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Kaiser Gates

The Nets and Gates agreed to a contract on Thursday, Chris Milholen of NetsDaily.com reports. Gates spent time playing with the Long Island Nets last season and figures to see time with both Long Island and Brooklyn this upcoming season. With Brooklyn, the small forward will likely see a reserve role if he is able to make the active roster. Gates will fill the Nets' 20th training camp spot.

David Nwaba

Nwaba — along with Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss — was traded from the Rockets to the Thunder on Thursday in exchange for Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Maurice Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. A last-minute trade before the preseason starts, Nwaba is apparently heading to Oklahoma City where he'll try to earn a roster spot on a young squad. The forward appeared in 46 games last year with Houston and averaged 5.1 points and 3.3 rebounds and shot 48.3 percent overall from the field.

Sterling Brown

Brown — along with David Nwaba, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss — was traded from the Rockets to the Thunder on Thursday in exchange for Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Maurice Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Brown was acquired by the Rockets from the Mavericks via trade in June, but he'll now join the Thunder as a depth piece ahead of the 2022-23 season. In 49 games with Dallas last season, Brown averaged 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds across 12.8 minutes per contest.

Ty Jerome

Jerome, along with three other players, have been traded to the Rockets in exchange for four players, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Jerome will begin his 2022-23 season playing for Houston after just finishing his third season in the NBA with the Thunder. The 25-year-old guard spent two seasons with Oklahoma City, where he averaged 8.9 points, 3.0 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.6 steals during 20.3 minutes of action. Expect Jerome to likely see depth minutes behind Kevin Porter at point guard.

Marquese Chriss

Chriss — along with David Nwaba, Sterling Brown and Trey Burke — was traded from the Thunder to the Rockets on Thursday in exchange for Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Maurice Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The veteran center is on the move again, this time heading to Oklahoma City. Chriss was recently part of the trade that sent Christian Wood to Dallas back in June. Looking ahead, Chriss likely won't make much of a fantasy impact on a Thunder squad that is already heavy in the frontcourt.

Derrick Favors

The Thunder traded Favors, along with Theo Maledon, Ty Jerome, Maurice Harkless and a 2025 second-round pick to the Rockets in exchange for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Favors is set to join Houston after playing with the Thunder for just one season, where he averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per game. The Rockets dealt Christian Wood to the Mavericks over the offseason, likely indicating that Alpren Sengun will be the starting center for Houston. The veteran center figures to see a depth role behind Alpren Sengun this upcoming season.

Maurice Harkless

Harkless — along with Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick — was traded from the Thunder to the Rockets on Thursday in exchange for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. It's only been two days since Harkless was acquired by the Thunder from the Hawks via trade, but he'll now join his third team in three months as soon as the trade is finalized. It's unclear what Harkless' role will be with the Rockets, but assuming he stays put, he'll provide depth at both forward spots for the 2022-23 season. In 47 appearances last season with the Kings, Harkless averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per contest.

Trey Burke

Burke — along with David Nwaba, Sterling Brown and Marquese Chriss — was traded from the Thunder to the Rockets on Thursday in exchange for Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Maurice Harkless, Theo Maledon and a 2025 second-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN., Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. In what appears to be a salary cap trade for both teams, Burke will team up with Nwaba, Brown and Chriss in Oklahoma City. With Maledon being part of the package heading back to Houston, Burke, at the moment, could likely continue to play a backup point-guard role with his new squad. The former Michigan standout was included in the trade that sent Christian Wood to Dallas back in June.

Theo Maledon

The Thunder traded Maledon, along with Derrick Favors, Ty Jerome, Moe Harkless and a 2025 second-round pick to the Rockets in exchange for David Nwaba, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Jerome will begin his 2022-23 season playing for Houston after just finishing his third season in the NBA with the Thunder. The 25-year-old guard spent two seasons with Oklahoma City, where he averaged 8.9 points, 3.0 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.6 steals during 20.3 minutes of action. Expect Jerome to likely see depth minutes behind Kevin Porter at point guard.

John Wall

Wall has been a part of a rotation of lineups in training camp according to Law Murray of The Athletic. An earlier report suggested Wall was running the second unit, while Reggie Jackson operated with the starters, but the Clippers were instead testing out different lineups, a normal preseason action. Wall and Jackson both are set to play prominent roles for the upcoming season in what will likely be an everchanging situation. The Clippers will be without both point guards for their preseason opener Friday against Maccabi Ra'anana.

Khem Birch

Birch is “not 100% now, but working his way back” following an offseason surgery that discovered a previously unknown torn meniscus, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports. Birch underwent minor knee surgery in May to clean up loose debris that revealed the injury, putting his preseason status up in the air. Birch dealt with nagging knee issues last season, playing just 55 games and averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.0 minutes of action.

Reggie Jackson

Clarifying a previous news item, Jackson has been part of rotating lineups during camp and it’s expected to continue in the preseason, Law Murray of The Athletic reports. A previous report's phrasing seemed to indicate Jackson was running with the first team and Wall was with the second unit, but it appears that's not the case. Instead, the point guards and lineups have just been changing to test things out, something that's frequent in the preseason. Jackson and Wall both figure to see plenty of time on the ball in what figures to be a fluid situation in 2022-23. The pair will rest for the first contest of preseason Friday against Maccabi Ra'anana but could debut Monday versus the Trail Blazers.

John Wall

Clippers coach Ty Lue said Thursday that Wall has been playing point guard for the team’s bench unit, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports. Lue also mentioned that the situation at point guard is expected to be fluid. The second unit will also include Brandon Boston, Terrance Mann, Marcus Morris and Morris Brown. Wall will miss Thursday's practice and Friday's preseason opener due to rest.

Reggie Jackson

Coach Ty Lue indicated Thursday that Jackson (rest) has been playing with the first unit early in camp, Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.com reports. Jackson is one of four Clippers players -- Wall included -- slate to sit out the team's preseason opener Friday versus Maccabi Ra'anana. While the situation figures to be fluid, with both Jackson and Wall seeing a good amount of minutes on the ball, Jackson appears to have the upper hand early in camp, while Wall has been running with the second unit.

Paul George

George won’t take the floor during Friday’s international clash with Maccabi Ra’anana in Seattle, Justin Russo of the ‘Clip & Roll’ podcast reports. George joins a pack of Clippers vets who will sit out the contest, but there's nothing to be concerned about, given the reason behind his absence. His next opportunity to make his 2022-23 preseason debut arrives Monday against Portland.

Reggie Jackson

Jackson won’t suit up for Friday’s international contest against Maccabi Ra’anana, Justin Russo of the ‘Clip & Roll’ podcast reports. Jackson joins several veteran Clippers who will sit out the game, allowing others battling for roles and roster spots to share the spotlight. His next chance to make his preseason debut surfaces Monday against the Trail Blazers.

John Wall

Wall is not practicing Thursday and will not play in Friday’s international exhibition versus Maccabi Ra’anana, Justin Russo of the ‘Clip & Roll’ podcast reports. Wall is one of four players who will sit out the international affair, but he still has three more opportunities to get in some preseason action before the regular season fires up Oct. 20 versus the Lakers. His next chance arises Monday against the Trail Blazers.

Cameron Johnson

Monty Williams confirmed Friday that Johnson is in line to start at the four for the Suns this season, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports. Johnson was the presumed favorite to take over the starting job with Jae Crowder likely on the way out, and Williams set that in stone Thursday. A first-round pick in 2019, Johnson supplied his best season to date in 2021-22, averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists over 26.2 minutes per game, and his minutes figure to expand this season.

Kawhi Leonard

Clippers coach Ty Lue said that Leonard (knee) will rest and not play in Thursday’s practice or Friday’s preseason opener, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports. Lue said that Leonard went through the team's first three practices without any issues. The superstar forward is on a good track to play once the regular season begins, but expect the Clippers to continue with load management procedures. Leonard joins Paul George, John Wall and Reggie Jackson for sitting out Friday's preseason opener.

Dejounte Murray

Murray (illness) rejoined practice Thursday but will integrate slowly after missing some time, Lauren L. Williams of MLive.com reports. Murray sat out Wednesday's practice with a non-COVID illness, but he's at least back in the mix for the Hawks as of Thursday. His first chance to don the new uniform arrives next Thursday against the Bucks, and he figures to pair with Trae Young to form a dynamic backcourt for Atlanta in 2022-23. However, Murray figures to lose some fantasy value moving off the ball.

Joshua Primo

Primo sprained the MCL in his left knee in camp and will miss at least the beginning of preseason, independent NBA writer Matthew Tynan reports. However, he’s expected back for the start of the regular season. Primo appears to have avoided significant damage but will take a bit of a hiatus before returning to the floor. Assuming the issue remains as minor as is initially believed, the second-year guard could resume his duties during the preseason in preparation for the start of the 2022-23 campaign.

Udonis Haslem

Haslem didn’t partake in practice Tuesday due to Achilles soreness, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports. Haslem's issue doesn't appear serious, but the 42-year-old will likely take every precaution at this stage in his career. Even when he's healthy, Haslem figures to log action in no more than a handful of games in 2022-23 and is primarily viewed as a mentor at this point.

Devon Dotson

Dotson has signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Wizards on Thursday and is expected to compete for a two-way roster spot, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Dotson played in 11 games for the Bulls in 2021 and averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 assists and 0.8 rebounds in 7.7 minutes. The Wizards are thin at point guard, with Monte Morris and Delon Wright being the only established players at the position. Dotson will compete with Quenton Jackson and Jordan Goodwin for two-way deals.

Ben Simmons

Coach Steve Nash indicated Thursday that Simmons has responded well in practice and doesn’t believe he will require a minutes restriction to open the 2022-23 season, Chris Milholen of NetsDaily.com reports. Coming off of a back injury that held him out for all of the 2021-22 campaign, Simmons has been fully cleared for the start of camp and appears to be displaying no issues early in camp. Assuming Simmons avoids any setbacks during camp and the preseason, look for him to take on a full workload when the regular season fires up Oct. 19 versus the Pelicans.

Lonzo Ball

Ball (knee) is slated to miss at least a few months after undergoing his second procedure Wednesday, but he is expected to return in 2022-23, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Ball's absence for a large chunk of the season will leave a major void on the ball to open the 2022-23 campaign, which will likely be filled by some combination of Ayo Dosunmu and Goran Dragic. There's no specific date or month listed at this point, but "a few months" would suggest a return around the turn of the calendar to 2023 may be the best-case scenario.