Andre Drummond
Pistons' Andre Drummond: Lost 20 pounds over off-season
Andre Drummond, C, DET
9/25/2016
News: Drummond has lost 20 pounds in the offseason, James Herbert of CBS Sports reports.

Drummond said he's in the best shape of his life, and's ready to top last season, in which he averaged 16.2 points and NBA-best 14.8 rebounds. He recently re-signed with the Pistons to a five-year maximum deal of $127 million. It's hard to imagine Drummond's value increasing even more, but if he's improved as much as he says, it could increase his value.

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Mo Williams
Cavaliers' Mo Williams: Will retire after season
Mo Williams, PG, CLE
9/25/2016
News: Williams confirmed that the 2016-17 season will be his final year in the NBA, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Williams had been contemplating retirement in recent weeks, but announced in an Instagram post on Sept. 21 that he would be back for one more year. However, Williams said he has no intention of pursuing a new deal when his contract expires after the season, so it appears he's already made up his mind about the future. The 33-year-old is set to open the season as the top backup to Kyrie Irving at point guard, but it wouldn't be surprise if he lost out on playing time to rookie Kay Felder as the campaign wears on.

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Festus Ezeli
Trail Blazers' Festus Ezeli: No timetable for return
Festus Ezeli, C, POR
9/25/2016
News: Ezeli (knee) said Thursday that he no longer has a definitive timetable for a return, Ananth Pandlan of CBS Sports reports. "I personally don't have a timeline," Ezeli said. "I'm taking it day by day because when it comes to this situation, you never go with a timeline. It will frustrate me if I go by a timeline. I just try to take it by how I feel so hopefully sometime soon I can get back on the court and start playing again."

The Trail Blazers initially outlined a six-week recovery timetable for Ezeli after he received a pain injection in his left knee in late August, but they'll row back their expectations for the big man, who battled knee issues throughout most of last season. Ezeli is projected to serve as the top backup to Mason Plumlee at center once he returns to full health, though with ample frontcourt depth on hand in Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis and Maurice Harkless, the Trail Blazers won't be in any rush to get Ezeli back on the court.

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Cameron Payne
Thunder's Cameron Payne: Cleared for Tuesday's scrimmage
Cameron Payne, PG, OKC
9/25/2016
News: Payne (foot) expects to play in the Thunder's scrimmage on Tuesday, Erik Horne of the Oklahoman reports.

Payne was a full participant to open up training camp, as he's completely recovered from July surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. The Thunder are going to push him into action right away in their scrimmage on Tuesday, which means they don't appear to be worried about any sort of setback. It's only further confirmation that Payne will be healthy going into his second NBA season, where he's slated to see a larger role as Russell Westbrook's primary backup at point guard.

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Luol Deng
Lakers' Luol Deng: Likely to start at small forward
Luol Deng, SF, LAL
9/25/2016
News: Lakers coach Luke Walton confirmed that Deng will likely start at small forward to open the upcoming season, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Even though he's tentatively penciled in as a starter for the Lakers, who inked him to a four-year, $72 million deal this summer, Deng should see a reduction in the 32.4 minutes per game he averaged with the Heat in 2015-16. With No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram and second-year forward Larry Nance both in need of further development, coach Luke Walton figures to find playing time for the duo, which may result in Deng having to sacrifice a few minutes as the season wears on. While Deng's fantasy ceiling is capped as a result, he'll still provide his owners with respectable production in the points, three-pointers and rebounds categories.

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Brandon Ingram
Lakers' Brandon Ingram: Will open season in bench role
Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL
9/25/2016
News: Lakers coach Luke Walton said in a recent interview that Ingram would open his rookie season in a bench role, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. "We're not going to throw [Ingram] into the starting lineup right away," Walton said. "We're not going to play him 40 minutes a night. It's going to be a gradual process."

A highly skilled player with a massive wing span, strong work ethic and outside shooting ability, Ingram is expected to serve as a cornerstone of the Lakers' rebuilding effort, but the team will have the luxury of easing the rookie into his professional career. The team signed veteran Luol Deng in free agency this summer, and he'll presumably fill the void in the starting lineup at small forward left by the retirement of Kobe Bryant. Ingram is in line to serve as Deng's top backup, and could also see minutes at shooting guard behind projected starter Jordan Clarkson. The presence of Deng and Clarkson means a pathway to more than 25 minutes per game may be difficult for Ingram, but he still remains a prime asset in dynasty formats. If he adds some more strength to his willowy frame, Ingram could make tremendous strides throughout the season and take a massive leap in his second season.

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Josh McRoberts
Heat's Josh McRoberts: Still recovering from foot injury
Josh McRoberts, PF, MIA
9/25/2016
News: McRoberts is still recovering from a foot injury as training camp approaches, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

It's not clear when McRoberts picked up the injury, nor is it known how it might impact his activity level during training camp. The 2015-16 campaign was an injury-plagued mess for McRoberts, who made only 42 appearances and averaged 3.6 points on a woeful 37.2 percent shooting from the field to go with 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 14.2 minutes per game. While those numbers wouldn't normally make McRoberts a candidate for an expanded role during the upcoming season, the recent news that Chris Bosh (blood clots) failed his physical and remains indefinitely creates a major void at power forward for the Heat. Expect coach Erik Spoelsta to use a combination of McRoberts, Derrick Williams, Luke Babbitt and Justise Winslow to cover the bulk of the minutes at that position for as long as Bosh is sidelined.

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Greivis Vasquez
Nets' Greivis Vasquez: Still rehabbing ankle
Greivis Vasquez, PG, BKN
9/25/2016
News: Vasquez remains in the rehab process with his right ankle, for which he required bone spur surgery back in mid-December, Nets Daily reports.

Vasquez made a few appearances for the Bucks after returning from surgery, but he's apparently still not quite 100 percent healthy, as the ankle prevented him from suiting up for Venezuela in the 2016 Summer Olympics. The 29-year-old was able to land a one-year deal from the Nets in free agency, but the rebuilding team signed him with the understanding that he may need some more recovery time. Expect Vasquez to see his activities limited during camp, which could prevent him from claiming the top backup job at point guard when the regular season opens.

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Tim Frazier
Pelicans' Tim Frazier: Candidate to start at point guard
Tim Frazier, PG, NO
9/25/2016
News: Though Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry hasn't decided who will open the season as the starting point guard in place of Jrue Holiday (personal), Frazier is believed to be a leading candidate, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

With both Holiday and Tyreke Evans (knee) likely to miss extended action, Frazier, E'Twaun Moore and Langston Galloway are in line to assume the bulk of the minutes at point guard, but it's not certain how exactly the playing time distribution will shake out. There's reason to believe, however, that Frazier may open camp as the favorite to start, given his greater familiarity with Gentry than Moore or Galloway, both of whom were offseason pickups. In addition, Moore profiles as a better option at shooting guard due to his aptitude from three-point range, whereas Frazier looked the part of a pure point guard while picking up extra time in place of an injured Holiday late in 2015-16. In seven April contests, Frazier averaged an impressive 13.3 points, 10.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 33.3 minutes per game. While it's unlikely he'll approach playing time on that level again, Frazier's strong per-minute production makes him a worthy late-round flier in deeper leagues in the event things break right for him in training camp.

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Brandon Jennings
Knicks' Brandon Jennings: Not expected to see much court time with Rose
Brandon Jennings, PG, NY
9/25/2016
News: Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Friday that he doesn't expect Jennings to see "big minutes" alongside Derrick Rose this season, Ian Begley of ESPN.com reports.

Jennings has served as a starting point guard for much of his career, but after rejoining the Pistons in late December of last season after returning from a torn Achilles tendon, he was forced to settle for backup duties behind Reggie Jackson. The Pistons ended up shipping Jennings to Orlando prior the trade deadline, where he again served in a reserve capacity, finishing the campaign with cumulative averages of 6.9 points, 3.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 three-pointers in 18.1 minutes per game. Though he's only 27 years old and was brought in by the Knicks this offseason on a one-year deal, Jennings looked quite rusty in his return from the Achilles injury and may struggle to regain the explosiveness he showed earlier in his career. More significantly, Jennings' subpar shooting marks won't make him an ideal backcourt partner with Derrick Rose, who doesn't offer much of an impact from three-point range. As a result, Jennings again looks to be in line for the top backup job at point guard, with Courtney Lee assuming most of the minutes at shooting guard next to Rose.

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