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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kent Bazemore hopes to remain with Sacramento
    Kent Bazemore reiterated on Friday that he hopes to remain with the Kings beyond the 2019-20 season.

    Advice: Bazemore is an unrestricted free agent and he's coming off a rocky year in which he averaged 8.7 points on career-low 37.4% shooting. The Kings can probably keep him for a reasonable salary, in other words, and coach Luke Walton seemed pleased with Bazemore in February, saying he was "a big part of [the Kings] having a little bit of success." Friday, 12:01 pm
  • Break helped Tyler Herro feel '100 percent'
    Tyler Herro said the league's hiatus has allowed his ankle to heal "100 percent."

    Advice: Herro had already returned prior to the shutdown, but he echoes a sentiment plenty of players are saying right now -- the break allowed them to put nagging injuries behind them. "It definitely helped me just so I had more time to recover," Herro said. Miami comes into the bubble in great health, which is good for their playoff hopes but bad for Herro's DFS appeal since he'll be competing for touches with Jimmy Butler, Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson, Goran Dragic and even Andre Iguodala. Friday, 11:54 am
    Player Note
    Tyler Herro Mia - SG,SF
  • Khris Middleton didn't touch a ball for 2-3 months
    Khris Middleton didn't touch a basketball for 2-3 months during the league's shutdown.

    Advice: Middleton said that's "definitely the longest [stretch] of his career" without handling a ball, but he was able to remain in shape by working out at home. Rust is a very real factor as teams ramp up to the season's resumption on July 30 -- players haven't forgotten how to shoot or dribble, but game-conditioning is something you can't simulate in your living room or home gym. Friday, 10:25 am
  • J.J. Redick loses 10 pounds during NBA hiatus
    J.J. Redick lost 10 pounds during the league's hiatus.

    Advice: Redick is one of the league's hardest workers and unlike most players' "muscle watch" statements recently, the veteran was focused on getting down to his weight as a college player with Duke. Now in his 14th NBA season, Redick continues to play a major role on a playoff contender, averaging 14.9 points for the Pelicans, with 2.9 triples on 45.2% shooting from deep (the second-best mark of his career). Friday, 9:39 am
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