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NBA Injury Updates: Host of Recovering Cavaliers to Participate at Start of Training Camp

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NBA training camps are opening next week, and a group of recovering Cleveland Cavaliers will be on hand and ready to participate in some capacity, according to Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group.

That group includes Kyrie Irving (knee), Kevin Love (shoulder), Timofey Mozgov (knee) and Anderson Varejao (Achilles).  Irving and Love will be available on a limited basis, and the Cavaliers are going to be especially cautious working those two back to full health. Love is expected to be fully ready to go before Irving.

Mozgov and Varejao aren’t expected to be restricted at all.

Several Key Mavericks Won’t be Fully Cleared for Camp

Wesley Matthews (Achilles), Chandler Parsons (knee) and JaVale McGee (leg) all won’t be fully cleared when the Dallas Mavericks open camp next week, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

All three players are expected to play key roles for the Mavericks, with Matthews and Parsons set to be the starting wings when healthy. Both players are hoping to be ready for the season opener, but there are no guarantees at this time and Dallas won’t want them to rush back from their serious injuries.

McGee hasn’t played much the last few years because of injury, but he has the opportunity to carve out a niche for himself with the Mavericks if he gets in shape and stays healthy.

Jennings Cleared for Full Basketball Activities

NBA.com’s David Aldridge said Monday that Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings (Achilles) wasn’t close to being cleared, but CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill said Tuesday morning that Jennings has been cleared for full basketball activities.

Even so, Jennings isn’t expected back until the end of November or early December, echoing what Stan Van Gundy said recently. When Jennings does return, he’ll be behind Reggie Jackson at point guard.

Hawks on the Mend

A trio of Atlanta Hawks are on the mend after undergoing surgery in the last year, as head coach Mike Budenholzer said Kyle Korver (ankle, elbow), Thabo Sefolosha (leg) and Shelvin Mack (shoulder) have all been cleared for basketball activities “to differing degrees,” according to Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Like all the other rehabbing players, these guys will be brought along slowly as camp begins and things begin to ramp up. Sefolosha suffered the most serious injury out of the bunch when he was injured during an incident with police outside a New York nightclub. A trial for that case begins on Oct. 5.

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