King James, the real GM of the Cavaliers, usually gets what he wants. Expect the Cavs to meet the King's want for them to re-sign J.R. Smith. Smith was an key role player in the Cavs NBA Championship team last season. Smith is a streaky player but when he gets hot, there aren't many players in the NBA that can rival his three point shooting ability.
The drama continues. Bosh has unfortunately dealt with a blood clotting issue in his lungs that has held him out of action for long stints over the past two seasons. He and the Heat have had a public dispute going on in recent days, as the team cut ties with the 11-time All-Star.
Simmons rolled his right ankle during the final scrimmage of the team's 2016 Training Camp, and the MRI revealed the fracture. The team states that options are being considered at this time and additional updates will be provided when appropriate. This is a huge blow to the Sixers and their number one overall pick, and will be waiting for a timetable to return.
Elfrid Payton was unable to practice Friday due to a hip flexor injury. Payton has been battling this injury for some time now and hopes to be ready for the season opener. He averaged 10.7 points, 6.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds a game last season.
Magic PF Aaron Gordon was able to do some non-contact work in practice Friday. Gordon has been battling an ankle injury and hopefully will be fine for the season opener.
Scary news out of Philadelphia, first overall pick Ben Simmons rolled his ankle during a scrimmage Friday and will have "Precautionary" x-rays. This is bad news for the 76ers and Simmons because their season starts October 4th against the Celtics. Any x-ray this close to the season is a bad sign, whether it is "precautionary" or not.
Head Coach Rick Carlisle has said that Powell has added 15 pounds of "useful weight" which should help him down low in the post. Powell signed a $37 million extension over the offseason and is expected to see regular playing time with the bigs.
Lue has already informally extended an offer to recent Hall of Fame inductee, Allen Iverson, telling him to 'come coach with me.' Lue was an assistant coach for the Celtics when Garnett was in Boston so there is a history between the two. It now just all depends on whether Garnett wants to coach.
The 25 year old Middleton suffered this injury during preseason workouts last week. He was coming off a great year for the Bucks, in which he averaged a career-high 18.2 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals last season along with 3.8 rebounds in 79 games.