Joel Embiid
76ers' Joel Embiid: Will take part in training camp, could be limited
Joel Embiid, C, PHI
9/20/2017
News: Sixers GM Brian Colangelo said Wednesday that Embiid (knee) will participate when the Sixers open training camp next week, though it's unclear if he'll be fully cleared, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.

The news surrounding Embiid, who's working back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, has been mostly positive, though the Sixers have remained hyper-conservative, in their own words, throughout the recovery process. Colangelo went on to say that Embiid "will be out there for the first game" but also noted that it's possible he could face a minutes restriction, as was the case last season. While that could ultimately be what's best for Embiid's long-term health, a minutes restriction would almost certainly hamper his fantasy value, which is already rather volatile given his injury history.

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Andrew Bogut
Lakers' Andrew Bogut: Signs with Lakers
Andrew Bogut, C, LAL
9/18/2017
News: Bogut (lower leg) has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Lakers worth the veteran minimum, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Bogut is still trying to shake off the fractured tibia he suffered in March -- which occurred only four days after signing with the Cavaliers -- but he's trending in the right direction for being fully available by the opening of training camp. Even at 32 years old, Bogut is still a valuable rim protector and he might be able to carve out a recurring role in the Lakers' rotation despite the fact that Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac are better all-around options for coach Luke Walton.

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Mason Plumlee
Nuggets' Mason Plumlee: Re-ups with Denver on three-year pact
Mason Plumlee, C, DEN
9/18/2017
News: Plumlee re-signed with the Nuggets on Monday on a three-year, $41 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Since Plumlee was a restricted free agent, the Nuggets had the ability to match any offer sheet the big man would have received from another team, but with few teams having the existing cap space to submit a competitive contract to Plumlee, he was content to stick around in Denver. Though he saw his numbers drop across the board while playing second fiddle to Nikola Jokic after coming over via trade from the Trail Blazers last February, Plumlee's combination of size (6-foot-11, 255 pounds), athleticism and passing skills make him a viable rotational big man for just about any team. Plumlee isn't likely to see his role grow much in his first full season in Denver with Paul Millsap and Jokic entrenched as the clear frontcourt starters, but Plumlee and Kenneth Faried should form a high-energy tandem on the second unit. Look for Plumlee to receive around 15-to-25 minutes per game while coming off the bench, which will likely relegate his utility to deeper fantasy formats.

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Diamond Stone
Bulls' Diamond Stone: Signs contract with Bulls
Diamond Stone, C, CHI
9/14/2017
News: Stone signed a contract with the Bulls on Thursday.

Stone, who was drafted by the Clippers with the 40th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, struggled to play much of a factor during his rookie season. He saw action in just seven games, averaging a meager 3.4 minutes. However, the 20-year-old big man still has some upside and he'll be joining one of the weaker rosters in the league. That would likely give Stone a chance to see an uptick in minutes if he were to ultimately make the team. His contract is more than likely just a training camp deal, so he'll still have to play well throughout the preseason to earn a spot on the roster. There's a chance he ends up with the team's G-League affiliate when all is said and done. He impressed in 13 games at the G-League level last season, averaging 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds across 21.7 minutes.

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Jared Sullinger
Jared Sullinger: Signs two-month deal in China
Jared Sullinger, C, PHO
9/12/2017
News: Sullinger signed a two-month, $300,000 contract with the Shenzhen Leopards of China, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports.

Sullinger had reportedly drawn interest from the Nets before the team decided to sign Tyler Zeller instead. Sullinger has notably struggled with weight and injury problems throughout his career, so will likely be using his time in China as proof to NBA teams that he has things under control. He told the Columbus Dispatch in July, "I lost a year of basketball directly because of what I have done -- my weight and my eating habits."

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Tyler Zeller
Nets' Tyler Zeller: Finalizing two-year contract with Nets
Tyler Zeller, C, BKN
9/11/2017
News: Zeller is finalizing a two-year contract with the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Last season with the Celtics, Zeller's role fluctuated throughout the year, often pushing him out of the rotation entirely. That limited the big man to just 51 games, where he averaged a career-low 10.3 minutes per contest. In joining the Nets on a two-year contract, Zeller should be able to find more playing time, though it likely won't be enough to turn him into a significant fantasy asset. He'll battle for minutes with Jarrett Allen and Quincy Acy off the bench behind Timofey Mozgov at center.

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Miles Plumlee
Hawks' Miles Plumlee: Cited, not arrested, for marijuana possession
Miles Plumlee, C, ATL
9/8/2017
News: Updating a previous note, Plumlee (knee) was cited -- not arrested -- for marijuana possession last month, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Initial reports suggested that Plumlee had been arrested in New York for possession of marijuana, but it's since become clear that the big man was only cited. Per the Journal-Constitution, Plumlee could be subject to discipline through the NBA's drug program, but at this point it's unclear whether he'll face a fine or possible suspension. "We are aware of the situation involving Miles," the Hawks said in a statement. "We are in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment at this time."

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Spencer Hawes
Bucks' Spencer Hawes: Will be waived by Bucks
Spencer Hawes, C, MIL
8/31/2017
News: Hawes will be waived by the Bucks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Reports surfaced earlier that the Bucks would use the stretch provision to waive Hawes and spread his cap hit over multiple years. Wojnarowski confirmed the report late Thursday. Hawes will be an unrestricted free agent once he clears waivers.

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Nerlens Noel
Mavericks' Nerlens Noel: Agrees to deal with Mavs
Nerlens Noel, C, DAL
8/26/2017
News: Noel signed a 1-year qualifying offer worth $4.1 million on Saturday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

The offseason has been quite the saga for Noel, who now finally knows where he will be playing in the upcoming season. the big man was sort of the odd-man out after most teams filled up their cap space with other free agents. The Mavs stood pat in their offer, and Noel ultimately gave in. He will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, so look for the former Kentucky product to play with a chip on his shoulder this year.

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Marshall Plumlee
Clippers' Marshall Plumlee: Signs partially-guaranteed deal with Clippers
Marshall Plumlee, C, NY
8/19/2017
News: Plumlee signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Clippers on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Plumlee struggled to get on the court last season, appearing in just 21 games. He also didn't see much work when he took the floor, averaging just 8.1 minutes per contest and posting 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds. The nature of the deal likely means he'll have to fight for a roster spot on the Clippers, though the team isn't particularly deep at the center slot.

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