The NBA is (almost) back. Over the next week, teams across the league will hold their individual media days with training camp and the preseason to follow.

Safe to say, there are a lot of looming questions entering training camp. Has your team addressed all it needed to during the offseason? What concerns remain? To find out, The Athletic asked the reporters who know the teams best what the biggest question is facing each heading into training camp.


Atlanta Hawks

Can Trae Young and Dejounte Murray co-exist? Let’s be clear. The Hawks were too easy to defend and needed another offensive threat to take the pressure off Trae Young and give opponents somebody else to worry about. Murray, who averaged 21 points and nine assists in an All-Star season with the Spurs, should fill that void. But Murray likes to have the ball in his hands, and for this duo to work, Young is going to have to get used to playing without the ball more. Young worked out in the offseason with Stephen Curry’s trainer, presumably on sharpening his catch-and-shoot skills, and has openly welcomed the change. To this point, there’s no reason to think it won’t work. 

Boston Celtics

Can they survive the turmoil? There were already health concerns heading into training camp, but the Celtics are in absolute peril. Ime Udoka has been suspended for the entire season, and a decision about his future with the team will be made at a later date. Joe Mazzulla is expected to be the interim head coach for the coming season. Various Celtics have spent the offseason talking about what they learned from the mistakes of the NBA Finals and their sputtering start to the season, so the question is whether they can mine those lessons and yield better results with a new coach at the helm. Can Boston keep evolving, especially with Malcolm Brogdon on board and Danilo Gallinari possibly returning at some point from his recent ACL tear? The Celtics may be title favorites on paper with their roster, but they know better than ever that’s not enough. 


Brooklyn Nets

What’s the vibe? Kevin Durant called for the coach’s and general manager’s jobs, and all three are back working with one another. Kyrie Irving tried to get a sign-and-trade out of Brooklyn and failed. Ben Simmons hasn’t played in over a year. Are the Nets able to put the drama behind them and move forward, or will it linger all season?


Charlotte Hornets

Will Miles Bridges play for the Hornets this season? Bridges was charged with one felony count of injuring a child’s parent and two felony counts of child abuse this summer in California. He pleaded not guilty, and his preliminary hearings have been postponed multiple times, with the next one scheduled for Sept. 29. Bridges is a restricted free agent but has not yet signed the Hornets’ $7.9 million qualifying offer. If he signs, the Hornets could suspend him until there is more clarity on the criminal charges.


Chicago Bulls

How will the Bulls adapt to life without Lonzo Ball? Ball missed 47 games last season, including the final 42 regular-season contests and all five of Chicago’s playoff games. Without him, the Bulls were wretched defensively and one-dimensional offensively. Now the Bulls’ nightmares are reality. Ball will miss the start of this season while recovering from a second surgery on his left knee within this calendar year. Expecting a speedy recovery from Ball at this point isn’t smart. The Bulls must figure out how to survive without the starting point guard All-Star DeMar DeRozan said “brings a different type of swagger to us when he plays.” — Darnell Mayberry


Cleveland Cavaliers

Who will be the starting three for the Cavs? While the trade for Donovan Mitchell added a three-time All-Star to the Cavs’ starting lineup, it raised one of the biggest questions heading into training camp — who will start at small forward? That is the main position battle heading into camp. Last season, Cleveland rolled out its three-big lineup with Lauri Markkanen starting at the three. Now, the Cavs’ options lie in guys such as Isaac Okoro, Caris LeVert, Lamar Stevens, Cedi Osman and Dean Wade. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff will focus on putting the best lineups out on the floor, but Cleveland has multiple options to work through to see who can fill that role.