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    • Kevin Durant BKN SF
      Nets' Kevin Durant: Return not ruled out for 2019-20
      5d ago

      Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a recent interview with Grant Chapman of Newshub that the team isn't officially ruling Durant (Achilles) out for the 2019-20. "That's a $110 [million] question. In all seriousness, we've tried not to talk about his timeline a lot," Marks said. "When you've got enough invested in a player like Kevin, we're never going to push him to come back," Marks said. "When the timing is right, he'll be 100 percent when he gets on the court. I can tell you this though -- before the pandemic, he looked like Kevin Durant, and that's a good thing."

      The Brooklyn brass continues to shy away from placing any expectations on Durant, who last played in June 2019, when he suffered a torn Achilles during the NBA Finals as a member of the Warriors. Durant's camp has also deflected talk of a return, as his business partner Rich Kleiman said in March that the thought of the two-time NBA Finals MVP returning in June or July was "not very realistic." However, as it looks more and more like the season could resume in the late summer or fall, the possibility of Durant making his Nets debut comes more realistic, at least in theory.

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    • Zion Williamson NO SF
      Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Could face restrictions
      6d ago

      During an April 30 conference call, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry spoke on the possibility of Williamson facing a minutes restriction if the NBA returns to play this season. "We'll have those conversations," Gentry said. "Obviously, his health will be the number one priority, but the restriction was really off after his first 5-6 games. So, he was playing the minutes that he would normally play, considering with any situation really. But, it will be something that we talk about when we do resume and as far as how it looks for Zion from a minute standpoint, and we'll do that really with some of the other players."

      At this point, it's unclear if the Pelicans will even have to cross this bridge, but if the league does resume regular-season play, Williamson would be in a unique situation. After missing the first several months of the season, he made his debut on Jan. 22 and hit the ground running, playing in 19 of the team's next 20 games. As Gentry noted, Williamson quickly shed his initial minutes limit and was routinely seeing 30-plus minutes beginning in early February. Prior to the suspension of the season on Mar. 11, Williamson held averages of 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.7 minutes per contest (19 games). He scored at least 20 points in 14 of his final 15 games.

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    • Malik Beasley MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Malik Beasley: Could be long-term fit in Minnesota
      6d ago

      Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas indicated that the team hopes to sign Beasley to a long-term contract, Dane Moore of Zone Coverage Minnesota reports.

      Speaking on both Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez during a "State of the Timberwolves" address on May 2, Rosas was asked about the futures of both players, who were acquired from the Nuggets at the trade deadline. "We want those guys to be Timberwolves for a long, long time," Rossas said. "Hopefully, for the rest of their careers." Considering Beasley has played only 14 games in Minnesota, that's a lofty declaration by Rossas, but it appears the Wolves consider the former first-round pick a foundational piece. He'll hit restricted free agency this offseason, at which point the Wolves could offer him a more lucrative, long-term deal.

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    • Jonathan Isaac ORL PF
      Magic's Jonathan Isaac: Door open for postseason return
      6d ago

      Isaac (knee) said Thursday in an online Q&A session with Magic season ticket holders that he'll attempt to resume playing in the 2020 postseason if he feels "110 percent" and the training staff deems him ready to go, John Denton of the team's official site reports.

      Isaac said in the chat session that he's attempted to rebuild strength and flexibility in his sprained left knee by riding a stationary bicycle and taking part in weight-training exercises. Before the NBA suspended its season March 12, Isaac had been sidelined nearly two and a half months with the injury, which was originally expected to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the campaign. If the NBA resumes its season later in the summer, however, Isaac could be back to full health or close to it.

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    • Jalen Brunson DAL PG
      Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: Seven weeks into 4-to-6 month rehab
      7d ago

      Brunson (shoulder) is seven weeks into his rehab, which was expected to be four-to-six months following surgery, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports.

      Brunson added that his recovery is "going pretty well," but that it seems unlikely that he'd return in July if the season resumes then. However, he should be ready for next season's training camp. This campaign, he's averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds across 17.9 minutes.

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    • Justise Winslow MEM SF
      Grizzlies' Justise Winslow: Deems self fully healthy
      9d ago

      Winslow (back) noted that he is "pain-free and symptom-free" and plans to "get right back into the swing of things" when the season resumes, Michael Wallace of Grind City Media reports.

      Winslow was set to return to play right when the season stopped, so it makes sense that he's feeling 100 percent. He was dealt to the Grizzlies on Feb. 5 but hasn't yet had an opportunity to suit up for his new team.

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    • Meyers Leonard MIA C
      Heat's Meyers Leonard: Ready to return from ankle injury
      10d ago

      Leonard (ankle) indicated last week in an Instagram interview that he'll be ready to play if or when the NBA season resumes, Shandel Richardson of SI.com reports. "I'm feeling much, much better," Leonard said. "Obviously, I had an injury there right before the season was suspended. And it was bad. I think most people were aware of that."

      Leonard missed the Heat's final 16 games before the NBA suspended its season March 12, but he'll have the benefit of more than three months of recovery time from the sprained left ankle by the time play resumes. Prior to getting hurt, Leonard had served as the Heat's starting power forward, but expect him to hold a smaller role upon returning with Miami having added Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala to the roster since that time.

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    • Clint Capela ATL C
      Hawks' Clint Capela: Not yet fully healthy
      20d ago

      Capela relayed Sunday that he's "feeling pretty good" as he continues to rehab from plantar fasciitis and a bone bruise in his right heel, though he admitted he's not fully healthy yet, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports. "I'm going to keep doing what the medical staff is saying," Capela said. "I'm not 100 percent yet. It's getting better, so I'm optimistic about it."

      Capela has been dealing with heel discomfort since late December and made his last appearance in a game Jan. 29 -- while he was still a member of the Rockets -- before being dealt to the Hawks less than a week later. While the NBA's ongoing hiatus theoretically gives Capela more time to heal up from the injury, his inability to test out his heel in full-contact, full-court workouts under the supervision of the Hawks' staff means he won't necessarily be cleared to practice right away when teams are allowed to resume training. On a more positive note, Capela indicated that the intensity of the pain in his heel has subsided since the league-wide shutdown. Last month, he said his pain was in the 5-to-7 range on a scale of one to 10; he now says his pain level falls somewhere in the 3-to-5 range.

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    • Frank Kaminsky PHO C
      Suns' Frank Kaminsky: Healed from fractured kneecap
      24d ago

      Kaminsky (kneecap) is "through the healing process" of his injury, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

      The next step for Kaminsky will be to get on the court and do basketball-related workouts. However, that's not easily accessible at this point due to coronavirus concerns. Regardless, it's a good sign that Kaminsky is ready for that step of his rehab.

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    • Rudy Gobert UTA C
      Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Downplays rift with Mitchell
      26d ago

      Gobert said Sunday in an Instagram Live conversation with Taylor Rooks of Turner Sports that he spoke with Donovan Mitchell "a few days ago" in an effort to repair the relationship between the two players.

      Gobert's willingness to reach out to Mitchell may at least temporarily defuse the notion that the relationship between the two Jazz co-stars "doesn't appear salvageable," as one source with knowledge of the matter previously labeled the matter in a report published Friday by Shams Charania, Sam Amick and Tony Jones of The Athletic. While Gobert told Rooks that he was ready to turn his focus to teaming up with Mitchell and winning a championship, it's not certain that Mitchell is on the same page with the big man. When he tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after Gobert, Mitchell expressed frustration with the recklessness Gobert exhibited in contacting teammates and the media in the days leading up to the NBA suspending its season. Both players are at least fine from a health standpoint, as the Utah Department of Health fully cleared Gobert, Mitchell and all other Jazz players and personnel of the coronavirus in late March.

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    • Rudy Gobert UTA C
      Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Remains at odds with Mitchell
      30d ago

      According to Shams Charania and Tony Jones of The Athletic, Gobert and Donovan Mitchell remain at odds over Gobert's role in the coronavirus saga.

      Last month, Gobert became the first player known to test positive for the virus, and he was openly reckless about his contact with other players, as well as the Jazz media in the days leading up to the NBA shutdown. In a video call with Good Morning America on Mar. 16, Mitchell expressed his displeasure with Gobert, and the Jazz are now working to repair the relationship between their two stars. "It doesn't appear salvageable," said one source cited in The Athletic's report, though the organization remains hopeful that, in time, the two will find common ground. Teammate Joe Ingles implied that he believes Gobert and Mitchell will eventually mend their relationship. "I'm confident our team is going to be totally fine," Ingles said. "I heard Donovan's response (on GMA), or whatever it was, to that question, and a part of that is on Donovan and Rudy to sort out if he's frustrated with him or whatever. But I have no doubt when we go back to training, or when our season starts again, our team is going to be what we have been and what we are. ... I'm confident our team will be completely fine. The chemistry will be fine."

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    • Jakob Poeltl SA C
      Spurs' Jakob Poeltl: Deems self fully healthy
      04/09/2020

      Poeltl (knee) said Wednesday that he's made a full recovery from his right MCL sprain and indicated he'll be ready to play when the season resumes, Jeff Garcia of Fox San Antonio reports. "Although I have no experience with knee injuries, I expect that I will have no problems if the season continues," Poeltl said.

      Poeltl missed five consecutive games with the injury before the NBA suspended its season, but he had been expected to be ready to go by the end of March. With the big man confirming that he's feeling healthy again, he's expected to step back into his normal role as the Spurs' backup center once the season starts back up. Prior to getting hurt, Poeltl had averaged 5.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes per game while shooting 61.9 percent from the field in 58 appearances.

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    • Jonathan Isaac ORL PF
      Magic's Jonathan Isaac: Door open for postseason return
      6d ago

      Isaac (knee) said Thursday in an online Q&A session with Magic season ticket holders that he'll attempt to resume playing in the 2020 postseason if he feels "110 percent" and the training staff deems him ready to go, John Denton of the team's official site reports.

      Isaac said in the chat session that he's attempted to rebuild strength and flexibility in his sprained left knee by riding a stationary bicycle and taking part in weight-training exercises. Before the NBA suspended its season March 12, Isaac had been sidelined nearly two and a half months with the injury, which was originally expected to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the campaign. If the NBA resumes its season later in the summer, however, Isaac could be back to full health or close to it.

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    • Zach Collins POR PF
      Trail Blazers' Zach Collins: 'On right track' with rehab
      10d ago

      Collins said in a recent interview that he's "on the right track" with his recovery from left shoulder surgery and noted that he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his rehab, Chris Burkhardt of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

      Before the NBA suspended its season March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Collins had been eyeing a potential return during the postseason. Because teams haven't been holding practices during the shutdown, Collins hasn't had the opportunity to test out his shoulder in full-contract drills on the court, but he's likely to do so at some point in May, when clubs are expected to reopen their facilities. If Collins checks out well during his initial workouts, he could be ready to contribute whenever the season resumes.

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    • Marvin Bagley III SAC PF
      Kings' Marvin Bagley: Progressing in rehab work
      17d ago

      Coach Luke Walton said in a conference call Wednesday that Bagley (foot) is "doing great" and "feeling much better," Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.

      Bagley last saw game action Jan. 20 and didn't have a clear return timetable leading up to the shutdown of the NBA season in early March. The news from Walton is good but doesn't provide much clarity on when the 21-year-old is expected to be fully healthy.

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    • Jaren Jackson Jr. MEM PF
      Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson: Presumably healthy again
      04/05/2020

      Jackson (knee) is expected to be available to play whenever the NBA's hiatus ends, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports.

      Jackson already appeared to have an outside shot of returning from a nine-game absence March 12 in Portland, but any hope of that happening was nixed when the NBA suspended its season earlier that day. With the benefit of three extra weeks of recovery time -- and most likely, at least another two months of time off to come -- Jackson shouldn't face any restrictions by the time the Grizzlies are cleared to resume training. Prior to getting hurt, the second-year big man was averaging 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 assists and 0.7 steals in 28 minutes per game over his 54 appearances.

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    • Michael Porter Jr. DEN PF
      Nuggets' Michael Porter: Ankle injury healing well
      04/03/2020

      Porter's described his right ankle injury suffered Jan. 31 versus the Bucks as "worse than I thought" and indicated that the NBA's suspension of the season has given him ample time to heal it up, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reports.

      Porter was reportedly playing through discomfort prior to the postponement of the campaign, which may have played a role in his March 5 absence and could explain his struggles in the games just prior to the hiatus. If that's the case, Porter could return from the break looking to regain the role that saw him post 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds over the 10 games prior to the ankle injury suffered in late January.

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    • Jonathan Isaac ORL PF
      Magic's Jonathan Isaac: Still wearing hinged knee brace
      04/01/2020

      Isaac said Tuesday that he feels "fantastic" as he continues through his rehab program but is still wearing a hinged brace to protected his left knee, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

      Isaac was diagnosed with a severe left knee sprain and bone contusion after exiting early Jan. 1 against Washington, and though he was able to avoid surgery, the Magic ruled him out for the season just over a month later. Since that time, the NBA has suspended its season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the ongoing hiatus could provide Isaac with enough time to heal up from the injury and rejoin the Magic for a potential playoff run. Orlando likely won't have a firm timeline for Isaac's return for at least another month, however, as the 6-foot-11 forward still appears to be stuck in the initial stages of his rehab program. While Isaac has thus far avoided any setbacks, he has yet to resume any on-court activity since suffering the injury, and he won't even be allowed to work out in front of the Magic coaching staff until the NBA allows teams to reconvene.

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    • Kevin Durant BKN SF
      Nets' Kevin Durant: Return not ruled out for 2019-20
      5d ago

      Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a recent interview with Grant Chapman of Newshub that the team isn't officially ruling Durant (Achilles) out for the 2019-20. "That's a $110 [million] question. In all seriousness, we've tried not to talk about his timeline a lot," Marks said. "When you've got enough invested in a player like Kevin, we're never going to push him to come back," Marks said. "When the timing is right, he'll be 100 percent when he gets on the court. I can tell you this though -- before the pandemic, he looked like Kevin Durant, and that's a good thing."

      The Brooklyn brass continues to shy away from placing any expectations on Durant, who last played in June 2019, when he suffered a torn Achilles during the NBA Finals as a member of the Warriors. Durant's camp has also deflected talk of a return, as his business partner Rich Kleiman said in March that the thought of the two-time NBA Finals MVP returning in June or July was "not very realistic." However, as it looks more and more like the season could resume in the late summer or fall, the possibility of Durant making his Nets debut comes more realistic, at least in theory.

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    • Zion Williamson NO SF
      Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Could face restrictions
      6d ago

      During an April 30 conference call, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry spoke on the possibility of Williamson facing a minutes restriction if the NBA returns to play this season. "We'll have those conversations," Gentry said. "Obviously, his health will be the number one priority, but the restriction was really off after his first 5-6 games. So, he was playing the minutes that he would normally play, considering with any situation really. But, it will be something that we talk about when we do resume and as far as how it looks for Zion from a minute standpoint, and we'll do that really with some of the other players."

      At this point, it's unclear if the Pelicans will even have to cross this bridge, but if the league does resume regular-season play, Williamson would be in a unique situation. After missing the first several months of the season, he made his debut on Jan. 22 and hit the ground running, playing in 19 of the team's next 20 games. As Gentry noted, Williamson quickly shed his initial minutes limit and was routinely seeing 30-plus minutes beginning in early February. Prior to the suspension of the season on Mar. 11, Williamson held averages of 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.7 minutes per contest (19 games). He scored at least 20 points in 14 of his final 15 games.

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    • Justise Winslow MEM SF
      Grizzlies' Justise Winslow: Deems self fully healthy
      9d ago

      Winslow (back) noted that he is "pain-free and symptom-free" and plans to "get right back into the swing of things" when the season resumes, Michael Wallace of Grind City Media reports.

      Winslow was set to return to play right when the season stopped, so it makes sense that he's feeling 100 percent. He was dealt to the Grizzlies on Feb. 5 but hasn't yet had an opportunity to suit up for his new team.

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    • Kevin Durant BKN SF
      Nets' Kevin Durant: Advances to 3-on-3 work
      17d ago

      Durant (Achilles) had been taking part in 3-on-3 on-court workouts with the Nets before the NBA went on hiatus March 12, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.

      Neither the Nets nor Durant seem to be seriously entertaining the possibility of the 31-year-old making his Brooklyn debut in 2019-20 -- whenever the season resumes -- but he looks well on his way to gaining full clearance in advance of training camp. Durant underwent surgery to repair his ruptured right Achilles' tendon last June, so he'll have well more than a full year of recovery time before he returns to competitive action.

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    • Kelly Oubre Jr. PHO SF
      Suns' Kelly Oubre: Healed from knee surgery
      24d ago

      Oubre (knee) is "though the healing process" of his surgery, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

      Oubre hasn't been able to step on the court to test his knee due to coronavirus concerns, but it's a good sign that he's ready to take that step. All signs are pointing toward Oubre being ready for the Suns' 2020 training camp.

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    • Rodney Hood POR SF
      Trail Blazers' Rodney Hood: Working one-on-one with trainers
      25d ago

      Hood (Achilles) is working out one-on-one with the Trail Blazers' trainers three times per week, Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report reports.

      Hood has presumably shed his walking boot, which is an important milestone in his recovery. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he may not be able to rehab as aggressively as he would otherwise, but the expectation remains that he'll be ready for the early portion of the 2020-21 campaign. Hood also said that while he's undecided on whether he'll exercise his player option for next season, he "fully expects" to remain with Portland.

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    • Malik Beasley MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Malik Beasley: Could be long-term fit in Minnesota
      6d ago

      Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas indicated that the team hopes to sign Beasley to a long-term contract, Dane Moore of Zone Coverage Minnesota reports.

      Speaking on both Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez during a "State of the Timberwolves" address on May 2, Rosas was asked about the futures of both players, who were acquired from the Nuggets at the trade deadline. "We want those guys to be Timberwolves for a long, long time," Rossas said. "Hopefully, for the rest of their careers." Considering Beasley has played only 14 games in Minnesota, that's a lofty declaration by Rossas, but it appears the Wolves consider the former first-round pick a foundational piece. He'll hit restricted free agency this offseason, at which point the Wolves could offer him a more lucrative, long-term deal.

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    • Nickeil Alexander-Walker NO SG
      Pelicans' Nickeil Alexander-Walker: Avoids surgery for wrist
      10d ago

      Alexander-Walker told Daniel Sallerson of the Pelicans Radio Network in a podcast appearance Wednesday that he's no longer sporting a hard cast to protect his fractured right wrist.

      Alexander-Walker had been sporting the cast for nearly five weeks before trading it out for some softer protection. With the rookie guard's fractured wrist having healed as expected, he'll avoid surgery, which likely would have spelled an end to his season. He'll still have to complete some strengthening exercises with the wrist before the Pelicans sign off on him playing, but he could be back to 100 percent when the NBA season resumes.

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    • Jeremy Lamb IND SG
      Pacers' Jeremy Lamb: Resumes walking
      11d ago

      Lamb (knee) has resumed walking, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.

      Lamb underwent surgery seven weeks ago to address a torn ACL and meniscus. It's still the early stages of his rehab, and he won't be able to return until next season, but it's encouraging that he's been able to resume walking.

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    • Evan Fournier ORL SG
      Magic's Evan Fournier: Expected back when season resumes
      17d ago

      Fournier is expected to make a full recovery from the UCL sprain in his right elbow by the time the suspended NBA season resumes, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

      Fournier missed the Magic's last three games and looked destined to miss additional action after being ruled out indefinitely March 6 due to the injury. With the NBA going on hiatus a week later, however, Fournier has now benefited from a month and a half off to let his elbow heal without missing further games. The Magic haven't issued a formal update on where exactly Fournier stands in his recovery, but he should get the green light to take part in on-court work whenever the NBA allows teams to resume training. Prior to the injury, Fournier was averaging a career-high 18.8 points to go along with 3.2 assists, 2.7 three-pointers, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 31.7 minutes per contest.

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    • Jaylen Brown BOS SG
      Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Overcomes hamstring injury
      17d ago

      Brown's (hamstring) trainer, Desmond Eastmond, said Friday that the forward "wouldn't miss a beat" if the season "started back tomorrow," Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.

      Prior to the NBA's shutdown March 12, Brown had missed the Celtics' last four games with a right hamstring strain, but Eastmond's comments imply that the injury is no longer a concern more than a month later. Eastmond noted that Brown speaks with him daily via Zoom calls regarding an individualized workout plan, which should keep the 23-year-old in optimal shape if or when the season resumes. After inking a massive contract extension in October, Brown has rewarded the Celtics' faith by turning in a career-best season. Over 50 appearances, Brown is averaging 20.4 points (on 49 percent shooting from the field), 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.1 three-pointers and 1.1 steals in 34.0 minutes per game.

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    • Devin Booker PHO SG
      Suns' Devin Booker: Could see more work at point guard
      20d ago

      Suns coach Monty Williams said Thursday that he wants to explore using Booker (hip) at point guard more when the NBA season resumes, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.

      Ricky Rubio's arrival in Phoenix this season has limited Booker to almost exclusively to an off-ball role, with the 23-year-old having logged just one percent of his minutes at point guard in 2019-20 compared to 15 percent in 2018-19 and five percent in 2017-18, per Basketball-Reference. In order to open up more time for Booker to initiate the offense, Williams may have to get creative in staggering minutes between Rubio and Booker. Any minor uptick in minutes on the ball could translate into an uptick in usage for Booker, whose 29.1 percent rate for the season is his lowest since 2017-18.

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    • Jalen Brunson DAL PG
      Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: Seven weeks into 4-to-6 month rehab
      7d ago

      Brunson (shoulder) is seven weeks into his rehab, which was expected to be four-to-six months following surgery, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports.

      Brunson added that his recovery is "going pretty well," but that it seems unlikely that he'd return in July if the season resumes then. However, he should be ready for next season's training camp. This campaign, he's averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds across 17.9 minutes.

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    • Malcolm Brogdon IND PG
      Pacers' Malcolm Brogdon: Says he's '100 percent' healthy
      14d ago

      Brogdon (quadriceps) revealed in a video Saturday that he's "100 percent" healthy.

      In early March, Brogdon was deemed week-to-week with a torn quad, so this timeline matches up. He notes that he's been doing rehab, riding his exercise bike and running hills in his backyard. If the season starts back up, he'll be able to take the court.

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    • Ben Simmons PHI PG
      76ers' Ben Simmons: Back to full health
      19d ago

      Simmons (back) is back to full health and will be available to play if or when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes, a team source told Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.com. "He's feeling strong," a member of Simmons' camp relayed to MacMullan. "The original restrictions were very limiting, but all of them have been removed. He would probably need another scan, so the doctors could officially clear him, but there's been no setbacks. He's dying to get out there."

      Before the NBA suspended its season March 12, Simmons had missed the 76ers' last eight games with a lower-back nerve impingement. The 76ers hadn't been planning to even re-evaluate Simmons until early April, so the point guard was seemingly at risk of missing the start of the playoffs, had they begun last week as originally scheduled. The ongoing league-wide shutdown has had the benefit of providing Simmons with ample recovery time from the injury without missing any additional games, and the 23-year-old now looks like he'll be ready to reclaim his normal role whenever the NBA gives teams the green light to resume training. Simmons' impending return is likely most damaging to the fantasy value of Shake Milton, who had started each of the Sixers' past eight games in place of the All-Star and averaged 17.9 points (on 57.6 percent shooting from the field), 4.4 assists, 3.0 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 31.0 minutes.

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    • John Wall WAS PG
      Wizards' John Wall: Won't play in 2019-20
      21d ago

      Wall (Achilles) confirmed Thursday during an appearance on ESPN's "The Jump" program that he won't suit up for the Wizards in 2019-20 if or when the suspended season resumes, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.

      General manager Tommy Sheppard said a week earlier that Wall wouldn't be available to play following the NBA hiatus, but it's at least good to know that the point guard is on the same page with the front office with regard to his rehab from surgery to repair his left Achilles' tendon. Wall said in his TV appearance Thursday that he's continuing to work out on the basketball court and in the gym at his home, and noted that he currently weighs in at 212 pounds, about seven more pounds than his ideal playing weight. With no word that he's experienced any setbacks since undergoing surgery 14 months ago, Wall is expected to be in playing shape by the time training camp for the 2020-21 season begins.

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    • Spencer Dinwiddie BKN PG
      Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: To play for Nigerian national team
      21d ago

      Dinwiddie is getting a Nigerian passport and will play for the Nigerian national team after not receiving a Team USA Olympic invite, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      Given the available talent pool for the Team USA to pull from, it's not a shock that Dinwiddie wasn't invited despite averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds across 31.2 minutes per game last season. So in an effort to play on the international stage, he'll opt to join the Nigerian squad. Mike Brown is the coach, and Al-Farouq Aminu, Josh Okogie, Chimezie Metu and Okpe Udoh will be some of Dinwiddie's teammates.

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    • Jalen Brunson DAL PG
      Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: Should be healthy for camp
      28d ago

      Brunson (shoulder) is planning on being recovered in time to participate in next season's training camp, Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News reports.

      Brunson underwent shoulder surgery to address a torn labrum in mid-March. He had a similar season to his 2018-19 rookie campaign but set career marks in assists (3.3) and rebounds (2.4) per game, as well as free-throw percentage (81.3) and three-point percentage (35.8). Barring any major roster shakeup, Brunson should remain the Mavericks' backup point guard in 2020-21.

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