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Joel Embiid had minor surgery on his left knee Friday to repair a torn meniscus.
Embiid should be able to transition to full weight-bearing workouts in about two weeks, according to a statement from Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, who performed the surgery in Los Angeles.
"He deserves some luck," 76ers coach Brett Brown said before Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls. "He's been through a lot, and he's a different person than his first injury."
Embiid missed the first two seasons of his career due to recurring right foot injuries.
Ryan Anderson will miss the next two weeks with a sprained right ankle.
Anderson's tests came back negative.
"The important thing is he can play two or three games before we get into the playoffs," Mike D'Antoni said. "And it looks like he will be on that timetable, we won't push it, and we'll deal with whatever and hopefully he'll be back sooner rather than later."
On the season, Anderson is averaging 13.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Larry Sanders to the Canton Charge.
Sanders has appeared in two games for the Cavs and one for the Charge since signing with the Cavs on March 13th.
Billy Donovan denied a report that he traveled to Bloomington, Indiana to discuss the Indiana University head coaching vacancy.
Indiana has since hired Archie Miller as head coach to replace Tom Crean.
Justin Albers of AlbersAngle.com reported on Friday, citing sources, that Donovan had been in Bloomington that morning.
“Yesterday morning, I was here in practice,” Donovan said. “I was not there. I was here in practice and actually was in a couple meetings, and then went to Russell (Westbrook's) bowling charity last night.”
Donovan was previously asked about the job when it became available in mid-March.
“I love it here,” Donovan said at the time. “I love the guys I work with every day. I love our staff, the organization. As far as I’m concerned, my commitment is totally here and doing the best job I can while I’m here.”
Donovan is in his second season as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after leaving the University of Florida.
Rudy Gobert publicly criticized some of his Utah Jazz teammates for playing selfishly during their 108-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
"We've got guys that compete, but some of us don't compete. Some of us just think about scoring," Gobert told ESPN after Utah's fourth loss in its past five games. "That's what it is.
"Coach keeps repeating it: We've just got to compete. We're too nice. Those guys, we know they're going to get calls. We've just got to come out aggressive and ready to fight."
"It's something we've talked about," Quin Snyder said. "It's a question for our guys, frankly. We can give enough attention to it and talk about it. Ultimately, when we step on the floor, we have to be ready to play with a level of intensity.
"It's not that we're not playing hard. We don't necessarily play hard together when we need to. I think that type of collective effort, when you get in big games against good teams and physical teams, that's what you need."
Gordon Hayward was not made available to the media after the game.
Gobert did not single out any teammates for criticism, but he did express support for Hayward after Hayward had an off game, going scoreless until less than five minutes remained in the first half. Hayward finished with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
"Gordon is going to be fine," Gobert said. "He's human. There's going to be some games where he don't make shots. I keep telling him to stay aggressive and try to make the right play and everything comes. I think he did a good job in the second half. We've just got to be there for each other."
The Golden State Warriors have clinched homecourt advantage in The Finals against any Eastern Conference foe should they reach that stage of the playoffs.
The Warriors' magic number was one before the Cleveland Cavaliers lost on Saturday to the Wizards.
The San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets are also expected to finish the 16-17 season with a better regular season record than any team in the Eastern Conference.
The Western Conference representative has had homecourt advantage in every Finals since 2014.
Lonzo Ball announced after UCLA's loss in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky that he will leave the school to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.
"That was my final game for UCLA, and I appreciate all the fans and all the support," Ball said.
Ball had widely been expected to leave UCLA after just one season.
Ball is expected to be a top-3 pick in the draft.
Joakim Noah has been suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.
Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.
Noah's suspension will begin once he's cleared to play after undergoing surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27th.
James Harden reached out to Lou Williams two weeks before the deadline about joining the Houston Rockets.
“When James called, he asked me if I was interested in playing with them,” Williams told The Vertical. “I told him that I loved the Lakers, but James and them have a group that fit my personality, fit how I play. He said he was going to make it happen.”
Williams then laughed. “I’ve heard that before, so I didn’t really put stock into it,” Williams told The Vertical. “I guess James did put the word in, and the team made it happen.”
Houston, Utah and Washington reached out to Magic Johnson about a deal, with Williams’ agent, Wallace Prather, helping to facilitate negotiations.
Williams has averaged 14.5 points in 13 games with the Rockets.
“We needed one more guy that could create, and Lou is perfect,” Mike D’Antoni told The Vertical. “Lou is a professional scorer. In case someone is off, if someone is injured, Lou brings another 15 to 20 points. We still need to incorporate everything. You can never have enough shooters and playmakers, and he does both.”