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Nikola Pekovic sprained his left ankle in the second half of Monday's game and will not return.

Uh oh. This is the same left ankle that had bone spurs in the offseason and there's cause for concern here. Dante Cunningham has been playing well and has logged 23 minutes per game in his last five contests. While Cunningham figures to be the primary beneficiary, Greg Stiemsma and Louis Amundson may also pick up minutes for the depleted Minnesota roster. Stay tuned.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 10:27:00 PM

Jae Crowder has been traded to the Cavaliers as part of a package for Kyrie Irving.

Losing a talent like Kyrie Irving is never easy for a franchise, but the Cavaliers rebounded nicely and arguably won the trade by snagging Isaiah Thomas and Brooklyn's highly-valuable 2018 first rounder. It's unclear if Crowder will start in Cleveland unless the Cavs want to push LeBron James and Kevin Love to the four and five, but his ability to play multiple positions will help him find a stable role with minutes in the 30s. His upside isn't as high in Cleveland, but he's still a solid mid-round pick.
Aug 22 - 7:29 PM

Kyrie Irving has been traded to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 first-round pick.

There's no such thing as an offseason in the NBA. For the Celtics, they finally have their face of the franchise in Irving and he's under contract for the next two seasons with a player option for the third. Irving had a 41.7 usage rate when LeBron James was off the floor last season, so it's going to be exciting to see what kind of numbers he puts up as the clear alpha dog. He looks like a rock-solid pick at the start of the second round in standard drafts and you could even make an argument to take him at the end of the first.
Aug 22 - 7:25 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) has been "cleared to resume full basketball activity for some time," according to 76ers' beat reporter Tom Moore.

Simmons sat out the entire 2016-17 season due to a Jones fracture in his right foot, but all reports up to this point have indicated that he'll be going into training camp 100 percent healthy. However, head coach Brett Brown has already hinted that Simmons will likely have a minutes restriction next year, so expect him to be eased into things next season, similarly to how the team handled Joel Embiid last year.
Aug 22 - 6:28 PM

The Celtics and Cavs have engaged in active trade discussions centered on Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, according to Shams Charania of The Verticle.

With a treasure trove of draft picks, Boston can probably offer Cleveland the most attractive package in any deal for Irving, and Thomas would fit in nicely in the Cavs' system. Irving might see some more shot opportunities in Boston, but it likely wouldn't be a dramatic uptick in usage with Al Horford and Gordon Hayward also needing the rock. Still, he should still be able to work at a top-25 evaluation as a member of the Celtics. As for Thomas, it wouldn't be the best landing spot due to the presence of Derrick Rose, but he'd still very likely be an early-round guy.
Aug 22 - 6:02 PM

The Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George, and the league has launched an independent investigation into the allegations.

The probe is reportedly centered on possible "impermissible contact" between Magic Johnson and George, although at this point, no findings have been made. If the Lakers are deemed guilty upon the conclusion of the investigation, they could lose multiple draft picks, front office execs could be suspended, hefty fines would need to be paid, and the Lakers could also be forbidden from signing PG-13 when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Aug 20 - 3:35 PM

Marshall Plumlee has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with the Clippers.

The Knicks waived Plumlee back on July 7 after he played a grand total of 170 minutes with the team last year. Plumlee did get an opportunity to start one game last year, but he didn't score in that one. Plumlee could have a chance to be the third center on the roster, but that would mean the Clippers would slide Montrezl Harrell over to the four.
Aug 19 - 5:54 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) announced on his Facebook page that he is currently unable to practice and will not play for Greece at Eurobasket.

We first learned that Antetokounmpo was dealing with "knee discomfort" earlier this month, as he was unable to practice for five days in preparation for Eurobasket. However, he reportedly had an MRI, which came back clean, and it appeared the issue was behind him. Giannis played in Greece's next game, vs. Montenegro, last weekend, scoring 20 points. After that contest, he took off for a scheduled tour of China. At this point, we don't have any further details as to the extent of the injury. We'll pass along an update as soon as one is provided.
Aug 19 - 12:28 PM

Jeff Withey agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavs.

The Mavs still haven't brought back Nerlens Noel yet, but Withey should still have a tough time making the Mavs roster. Withey did get one start last season and played in 51 games, averaging 2.9 points per effort.
Aug 18 - 3:49 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Kristaps Porzingis has emerged as a "primary target" for Cleveland as they consider possible trade scenarios involving Kyrie Irving.

Wojnarowski notes the Knicks are not currently interested and would only consider such a trade if the Cavs were also willing to take back Joakim Noah's contract. However, Woj does state that New York may consider moving KP at some point if the relationship between Porzingis and the team doesn't improve. "There continues to be distance between Porzingis and the organization, and how the Knicks truly value Porzingis' future could become clearer once they're together to begin the season," writes Wojnarowski.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 9:31 AM

According to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Zach Randolph could be banned from the NBA like former teammate O.J. Mayo if convicted of a felony marijuana charge.

Z-Bo was arrested on Wednesday and charged with "intent to sell" marijuana in California. TMZ reported that Z-Bo was in possession of two pounds of marijuana, but his agent Raymond Brothers called those accusations "false and misleading." This isn't Z-Bo's first run-in with the law, as he had incidents back in 2010 and 2011 -- he wasn't charged for either. According to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, a player can be "dismissed and disqualified from the NBA if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty, no contest or nolo contendere to, a crime involving the felony distribution of marijuana."
Aug 13 - 10:21 AM

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed that he plans to play Boban Marjanovic extended minutes this season.

With Aron Baynes now in Boston, Marjanovic is expected to serve as Andre Drummond's primary backup. SVG did say that Jon Leuer will also see some time at center, but that the Pistons will give Boban plenty of playing time. "I don’t want to be in situations where I’m making an immediate response to a team going small and I just reflexively take [Marjanovic] out of the game," Van Gundy said. "That no matter what we’re doing defensively, that we give him a chance." SVG's endorsement is clearly good news for Boban's fantasy prospects.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 11 - 11:47 AM




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