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  • Taurean Prince tests positive for COVID-19
    Taurean Prince has tested positive for Coronavirus and will sit out the Orlando restart, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. 

    Advice: Prince is the seventh Net that won't participate in Orlando, joining Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Wilson Chandler and Nic Claxton. The Nets are expected to sign a few more substitution players for Orlando, but for now it's fair to expect to see a lot of Rodions Kurucs and maybe even Justin Anderson. After an impressive rookie season, Kurucs has a chance to redeem himself after being limited to just 12.8 minutes per game before the NBA was paused. 36 minutes ago
    Out For Season
  • Isaac still rehabbing knee, unlikely to play
    Jonathan Isaac is in the bubble with his teammates but is still rehabbing his knee injury. 

    Advice: Al-Farouq Aminu didn't go to the bubble with his team on Tuesday and we still don't know if or when Isaac will be cleared to play. But as Lloyd Christmas once said, "so you're saying there's a chance" we'll see him in uniform at some point, although the Magic have been noncommittal to that. And in a later tweet, Josh Robbins quoted a Magic official as saying "He's at the stage where he can do a little light court stuff, but that's about it." It sounds like he's unlikely to play in the Orlando bubble due to his injury. Today, 1:23 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu doesn't travel to Orlando
    Al-Farouq Aminu did not accompany the Magic to the bubble on Tuesday. 

    Advice: He's rehabbing a knee injury and while it's possible he could join the team at some point, he's not doing so currently. If Jonathan Isaac is healthy, both him and Aaron Gordon would step in to fill the hole left by Aminu's absence. However, Isaac is still said to be rehabbing his knee. Today, 1:17 pm
  • Klay Thompson (knee) says he's 100 percent
    Klay Thompson (left knee) said his mind and body are 100 percent ready to be back on the court. 

    Advice: He has progressed through all the stages of his rehab apart from contact, but there's obviously plenty of time for that. With the next season likely beginning around Christmas, Klay should hit the ground running as he will have had 1.5 years of recovery time by that point. Today, 8:16 am
  • Brandon Ingram says he will play in Orlando
    Brandon Ingram, who is set to be the top restricted free agent on the market this summer, said his status for Orlando was never in doubt. 

    Advice: "I didn’t look at it as if I had a choice of going or not. My teammates knew that I didn’t question it or anything," he said. "I just wanted to play basketball at the end of the day. I’m going to do it and let my teammates know I’m there 110%." Ingram added that he's excited about the direction of the Pelicans but was non-committal about his future with the team. "I feel really good about this team,” he said. “I like where I’m at. But that’s a decision that is going to have a lot of factors after the season.” Today, 7:23 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. likely to play in Orlando
    Despite reservations about playing, Tim Hardaway Jr. sounds like he plans on suiting up and playing for the Mavericks in Orlando. 

    Advice: The third option behind Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis is up for debate, but THJ, Seth Curry, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell are all going to be leaned on heavily. And if Luka and Porzingis are on the same page and DFS, THJ, Curry and Powell all come to play, the Mavericks seem to think they could shock the world and win it all. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Pels Darius Miller (Achilles) not going to Orlando
    Pelicans F Darius Miller is still recovering from his right Achilles surgery and will not accompany the team to Orlando. 

    Advice: Outside of Miller, the Pelicans should go into Orlando as healthy as any team in the league. With Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors all ready to roll, the Pelicans are going to be a really fun team to watch when the season gets underway. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Teams were interested in Gerald Green
    Multiple teams were said to be interested in signing free agent Gerald Green prior to the NBA's return to Orlando, but Green decided not to play in the restart. 

    Advice: Green, who didn't play this season due to a foot injury, is expecting a child in August and decided not to sign with a team for family reasons. But there appears to be a pretty good chance he'll be on an NBA roster at the start of next season. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
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  • J.R. Smith in good shape, ready to go for Lakers
    Despite not playing in 20 months, J.R. Smith's conditioning is good and coach Frank Vogel is excited to see him join the Lakers.

    Advice: "His nickname is 'Swish' for a reason," Vogel said of Smith. "He's a big-time shot maker and he looks like he's in terrific physical condition." Smith will join Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as the primary deep threats for the Lakers and both players will also focus on defense in the absence of Avery Bradley in Orlando. And on a side note, Mike Trudell reports that the Lakers were 17-3 this season in games where KCP started for Bradley. Yesterday, 1:13 pm
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith LAL - SG,SF
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 10:56 am
  • 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. Sunday, 3:48 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.R. Smith officially inks deal with Lakers
    J.R. Smith has signed his deal with the Lakers.

    Advice: This was an expected move that has now been finalized. Smith takes the roster spot vacated by Avery Bradley, who opted not to play in Orlando, but it remains to be seen if he's in the Lakers' rotation. More likely than not, L.A. will replace Bradley's 24.2 minutes per game with more Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, and maybe Dion Waiters. Wednesday, 10:24 am
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith LAL - SG,SF
  • Clifford still non-committal about Isaac
    When asked about the status of Jonathan Isaac (knee) and Al-Farouq Aminu (knee), Magic coach Steve Clifford wouldn't completely rule them out of the Orlando restart. 

    Advice: "They're both in here working every day," Clifford said. "I just think it's really early to try to make an intelligent decision on anything like that." Orlando beat writer said shortly after those comments that it's still "highly unlikely" we see either player, but it's definitely encouraging that their returns are at least on the table. It won't be long before we get another update with mandatory workouts beginning soon. Tuesday, 12:00 pm
  • J.R. Smith finalizing deal with Lakers
    J.R. Smith and the Lakers are finalizing a deal for the Orlando restart, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. 

    Advice: This was inevitable since Avery Bradley opted out of the Orlando restart, as the Lakers have been in talks with Smith since then. Now 34 years old, Smith last season in the NBA (2018-19) was a bit disappointing with the SG hitting just 34.2% from the field and 30.8% from deep for 6.7 points per game. There's no guarantee he has a rotation spot, especially with Alex Caruso next in line for more minutes. Jun 29, 9:16 am
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith LAL - SG,SF
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