HoopsHype Injuries rumors
Mark Medina: As @Bill Oram noted, the Lakers plan to apply for the disabled player exception. The Lakers will likely have 14 players opening night Twitter @MarkG_Medina
Ainge said he expects second-year center Vitor Faverani to return stateside with the team on Thursday. Faverani underwent a second knee surgery in Spain earlier this month and has done the initial part of his rehab there. Ainge said Faverani is being accompanied by a team trainer and Ainge's son, Austin, the team's director of player personnel (who doubles as a translator). "We’re trying to make the transition for [Favearni] easy coming back here and seeing what they are doing from a rehab standpoint over there," said Danny Ainge, before quipping, "I think they are enjoying the sunshine in Seville." Ainge wasn't certain on Faverani's timeline moving forward, but estimated that he'd need another two weeks to a month of rehab before being ready to return to practice. ESPN.com
Four weeks after undergoing hand surgery, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo participated in his first full-contact practice Friday as he continues to make strides towards playing in the team's season-opener next week. ESPN.com
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