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Trae Young hit seven 3-pointers en route to 24 points, five assists, one rebound, two steals and four turnovers in Tuesday's Summer League win over Chicago.

He got off to a quick start with 11 first quarter points, cooled off for a bit and then delivered a clutch 3-point shot late in the game to seal the win. It wasn't all great though, as Young only hit 7-of-19 shots and is now shooting a combined 23-of-85 (27%) from the field in Summer League. Today was somewhat encouraging, but Young has a long way to go.
Jul 10 - 8:06 PM

Jimmy Butler took his physical in Minnesota on Monday and head coach Tom Thibodeau said he's "about a week away" from being game-ready from a conditioning standpoint.

Butler had a minor procedure performed on his right (shooting) hand back in July, but it sounds like he's fully recovered from that, and now just needs to get his conditioning right. Thibs made it clear that he's not only listening to offers from the three teams Butler listed in his initial trade request, and that he'll ultimately do what's best for the Timberwolves franchise. It's been reported that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor would like to get a deal done before Tuesday, so things could move along very quickly here.
Sep 24 - 4:26 PM

Fred Hoiberg said that the starting center position in Chicago will be an "open competition" at training camp.

Wendell Carter Jr. will be competing with Robin Lopez for the starting center position, but regardless of who comes out on top of this battle initially, WCJ is essentially guaranteed to close out the year as the starting five-man in Chicago. Lopez could be an attractive trade chip, as a capable center on an expiring deal, and it doesn't make a ton of sense for the 30-year-old to be a part of this rebuild. Carter Jr. could get off to a semi-slow start if he doesn't begin the year as a starter, but we expect him to finish strong.
Sep 24 - 4:01 PM

Brandon Knight will miss both training camp and the preseason due to an "infection."

It sounds like Knight's left knee may have got infected after his latest procedure, which provides further evidence for why we wouldn't recommend drafting him anywhere. He's been unable to stay on the court throughout his career and his outlook this season isn't very promising as he won't be anything more than Chris Paul's backup.
Sep 24 - 2:50 PM

Coach Steve Kerr said he "for sure" he won't be starting Draymond Green at center to begin the year.

"I won't start small," Kerr added. That means it'll be Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney or Damian Jones as the starting five man. Green is obviously going to get most of his run at power forward and they'll be mix him in at the five in their Hamptons Five lineup. He may slide a little in drafts and could become a value in the early fourth.
Sep 24 - 2:43 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said Andre Drummond will have the green light from beyond the arc.

"Two, three 3-pointers per game is not out of the question," Casey added. Drummond reportedly made 200 corner triples every day this summer, but we won't have to wait long to see if this 3-point shot is legit with preseason just around the corner. Drummond's excellent FG% is a big part of his fantasy value, so hopefully he doesn't get carried away.
Sep 24 - 1:37 PM

Michael Porter Jr. (back surgery) still doesn't have a timetable.

He said he feels great, but the Nuggets aren't going to rush him back. It's been said many times, but it's important to reiterate that it's possible we don't see MPJ at all during his first season. There's no reason to burn a pick on him in re-draft leagues.
Sep 24 - 1:25 PM

Reggie Jackson's ankle is "fully healed" according to Pistons senior adviser Ed Stefanski.

"We did an MRI a couple weeks ago. It was perfect," Stefanski added. "Now, it's just basketball shape...hoping to get him ready to go opening night." He had a "minor procedure" on his right ankle over the offseason and has had some tough luck with injuries over the last few years. If he's not ready in time for opening night, Ish Smith would be an interesting add for any owner in need of dimes.
Sep 24 - 1:13 PM

Coach Mike Malone suggested he's open to playing Trey Lyles at small forward.

So the Nuggets aren't exactly prioritizing defense. When asked about lineups, Malone said, "Who’s to say Trey Lyles can’t play small forward?" Malone also said that he thinks Lyles is going to have "a great impact" on the roster and that Lyles "can play almost any offensive position with his skillset." With Wilson Chandler gone and Will Barton now in the starting lineup, Lyles could up his scoring, especially if Isaiah Thomas has limitations to start the year. After a head-turning offseason, Lyles is on the board as a late-round flier.
Sep 24 - 1:09 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said T.J. Warren has "tweaked" his shot a bit this offseason.

McDonough adds that the Suns have been impressed with his shooting in offseason workouts. Warren scored a career-high 19.6 points per game with averages of 5.1 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.3 turnovers last season, but he's a career 28.3% shooter from deep. If he can add a consistent 3-point shot, the Suns would have no reason to play Ryan Anderson over him. It's going to be really interesting to see how the Suns use Warren in the preseason with Trevor Ariza and Mikal Bridges around.
Sep 24 - 1:08 PM

James Johnson (hernia) indicated that he could miss the start of the season.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said earlier Monday morning that Johnson wasn't 100 percent, but added that he was "close." With the season just a few weeks away, this is a cause for concern and it makes sense to move Johnson down draft boards. On the other hand, Kelly Olynyk could get off to a hot start with this news and we could see more of Justise Winslow as a small-ball PF.
Sep 24 - 1:00 PM

General manager Ryan McDonough hinted that Devin Booker (hand) could play at point guard again this year.

Earlier in the summer around the draft, coach Igor Kokoskov suggested that Booker may not play at the one. However, if you couple that with how the Suns have already dealt away Brandon Knight, it may have just been a ruse to up Knight's trade value. Booker had an eye-popping 32.7 usage rate after the break last year and a break-neck 108.8 pace, so Booker's upside in counting stats is almost as high as any young player. Assuming his hand is OK, Booker makes a ton of sense in round two of standard drafts.
Sep 24 - 12:58 PM




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