Noah Vonleh
Trail Blazers' Noah Vonleh: Undergoes procedure on thigh
Noah Vonleh, PF, POR
2:34 PM
News: Vonleh underwent a procedure Wednesday to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh and is expected to be sidelined 3-to-4 weeks, NBA.com reports.

It's a minor procedure for the 21-year-old forward, who opted to get this out of the way prior to the season. With a 3-to-4 week timeline for a return, Vonleh will more than likely be ready for the start of training camp, although we won't know for sure until camp approaches. Even if he enters the season completely healthy, Vonleh remains buried on the depth chart and is only expected to see spot minutes while sitting behind the likes of Al-Farouq Aminu, Mason Plumlee, Meyers Leonard, Festus Ezeli and Ed Davis in the frontcourt.

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Julius Randle
Lakers' Julius Randle: Cleared to start shooting
Julius Randle, PF, LAL
2:04 PM
News: Lakers coach Luke Walton said Wednesday that Randle (finger) was cleared to resume shooting, but will still need to be reevaluated in two weeks before he's cleared to perform full basketball activities, Mike Bresnahan of Time Warner Cable SportsNet reports.

Randle required seven stitches in between his right middle and ring fingers after suffering a cut during a workout Monday, but since his left hand is his dominant one, the injury won't bother him during shooting drills. He's expected to receive full clearance once he's reexamined in two weeks and appears in little danger of missing the start of training camp in late September.

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Mitch McGary
Thunder's Mitch McGary: Roster spot could be in jeopardy
Mitch McGary, PF, OKC
9:20 AM
News: McGary (suspension) could be at risk of losing his roster spot before the start of the upcoming season, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.

With the Thunder acquiring Joffrey Lauvergne from the Nuggets on Tuesday, the team now has 16 guaranteed contracts on the books for 2016-17. It's likely that the team will cut a frontcourt player as a result, with the underachieving McGary the most likely victim. Last season, the 2014 first-round pick saw his number of appearances (20) and minutes per game (3.6) both drop considerably from his rookie year, and has already been suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season due to a violation of the NBA's drug policy. Only an impressive training camp might be able to save McGary from getting waived.

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Chris Bosh
Heat's Chris Bosh: Posts workout videos, hints at return
Chris Bosh, PF, MIA
8/30/2016
News: Bosh (blood clots) posted a series of workout videos on his personal Instagram account Monday that suggested he's ready to play again, ESPN.com's Michael Wallace reports. "I know I've been gone for a moment, but now I'm back," Bosh said in one of the videos. "Everybody is always asking me, 'Am I hooping?' Yes, I'm hooping. I'm a hooper.'"

The 32-year-old Bosh has seen his last two seasons end prematurely due to blood clots, a condition that has threatened his playing career. Since getting shut down after a recurrence of the clots last February, Bosh has worked to regain conditioning over the past few months, but is still awaiting clearance from doctors to play this season. Bosh, who has three years and $76 million remaining on his contract, has been featured in Heat promotional campaigns this summer, suggesting the organization is hopeful that he'll be able to play in 2016-17. Look for the Heat to provide an update on Bosh's situation prior to the start of training camp Sept. 27.

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Deron Williams
Mavericks' Deron Williams: Still on track for training camp
Deron Williams, PG, DAL
8/29/2016
News: Williams (sports hernia) said he still expects to be fully healthy for the start of training camp in the fall, Bobby Karalla of Mavs.com reports.

Williams underwent surgery to address a sports hernia about eight weeks ago, so he should soon receive full clearance from the Mavs' medical staff to resume practicing. After re-signing with the Mavs on a one-year deal earlier this offseason, Williams will open the season as the team's starting point guard, but coach Rick Carlisle could look to monitor the veteran's minutes more carefully. Williams has been bitten hard by the injury bug over each of the last three seasons, missing no fewer than 14 games in all of those years.

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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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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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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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Nikola Mirotic
Bulls' Nikola Mirotic: Indicates knee injury isn't serious
Nikola Mirotic, PF, CHI
8/25/2016
News: Mirotic (knee) Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Mirotic hurt his right knee in a collision during the Spanish team's bronze-medal winning performance Sunday against Australia in the 2016 Summer Olympics, but after briefly leaving the contest, he was able to return minutes later. After the win, Mirotic suggested the injury wasn't anything serious, so it doesn't seem he's at risk of being unavailable when the Bulls open training camp in the fall. The 25-year-old is expected to compete with Taj Gibson in camp for the starting power forward role.

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