Hawks - Lou Williams' recovery from a torn ACL messes with Atlanta's starting backcourt - but it could lead to a roster spot for ex-Wizard Shelvin Mack. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Williams, who tore his right knee against the Nets on Jan. 18, is progressing well, but "he has not yet been given medical clearance by doctors to participate in training camp." While camp clearance could come for camp, which begins October 1, "he most likely will not be ready to immediately assume the role he had last season. It could take a month for him to be at full strength."
The 6-foot-1 scoring threat and starter opposite Jeff Teague averaged 14.1 points last season. As for this season, Atlanta would use a combo of Kyle Korver, John Jenkins and DeMarre Carroll. The Hawks have 14 players on guaranteed contracts with the one open spot, if used, likely targeted for a wing or guard with Mack in that final mix. After stops in Washington and Philadelphia, Mack played 24 games for Atlanta including four in the playoffs.
Bobcats - Last April, John Wall shared his thoughts on what he'd like to see the team add before he headed into the offseason last season. As for taking on role of recruiter, the point guard said, “I’m not a recruiter. … If they want to play with me they’ll come down. I’m not going to go beg anybody. They see how I play and how my team plays.” His counterpart in Charlotte, Kemba Walker, took a different tact when it came to wooing free agent Al Jefferson.
Magic - In this season of rankings, one slowly revealed list includes every NBA player starting with No. 500. Let's just say if a team is seeking a 15th man, Orlando has a few candidates. (OrlandoPinstripedPost.com)
Heat - In training camp news, Miami is taking its talented roster to the Bahamas for training camp. Sure, why not, have fun. In really fun (though possibly staged) trash talk, Kevin Durant said former teammate James Harden is more deserving of top-10 NBA discussion than Miami's Dwyane Wade, who took to showing off a hand written counterpunch on Instagram. Seeing as Durant and Wade starred together in a national commercial last season, there is reason for skepticism about this beef's authenticity. Seeing as there is little to write about in the NBA world until camps open, the two could have read their barbs off a script in front of an audience and still received ample coverage.