Davis was working over the off season to add some bulk to his frame. Hopefully for him, this is just a minor injury, and he can continue to work to be a bench option in the forecourt for Portland this season. He has serious competition to make the squad, so he needs to get back on the court soon to demonstrate his value.
It is interesting to hear the Trail Blazers Head Coach not refer to their big ticket free agent addition as a starter but instead as a backup. Portland could be trying to light a fire under the former Ohio State star and getting him to produce up to the contract but it's still interesting talk. Turner should be the starting small forward for Portland at should be targeted late in the mid-rounds.
Curry will be the hottest free agent next year just as his new teammate Kevin Durant was this offseason. He has some health issues that will follow him to wherever he lands next, though likely to be back with Golden State. The trick for Golden State will be to work the cap space to be able to keep him, Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green on the roster together, though the NBA salary cap is expected to jump significantly again next year.
Carroll was a walking injury bug last season with the in-season knee injury, hyperextended elbow, hip pointer, twister ankle, among others and wasn't terribly healthy in the playoffs. Now that a new season is upon us, he is looking at limited work in the preseason for the Raptors as they try to get him into the regular season feeling 100 percent.
There was some thought that with James Harden having the ball in his hand more for possessions, that Beverley would be cast aside in favor of Eric Gordon, however Head Coach Mike D'Antoni said he prefers Beverley's defensive prowess and three point shooting to be in the lineup. He is iffy on just how much production he will have for fantasy purposes however as he is another guy that is generally more useful in reality than fantasy most nights.
The Brow is coming back from knee surgery that ended his previous campaign early but it is early in camp still. Interestingly he has said that he got an inch taller in the offseason which can only help that much more with his blocking ability and rim protecting. If he remains on track for a Opening Night start, he should be a first round pick without issue in whatever format you are playing in.
Turner suffered the concussion doing a team workout recently and he is still not over it as of Tuesday's session. It is still before preseason games start and a long way from the start of the regular season, so this should have no effect on his availability for the start of the games that count. Turner had a solid enough rookie season with 10.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 1.4 BPG and could have a breakout year in 2016-17 for the Pacers.
He was very tentative in his rookie season after being taken fifth overall in the 2014 draft. Exum then missed all of last season with a torn ACL but has been declared 100 percent ready to go for the season. His issue now is that he will be the backup to George Hill in Utah and thus won't have the minute load to prove that he is in fact capable of being more aggressive in driving to the post. He should be no more than a late-round flier if drafted at all.
Orlando Magic PG Elfrid Payton missed the second part of practice Tuesday after fighting through a screen and injuring his hip flexor. Payton is a young promising player taken in the first round in last years NBA Draft. He averaged 10.7 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game last season.
The word is that this latest surgery should fix his foot for good. We will keep our fingers crossed but having three foot fractures in his career, seems like a lot to overcome. Those injuries caused him to fall out of the NBA draft lottery. "[The doctor] took like a bone transfusion from my hip to my foot, took a bone graft from my hip and put it in my foot. Plus a bigger screw," LeVert said. The young Michigan product has all the talent in the world and can play three positions on the court. The Nets are not in any rush to put him back out there and risk further injury. He is someone to watch in deep leagues and in Dynasty.