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Heat C Justin Hamilton undergoes heart surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:10 pm ET) 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
(12:13 pm ET) 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
(12:08 pm ET) 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
(11:33 am ET) 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
(11:30 am ET) 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
(11:25 am ET) 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
(11:20 am ET) 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
(11:16 am ET) 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.

Mavericks not ready to name starting point guard


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:07 am ET) Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is not ready to name a starter at point guard, according to ESPN Dallas. In fact, he's not concerned over the idea of splitting minutes between Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton.

"I get a lot of questions about the minutes crunch," Carlisle said. "I'm not worried about that. I just want good basketball players that want to win, and I think we have that."


Nets C Kevin Garnett taking an aggressive approach this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:02 am ET) After a disappointing 2013-14 campaign where he averaged a career-low 6.5 points per game on 44.1 percent from the floor, Nets center Kevin Garnett told reporters he's ready to be more aggressive this season, according to the Record.

"This year, I'm coming in with a little more edge, a little more assertiveness," Garnett said, who is entering the final season of his contract. "Kind of [reverting] back to how I came into this league and what I've created for myself. I'm being a lot more aggressive."


Report: Contract talks put on hold between Rudy Gay, Kings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:56 am ET) Contract talks have between the Kings and forward Rudy Gay have been put on hold, according to Cowbell Kingdom on Monday. Both sides engaged in talks before the FIBA World Cup and have until June 30 to come up with a deal, or else he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

"I'm letting my management handle that," Gay said. "I'm not going to be getting involved until it's nearing the end or both sides feel as though that that needs to happen. Then I make a decision."


Lakers' Kobe Bryant says he's ready for preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:47 am ET) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he has "no reason to think" he would not play in the team's preseason opener against the Nuggets on Oct. 6, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Bryant returned from Achilles surgery, but had his 2013-14 campaign cut short because of a fractured lateral tibial plateau. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.7 turnovers in six games. 


Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris are part of team's future, Magic GM says


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:40 am ET) Magic general manager Rob Hennigan told reporters on media day that he envisions center Nikola Vucevic and forward Tobias Harris as part of their future, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.

"We don't envision a scenario where either of those players aren't with us moving forward," Hennigan said.

Vucevic appeared in 57 games last season, averaging a career-best 14.2 points per outing. He is expected to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season. The Magic are hoping to give Harris an extension before the start of this season. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.0 rebounds over 61 games in 2013-14.


Nuggets' Nate Robinson would like to stay put in Denver


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:29 am ET) Nate Robinson told the Denver Post on Monday that he would like to finish out his career with the Nuggets. Robinson, who suffered a torn ACL in January, is entering the final year of his two-year, $4.1 million contract. He averaged 10.4 points, 2.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds over 44 games before the injury last season.

"I'm too old to be moving around too much more," Robinson said. "I don't know if I have too many more years doing that. For me, I would love to stay here. I've taken a liking to Denver, it's been fun. The city is great, the fans are great and this team is awesome. I would love to be here if they would love to have me."


Nuggets not ready to name starting center


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:21 am ET) When asked if he's named a starting center, Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said, "we'll kind of have to see," according to the Denver Post. JaVale McGee missed most of last season because of a fractured right fibula. Timofey Mozgov took over for him over that stretch and averaged 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds over 82 games.

Knicks F Amar'e Stoudemire wants to play 30 minutes per night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Knicks power forward Amar'e Stoudemire remains confident he can play at least 30 minutes per outing this season, ESPN New York reports.

Stoudemire was limited to 65 games (21 starts) and averaged 22.6 minutes per game last season. Over his final 20 games, he logged 28.4 minutes, averaging 16.1 points and 6.2 boards while shooting 57.4 percent from the field. However, head coach Derek Fisher already indicated last week that he'll rest Stoudemire when needed in order to help keep him healthy for the entire season.

"I think toward the end of the year last year we got it to a 30-minute-a-night, 35-minute-a-night type deal," Stoudemire said. "So I'm sure after I sit down with the coaches we'll pick out something that's going to be beneficial to both of us.


Lakers' Xavier Henry begins 5-on-5 drills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Lakers forward Xavier Henry began 5-on-5 drills last week, but isn't sure when he'll be fully cleared to practice, according to the Orange County Register. His main focus is be ready to play the season opener against the Rockets on Oct. 28.

Henry was limited to 43 games last season because of wrist and knee injuries. Although his left wrist is full recovered from offseason surgery, his surgically repaired right knee is not at 100 percent. He averaged 10.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season.


Trail Blazers F Thomas Robinson expected to be ready for camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson, who had surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament late July, started "contact" practices last week. He is expected to be ready to play the first day of training camp, according to the Oregonian.

Robinson averaged 4.8 points and grabbed 4.4 boards per outing last season for Portland.


Spurs C Tiago Splitter diagnosed with strained soleus


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Spurs center Tiago Splitter as been diagnosed with a strained right soleus, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.

Although he played for the Brazilian National Team in the FIBA World Cup, Splitter sustained the injury in training camp, according to the report. He will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days. At this point, he remains without a timetable for return.

Splitter averaged 8.2 points and 6.2 boards and 21.5 minutes in 59 games (50 starts) last season for the Spurs.


Marvin Williams to start at power forward ahead of Cody Zeller


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Although training camp has not started, Hornets coach Steve Clifford told the Charlotte Observer he plans to start newly acquired Marvin Williams at power forward ahead of second-year pro Cody Zeller. Williams signed a two-year, $14 million deal in the offseason after averaging 9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 66 games in 2013-14 for the Jazz.

Warriors' Andre Iguodala receives PRP injection in his knee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Warriors guard Andre Iguodala told reporters he had a stem cell platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Iguodala suffered from right knee tendinitis and left hip soreness last season. As a result, he was limited to 63 starts, averaging 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game -- both career-lows. When asked if Iguodala could start at small forward earlier in the week, head coach Steve Kerr told the Bay Area News Group that "everything's open."


Warriors' Shaun Livingston still targeting return on opening night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Warriors backup point guard Shaun Livingston is aiming to be ready for opening night, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He was previously expected to miss the first two weeks of the season. Livingston had offseason toe surgery and the recovery process could keep him out for the majority of training camp. 

Warriors F David Lee fully recovered from minor core surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Warriors forward David Lee told reporters he is back at 100 percent after undergoing minor surgery to repair a core muscle, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Lee, 31, averaged 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds last season. 

Trail Blazers pick up Damian Lillard's fourth-year option


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) The Trail Blazers picked up guard Damian Lillard's fourth-year option, according to the Columbian on Monday. Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 boards while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from behind the arc in 2013-14. 

Pelicans G Jrue Holiday will be limited during training camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday told reporters he is still not fully healthy and will be limited in training camp, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Holiday season-ending surgery to repair the stress fracture in his right tibia last January. He told the paper his leg is at about 70-to-75 percent.

"Coach and I have talked about how it is going to go," Holiday said. "It's going to go a lot slower than what it usually would be if I were healthy."