Kelly Olynyk
Celtics' Kelly Olynyk: Out for five months post surgery
Kelly Olynyk, C, BOS
1:24 PM
News: Olynyk (shoulder) said that he will be out for about five months, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.

Olynyk underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday after aggravating an existing injury in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks. Recovery for Olynyk is said to take in the realm of five months, give or take, before he can resume contact drills. Being that Olynyk underwent surgery on Monday, that will put his tentative return at around the beginning of the 2016-17 NBA season in mid-October. Because Olynyk elected to have the offseason surgery, it means that he will not be able to suit up for the Canadian national team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Dante Exum
Jazz's Dante Exum: Will be cleared to take contact Thursday
Dante Exum, PG, UTA
5/24/2016
News: Exum (knee) will be cleared to resume taking contact Thursday, Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports.

It's been nearly nine months since Exum underwent ACL reconstruction surgery, but his being cleared for contact is a positive sign that he'll be back to full health by the time training camp opens in the fall. The Australian point guard is still likely to sit out the 2016 Summer Olympics, but if his rehab continues to go as anticipated, he'll likely open the 2016-17 campaign in the Jazz's starting lineup.

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Meyers Leonard
Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard: Will have sling removed Friday
Meyers Leonard, PF, POR
5/18/2016
News: Leonard (shoulder) will have his sling removed Friday, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

Leonard underwent surgery to repair his left shoulder in late March and is expected to be sidelined through training camp, if not the start of the regular season. He still has a long ways to go in the rehab process, so while getting the sling removed is encouraging, we can't assume Leonard is ahead of schedule in his recovery.

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Joel Embiid
76ers' Joel Embiid: Progressing with rehab
Joel Embiid, C, PHI
5/17/2016
News: Embiid (foot) is expected to begin 2-on-2 scrimmaging later this week, Tom Moore of the Courier Times reports.

Embiid went through a workout available to the media on Monday, where he was seen shooting free throws, taking jumpers and even throwing down some dunks. He's progressed to the point where he's getting in a bunch of on-court work, however, he's yet to start scrimmaging. That's next on the schedule for Embiid, who's expected to begin 2-on-2 work later this week. It's a move in the right direction for Embiid, who the Sixers are still hoping will be available for the season opener in the fall. Embiid remains without a concrete timetable for a return, however, so we should see his progress monitored further throughout the summer.

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Hassan Whiteside
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Won't undergo surgery
Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA
5/17/2016
News: Whiteside (knee) will not undergo surgery on his sprained right MCL, Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Whiteside sustained the injury midway through the Heat's second-round series against Toronto and missed the final four games. He still remains without a firm timetable, but with the season now over, he won't face any pressure to return before a given date. Avoiding surgery is certainly a benefit, though, as Whiteside, an unrestricted free agent, enters the offseason seeking his first major NBA payday.

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Devin Harris
Mavericks' Devin Harris: Expected to be ready for training camp
Devin Harris, PG, DAL
5/17/2016
News: Harris (finger, toe) is expected to be fully recovered when training camp opens in September, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Harris underwent procedures to repair a ligament in his left hand and address a recurring problem with his left big toe, and he's apparently progressed as expected following both ailments. It may take a few more weeks before Harris is cleared to participate in basketball-related activities, but his conditioning should be up to par for training camp. He's in line to serve as a reserve in the backcourt again in 2016-17.

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J.J. Barea
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Recovery well from arthroscopic surgery
J.J. Barea, PG, DAL
5/17/2016
News: Barea (knee) will be able to resume basketball-related activities early in the summer, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

After the Mavericks were eliminated from the playoffs following their first-round series loss to the Thunder, Barea underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure to address meniscus damage in his right knee. He's apparently recovered as expected up to this point, and he'll soon be able to test things out on the court. The 31-year-old is under contract with the Mavericks for three more seasons and could be in line for a larger role in 2016-17 if Deron Williams (sports hernia) isn't re-signed, though the possibility exists that the Mavericks could make a run at adding a more high-profile point guard in the offseason.

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Chris Bosh
Heat's Chris Bosh: Team fears career could be over
Chris Bosh, PF, MIA
5/16/2016
News: Members of the Heat organization are fearful that Bosh's recurrence of blood clots may prevent him from playing again, ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reports.

Bosh has been sidelined since the All-Star break after he was diagnosed with blood clotting in his left calf, marking the second consecutive time that his season has come to an end due to clots. The power forward still wants to keep his career going, but because of the risks his condition prevents, it's uncertain if team doctors will ever clear him to play. Expect Bosh, who is still on blood thinners, to undergo extensive consultations throughout the offseason. Bosh is under contract for three more seasons for a total of $75 million.

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Jahlil Okafor
76ers' Jahlil Okafor: Expects to ramp up activities soon
Jahlil Okafor, C, PHI
5/9/2016
News: Coach Brett Brown said Okafor (knee) is expected to resume basketball-related activities in the near future, Sixers.com's Brian Seltzer reports. "I think in the next few weeks, we'll be able to see [Okafor] get back on a court, and start inching his way back into playing basketball again," Brown said.

Okafor's rookie season came to an end in late March, when he required a procedure to repair a small meniscus tear in his right knee. The big man will likely be back at full strength by June, so he's in little danger of being limited during training camp.

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Kemba Walker
Hornets' Kemba Walker: Undergoes surgery on meniscus
Kemba Walker, PG, CHA
5/9/2016
News: Walker underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

It's unclear when, exactly, Walker sustained the injury, but he struggled throughout Charlotte's first round series. Walker averaged 22.7 points and 4.0 assists but shot just 36.6 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from three. In the deciding Game 7, Walker was limited to only nine points (3-16 FG) in 36 minutes. According to a team release, Walker will rest and rehab for roughly two months with the goal of returning to full basketball activities sometime in July.

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