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Nick Young Expected To Miss Eight Weeks With Torn Ligament In Thumb

Nick Young underwent an MRI exam on Friday showing that the Los Angeles Lakers' guard has a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament.

Young suffered the injury in practice on Thursday.

Young will undergo surgery on his thumb on Monday, and an estimate for Young’s return will be given at that time.

Young is expected to miss eight weeks, according to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavaliers Could Rest LeBron At Times During Regular Season

David Blatt is open to resting LeBron James at times during the Cleveland Cavaliers' regular season to keep him fresh for the playoffs.

James' back has felt "iffy" this week, but he's participated fully in training camp until Friday.

"Certainly could," Blatt said about resting James during the season. "It's not specifically planned at this point. In other words, we didn't sit down and already write up a plan for what game he would miss or what practice he would miss, but it could [happen] depending on need."

James has played in 842 out of a possible 886 regular season games over his first 11 seasons in the NBA.

"I'm 29 years old, and I can still fly above the rim," James said on media day. "I don't need to lose weight to do that, not at this point in my career."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Channing Frye Suffers Sprained MCL

Channing Frye suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during a drill in Thursday's practice session with the Orlando Magic.

Frye doesn't have a timetable for when he will return to the court.

Frye was signed to a $32 million contract in the offseason.

Via Evan Dunlap/Orlando Pinstriped Post

Martell Webster To Consider Retirement At 30 After Final Three Years Of Contract

Martell Webster underwent his third back surgery in four years during the offseason and says he intends to retire once the final three years of his contract are up.

“I know this game is probably not going to be the healthiest thing for me if I try to stretch it out as much as a possibly can,” Webster said. “So I intend to really give everything I got for these last three years of my contract and probably walk away from this game so I can be healthy.”

Webster, 27, will be 30 years old when the four-year, $22 million contract he signed with Wizards last summer expires. Webster turned pro after high school so he is already entering his 10th NBA season.

“I’ve always wanted to retire young,” Webster said. “I love this game and I respect this game, but I only want to be in it as long as I can be effective and as long as I can feel comfortable.”

Via Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Wade Plans On Abandoning Maintenance Program

Dwyane Wade sat out 28 games last season for the Miami Heat as part of a planned maintenance program to ease fatigue on his troublesome knees.

But Wade doesn't plan on following that same type of schedule again this season.

"Last year, we tried something and I wasn't comfortable with it, either," said Wade.

The Heat reached the Finals, but lost in five games to the San Antonio Spurs.

"It almost worked. It was this close, three games from it working," Wade said. "But it's a different year."

Miami will need Wade to play a bigger role throughout the season with LeBron James no longer on the club.

"My goal is to be available every day for my teammates and see what that equals out to," said Wade. "Hopefully it equals out to success for myself, individually, but for our team."

Via Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

Ryan Kelly Out Indefinitely With Strained Hamstring

Ryan Kelly has suffered a moderate left hamstring strain, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday. 

Kelly is out indefinitely.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Paul George Keeping Hope For Return In Playoffs

Paul George is maintaining hope that he can return to the Indiana Pacers late in the season if the team makes a playoff run.

“It's very possible that I can play (this season),” George said. “I've talked to all the guys and said, 'Man, you guys have to get in the playoffs. That's the best chance I've got of coming back and playing this year.' I've already got it in mind that I could miss this whole year. I'm come to peace with that, but I'd love to be able to come back and play again.”

George suffered a serious fracture in his leg while playing for Team USA in the offseason and the Pacers are operating under the notion that he will not return this season.

Via Mark Montieth/Pacers.com

Justin Hamilton Undergoes Procedure For Atrial Flutter

Justin Hamilton underwent a procedure at South Miami Hospital on Monday to repair an atrial flutter.

After experiencing light-headedness during practice, he was sent to Doctors Hospital where the diagnosis was discovered. He will remain sidelined for a few days and can then begin non-contact exercises for approximately three weeks before being re-evaluated prior to re-joining the Miami Heat for practice.

Hamilton is expected to make a full recovery.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Tyreke Evans To Miss 3-5 Weeks With Strained Hamstring

Tyreke Evans is expected to miss 3-5 weeks with a strained right hamstring, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Saturday.

"Tyreke injured his hamstring playing pickup basketball out of town last week,” Dell Demps said in a statement. “He is back in New Orleans rehabbing with our medical staff. Hopefully, he will be cleared to play before the season-opener.”

Evans appeared in 72 games for the Pelicans last season and averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 28.2 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Brendan Haywood Cleared For Full Participation To Start Cavs' Camp

Brendan Haywood participated in all activities as the Cleveland Cavaliers opened training camp on Saturday.

David Blatt called Haywood the surprise of the day one of camp.

Haywood missed the entire 2013-14 season due to a foot injury.

Via Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Rajon Rondo Out 6-8 Weeks After Surgery On Broken Hand

Rondo's return timetable is six to eight weeks.
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