Xavier Henry G LAL 7 Days
Henry (knee, wrist) may be limited in training camp as he recovers from offseason surgeries, InsideSoCal.com reports.
New coach Byron Scott said that he "hasn't seen him do much on the court" and the Lakers' confirmed that Henry had yet to fully heal from his offseason surgeries to his knee and wrist. He is still expected to be healthy when the 2014-15 season begins, but the lack of preparation may impact how many minutes he plays, especially initially. Henry missed 39 games last season, averaging 10.0 points, 0.7 three-pointers, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 21 minutes per game. He'll likely play behind Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, and Wesley Johnson on the wing this season.
Chauncey Billups G DET 7 Days
Billups announced Tuesday that he will retire after 17 NBA seasons, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.
The Pistons declined the second and final year of a contract option that would have paid him $2.5 million next season, leaving the veteran with a presumably quiet market. Billups is best known for his time with the Detroit Pistons, during which he won the 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award, and earned the nickname, "Mr. Big Shot." If he chooses, he'll likely be afforded opportunities in either coaching or broadcasting, but his days as a fantasy commodity are officially over.
Greg Monroe PF/C DET 8 Days
Monroe has been suspended for two games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Monroe will miss a pair of games for an off-court incident in violation of Michigan state law. For a player that has been sidelined for just one game over the past two seasons, Monroe's suspension will double that absence tally this term. Nonetheless, Monroe's fantasy stock entering the upcoming campaign remains fairly constant compared to years past.
Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 8 Days
Valanciunas scored 22 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks in Sunday's win over New Zealand to send Lithuania through to the quarter-finals in the FIBA World Cup.
The mis-named Tall Blacks couldn't provide Valanciunas with much of a challenge in the paint, but he'll have a tougher go on Tuesday against a Turkish squad that features Omer Asik at center. Through six games in the tournament, Valanciunas is averaging 22 minutes, 13.0 points, 7.8 boards, 1.3 blocks and a tournament-leading 76.7% field goal percentage.
Kobe Bryant SG LAL 8 Days
Bryant (knee) is entering the 19th season of his NBA career and new coach Byron Scott said that he will have a minutes restriction as he recovers from a fractured tibial plateau, Scott told SCPR.org during a recent interview.
Scott told the public radio station that he doesn't "want to win at the expense of having my one of my guys get hurt. And sometimes, like I said, we're going to sit down, me and my trainer have already sat down, already started talking about the amount of minutes Kobe should probably play, going into this season. And I have to stand fast on that. I have to make sure that when he's up to those minutes, that's it, no matter what the game situation is, as much as I want to win, as much as he wants to win, I'm not going to sacrifice his health to try to win games." Bryant will likely be drafted in the top 50 of most drafts, but his value is highly dependent on how his health holds up after playing just six games in 2013-14.
Justin Holiday F GS 9 Days
Holiday will be a member of the Warriors' training camp roster, the Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Jrue's younger brother was one of the top guards at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 14.8 points and 5.0 rebounds for Golden State's squad. Holiday was in camp with the Jazz last fall but failed to make the roster. His only taste of NBA action came with the Sixers in 2012-12, when he averaged 15.8 minutes over a nine-game stint. The Arizona State product spent last season in Hungary playing alongside former Oklahoma star and 2010 second-round pick Willie Warren. At this point, Holiday, whose training camp contract is non-guaranteed, would appear to be a long shot to make the Warriors' roster.
Gustavo Ayon PF/C ATL 9 Days
Ayon has agreed to a multi-year deal with Real Madrid in Spain, David Pick of Eurobasket.com reports.
Ayon reportedly received interested from a few NBA teams, but he'll spurn those offers and instead opt for a longer-term deal overseas. The Mexico native appeared in 26 games for the Hawks last season, averaging 4.3 points and 4.8 rebound sin 16.5 minutes. Ayon had a few productive stints with Atlanta and New Orleans but never truly found his niche in the league. Still, he's only 30 years old, so a return to the NBA down the road certainly is not out of the question.
Charlie Villanueva PF DET 9 Days
Villanueva will sign a training camp deal with the Mavericks, ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon reports.
There is no guaranteed money in the contract, so it's not guaranteed that Villanueva will even make the team out of camp. He hasn't seen 20-plus minutes per game since the 2010-11 season, and considering the Mavs' depth up front (Tyson Chandler, Dirk Nowitzki, Brandan Wright, Al-Farouq Aminu), there's little chance he'll be fantasy relevant in 2014-15.
Kevin Jones F CLE 9 Days
Jones has agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, RealGM reports.
Jones turned some heads during Summer League play this year, averaging 12.8 points and 10.0 rebounds in five games played. The former West Virginia star hasn't gotten much NBA experience, having just 32 games with the Cavaliers two seasons ago to his credit. After splitting last season between the D-League and the Philippines, Jones will have to really prove himself to still be on the Pelicans' roster when training camp breaks.
Vernon Macklin PF DET 9 Days
Macklin has agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, RealGM reports.
Macklin played last season in Turkey instead of accepting training camp invites, but this season Macklin will try to secure a spot with the Pelicans. The former Florida Gator played Summer League ball with the Orlando Magic, averaging 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game. In his lone NBA season�back in 2011-12 with the Detroit Pistons�Macklin played sparingly, appearing in just 23 games and playing shy of six minutes per contest. He'll face an uphill battle to secure a roster spot in New Orleans.