• 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 Today, 11:35 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 Today, 11:33 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 Today, 11:26 am
  • Healthy to start training camp
    Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens said Tuesday that Brogdon is completely healthy heading into training camp, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.

    Advice: It was reported that Brogdon may need offseason surgery to repair a partial tendon tear in his right elbow/forearm, but he was ultimately able to clear the issue on his own and should be full go for training camp. There was also concern that Brogdon had grown disgruntled with the organization after nearly being traded, but the point guard appears to have put that issue behind him as well. With Marcus Smart no longer in the picture, there should be more minutes in the backcourt available for Brogdon in 2023-24, but Derrick White will still be Boston's starting point guard. Rotowire.com Today, 10:27 am
  • Plans to play through pain
    Doncic said Wednesday that he's not 100 percent due to a thigh injury he suffered during the 2023 FIBA World Cup, but he plans to play through the issue during training camp and has some "appointments" upcoming to figure out the severity, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Doncic suffered the injury, but he's downplayed the issue since. The MVP candidate was able to get some light scrimmaging in during Wednesday's training camp practice, but he does anticipate being limited moving forward. Fantasy managers should certainly monitor Doncic's situation ahead of their drafts, but for now, it sounds like the superstar point guard has no desire to miss any regular-season action. Rotowire.com Today, 9:45 am
  • Won't report to training camp
    Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Wednesday that Oladipo (knee) won't report to the Thunder's training camp, Brandon Rahbar of DailyThunder.com reports.

    Advice: "[Oladipo will] be back this season at some point," Presti added. "But with our roster situation, we can't prioritize that." The Thunder will have to make a decision on Oladipo's contract soon, but it appears the veteran guard will likely start 2023-24 as a free agent. He's still working his way back from an offseason surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee and remains without a concrete return timeline. Rotowire.com Today, 9:35 am
  • Playing 5-on-5 with no restrictions
    Head coach Jacque Vaughn said Tuesday that Simmons (back/knee) is playing 5-on-5 with no restrictions and will be ready for training camp at the beginning of October, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    Advice: This was expected after Simmons' agent, Bernie Lee, said at the end of July that Simmons would be 100 percent by training camp. However, when Lee said that, Simmons still wasn't cleared for 5-on-5 drills, so it's still noteworthy that the oft-injured point guard has progressed through his rehab without a setback. Simmons has talked all offseason about getting back to the style of play he excelled at early in his career, so there's optimism for a bounce-back campaign, though Simmons needs to stay on the court first. He's sat out over 20 games in three consecutive seasons after missing just four contests through his first two NBA campaigns. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 7:35 am
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  • Looks healthy heading into camp
    Haliburton (ankle) averaged 8.6 points, 5.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks in 21.5 minutes per contest while appearing in eight games for the United States in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in August and September.

    Advice: Haliburton missed the final seven games of the 2022-23 campaign due to a minor ankle injury, but the Pacers had no reservations about signing the point guard to a lavish extension this offseason before clearing him to play for the United States national team. Before he was shut down late last season, Haliburton established himself as a cornerstone player for Indiana and one of the top fantasy performers overall, as he averaged 20.7 points, 10.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 2.9 three-pointers and 1.6 steals in 33.6 minutes over 56 games while shooting 49 percent from the field and 87.1 percent from the free-throw line. He profiles as a rock-solid first-round selection in both points and categories leagues heading into the 2023-24 season. Rotowire.com Monday, 10:37 am
  • Questionable for training camp
    Alvarado suffered an ankle sprain during a workout over the weekend, putting his training camp availability at risk, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Advice: Alvarado was beginning to ramp up for the start of training camp after he missed the FIBA World Cup due to a lower leg injury he suffered at the end of the 2022-23 season, but he suffered an ankle sprain during a workout. At this point, it is unclear whether Alvarado will be available for training camp or the Pelicans' first preseason game on Oct. 10. Rotowire.com Sep 17, 4:09 pm