Anderson Varejao
Warriors' Anderson Varejao: Ruled out of Olympics
Anderson Varejao, C, GS
7/27/2016
News: Varejao's lower back injury is being listed as a small disk herniation and as expected, he's officially been ruled out for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area reports.

With the Olympics in his home country of Brazil, it's a tough blow for Varejao, who will now remain in the United States for rest and rehabilitation. Varejao is tentatively expected to be ready to go for training camp, meaning the injury shouldn't have any long term impacts. Varejao recorded just 9.4 minutes per game during his 2015-16 campaign and isn't expected to see an increase in his role, which should keep him off the fantasy radar. Fellow Brazilian, Christiano Felicio, is currently the favorite to take his roster spot on Team Brazil.

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Mitch McGary
Thunder's Mitch McGary: Impresses at Orlando Summer League
Mitch McGary, PF, OKC
7/27/2016
News: McGary averaged 14.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in four Orlando Summer League contests.

McGary scored in double-figures in all four games, highlighted by an 18-point, nine-rebound performance in a win over the Clippers on July 3. The Michigan product will miss the first five games of the regular season due to a violation of the NBA's drug policy, but he'll attempt to work his way into the rotation after appearing in only 20 games in 2015-16. Even after the departure of Serge Ibaka, McGary faces an uphill battle, as Ersan Ilyasova, Domantas Sabonis and Enes Kanter each sit ahead of him on the depth chart.

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Shabazz Napier
Trail Blazers' Shabazz Napier: Plays sparingly in summer
Shabazz Napier, PG, POR
7/27/2016
News: Napier averaged 5.5 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in two Las Vegas Summer League appearances.

Napier's summer was cut short courtesy of a left shoulder sprain suffered in Portland's second Las Vegas Summer League game. It's tough to gauge Napier's performance based on these two games alone, especially since he left the second game early. Many basketball fans can recall Napier's college tenure at Connecticut where he willed the program to its fourth national title, but that was three years ago. Napier is no longer the star of the show and will have to adjust to his role of primary backup to the likes of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

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Jarrett Jack
Hawks' Jarrett Jack: Might not be ready for beginning of season
Jarrett Jack, PG, ATL
7/27/2016
News: Jack's rehabilitation is apparently going "very well," but it's uncertain if he'll be ready to play at the start of the regular season, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

After he was waived by the Nets shortly before his contract for 2016-17 became guaranteed, Jack, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL last January, was brought in by the Hawks to serve as a veteran mentor to the 23-year-old Dennis Schroder, who will assume a full-time starting role for the first time in his career. Jack has been a capable backup or fill-in starter for most of his 12-year career, but the fact that he's coming back from a major injury and is set to turn 33 before the season begins suggests the Hawks aren't counting on him to play major minutes. If Jack's recovery from the torn ACL stretches into the upcoming season, free-agent pickup Malcolm Delaney, who played in Russia in 2015-16, would likely open the year as Schroder's top backup.

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Cameron Payne
Thunder's Cameron Payne: Undergoes surgery for foot
Cameron Payne, PG, OKC
7/25/2016
News: Payne had surgery Monday to repair a Jones' fracture in his right foot, but expects to be ready for the start of training camp, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports.

Payne reportedly dealt with discomfort throughout the 2015-16 season, but was able to play through it, as the pain wasn't excessive. However, in order to avoid any further issues down the road, Payne opted to undergo surgery Monday, which should help him avoid any sort of aggravation. He's expected to be ready for training camp, so he shouldn't have any restrictions once it opens in late September. Payne finished last season with averages of 5.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 12 minutes per game.

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Deron Williams
Mavericks' Deron Williams: Will be ready for training camp
Deron Williams, PG, DAL
7/25/2016
News: Williams (sports hernia) recently noted that he'll be fully healthy for the start of training camp, The Dallas Morning News reports. "Feeling really good. [The sports hernia is] healing pretty well; I'm doing a lot of work on and off the court. I haven't got the full-go clearance yet but that's coming soon," Williams said.

After the Mavericks were eliminated from the postseason this past spring, Williams underwent surgery to address a sports hernia that had beeh hampering him for around a month. He said that he's only been cleared to do some light running and jumping to this point in his recovery, but is scheduled to meet with a doctor on Aug. 1, after which he expects to receive the green light to perform more high-intensity workouts. Williams is scheduled to open the upcoming season as the Mavericks' starting point guard after re-signing with the team on a one-year, $10 million contract.

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Meyers Leonard
Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard: Could be limited during training camp
Meyers Leonard, PF, POR
7/25/2016
News: Leonard (shoulder) said that he hoped to be at full strength for the start of the regular season, but suggested he could be limited in training camp, NBA.com's Cody Sharrett reports. "As far as a timeline, it's kinda hard to put an exact date on it," Leonard said. "We're going to back to see the doctor on August 1, and we'll have definitely a much better [idea] of when, let's say a one-to-two week window, will be."

Leonard underwent surgery in late March to repair a dislocated left shoulder, and was given a six-to-eight month recovery timetable. While it appears Leonard is progressing as expected, his rehab may extend to the longer end of that timetable, as he said that he hopes to resume full-contact activities in mid-October, which would give him about two weeks to prepare for the start of the regular season. With Al-Farouq Aminu expected to see more time at power forward in 2016-17, Leonard will have to settle for backup duties, but should still be a fixture in the rotation due to his prowess from three-point range, a rare trait for someone who checks in at 7-foot-1. He'll battle Ed Davis, Festus Ezeli and Noah Vonleh for playing time behind projected frontcourt starters Aminu and Mason Plumlee.

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Tiago Splitter
Hawks' Tiago Splitter: Increasing activity in rehab
Tiago Splitter, C, ATL
7/25/2016
News: Splitter (hip) posted Friday on his personal Instagram account that he's started to do some sprinting during the rehab process.

Splitter had battled hip problems since last November, and after the pain became too much for him to bear, he underwent season-ending surgery in February. The center, who is in line to serve as the top backup to Dwight Howard when healthy, is now five months into his recovery, but isn't projected to return to action until October. While the hip procedure will prevent Splitter from suiting up for Brazil when the country hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, Splitter hasn't given up hope that he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season.

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Alonzo Gee
Pelicans' Alonzo Gee: Officially signs deal with New Orleans
Alonzo Gee, SF, NO
7/21/2016
News: Gee (quad) officially re-signed Thursday with the Pelicans on a one-year, $1.4 million contract, Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops reports.

Gee is expected to fill a depth role in his second season with the Pelicans, though he'll likely see his playing time drop a bit after averaging 22.4 minutes per game across 73 appearances in 2015-16. The 30-year-old suffered a ruptured right quad muscle in late March that cost him the rest of the season, but the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for training camp.

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Cody Zeller
Hornets' Cody Zeller: Dealing with sore knee
Cody Zeller, C, CHA
7/19/2016
News: Zeller is dealing with a sore right knee, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Zeller has recently been participating with the USA Select Team, which trains with the USA National Team while they prepare for the Olympic Games. After training for two days with the Select team, he appeared to have tweaked his knee, so he'll drop out to avoid any further complications. Considering the knee is only listed as sore, it doesn't appear to be too serious and with training camp still months away, Zeller shouldn't have a problem returning to full health prior to its start. Zeller spent the majority of his 2015-16 campaign in a starter's role, but with Roy Hibbert joining the Hornets during free agency, it could mean a move back to the bench for the 23-year-old big man.

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