Clint N'Dumba-Capela
Rockets' Clint Capela: Not guaranteed starting role
Clint N'Dumba-Capela, C, HOU
2:10 PM
News: Capela will have to fend off Nene Hilario for the Rockets' starting center position, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

With Dwight Howard heading to Atlanta, Capela was instantly considered a lock to take over his role. However, Nene Hilario was brought in on a one-year contract this offseason and will have a chance to stake his claim in the matter. While Hilario legitimately has a chance to start, Capela is likely the leader still with the preseason approaching, and at age 22, compared to Hilario at age 34, Capela should have the fresher legs and the ability to take on a larger allotment of minutes.

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 Nene
Rockets' Nene Hilario: Expects to compete for starter's role
Nene, C, HOU
2:02 PM
News: Hilario will compete with Clint Capela for the Rockets' starting center position, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Coming into training camp, it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that third-year center Clint Capela would take on a starter's role with Dwight Howard now in Atlanta. However, Hilario, a 12-year NBA veteran, has apparently started camp in impressive fashion and will have an opportunity to claim a starter's role. Whether he's in the starting lineup or not, the 34-year-old Hilario still likely won't be relied upon for extended minutes throughout the season, so Capela would have a significant role off the bench if that were the case. We should get a clearer indication of who has the leg once preseason games begin.

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Marc Gasol
Grizzlies' Marc Gasol: To get periodic rest
Marc Gasol, C, MEM
12:52 PM
News: The Grizzlies are planning to give Gasol periodic nights off during the regular season, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. "There will be some games we sit him," coach David Fizdale said. "I'm definitely going to preserve him."

Early reviews from camp regarding Gasol have been overwhelmingly positive, with the veteran center going as far as to say he feels better, physically, than ever before. Still, the Grizzlies will be cautious with their franchise center, whose 2015-16 season was cut short by a fractured right foot. The Grizzlies haven't announced a firm plan as far as when or how often Gasol will rest, but the most likely scenario would be Gasol sitting out half of certain back-to-back sets to avoid excessive strain on the surgically repaired foot.

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Jahlil Okafor
76ers' Jahlil Okafor: Limited in practice Wednesday
Jahlil Okafor, C, PHI
12:04 PM
News: Okafor was limited in practice Wednesday due to soreness in his right knee, Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com reports.

Okafor underwent surgery back in March to repair a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, but the Sixers declared him fully healthy in advance of camp. The soreness certainly isn't an encouraging development, though it could simply be a product of an increased workload with camp underway. The Sixers will handle Okafor on a day-to-day basis as the start of the preseason approaches.

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Joakim Noah
Knicks' Joakim Noah: Returns to practice Wednesday
Joakim Noah, C, NY
10:54 AM
News: Noah returned to practice Wednesday, Steve Popper of The Record reports.

Noah missed the first two days of camp while tending to a family matter but, as expected, he's rejoined the Knicks for the team's second day of full practice. All signs point to Noah opening the season as New York's starting center as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing, injury-plagued 2015-16 campaign in Chicago.

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Festus Ezeli
Trail Blazers' Festus Ezeli: Does individual work Tuesday
Festus Ezeli, C, POR
9/27/2016
News: Ezeli (knee) did some individual shooting on the side of Tuesday's practice, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.

Ezeli recently indicated that he no longer has a concrete timetable for a return, thus we still have no idea how long his current absence will drag on. He was able to do some solo work on the side of Tuesday's practice, but remains out of team drills as he continues to rehab his knee injury. Ezeli is expected to open the season as starting center Mason Plumlee's direct backup, but it's yet to be announced whether we'll get to see Ezeli once the preseason schedule begins.

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Miles Plumlee
Bucks' Miles Plumlee: Enters training camp as starting center
Miles Plumlee, C, MIL
9/26/2016
News: Plumlee will enter training camp as the Bucks' starting center, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Plumlee saw a vastly increased role in his second campaign with the Bucks last season, playing in 61 games, while notching 14 starts. After being rewarded for his strong play this offseason with a four-year, $52 million contract, Plumlee will enter training camp as the team's starting center, which only figures to boost his value moving forward. Of course, as long as Greg Monroe isn't traded, he will still see his fair share of minutes off the bench, while John Henson could be a factor in the rotation as well, so we may need to temper expectations a bit on a potential bigger role for Plumlee. To go along with that, it's still only training camp and with around a month till the season opener still, the starting lineup could be tweaked.

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Anderson Varejao
Warriors' Anderson Varejao: Cleared for training camp
Anderson Varejao, C, GS
9/26/2016
News: Varejao (back) is good to go for the start of training camp, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports.

Varejao has dealt with some back issues throughout the offseason, which was the reason he was forced to sit out of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, after an additional couple of months off for further rest and recovery, Varejao is feeling much better and expects to be ready to go for the start of training camp. With Zaza Pachulia expected to start at center, while Drayond Green could also see time there when the Warriors opt to play small ball, Varejao will likely have a tough time seeing big minutes during the upcoming campaign.

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Kelly Olynyk
Celtics' Kelly Olynyk: Limited to start training camp
Kelly Olynyk, C, BOS
9/26/2016
News: Olynyk (shoulder) will participate in non-contact drills to start training camp, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Olynyk underwent shoulder surgery in May to address subluxations and is still working his way back into the swing of things, so he'll enter training camp as a limited participant. He's expected to participate in non-contact drills for the time being, but should see his participation ramp up as the regular season approaches. Olynyk will have his shoulder reevaluated on Oct. 15, which should provide us clarification on if he'll be ready to play in the team's season opener. Olynyk is expected to compete with Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko for a starting role in the frontcourt, so the longer he's out, the more time Johnson and Jerebko have to get a leg up in the competition.

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Andrew Bogut
Mavericks' Andrew Bogut: Expects increase in playing time
Andrew Bogut, C, DAL
9/26/2016
News: According to coach Rick Carlisle, Bogut is expected to see more than 20 minutes per game during the upcoming season, Eddie Sefko of SportsDay reports.

Bogut averaged 20.7 minutes per game with the Warriors last season, but with the Mavericks, coach Rick Carlisle expects Bogut to see an increase in playing time. While the uptick in minutes is positive for the 31-year-old center's fantasy value, Bogut will still likely be relied upon more for his defense, rather than using him extensively as an offensive presence. He'll also need to stay healthy after dealing with a plethora of injuries throughout his career, as he hasn't played in over 70 games in eight straight seasons. However, look for Bogut to open the season as the Mavericks' starting center and have the chance to improve his numbers across the board in his 12th NBA season.

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