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Terence Davis said he's working on "mastering the pick and roll."

Jul 09   12:57 PM

“I think I’ll be a secondary ball-handler going into the bubble," Davis said. "And [I'm working on] shooting off the dribble ... I can shoot the ball off of catch-and-shoot with Kyle [Lowry], Fred [VanVleet] creating for me ... the next step is creating my own shot." It's not guaranteed that Davis will earn more than a handful of minutes in the Raptors' rotation, though, so he'll be a dubious DFS play while Lowry, VanVleet and Norman Powell are healthy. 

Rudy Gobert said in a recent interview that he "can be very annoying" when demanding the ball on offense.

Jul 09   12:28 PM

"I understand that I'm annoying," Gobert said. "I think maybe because [Donovan Mitchell] was really good really early, I've been very demanding and maybe in not always a positive way ... Donovan has gotten better every year since he's gotten here. I think he's going to keep getting a lot better. It's pretty much, I'm the a--hole." Gobert has been publicly contrite about his behavior prior to testing positive for coronavirus, and he's mended fences with Mitchell. Beyond the absence of Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist surgery), the Jazz should be in good shape when play resumes in Orlando.

Nuggets GM Calvin Booth is confident that Nikola Jokic will soon join the team in Orlando, saying, "I think he’s feeling good about his situation and is ready to go."

Jul 09   10:13 AM

The other side of the equation is that Jokic, who tested positive for COVID-19 while in Serbia, is still arranging flights to join his teammates in the bubble. “We’re trying to work out the logistics right now,” Booth said on Wednesday. "He’s not en route as far as I know. I think [he's] waiting, just to get a proper flight and get here." The Nuggets don't even seem fully informed about the whereabouts of their franchise center, but all signs point to him joining the team in Orlando -- eventually.

Pascal Siakam said recently that he went "around three months without actually playing or shooting the basketball."

Jul 09   10:13 AM

Siakam said that's easily the longest stretch that he's gone without playing basketball. Raptors coach Nike Nurse said that Siakam looks "great" in workouts, and the time off isn't likely to have a lasting impact when play resumes on July 30. “[W]ith everybody there’ll be a little bit of rhythm adjustment from the game, conditioning, rhythm and remembering sets and all that kind of stuff," Nurse said. "Look, if you walked in the gym this morning and watched [Siakam and Matt Thomas] work out, you wouldn’t have known they missed two months without touching a ball, I don’t think.”

Pelicans F Darius Miller is still recovering from his right Achilles surgery and will not accompany the team to Orlando. 

Jul 09   12:17 AM

Outside of Miller, the Pelicans should go into Orlando as healthy as any team in the league. With Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors all ready to roll, the Pelicans are going to be a really fun team to watch when the season gets underway. 

Despite reservations about playing, Tim Hardaway Jr. sounds like he plans on suiting up and playing for the Mavericks in Orlando. 

Jul 09   12:17 AM

The third option behind Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis is up for debate, but THJ, Seth Curry, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell are all going to be leaned on heavily. And if Luka and Porzingis are on the same page and DFS, THJ, Curry and Powell all come to play, the Mavericks seem to think they could shock the world and win it all. 

Michael Beasley is moving toward a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. 

Jul 08   11:03 PM

Just hours after the Nets reportedly added Jamal Crawford, they look have have their second substitute player lined up to help fill the minutes left by the seven inactive players. Beasley would be in a fantastic spot with the Nets, and he’d certainly cut into Rodions Kurucs’ minutes. 

Kawhi Leonard did not travel with the team on Wednesday to Walt Disney World for the resumption of the NBA season and he will join the team in a few days, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

Jul 08   8:26 PM

The report adds Leonard was given permission by the organization to tend to a family matter. The Clippers shut down their practice facility on July 2, and their first practice in Orlando is scheduled for July 10 from 6:00-9:00 EDT. Leonard could miss that practice along with the practice on July 11, but this shouldn't affect his status for games.

Isaiah Roby will miss the rest of the season after undergoing a minor procedure on his right plantar fascia.

Jul 08   5:06 PM

He is not going to travel with the team, and the Thunder will not fill his spot on the roster to keep their roster at 16. The Thunder acquired him from Dallas in January, and Roby logged a grand total of 11 minutes with OKC. The power forward brought some defensive stats in the G League with 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals in 17 games, adding averages of just 8.1 points, 6.1 boards and 1.4 dimes over 20.2 minutes per game.

Patty Mills will donate the remainder of his NBA salary from Orlando, $1,017,818, to Black Lives Matter Australia and other non-profit organizations.

Jul 08   2:29 PM

Mills said he's playing in Orlando because he "[doesn't] want to leave any money on the table that could be going directly to black communities." Dwight Howard has also pledged to donate his remaining salary to his 'Breath Again' initiative, and the league has agreed to let players don social- and racial-justice slogans on the back of their jerseys when play resumes.

Bulls assistant coach Chris Fleming will interview for the Knicks' vacant head coaching job on Thursday.

Jul 08   2:29 PM

Tom Thibodeau is widely believed to be the frontrunner for the job, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski in early June, but the Knicks are casting a wide net in their search. Other coaches expected to interview include current interim coach Mike Miller, former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, 76ers assistant Ime Udoka, and former Hawks and Knicks coach Mike Woodson.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been cleared to travel with the team to the bubble in Orlando, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jul 08   1:06 PM

Gregg Popovich will also be traveling with the Spurs, and all signs point to Mike D'Antoni coaching the Rockets when they resume the season -- that accounts for the 65+ contingent of NBA head coaches. 

Brandon Clarke (right quad) said his health is "pretty much the same ... [as it was] pre-injury."

Jul 08   10:56 AM

"Over these past five to six weeks, I've gotten back to the player that I was," Clarke said. "I got the same balance and running habits [as pre-injury], so it'll all just be about my habits on the court." Memphis is also expected to have Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) and Justise Winslow (back) in the active lineup, which bolsters their chances of holding onto the No. 8 seed.

Derrick Jones Jr. (COVID-19) has been cleared to join the Heat as they enter the bubble in Orlando on Wednesday.

Jul 08   10:38 AM

DJJ tested positive two weeks ago, but he's good to go after quarantining and passing multiple tests. He was reportedly asymptomatic the whole time, and will have a few weeks to ramp up his conditioning before the real games begin.

Lance Thomas is "on the Nets' radar" to fill a roster spot in Orlando.

Jul 08   10:14 AM

Taurean Prince was the most recent Nets player to withdraw from the season's resumption, after he tested positive for coronavirus. At this point, Brooklyn is really just evaluating young guys in the bubble, since their playoff hopes get dimmer by the day. Thomas would provide serviceable two-way depth, but is a very unlikely DFS target.

Derrick Williams has agreed to a deal with the Spanish team Valencia.

Jul 08   10:14 AM

Williams is coming off a stint in Turkey with Fenerbahce, prior to which he was playing in Germany. He's 29 years old and all signs point to him finishing his playing career overseas.

The Bucks have closed down their practice facility in Milwaukee after a new round of testing on Friday. 

Jul 08   12:17 AM

The facility will remain closed until the team goes to Orlando on Thursday and it will be interesting to see what players might be impacted by a positive test for COVID-19. The Bucks are one of the favorites to win an NBA title in Orlando and the odds-on favorite to win the East. 

Al-Farouq Aminu did not accompany the Magic to the bubble on Tuesday. 

Jul 07   4:21 PM

He's rehabbing a knee injury and while it's possible he could join the team at some point, he's not doing so currently. If Jonathan Isaac is healthy both him and Aaron Gordon would step in to fill the hole left by Aminu's absence. 

The Rockets officially signed Luc Mbah a Moute on Tuesday. 

Jul 07   3:49 PM

He'll replace Thabo Sefolosha in Orlando and, like most other human beings, is big enough to play center for the center-less Rockets. But it's hard to see Mbah a Moute being worth using in DFS. 

Nikola Jokic is reportedly healthy and recovered from COVID but had travel complications that will keep him off of Tuesday's team flight to Orlando. 

Jul 07   3:25 PM

He reportedly tested negative in Serbia and is good to go for Orlando, but simply had flight complications that kept him from joining his teammates. Either way, Jokic should be in Orlando well before the Nuggets play a meaningful game. 

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