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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
    Not Active
  • Patty Mills, Dwight Howard donating Orlando salary
    Patty Mills will donate the remainder of his NBA salary from Orlando, $1,017,818, to Black Lives Matter Australia and other non-profit organizations.

    Advice: Mills said he's playing in Orlando because he "[doesn't] want to leave any money on the table that could be going directly to black communities." Dwight Howard has also pledged to donate his remaining salary to his 'Breath Again' initiative, and the league has agreed to let players don social- and racial-justice slogans on the back of their jerseys when play resumes. Today, 11:10 am
  • 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. Today, 8:17 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
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
    Game Time Decision
  • Nick Nurse fired up about Kyle Lowry
    Nick Nurse is excited about how Kyle Lowry has looked in workouts in Fort Myers thus far. 

    Advice: "He's looking awesome, like really awesome," Nurse said. "He's really working hard... He's going at it everyday, very early in the morning." After getting the last four months off most players should be fully healthy for the restart. The question is more a matter of which players are in shape and which are not? And it sounds like Lowry is in really great shape. Nurse also confirmed that all the Raptors are healthy and ready for training camp at Disney this coming weekend. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Sheppard says Beal likely won't need surgery
    Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said he doesn't think surgery "is an option at all" for Bradley Beal's right rotator cuff injury. 

    Advice: Sheppard also gave us more insight on the injury, revealing that the shoulder issue has been lingering for roughly eight months since he suffered it in a November game. The shoulder got worse during the time off, but Sheppard said the Wizards are confident that Beal will be 100 percent in the near future. The fact that he averaged 30.5 points per game with a bad shoulder already has us excited about his 2020-21 fantasy campaign. Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie will sit out the Orlando restart
    Spencer Dinwiddie (Covid-19) will sit out the Orlando restart according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. 

    Advice: The Nets’ team doctors made this decision "out of an abundance of caution," Charania adds. Dinwiddie said over the weekend that he was starting to turn the corner with the virus but it's no surprise to see the Nets play it safe with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan already ruled out. It's going to be the Caris LeVert show in Orlando and it sounds like we'll see a lot of guard Chris Chiozza as well. Yesterday, 8:51 am
    Out For Season
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aaron Holiday seems likely starter for Pacers
    With Victor Oladipo sitting out the Orlando trip for the Pacers there's a good chance that Aaron Holiday could start at point guard and average 30 minutes per game. 

    Advice: Malcolm Brogdon (assuming he's back from testing positive for COVID-19), T.J. Warren, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner are expected to round out the Pacers' starting lineup. It's possible T.J. McConnell could start over Holiday, but all signs are pointing to Holiday getting the call, especially with Jeremy Lamb hurt and unavailable. Holiday is averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 assists in his 32 starts this season. Monday, 2:22 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
    Not Active
  • 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
  • Pelicans to sign Sindarius Thornwell
    The Pelicans have signed Sindarius Thornwell as a substitute player for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

    Advice: The Pelicans are adding Thornwell as emergency depth as they are not expecting Darius Miller (Achilles) to be ready in time for Orlando. Thornwell has 137 NBA games under his belt for the Clippers but hasn't made much noise yet with career averages of 2.5 points on 41.5% shooting. Don't expect to see him much. Monday, 11:06 am
  • Kings facility shut down due to COVID-19
    The Kings practice facility has reportedly been shut down due to COVID-19. 

    Advice: Sam Amick is reporting that there was a positive test within the team's traveling party on Sunday and the Kings are set to head to Orlando on Wednesday. The Kings are the seventh of 22 teams heading to Orlando who have taken similar measures recently, joining the Bucks, Heat, Clippers, Nuggets, Suns and Nets. Orlando is going to be a very interesting experiment, but it's not off to a very good start so far. Sunday, 9:47 pm
  • Mike Conley may leave bubble for child's birth
    Mike Conley is likely to leave the NBA bubble for his child's birth, with a due date of Aug. 27, according to Jazz coach Quin Snyder.

    Advice: Conley was equivocal when asked about exiting the bubble this week, saying, "I’m gonna be in a bubble, but yet if I leave to go see my baby born, I’m gonna be quarantined on the way back in, and possibly have to miss a game or whatever the situation is." Snyder was more direct, saying, "I think he needs to be there [for his child's birth], and he knows that, and he agrees." Players who exit the bubble with approval from the league are only subject to a four-day quarantine, so if Conley does leave he ideally won't miss many games. Sunday, 3:27 pm
  • Brett Brown talks up Shake Milton again
    When asked who will run the offense when Ben Simmons is off the court, coach Brett Brown said Shake Milton had “put his hand up in a pretty definitive way."

    Advice: Josh Richardson underwhelmed as a secondary playmaker before the season was paused and Raul Neto didn't make much noise either, so it makes sense to go back to Milton. "He’s incredibly different as a secondary ball carrier, somebody that’s that long and can play pick and roll game, make an open shot, sit down in a stance and guard,” Brown added. Milton averaged 17.8 points and 4.1 assists in his last nine games for the shorthanded 76ers and shot a blistering 57% from the field, so we like his chances of being the 5th starter with Al Horford coming off the bench. Sunday, 7:48 am
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