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  • Nets nearing deal with Michael Beasley
    Michael Beasley is moving toward a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. 

    Advice: Just hours after the Nets reportedly added Jamal Crawford, they look have have their second substitute player lined up to help fill the minutes left by the seven inactive players. Beasley would be in a fantastic spot with the Nets, and he’d certainly cut into Rodions Kurucs’ minutes. Although, he will have to serve a five-game suspension, so Kurucs should still be busy to kick off the restart. Today, 7:49 pm
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  • Kawhi Leonard traveling to Orlando in a few days
    Kawhi Leonard did not travel with the team on Wednesday to Walt Disney World for the resumption of the NBA season and he will join the team in a few days, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: The report adds Leonard was given permission by the organization to tend to a family matter. The Clippers shut down their practice facility on July 2, and their first practice in Orlando is scheduled for July 10 from 6:00-9:00 EDT. Leonard could miss that practice along with the practice on July 11, but this shouldn't affect his status for games. Today, 5:14 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Shams: Jamal Crawford agrees to deal with Nets
    Jamal Crawford has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

    Advice: It's a big addition to a Nets team that was missing seven players, especially in the backcourt with Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie out. Even with his 19 years experience, Crawford showed late in the 2018-19 season he can still get buckets with 51 points in his last NBA game back on Apr. 9, 2019.  Besides Caris LeVert, the Nets really need some guys who can score and create their own shots, so Crawford should be able to find some shots in the second unit. His arrival should cut into playing time for Chris Chiozza, Tyler Johnson, Dzanan Musa and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Today, 5:01 pm
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  • Isaiah Roby out for the season
    Isaiah Roby will miss the rest of the season after undergoing a minor procedure on his right plantar fascia.

    Advice: He is not going to travel with the team, and the Thunder will not fill his spot on the roster to keep their roster at 16. The Thunder acquired him from Dallas in January, and Roby logged a grand total of 11 minutes with OKC. The power forward brought some defensive stats in the G League with 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals in 17 games, adding averages of just 8.1 points, 6.1 boards and 1.4 dimes over 20.2 minutes per game. Today, 12:46 pm
    Out For Season
  • Pau Gasol nears one-year deal with Barcelona
    Pau Gasol is nearing a one-year deal with Barcelona, in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

    Advice: A navicular stress fracture in Pau's left foot forced him to sit out since May, 2019, and it seems he didn't draw any interest from NBA teams headed to the bubble in Orlando. The future Hall-of-Famer is 40 years old but he wants to play in one final Olympics for Spain, and signing with Barcelona will keep him engaged with his Spanish teammates as they gear up for the rescheduled Games in July-August 2021. Today, 8:19 am
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  • Brandon Clarke (quad) feels like he did pre-injury
    Brandon Clarke (right quad) said his health is "pretty much the same ... [as it was] pre-injury."

    Advice: "Over these past five to six weeks, I've gotten back to the player that I was," Clarke said. "I got the same balance and running habits [as pre-injury], so it'll all just be about my habits on the court." Memphis is also expected to have Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) and Justise Winslow (back) in the active lineup, which bolsters their chances of holding onto the No. 8 seed. Today, 7:25 am
  • Derrick Jones Jr. (COVID-19) will travel w/ Heat
    Derrick Jones Jr. (COVID-19) has been cleared to join the Heat as they enter the bubble in Orlando on Wednesday.

    Advice: DJJ tested positive two weeks ago, but he's good to go after quarantining and passing multiple tests. He was reportedly asymptomatic the whole time, and will have a few weeks to ramp up his conditioning before the real games begin. Today, 7:11 am
  • Lance Thomas "on Nets' radar" to fill roster spot
    Lance Thomas is "on the Nets' radar" to fill a roster spot in Orlando.

    Advice: Taurean Prince was the most recent Nets player to withdraw from the season's resumption, after he tested positive for coronavirus. At this point, Brooklyn is really just evaluating young guys in the bubble, since their playoff hopes get dimmer by the day. Thomas would provide serviceable two-way depth, but is a very unlikely DFS target. Today, 6:52 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:49 pm
    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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Nikola Jokic not flying with Nuggets to Orlando
    Nikola Jokic is reportedly healthy and recovered from COVID but had travel complications that will keep him off of Tuesday's team flight to Orlando. 

    Advice: He reportedly tested negative in Serbia and is good to go for Orlando, but simply had flight complications that kept him from joining his teammates. Either way, Jokic should be in Orlando well before the Nuggets play a meaningful game. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Amir Johnson a 'prime target' for the Nets
    Marc Stein of the New York Times is reporting that veteran center Amir Johnson is a "prime target" for the Nets. 

    Advice: The Nets are in need of reinforcements up front as DeAndre Jordan and Nic Claxton will not play in Orlando. Johnson would likely be looking at minutes in the teens behind Jarrett Allen in Orlando if he lands a deal with the Nets, so there's minimal fantasy impact here. Johnson last played for the 76ers in 2018-19, averaging just 10.4 minutes per game for 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds. Yesterday, 9:52 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 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.” Yesterday, 7:23 am
    Player Note
    Brandon Ingram NO - SG,SF,PF
  • 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. Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Dwight Howard opts in, will play in Orlando
    Dwight Howard has opted in and will play for the Lakers in Orlando. 

    Advice: Dwight will head to Orlando on Thursday and plans to donate his game checks to his non-profit campaign Breathe Again. With Howard on board now, JaVale McGee's role will take a hit and Kyle Kuzma may see a few less minutes per game. But the Lakers have to be thrilled that Howard will be in uniform in hopes of helping LeBron James win his fourth title. Monday, 8:03 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. Monday, 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. Monday, 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. Monday, 1:13 pm
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith LAL - SG,SF
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