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Eric Gordon cleared for contact


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been cleared to take part in full-contact offseason drills ahead of training camp, The Times-Picayune reports.

Gordon underwent season-ending knee surgery last April, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. 


Jrue Holiday cleared for contact ahead of camp


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was able to participate in full-contact offseason drills last week, the first time he has done so since undergoing season-ending surgery last January.

"Getting out playing has been a joy," Holiday told The Times-Picayune. "I've been running and jumping and stuff, but getting my rhythm back on the court is definitely a big thing right now for me."

The Pelicans open training camp Sept. 30, and Holiday is not expected to have any limitations as the team prepares for the start of the season. Holiday averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game last season prior to the injury.


Kent Bazemore focused on conditioning in recovery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Newly signed Hawks guard Kent Bazemore did not pick up a basketball until August, preferring to focus on conditioning in his recovery from foot surgery in April.

"I think the injury was definitely a blessing," he told the Daily Press, "because I was able to step away from the game of basketball. I took myself out of my element all summer. I did stuff I'm not used to doing."

Bazemore signed a two-year deal with the Hawks this offseason, and is expected to compete for playing time on the wing immediately, as he is fully recovered from the surgery. 


Xavier Henry still aiming for start of regular season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Lakers forward Xavier Henry is recovered from offseason wrist surgery, but is still working his way back from a procedure on his right knee. Lakers coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Daily News he is not sure if Henry will be ready to play in games by the start of training camp.

"I haven't seen him do much on the court," Scott said. "It's going to be close on if he's ready for camp."

Henry has been able to take part in basketball activities, but has still not been cleared for contact. Still, he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, after appeared in 43 games a year ago. 


Larry Sanders 'absolutely' a part of team's future plans


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Bucks assistant general manager David Morway told HoopsHype.com in September center Larry Sanders is still a part of the team's future plans, despite a troubled 2013-14 season.

"Absolutely," Morway said. "Yeah, yeah. Larry is in our future plans. We are hopeful that this year Larry gets back to being the basketball player that he was two years ago."

Sanders had a long list of issues follow him last season, including a drug suspension served at the end of the season, as well as a thumb injury suffered during a bar fight. Sanders was limited to just 23 games, during which he averaged 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game before his season ended in February with a fractured eye socket.

Sanders is expected to open the season as the team's starting center. 


Brendan Haywood possibly ahead of schedule


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Cavaliers center Brendan Haywood might be able to play during the first half of the 2014-15 season according to The Plain Dealer, as he is in better shape than expected ahead of the start of training camp.

According to the report, the team was concerned their recently-acquired big man might not be able to play until January, if at all, due to foot surgery last season. Haywood missed all of last season as a result of the surgery, but might be able to provide some depth in the backcourt shortly.  


Brook Lopez sheds weight in order to stay healthy


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Nets center Brook Lopez lost 15 pounds this offseason, in hopes that he can stay healthy following a second season lost due to foot issues.

Lopez told The New York Post in August he is down to 275 pounds, after entering training camp at 290 pounds a year ago. Lopez's season ended in January after foot surgery, and he also underwent a procedure to clean up his ankle during the season.

Lopez is not expected to be on a minutes limit for the Nets this season, despite his injury history. He averaged 20.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 17 appearances before the injury a year ago. 


Byron Scott getting close to finalizing starting five


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Lakers coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Daily News Wednesday he has penciled in four of the five spots for the team's starting lineup, with only the small forward spot left the fill.

Scott plans to start Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill together this season, with Wesley Johnson or Nick Young being considered for the small forward spot. That means rookie Julius Randle and newly acquired guard Jeremy Lin will come off the bench, and he is leaning toward bring Nick Young off the bench as well.


Noah Vonleh recovering from hernia surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Hornets rookie forward Noah Vonleh may get his career off to a delayed start, after he was forced to have sports hernia surgery in early September.

Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick in this year's draft, will require 6-8 weeks of recovery time following the surgery, putting his availability for the start of the regular season in question. At the very least, this could cause him to miss the start of training camp, hurting his chances of earning a role early.

Vonleh played one season at Indiana University before declaring for the draft. The big man averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in just 26.5 minutes per game. 


Ryan Anderson cleared for contact


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson has been cleared for contact and will move forward without limitations after finishing his recovery from a herniated disk surgery, he announced via Instagram recently.

"After 8 months out, I can finally play again," he wrote. "Thank you God!"

Anderson suffered the injury in January and had surgery in April, but should have no problems being ready for the start of the season. He was limited to just 22 games a year ago, but averaged 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game prior to the injury. 


Clippers waive Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) The Clippers waived guard Carlos Delfino and center Miroslav Raduljica, the Los Angeles Times reports. Both players were acquired in late August by the Clippers as part of a trade that sent Jared Dudley and a 2017 first-round draft pick to the Bucks.

Ian Mahinmi suffers offseason shoulder injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Pacers center Ian Mahinmi suffered a shoulder injury while practicing with the French national team in August, and could end up missing up to three months as a result.

However, Mahinmi told VigilantSports.com the injury is not as serious as initially thought, as he will not require surgery. At this point, there is no concrete timetable for his return to action, though he has been cleared to lift weights.

Mahinmi could be ready by the start of the season. He has mostly avoided injuries in recent seasons, missing just 12 games over the last three seasons. He averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game a year ago. 


Doctor: Paul George's injury could need 12-18 months to heal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Pacers forward Paul George will spend the next three days in a Las Vegas hospital following successful surgery to repair his broken right leg Friday.

George suffered an open tibula-fibula fracture during a scrimmage for Team USA Friday, and at this point the Pacers have no expected timetable for George's possible recovery. However, Dr. Patrick Kersey, who treated Louisville guard Kevin Ware following a similar injury, told NBA.com George could need 12-18 months to fully heal.

George's 2014-15 season is in doubt following this injury, though Ware was back on the floor less than eight months following his injury. The Pacers will likely begin carving out a recovery schedule in the coming months. 


Paul George suffers gruesome leg injury in Team USA scrimmage


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Pacers forward Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury while playing for Team USA during showcase scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday.

George sustained the injury while contesting a layup from James Harden. He banged his right leg against the basket stanchion, likely suffering a horrific fracture. He was immediately attended by a medical staff and had a splint placed on his leg before he was stretchered off the court. The game was called after the incident.

George had a breakout season for the Pacers in 2013-14, averaging 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 80 games. He will likely miss a significant period of time moving forward.

Xavier Henry re-ups with Lakers for one year


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) The Lakers announced the signing of forward Xavier Henry to a one-year contract Friday.

Henry, was productive when healthy for the Lakers last season, averaging 10.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 43 appearances. He is recovering from wrist and knee surgeries this offseason.  


Manu Ginobili will sit out FIBA World Cup


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) As expected, a leg injury will force Spurs guard Manu Ginobili to miss the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, an MRI revealed a stress fracture in Ginobili's lower right fibula. The decision to sideline Ginobili was actually handed down from the team, with a message stating that he did not have their permission to compete.

The  37-year-old world champion averaged 12.3 points and 4.3 assists per game in 68 outings for San Antonio last season. 


Lakers finally choose Byron Scott to coach


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) In an expected and long-awaited move, the Los Angeles Lakers offered coaching candidate Byron Scott a head coaching position. According to ESPN, the two sides began negotiating Friday, meaning Scott will soon be named head coach. 

Scott spent his most recent coaching stint in Cleveland, where he led the Cavaliers to a 24-58 record two seasons ago. He'll now attempt to balance Kobe Bryant's playoff ambitions with the Lakers' inevitable rebuilding around rookie Julius Randle. 


Rashard Lewis has contract voided, will require surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Mavericks voided forward Rashard Lewis's contract Thursday, after he failed a physical due to an issue with his right knee.

At this point, it is not clear how serious the injury is, but Lewis will require surgery, the team announced. The 34-year-old was expected to sign a one-year deal with the Mavericks, but his next move is not yet known. 


Rashard Lewis agrees to deal with Mavericks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Free-agent forward Rashard Lewis has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavericks, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Lewis averaged 16.2 minutes in 60 appearances with the Heat last season while averaging 4.5 points and 1.8 points per game. He'll come off the bench behind Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas.


Alex Len to miss rest of Vegas Summer League with broken finger


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Suns center Alex Len was ruled out for the remainder of the Las Vegas Summer League because of a fractured finger on his right hand, the team announced. Len got his finger caught in the jersey of an opponent on Saturday breaking his pinky finger. He will fly back to Phoenix for further evaluation.

Hornets, Cavaliers announce minor move


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) The Cavaliers acquired center Brendan Haywood and the draft rights to Dwight Powell from the Hornets for guard Scotty Hopson, the team announced Saturday.

Haywood did not play at all for the Bobcats last year.  


Hawks add Kent Bazemore on two-year deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) The Hawks added depth on the wings Friday, with the addition of free agent guard Kent Bazemore on a two-year deal.

Bazemore will reportedly sign for a $4 million over two years, choosing the Hawks over expressed interest from numerous teams. Bazemore finally broke into an NBA rotation last season following a trade from the Warriors to the Lakers, as he averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his final 23 games before his season ended with a foot injury.  


Shaun Livingston dealing with offseason toe injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Warriors guard Shaun Livingston will spend part of his offseason recovering from an injury, as reported by the Bay Area News Group.

Livingston suffered a sprained right big toe during his playoff run with the Nets, and has been put in a cast to immobilize the toe. He will wear the cast 3-to-4 weeks before being re-evaluated, but at this point there is no reason to think this injury will impact him when the season begins in five months.

Livingston signed a three-year deal with the Warriors at the start of free agency, likely to serve as the team's backup point guard. He averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds while appearing in a career-high 76 games last season.  


Josh McRoberts agrees to join Heat


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Free agent forward Josh McRoberts had been reportedly been deciding between the Miami Heat and the incumbent Charlotte Hornets, but ESPN reported Monday that a decision has been made. The report suggests McRoberts has "verbally committed" to joining the Heat.

McRoberts will likely take Miami's full mid-level exception. NBA Insider Ken Berger reports that the deal is worth $23 million over four years. He had a successful season playing point forward for Charlotte last year, averaging a career-high 4.3 assists per game.


Patty Mills expected to return on three-year deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) The Spurs have reached an agreement with guard Patty Mills on a three-year contract, the San Antonio Express-News reports Wednesday.

Mills will return for three years and $12 million, according to the report. This comes one day after news broke that Mills will likely be out until March due to shoulder surgery. He has been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff and is expected to need seven months to recover.

Milles averaged 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 81 appearances with the Spurs last season, while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from three-point range. 


 
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Kevin Love, Timberwolves
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