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Cameron Payne tweaked his ankle during the Thunder's team scrimmage Tuesday and was unable to return, Erik Horne of the Oklahoman reports.

Impact

Payne was finally nearing a return to full strength after spending the offseason recovering from surgery he had performed to address a Jones fracture in his right foot. The ankle sprain is to the same foot he had surgery on, so it is a bit concerning moving forward. However, we'll likely have to wait for more details in the coming few days before having a better understanding of a potential absence.

Festus Ezeli (knee) did some individual shooting on the side of Tuesday's practice, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.

Impact

Ezeli recently indicated that he no longer has a concrete timetable for a return, thus we still have no idea how long his current absence will drag on. He was able to do some solo work on the side of Tuesday's practice, but remains out of team drills as he continues to rehab his knee injury. Ezeli is expected to open the season as starting center Mason Plumlee's direct backup, but it's yet to be announced whether we'll get to see Ezeli once the preseason schedule begins.

Ed Davis exited from Tuesday's practice early due to an undisclosed injury, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.

Impact

The Trail Blazers have been mum on the details surrounding Davis' injury to this point, but the team should relay further word in the days to come if it's truly a serious setback. For now, Davis is still in line for a spot in the Blazers' rotation to open the season, though he'll have to fight Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless for court time off the bench.

Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Tuesday that Evan Turner will share backup point guard duties with C.J. McCollum this season, Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports.

Impact

If Stotts' handling of the point guard situation last season is any indication, the Blazers likely won't lean on Turner very often as a third-string option at the position, as Damian Lillard and McCollum frequently covered all 48 minutes at the position on most nights. Instead, Stotts' comfort with Turner at the position is perhaps more troubling to Shabazz Napier, whose roster spot could be in jeopardy if the Trail Blazers decide to prioritize keeping an extra big man rather than another point guard who wouldn't normally factor into the rotation. Turner is still expected to see most of his time at small forward during the upcoming season, but will have to hold off Allen Crabbe for starting honors.

Jake Layman didn't practice Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury, Jason Quick of CSN Northwest reports.

Impact

While Layman's early absence from his first NBA training camp isn't ideal, he's still in good position to make the Trail Blazers' roster since the first year of his rookie-scale contract is fully guaranteed. The details surrounding Layman's injury should be made clear over the upcoming days, but it's nothing that needs to be on the radar of most fantasy players at this time.

Dante Exum (knee) said Monday that he's facing no limitations heading into training camp, Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports.

Impact

Exum was sidelined for all of the 2015-16 season while recovering from a torn left ACL, but he's been fully healthy for more than a month now and doesn't figure to be face any minute restrictions or limits for back-to-back games during the upcoming campaign. While the Jazz view Exum as their point guard of the future, he'll have to wait until at least next season to take on a full-time starting role, as the team acquired veteran George Hill in the offseason to serve as a bridge to the young floor general. With Hill set to start and Shelvin Mack potentially in the mix for playing time at point guard as well, Exum doesn't figure to see extended run very frequently this season, which could prevent him from producing any notable fantasy value.

Josh McRoberts (ankle/foot) opened training camp as a limited participant Tuesday, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. "It was an injury from about five weeks ago, with his ankle and foot," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But he's actually rehabbing well. So he'll be doing more and more this week."

Impact

McRoberts didn't go through any team drills Tuesday, but was seen going through some shooting drills following the Heat's practice session. He expects to have his participation pick up as the week progresses, but it's yet to be announced whether he'll be cleared for the start of the preseason schedule. With Chris Bosh (blood clots) unlikely to play again for the Heat, McRoberts should have a chance to contend for a starting role at power forward and could see a decent increase in playing time after averaging just 14.2 minutes per game a season ago.

Wesley Johnson will battle for a starter's role throughout training camp, with coach Doc Rivers indicating Tuesday that the competition for the small forward spot is "wide open," Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

Impact

Johnson, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alan Anderson all saw looks with the top unit at Tuesday's practice, and the trio will presumably continue to fight for starting honors all throughout camp. While the fantasy upside is limited for all parties, Johnson probably holds the most appeal of the lot for his contributions in three-pointers, steals and rebounds. If he's able to take command of the starting role and dominate the minutes at the position, Johnson could be worthy of targeting in the later rounds of deep-league drafts.

Luc Mbah a Moute will have a chance to battle for a starting job, with coach Doc Rivers indicating Monday that the competition for the small forward job is "wide open," Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

Impact

The Clippers expect to use plenty of different lineup combinations throughout training camp and perhaps into the regular season, so look for Mbah a Moute, Wesley Johnson and Alan Anderson to all get a shot at claiming a starting role. Mbah a Moute spent the majority of his 2015-16 campaign on the top unit, starting in 61 of his 75 games. However, he still averaged just 17.0 minutes per game and wasn't very involved offensively, so it will be difficult to wring much fantasy value out of him even if he holds down a regular starting role again during the upcoming season.

Alan Anderson took some reps with the first team during Tuesday's practice, with coach Doc Rivers indicating that the starting small forward job is "wide open," Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

Impact

Anderson saw limited action with the Wizards last season due to recurring ankle issues and a groin injury, appearing in just 13 games. After signing with the Clippers on a one-year deal this summer, Anderson is now back to full strength, and he'll be given the chance to battle for a significant role in the Clippers' rotation. He'll battle Luc Mbah a Moute and Wesley Johnson for the starting gig, but it may be difficult for any of those three to achieve much fantasy value, as all would likely see low usage rates whenever they're on the court with the likes of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and DeAndre Jordan.

DeMarre Carroll (knee) took part in the Raptors' first preseason practice Tuesday, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports. Coach Dwane Casey said the team will monitor Carroll's minutes in the preseason, but he expects the forward to be ready for opening night with no limitations.

Impact

Carroll is still recovering from knee surgery last December, which limited him to 26 regular season games and impacted his effectiveness in the playoffs. Look for the team to take things as slow as needed with Carroll during training camp and the preseason to avoid another setback. For what it's worth, Carroll said he felt good during his first practice of camp, so things appear to be trending in the right direction.

Patrick Beverley, who was cleared for full practice Tuesday, is expected to remain in the starting lineup to begin the season, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Coach Mike D'Antoni raised some eyebrows at Monday's media day when he intimated that James Harden would often function as the Rockets' point guard, which led to speculation that Beverley could be moved into a bench role. It doesn't look like that will be the case, however, as D'Antoni clarified Tuesday that still envisions Harden and Beverley sharing the backcourt. "Oh yeah, yeah, oh yeah," D'Antoni said. "[Beverley] can play off the ball, on the ball. He's a great defensive player so there's a lot of spots he can play." Beverley has served as the Rockets' primary starting point guard for the last three seasons, though Harden is often the one tasked with initiating offense and handling the ball in transition. Even under a new coaching regime, that's not likely to change this season, though the addition of free agent Eric Gordon threatens to cut into Beverley's workload.

Meyers Leonard (shoulder) was a limited participant during Tuesday's practice, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

Impact

As expected, Leonard was held out of contact in the Blazers' first practice of camp, and that's expected to continue to be the case for the better part of the next two weeks. The team said Monday that it's hoping to have Leonard resume contact activity by Oct. 8, meaning his status for the start of the regular season shouldn't be in any jeopardy. Leonard was able to participate in the three-on-three portion of Tuesday's session.

Alec Burks (knee) didn't take part in full-contact drills during Tuesday's practice and is uncertain to take part in preseason games, Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports.

Impact

The Jazz are acting cautiously with Burks after his 2015-16 campaign was derailed by surgery to repair a fractured left fibula, limiting him to 31 games. Though he was able to come back from the December operation to rejoin the Jazz at the tail end of the season, Burks required a follow-up arthroscopic procedure in June to clean out debris in his left knee and ankle. He appears to have progressed well from the surgery, but won't be cleared to take part in games until he's deemed ready to take full contract. That's expected to happen before the regular season begins, but Burks may still see his role downgraded a bit in 2016-17 with the Jazz getting Dante Exum (knee) back to full health and signing Joe Johnson in the offseason.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Tuesday that Bobby Portis received time with the starting unit at power forward during the first day of training camp, ESPN.com's Nick Friedell reports.

Impact

In addition to Portis, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic also rotated into the top unit, suggesting all three will battle for a starting role in camp. While Portis is the least experienced of the three, he flashed glimpses of high-end fantasy potential during his limited opportunities on the court as a rookie. Over 62 appearances, Portis averaged 7.0 points (on 42.7% shooting) and 5.4 rebounds in just 17.8 minutes per game. Portis figures to see his playing time expand further in 2016-17 regardless if he starts or not, and his excellent per-minute production will give him a shot at regularly challenging for double-doubles. The intriguing upside Portis offers might make it worthwhile to take a flier on him in the later rounds of drafts.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Tuesday that Nikola Mirotic (knee) received a look with the team's starting unit during their first training camp practice, ESPN.com's Nick Friedell reports.

Impact

With Robin Lopez entrenched as the starting center, only the power forward spot is up for grabs during training camp. Along with Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis also saw time with the top unit at Tuesday's practice, suggesting that all three will be seriously considered for the role. Mirotic and Portis both probably make for more enticing draft targets than the elder Gibson, whose strong defense and rebounding brings value from a real-life perspective, but not so much in the fantasy realm. Through two seasons in the NBA, Mirotic hasn't broken out to the extent some may have expected after coming over from Spain, but he still averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals in 24.9 minutes per game in 2015-16. With Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah having departed elsewhere in free agency, more minutes should be available for Mirotic regardless of whether he starts or not, making him a viable mid-round target in most formats.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Tuesday that Taj Gibson would compete with Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis for the starting job at power forward, ESPN.com's Nick Friedell reports.

Impact

Hoiberg already appears to have settled on Robin Lopez as his new starting center, but the Bulls will still need to fill another spot in the frontcourt following the offseason departure of Pau Gasol. While Gibson has seniority working in his favor, his lack of floor-stretching ability might make him a poor fit alongside Lopez, a traditional back-to-basket big man. If Hoiberg does ultimately give Gibson the starting nod, it's unlikely to translate into a 30-plus minute role, as Mirotic and Portis will both remain in the mix for regular time in the rotation. Mirotic and Portis project as higher-upside options for their scoring abilities, though Gibson's skills as a rebounder won't make him entirely devoid of fantasy value.

Patrick Beverley (foot) put in a full practice Tuesday, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Beverley had been limited due to a cut on his foot, but he returned to practicing at full speed Tuesday and should be considered healthy going forward. As of now, Beverley is penciled into the Rockets' starting lineup at point guard, though new coach Mike D'Antoni noted Monday that James Harden is expected to see plenty of time initiating the offense. What that means for Beverley remains to be seen, but he still figures to hold a prominent role as the team's undisputed best backcourt defender.

Danny Green suffered a left quad contusion during Tuesday's practice, Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Impact

While the injury is nothing to worry about long-term, Green is expected to miss a few days of practice while the discomfort subsides. Green is looking for a bounce back 2016-17 season after shooting a career-low 37.6 percent from the floor and 33.2 percent from three-point range in 2015-16.

Elfrid Payton strained his hip flexor during Tuesday's practice, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.

Impact

Payton suffered the injury while fighting through a screen and was forced to sit out the final 40 minutes of practice. The Magic haven't released any further details, but Payton should be considered day-to-day until further notice.