K. J. McDaniels SF PHI 2 Days
McDaniels was absent from the first day of training camp Tuesday because "his contract hasn't been executed," The Intelligencer's Tom Moore reports.
McDaniels was the No. 32 overall pick out of Clemson, but he apparently wants more than second-round money, as he expected to be taken in the first round. Hopefully this situation gets resolved promptly so that fantasy owners can begin to better gauge the Sixers' shooting guard situation.
Deron Williams PG BKN 2 Days
Williams (ankle) didn't practice Tuesday, The Record's Andy Vasquez reports.
He's coming off surgeries on both ankles, and was given a day off Tuesday. Williams is supposedly fully healthy and this day off was just a precaution.
Carrick Felix SG UTA 2 Days
Felix will miss approximately four weeks with a Grade One AC joint sprain of his left shoulder, Jazz announcer David Locke reports.
Felix was going to struggle for minutes anyway, but now that he'll miss basically all of training camp, he will really struggle to become a part of Utah's rotation.
Blake Griffin PF LAC 2 Days
Griffin has been working on the corner three, the Orange County Register's Dan Woike reports.
After pulling out of Team USA due to a fracture in his back, Griffin has apparently been a full participant so far in camp. Griffin attempted a career-high 12 three-pointers last season, but if he can refine a corner three-point shot in the same way that, say, Serge Ibaka has, then he would become an even more potent offensive weapon than he was last season when he was an MVP candidate. Griffin's two main weaknesses in fantasy coming into last season were his free-throw shooting and his lack of blocks relative to his position. However, in 2013-14 he took a major step at the charity stripe, hitting a career-best 71.5 percent of his free throws. If he adds a three-point shot, that would make up for his lack of blocked shots and make him a viable option early in drafts.
Markel Brown SG BKN 2 Days
Brown (hand) has been cleared to practice, Nets Daily reports.
Brown suffered a non-displaced fracture of his hand in August, but he is healthy and ready to start practicing. The original expected timetable of return was four-to-six weeks, so it's not surprising he's been cleared to practice. He'll start camp trying to earn a spot in the rotation at the shooting guard position, but he'll need to have an improved three-point shot, and stellar defense in order to get some time on the court. We'll wait and see how he looks in camp in order to determine what kind of role he could end up having.
Jason Thompson PF SAC 2 Days
Thompson developed a three-point shot in the offseason, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Coach Mike Malone relayed the news Tuesday, which will be substantiated one way or the other once the preseason begins in earnest. With no proven touch from beyond the arc -- Thompson has merely knocked down 1-for-26 in his six-year career -- potential owners shouldn't bank on the 6-11, 250 forward suddenly draining treys on a consistent basis. That is, unless he proves to boast a prowess from deep.
Donatas Motiejunas PF/C HOU 2 Days
Motiejunas will have to compete with Terrence Jones for the starting power forward job, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reports.
There was also an open competition last year for the power forward job, and Jones averaged almost double the minutes Motiejunas saw, so until there's a concrete sign that something has changed, the odds are stacked against the versatile Lithuanian.
Vitor Faverani C BOS 2 Days
Faverani (knee) is set to practice during training camp, but could be limited during some of the sessions of two-a-days, NESN reports.
Faverani had surgery back in March to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. It has recovered enough for him to start training camp on time, which is great news considering he's only going into his second season in the league. The Celtics will monitor his time on the court, and have him take some practices off in order to keep him fresh, and avoid the risk of re-injuring the knee. He'll slot in as a reserve center, fighting for a position in a crowded frontcourt with the likes of Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger. The injury doesn't help his chances of establishing more of a presence as a contributor, but we'll see what he can do once he's fully healthy.
Terrence Jones F HOU 2 Days
Jones will have to compete with Donatas Motiejunas for the starting power forward job, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reports.
This is the same kind of coach-driven competition that happened all of last season, and Jones ended up edging out Motiejunas, seeing 27.3 minutes per game versus his Lithuanian counterpart's 15.4 mpg. Unless something changes between now and the start of the season, Jones is the power forward on the Rockets that fantasy owners should be targeting. The Rockets are expected to pick up Jones' fourth-year option by the Oct. 31 deadline, barring any unforeseen developments.
Carl Landry PF SAC 2 Days
Landry (knee) was held out of Tuesday's practice, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
After logging his first full practice Saturday since tearing the meniscus in his right knee in February, it's no surprise that coach Mike Malone is easing Landry into training camp. With appearances in just 140 of a possible 230 contests over the last three seasons, or 60.9 percent, his expected reserve role behind starting power forward Jason Thompson will keep Landry's relevance in check.