July 2, 2020, 4:01 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Marvin Bagley confirmed that he is "ready to go" for the NBA restart in Orlando after rehabbing from a left foot sprain.
It was previously reported in early July that the Kings' training staff believed that Bagley would be available for game action soon and this report confirms that Bagley will in fact be available for the league resumption. Bagley has yet to live up to the hype of the second overall pick in 2018 as he has only been able to play in 75 out of a possible 146 games (51.3 percent). It is unclear what role Bagley will have in Orlando but it appears that his injury woes are behind him and we will learn more about his ability during the league resumption. Bagley's return would likely cut into the playing time of Nemanja Bjelica, Harry Giles, Jabari Parker and Harrison Barnes.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
July 2, 2020, 12:39 pmJontay PorterC, Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said that rookie Jontay Porter may be available for games in the Orlando bubble.
Porter missed the entire 2018-19 college season after suffering a knee injury and hasn't suited up as a pro, so if he accompanies the Grizzlies to Orlando it'll be more for the experience than actual playing time. His college numbers were intriguing but Porter is only of consequence in deep dynasty formats for now.
Source: Daily Memphian
July 2, 2020, 12:34 pmGrayson AllenSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Grayson Allen (left hip) may be able to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando.
Allen has been sidelined with left hip soreness since leaving a game in late January, and his ailment would've ended his season had things finished as scheduled. While he hasn't received the all-clear yet, the Grizzlies will evaluate him after he gets through some practices in the Orlando bubble. He's unlikely to play much even if he can, as the Grizzlies currently boast a fully healthy roster.
Source: Daily Memphian
July 1, 2020, 7:31 pmDwight PowellPF, Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell has advanced in his rehab from a torn Achilles as he has been able to do some light shooting, agility work, and has been able to do some jogging on the treadmill.
Powell suffered a torn Achilles in January and has no chance of participating in Orlando's restart. However, it is always good news to hear a player reach a milestone in terms of their rehab. Powell may not play an NBA game until the 2021-22 season as he continues to recover from one of the toughest injuries in basketball. This is a situation that will continue to evolve over the next year or so.
Source: Callie Caplan on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 3:29 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
The Kings training staff believes that Marvin Bagley (left foot sprain) will be available for game action shortly.
Bagley hasn't appeared in a game since January. While Bagley would likely have a bench role, his return may cut into the playing time of teammates like Harrison Barnes and Harry Giles.
Source: Jason Jones on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 2:32 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) said that having the last few months off was "super important" to him feeling healthy again.
Walker is expected to assume his usual role when games restart. Despite scoring 21.2 points per game this season, Walker shot just 30.5 percent from the field during the four games he played in March. That figure certainly suggests that Walker wasn't himself down the stretch when the knee was bothering him.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 2:09 pmMeyers LeonardC, Miami Heat
Meyers Leonard (sprained left ankle) is expected to be available as the Heat participate in the NBA restart.
While Leonard's availability is a positive sign, he hasn't played since February 3. He is also not very high on the depth chart. Even Leonard's 42.9 percent 3-point conversion rate doesn't make him a recommended addition in fantasy going forward.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 2:02 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (sore right knee) said that he is "back to full health."
While it's good news that Gordon is feeling healthy, he is looking like a depth player for the Rockets as they hope to go deep in the playoffs. He shot just 31.9 percent from long range this season compared to a 37.0 percent career mark.
Source: Kelly Iko on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 1:03 pmBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons (lower-back nerve impingement) is fully recovered and will not face playing time restrictions according to Sixers head coach Brett Brown.
Shake Milton played very well while Simmons missed time, but it will be interesting to see how he fares with Simmons back in the mix. Simmons was effectively ruled out for the regular season back in March, but now that things have been delayed he is poised to help fantasy owners once again.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
June 30, 2020, 9:08 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
Kevin Durant (right Achilles tear), who already announced that he wouldn't return to game action this season, also will not travel with his teammates to Orlando for the NBA's restart at the Walt Disney World campus.
Durant continues to progress in the rehab of his right Achilles that he tore over a year ago in the NBA Finals. It makes sense for him and any other player who is injured or unable to take the floor to not make the trip to Florida, especially with the drastic spike in COVID-19 cases across the United States. Teams are limited to travel parties of 35 so there's no reason for an inactive player to take up one of those slots. Furthermore, Durant recently indicated that he isn't sure he would participate in the league's restart plan even if he were fully healthy. Look for Durant to try to be ready for next season's training camp as a full participant.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
June 30, 2020, 7:09 pmZhaire SmithSG, Philadelphia Sixers
Zhaire Smith (left knee bone bruise) has been experiencing pain during workouts over the past week and will not travel with the team to Orlando.
Smith is expected to make a full recovery, but he won't play again this season. Smith is a former lottery pick with an intriguing upside to his game, but he has yet to show much at the NBA level and is currently buried on the depth chart. He's someone to keep an eye on in case he can work himself into a role next season, whether that is with the Sixers or elsewhere, but can be ignored in fantasy when the season resumes.
Source: Derek Bodner on Twitter
June 30, 2020, 3:07 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Magic coach Steve Clifford said on Tuesday that it's too early to tell whether F's Jonathan Isaac (left knee) or Al-Farouq Aminu (torn right meniscus) would be able to return when the season resumes.
Clifford said, "They're both in here working every day. … I just think it's really early to try to make an intelligent decision on anything like that," while also saying that neither Isaac nor Aminu has done any contact work as of yet. Isaac is the big name here, as he can change a playoff series should he be good to go, but Aminu is a solid depth option that the team had been missing for a while.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
June 29, 2020, 4:51 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall (torn left Achilles) will remain in Miami and continue his rehab instead of joining his teammates in Orlando.
Wall remains very unlikely to return to action prior to next season. Despite declaring that he felt "110 percent" a few weeks ago, he will keep working out on his own for the time being. It's hard to imagine Wall being a high fantasy draft choice going forward until he can prove that he's healthy.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter
June 28, 2020, 8:03 pmCourtney LeeSG, Dallas Mavericks
According to Marc Stein, even with a season-ending calf injury is going to keep him on the sidelines, Courtney Lee has informed the Mavs that he is eager to join the team in the bubble.
Lee is a popular veteran presence in the Dallas locker room, and the team should still have a roster spot available for him due to Willie Cauley-Stein's decision to bypass the resumption of play in the bubble. That being said, the coronavirus situation remains volatile, and if injuries or infections are to hit the Mavs' roster they could always replace Lee with a healthy body.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 23, 2020, 11:55 amDeMarcus CousinsC, Los Angeles Lakers
While multiple teams have expressed interest, DeMarcus Cousins has made the decision to sit out the NBA's restarted season to focus on rehab in preparation for the 2020-21 season, per Shams Charania.
The Lakers, Heat and Wizards were just a few of the teams connected to Cousins but ultimately this is the smart play. Boogie has dealt with devastating leg injuries in the past few seasons, and he hasn't even returned long enough for anyone to know how badly they've affected his game. He'll likely be looking at another short-term deal this offseason.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter