• Will start year as backup
    Vincent will start the 2023-24 season as the Lakers' backup point guard, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.

    Advice: Vincent signed a three-year, $33 million contract to join the Lakers this offseason. While he started in 34 of his 68 appearances last for Miami and was crucial to the Heat's NBA Final run, D'Angelo Russell is set to be Los Angeles' starting point guard. However, Vincent figures to be one of the team's first options off the bench and provides quality perimeter defense. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Set to start at point guard
    Darvin Ham said Thursday that Russell is set to start at point guard for the 2023-24 season, Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times reports.

    Advice: Russell agreed to a two-year, $37 million contract to stay with the Lakers this offseason. While he did start in all of his 71 appearances last year, the addition of Gabe Vincent brought Russell's role into question. However, it appears the Lakers have confidence in Russell's status as the team's starting point guard after he averaged 17.8 points, 6.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 32.5 minutes during 2022-23. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Good to go for training camp
    Lakers coach Darvin Ham said Thursday that Hood-Schifino (groin) is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp Tuesday, Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times reports.

    Advice: Hood-Schifino missed the Lakers' final Summer League due to a groin injury but is expected to be healthy for training camp. The rookie guard will likely compete for a depth role in the backcourt this season. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Out for 2-3 weeks
    Alvarado (ankle) is expected to return to basketball activities in approximately 2-3 weeks, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    Advice: Alvarado suffered a right ankle sprain during an offseason workout that could keep him out for most, if not all, of the preseason. However, the third-year point guard should be healthy for the Pelicans' regular-season opener on Oct. 25 against Memphis. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 5:17 am
  • Agrees to two-way deal with Miami
    The Heat signed Hampton to a two-way contract Wednesday, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel reports.

    Advice: Hampton made 47 NBA appearances between the Magic and Pistons in 2022-23, averaging 6.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.0 minutes. The 22-year-old guard will take Jamaree Bouyea's two-way spot and should split time between the Heat and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the G League this season. Rotowire.com Wednesday, 7:14 am
  • Let go by Miami
    The Heat waived Bouyea on Wednesday, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel reports.

    Advice: Bouyea made five appearances in the NBA between the Heat and Wizards in 2022-23, averaging 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 14.2 minutes. His two-way roster spot will now be used by R.J. Hampton. Rotowire.com Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • Headed to Phoenix
    Johnson (finger) was traded to the Suns on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal between Phoenix, Portland and Milwaukee, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The deal also sends Damian Lillard to Milwaukee, Jusuf Nurkic to the Suns, and Jrue Holiday and Deandre Ayton to Portland.

    Advice: Johnson isn't a headliner of this blockbuster deal, but he's another depth option for a top-heavy Suns team. Across 40 appearances for Portland last year, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 4.7 points, 1.5 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game. Johnson is a raw prospect and likely won't carve out a substantial role to start 2023-24. Rotowire.com Wednesday, 4:35 am
  • Headed to Portland
    Holiday was traded to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal that lands Damian Lillard in Milwaukee, Deandre Ayton in Portland and Jusuf Nurkic in Phoenix, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Advice: Milwaukee will send Holiday, a 2029 unprotected first-round pick and pick swaps in 2028 and 2030 to the Trail Blazers and Grayson Allen to the Suns in exchange for Lillard. Holiday averaged 19.3 points, 7.4 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 32.6 minutes across 67 games in 2022-23. While the 33-year-old guard is still one of the better defenders in the NBA, his future in Portland seems uncertain with Anfernee Simons and Scoot Henderson on the roster. Portland will almost certainly look to re-route Holiday to another team. Given his status as one of the better two-way guards in the NBA, he should command a strong return. Rotowire.com Wednesday, 4:33 am
  • Traded to Milwaukee
    Portland traded Lillard to Milwaukee on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Advice: Wojnarowski relays that the Blazers will receive Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara and a first-round pick while the Suns will get Jusuf Nurkic, Grayson Allen, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson. Lillard demanded a trade this offseason and named Miami as his ideal landing spot, but the two sides couldn't reach a deal, prompting speculation that the Raptors could swoop in. Milwaukee was always a long shot, making this move incredibly surprising, but the trio of Lillard, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo puts Milwaukee firmly back in contention. The move is expected to cut into Lillard's usage somewhat, as Antetokounmpo is the Bucks' No. 1 option. Rotowire.com Wednesday, 4:26 am