Vernon Macklin PF DET 12 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.
Spencer Dinwiddie PG DET 13 Days
Dinwiddie still doesn't have a timetable for his return from ACL surgery, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The rookie point said he has felt "really, really good" the past couple weeks, but he wouldn't commit to a timetable for his return to basketball. Not a huge surprise, as the Pistons instructed Dinwiddie not to talk about possible return dates earlier this summer. Shortly after being selected by Detroit in the second round, there were reports that Dinwiddie wouldn't play this season, but it seems more and more likely that he'll be healthy enough to return to the court at some point during the 2014-15 campaign. That said, even if Dinwiddie does return to full strength, opportunities for playing time would be limited. Dinwiddie is a talented guard and should be on your radar for keeper leagues, but he won't make a fantasy impact in his rookie season.
Emeka Okafor C PHO 13 Days
Okafor likely won't sign with a team until midseason due to his recovery from the herniated disc in his back, ESPN reports.
Okafor suffered the injury in September of last year, and wasn't able to play in a single game for the Suns. The injury was bad enough that the recovery will continue to keep him out until midseason of the upcoming year. That being said, there will be a bunch of teams in the running to sign Okafor once he's healthy, as he's already been linked to a few different teams. Once he's back, Okafor will provide a team with veteran leadership and depth at the center position.
Mason Plumlee C BKN 13 Days
Plumlee (foot) has been used sparingly by the United States in the FIBA World Cup Games.
Plumlee dealt with a sore foot during the NBA Summer League, but it hasn't been an issue for him so far during his time in the FIBA World Cup.He's averaged six minutes per game in the six games he's played in, but the lack of minutes is due more to his overall skill set compared to the other players currently on the roster, and less due to limitations from the foot injury he was dealing with back in July. He should be 100 percent come time for Nets' training camp and shouldn't have any limitations.
Jorge Gutierrez G BKN 13 Days
Gutierrez (Ribs) played with Mexico in the FIBA World Cup Games this summer.
Gutierrez bruised his ribs back in July and he wasn't able to participate in the NBA Summer League. He has since been played with Mexico during the FIBA games, and the ribs haven't been an issue for him. In Saturday's game against the United States, Gutierrez posted totals of seven points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 26 minutes of action. Look for him to be ready for the Nets' training camp and continue to provide depth at the point guard position.
Raul Neto G ATL 13 Days
Neto (finger) is playing with Brazil in the FIBA World Cup Games this summer.
Neto broke his finger back in April, but felt good enough to play with Brazil this summer. He's played well so far, including a double-double he posted Thursday against Egypt with 14 points and 10 assists, on seven for seven shooting from the field. Neto was drafted by the Jazz in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft, but spent last season playing in Spain. Neto will be playing in Spain again this upcoming season, so the Jazz will have to wait at least another year before having the opportunity to bring him over.
Ty Lawson PG DEN 13 Days
Lawson (ankle) was shown in a vine on the Denver Nuggets' Twitter page working out at the training facility.
Lawson suffered the ankle sprain at the end of last year and missed the final six games of the season. He reportedly still couldn't run on it back in June, so seeing him back in the gym and getting some shots up is good news for his training camp availability. With the time he's had off, his ankle should be nearing a full recovery, as it was just a sprain and nothing more. Look for Lawson to be a full go come training camp barring any setbacks.
Tyreke Evans SG/SF NO 13 Days
Evans should be fully healthy for the start of training camp September 30, the Times-Picayune reports.
The Pelicans' wing needed off-season surgery on his right knee after being one of the healthiest players in New Orleans during the campaign, but general manager Dell Demps expects Evans and the rest of last year's banged up team to be 100 percent by the time camp starts. A reserve for the majority of last season, Evans struggled to adjust in his first year as a Pelican, but the former Rookie of the Year did thrive as a starter when given the opportunity. Regardless of whether Evans starts or plays with the second unit, he should see plenty of minutes and be productive in his second year in New Orleans.
Austin Rivers G NO 13 Days
Rivers has put the trade rumors behind him this offseason, adding 10 pounds of muscle, improving his midrange game and declaring the coming season, "my year," the Times-Picayune reports.
The former Duke guard has been a disappointment for the Pelicans since being taken with the 10th overall pick in the draft that also netted the then-Hornets Anthony Davis. The past few seasons Rivers has competed against, and lost to, Brian Roberts for backup point guard minutes, but with Roberts in Charlotte Rivers' only competition will be second-round pick Russ Smith. Rivers' play has improved over the course of his brief NBA career, and with the extra muscle and wrinkle to his offensive game, there is reason to believe the Pelicans could see major improvement from their former lottery pick.
Jeremy Tyler C SAC 14 Days
Tyler was waived by the Kings on Saturday, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Tyler, whose contract for the season was set to become guaranteed later this month, was acquired from the New York Knicks in a trade earlier this summer. The move will allow Sacramento to free up more space under the salary cap. Tyler will try to catch on with another team before training camps begin.