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January

22
Cleveland Cavaliers trading Kevin Porter Jr. to Houston Rockets

The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade 2019 first-round pick Kevin Porter Jr. to the Houston Rockets for a heavily protected future second-round pick, sources told ESPN. The pick is top-55 protected, meaning it is likely to never convey, sources said. The Rockets are taking on Porter, a 6-foot-4 wing who was the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft, as a reclamation project after personal issues have prevented him from playing this season. Porter, 20, averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per match during a promising rookie year last season. Sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that the Cavaliers decided to trade or […]

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January

18
Boston Celtics’ Kemba Walker makes season debut after knee rehabilitation

Celtics star Kemba Walker made his season debut Sunday afternoon in Boston against the New York Knicks. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Walker, who has been out since the end of last season as he underwent a strengthening program for his ailing left knee, would play about 20 minutes. “Right around there,” Stevens said before the game. “We’re not asking him to be anything other than Kemba Walker. “Obviously he’s excited to play. He’s ready to play. They’ve put in a lot of work to get to this point, and we’re looking forward to having him out there.” Walker has had issues with the […]

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January

14
Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis to make season debut vs. Charlotte Hornets

Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis will make his season debut Wednesday versus the Charlotte Hornets, coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. Porzingis will start and be on undisclosed minutes restriction as he returns from October surgery to address a lateral meniscus injury in his left knee. Carlisle said there will be a “range of minutes” that he is looking for Porzingis to play, but that will largely depend on how he feels. The coach stated he will communicate with Porzingis throughout the game and check on how he is holding up. “The big thing is to get him back out on the floor,” Carlisle […]

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January

07
Detroit Pistons rookie Killian Hayes out indefinitely with torn hip labrum

Detroit Pistons rookie guard Killian Hayes is out indefinitely after suffering a torn labrum in his right hip. The Pistons informed Wednesday that Hayes will continue to be evaluated by the medical staff, but no updates were made available on a timetable for his return. The team stated an MRI performed Tuesday confirmed the diagnosis. The 6-foot-5 rookie suffered the injury during Monday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He exited the match in the third quarter after falling while defending a fast-break layup attempt by Jrue Holiday. Hayes, 19, was drafted seventh overall by the Pistons last year and has started all seven games this […]

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January

06
Doncic leads Mavericks past Heat 93-83

Luka Doncic had season highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds for his first double-double of the season to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Miami Heat 93-83 on Friday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points as the Mavericks rebounded from a 118-99 loss at home to Charlotte on Wednesday during which they trailed by 30 points in the second half. Bam Adebayo scored 19 points and Avery Bradley 15 for Miami. The Mavericks scored the final nine points of the second quarter to lead 46-31 at halftime. They padded their lead with a 10-2 run to open the third quarter and led by as many as […]

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December

17
Charlotte Hornets’ Gordon Hayward fractures finger

Hayward has had a string of bad luck with injuries, though this one thankfully doesn’t appear to be too serious Over the first seven seasons of his career, Gordon Hayward was something of an iron man, missing just 42 regular-season matches during that span. Since then, however, starting with his horrific leg injury on opening night in 2017, he’s seemingly been cursed by the injury gods. He missed all of that first season with the Celtics, worked his way back through a dismal 2019-20 campaign, during which he struggled to find his old form. And then, as soon as he did early last […]

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November

23
Serge Ibaka plans to sign 2-year, $19M deal with LA Clippers

After losing two key big men on the first day of NBA free agency, the LA Clippers bounced back Saturday. Free agent Serge Ibaka plans to sign a two-year, $19 million deal with the Clippers, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal will contain a player option in the second year, the source said. Ibaka is a critical acquisition for the Clippers, who lost Montrezl Harrell and JaMychal Green to their two biggest Western Conference competitors on the first day of free agency. Harrell, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, stunned many by moving down the Staples Center hallway and agreeing to join the defending champion Los […]

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November

17
James Harden rejects Rockets extension; focus on trade to Nets

After turning down the opportunity to become the first $50 million per year player in league history, Houston Rockets All-NBA guard James Harden has made it clear to ownership that he’s singularly focused on a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN. As Harden’s conversations with the Nets’ stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving ramped up in recent weeks on the West Coast, sources said the Rockets made a pitch for him to sign the maximum admissible extension — two years and $103 million on top of the remaining three years, $133 million on his current deal. So far, Harden’s determination to get to Brooklyn has resulted in […]

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November

05
Player reps expected to approve Dec. 22 start to NBA season

The NBA’s board of governors and players’ association will hold separate meetings on Thursday expected to culminate with an arrangement on starting the 2020-21 campaign on Dec. 22 and playing a reduced 72-game calendar, sources told ESPN. The National Basketball Players Association is planning to take a formal vote of the team player representatives late Thursday, and sources told ESPN that everything is progressing toward an agreement on a pre-Christmas start to the season. The NBPA is holding team conference calls this week, including several on Wednesday, that detail discussions with the league on a salary escrow for players in […]

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October

29
Stephen Silas to be new head coach of Houston Rockets, sources say

The Houston Rockets are hiring Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas to become the franchise’s next head coach, sources told ESPN. Silas and the Rockets were finalizing terms on a deal Wednesday afternoon, and a formal announcement was expected soon, sources said. Silas will replace Mike D’Antoni, who left after his contract expired at the end of the campaign. Silas sold the Rockets on his offensive ingenuity and a strong family history in 20 seasons as an NBA assistant under highly regarded head coaches such as Rick Carlisle and Steve Clifford. His experience coaching elite guards — including Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry and Kemba Walker — is expected to serve him well […]

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