News: Previous reports that Cavaliers premier point guard Kyrie Irving will be ready for training camp have been denied by sources telling the Northeast Ohio Media Group that chances are slim he will play in the regular season opener. One source has even claimed he could be out until January.
All reports state that his rehab from a left kneecap fracture sustained in Game 1 on the NBA finals is going smoothly, but that the cautious approach to his recovery will keep him sidelined for longer than first expected.
News: What was reported has now been made official by the Timberwolves, who have announced the signing of veteran small forward Tayshaun Prince. The deal is reportedly one year for the veteran's minimum.
The 35-year-old Prince totaled 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 24 minutes per game for Memphis, Boston and Detroit a year ago.
He also shot 44 percent from the floor, but is far better known for his defense. Minnesota allowed a league-high 106.5 points per game last season.
News: The Raptors have insured that emerging center Jonas Valanciunas will be sticking around for a while by signing him to a four-year extension worth $64 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The 23-year-old Valanciunas boasts a career .553 shooting percentage. He peaked last season at 57.2 percent and averaged a career-high 12.0 points a game while leading the team at 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots.
Valenciunas also averaged 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in four playoff games.
"Moving forward, our sports performance staff will work with Joel to guide his return to play and monitor his progress against targeted benchmarks," 76ers president of basketball operations and general manager Sam Hinkie said. "Our team will work with Joel to create the best possible environment for healing so he can achieve his goals."
Embiid is expected to miss the entire 2015-16 season because of the foot issue. He also underwent bone graft surgery in May.
Landry has bounced from one training camp tryout to the next without landing a roster spot. The brother of 76ers forward Carl Landry averaged 10 points and four rebounds in a top Spanish league last season.
News: Heat power forward Josh McRoberts says he is feeling close to 100 percent recovered from the knee injury that cost him the majority of last season, per The Indy Star.
"I don't think I'm ever going to see 100 percent (laughs). I've played too long to be 100 percent, but I'm getting pretty close. I've had a great summer here rehabbing with St. Vincent and think I'll be ready to go. I can't wait for the season to get going. I'm just trying to rehab and get back here for the start of camp. I'm excited to get back on the court and do what I love to do."
McRoberts was limited to 17 games last season for Miami.
News: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is progressing on his rehab from knee surgery and plans on playing five-on-five later this month, per the New York Post.
“I’ll deal with that when that time comes,’’ Anthony said. “As I start pushing it and taking my rehab and workout to another level, I won’t know ahead of time where I’m at, what kind of legs I have underneath me.’’
Anthony was limited to 40 games for New York last season, averaging 24.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.