Suns' Alex Len: Plans to sign qualifying offer
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(9/21/2017) Len intends to sign a qualifying offer prior to the beginning of camp, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Len has a $4.2 million dollar offer on the table, and provided he signs prior to the start of Tuesday's camp, he'll have a path to becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018 ahead of him. The big man did explore other offer sheets and proposals this offseason, but ultimately the road to the biggest pay day will be free agency next year. In the meantime, Len will help Phoenix save some cap room before exploring extension options. He started 34 games for the Suns last season, posting averages of 8.0 points and 6.6 boards.

76ers' Joel Embiid: Will take part in training camp, could be limited
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(9/20/2017) Sixers GM Brian Colangelo said Wednesday that Embiid (knee) will participate when the Sixers open training camp next week, though it's unclear if he'll be fully cleared, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.

The news surrounding Embiid, who's working back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus, has been mostly positive, though the Sixers have remained hyper-conservative, in their own words, throughout the recovery process. Colangelo went on to say that Embiid "will be out there for the first game" but also noted that it's possible he could face a minutes restriction, as was the case last season. While that could ultimately be what's best for Embiid's long-term health, a minutes restriction would almost certainly hamper his fantasy value, which is already rather volatile given his injury history.

76ers' Joel Embiid: Not yet cleared for 5-on-5, regimen 'hyper-conservative'
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(9/20/2017) Embiid (knee) has yet to be cleared for 5-on-5 scrimmaging, with general manager Bryan Colangelo adding that his regimen is 'hyper-conservative' and 'criteria-based', Brian Seltzer of reports.

On a positive note, there have reportedly been no setbacks for the 76ers' star big man. The team is, understandably, exercising extreme caution with Embiid, as the team's offseason additions and the debut of Ben Simmons could certainly send them several slots up the Eastern Conference standings in 2017-18. Embiid should be considered day-to-day up to training camp, with more timetable information likely coming after he meets with the medical staff.

Lakers' Andrew Bogut: Signs with Lakers
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(9/18/2017) Bogut (lower leg) has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Lakers worth the veteran minimum, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Bogut is still trying to shake off the fractured tibia he suffered in March -- which occurred only four days after signing with the Cavaliers -- but he's trending in the right direction for being fully available by the opening of training camp. Even at 32 years old, Bogut is still a valuable rim protector and he might be able to carve out a recurring role in the Lakers' rotation despite the fact that Brook Lopez and Ivica Zubac are better all-around options for coach Luke Walton.

Nuggets' Mason Plumlee: Re-ups with Denver on three-year pact
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(9/18/2017) Plumlee re-signed with the Nuggets on Monday on a three-year, $41 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Since Plumlee was a restricted free agent, the Nuggets had the ability to match any offer sheet the big man would have received from another team, but with few teams having the existing cap space to submit a competitive contract to Plumlee, he was content to stick around in Denver. Though he saw his numbers drop across the board while playing second fiddle to Nikola Jokic after coming over via trade from the Trail Blazers last February, Plumlee's combination of size (6-foot-11, 255 pounds), athleticism and passing skills make him a viable rotational big man for just about any team. Plumlee isn't likely to see his role grow much in his first full season in Denver with Paul Millsap and Jokic entrenched as the clear frontcourt starters, but Plumlee and Kenneth Faried should form a high-energy tandem on the second unit. Look for Plumlee to receive around 15-to-25 minutes per game while coming off the bench, which will likely relegate his utility to deeper fantasy formats.

Bulls' Diamond Stone: Signs contract with Bulls
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(9/14/2017) Stone signed a contract with the Bulls on Thursday.

Stone, who was drafted by the Clippers with the 40th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, struggled to play much of a factor during his rookie season. He saw action in just seven games, averaging a meager 3.4 minutes. However, the 20-year-old big man still has some upside and he'll be joining one of the weaker rosters in the league. That would likely give Stone a chance to see an uptick in minutes if he were to ultimately make the team. His contract is more than likely just a training camp deal, so he'll still have to play well throughout the preseason to earn a spot on the roster. There's a chance he ends up with the team's G-League affiliate when all is said and done. He impressed in 13 games at the G-League level last season, averaging 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds across 21.7 minutes.

Andrew Bogut: Planning on playing this season
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(9/12/2017) Bogut (lower leg) will get a final bone scan Tuesday and expects to be cleared for a full return with intent to sign with a team as early as next week, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

While the scan has yet to be performed, all signs are pointing to Bogut being cleared and being on a roster sooner than later. Prior to fracturing his left tibia less than a minute into his Cavaliers debut last season, Bogut played 26 games with the Mavericks, posting 3.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 block across 22.4 minutes per game.

Jared Sullinger: Signs two-month deal in China
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(9/12/2017) Sullinger signed a two-month, $300,000 contract with the Shenzhen Leopards of China, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports.

Sullinger had reportedly drawn interest from the Nets before the team decided to sign Tyler Zeller instead. Sullinger has notably struggled with weight and injury problems throughout his career, so will likely be using his time in China as proof to NBA teams that he has things under control. He told the Columbus Dispatch in July, "I lost a year of basketball directly because of what I have done -- my weight and my eating habits."

Nets' Tyler Zeller: Finalizing two-year contract with Nets
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(9/11/2017) Zeller is finalizing a two-year contract with the Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

Last season with the Celtics, Zeller's role fluctuated throughout the year, often pushing him out of the rotation entirely. That limited the big man to just 51 games, where he averaged a career-low 10.3 minutes per contest. In joining the Nets on a two-year contract, Zeller should be able to find more playing time, though it likely won't be enough to turn him into a significant fantasy asset. He'll battle for minutes with Jarrett Allen and Quincy Acy off the bench behind Timofey Mozgov at center.

Hawks' Miles Plumlee: Cited, not arrested, for marijuana possession
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(9/8/2017) Updating a previous note, Plumlee (knee) was cited -- not arrested -- for marijuana possession last month, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Initial reports suggested that Plumlee had been arrested in New York for possession of marijuana, but it's since become clear that the big man was only cited. Per the Journal-Constitution, Plumlee could be subject to discipline through the NBA's drug program, but at this point it's unclear whether he'll face a fine or possible suspension. "We are aware of the situation involving Miles," the Hawks said in a statement. "We are in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment at this time."

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