Basketball Wiretap

Joel Embiid 'Truly On Track' For Preseason

Aug 23, 2016 5:27 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers expect Joel Embiid to be ready for the start of training camp and the preseason.

Embiid hasn't played formal five-on-five since March of 2014 as he's since undergone multiple surgeries on his right foot. Embiid was the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Kansas.

“Embiid is well and truly on track, there are no red flags anywhere," said Brett Brown. "None of us should be afraid right now. We’re very proud of him.” 

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Festus Ezeli Out Six Weeks Following Injection In Left Knee

Aug 23, 2016 5:21 PM

Festus Ezeli had his left knee injected with a bone marrow aspirate concentrate and Orthovisc today in Chicago.

The injection, performed by Dr. Brian Cole, is intended to alleviate pain and improve function.

Ezeli will be sidelined for six weeks.

Ezeli agreed to a two-year, $14.7 million deal with the Blazers this offseason.

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Chris Bosh, Heat Still Discussing Use Of Blood Thinners

Aug 21, 2016 3:29 PM

Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat remain undecided on the use of blood thinners that would be out of his system by game time.

There are mixed opinions in the medical community about whether a player who has had two clotting episodes in the span of a year should remain on blood thinners.

Bosh has been ruled out for the season at the All-Star break in each of the past two seasons.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Tiago Splitter Plans On Being Ready For Start Of Camp

Aug 15, 2016 10:42 AM

Tiago Splitter plans on being ready for the start of training camp with the Atlanta Hawks after undergoing hip surgery.

Splitter was acquired by the Hawks during the 2015 offseason but missed almost the entire season.

Splitter will enter 16-17 backing up Dwight Howard at center.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Timofey Mozgov Injures Groin In International Friendly

Aug 14, 2016 10:01 AM

Timofey Mozgov injured his groin while playing for the Russian national team in an international friendly against Ukraine on Friday.

After undergoing an MRI on Saturday, Mozgov will miss Russia's next two games at its international tournament in Tbilisi, Georgia, and be re-evaluated sometime mid-next week. Mozgov played professionally in Russia for six years prior to the NBA and also helped his national team to bronze at the 2011 FIBA European Championship.

Mozgov signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason after a season and a half with the Cavaliers.

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Kris Dunn Has Recovered From Summer League Concussion

Aug 12, 2016 10:28 AM

Kris Dunn has recovered from a concussion he sustained during Summer League in July.

“I feel great. I’m back on court. I’m just working to get better for training camp, but I’m definitely back,” said Dunn on Thursday.

Dunn was the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Dunn was asked about his expectations on whether he'll start or come off the bench.

“Just like any other time, when you’re coming from 8th grade to freshman year, you just want to prove yourself and work hard. Same thing when you’re going from high school to college,” Dunn said. “Whatever happens, happens. If I’m a starter or not a starter, I’m going to do whatever the coach needs me to do. I’m just here to learn.”

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Chris Bosh's Return Hinted At By Micky Arison

Aug 12, 2016 10:23 AM

Micky Arison hinted at the return of Chris Bosh in a letter to Miami Heat season ticket holders.

Bosh has missed the entire second half of each of the past two seasons due to blood clots.

"What won't change is the culture of this organization. The Miami Heat is a Championship organization. I fully expect this team, from Pat Riley to Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, to our veterans Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic and Josh McRoberts, to our returning young core of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson, to the fresh faces joining the Heat Family to continue our mantra of being the 'hardest working, best conditioned, most professional, unselfish, toughest, meanest, nastiest team in the NBA.' "

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Delon Wright Undergoes Shoulder Surgery, Out Four Months

Aug 1, 2016 1:06 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday guard Delon Wright underwent arthroscopic shoulder stabilization to fix a labral tear in his right shoulder. The procedure was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Wright is expected to be sidelined a minimum of four months.

Wright sustained the injury July 16 in the fourth quarter of a Las Vegas Summer League game versus Minnesota. X-rays taken on-site at Thomas & Mack Center were negative for a fracture and his dislocated shoulder was put back in place. Additional testing revealed a torn labrum.

Wright, the 20th overall pick by the Raptors in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, averaged 3.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 8.5 minutes in 27 appearances last season. He had a season-best 19 points in 26 minutes in an April 8 victory versus Indiana. Wright also appeared in 15 games with Toronto’s D-League affiliate, Raptors 905, where he averaged 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 35.7 minutes.

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Cameron Payne Undergoes Surgery On Broken Foot

Jul 25, 2016 7:15 PM

Cameron Payne underwent a successful procedure to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Selected in the lottery of the 2015 NBA Draft (No. 14 overall) out of Murray State, Payne averaged 5.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 57 games during his rookie season. Payne recently topped all scorers in the Orlando Summer League, averaging 18.8 points to go along with 4.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds in four games.  

Payne is expected to be ready for the start of 2016-17 season.

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Chris Bosh Believes He Should Be Cleared To Play

Jul 25, 2016 11:13 AM

The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh have discussed whether he should come off blood thinners or continue to take them.

If Bosh comes off the medication, there's no reason why he couldn't return to game action.

Bosh has tried to convince the Heat in the past that he can play while on blood thinners as a new medication he's taking would be out of his system in eight to 12 hours by game-time.

The Heat rejected the idea last season which angered Bosh, who has had blood clots in consecutive seasons.

If Miami continues to fight Bosh on playing, he could take up his case with the players union. Bosh wants to play and believes he should be cleared.

If Bosh doesn’t play a single game this upcoming season, his $25.2 million salary for 2017-18 and $26.8 million for 2018-19 would be cleared this summer from Miami’s cap only if “a doctor that is jointly selected by the league and players association agree his condition is career-ending, or severe enough to put him at risk if he continues playing.”

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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