News: Though the Bulls made him their marquee addition this offseason, the Chicago Sun-Times reports Tuesday the team has made no guarantees about Pau Gasol's role.
Gasol, who has started all but 13 of his NBA games in his 14 seasons, has not been guaranteed a starting spot for the Bulls this season. He joins a crowded frontcourt that already features Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, as well as fellow additions Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic. Gasol will likely vie for a starting spot with Gibson, but should see time at power forward and center.
Gasol comes to the Bulls on a three-year deal, after averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in 60 appearances -- all starts -- with the Lakers last season.
Young, the No. 17 overall pick over of the University of Kentucky, suffered the concussion prior to the draft. He was held out of all activities at the Summer League in Orlando, but has been cleared to practice in recent days.
News: The Lakers announced the re-signing of forward Wesley Johnson Monday, though terms of the deal have not yet been announced.
Johnson appeared in 79 games for the injury-bitten Lakers last season, and put together the most productive season of his career as a result. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
"I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better," Ibaka said. "I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time."
Ibaka was intiailly given season-ending prognosis as a result of the injury, but came back for the final four games of the Thunder's six-game series loss to the Spurs. He is planning to play in the upcoming FIBA World Cup, and will presumably be fully healthy by then.
Ibaka led the lead in blocks for the fourth straight season, while averaging career-highs across the board. He put up 15.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 81 games.
News: Lakers guard Steve Nash has struggled through a series of injuries and appears to be just about at the end of his career at the age of 40.
"I think this is my last season," Nash told Sport TV, via the Los Angeles Daily News. "But I still love to play. I love to practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. It'll be nice to play one more year."
Nash was limited to just 15 games a year ago due to a back injury that also caused nerve problems in his lower body. The Lakers acquired point guard Jeremy Lin this offseason and likely do not expect much from Nash, given his injury issues.
Christmas appeared in 31 games during his rookie season with the Suns, but barely made an impact. He averaged just 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, and will likely have trouble finding work for the 2014-15 season.
News: The Mavericks announced the signing of forward Ivan Johnson Tuesday, after he spent a season playing in China.
Johnson was last in the NBA when he spent two seasons with the Hawks. He receives an unguaranteed deal from the Mavericks for training camp, after averaging 6.5 points per game over his two seasons in Atlanta.
News: The Magic signed second-round pick Devyn Marble to a three-year deal at the conclusion of Summer League, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Marble's first season will be guaranteed, after he was the 56th overall pick in the draft out of the University of Iowa. Marble appeared in33 games with Iowa, averaging 17.0 points and 3.6 assists per game as a senior.
News: 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.
News: Though it wasn't cited in his statement to the media, one of the reason's Blake Griffin will miss the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup relates to a small fracture in his back.
According to ESPN, the injury, which he sustained in the playoffs, isn't considered serious, but he and the Clippers would rather be safe than sorry. This makes sense considering Griffin injured his knee in 2012 during a Team USA practice prior to the Summer Olympics.
Griffin enjoyed a top-notch statistical season last year, averaging 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
News: Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a recent interview that Bulls guard Derrick Rose would have no physical limitations once training camp begins for USA basketball. In a Q&A with Yahoo Sports, Krzyzewski said he believes Rose intends to compete for a spot.
"He says he's ready to go," Krzyzewski said. "I'm excited about having him. He's very excited about being here."
Training camp begins Monday in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which gets underway in August. Rose played in just 10 games before going down with yet another knee injury. He averaged 15.9 points and 4.3 assists per game in those 10 outings.
The Bulls will likely take a cautious approach with Butler and allow him to quickly recover in the offseason, likely leaving him out of the FIBA World Cup squad for Team USA.
The 24-year-old finished last season with averages of 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 67 games. He also made the All-Defensive Second Team and finished third amongst forwards with 1.9 steals per contest.