Chandler was sidelined for all of last season after requiring surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip last November. The recovery has been encouraging, but you can expect the team to take it easy on Chandler for much of camp. You may also consider the fact that the Nuggets could impose an early-season minutes restriction, so monitor his progress through camp before expecting any sort of a return to his old form.
Why don't we just wait and see how Embiid holds up injury-wise before we anoint him as the next great center of the NBA. After missing his first two years in the NBA with foot issues, there are likely plenty of people in Philadelphia just champing at the bit, waiting for his return. If healthy, he should prove to be a strong fantasy asset, but let's actually see him on the court regularly before we get too worked up.
Both sides continue to haggle, but both Smith and the Cavs have expressed a strong desire to work together. It will likely come down to an 11th-hour deal, but expect the team and Smith to come to an agreement sooner than later.
While Williams had just stated that this would be his final season, the 33-year old is calling it quits ahead of time. He finishes a 12-year career having averaged 13.2 points, 4.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game and will always be remembered fondly by his teammates. This should actually help the team as it may open the door wider for rookie Kay Felder now.
Wall is still recovering from offseason procedures in both knees, one of which was to remove bone spurs from his left knee, and just needs more time to heal. The Wizards do not believe he will miss any regular season time, so limitations early in camp should not be much of a concern.
Regardless of what Beasley says, the Nuggets will keep him restricted early on in camp to protect their first-round investment. Once he has shown the coaches and trainers that he really does not need to be handled so gingerly, they will loosen the reins. Since he's not expected to be a major contributor here in his first season, you can expect the team to be cautious.
Kidd-Gilchrist had a second surgery in the offseason to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He was beginning shooting drills back in mid-to-late June and everything points to him being ready to go in camp. He will resume his usual role in Charlotte and should be drafted accordingly.
The first overall pick in the 2016 draft was listed at 240 when he was selected, so this bulk up might be something to watch. He was expected to see upwards of 30 minutes a game this season, but if the weight gain adversely affects his endurance it could be a problem. On a different note, isn't is exciting to see the media tracking NBA weight gain and loss like the paparazzi track the weight of Oprah? Perhaps Weight Watchers should consider a sponsorship deal here.
Wilcox had surgery back in July to help repair a fracture, but isn't expected to miss any regular season time. Even if he misses some of camp, it's not likely to affect him overall as he is really just a minor bench option anyway.