time in Orlando as a "learning opportunity," though, and it would be a shocker if he got any minutes. The Grizzlies aren't lacking for young frontcourt talent, so Porter has an uphill battle to carve out a rotation spot in 2020-21. Thursday, 6:53 am
  • Jamal Crawford may retire next year if unsigned
    Jamal Crawford said he will "probably" retire if he isn't signed by a team prior to next year's playoffs.

    Advice: The 40-year-old can still get buckets, as evidenced by the 51 points he poured in as recently as April 2019. He hasn't found any teams interested enough to give him a contract this year, but isn't yet giving up hope. "It may not be the beginning of next season, maybe a team that's fighting for the playoffs later on in the season. And at that point, probably if it doesn’t happen, I would probably say, ‘Okay, that’s it’." Thursday, 6:50 am
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  • Thabo Sefolosha opts out of Orlando
    Thabo Sefolosha is opting-out of Orlando restart, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

    Advice: He was barely in the rotation at times with minutes in the 8-10 range most nights, and the Rockets should still be fine with forward depth as long as P.J. Tucker, Danuel House and Robert Covington are healthy. Wednesday, 2:44 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan opts out of Orlando
    Caleb Swanigan has opted out of the NBA restart in Orlando.

    Advice: This is an update from coach Terry Stotts earlier today saying that Swanigan was uncertain to head to Orlando. The Blazers should be OK without him in their rotation, especially with Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic ready to play and without restrictions. The Blazers will be allowed to sign a replacement player to their roster. Wednesday, 2:36 pm
  • Rodney Hood dunking in workouts
    Rodney Hood (left Achilles) was able to dunk at a workout.

    Advice: He jumped off two feet and looked excited to get the ball through the hoop. Hood will not be playing in the NBA restart, but hopefully he will have enough time to recover and be ready for training camp. Hood has been out of a walking boot since April and suffered his injury back in December, so there's a good chance he ready for training camp. Wednesday, 2:25 pm
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    Rodney Hood Por - SG,SF
  • Justise Winslow should be ready for Orlando
    Justise Winslow (back) should be ready to play in Orlando.

    Advice: Coach Taylor Jenkins mentioned that Winslow is "looking good, feeling good," which shouldn't be a surprise after Winslow said he's been symptom-free since April. The Grizzlies likely added Winslow to be their starting three, so he could take minutes away from De'Anthony Melton, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson and maybe even Tyus Jones. Winslow's back injury has kept him to just 11 game so far this year, so the Grizzlies may have to come up with a plan to getting him back out there. Wednesday, 1:35 pm
    Player Note
    Justise Winslow Mem - PG,SF,PF
  • Jenkins: Grayson Allen has progressed
    Coach Taylor Jenkins said Grayson Allen (left hip) has progressed and the team will know a lot more on his status when he can play 5-on-5.

    Advice: Back in February, Allen was expected to miss the rest of the season, but the additional time off helped his hip soreness heal. With Justise Winslow (back) in the mix and De'Anthony Melton showing he needs more playing time, Allen may not be in the rotation anyway. Wednesday, 1:29 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan uncertain on Orlando trip
    Coach Terry Stotts said that Caleb Swanigan is uncertain about participating in the NBA restart.

    Advice: The Blazers sound like they'll have Hassan Whiteside, Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins all available without restrictions, so there likely won't be many minutes for Swanigan anyway. Wednesday, 1:18 pm
  • Monty: Cameron Johnson added muscle during hiatus
    Suns rookie Cam Johnson appears to have added muscle during the NBA's hiatus, according to coach Monty Williams.

    Advice: That's good news for a lean forward listed at 6'8", 210 lbs. Over 80% of his shots this year came off zero dribbles, as he was relegated to a catch-and-shoot role, so it's not like he needs to finish through contact very often. Still, bulking up is a good sign that he was working hard on his game during the time off. Wednesday, 10:54 am
  • Jalen Brunson (shoulder) still months out
    Jalen Brunson (right shoulder labrum) is still months away from playing, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Brunson is doing "pretty much everything" in his rehab, but "strength issues" in his surgically-repaired shoulder will keep him off the court in Orlando. He is traveling with the team, however, as are injured teammates Courtney Lee and Dwight Powell. Wednesday, 10:49 am
  • Dwight Powell (Achilles) begins jogging, shooting
    Dwight Powell (right Achilles surgery) has begun jogging on a treadmill, as well as "light shooting and agility work."

    Advice: Powell had surgery in late January, so we'll consider him questionable for the start of the 2020-21 season. Achilles rehab is a slow, painstaking process, but it's great to see him taking the first steps toward a full recovery. Interestingly, the Mavs will bring their injured players with them to Orlando. Wednesday, 10:46 am
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