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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 to 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Monday, 10:56 am
  • Porzingis teases new elements to his game
    Kristaps Porzingis said that he developed new elements of his game during the stoppage.

    Advice: “It’s a secret," he said. "I’ll show it on the court.” Porzingis added that the time off has been great for his health and that he's 100 percent. "The extra time just gave all of us more time to recover from little things that we all have going on. Basically everybody has something, always, and we just play through it, so this extra time gave guys the opportunity to heal those little things, to be even in better shape and to feel better when we come back.” Monday, 7:52 am
  • Bucks close training facility
    The Bucks have closed down their practice facility in Milwaukee after a new round of testing on Friday. 

    Advice: The facility will remain closed until the team goes to Orlando on Thursday and it will be interesting to see what players might be impacted by a positive test for COVID-19. The Bucks are one of the favorites to win an NBA title in Orlando and the odds-on favorite to win the East. Sunday, 3:48 pm
  • Myles Turner has been working out for 4-5 weeks
    Myles Turner said he has been able to get access to a gym and continue basketball-related activities for 4-5 weeks.

    Advice: Prior to that, he built a makeshift gym in the family garage, and was running at a high school rack. Prior to the NBA shutting down, Turner was on a roll over his last eight with averages of 12.6 points, 8.6 boards, 0.8 steals, 1.4 treys and a whopping 3.9 blocks per game. With Vic Oladipo opting out there could be more shots going to Turner in Orlando. Saturday, 12:04 pm
  • OG Anunoby works on offensive skills during break
    OG Anunoby spent the NBA hiatus working on his shooting, ball-handling and passing.

    Advice: Anything that boosts Anunoby's offensive versatility would be welcome, and he also spent plenty of time in the weight room, which is a common theme among players during the shutdown. Anunoby's 2019 postseason was marred by an appendectomy just prior to the first round, which he said he will "use as motivation" as the Raptors try to defend their championship against long odds. Saturday, 9:57 am
    Player Note
    OG Anunoby Tor - SF,PF
  • Zach Collins (shoulder) confirms 'no limitations'
    Zach Collins said his surgically-repaired left shoulder has "no limitations ... like the surgery didn't even happen."

    Advice: Collins wasn't officially cleared for full basketball activities until mid-June, and he's had either limited or no contact work, but this is still a great update. "The shoulder feels great," he said. "I have had no reason to believe that it will hold me back from doing anything. I feel pretty normal on the court like the surgery didn’t even happen, so I’m ready to go." Collins is expected to start alongside Jusuf Nurkic when the season resumes -- coach Terry Stotts didn't rule out a Nurk/Hassan Whiteside frontcourt, but then suggested that was just "to give [reporters] something to talk about." Friday, 9:37 am
  • Josh Hart: Zion Williamson's shot looks 'better'
    Pelicans teammate Josh Hart said Zion Williamson's "shot looks better than it has in a while."

    Advice: "I think body-wise, he looks amazing," Hart added, echoing the thoughts of anyone who saw a recent photo of a facemask-wearing Zion looking shredded in the gym (see article below). Williamson said he was on the court "every day" during the shutdown, working out with his father-in-law, and said he's "in good shape right now." New Orleans will need him in peak form to emerge from a tight pack of teams vying for the No. 8 seed (the Pelicans are currently 3.5 games behind Memphis). Friday, 7:50 am
  • Muscle Watch: The Marvin Bagley Edition
    Marvin Bagley (left foot) said he added 10 pounds of muscle with the expectation that he'll be playing more center.

    Advice: One day after coach Luke Walton said Bagley is ready to play in Orlando, Bagley confirmed he's 100% and said he can't even remember the last time he had discomfort in his foot. When Bagley returned in January, he didn't get any of his 122 minutes with Richaun Holmes, so it sounds like that's the plan again. Considering how Bagley played just 13 games, his minutes will likely be in the low 20s when the Kings get back on the court. Thursday, 1:03 pm
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