OUTBogdan Bogdanovic SG/SF SAC 4 hours ago
Bogdanovic underwent successful surgery Monday and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
Bogdanovic's recovery will put him out through camp and the preseason, however he shouldn't miss too much of the regular season barring any setbacks. This is the second surgery on his knee in the last six months, so it's unknown if there will be any lingering effects. With Bogdanovic likely out for the start of the regular season, Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson, and Nemanja Bjelica could all see a larger role.
Jae Crowder F UTA 7 hours ago
Crowder said Monday that he's down 14 pounds from his playing weight last season, Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune
This time of year, the entire league has a way of being in the best shape of its collective life, but Crowder's weight loss is particularly interesting given that he's coming off of a relatively disappointing season. He began the year in Cleveland but failed to mesh with LeBron James before eventually being dealt to the Jazz at the trade deadline. Crowder's shooting numbers actually got worse in Utah, and he closed the year with an overall average of 9.7 points per game on 40.4 percent shooting (32.3% 3PT). Entering his first full season with the Jazz and down some deadweight, Crowder will look to regain the efficiency that saw him shoot just a shade under 40 percent from three during his last season in Boston (2016-17).
Lonzo Ball PG LAL 8 hours ago
Ball (knee) said Monday that he's medically cleared and is "finally 100 percent," Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
This isn't exactly breaking news, as Ball was technically cleared by the team's medical staff last week, but he reiterated Monday that his knee feels great with training camp set to open. All indications are that Ball will need to work his way back to full-court, 5-on-5, but he should have no trouble being ready to go for opening night on October 18 in Portland.
DTDMaurice Harkless SF POR 8 hours ago
Harkless said he's yet to make a full recovery from the knee procedure he underwent at the end of the 2017-18 season and will be limited for the start of training camp, Joe Freeman of the Oregonian reports.
Harkless missed 11 of the Trail Blazers' final 13 games last season with a knee injury, which included sitting out two of the team's four losses to the Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs. He apparently underwent a procedure to correct the issue at some point following the season, though an exact date hasn't been provided. Either way, Harkless is still dealing with some discomfort and is set to be limited for the start of training camp. He hasn't been cleared for 5-on-5 work, so with the preseason kicking off this Saturday against Toronto, it seems highly unlikely that Harkless is available. Whether or not Harkless sees any time at all during the preseason is also up in the air, so it will be a situation to monitor over the next few weeks. The Trail Blazers' regular-season opener is scheduled for Oct. 18 against the Lakers.
Robin Lopez C CHI 9 hours ago
Head coach Fred Hoiberg said Lopez will battle Wendell Carter for the starting center job, Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore.com reports.
Lopez was in-and-out of the lineup last year with the Bulls effectively tanking, but the big man did start all 64 games he played in. With Carter being drafted in the first round of this year's draft, the expectation was that Lopez's role could take a hit, which was confirmed Monday when coach Hoiberg said the two would battle for the top spot. Lopez easily has the experience advantage, but Carter's upside will be tough to keep off the floor. Whether it happens right at the start of the season or at some point thereafter, there seems to be a strong possibility Lopez ends up in a bench role. For now, it will be a battle to monitor throughout camp and the preseason.
Milos Teodosic G LAC 9 hours ago
Teodosic said Monday that he's at 100 percent heading into training camp after battling a plantar fascia injury for much of last season, Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points reports.
In his first NBA season, the veteran point guard showed flashes of what made him one of the biggest stars in Europe, but he was limited to just 45 games due in large part to an ongoing bout with plantar fasciitis, an injury that typically requires extended rest to fully heal. At Monday's media day, the 31-year-old said he's fully recovered as he enters his second year with the Clippers. Teodosic figures to be in the regular guard rotation, but he may have difficulty playing enough minutes to be fantasy-relevant in most leagues, given that the Clippers also have to find time for Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley and Lou Williams, in addition to lottery picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson.
Wendell Carter C CHI 9 hours ago
Head coach Fred Hoiberg said Carter would compete with Robin Lopez for the starting center job, Cody Westerlund of 670TheScore.com reports.
The seventh overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, Carter was already expected to be a contributor right away, though it appears he'll actually have a chance to start if he out-performs Lopez during camp. That puts Carter in one of the more intriguing positions among rookies to become a fantasy contributor early on, as a starting job would mean big minutes. That said, Carter is still just 19 years old and Lopez has 10 years of NBA experience, so it certainly will be tough for Carter to ultimately win that job. Look for the battle to commence later this week and expect Carter to get plenty of run in the preseason.
Nikola Mirotic F NOP 9 hours ago
Head coach Alvin Gentry said he'd experiment with Mirotic at small forward during the preseason, Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com reports.
Gentry referenced a potential "big" lineup, which would feature Mirotic, Anthony Davis and Julius Randle all in the frontcourt at the same time. Considering the NBA seems to be transitioning to smaller lineups as a whole, it's uncertain when, or if, this lineup would be utilized in the regular season, but it's still something to keep in mind that could help Mirotic's value in the long run. Mirotic spent the bulk of last season at power forward, in addition to some minor work at center, so the option to play at small forward could help keep his minutes up despite Randle's addition this offseason. Mirotic averaged 27.2 minutes across 55 games last year.
Jordan Bell PF/C GSW 10 hours ago
Bell will compete with Kevon Looney and Damian Jones for the starting center job, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.
The Warriors are expected to be without DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) for an extended amount of time and head coach Steve Kerr confirmed Monday that Draymond Green would remain at power forward to start the year. As a result, Bell, Looney and Jones are expected to battle for the top job. With the likes of Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West all no longer on the roster, the entire trio should see more playing time during the upcoming campaign than they did a season ago. That said, considering the talent already on the roster, Bell would be nothing more than the fifth option offensively if he starts, which would likely limit his fantasy utility to those in deeper leagues.
Kevon Looney F/C GSW 10 hours ago
Looney is expected to battle Damian Jones and Jordan Bell for the starting center job, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.
Coach Steve Kerr confirmed Monday that Draymond Green would start at power forward like he has in the past, which is expected to allow one of Looney, Jones or Bell to start until DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) is cleared for a return. With the likes of JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West all gone for last season's roster, Looney is likely set for an uptick in minutes whether he starts or continues to come off the bench. That said, if Looney does earn the top job, he'd still be the fifth option offensively and could still struggle to be a fantasy contributor.