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.
Pleiss and two future second-round picks were just traded Friday from the Jazz in exchange for Kendall Marshall. With Marshall already waived by the Jazz on Friday, the trade was essentially for financial bookkeeping purposes. Even though Pleiss stands at an imposing 7-3, the German is now in danger of seeing his NBA career come to an end after one forgettable season in Utah where he made just 12 appearances.
Marshall had been buried on the 76ers' depth chart at guard heading into the 2016-17 season, so the team will at least be getting value in return for sending the 25-year-old off to a new squad. Throughout the 2015-16 season in Philadelphia he notched 3.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 13 minutes per game in 30 games played. The likes of George Hill, Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, and more crowd the backcourt in Utah, so Marshall has some battling to do before securing a spot in the pecking order.
Pleiss was a longshot to make the roster in Utah heading into the 2016-17 season with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert dominating the majority of minutes in the frontcourt, with several secondary options in Trey Lyles, Boris Diaw, and Joel Bolomboy providing depth. Pleiss only averaged seven minutes per game throughout the 2015-16 season with the Jazz, reeling in 1.3 rebounds and 2.0 points per game as well. The 76ers have plenty of young weapons such as first overall pick Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor so Pleiss' role could be limited given he makes the final roster.
The Jazz have plenty of backcourt depth, especially when it comes to ball handlers, so they really had no reason for Marshall after the trade. He will once again be searching for a new home in the NBA, and while Marshall is skilled as a passer and floor leader, injuries have put a ceiling on his ability to contribute in the NBA.
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.
McRoberts' name surfaced in trade rumors throughout the offseason, but since the big man underwhelmed during an injury-plagued 2015-16 campaign and is due $5.8 million in 2016-17, it's unlikely the Heat gained much traction with any supposed discussions. With Chris Bosh's health on uncertain ground heading into the season while he recovers from a setback relating to blood clots, the Heat could need McRoberts to raise his performance in order to remain competitive in the Eastern Conference.
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.
The second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft is expected to immediately play a major role for the rebuilding Lakers, though he'll likely find himself on the second unit to begin the season after the team signed veteran forward Luol Deng in the offseason. The 18-year-old Ingram provided glimpses of his vast potential during the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists across five games.
Lucas will get a shot to make Minnesota's final roster during camp. He spent the 2015-16 season in the D-League. He started 18-of-18 appearances, averaging 17.7 points, 4.9 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.3 three-pointers made in 35 minutes per game.