Wade, the aging superstar, needs his minutes monitored. Chicago has big expectations for the season and it's extremely important to have Wade healthy for later in the season, not the first 10 games of the season. He's going to be on a minutes restriction in an effort to have a completely healthy Wade for a potential playoff run.
Leonard was limited to just 61 games last season, averaging 21 minutes during his time out there.The 7-foot-1 center averaged eight points and five rebounds per contest, but for being that tall, he doesn't record as many blocks as one would like. He's a low-end option at the center position this season.
What a fall from grace, considering Monroe was just two seasons ago considered one of the emerging big men in the game. Currently he is an overpaid asset, whom the Bucks would love to trade. Expect his name to be popular entering the season and up until the deadline.
After missing the entire 2015-'16 campaign, Exum is fully healthy and ready to contribute to a young, fun Jazz team. Exum will likely head into the season working as the team's backup point-guard behind George Hill and even get some burn at shooting-guard as well. Exum shouldn't be worth much consideration in your upcoming fantasy basketball drafts.
After a back issue held Anderson Varejao out of the Rio Olympics, it's reported that he's almost 100% going into camp. Varejao will be the primary back up center for the newly signed Zaza Pachulia.
Though this report said he'll be re-evaluated in mid-October, it's official that Kelly Olynyk has been cleared for non-contact drills. Though, he's been cleared doesn't mean the Celtics will shy away from the same evaluation plan. Look for Tyler Zeller to have the early edge over OIynyk at the backup center role.
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.