Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon cleared for contact
Eric Gordon, SG, NO
9/17/2014
News: Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been cleared to take part in full-contact offseason drills ahead of training camp, The Times-Picayune reports.

Gordon underwent season-ending knee surgery last April, but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. 

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Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday cleared for contact ahead of camp
Jrue Holiday, PG, NO
9/17/2014
News: Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday was able to participate in full-contact offseason drills last week, the first time he has done so since undergoing season-ending surgery last January.

"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.

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Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore focused on conditioning in recovery
Kent Bazemore, SG, ATL
9/17/2014
News: Newly signed Hawks guard Kent Bazemore did not pick up a basketball until August, preferring to focus on conditioning in his recovery from foot surgery in April.

"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. 

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Xavier Henry
Xavier Henry still aiming for start of regular season
Xavier Henry, SF, LAL
9/17/2014
News: Lakers forward Xavier Henry is recovered from offseason wrist surgery, but is still working his way back from a procedure on his right knee. Lakers coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Daily News he is not sure if Henry will be ready to play in games by the start of training camp.

"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. 

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Larry Sanders
Larry Sanders 'absolutely' a part of team's future plans
Larry Sanders, C, MIL
9/17/2014
News: Bucks assistant general manager David Morway told HoopsHype.com in September center Larry Sanders is still a part of the team's future plans, despite a troubled 2013-14 season.

"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. 

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Brendan Haywood
Brendan Haywood possibly ahead of schedule
Brendan Haywood, C, CLE
9/17/2014
News: Cavaliers center Brendan Haywood might be able to play during the first half of the 2014-15 season according to The Plain Dealer, as he is in better shape than expected ahead of the start of training camp.

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.  

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Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez sheds weight in order to stay healthy
Brook Lopez, C, BKN
9/17/2014
News: Nets center Brook Lopez lost 15 pounds this offseason, in hopes that he can stay healthy following a second season lost due to foot issues.

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. 

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Kobe Bryant
Byron Scott getting close to finalizing starting five
Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL
9/10/2014
News: Lakers coach Byron Scott told the Los Angeles Daily News Wednesday he has penciled in four of the five spots for the team's starting lineup, with only the small forward spot left the fill.

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.

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Noah Vonleh
Noah Vonleh recovering from hernia surgery
Noah Vonleh, PF, CHA
9/6/2014
News: Hornets rookie forward Noah Vonleh may get his career off to a delayed start, after he was forced to have sports hernia surgery in early September.

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. 

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Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson cleared for contact
Ryan Anderson, PF, NO
9/6/2014
News: Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson has been cleared for contact and will move forward without limitations after finishing his recovery from a herniated disk surgery, he announced via Instagram recently.

"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. 

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