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  • Oladipo grappling with decision to play in ORL
    Victor Oladipo explained his thought process with regards to whether or not he'll play in the restarted season.

    Advice: "I'm just reassessing myself and my body every day. I think people fail to realize that this injury that I have is very unique. No one of my stature, of my ability, has ever had this injury before, so there's no one else that I have to look up to or could reassess from," said Oladipo. "I know what I'm capable of. I know what standard I have to get to. I know how my body needs to feel in order to perform at the level that I'm capable of performing, because if I don't do that, well, then everybody's going to write about how I didn't play at that great level or how I didn't look good." Oladipo has been going through practices without restrictions, and he does have a $3 million incentive to get back out there, but he's not going to risk going too hard on his surgically repaired knee. Today, 3:20 pm
  • Alex Caruso ready for more opportunity sans Rondo
    Alex Caruso acknowledged that he'll likely have some increased ball-handling responsibilities while Rajon Rondo (thumb) is out.

    Advice: Caruso could see an increased role when the season gets back underway, and it's possible he could suffice as a fringe DFS option in the right matchup. Today, 3:02 pm
  • Caris LeVert ready to step into lead role for BKN
    Jacque Vaughn said that Caris LeVert has had a "different swagger about himself" as the Nets gear up for the NBA restart in Orlando.

    Advice: “I think he just has that different swagger about himself,” said Vaughn. “He's put in work individually on his game during this hiatus, I think you can sense it in the way his shoulders are in the way he's carrying himself. His eye contact, his leadership, he would be a guy that initially has looked really good.” With Kyrie Irving (shoulder) and Spencer Dinwiddie (COVID-19) opting out of the NBA restart, LeVert will finally be able to flourish as the lead man on offense, so he'll be a popular DFS target once the season resumes. Today, 2:29 pm
  • Thomas Bryant (COVID-19) arrives in Orlando
    Thomas Bryant (COVID-19) has arrived at the Disney World Campus in Orlando.

    Advice: Bryant will now need to quarantine in his room at the Disney World Campus, but he's since recovered from the virus and should be good to go for the NBA re-start. With Davis Bertans not taking part in the NBA restart, and player development being a priority for the Wizards, Bryant should get all the minutes he can handle. Today, 2:23 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Buddy Hield (COVID-19) goes through 2-on-2 work
    Buddy Hield (COVID-19) was able to get through some 2-on-2 work at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Hield has completely recovered from the coronavirus, but the Luke Walton wants to ease him back into things. He did go through 75% of today's practice, though, so he should be back up to speed in no time. Today, 1:46 pm
  • Richaun Holmes will to return to team by July 22
    Richaun Holmes (quarantine) should be eligible to return to team activities by July 22.

    Advice: Holmes is likely to miss the Kings' scrimmage against the Heat on July 22, but he'll be good to go for the re-start. Today, 1:37 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Kemba Walker (knee) sits out Wednesday's practice
    Kemba Walker (knee) was again withheld from taking part in Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: “They’ve got him on a one-day off, one-day on plan,” Brad Stevens said Walker's knee strengthening program. “He did a lot of running yesterday, shooting. He’s shooting a little bit right now. He’s reacted great, his knee feels good, and that’s a good thing.” Walker did experience some soreness in his left knee when he started going through some individual work, so the Celtics medical staff is being ultra cautious with him, although he's fully expected to play once the games get underway. Today, 1:32 pm
  • Marcus Smart not feeling coronavirus side effects
    Marcus Smart said he's not experiencing any negative side effects after having recovered from the coronavirus.

    Advice: "Everything is copasetic for me,” Smart told reporters following Wednesday's practice. “My breathing is fine, my heart is fine. It just feels good to be back out here. I think I’m back to myself." Smart was part of the initial wave of players that tested positive for COVID-19, but he's since recovered and ready to attack the re-started season. He could have a slightly larger role out the gates with Kemba Walker (knee) expected to be limited. Today, 1:28 pm
  • Kelly Oubre must be 'mentally right' to return
    Kelly Oubre (right knee) said he must be mentally right to return during the Orlando restart. 

    Advice: "I'm more 90% mental, 10% physical," Oubre said. "I'm strong, of course. I'm continuing to get stronger each and every day, but mentally, it's a lot thrown at me in a short amount of time for me to get out there and resume high level of playing as everybody expects of me." Oubre is 100 percent cleared medically, and coach Monty Williams has liked what he's seen in practice so far. "His body looks great, but there's still some things that he would have to be comfortable doing. We would have to be comfortable based on our medical staff giving him the OK." Williams has said several times that he wants to get a long look at the lineup featuring Ricky Rubio, Devin Booker, Oubre, Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton together, so we like the chances of seeing Oubre take the court at some point. Today, 10:51 am
  • Markelle Fultz arrives at the Orlando bubble
    Markelle Fultz has arrived in Orlando and will now quarantine inside the bubble. 

    Advice: He didn't travel with his teammates back on July 7th to tend to a personal matter. All we know is that it wasn't in any way related to COVID-19. Fultz will rejoin his teammates at practice in the near future and will look to build on his promising season as Orlando's starting PG. Prior to the pause, Fultz was averaging 12.1 points, 5.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.5 triples. Today, 10:45 am
  • Malcolm Brogdon goes through practice
    Malcolm Brogdon (COVID-19) went through practice for the first time on Wednesday. 

    Advice: He recovered from the virus over a week ago and "looked pretty good" at practice. Conditioning will likely be the main concern for Brogdon, as the time off likely helped him recover from the variety of injuries he suffered this season. With Victor Oladipo optimistic about playing, the Pacers should be close to full strength for the restart and look like a sleeper team in the East. Before the season was paused, Brogdon was having a career year with 16.3 points, 7.1 dimes, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 triples. Today, 10:38 am
  • James Ennis reveals that he had COVID-19
    James Ennis revealed to reporters that he was the Magic player who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

    Advice: Ennis added that he was symptomatic with some headaches and nausea for 4-5 days, but now he's doing well and even went through practice in the bubble for the first time Wednesday. Ennis will just be emergency depth for the Magic during the restart, especially if the Magic can get their defensive stalwart Jonathan Isaac (knee) back in the mix -- Isaac is "increasingly optimistic" about returning this season. Today, 10:35 am
  • Justin James says he's 100 percent
    Justin James says his knee has healed and that he's at 100 percent. 

    Advice: It took six months to get there, but he's ready to go for the bubble run. With news that Harrison Barnes has tested positive for COVID-19, it's possible that James could be thrusted into a more important role. Keep an eye on this situation in DFS. Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Dennis Schroder "for sure" leaving bubble for baby
    Dennis Schroder says that his wife is due in three or four weeks with their child and that he will "for sure" leave the bubble when it happens. 

    Advice: It doesn't mean that he won't return for the playoffs, but it does mean that he could miss some time, especially with the quarantine rules for re-entry into the bubble. While he's out, both Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are going to eat, big time. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Marvin Bagley, Harry Giles only Kings bigs
    Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles are the only Kings' big men available for the resumption of play in late July. 

    Advice: "The only bigs we have out right now are Marvin and Harry," Coach Luke Walton said. "So They’re both getting a lot of reps and they’re both playing great. They look good, they’re moving well and they’re getting 100 percent of the reps right now." The Kings take on the LaMarcus Aldridge-less Spurs on July 31, so both players will be in play in DFS. Alex Len (COVID-19) and Richaun Holmes (quarantine) aren't available right now. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • James Harden arrives in Orlando
    James Harden has arrived in Orlando for the resumption of the NBA season. 

    Advice: There were rumors that he had tested positive for COVID-19 but that does not appear to be the case. He'll have to isolate for three consecutive negative tests before he's cleared to join the team, but our money's on him being out there for Game 1 of the restart on July 31 against the Mavericks. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Troy Brown hints that Thomas will play
    Troy Brown indicated that Thomas Bryant (COVID-19) will join the Wizards in Orlando soon.

    Advice: “He’ll be back with us in a little while,” Brown said. “The biggest thing is making sure he’s OK.” It's unclear if Bryant is asymptomatic, but we do know that the stress fracture in his foot is no longer an issue with Bryant calling himself "100 percent" in early July. With the Wizards focusing on player development, we expect to see a lot of both Bryant and Moe Wagner in Orlando. Coach Scott Brooks has said that he wants to see some improvement from Bryant as a rim protector, so that's something to watch for. Yesterday, 7:44 am
    Game Time Decision
  • Victor Oladipo (knee) now leaning toward playing
    Shams Charania is reporting that Victor Oladipo (knee) and the Pacers have had a change of heart and he is now leaning toward playing for the Pacers in the restart of the season in Orlando.

    Advice: Oladipo's had several strong practices and has been fully participating in 5-of-5 scrimmages. He appeared to be pretty upset when he announced he was opting out on July 3, and while his return is not official, it does sound like we'll see Oladipo playing for the Pacers in the bubble soon. And if it happens, Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday will all take a hit. Monday, 4:04 pm
  • Richaun Holmes must quarantine additional 10 days
    Richaun Holmes broke quarantine while picking up a food delivery and he now must quarantine an additional 10 days.

    Advice: The NBA is taking their bubble at Disney very seriously, so Holmes stepping off the campus for even a minor thing will result in a 10-day quarantine. He should be fine for the re-start of the NBA season, though. Monday, 1:26 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Kemba Walker (knee) doesn't practice Monday
    Kemba Walker was held out of Monday's practice after experiencing some soreness in his troublesome left knee.

    Advice: “He had a little bit of discomfort after a couple of the individual workouts,” Stevens said of Walker. “He certainly I think feels better than he did even in March. But with just even the small discomfort we said, ‘Let’s take the four days, and ramp it up appropriately.’” The Celtics are going to be extremely cautious with Walker, and Stevens has already acknowledged that he'll have minutes restrictions when the season gets back underway. It's not incredibly shocking to see him have a minor flareup after so much time off, and he is expected to go through a full practice on Wednesday, so we wouldn't read too much into the precautionary rest day. Monday, 10:42 am
  • Buddy Hield, Jabari Parker arrive in Orlando
    Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker have joined the Kings in Orlando on Sunday. 

    Advice: Both guys will have to pass a couple COVID-19 tests in a 24-hour period to start practicing with the Kings. The Kings went full-contact on Sunday for their third straight day of practice and will have the day off on Monday. Hield and Parker will be a little behind once they're back on the court but it sounds like should be ready to go very soon. Sunday, 4:21 pm
  • Buddy Hield en route to Orlando
    Buddy Hield posted on social media that he's on the way to Orlando.

    Advice: Hield told the Sacramento Bee earlier this weekend that he'd be arriving in Orlando soon, and coach Luke Walton indicated that Hield has registered two negative COVID-19 tests which means he should have the green light to join his teammates at practice in the near future. Hield was thriving in his new role off the bench prior to the pause, averaging 19.4 points, 2.7 dimes and 4.4 triples. Sunday, 9:33 am
  • Kelly Oubre going through some work
    Coach Monty Williams said Kelly Oubre Jr. (right knee) has been doing a "little bit" of on-court work, but most of his rehab work is on the side.

    Advice: "[Oubre's] in good shape, but he's not in the type of game shape that he wants to be in," Williams said. The Suns have not ruled out Oubre for the bubble, but there have been reports that he is not going to play. If he doesn't suit up, that means more minutes for Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Dario Saric and some of the guards in smaller lineups. Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Stevens confirms Kemba will have restrictions
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens confirmed that Kemba Walker (left knee) will likely have restrictions at the beginning of the Orlando restart. 

    Advice: Stevens basically echoed his comments from Friday in which he said the Celtics are "going to move very slowly with Kemba." Stevens hinted that he's expecting a minutes limit for about the first week of seeding games in the hope that Kemba doesn't have to be limited at all during the actual postseason. Saturday, 8:18 am
  • Celtics will take it easy on Kemba at first
    Coach Brad Stevens said the Celtics are "going to move very slowly with Kemba [Walker]."

    Advice: "[We will want to] make sure he can strengthen [his knee] and make sure he’s all good to go as we enter the seeding games and into the playoffs," Stevens said. This isn't a surprise here after Walker had mentioned he had wear-and-tear effects on his knee, which caused him to miss some time just before the NBA hiatus. His minutes will likely be managed to in the seeding games. Friday, 6:47 pm
  • Thomas Bryant tests positive for COVID-19
    Thomas Bryant (COVID-19) has tested positive for coronavirus and did not travel with the Wizards to Orlando.

    Advice: Just last week, Bryant said he was 100% healthy from his foot issue, so this news comes as a surprise. It's unknown when he tested positive, but there is a decent chance that he opts out. If he does, that puts Moe Wagner in a big spot with more Anzejs Pasecniks behind him, especially with no Davis Bertans. Thursday, 5:30 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Malcolm Brogdon (COVID-19) 'ready' for Orlando
    Malcolm Brogdon (COVID-19) confirmed that he's "ready" to play in Orlando.

    Advice: "Thanks to everyone who's asked how I'm feeling," Brogdon wrote on Wednesday. "I'm feeling well, and I'm ready for Orlando." Victor Oladipo (leg, rehab) and Jeremy Lamb (knee surgery) are both done for the remainder of the season, so Brogdon should be very busy helping the No. 5 seed Pacers battle for playoff position. Wednesday, 8:17 am
  • Markelle Fultz excused for personal matter
    Markelle Fultz did not accompany the Magic to the bubble on Tuesday to see to a personal matter. 

    Advice: This is an excused absence and we're guessing he won't be out for too long. We'll pass along details as they become available. Additionally, another member of the Magic has tested positive for COVID but we don't know who it is yet. That player is also not with the Magic at Disney. Tuesday, 1:19 pm
  • 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. Jul 6, 10:56 am
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