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Hawks G Jeff Teague testing out prescription goggles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Hawks guard Jeff Teague will need to wear corrective lenses on the court for the first time in his career. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday that he'll test out prescription goggles during training camp.

"I prefer to wear the goggles," Teague said. "The goggles were pretty good today. We’ll see."

Teague averaged 16.5 points, 6.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds over 79 games.


Rockets to pick up options on Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Rockets intend to pick up the fourth-year option on the contracts of Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas, according to the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. Head coach Kevin McHale also indicated that the power forward position is an "open competition" heading into the start of training camp.

Nets giving Brook Lopez the freedom to take more jumpers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Nets head coach Lionel Hollins told reporters he's given center Brook Lopez the freedom to shoot more jumpers this season, per the New York Post.

"It's been a mixture of high post and low post, depending on our set," Lopez said, per the Brooklyn Game. "It's been a lot of moving the ball, we have a lot of smart guys that can move the ball. So we want to take advantage of that."


76ers' Jason Richardson may not play this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The 76ers have not revealed whether guard Jason Richardson will actually play this season, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday. The 33-year-old missed last season recovering from knee surgery. He is expected to be the highest-paid player entering this season.

"We'll see," general manager Sam Hinkie said. "He'll definitely have a role as a voice on our team. He was helpful in that last year. He wasn't able to contribute for us on the floor, but he contributed in lots of other ways."


Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace could earn minutes at PF


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Celtics head coach Brad Stevens indicated that Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace could earn some minutes at power forward to start the season, according to the MetroWest Daily News on Tuesday. The move would likely cut into the playing time of Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass.

Green appeared in all 82 games last season for the Celtics, averaging 16.9 points, 4.6 boards and 1.7 assists per outing. Wallace was limited to 58 games in 2013-14 and averaged only 5.1 points in 24.4 minutes per game.


Pistons' Brandon Jennings worked on adding weight in offseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Pistons guard Brandon Jennings added weight in the offseason, most of which he lost when he had his jaw wired shut at the beginning of last season. He's hoping the added weight and strength will help him defensively this season, per the Oakland Press.

"I didn't put on 25 pound of muscle or anything like that. I just gained my weight back and I'm excited at the weight I'm at," Jennings said. "I think more on the defensive end it's going to help a lot, just fighting through screens, being tougher and just taking on that challenge on the defensive end. Offensively, it's going to help me hold up more during the season."


Bulls C Joakim Noah taking cautious approach to season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Bulls center Joakim Noah hopes he won't be limited by his surgically repaired left knee this season, according to ESPN Chicago on Tuesday.

"Obviously this is the first time I've ever had surgery on my knee so I'm hoping there's no limitations," Noah said. "But I just have to be a little bit more cautious. But it's exciting, it's really exciting. I know that this is a long journey we're about to embark (on) and I just want to be as ready as possible."

Noah enjoyed the best season of his career last year, post averages of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 80 games. He also won his first Defensive Player of the Year award along with first-team All-NBA honors.


Mavericks G Jameer Nelson receives reps with first unit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Although the Mavericks have not named their starting point guard, the team provided a good hint at who they're leaning on for the start of the season. Jameer Nelson, who head coach Rick Carlisle called a "natural leader," received reps with the first unit during the first practice of training camp on Tuesday, ESPN Dallas reports.

"He's just got a grit and toughness about him that we really need on this team this year," Carlisle, said. "His game is going to help us, but his personality is going to help us, too."


Warriors C Andrew Bogut full participant in practice Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Warriors center Andrew Bogut was a full participant during the first training camp practice on Tuesday, per NBA.com.  Bogut suffered a fractured rib in mid-April and appears to be fully recovered from the ailment. He averaged 7.3 points, 10.0 boards and 1.8 blocks per game over 67 games last season.

James Ennis expected to work behind Luol Deng at SF


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Miami Herald reported that James Ennis will be playing most of his minutes at small forward, behind Luol Deng to start the season. Ennis was acquired by the Heat in a draft-day trade last year. The 24-year-old spent last season playing in Australia. 

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's jump shot 'going in a lot more'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist worked with assistant coach Mark Price to rebuild his jump shot from ground-up, and the results are starting to show at the start of training camp, according to the Charlotte Observer. Kidd-Gilchrist shot 47.3 percent from the floor in 62 appearances last season.

"Does it feel that different? Well, it’s going in a lot more," Kidd-Gilchrist said. "I believe in the process. I started in April and it feels great."


Pistons PG Spencer Dinwiddie working through knee injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Because of a knee injury, Pistons rookie point guard Spencer Dinwiddie will take part in most of training camp, but will be monitored and limited in certain activities, head coach Stan Van Gundy told the Detroit Free-Press on Tuesday.

"He has been good, he has been able to do a lot," Van Gundy said. "He just hasn't been able to do anything live. Spencer has been diligent about his rehab. He has joined in a lot of stuff, conditioning-wise. The good part is he has been able to do things where we are teaching."


Shannon Brown to be Dwyane Wade's primary backup this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Heat center Chris Bosh told reporters he expects Shannon Brown to be Dwyane Wade's primary backup this season, according to the Miami Herald. Brown signed a one-year deal in early September. He averaged averaged 2.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game while shooting 36.4 percent from the field for the Knicks last season.

"He's pretty good. I'm surprised we were able to get him," Bosh said.


Kyle Korver expected to leave the team to attend the birth of his child


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Hawks guard Kyle Korver will travel with the team for the start of training camp at the University of Georgia. However, he may not be there for long, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Korver is expected to leave the team in the next few days for the birth of his child.

Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova fully healthy for the new season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova told reporters on Tuesday that he's fully healthy and ready for the start of the season, per the team's official website. Ilyasova had his 2013-14 season cut short due to injuries to his foot and ankle.

In 55 appearances, he averaged 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He shot 40.9 percent from the floor and 28.2 percent from downtown over that span.


LeBron James: My back has been 'kind of iffy'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Cavaliers forward LeBron James, who nursed a sore back last season with the Heat, told reporters his back has been "kind of iffy" at the start of training camp, but he doesn't expect be miss any practice time, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"From the start of camp it's been kind of iffy. I'm doing everything to get it back, and I'm used to it, at the start of camp just getting back into basketball shape," James said. "It kind of comes and goes, but I've been able to practice and go full go every day without limitations, and that's a good sign."


Hawks say Al Horford will be at 100 percent for season opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Hawks center Al Horford didn't participate in contact drills Tuesday, but remains on track to be at 100 percent for the team's opening game Oct. 29 against the Raptors, per the team's official website.

Horford missed most of last season due to a torn right pectoral muscle. He posted career highs in points per game (18.6) and field goal percentage (56.7) in 29 contests.


Heat C Justin Hamilton undergoes heart surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Heat announced that center Justin Hamilton underwent a procedure to repair an atrial flutter on Monday, according to the Miami HeraldHamilton experienced light-headedness during practice which led to the diagnosis. He can participate in non-contact drills in a few days and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Julius Randle ready to come off the bench behind Carlos Boozer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle, who was the seventh overall pick in this year's draft, told the Los Angeles Times that he's ready to come off the bench behind Carlos Boozer this season. 

"He deserves what he gets because he's put in the time and he's been successful," Randle said. "We're both going to be on the floor, whoever starts or not; that's not really my focus or worry."


Rockets' Dwight Howard finally healthy from 2012 back surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Two years removed from a back surgery that limited his explosion in the paint, Rockets center Dwight Howard told reporters he's made significant strides over the offseason to return to a high level of play heading into the new season, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"When you have a serious injury – the back injury I suffered, it takes time to heal," Howard said. "I don't think a lot of people understood how serious the injury was. It was something that could have been career-ending. I decided to come back and play earlier than I was supposed to and I suffered a lot because of that."

Howard still managed to average a double-double in 2013-14, posting 47 of them in his first season with the Rockets. He averaged 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 71 appearances. He shot 59.1 percent from the field and 54.7 percent from the free throw line -- his best percentages since 2010-11 when he was a member of the Magic.


Report: Nuggets sign Alonzo Gee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Nuggets have signed veteran small forward Alonzo Gee on Monday, less than a week after he was waived by Sacramento, RealGM reports. Gee appeared in 65 games and averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes per game in 2013-14.

Bucks, Brandon Knight still far apart in contract talks?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) It doesn't appear likely that the Bucks will reach an agreement with guard Brandon Knight, according to FOX Sports Wisconsin. Both sides have until the Oct. 31 deadline to reach a deal. 

"I'm just focusing on basketball right now," Knight said. "If it happens, it happens. At the end of the day, I'm going to be here regardless. I'm just focusing on this year and focusing on our guys. That's the main thing for me right now."


Bucks' John Henson unsure of his role this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Bucks forward John Henson told reporters he's unsure of the role he'll have heading into the 2014-15 season under Jason Kidd, according to FOX Sports Wisconsin. Henson will likely be working behind Ersan Ilyasova at power forward, but could slide over and play center at times, depending on certain matchups.

"My rookie year was the same way -- I didn't know what I was going to be," Henson said. "I had no idea. I just have to come to play in training camp, and hopefully I'll be in a position to help the team."


Reggie Bullock, C.J. Wilcox cleared for training camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Clippers guards Reggie Bullock and C.J. Wilcox are both fully healthy and cleared for the start of training camp, according to the Orange County Register. Both players missed summer league action due to injuries. Bullock was sidelined because of a knee injury, while Wilcox nursed a right shoulder injury in the offseason.

Report: Jordan Clarkson could push for starting gig later in season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Although he will come off the bench to start the season, the Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson could push for the starting job later in the year. Clarkson, the 46th overall selection in this year's draft, impressed the coaches during the summer league, averaging 15.8 points per game and 5.0 boards per game.