Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson: Signs deal with Kings
Ty Lawson, PG, IND
8/28/2016
News: Lawson agreed to a one-year deal with the Kings on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reports.

Lawson will compete with Darren Collison, Garrett Temple, and Isaiah Cousins for a consistent role. Last season with the Rockets, the point guard averaged 5.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in 21 minutes per game.

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Bryce Cotton
Bryce Cotton: Inks contract with Turkish squad
Bryce Cotton, PG, MEM
8/28/2016
News: Cotton signed a contract Saturday with Anadolu Efes S.K. of the Turkish Basketball Super League, Hoops Hype reports.

Cotton was hopeful to earn a guaranteed contract from an NBA team on the strength of his quality summer league performance with the Hawks, during which he averaged 12.8 points, 2.6 rebound and 1.4 assists over 19.6 minutes per game in his five appearances while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from three-point land. Any offers he might have received apparently weren't enticing enough, however, as Cotton will opt to head overseas in 2016-17. Given that he's just 24 years old and saw action in eight games with the Suns and Grizzlies a year earlier, there's still time for Cotton to resurface at the NBA level.

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Devin Harris
Mavericks' Devin Harris: Resumes running following toe surgery
Devin Harris, PG, DAL
8/28/2016
News: Harris (toe) will resume light running this week, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

Harris underwent two operations after the Mavericks were eliminated from the postseason in May, one to address his left thumb and another to address his left big toe. His thumb fully healed in June, but he's still working to strengthen the toe and should conclude the rehab process before training camp opens in September. After averaging 7.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20.0 minutes per game a season ago, Harris may see his playing time plunge further in 2016-17 after the Mavericks added Seth Curry to their backcourt corps earlier this offseason.

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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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Mo Williams
Cavaliers' Mo Williams: Mulling retirement
Mo Williams, PG, CLE
8/28/2016
News: Williams is contemplating retirement and could be released by the Cavaliers in the near future, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

Williams just completed his 12th NBA season and has the potential to go out on top after the Cavaliers were recently crowned the 2016 NBA champions. A lingering knee injury and a desire to coach were mentioned in regards to his reasoning, which seems to indicate Williams may be ready to move on. He exercised a $2.2 million player option earlier this offseason, so even if he retires, the Cavaliers are on the hook for his contract. If Williams does end up calling it quits, recent second-round pick Kay Felder would likely take over the team's backup point guard role.

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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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Tibor Pleiss
76ers' Tibor Pleiss: Will be waived by Sixers
Tibor Pleiss, C, PHI
8/27/2016
News: Pleiss is expected to be waived by the Sixers, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly reports.

Pleiss and two future second-round picks were just traded Friday from the Jazz in exchange for Kendall Marshall. With Marshall already waived by the Jazz on Friday, the trade was essentially for financial bookkeeping purposes. Even though Pleiss stands at an imposing 7-3, the German is now in danger of seeing his NBA career come to an end after one forgettable season in Utah where he made just 12 appearances.

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Kendall Marshall
76ers' Kendall Marshall: Traded to Jazz
Kendall Marshall, PG, PHI
8/26/2016
News: Marshall was traded to the Jazz on Friday in exchange for Tibor Pleiss, two future second-round picks, and cash, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Marshall had been buried on the 76ers' depth chart at guard heading into the 2016-17 season, so the team will at least be getting value in return for sending the 25-year-old off to a new squad. Throughout the 2015-16 season in Philadelphia he notched 3.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 13 minutes per game in 30 games played. The likes of George Hill, Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, and more crowd the backcourt in Utah, so Marshall has some battling to do before securing a spot in the pecking order.

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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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Josh McRoberts
Heat's Josh McRoberts: Will stick with Miami for upcoming season
Josh McRoberts, PF, MIA
8/25/2016
News: The Heat have informed McRoberts that he remains in the team's plans for the upcoming season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

McRoberts' name surfaced in trade rumors throughout the offseason, but since the big man underwhelmed during an injury-plagued 2015-16 campaign and is due $5.8 million in 2016-17, it's unlikely the Heat gained much traction with any supposed discussions. With Chris Bosh's health on uncertain ground heading into the season while he recovers from a setback relating to blood clots, the Heat could need McRoberts to raise his performance in order to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference.

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