Rudy Gay SF SAC 9 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 9 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.
Hedo Turkoglu SF LAC 10 Days
Turkoglu signed a one-year deal with the Clippers on Friday, the Orange County Register reports.
The 35-year-old played a minimal role on the Clippers last season and there's no reason to believe why it'll be any different during the Clippers' 2014-15 campaign. Turkoglu averaged 10.3 minutes per game which only allowed for 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks. With the likes of Blake Griffin, Spencer Hawes and Glen Davis ahead of him, the veteran will have a hard time getting on the court.
DeAndre Daniels SF TOR 10 Days
Daniels is recovering from eye surgery that he had performed to correct a condition called keratoconus but is expected to recover over the next month, The West Australian reports.
Daniels is currently playing in Australia for the Perth Wildcats but plans to join the NBA's Raptors at some point during their 2014-15 campaign. His draft rights are currently owned by the Raptors, however, the former Connecticut product decided to sign a four-month deal in Australia which won't make him available to play in the NBA until sometime in December. By that time, Daniels should be fully recovered from his eye issues.
Jrue Holiday PG NO 10 Days
Holiday has returned to playing five-on-five during workouts, NBA.com reports. "I've been working out and been on the court (individually) for a little while, but getting back to playing has been a joy," Holiday said. "The first couple days, just playing and trying to get a rhythm back, seeing my teammates, it's fun."
Eight months after a stress fracture in his tibia ended Holiday's 2013-14 season, he's back to full strength and is expected to enter camp at 100 percent. While a stress fracture is always a concern, Holiday missed only 14 of 312 games over four years with the Sixers before coming to New Orleans last summer. Prior to the injury, Holiday was enjoying a strong statistical season, averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds while shooting a hair under 45 percent from the floor. During the month of December, Holiday's averages jumped to 16.3 points and 9.0 assists, and he notched five double-digit assist games.
Kobe Bryant SG LAL 11 Days1 Comment
Bryant (knee) traveled to Germany recently to undergo Orthokine treatment on his right knee, Sporting News reports.
Bryant will undergo a platelet-rich plasma treatment geared toward keeping his surgically repaired knee as spry as possible as the 2014-15 season approaches. It's a treatment he's undergone multiple times in the past since injuries started to become a major issue a few seasons ago. Bryant is also recovering from a tibial fracture but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. It's unclear just how large of a role he'll have right away, with new head coach Byron Scott recently indicating Bryant may be placed on a minutes restriction while he works his way back into game shape.
Jerome Jordan C BKN 11 Days
Jordan signed with the Nets on Thursday, ESPN New York reports.
The terms of the deal are yet to be released, but Jordan's contract is almost certainly unguaranteed. The Tulsa product will attempt to crack the roster in training camp but is a likely candidate to be cut prior to the regular season. Jordan spent last season overseas, playing in both Lebanon and Italy.
Ryan Gomes F OKC 11 Days
Gomes signed with Laboral Kutxa in Spain, Sportando reports.
Gomes made a brief cameo with the Thunder last season, appearing in five games and logging 34 total minutes. The 32-year-old was a solid NBA player for several seasons, having started 371 of 487 career games.
Andrew Nicholson PF ORL 11 Days
Nicholson plans to reincorporate his post-game this season. He stated in an interview with OrlandoMagic.com, "I've been working to get my confidence back and I'm working again on what got me in the league in the first place. I'm just trying to get back inside. I did a lot of (outside) shooting last season. I want to get back where I've had success before."
Nicholson unveiled his outside shot two summers ago with Team Canada, carrying said shot into his sophomore season with little success, primarily launching corner threes. This summer, Nicholson continued to hoist threes in an 11-game tour with Team Canada, knocking them down at a respectable 40.4 percent. Overall, Nicholson averaged 10.6 points and shot 52.3 from the field during the exhibition schedule. Even so, the addition of Channing Frye and late season emergence of Kyle O'Quinn place a premium on frontcourt minutes.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 12 Days
Johnson is currently the favorite to start at small forward this season, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Coach Byron Scott said he hasn't definitely decided on who will start at the three, but stated that he likes Johnson's athleticism as the starter, with Nick Young's scoring ability being better suited to a bench role. Scott is going to focusing on getting consistency from Johnson this season and if he gets consistent minutes, he's a decent standard league fantasy option. Along with Paul Millsap, Johnson was the only player in the NBA to average at least 1.0 steal, 1.0 three-pointer, and 1.0 block per game last season.