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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Landry Shamet tests positive for coronavirus
    Landry Shamet has tested positive for coronavirus and is unlikely to travel with the Clippers to Orlando this week.

    Advice: This doesn't mean Shamet won't eventually join the Clippers in the bubble. Before he does, though, he'll need to self-isolate and pass two negative tests, then test negative again upon arriving in Orlando. Teams won't play exhibitions until July 22 and the Clippers' first real game will be played July 30, so Shamet may not miss any games. Still, the more practices and workouts he misses, the more he'll need to catch up once he's healthy and cleared to play. Saturday, 10:00 am
    Game Time Decision
  • Victor Oladipo opts out of Orlando restart
    Victor Oladipo has decided to sit out of the resumed NBA season.

    Advice: “As a competitor and teammate this is tearing me apart," Oladipo told The Athletic. "But I truly believe continuing on the course I’m on and getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me.” Oladipo had been unsure of his status for Orlando since last month, and his decision to opt out isn't a big surprise. Back in March, Oladipo said he still wasn't 100% from his knee surgery, and all this time off does add additional unknowns on his recovery. Oladipo also has one more year under contract with the Pacers, so focusing on 2020-21 makes sense. With him out, Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday figure to see some extra minutes. Friday, 12:50 pm
    Out For Season
  • Donovan Mitchell confirms he's 'good' w/ Gobert
    Donovan Mitchell confirmed that his relationship with Rudy Gobert has been repaired, saying, "Right now, me and Rudy are good."

    Advice: Mitchell has acknowledged that there was preexisting basketball-related tension with Gobert, which was exaggerated by personal problems after Gobert and Mitchell both tested positive for coronavirus. “Whatever happened between me and Rudy happened," he said. "And now we are ready to hoop and focus on the team as a whole." This storyline won't go away overnight, but for now the Jazz are focused on coming together to make a playoff push -- they enter the bubble as the No. 4 seed in the West, but the Thunder and Rockets are on their heels. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Luka Doncic says he's in good shape
    Luka Doncic said he feels he's "in good shape."

    Advice: Last month, Doncic's trainer had said that Doncic wasn't quite ready, but he had later corrected his comments because they may have been taken out of context. During his time in Slovenia, Doncic said he mostly played tennis and soccer and lifted weights to stay in shape. He was ridiculously hot back when the 2019-20 season started in October, so maybe he starts out hot again in Orlando. Thursday, 6:29 pm
    Player Note
    Luka Doncic Dal - PG,SG,SF
  • Ja Morant adds 12 pounds of muscle during hiatus
    Ja Morant said he gained 12 pounds during the NBA's hiatus.

    Advice: “I feel like there’s always room for improvement," Morant said. "Gaining strength has always been a priority for me, and during this time I’ve been able to do that." The impressive rookie aggressively attacks the basket, and comes to Orlando ranked sixth in drives per game (18.4). He's shooting 48.6% in those situations, a number that could come up with added muscle to finish through contact. Thursday, 11:20 am
  • Ben Simmons added muscle, says back injury is fine
    Ben Simmons (lower back) said he feels "better than [he] was" at the start of the 2019-20 season. Simmons also put on muscle and feels fully confident in his back. Head coach Brett Brown said as much earlier this week, mentioning that he won't restrict Simmons' minutes when play resumes. Joel Embiid was working out six days a week at times during the break, and we're heard nothing but positive developments from Philly as they head into the bubble.

    Advice: Simmons also put on muscle and feels fully confident in his back. Head coach Brett Brown said as much earlier this week, mentioning that he won't restrict Simmons' minutes when play resumes. Joel Embiid was working out six days a week at times during the break, and we're heard nothing but positive developments from Philly as they head into the bubble. Thursday, 10:37 am
  • Devin Booker's minutes likely to dip in Orlando
    Suns coach Monty Williams wants to play Devin Booker fewer than the 36.1 minutes he's been averaging this season.

    Advice: DFS owners, take note. Williams' desire comes "out of an abundance of caution," and makes plenty of sense because Phoenix is six games out of the No. 8 seed with five teams ahead of them to make the playoffs. The odds against them are astronomical, so these games are more about team chemistry and development. We may even see Booker and Rubio sit out a few of the final games. Thursday, 10:28 am
    Game Time Decision
  • Ricky Rubio's minutes likely to dip in Orlando
    Ricky Rubio is expected to play "less than [his] normal minute allotment" when the season resumes in Orlando.

    Advice: Suns coach Monty Williams simply doesn't want his veteran guard to suffer a needless injury, so he'll monitor his playing time closely. Rubio was averaging a modest 31.6 minutes, so that number could easily dip below the 30-mark. The Suns also have a ridiculous number of backup point guards to spell Rubio at a moment's notice. Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Justise Winslow should be ready for Orlando
    Justise Winslow (back) should be ready to play in Orlando.

    Advice: Coach Taylor Jenkins mentioned that Winslow is "looking good, feeling good," which shouldn't be a surprise after Winslow said he's been symptom-free since April. The Grizzlies likely added Winslow to be their starting three, so he could take minutes away from De'Anthony Melton, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson and maybe even Tyus Jones. Winslow's back injury has kept him to just 11 game so far this year, so the Grizzlies may have to come up with a plan to getting him back out there. Wednesday, 1:35 pm
    Player Note
    Justise Winslow Mem - PG,SF,PF
  • Jalen Brunson (shoulder) still months out
    Jalen Brunson (right shoulder labrum) is still months away from playing, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Brunson is doing "pretty much everything" in his rehab, but "strength issues" in his surgically-repaired shoulder will keep him off the court in Orlando. He is traveling with the team, however, as are injured teammates Courtney Lee and Dwight Powell. Wednesday, 10:49 am
  • Jaylen Adams officially signs w/ Blazers
    Jaylen Adams has signed his deal with the Blazers.

    Advice: Adams tore up the G League this season with averages of 21.5 points on 48.6% shooting, 2.6 triples, 5.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He was added for depth, but is unlikely to have a role unless the Blazers fall out of the picture after a handful of games. Wednesday, 10:43 am
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