Festus Ezeli
Trail Blazers' Festus Ezeli: No timetable for return
Festus Ezeli, C, POR
2:48 PM
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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Josh McRoberts
Heat's Josh McRoberts: Still recovering from foot injury
Josh McRoberts, PF, MIA
2:12 PM
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
2:02 PM
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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Patrick Beverley
Rockets' Patrick Beverley: Dealing with foot laceration
Patrick Beverley, PG, HOU
12:38 PM
News: Beverley is dealing with a cut on his foot and is slated to be limited at Sunday's training camp practice, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Beverley is expected to go through some drills on Sunday, but will be held out during contact portions. Considering his injury is only a minor laceration, it shouldn't keep him sidelined long and there's a chance he's back to a full participant by Monday. He should be considered day-to-day and there doesn't appear to be any concerns about an extended absence. Beverley is slated to open the season as the team's starting point guard again, but remains more of a defensive specialist and will likely struggle to post significant scoring and assist numbers.

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Chris Bosh
Heat's Chris Bosh: Playing career could be over
Chris Bosh, PF, MIA
9/24/2016
News: Members of the Heat organization increasingly believe that Bosh's (blood clots) tenure with the franchise is over, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

After seeing his past two seasons come to an early end due to blood clot episodes, Bosh failed his preseason physical earlier this week and remains without a definite timetable for his return. While Bosh intimated earlier in the offseason that he hoped to get back on the court for training camp while taking blood-thinning medications, doctors weren't willing to clear him after determining that evidence of clotting still existed in his calf. Bosh's insistence that he's capable of playing and the Heat's subsequent unwilling to clear him has soured his relationship with the team brass, as Wojnarowski reports that Bosh hasn't spoken with team president Pat Riley for months. Since Bosh remains signed for three more years and $76 million, the Heat are on the hook for his entire contract, and are unable to waive him until Feb. 9 in order for his contract not to count against the salary cap. Assuming that team doctors don't budge from their assessment of Bosh's condition within the next few months, look for the Heat to release him shortly before the All-Star break, which would effectively end his NBA career.

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Darrun Hilliard
Pistons' Darrun Hilliard: Will see practice time restricted in camp
Darrun Hilliard, SF, DET
9/24/2016
News: Hilliard (back) will be restricted to one practice per day during training camp, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.

By all indications, Hilliard has fully recovered from the lower-back strain that ailed him for much of the summer, so the Pistons are just exercising some caution by limiting his practice time. He's still expected to suit up during preseason games and open the regular season as an available option off the bench. While coach Stan Van Gundy has mentioned a desire to get more minutes from his bench this season, it appears as though Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock would be first in line to see their respective roles expand.

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Reggie Jackson
Pistons' Reggie Jackson: Will be limited in camp
Reggie Jackson, PG, DET
9/24/2016
News: Jackson is nursing some knee tendinitis and will be limited during training camp, Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Jackson won't be held out of camp drills entirely, with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy clarifying that the point guard will simply just practice once per day. It's likely that the Pistons are just resting Jackson for maintenance purposes rather than expressing legitimate concern about his injury, so expect him to be ready to take on a full workload by the time the season arrives. Jackson should once again serve as the Pistons' top scorer in 2016-17 after averaging a team-leading 18.8 points per game last season.

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Nikola Pekovic
Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic: Basketball career likely over
Nikola Pekovic, C, MIN
9/24/2016
News: Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said Friday that Pekovic (Achilles) won't play this season and will likely have the remainder of his contract bought out, WCCO News Radio 830 reports.

Pekovic was a consistent double-double threat for the Timberwolves from 2011-12 through 2014-15, but he was never able to truly recover after requiring surgery on his right Achilles in April 2015. He returned from the procedure last January, but played only 12 games before enduring a setback with the Achilles. With the injury still bothering him heading into training camp and not likely to improve over time, it appears the 30-year-old's playing career will come to a premature end, according to John Krawczynski of the Associated Press. While the Wolves' insurance policy will cover the remaining two years and $23.7 million on his contract, it's expected that he'll be waived in the near future to open up a roster spot for another player.

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Quincy Pondexter
Pelicans' Quincy Pondexter: Pushes back return date
Quincy Pondexter, SG, NO
9/23/2016
News: Pondexter (knee) will be targeting a return in November, although general manager Dell Demps believes that a return in December or January is more realistic, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.

It was initially expected for Pondexter to be ready at the start of training camp, especially since he's been participating in offseason workouts, but the Pelicans recently decided to prolong his rehabilitation process. The 28-year-old hasn't played in a game since the 2014-15 season and there's even a lingering fear that he may never actually return at all after undergoing two major surgeries on his left knee during that long absence from the court.

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Tyreke Evans
Pelicans' Tyreke Evans: Targeting return in December
Tyreke Evans, PG, NO
9/23/2016
News: Evans (knee/calf) is targeting a return in December after dealing with knee surgery and a blood clot in his calf, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.

Knee tendinitis shortened yet another injury-riddled season for Evans in 2015-16. After having surgery to repair the issue in February, he discovered a blood clot in his calf, but that particular ailment was resolved in a matter of days with the help of medication. His doctors have informed him not to worry about future clotting, so it seems that recovering from his knee surgery is his primary concern for getting back on the court. In the meantime, rookie Buddy Hield, Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Lance Stephenson, and Langston Galloway will have an opportunity for added minutes in the backcourt with Jrue Holiday (personal) also expecting to miss the start of the season.

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