Deron Williams PG BKN 7 Hrs
Williams insists that his ankles feel better than ever after having surgery in the offseason and plans to attend training camp 100 percent healthy for the first time during his three years with the Nets, the New York Post reports.
Williams has been plagued with injuries during his tenure in Brooklyn, but his current disposition seems to suggest that he could be turning over a new leaf for his 2014-15 campaign. Limited to just 64 games last season with the ankle issues, the 30-year-old believes that his offseason surgery will allow him to bounce back towards his once exceptional play at point guard. While a long grueling season will be the ultimate determinant of Williams' viability, his new-found optimism is encouraging for his potential owners.
Kevin Garnett PF/C BKN 11 Hrs
Garnett will start at power forward this season, according to head coach Lionel Hollins, the New York Post reports.
The Nets aren't very deep at power forward, and starting Garnett will likely be more of a formality than anything else. He played only 21 minutes per game last season and doesn't figure to exceed that average this season, especially given the development of Mason Plumlee, who is coming off of an impressive summer with Team USA. Hollins is notorious for favoring veterans over young players, but Garnett is 38 years old and likely won't hold much fantasy value regardless of whether or not he starts.
Brandon Rush SG/SF GS 13 Hrs
Rush said his knee finally feels 100 percent, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Rush suffered a torn ACL two seasons ago and was clearly still hampered by the injury in 2013-14. He appeared in 38 games for the Jazz but the knee never appeared fully healthy, and he struggled with the mental aspects of a serious knee injury. Now at 100 percent, Rush said he's more comfortable attacking the rim and is gaining confidence in the knee. He signed a two-year deal with the Warriors this summer and is expected to contribute as a swingman off the bench. Rush appeared in 65 games for Golden State in 2011-12, averaging 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from three-point range.
Earl Clark F NY 16 Hrs
Clark has agreed to a training camp deal with the Grizzlies, Yahoo Sports reports.
After the Grizzlies signed Luke Hancock to the same non-guaranteed training camp deal, it's obvious that management may be looking to add some depth at the forward position. Regardless of whether Clark makes the Grizzlies, he'd have to leapfrog several players on the team depth chart in order to be worthy of consideration in fantasy.
Derrick Rose PG CHI 1 Day
Rose averaged 4.8 points and 3.1 assists per game in the FIBA Basketball World Cup as team USA won the gold medal.
Rose's numbers aren't really what Bulls fans and fantasy owners should take away from his performance during the tournament. The Bulls wanted him to play to help get back into basketball shape and he made it through the tournament healthy, which is the key. He'll have training camp to hone his game further as he looks to rebound from two lost seasons due to knee injuries.
Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 2 Days
Evans is still unsure of the role he will be playing this season in New Orleans, the Times-Picayune reports.
Evans had an up-and-down first season with the Pelicans last year, thriving as a starter and faltering off the bench. However, coach Monty Williams hasn't decided where to put the versatile Evans for the coming season. Williams likes Evans as a guard, where he can play both on and off the ball, but following the departure of Al-Farouq Aminu, the Pelicans have a hole at small forward that Evans can fill�especially now that Omer Asik has been brought in to fortify the defense. Evans, who is still not yet 100 percent but should be by the time training camp starts on September 30, should learn more about his role when Williams returns from his work with Team USA.
Jimmer Fredette G NO 2 Days
Fredette is trying to prove himself this season, already working out with his new team to improve his midrange and pick-and-roll game, the Times-Picayune reports.
Fredette was acquired by the Pelicans this offseason to offset the loss of Anthony Morrow's sharpshooting ability, but the former BYU star wants to contribute in more ways than just from beyond the arc. If Fredette can improve both offensively and defensively with the pick-and-roll, then he can challenge Austin Rivers and Russ Smith for backup guard minutes this season. As is, New Orleans values Fredette for his flammable shooting, and should give him a chance to display his talents early on this season.
Dionte Christmas G PHO 2 Days
Christmas has agreed to a training camp contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, the Times-Picayune reports.
The 6-foot-5 guard appeared in 31 games with the Phoenix Suns last season but was waived during the offseason despite his non-guaranteed contract. Christmas averaged 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game at the Las Vegas Summer League, but remains a long shot to secure a spot on New Orleans' regular season roster.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 2 Days
Gay did not suffer a broken jaw as he indicated earlier according to a Team USA official, USA Today reports.
Gay is still in a lot of pain despite not having a fractured jaw, but the official indicated the injury was a chipped tooth and bruising around a tooth socket. The injury occurred in the third quarter of Thursday's game against Lithuania, where he took an elbow to the face. The injury shouldn't cause Gay to miss any time in the regular season, but his timetable should become more clear in the near future.
Rudy Gay SF SAC 3 Days
Gay suffered a fractured jaw and chipped tooth in Team USA's win over Lithuania on Thursday, USA Today reports.
Gay took an elbow to the jaw in the third quarter, which may have lead to the skirmish that occurred at the end of the game. He is still expected to be available for Team USA's gold medal game, so this injury should not have any impact on Gay's NBA season.