Alec Burks SG UTA 4 weeks ago

Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks said that he is fully healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery in December, according to SLAM online. Burks played just 27 games before succumbing to a lingering shoulder problem, but he said he does not have any reservations about entering the 2015-16 season after being cleared for contact a few weeks ago. The Jazz struggled out of the gate last season, but went 19-10 after the All-Star break, creating a momentum Burks said he wants to build on in October. "We’re going to build on the second half of our season’s success," he said. "They played very well and I wish I could have been out there. But I just can’t wait to get back to training camp. We’ll just try to build on that success." Burks averaged 13.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game prior to being sidelined for the season.

Gordon Hayward SG/SF UTA 1 month ago

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward appears to be fully recovered from last season's Achilles tendon injury, according to the Indianapolis Star. Hayward underwent heel surgery in May and has begun playing pickup games in Indianapolis, alleviating concerns about any lingering issues in his leg.

Toney Douglas G IND 1 month ago

Free-agent guard Toney Douglas is expected to sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers on Friday, according to USA Today. Douglas will have a difficult time making the regular season roster after playing just 12 games last season with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Aron Baynes C DET 1 month ago

Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes continues to progress in his recovery from offseason ankle surgery, according to the Detroit Free Press. Baynes recently shed his walking boot and is expected to fill a reserve role after averaging 16 minutes in 70 games for the San Antonio Spurs last season. "(Ankle) is coming along, it's on track to where it should be," Baynes said Thursday. "I'm focused on getting healthy for training camp and then for the season. So right now, I'm not trying to do too much and just trying to take as long as I can to get ready. I think I can do more, but they're pulling me back as much as they can. I don't need to be going 100 percent right now, it's just getting the body right and [I'll] have plenty of time to run around in a couple of months." The departure of center Greg Monroe to the Milwaukee Bucks opens up significant minutes in the team's frontcourt, but Baynes will still begin the season behind center Andre Drummond on the depth chart.

Dante Exum PG UTA 1 month ago

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum was diagnosed with a torn ACL after injuring himself in an exhibition game with the Australian national team earlier this week, according to Bleacher Report. Exum was slated to see a bigger role in the offense in his second season after being drafted fifth overall in 2014, and while the Jazz have not provided a timetable, the injury likely means that Trey Burke will be the starter to begin the season. "First and foremost, our overriding concern is with Dante and his long-term health," Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. "We are continuing to work closely with our medical staff, Dante and his representation in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and recommended treatment so that we can provide him with the best possible care. We all know how hard he will work to make a full recovery and look forward to his return to play." Exum averaged 4.8 points in 22.2 minutes per game last season.

Kobe Bryant SG LAL 1 month ago

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has progressed to weight lifting with his upper body as he continues to rehab from surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, according to Yahoo Sports. Bryant said he feels strong and healthy eight months removed from shoulder surgery, crediting his weight training for improved upper and lower body strength. "The body is good. I feel good. ... My lower body is solid," Bryant said. "There are no question marks on what I can do. My body and my legs feel extremely strong and healthy. That’s the big difference. My upper body, I've been doing the weights and stuff like that. I've been kind of building up the upper body strength. The biggest change is I feel very, very solid in my legs." Head coach Byron Scott is considering less playing time for Bryant in hopes of keeping him healthy.

Nik Stauskas SG PHI 1 month ago

Philadelphia 76ers guard Nik Stauskas said Wednesday he is on track to play for the Canadian National Team in the upcoming Pan-American Games after missing the NBA's Summer League due to an ankle sprain. Stauskas is slated to become the 76ers starting shooting guard following his acquisition from the Sacramento Kings this offseason.

Dante Exum PG UTA 1 month ago

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum suffered a knee injury Tuesday while playing in an exhibition game with the Australian national team, according to ESPN. Exum will fly to Utah for evaluation, and there is a concern that the injury is serious.

Kevin Seraphin PF/C NYK 1 month ago

Free-agent center Kevin Seraphin signed a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the New York Knicks on Tuesday, according to ESPN. Seraphin will compete with Kyle O'Quinn for reserve minutes behind starting center Robin Lopez.

Earl Clark F BKN 1 month ago

Brooklyn Nets forward Earl Clark will be waived later this week, according to RealGM. Clark was expected to have a limited role with the team this season and asked for his release in order to get a chance to sign elsewhere.