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  • Markelle Fultz ORL PG
    Magic's Markelle Fultz: Delays entering bubble
    8h ago

    Fultz is delaying his entry into the Orlando bubble due to a personal issue unrelated to COVID-19, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

    President of basketball operations Jeff Weltman noted that he expects a "seamless transition" for Fultz into the bubble, but it remains unclear when the guard will join the team. If Fultz doesn't make it to the bubble for the Magic's first game, D.J. Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams would be in line for extra minutes.

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  • Jonathan Isaac ORL PF
    Magic's Jonathan Isaac: To continue rehab in bubble
    9h ago

    Isaac (knee) will continue his rehab in the Orlando bubble but is not expected to play, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

    Isaac will continue working back from his knee injury while supporting his teammates in the bubble. He hasn't been ruled out completely, but it seems unlikely he'll play unless the Magic go surprisingly far in the playoffs. Even then, the organization could prefer to play it safe.

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  • Taurean Waller-Prince BKN PF
    Nets' Taurean Prince: Tests positive, sitting out restart
    9h ago

    Prince has tested positive for COVID-19 and will sit out the resumption of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Prince is the latest Nets player to test positive, and Brooklyn will be bringing an extremely thin roster to the bubble. With Prince sidelined, minutes will open up on the wing for the likes of Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Rodions Kurucs, Justin Anderson and others.

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  • Spencer Dinwiddie BKN PG
    Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: To sit out Orlando restart
    16h ago

    Dinwiddie will not join the Nets for the Orlando restart, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Dinwiddie tested positive for COVID-19 near the end of June, and "out of an abundance of caution," the Nets have determined that it's best to hold the guard out of action for the remainder of the season. With DeAndre Jordan (illness), Kevin Durant (Achilles), and Kyrie Irving (shoulder) also sitting out, the Nets will be down four key rotation players as they look to hold on to one of the final playoff spots in the East.

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  • Bradley Beal WAS SG
    Wizards' Bradley Beal: Opts to sit out Orlando restart
    17h ago

    The Wizards announced Tuesday that Beal won't participate in the NBA's season restart in Orlando later this month due to a right shoulder injury. "Bradley did everything possible to be ready to play, but after closely monitoring his individual workouts we came to the conclusion that it was best for him to sit out the upcoming games in Orlando and avoid the risk of further injury," Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said in a statement.

    The Wizards' leading scorer had been on the fence about joining the team in Orlando, and he's now opted to sit out after consulting with team doctors. Beal had been nursing the shoulder issue -- a right rotator cuff injury -- for much of the season, and it reportedly worsened during the league's shutdown. The guard, who averaged a career-best 30.5 points per game this season, won't travel with the team to Orlando and will instead conduct his rehab in Washington with the expectation of being ready to go for the 2020-21 campaign.

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  • Dwight Howard LAL C
    Lakers' Dwight Howard: Will play in Orlando
    1d ago

    Howard announced Monday that he will join the Lakers in Orlando and play in the restarted season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Back on July 1, the Lakers submitted Howard as a member of their roster for the restart, which prevented them from getting a replacement free agent, according to Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register, making this decision even more helpful for the current top seed in the Western Conference. The veteran center has been a key piece off the Lakers' bench this season, and he'll look to pick up where he left off in March, averaging 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game.

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  • Dwight Howard LAL C
    Lakers' Dwight Howard: Will play in Orlando
    1d ago

    Howard announced Monday that he will join the Lakers in Orlando and play in the restarted season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Back on July 1, the Lakers submitted Howard as a member of their roster for the restart, which prevented them from getting a replacement free agent, according to Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register, making this decision even more helpful for the current top seed in the Western Conference. The veteran center has been a key piece off the Lakers' bench this season, and he'll look to pick up where he left off in March, averaging 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game.

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  • Al Horford PHI C
    76ers' Al Horford: Says time off beneficial
    5d ago

    Horford admitted his health "probably wasn't where he wanted [it] to be" so this season and that the time off has been beneficial, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.

    Horford struggled at times during the season, shooting just 44.2 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three and 75.3 percent from the charity stripe. It seems the hiatus has given the 34-year-old time to rest his body, and the Sixers are likely hoping he can rise to the level of play we saw out of him in Boston. Over 46 playoff games with the Celtics, he averaged 15.1 points on shooting splits of 53/43/81 plus 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 34.8 minutes.

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  • Vincent Poirier BOS C
    Celtics' Vincent Poirier: Taking paternity leave in September
    5d ago

    Poirier will take paternity leave for the birth of his child in September, and that will require leaving the NBA's bubble if the Celtics are still playing, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.

    The potential loss of Poirier during the playoffs shouldn't hurt the Celtics too much, unless unexpected depth is needed at center. Poirier has played just 114 total minutes for the Celtics, totaling 39 points, 34 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and two steals.

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  • Nikola Jokic DEN C
    Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Recovering well from COVID-19
    6d ago

    Denver head coach Michael Malone said Wednesday that Jokic (illness) "feels great" while recovering from the coronavirus and is on track to join the Nuggets when the team heads to Orlando next week for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.

    Shortly after the news of Jokic's positive test arrived last week, reports surfaced indicating that the star center wasn't showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and was progressing well, so Malone's comments on the matter aren't overly surprising. Even so, it's encouraging for the Nuggets that Jokic, who is currently in Serbia, still plans to return to the United States to join the team when it heads to Orlando next Tuesday. Because he'll miss out on a few training sessions, Jokic could find himself behind the rest of his teammates from a conditioning standpoint, but he shouldn't face any restrictions by the time the playoffs begin.

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  • Jakob Poeltl SA C
    Spurs' Jakob Poeltl: Will play in Orlando
    6d ago

    Poeltl reiterated Thursday that his knee is 100 percent healthy entering the Orlando restart, Jeff Garcia of News 4 in San Antonio reports.

    Poeltl said essentially the same thing back in April, but he noted Thursday that he's experienced no setbacks over the last two-plus months. With LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) sitting out, Poeltl could be set for increased minutes down the stretch.

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  • Thomas Bryant WAS C
    Wizards' Thomas Bryant: Foot is '100 percent healed'
    7d ago

    Bryant says that the stress fracture in his foot is "100 percent healed" and he's doing everything on the court, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.

    Bryant missed 20 games from Dec. 3 through Jan. 10 while dealing with the injury, and he saw just 19.4 minutes per game afterward. However, it seems like he may be able to ramp back up to a bigger workload. Prior to the injury, Bryant averaged 13.9 points on 10.2 shots, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 blocks in 28.3 minutes.

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  • Jonathan Isaac ORL PF
    Magic's Jonathan Isaac: To continue rehab in bubble
    9h ago

    Isaac (knee) will continue his rehab in the Orlando bubble but is not expected to play, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

    Isaac will continue working back from his knee injury while supporting his teammates in the bubble. He hasn't been ruled out completely, but it seems unlikely he'll play unless the Magic go surprisingly far in the playoffs. Even then, the organization could prefer to play it safe.

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  • Taurean Waller-Prince BKN PF
    Nets' Taurean Prince: Tests positive, sitting out restart
    9h ago

    Prince has tested positive for COVID-19 and will sit out the resumption of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Prince is the latest Nets player to test positive, and Brooklyn will be bringing an extremely thin roster to the bubble. With Prince sidelined, minutes will open up on the wing for the likes of Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Rodions Kurucs, Justin Anderson and others.

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  • Jaren Jackson Jr. MEM PF
    Grizzlies' Jaren Jackson: Feels '110 percent'
    5d ago

    Jackson said he feels "110 percent" in recovery from his knee injury suffered against the Lakers in February and confirmed he will be playing in the bubble, Evan Barnes of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

    As expected, Jackson is healthy and ready to go when the Grizzlies resume their season in Orlando. He missed Memphis' final nine games before the suspension of the season. Jackson is in the midst of a quality sophomore campaign, seeing 28.0 minutes per game and averaging 16.9 points on 13.0 shots, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists.

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  • Anthony Davis LAL PF
    Lakers' Anthony Davis: Says he's '100 percent' healthy
    6d ago

    Davis (elbow) intimated that he feels "100 percent healthy," Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site reports.

    Davis had been dealing with various minor injuries throughout the year, but he was especially bothered by a shoulder injury during the regular season. That said, this has been one of Davis' healthiest years, as he's missed just eight games. From February onward, he's averaged 26.5 points on 17.7 shots, 9.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals in 33.5 minutes.

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  • Caleb Swanigan POR PF
    Trail Blazers' Caleb Swanigan: Won't play in season restart
    6d ago

    Swanigan informed the Trail Blazers on Wednesday that he won't be joining the team in Orlando when the NBA season resumes later this month, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

    Swanigan joins Trevor Ariza as Trail Blazers players who are electing not to make the trip to Florida. Even before the hiatus, Swanigan had been a fringe member of the Portland rotation, and he likely would have sacrificed all of his minutes now that big men Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and Zach Collins (shoulder) are ready to play again after lengthy absences.

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  • Marvin Bagley III SAC PF
    Kings' Marvin Bagley: Healthy, going to Orlando
    7d ago

    Coach Luke Walton noted that Bagley is healthy and will be "looked at" in Orlando but that it's "way too early" to determine his role, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.

    Jones reported in mid-June that Bagley is likely to come off the bench, though Walton won't go as far as to confirm that. Bagley has appeared in just 13 games this season due to a sprained left foot. If he finds himself in a significant role, that would probably mean reduced minutes for Nemanja Bjelica, Harrison Barnes and/or Harry Giles.

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  • Kelly Oubre Jr. PHO SF
    Suns' Kelly Oubre: Not ruled out for Orlando
    1d ago

    The Suns haven't officially ruled Oubre (knee) out from being available when the NBA season resumes in Orlando on July 31, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.

    Last month, reports surfaced indicating that Oubre would miss the remainder of the season while recovering from a torn right meniscus. However, during an interview Monday, Suns general manager James Jones left the door open for the wing to return to action at some point in Orlando. Specifically, Jones noted that Oubre has continued to rehab his knee in Phoenix and has been present at team workouts, potentially allowing the 24-year-old to make it back for what remains of the Suns' schedule. If Oubre gets the green light to play, he likely would be in store for a sizable downturn from the 34.5 minutes per game he had averaged through 56 appearances this season.

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  • Darius Miller NO SF
    Pelicans' Darius Miller: Officially out for restart
    2d ago

    Miller (Achilles) will not play for the Pelicans when the season resumes in Orlando, Andrew Lopez of ESPN reports.

    There was initially some hope that Miller would be able to return from his torn Achilles tendon, but he'll play it safe and be held out when the season resumes. Miller suffered the injury in late-August of 2019 and was initially given a seven-to-eight-month timetable. As of last week, Miller was able to go through on-court work, but he hadn't had a chance to play 3-on-3 or 5-on-5.

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  • Darius Miller NO SF
    Pelicans' Darius Miller: Might not be ready for Orlando
    5d ago

    Miller (Achilles) may not be healthy enough to play in Orlando during the eight-game regular season, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.

    Miller hasn't had an opportunity to test his Achilles out 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 due the to pandemic restrictions. Guillory "doubts we'll see [Miller] playing if he can't ramp up his activity really quickly." If Miller does take the court, it will be a season debut. His presence would add an extra floor spacer, as Miller hits 1.9 threes in 25.5 minutes per game at 36.5 percent.

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  • Gordon Hayward BOS SF
    Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Will take paternity leave in Sept.
    5d ago

    Hayward said Friday he'll leave the NBA bubble in Orlando during September to attend the birth of his fourth child, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.

    The 30-year-old has attended the birth of all his children thus far and said, "It's a pretty easy decision for me on that." Specific protocols will be in place for players leaving the bubble with NBA permission, and Hayward's quarantine period upon his return could be down to four days, assuming he produces negative tests. The Celtics will still need to advance far enough into the playoffs for it to matter.

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  • Brandon Clarke MEM SF
    Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke: Ready to go in Orlando
    6d ago

    Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said Wednesday that Clarke (quadriceps) is "looking good, feeling good," implying that the rookie will be ready to go for the resumption of the 2019-20 season in Orlando later this month, Michael Wallace of the Grizzlies' official site reports.

    Prior to the NBA's shutdown in mid-March, the Grizzlies had been playing without the services of three rotation pieces in Jaren Jackson (knee), Justise Winslow (back) and Clarke, but all are healthy after having three-plus months to recover from their respective injuries. Clarke is expected to reprise his usual duties as Memphis' first big man off the bench in Orlando, capping off what's been a productive rookie year for the No. 21 overall pick. In 50 games prior to the league's hiatus, Clarke averaged 12.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 blocks in 21.7 minutes per contest while shooting 62.3 percent from the floor and 78.5 percent from the charity stripe.

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  • Zion Williamson NO SF
    Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Says he's in shape
    6d ago

    Williamson said Thursday that he feels like he's in good shape entering the Orlando restart, Jake Madison of Locked On Pelicans reports.

    Williamson noted that he was able to do on-court workouts "every day" with his stepfather, so he feels confident about his conditioning level as the Pelicans begin to ramp up their preparation for the Orlando restart. The No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft had a torrid start to his career when he debuted in January, posting averages of 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds through his first 19 games. Over his final 11 contests, Williamson turned 31.8 minutes per game into 26.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals.

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  • Bradley Beal WAS SG
    Wizards' Bradley Beal: Opts to sit out Orlando restart
    17h ago

    The Wizards announced Tuesday that Beal won't participate in the NBA's season restart in Orlando later this month due to a right shoulder injury. "Bradley did everything possible to be ready to play, but after closely monitoring his individual workouts we came to the conclusion that it was best for him to sit out the upcoming games in Orlando and avoid the risk of further injury," Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said in a statement.

    The Wizards' leading scorer had been on the fence about joining the team in Orlando, and he's now opted to sit out after consulting with team doctors. Beal had been nursing the shoulder issue -- a right rotator cuff injury -- for much of the season, and it reportedly worsened during the league's shutdown. The guard, who averaged a career-best 30.5 points per game this season, won't travel with the team to Orlando and will instead conduct his rehab in Washington with the expectation of being ready to go for the 2020-21 campaign.

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  • Sindarius Thornwell NO SG
    Pelicans' Sindarius Thornwell: Signs on with New Orleans
    2d ago

    Thornwell signed with the Pelicans on Monday.

    While it's not yet clear who he's replacing, Thornwell will join the Pelicans as a "substitute player" when the season resumes in Orlando at the end of July. The former South Carolina standout most recently played in the G League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but he previously spent time with the Clippers in 2017-18 and 2018-19. In 137 career NBA games, Thornwell holds averages of 2.5 points and 0.7 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per game.

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  • Landry Shamet LAC SG
    Clippers' Landry Shamet: Tests positive for coronavirus
    4d ago

    Shamet has tested positive for coronavirus and is unlikely to travel with the Clippers to Orlando this week, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Shamet will need to self-quarantine and test negative twice before entering the bubble. It seems likely he'll be able to achieve that before the Clippers start their regular season again July 30 against the Lakers.

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  • Victor Oladipo IND SG
    Pacers' Victor Oladipo: Won't play in resumed season
    5d ago

    Oladipo (knee/quadriceps) will not participate in the resumption of the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. "With all the variables, from how I have to build my 5-on-5 workload back up, to the increased risk of a soft tissue injury which could delay my rehab, and the unknown exact set up of the bubble, I just can't get my mind to being fully comfortable in playing," said Oladipo. "Getting fully healthy for the 2020-21 season is the right decision for me." He will still join the Pacers in Orlando to rehab and support his teammates.

    This news is a huge blow for the Pacers, as Oladipo was just starting to look like his old self -- the version that was selected third-team All-NBA, first-team All-Defense and Most Improved Player in 2019 -- prior to this season's suspension. With Oladipo sidelined, the Pacers will have to rely more on depth options at guard and on the wing. That will likely mean more minutes for the likes of Aaron Holiday, T.J. McConnell and Justin Holiday.

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  • Tyler Herro MIA SG
    Heat's Tyler Herro: Ankle feels '100 percent'
    5d ago

    Herro intimated that his ankle feels "100 percent" healthy following the four-month suspension of the season, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Herro was dealing with an ankle injury before the season stopped, missing 15 straight games from Feb. 5 through Mar. 8. The rookie has been a great three-point shooter, hitting 2.1 threes per game at 39.1 percent, helping fuel his 12.9 points per game.

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  • Bradley Beal WAS SG
    Wizards' Bradley Beal: Undecided about playing in Orlando
    7d ago

    Beal has yet to decide whether or not he will join the Wizards in Orlando for the resumption of the 2019-20 season, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.

    Last week, teammate Davis Bertans announced he wouldn't participate in Orlando, and it seems possible Beal will follow suit. The Wizards are currently on the outside looking in for the Eastern Conference playoffs but still have a plausible chance at claiming the eighth seed, especially with the Nets -- current holders of the No. 7 seed -- set to be without several key players in Orlando. If Beal opts not to play, the Wizards' chances of reaching the playoffs will essentially diminish entirely.

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  • Markelle Fultz ORL PG
    Magic's Markelle Fultz: Delays entering bubble
    8h ago

    Fultz is delaying his entry into the Orlando bubble due to a personal issue unrelated to COVID-19, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

    President of basketball operations Jeff Weltman noted that he expects a "seamless transition" for Fultz into the bubble, but it remains unclear when the guard will join the team. If Fultz doesn't make it to the bubble for the Magic's first game, D.J. Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams would be in line for extra minutes.

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  • Spencer Dinwiddie BKN PG
    Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie: To sit out Orlando restart
    16h ago

    Dinwiddie will not join the Nets for the Orlando restart, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

    Dinwiddie tested positive for COVID-19 near the end of June, and "out of an abundance of caution," the Nets have determined that it's best to hold the guard out of action for the remainder of the season. With DeAndre Jordan (illness), Kevin Durant (Achilles), and Kyrie Irving (shoulder) also sitting out, the Nets will be down four key rotation players as they look to hold on to one of the final playoff spots in the East.

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  • Mike Conley UTA PG
    Jazz's Mike Conley: Could miss time during playoffs
    3d ago

    Conley could decide to leave Orlando in late August and rejoin the Jazz at a later date following the upcoming birth of his child, Sarah Todd of The Deseret News reports.

    Based on the current schedule laid out by the NBA for the resumption of the season, the expected due date for Conley's child would fall around the second round of the playoffs. The veteran point guard hasn't explicitly said that he would leave the Jazz to witness the birth, but if he does choose to exit the Orlando "bubble," he could need to go through a quarantine process before he's eligible to rejoin the team. Coach Quin Snyder said Sunday that he'll support whatever Conley elects to do as his wife's due date approaches, but until then, the 32-year-old is expected to continue training and playing in games with the Jazz. Conley has endured a rough first season in Utah from both a performance and health standpoint, but he's nonetheless expected to benefit from an uptick in both minutes and usage as the Jazz return to action without the services of Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist), who underwent season-ending surgery while the NBA was on hiatus.

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  • Ja Morant MEM PG
    Grizzlies' Ja Morant: Feels healthier after hiatus
    6d ago

    Morant says he feels healthier and is "leaving the floor easier" following the NBA's hiatus, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

    Morant underwent surgery on his knee a year ago. By all accounts, he's seemed healthy, throwing down high-flying dunks and making hyper-athletic plays. He's on pace to win Rookie of the Year, averaging 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Morant's performance will be crucial to the Grizzlies and their hope of retaining the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

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  • Jaylen Adams NBADRAFT PG
    Trail Blazers' Jaylen Adams: Joins Portland
    7d ago

    Adams signed a rest-of-season contract with the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

    Adams spent the earlier part of the season with the G League's Wisconsin Herd, where he was the league's MVP runner-up after averaging 21.5 points on 15.6 shots, 5.7 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He'll join Portland as a replacement for Trevor Ariza, who won't be joining the Blazers when the team heads to Orlando later this month for the resumption of the 2019-20 season.

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  • Jalen Brunson DAL PG
    Mavericks' Jalen Brunson: 'Doing pretty much everything'
    7d ago

    According to head coach Rick Carlisle, Brunson (shoulder) "is doing pretty much everything," but the strength level in his shoulder is what's keeping him a couple months away from playing, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    While Brunson has already been ruled out of participating in the remainder of the 2019-20 season, it's encouraging that he's making good progress with his recovery from right shoulder surgery. All signs are pointing to him being full strength for next year.

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