Isaiah Thomas PG PHO 6 Days
Thomas underwent athroscopic surgery on his left wrist Thursday.
Thomas essentially underwent a clean-up procedure on his wrist, which isn't expected to cause him to miss any time in the regular season. In fact, the Suns expect him to be ready to participate fully at the start of training camp. Barring any injury, the newly-acquired Thomas is expected to serve as the sixth man in the Phoenix rotation in 2014-15.
DeMarcus Cousins PF/C SAC 6 Days
Cousins suffered a right knee injury while practicing with Team USA on Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reports.
While the extent of the injury is not yet known, Cousins had to be helped off the floor. He underwent treatment on the sideline and was seen icing the knee. That would seem to suggest it's nothing overly serious, but an update from Team USA should be forthcoming. If it turns out to be something that will keep him sidelined for an extended period of time, both Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee's chances of making the FIBA World Cup team increase.
Jordan Hamilton SF TOR 6 Days
Hamilton signed a one-year deal with the Raptors on Thursday, Sportando reports.
Always viewed as a high-upside player in the right system, Hamilton has struggled to find a home in the league. He's spent time with both Denver and Houston, where he closed out 2013-14. In three NBA seasons, Hamilton owns career averages of 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Toronto is not overly deep on the wing, and Hamilton will surely challenge James Johnson and Landry Fields for minutes behind Terrence Ross and DeMar DeRozan.
Rodney Stuckey G IND 7 Days
Stuckey is an option to start for the Pacers in 2014-15, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Stuckey was originally signed by the Pacers to serve as a partial Lance Stephenson replacement, but with Paul George now set to miss the 2014-15 campaign, the team is now down two key contributors from last season. There are two starting spots currently open, and based on coach Frank Vogel's press conference indications, it seems to be up to Stuckey, CJ Miles and Solomon Hill to claim them. Chris Copeland and Damjan Rudez are also options, but it seems as if the team is leaning towards their two major free agent acquisitions and the home-grown Hill to fill the void. Stuckey will surely have to earn his role during camp, but at this point, 25 minutes per game may not be an unrealistic expectation.
C. J. Miles SG/SF IND 7 Days
Miles has a realistic chance to start for the Pacers in 2014-15, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Miles would have been a bench player had Lance Stephenson opted to stick with the Pacers for the coming season, but when Stephenson elected to sign with the Hornets, a starting role suddenly opened up. Although coach Frank Vogel hasn't yet disclosed what he has in mind for a starting lineup, Miles seems to be the favorite to start at the guard spot opposite George Hill. This wouldn't have been as significant prior to the Paul George season-ending injury, but now that George is out of the mix, Miles -- who averaged 9.9 points with the Cavaliers last season -- should get his chance to contribute more frequently on the offensive end. He'll still have to prove himself to his new coaches and teammates, but with Indiana down two key contributors from 2013-14, the path is much clearer for Miles to claim that starting spot.
George Hill G IND 7 Days
Hill is set to become more of an offensive threat in 2014-15, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Hill was frequently asked to defer many scoring opportunities to Paul George and Lance Stephenson last season, but with both of those players now out of the mix, Hill will be expected to carry more of the offensive load. The point guard's scoring average dropped nearly four points from his 2012-13 season last year, but coach Frank Vogel stated during the recent press conference that "I think he was capable of doing a lot more than he showed." Working as either a one or a two-guard, Hill should see more opportunities to take shots in 2014-15, which can only bode well for fantasy owners.
Roy Hibbert C IND 7 Days
Hibbert could see an expanded role in 2014-15, as the Pacers intend to place a greater emphasis on running their offense through him and power forward David West, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Hibbert is typically used largely for his rebounding and shot-blocking prowess, but with the Pacers set for a 2014-15 season without superstar Paul George, the rest of the supporting cast will be counted on to compensate for the 21.7 point per game he leaves behind. The seven-footer averaged only 10.8 points per game last season, but may see an opportunity to increase his offensive contributions as a result of coach Frank Vogel running more of his offense through the big men down low. Hibbert's 2013-14 season will ultimately be remembered for his mysterious playoff disappearance, but with the Pacers currently down a superstar, they'll need their big man present more than ever in 2014-15.
David West PF IND 7 Days
West could see an expanded role in 2014-15, as the Pacers intend to place a greater emphasis on running their offense through him and center Roy Hibbert, the Indianapolis Star reports.
West already had a significant role last season, averaging 31 minutes and 14.0 points over 80 games started. However, the Pacers are preparing for a 2014-15 campaign without All-Star Paul George, leaving West with potentially more opportunities to contribute on the offensive end. The team will be without both George's 21.7 points per game, and Lance Stephenson's 13.8 scoring average, so they will look for new scoring options in any way possible. Like any other fantasy asset on the Pacers, West's value is set to increase as the team attempts to compensate for the loss of their superstar.
Kelly Olynyk C BOS 7 Days
Olynyk confirmed to reporters Wednesday that he does have an injured wrist, but also mentioned that it is very minor, CSNNE.com reports.
Olynyk downplayed any concerns about his wrist to reporters Wednesday. He was seen without a brace on his wrist and was very welcoming to high fives from kids at a youth camp he was attending. Olynyk left Team Canada after they failed to qualify for the FIBA World Championships as a precaution in order to make sure the injury did not become any more serious. Olynyk is part of the Celtics' plans to rebuild into a powerhouse in the next few years, so they are happy to see him treating this injury with caution. The big man played 20 minutes per game last year, averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 boards per game, showing the Celtics that he can be part of their long term plans going forward.
Solomon Hill SF IND 7 Days
Hill will play a major role in filling the vacancy left by Paul George at the wing, the Indianapolis Star reports. "We're all really high on what Solomon Hill can do for us next year," coach Frank Vogel stated.
Hill's ability and work ethic have constantly been praised by Pacers brass since his arrival in Indiana, but up until this point, he hasn't seen enough time on the court to be able to confirm any of this hype. Now that Paul George is set to miss the entire 2014-15 season due to a broken leg suffered during an international scrimmage, an opportunity has suddenly opened up. Coach Vogel hasn't confirmed exactly what he intends to do with his starting lineup just yet, but Hill will likely compete with recent acquisitions Rodney Stuckey and CJ Miles for minutes at the wing. Regardless of whether or not he's able to impress enough to earn a starting role, Hill's minutes are set for a major spike in the upcoming season.