Greivis Vasquez is 8 weeks from being medically cleared, will be ready for training camp

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The Kings' new point guard should be good to go in time for training camp in late September.

The Greivis Vasquez-Tyreke Evans deal was made official on Thursday, and Vasquez was able to talk to the local media on Friday. The usual platitudes were volleyed about -- his enthusiasm sounds great in print -- but there's also a bit of news: he expects to be medically cleared to resume basketball activities in eight weeks, putting him healthy in time for training camp, which typically begins in the last days of September.

Vasquez had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle at the end of the Hornets' 2012-13 season.

Knock on wood, but the incumbent Kings returning for next season are all believed to be healthy.

Vasquez plays for the Venezuelan national team in FIBA competition, but I assume the surgery recovery knocks him out of the 2013 FIBA Americas tournament, which begins August 30. An eight-week timetable from now puts Vasquez still uncleared by the time the action begins. Unfortunately, Vasquez's home city of Caracas is actually hosting the tournament this year. The top four finishers at the tournament qualify for the next FIBA World Cup.

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