Alan Anderson
Clippers' Alan Anderson: Expects to compete for starter's role
Alan Anderson, SG, LAC
5:02 PM
News: Anderson took some reps with the first team on Tuesday and coach Doc Rivers indicated the starting small forward job is "wide open", Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

Anderson saw limited action with the Wizards last season due to a plethora of injuries, but now that he's back to full strength, it appears he'll have a chance to battle for a significant role in the Clippers' regular rotation. Coach Doc Rivers indicated the competition for the starting small forward spot is "wide open", so Anderson, as well as Paul Pierce, Luc Mbah a Moute and Wesley Johnson, will all have a fair shot at stating their case throughout training camp. We should see plenty of different combinations used throughout the preseason, with a final decision likely made just prior to the regular season opener.

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Patrick Beverley
Rockets' Patrick Beverley: Expected to remain in starting five
Patrick Beverley, PG, HOU
2:48 PM
News: Beverley, who was cleared for full practice Tuesday, is expected to remain in the starting lineup to begin the season, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Coach Mike D'Antoni raised some eyebrows at Monday's media day when he intimated that James Harden would often function as the Rockets' point guard, which led to speculation that Beverley could be moved into a bench role. It doesn't look like that will be the case, however, as D'Antoni clarified Tuesday that still envisions Harden and Beverley sharing the backcourt. "Oh yeah, yeah, oh yeah," D'Antoni said. "[Beverley] can play off the ball, on the ball. He's a great defensive player so there's a lot of spots he can play." Beverley has served as the Rockets' primary starting point guard for the last three seasons, though Harden is often the one tasked with initiating offense and handling the ball in transition. Even under a new coaching regime, that's not likely to change this season, though the addition of free agent Eric Gordon threatens to cut into Beverley's workload.

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Alec Burks
Jazz's Alec Burks: Doesn't take contact Tuesday
Alec Burks, SG, UTA
2:40 PM
News: Burks (knee) didn't take part in full-contact drills during Tuesday's practice, Jazz radio play-by-play broadcaster David Locke reports.

The Jazz are likely just being cautious with Burks after his 2015-16 campaign was derailed by surgery to repair a fractured left fibula, limiting him to 31 games. Though he was able to come back from the December operation to rejoin the Jazz at the tail end of the season, Burks required a follow-up arthroscopic procedure in June to clean out debris in his left knee and ankle. He appears to have recovered from the surgery, but will likely be eased back to full activity during training camp. Burks should be ready to go for the start of the season, but will likely see his role downgraded a bit in 2016-17 with the Jazz getting Dante Exum (knee) back to full health and signing Joe Johnson in the offseason.

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Elfrid Payton
Magic's Elfrid Payton: Strains hip flexor in practice
Elfrid Payton, PG, ORL
12:16 PM
News: Payton strained his hip flexor during Tuesday's practice, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.

Payton suffered the injury while fighting through a screen and was forced to sit out the final 40 minutes of practice. The Magic haven't released any further details, but Payton should be considered day-to-day until further notice.

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Kemba Walker
Hornets' Kemba Walker: Limited in first practice
Kemba Walker, PG, CHA
11:46 AM
News: Walker was limited at the Hornets' first practice of training camp Monday.

While Walker said last month that he's completely healthy after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, he was held out of full-contact portions of Tuesday's practice. The move is likely precautionary, and Walker was able to partake in shooting and non-contact drills. At this point, there's not reason to believe Walker won't be at full strength for the start of the regular season.

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Caris LeVert
Nets' Caris LeVert: Getting 'close' to return to full practice
Caris LeVert, SG, BKN
9:34 AM
News: LeVert (foot) said Monday that he's "close" to being cleared to resume full practice, Brian Lewis of New York Post reports.

LeVert will be limited when training camp opens while he recovers from his third surgery to repair a fractured foot and hasn't received a date from the Nets' training staff of when he'll be able to practice fully. The 6-foot-7 swingman believes that his latest foot surgery will provide a permanent fix for the problems that plagued him throughout his collegiate career at Michigan. Despite his health concerns, LeVert was drafted in the first round on the strength of his impressive skills, which includes an ability to handle the ball, knock down three-pointers and guard three positions. He'll likely have a limited role in the early stages of the upcoming season, but should see his minutes expand in the second half of the campaign.

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Joe Johnson
Jazz's Joe Johnson: Role still undefined
Joe Johnson, SG, UTA
9/26/2016
News: Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Monday that he's yet to decide whether Johnson will start or come off the bench, Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports.

Johnson joined the Jazz on a two-year deal this offseason, adding even more depth to what was already one of the deepest rosters in the league. Utah is particularly stacekd on the wing, where Johnson will compete with Alec Burks, Rodney Hood, Joe Ingles, and Gorodn Hayward for minutes. Hayward is a virtual lock to start at small forward, meaning Snyder will have to choose between Johnson, Burks and Hood at shooting guard. While Johnson holds a major edge in terms of experience, Hood is coming off of a breakout 2015-16 campaign, and Burks was off to a strong start before an ankle injury forced him to miss 51 games. Snyder will likely try out multiple lineups through the first few weeks of the season, so it's entirely possible that all three of Johnson, Burks and Hood could find themselves in the starting five on a given night. Regardless of whether he starts or not, Johnson's role, minutes-wise, won't be drastically affected.

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Khris Middleton
Bucks' Khris Middleton: Will undergo surgery Wednesday
Khris Middleton, SG, MIL
9/26/2016
News: Middleton (hamstring) is slated to undergo surgery Wednesday in New York, Charles F. Garnder of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Middleton revealed that he tore his left hamstring last week after slipping on a wet spot on the court during a practice. Initial reports indicated that Middleton would be sidelined for approximately six months while he recovers from the surgery, but the swingman himself said he's not placing a timetable on his return. Either way, it's expected that Middleton's absence will at the very least stretch into the second half of the season, making him worth avoiding in most fantasy leagues, even as someone to stash on the bench. The Bucks are expected to use a number of different players to cover Middleton's minutes, with Rashad Vaughn, Matthew Dellavedova and Mirza Teletovic just a few of the names expected to benefit.

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Rashad Vaughn
Bucks' Rashad Vaughn: Starts training camp with starters
Rashad Vaughn, SG, MIL
9/26/2016
News: Vaughn will open training camp with the Bucks' starting lineup, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Vaughn was a minimal contributor during his rookie season with the Bucks, seeing just 14 minutes per game, while adding averages of 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists. However, coach Jason Kidd will experiment with his starting lineup to start training camp and give Vaughn a chance to cement an increased role, while bringing Michael Carter-Williams off the bench. Of course, it's still only training camp and the lineup will likely be altered at some point, so there's no guarantee Vaughn opens the season as a starter.

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Michael Carter-Williams
Bucks' Michael Carter-Williams: Will open season with second unit
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, MIL
9/26/2016
News: Carter-Williams (hip) will enter training camp with team's second unit, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Carter-Williams started 37 of the 54 games he played in a season ago for the Bucks, but saw his role decrease near the back end of the season. It appears the Bucks want to give second-year guard Rashad Vaughn a chance to run with the starting unit, so look for the Bucks to open training camp with Vaughn and newly acquired Matthew Dellavedova in the backcourt. Of course, that doesn't mean Carter-Williams is a lock to come off the bench once the regular season approaches. With all that said, the addition of Dellavedova and potential increase in Vaugn's role all seem to indicated Carter-Williams may see a decrease in playing time during the upcoming campaign.

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