Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss: Waived by 76ers
Tibor Pleiss, C, PHI
8/31/2016
News: Pleiss was waived by the 76ers on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

After being acquired from the Jazz via trade, there seemed to be very little possibility that Pleiss would stay in Philadelphia given the team's frontcourt depth, as the 76ers took him on to acquire a pair of draft picks. He averaged just 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds during his rookie season with the Jazz, and the chances the center finds a home in the NBA this coming season look slim.

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Joffrey Lauvergne
Nuggets' Joffrey Lauvergne: Traded to Oklahoma City
Joffrey Lauvergne, C, OKC
8/30/2016
News: Lauvergne was traded to Oklahoma City on Tuesday in exchange for two second round picks, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports.

The 24-year-old Frenchman appeared in 59 games and made 15 starts for the Nuggets last season, compiling averages of 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. While he's a fairly intriguing asset, the Nuggets are already loaded with young frontcourt talent in Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic, so the decision to deal Lauvergne was likely made in order to alleviate what had turned into somewhat of a logjam. Lauvergne will join an Oklahoma City team that parted ways with Serge Ibaka this summer but added veteran Ersan Ilyasova and rookie Domantas Sabonis. With Steven Adams firmly entrenched as the starting center, Lauvergne will primarily battle Sabonis and Enes Kanter for minutes off the bench.

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Marc Gasol
Grizzlies' Marc Gasol: Resumes practicing following foot surgery
Marc Gasol, C, MEM
8/28/2016
News: Gasol (foot) indicated in a recent interview with Spanish newspaper L'Esportiu that he's been able to resume half-court practicing, Hoops Hype reports.

Gasol elaborated further on his condition in the interview, saying that he was a "couple of weeks away" from being cleared to suit up for the bronze medal-winning Spanish team in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It sounds like Gasol is trending toward availability for the start of the Grizzlies' training camp in the fall and if health prevails, he should reemerge as a top-flight fantasy center after averaging 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steal per game over his 52 appearances in 2015-16. That said, betting on a 7-foot-1 player over 30 years old coming back from a serious foot injury is always a risky proposition, so it may be difficult for fantasy owners to justify selecting him around where his average draft position ultimately falls.

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Joel Embiid
76ers' Joel Embiid: 'I feel a hundred percent'
Joel Embiid, C, PHI
8/27/2016
News: Embiid (foot) said Saturday that he feels "a hundred percent," Jessica Camerato of CSN Philadelphia reports.

During a team event, Embiid interacted with fans and revealed that he's not experiencing any injury-related issues as training camp approaches. The former Kansas star did acknowledge that he'll likely face some playing restrictions in 2016-17, though he noted that they would not be due to concern over re-injury and would rather be a product of the fact that he hasn't played in a game setting in two-plus years. Embiid remains somewhat of a wild card for the 76ers this season, but if he's healthy he has the potential to develop into a top-tier center down the road.

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Kelly Olynyk
Celtics' Kelly Olynyk: Shoulder getting stronger
Kelly Olynyk, C, BOS
8/25/2016
News: Olynyk indicated Wednesday that his surgically-repaired right shoulder is becoming stronger, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.

Olynyk remains concerned that his activities could still be limited at the start of training camp in late September, but the big man nonetheless appears to be well ahead of the five-month recovery timetable initially handed down in late May. That timetable likely would have resulted in Olynyk being sidelined for the start of the season, but the Celtics seem increasingly optimistic that he'll be back to full health at some point in training camp. Olynyk is expected to compete with Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko for a starting role in the frontcourt alongside marquee free-agent signing Al Horford.

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Festus Ezeli
Trail Blazers' Festus Ezeli: To miss six weeks
Festus Ezeli, C, POR
8/23/2016
News: Ezeli received an injection in his left knee and is expected to miss six weeks, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports.

Ezeli missed nearly half of last season due to complications with his left knee, which resulted in a mid-season procedure just before the All-Star break. While he returned near the end of the regular season and was available throughout the playoffs, he was never quite fully healthy, and that was borne out in his lackluster postseason performance. According to the Trail Blazers, Ezeli received the injection to "alleviate pain and improve function," perhaps as a means of taking caution against further issues before the 2016-17 season begins. The six-week timetable should enable Ezeli to be ready for opening night, though more will be known as training camp approaches.

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Timofey Mozgov
Lakers' Timofey Mozgov: Returns to practice
Timofey Mozgov, C, LAL
8/17/2016
News: Mozgov (groin) returned to practice with the Russian national team Wednesday, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Mozgov missed Russia's last two games after suffering a groin strain, but after an MRI cleared him of anything serious and his lingering pain subsided, he was able to get back on the court Wednesday. Recently receiving a four-year, $64 million contract, Mozgov isn't in danger of missing the start of the Lakers' training camp and should move into a starter's role right off the bat with his new team.

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Joakim Noah
Knicks' Joakim Noah: Fully recovered from shoulder surgery
Joakim Noah, C, NY
8/15/2016
News: Noah said last week that he's fully recovered from the season-ending procedure he required in January to address a dislocated left shoulder, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Noah will face no limitations heading into his first training camp with the Knicks, who inked him to a four-year, $72 million contract early in free agency. Though he's now healthy, Noah has dealt with numerous ailments throughout his career and has played more than 70 games just once in the last seven seasons. Despite concerns about his fragility, the Knicks still view Noah as their starting center and believe he can provide a needed defensive presence at the back end. In his 29 games last season with the Bulls, Noah averaged 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.0 block in 21.9 minutes per game, but he should see a considerable rise in playing time with the move to New York.

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Tiago Splitter
Hawks' Tiago Splitter: Expects to be ready by training camp
Tiago Splitter, C, ATL
8/14/2016
News: Splitter (hip) expects to be ready to go for training camp, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Splitter struggled with hip problems all of last season, and is still recovering from a February hip surgery. The big man is set to be the backup center behind the newly-acquired Dwight Howard. Splitter originally wasn't sure if he'd be able to return by the start of the season, so it's encouraging progress to see him recovering fairly quickly enough to be ready for the Hawks' upcoming training camp.

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Robert Sacre
Pelicans' Robert Sacre: Signs training camp deal with Pelicans
Robert Sacre, C, NO
8/11/2016
News: Sacre signed a training camp deal with the Pelicans on Thursday, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports.

The 27-year-old center has spent his entire four-year career with the Lakers, who drafted him with the last pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. He was a minimal contributor for the Lakers during the 2015-16 campaign, playing in just 25 games, while averaging 3.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.4 blocks over 13 minutes per outing. If he makes the final roster, he should provide depth behind the likes of Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca in the frontcourt.

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