Markieff Morris
Wizards' Markieff Morris: Expected to miss camp after sports hernia surgery
Markieff Morris, F, WAS
4:59 PM
News: Morris will undergo sports hernia surgery Friday and is expected to miss training camp, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

Morris, who is currently on trial facing felony assault charges, will now add sports hernia surgery on top of his busy offseason. He's dealt with the issue before, undergoing surgery for the same problem back in 2010 as a junior at Kansas. That year, he only missed preseason practices and went on to have the best season of his collegiate career. While that's somewhat promising, Morris is still expected to miss this year's training camp, with a more comprehensive timetable coming after the conclusion of the surgery. Even then, it's no guarantee he'll play if he's healthy, as the outcome of the trial could mean disciplinary action by the league if he's found guilty. If Morris ends up missing a chunk of the regular season, it seems likely the Wizards would slide Otto Porter up to power forward while inserting Kelly Oubre into the starting five at small forward.

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Alex Abrines
Thunder's Alex Abrines: Diagnosed with bone bruise in right knee
Alex Abrines, G, OKC
4:04 PM
News: Abrines (knee) has been diagnosed with a bone bruise, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports.

While the Thunder are limiting the young shooter to play it safe, Abrines noted that he's pain-free. It's still somewhat unclear if he'll be fully cleared for training camp, however. The positive sign here is that the injury isn't considered serious and he should be ready to go for the first game of the season, provided he doesn't experience a setback. He'll likely only have fantasy value in deep leagues once again this season, as his role behind Andre Roberson and other wing depth could once again limit him to around 15 minutes per contest.

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Joel Embiid
76ers' Joel Embiid: Will take part in training camp, could be limited
Joel Embiid, C, PHI
1:23 PM
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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Dario Saric
76ers' Dario Saric: Expected to come off bench
Dario Saric, F, PHI
1:17 PM
News: Coach Brett Brown implied Wednesday that Saric would come off the bench to begin the season, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

While Brown did not explicitly lock in a starting five, he all but solidified that the team will begin the year with a lineup of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and Markelle Fultz. The decision doesn't come as a huge surprise, though there was some debate as to whether the Sixers would go with Saric or Covington at small forward. A far superior defender, Covington figures to start and end most games, per Brown, though Saric still projects to hold a significant role off the bench. The Rookie of the Year runner-up appeared in 81 games last season and compiled averages of 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from three. Given the additions of Simmons and Fultz, Saric may do less playmaking this season, though Brown will undoubtedly find ways to integrate his passing ability into the offense.

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Ben Simmons
76ers' Ben Simmons: Impressing in offseason workouts
Ben Simmons, F, PHI
1:09 PM
News: Coach Brett Brown said Wednesday that Simmons is "dominating the gym" during 5-on-5 offseason workouts, Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com reports.

There's a good chance this is simply a coach propping up his player, but it's nonetheless encouraging to hear after a foot injury kept Simmons out of the entirety of what would have been his rookie season. The Sixers reportedly plan to use Simmons at multiple positions, including point guard, but it appears he'll begin games as the nominal power forward, and that's the position he'll most often defend. "I think he has a chance to be a multi-position elite defensive player," Brown said. "It's jaw-dropping how he covers ground"

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Robert Covington
76ers' Robert Covington: Expected to begin season as starter
Robert Covington, F, PHI
1:04 PM
News: Coach Brett Brown implied Wednesday that Covington would begin the season as the Sixers' starting small forward, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Whether Covington or Dario Saric would get the starting nod was a point of debate throughout the summer, but it appears as though Brown has settled on Covington, who he said he envisions both starting and ending games for the Sixers. Arguably the team's top wing defender, Covington started all 67 games in which he appeared last season, averaging 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game, while shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. While that was the lowest three-point efficiency of his career, Covington still converted 2.0 threes per game, and his 1.0 blocks per game made him one of the better under-the-radar, overall fantasy performers in the league.

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Dante Cunningham
Pelicans' Dante Cunningham: Agrees to one-year deal with Pelicans
Dante Cunningham, PF, NO
9/19/2017
News: Cunningham agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Pelicans on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Cunningham, who declined his $3.1 million player option for 2017-18 with the Pelicans, will end up re-signing with the team for less money. He was likely hoping for a more lucrative, long-term deal after shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc last season, but seemingly struggled to find any suitors. Cunningham posted 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds across 25.0 minutes per game last season in New Orleans and will probably see a similar workload during the upcoming 2017-18 campaign. Due to his role, he should be targeted in only deep fantasy leagues.

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Danilo Gallinari
Clippers' Danilo Gallinari: Should be ready for training camp
Danilo Gallinari, F, LAC
9/19/2017
News: Gallinari (hand) is nearing the end of his recovery and is expected to be a full-go for training camp, Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report reports.

Gallinari fractured his right hand in late July throwing a punch during an exhibition game overseas. Though his recovery took longer than the initial three-to-four-week timetable, he's reported to be 'days away' from returning to basketball activity. That's good news for both him and the Clippers, as he's expected to be fully healthy while joining his new teammates for training camp. As a result, his fantasy value shouldn't take much of a hit, if at all.

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Marcus Morris
Celtics' Marcus Morris: May miss start of training camp while on trial
Marcus Morris, F, BOS
9/19/2017
News: Morris could miss the beginning of training camp while standing trial for a 2015 assault case, Jack Maloney of CBS Sports reports.

The incident, which also involves Marcus' brother Markeiff, occurred while the brothers were both playing for the Suns. Training camp begins Sept. 26, so if the trial drags on, Morris is in danger of not being able to join his teammates right away to prepare for the season. Depending on the verdict, Morris could face jail time and/or a suspension by the league. If he ends up missing time, the Celtics may have to get creative with their starting five and rotation, possibly moving Gordon Hayward up to power forward.

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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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