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After two foot surgeries and two missed seasons, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he finally feels "100 percent." Embiid, a Kansas product who was taken No. 3 overall in the 2014 NBA draft, has yet to play in an NBA game, missing his first two seasons in the league because of a fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot. ESPN.com
"I feel 100 percent and ready to get started," said Embiid, who spoke while making an appearance at the Sixers' annual Beach Bash on Saturday. "We have been working on a lot this summer, and I got a chance to play a little bit against the guys, and it has been going great." ESPN.com
Barring a setback, [Cameron] Payne is expected to be ready for training camp, which starts Sept. 24. Any complications from the July 25 surgery, however, would hurt. Payne's workload is expected to increase this season following a successful summer league in which he finished top scorer at 18.8 points per game. Donovan believes Westbrook's season to come will be different from 2014-15 because the Thunder is starting out without Serge Ibaka and Durant rather than having to adjust to injuries mid-season. “We've got some time to evolve and develop a style of play and a system,” Donovan said. Oklahoman
Besides Westbrook, no player currently on the Thunder roster scored a higher percentage of his baskets unassisted than Payne last season (65.8). Part of that is because Payne is a point guard. Part of it is because he can create his own shot. If Payne isn't creating in three-guard lineups with Westbrook and Oladipo, he'll certainly be counted on to create in the second unit. Oklahoman
Westbrook is going to find his teammates for easy baskets. He had the second-best assist percentage in the league last season, assisting on 49.6 percent of the Thunder's field goals when in the game. The question is can the Thunder finish at a high rate without Durant and Ibaka, two of the best mid-range jump shooters in the NBA? Oklahoman
The Jazz have waived guard Kendall Marshall, whose rights were acquired by trade from Philadelphia on Friday. Marshall (6-4, 200, North Carolina) is a four-year NBA veteran. InsideHoops
Pleiss became expendable after the Jazz traded for Boris Diaw in July and signed 2016 second-round pick Joel Bolomboy this week. The 7-foot-3, 256-pound center was the No. 31 pick in the 2010 draft and played 12 NBA games as a rookie last season. Boston Herald/AP
On Thursday, Dwyane Wade appeared on an ESPN special for The Undefeated to talk about gun violence. The next day, Wade's cousin was shot and killed in Chicago. Nykea Aldridge was pushing a baby stroller in the Chicago neighborhood of Parkway Gardens when she was shot and killed. Aldridge was 32 and a mother of four. CSN Chicago
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