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The best part of the injury news Thursday about Bradley Beal, who is entering the first year of a $128 million contract, is that it has nothing to do with his lower right leg. But he is in the NBA's concussion protocol. "He took an elbow to the head. Has a mild conscussion," coach Scott Brooks said of the incident that took place Wednesday. "NBA protocol is 48 hours. Spoke to him this morning, he's feeling a lot better so I'll see how he feels tomorrow." CSN MidAtlantic
The Knicks have 15 players in training camp with guaranteed contracts, which is the maximum number they can keep on an NBA roster. However, Hornacek said there are spots up for grabs for the players on non-guaranteed deals - Ron Baker, JP Tokoto and Chasson Randle. "The Knicks organization, I don't think they're afraid to cut a guy with a guaranteed contract if there's another guy that's better," Hornacek said. "So these guys are competing every day and there may be one or two of these guys that can make it, so you'll never know." NY Daily News
Lou Amundson, Marshall Plumlee, Maurice Ndour and Sasha Vujacic are all guaranteed on small deals for the Knicks. NY Daily News
Shabazz Napier, whom the Blazers acquired in a trade with the Orlando Magic in July, is in an uphill battle for playing time. The Blazers are set at the starting guard spots with CJ McCollum and Lillard, while McCollum and Evan Turner will soak up the available minutes at backup point guard. That leaves Napier (6-1, 175) as the emergency point guard at the end of the bench. He's spent the first three days of training camp going right at the players ahead of him on the depth chart. Oregonian
Eight NBA teams and an excursion to Europe later, [Gerald] Green decided to sign with the Celtics in late July. The biggest influence? Isaiah Thomas, a player he teamed with in Phoenix for a year (2013-14). “It kind of began in Phoenix,” Green said. “He was a genuine guy, came in really humble. I see the talent was there I knew he could be one of the best point guards in the league, and right away when we both stepped on the court we both had the same mentality. By any means necessary, go get a bucket and go get stops. WEEI
Even though [Ben] Simmons has yet to play an NBA game, [Nerlens] Noel already envisions how he can help the Sixers. "He just plays basketball the right way," Noel said. "When your big man does that, it makes it a lot easier because he is very versatile being a point-forward type. That opens up a lot of things for him to be able to open up for his teammates." CSN Philly
Brett Brown anticipates his drive home this time will be a much different trip. “I feel comfortable that we’re ticking boxes and we’re achieving the goals that we set out from the start of what we wanted to get done in Stockton,” he said. The Sixers continued to monitor load management on Thursday, as Okafor, Embiid and Gerald Henderson did not participate in the morning scrimmage. Bayless also did not go through the scrimmage because of a sore left wrist. CSN Philly
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