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Kenrich Williams

Williams is healthy following surgeries in March and May on his left wrist, Justin Martinez of The Oklahoman reports. Williams' second surgery was merely a follow-up procedure, so it seems that the 28-year-old had a smooth offseason recovery. The breakout of Jalen Williams and potential emergence of Ousmane Dieng supersede Williams, but he still profiles as a rotational veteran with positional versatility.

Johnny Davis

Davis (undisclosed) will be a full go for the start of training camp. Davis missed time during Summer League due to an undisclosed injury, but he's back at full strength and will be ready for training camp, which will begin Tuesday at MedStar Health Performance Center. The second-year guard is looking to build off a strong finish to his rookie campaign, when he averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.4 steals in his final five contests, all starts.

Dorian Finney-Smith

Finney-Smith stated during his official media day availability that his pinky finger is feeling good following offseason surgery. Finney-Smith indicated that he's been taking part in team workouts and locking down his teammates on the defensive end, which means he's been given the green light for offseason workouts. The forward underwent surgery in April to correct a fracture of the right fifth finger.

Jaime Jaquez

Jaquez (shoulder) confirmed he’s healthy ahead of his first NBA training camp, Anthony Chang of the Miami Herald reports. Jaquez suffered a left shoulder injury that ended his summer league experience early, but he's acknowledged that he's ready for training camp. "After summer league, it still took some time to get back," said Jaquez. "But when I ended up coming here to Miami to start working out and getting into training, it started feeling a lot better. I'm good right now. I've been healthy, I've been working out every day with the team. I'm just trying to get in the best shape possible." Jaquez will be competing with the likes of Caleb Martin, Duncan Robinson and Nikola Jovic for playing time this fall.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Antetokounmpo expressed that he is healthy and ready for the season, Ben Steele of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Antetokounmpo was jumping around at the Bucks media day and casually noted that there is no maintenance plan following an offseason knee scope to clean up loose cartilage. Despite his jovial activities, it's certainly possible Milwaukee ramps him up cautiously until the regular season begins.

Zion Williamson

Williamson (hamstring) said Monday that he’s been working this offseason to be “unguardable,” and he appears to be fully healthy heading into training camp, Rod Walker of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. “This was the first summer where we’ve seen Zion really take his profession seriously like that and invest it off the court on his own in a way that I think is meaningful,” Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said, regarding Williamson’s offseason work. “I don’t want too much to be made about being in our gym. I want it to be that he found a level of commitment that was important.” Since being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson has suited up for just 114 games, including just 29 over the past two seasons. He missed the final 46 games of the 2022-23 campaign due to a hamstring injury, but after extended time off to get healthy and rededicate himself to basketball this summer, Williamson appears set to open camp with no restrictions. Staying healthy will likely remain an annual concern for Williamson, but when available, the 23-year-old has been a dominant force in the paint while also showcasing above-average skills as a passer. Heading into the first season of his five-year, $197 million contract extension, Williamson remains the Pelicans' most important long-term building block, despite the somewhat turbulent start to his career.

Zach Collins

Collins has been healthy throughout the offseason, he stated during his official media day availability. Collins underwent a minor operation on a finger infection at the end of San Antonio's season, but it's been smooth sailing since. The 25-year-old has overcome a myriad of injuries in his career, with a twice-fractured left foot marking the most serious. While durability remains a factor in his season-long usage, Collins is set to compete for a starting role with the Spurs.

Domantas Sabonis

Sabonis is fully healed from an avulsion fracture in his right thumb, Sean Cunningham of Fox 40 Sacramento reports. Sabonis initially suffered the injury in December, but he returned after missing just one contest. Despite playing through the injury down the stretch, the 27-year-old was able to heal productively in the offseason without surgery. His overall production was unfazed, averaging 19.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34.6 minutes across 79 starts.

Kyle Anderson

Anderson (eye) was cleared to play for China over the summer in the FIBA World Cup, Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune reports. Anderson suffered an eye injury during the first round of the playoffs a season ago after catching an inadvertent blow to the face. He was forced to miss Game 5 and ultimately required surgery, but he made a quick recovery and was given the green light to suit up for China. "I had to be strong for my family, really," said Anderson. Everyone in my family was kind of spooked and I didn't show them I was spooked. But it was definitely tough. I was hearing that I don't know if I'd ever be able to play again." Following his full recovery, Anderson will be ready to go for the start of the 2023-24 campaign.

Gordon Hayward

Hayward is 100 percent healthy for Charlotte entering training camp Tuesday, Sam Perley of the Hornets’ official site reports. Hayward entered last season healthy as well, commencing the campaign with 18.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists through his first seven contests in 2022-23. He then missed chunks of the season with shoulder, hamstring and thumb injuries, but he shot 47.5 percent from the field in his 50 appearances. The 33-year-old finds himself in a suddenly crowded rotation, but health with not be an impediment to start the season.

Bryce McGowens

McGowens sprained his ankle in a workout last week, Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observer reports. McGowens will be limited throughout the first week of training camp, which starts Tuesday. The 20-year-old appeared in 46 games for Charlotte last season, but he faces new competition for minutes from rookies Nick Smith and Amari Bailey.

Devin Vassell

Vassell signed a five-year, $146 million contract extension with the Spurs on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The Spurs selected Vassell with the No. 11 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and he's established himself as a solid contributor over his first three professional seasons. He made just 38 appearances last year while missing time due to injuries, but he had a career-best year with 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 31.1 minutes per game.

Max Strus

Strus said Monday that he expects to serve as a starter to begin the 2023-24 campaign, Evan Dammarell of reports. Strus was traded from the Heat to the Cavaliers at the beginning of July after starting in 33 of 80 appearances with Miami last year. Although the Cavaliers also have Isaac Okoro and Caris LeVert on the wing, Strus has a strong case for a starting role after averaging 11.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.4 minutes per game during the 2022-23 season.

Jalen Duren

The Pistons picked up the 2024-25 team option on Duren’s rookie current Monday, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports. Duren was solid as a rookie, starting 31 of 67 appearances while averaging 9.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals-plus-blocks per game. Despite a logjam in the frontcourt, the 2022 No. 13 overall pick is expected to claim a starting role out of the gate in 2023-24. Duren, Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey are considered the core of the Pistons' rebuild.

Jaden Ivey

The Pistons picked up the 2024-25 team option on Ivey’s rookie contract Monday, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports. Ivey excelled as a rookie, posting 16.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game. He may handle less usage with Cade Cunningham back in action after a lost 2021-22 campaign, but the Pistons are hoping Cunningham and Ivey will be their starting backcourt for years to come.

Cade Cunningham

The Pistons picked up the team option on Cunningham’s contract for the 2024-25 campaign Monday, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports. Cunningham is the Pistons' cornerstone player, so this move isn't surprising at all. The 2021 No. 1 overall pick is looking for a bounce-back campaign after missing most of last season due to a left shin injury that required surgery. If Cunningham returns to form, Detroit will presumably try to extend Cunningham on a supermax deal as soon as possible.

Desmond Bane

Bane is a full go for training camp, Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian reports. Bane underwent surgery on his right big toe back in May, but his status for camp was never in any real danger. With Ja Morant serving a 25-game suspension, Bane will have increased playmaking opportunities to open the season.

Jaren Jackson

Jackson is no longer dealing with an illness heading into training camp, Damichael Cole of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. Jackson missed the third-place game at the World Cup with an illness, but he won't be limited to start camp. Jackson is expected to take on a lot of offensive usage with Ja Morant serving a 25-game suspension.

Luke Kennard

Kennard (shoulder) is healthy for the start of training camp, Drew Hill of The Daily Memphian reports. Kennard missed the Grizzlies' final game of the postseason in April due to a shoulder injury, but the issue isn't hindering him as the team prepares for the start of training camp. Over 59 appearances between the Clippers and Grizzlies last year, he averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game.

Kevin Porter

The Rockets informed Porter (personal) on Monday that he will not be part of the team moving forward, Chris Mannix of reports. Porter was arrested on assault charges in New York City in mid-September and is still facing potential legal punishment. It was reported that the Rockets were attempting to trade the 2019 first-round pick, but given he's been the culprit of numerous off-the-court incidents since coming into the NBA, it seems unlikely any team would be willing to give up any assets to acquire Porter. "The allegations against [Porter] are deeply troubling," Rockets general manager Rafael Stone said. Porter averaged 19.2 points in 59 games last season and is owed $15.9 million in 2023-24. Still just 23 years old, Porter has time to change his narrative, but he'll presumably have to prove he's rehabilitated before he gets another shot in the NBA.

Cody Martin

Coach Steve Clifford said Monday that Martin (knee) is back on the court doing individual work, Schuyler Callihan of reports. Clifford said that Martin's ailment is a continuation of the injury he dealt with at the end of last season but also said that the 28-year-old is day-to-day ahead of the start of training camp. It's unclear whether Martin will be ready for the Hornets' preseason opener against Miami on Oct. 10, but he certainly seems to be trending in the right direction.

Mark Williams

Williams is 100 percent recovered from his right thumb surgery, Schuyler Callihan of Fan Nation reports. Williams underwent surgery way back in mid-June, but it was never expected to impact his status for the start of the new campaign. Williams will be a popular fantasy pick this season as the unquestioned starter, and it will be fun to see him develop chemistry with LaMelo Ball as a roll man.

Amen Thompson

Thompson has been fully cleared from the ankle injury he picked up in July, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports. No surprise here, as Thompson was given a 2-3 week timetable on July 8. Thompson only appeared in one Summer League but that was all he needed to generate some buzz. He said he has improved his jumpshot and all signs point to him playing a big role in his rookie season.

Jock Landale

Landale (ankle) is healthy ahead of the start of training camp, Michael Shapiro of reports. Landale suffered a left ankle injury while playing at the FIBA World Cup this summer, but he's back to full health as the Rockets prepare for training camp. He should serve as the primary backup to Alperen Sengun to begin the regular season after signing a three-year deal with Houston during the offseason.

Ricky Rubio

Rubio remains away from the Cavaliers to focus on his mental health, Evan Dammarell of Locked on Cavs reports. Rubio was excused from media day. There is no timetable for a return, but President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman said that retirement is not currently on the table.

Brandon Clarke

Clarke (Achilles) won’t be ready to play for the start of the 2023-24 regular season, Drew Hill of The Daily Memphian reports. Clarke sustained a torn Achilles in early March and underwent a clean-up procedure during the offseason. He wasn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, but the Grizzlies made it official during their media day Monday. It's not yet clear when Clarke will be back to full health, but the Grizzlies will likely exercise caution before deeming him ready to return.

Steven Adams

Adams (knee) is healthy for the start of training camp, Drew Hill of The Daily Memphian reports. Although Adams has been trending in the right direction over the past few weeks, the Grizzlies will ease him back into action following his recovery from a sprained PCL in his right knee that he sustained in late January. Depending on his progress during training camp and the preseason, it's possible Adams faces some minutes restrictions to begin the regular season this year.

Cory Joseph

The Warriors announced Monday that Joseph is dealing with a lower back lumbar strain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. Joseph signed with the Warriors at the beginning of July, but he'll be unavailable for the start of the preseason due to his injury. A better idea of his status should come into focus once he's re-evaluated, but it's possible he's at least eased into action to begin the regular season. Once he's healthy, Joseph will compete for a backcourt role behind Chris Paul and Stephen Curry.

Draymond Green

The Warriors announced Monday that Green has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. Green sustained his ankle injury ahead of training camp and is expected to miss approximately 3-6 weeks. He'll at least be sidelined for the start of the preseason, and it's possible he's forced to miss some time to begin the regular season. Kevon Looney will likely have a chance to step into a starting role in Green's absence.