Gordon underwent season-ending knee surgery last April, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.Analysis:
"Getting out playing has been a joy," Holiday told The Times-Picayune. "I've been running and jumping and stuff, but getting my rhythm back on the court is definitely a big thing right now for me."
The Pelicans open training camp Sept. 30, and Holiday is not expected to have any limitations as the team prepares for the start of the season. Holiday averaged 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game last season prior to the injury.Analysis:
"I think the injury was definitely a blessing," he told the Daily Press, "because I was able to step away from the game of basketball. I took myself out of my element all summer. I did stuff I'm not used to doing."
Bazemore signed a two-year deal with the Hawks this offseason, and is expected to compete for playing time on the wing immediately, as he is fully recovered from the surgery.Analysis:
"I haven't seen him do much on the court," Scott said. "It's going to be close on if he's ready for camp."
Henry has been able to take part in basketball activities, but has still not been cleared for contact. Still, he is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, after appeared in 43 games a year ago.Analysis:
"Absolutely," Morway said. "Yeah, yeah. Larry is in our future plans. We are hopeful that this year Larry gets back to being the basketball player that he was two years ago."
Sanders had a long list of issues follow him last season, including a drug suspension served at the end of the season, as well as a thumb injury suffered during a bar fight. Sanders was limited to just 23 games, during which he averaged 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game before his season ended in February with a fractured eye socket.
Sanders is expected to open the season as the team's starting center.Analysis:
According to the report, the team was concerned their recently-acquired big man might not be able to play until January, if at all, due to foot surgery last season. Haywood missed all of last season as a result of the surgery, but might be able to provide some depth in the backcourt shortly.Analysis:
Lopez told The New York Post in August he is down to 275 pounds, after entering training camp at 290 pounds a year ago. Lopez's season ended in January after foot surgery, and he also underwent a procedure to clean up his ankle during the season.
Lopez is not expected to be on a minutes limit for the Nets this season, despite his injury history. He averaged 20.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 17 appearances before the injury a year ago.Analysis:
Scott plans to start Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill together this season, with Wesley Johnson or Nick Young being considered for the small forward spot. That means rookie Julius Randle and newly acquired guard Jeremy Lin will come off the bench, and he is leaning toward bring Nick Young off the bench as well.Analysis:
Vonleh, the No. 9 overall pick in this year's draft, will require 6-8 weeks of recovery time following the surgery, putting his availability for the start of the regular season in question. At the very least, this could cause him to miss the start of training camp, hurting his chances of earning a role early.
Vonleh played one season at Indiana University before declaring for the draft. The big man averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in just 26.5 minutes per game.Analysis:
"After 8 months out, I can finally play again," he wrote. "Thank you God!"
Anderson suffered the injury in January and had surgery in April, but should have no problems being ready for the start of the season. He was limited to just 22 games a year ago, but averaged 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game prior to the injury.Analysis: