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Dion Waiters missed shootaround Saturday due to an illness and is a game-time decision against the Jazz.

Prior to a dismal 5-point performance Wednesday, Waiters had been scorching hot and possibly threatening to get his starting job back from C.J. Miles. Check back closer to tip-off to see if the rookie is able to shake it off and suit up against Utah. If not, Miles and Daniel Gibson will likely split up Waiters' minutes.
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 01:14:00 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 as he'd be battling with Derrick Rose for minutes.
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

The Knicks and Rockets have re-engaged on trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Woj adds that the Rockets are still looking for a third team to get a deal done, and that Anthony has been "steadfast" that he only plans to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to Houston. The Rockets are trying to get someone to take Ryan Anderson, but it won't be easy with $60 million left on his deal. Woj also added that the Rockets will remain patient while the Blazers have an interest in acquiring the 10-time All-Star.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 5:38 PM

Patrick Patterson underwent a successful scope on his left knee on Thursday.

He will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks, so we'll consider him questionable for training camp. He did struggle with his knee last season, so hopefully those concerns will be in the rearview mirror. Recently signed to a three-year, $16.4 million deal, Patterson actually has a decent path to minutes in OKC, as his competition for minutes at the four consists of Jerami Grant and Nick Collison. He averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 triples in just under 25 minutes per game last season, so his upside isn't the greatest.
Aug 10 - 12:42 PM




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