Ian Mahinmi C IND 4 Days
Mahinmi injured his shoulder and won't be able to play for Team France in the FIBA World Cup, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Early reports suggest that Mahinmi may be out for the next 2-3 months with a dislocated shoulder. While that's not official, it's concerning that he might not be able to suit up for the Pacers at the start of the season. The Frenchman will likely backup Roy Hibbert this season, but if he's unable to go, Luis Scola may see significant time off the bench in the frontcourt.
Carlos Delfino SG/SF LAC 4 Days
Delfino (foot) will be waived by the Clippers on Friday, the Orange County Register reports.
The Clippers acquired Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica from the Bucks earlier in the week in a deal geared at clearing cap space. In waiving both players, the Clippers will end up saving roughly $3.5 million. The team will use the stretch provision on both players, which allows them to pay the remaining portion of their contract over multiple years to minimize yearly cap impact. Delfino, who did not play last season, last took the court with the Rockets in 2012-13.
Jason Richardson SG/SF PHI 4 Days
Richardson (knee) will be given an opportunity to make the final roster, but is more likely to be bought out of his contract, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The report comes following an interview with 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie.
Richardson missed all of the 2013-14 season after suffering a series of setbacks in his recovery from left knee surgery. In fact, Richardson last played an NBA game in January of 2013. The 76ers will need to cut several players to get down to a 15-man roster after they acquired four incoming rookies in June's draft, as well as Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute in the two-for-one Thaddeus Young trade. Fantasy owners should prefer that Richardson be bought out, because that would add some amount of clarity to the 76ers depth chart. If Richardson makes the final cut, it would add confusion to the valuations of Shved, KJ McDaniels, and Hollis Thompson.
Arnett Moultrie F PHI 4 Days
Moultrie will be given an opportunity to make the final roster, but is more likely to be bought out of his contract, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The report comes following an interview with 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie.
Moultrie missed a lot of time in 2013-14 while recovering from a left ankle injury, but even when he was healthy he played very rarely. Though the big men at the top of the 76ers' depth chart for 2014-15 may be less impressive than 2013-14's pairing, it's not the talent of the starters that impacts Moultrie. Moultrie is more affected by the addition a few reserve-caliber bigs. It's good that he will be given a chance to make the team, but it is a discouraging sign that his general manager thinks Moultrie is more likely to get bought out. Even if Moultrie does make the final roster, he is unlikely make an impact on any standard size leagues.
Jeremy Lin PG LAL 4 Days
Lin seems destined to be the starter at point guard this season, although no official announcement has been made, NBA.com reports.
Coming over to the Lakers in the last year of a three-year, $25 million contract, Lin will be looking to have a bounce back from a somewhat disappointing 2013-14 season. With Steve Nash's health an ever present question mark, it's not much of a surprise to see Lin as the starter at point in Los Angeles and should improve on his numbers from last season.
Jordan Hill PF/C LAL 4 Days
Hill is likely to begin training camp as the starting center, although no official announcement has been made yet, NBA.com reports.
Coach Byron Scott has been praising Hill this offseason and it's no real surprise that he will get the first crack at the starting job over Ed Davis and Robert Sacre. Down the stretch last season, Hill racked up five double-doubles in the last eight games and has upside as a fantasy option provided he can stay healthy.
Carlos Boozer PF LAL 4 Days
Boozer appears to the frontrunner to be the starter at power forward on opening night, NBA.com reports.
Boozer is in the driver's seat to be the opening night starter at power forward, with rookie Julius Randle looking likely to come off the bench. Boozer played just 28 minutes per game last season in his worst performance since his rookie season and his fantasy value is limited to contributions in points and rebounds.
Earl Barron C NY 5 Days
Barron has accepted an invitation to Suns training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, Azcentral Sports reports.
The seven-year NBA veteran returns to Phoenix, where he played 12 games during the 2010-2011 season. With a lot of incumbent players ahead of Barron, it isn't likely that he will see any action, much less make the team. The veteran may have been brought on the team to help the younger players as an experienced competitor, but it is unlikely that he will provide any fantasy value this season.
Goran Dragic PG PHO 5 Days
Dragic finished Tuesday's exhibition game between Team USA and Slovenia with six points (3-11 FG, 3-5 FT, 0-2 3Pt), one assist and three turnovers in 22 minutes, USA Basketball reports.
Dragic played hard and owners this upcoming season have nothing to worry about from this game. His stat line speaks more toward the defensive prowess of Team USA than it does about the reigning Most Improved Player. Being the most talented player on his national team, Dragic fell victim to heavy defensive pressure and double teams throughout the game. That being said he did have his moments, including driving past Derrick Rose and finishing with a foul to provide some offense. However, the length and athleticism proved to be too much for the short-handed guard.
Trey McKinney-Jones G MIL 5 Days
McKinney Jones has signed with Gravelines-Dunkerque of LNB Pro A.
In 47 outings with Fort Wayne of the NBA's D-League last season, McKinney Jones posted 15.1 points (on 46.5 percent shooting), 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 threes in 33.1 minutes per game. While he failed to make enough of an impression to earn a 10-day deal, his move to Europe will remove him from scouts' sight and mind.