Omer Asik
Omer Asik ready to clean up in return to starting role
Omer Asik, C, NO
News: Last season was a rough one for Omer Asik, who had to deal with returning to a reserve role after really shining as a starter the previous year. He should be much happier with his role this season, as the Pelicans acquired him this offseason with the intention of installing him as the starting center.

The Pelicans should have a fearsome frontcourt with Asik starting next to Anthony Davis, and Davis' presence should free Asik up to do the kind of work he excels at. Asik isn't a great offensive player, but he can be a dominant offensive rebounder, and should have many chances to clean up the boards with teams keying in on Davis offensively. Among players who have logged at least 5,000 minutes in the NBA, Asik is 22nd all-time in offensive rebounding percentage.

Asik had trouble staying healthy last season, but that was the first time he had ever missed a regular-season game in his career, so we can probably write that off as a fluke. He averaged a double-double with 1.1 blocks per game in 30.0 minutes per game two years ago, and should be capable of similar production as he returns to a starting role.

Asik should be viewed as a starting Fantasy option this season, though he may not have the upside of some other younger centers at this point. 


Larry Sanders
Larry Sanders 'absolutely' a part of team's future plans
Larry Sanders, C, MIL
News: Bucks assistant general manager David Morway told 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
Brendan Haywood possibly ahead of schedule
Brendan Haywood, C, CLE
News: 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
Brook Lopez sheds weight in order to stay healthy
Brook Lopez, C, BKN
News: 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. 


Bernard James
Mavericks bring back Bernard James
Bernard James, C, DAL
News: The Mavericks are bringing back Bernard James. He signed a one-year contract with the team on Wednesday. The third-year center averaged 2.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 7.9 minutes in 76 career games (11 starts) with Dallas.

Greg Stiemsma
Raptors ink Greg Stiemsma to one-year contract
Greg Stiemsma, C, TOR
News: The Raptors signed center Greg Stiemsma to a one-year, $1 million contract. Stiemsma registered career bests of in rebounds (4.1) and minutes (18.3) per game last season with New Orleans. In 55 games (20 starts) he averaged only 2.9 points.

Hasheem Thabeet
76ers acquire, then waive Hasheem Thabeet
Hasheem Thabeet, C, PHI
News: The 76ers acquired center Hasheem Thabeet from the Thunder in exchange for a 2015 protected second round draft pick. The team also received cash considerations from Oklahoma City. Thabeet was immediately waived by Philadelphia. 

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi suffers offseason shoulder injury
Ian Mahinmi, C, IND
News: 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 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. 


Aaron Gray
Aaron Gray signs one-year contract with the Wizards
Aaron Gray, C, DET
News: Center Aaron Gray signed a one-year deal worth $1.27 million with the Washington Wizards. The deal includes a player option for the following season. Gray split last season between Toronto and Sacramento, averaging 1.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 37 games. He also shot 44.3 percent from the field over that span.

DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins avoids serious injury at Team USA practice
DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC
News: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins dodged a bullet Thursday when the MRI on his right knee came back negative.

According to Yahoo Sports, Cousins limped off the court during a Team USA training session after Anthony Davis landed on his knee during a scrimmage. Cousins later tweeted that he was "fine," helping to suppress any concerns of a serious injury. 


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