January 2022 NBA Wiretap

Grayson Allen Suspended One Game For Flagrant Foul On Alex Caruso

Jan 23, 2022 5:03 PM

The NBA announced that Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen has been suspended for one game. Allen was suspended for his flagrant foul against Alex Caruso during the Bucks game vs the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

Allen was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul on the play and was ejected from the game. Caruso fractured his right wrist on the play and will miss 6-8 weeks.

Allen will serve his suspension on January 26 when the Bucks travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers.

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Damian Lillard Will Take Time To Return, Won't Play If Blazers Aren't Pushing For Playoffs

Jan 22, 2022 5:53 PM

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard met with the media for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery. Lillard said he's feeling good after the surgery but is in "no rush" to get back on the court. He'll take his time before the returning.

The Blazers star said the injury has been bothering him for years. Lillard said he first felt discomfort during training camp in 2015. He said the abdominal tightness and pain would come and go but got more persistent as the years went along. Lillard said conversations at the Olympics with Jrue Holiday, who had a similar injury, helped him decide to get surgery.

As for his return, Lillard said he'll take his time and make sure he's right before re-taking the court. The Trail Blazers place in the standings when he's cleared will also factor in.

"I mean, if we are going to play for a draft pick, it wouldn’t make sense for me … because I’m not going to play for no draft pick. I’m just not capable of that," Lillard said. "So, it would be best if that was what we were doing, or what was decided, then it wouldn’t make sense for me to play."

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Anthony Davis Upgraded To Questionable For Sunday, Will Be Game-Time Decision

Jan 22, 2022 5:06 PM

Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis is nearing a return to action. Davis was upgraded to questionable for the Lakers game at the Miami Heat on Sunday. Los Angeles said Davis will be a game-time decision on playing vs Miami.

Davis has been out since spraining the MCL in his left knee in a game at the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 17. The Lakers went on to lose that game and have gone 7-9 without their All-Star big man.

 

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Bradley Beal: We're Going In The Right Direction, But Still Have Improvements To Make

Jan 23, 2022 1:23 PM

Bradley Beal reaffirmed he's not asking to leave the Washington Wizards in the near future. Beal said the Wizards are "going in the right direction, but still have a lot of improvements to make".

In a wide-ranging podcast appearance, Beal spoke of his commitment to Washington as being something he's proud of. He also said things need to continue to improve if he's to stay long-term. Beal also realizes he's got something special as the franchise centerpiece for the Wizards.

“Honestly, realizing that a franchise is willing to build around you. It’s not always like that everywhere. Like, if I go somewhere else, they’re just not going to build around you. They’ll build around what they have," Beal said. "There’s nothing absolutely nothing wrong with that, but if I have the chance to create my own legacy and make it work here with the team that drafted me, then why not give it a shot? It it works, it works, If it doesn’t, I can say ‘At least I tried.’ That’s just who I am. That’s my blessing and curse, my loyalty. We’re transitioning, we’re going in the right direction, but we still have a lot of improvements to make.”

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Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lauri Markkanen Suffers Significant Ankle Sprain

Jan 23, 2022 8:15 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are prepared to be without starting forward Lauri Markkanen for a while. Markkanen suffered what is believed to be a high ankle sprain in his right leg.

Markkanen contested a drive by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the second quarter of Cleveland's win over Oklahoma City on Saturday night. Markkanen landed awkwardly and stayed on the floor for a while. Eventually, the big man was helped from the floor.

In his first season with the Cavs, Markkanen has averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. His floor-spacing ability has been a key to Cleveland's three-big lineup featuring Jarrett Allen and rookie sensation Evan Mobley.

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Tags: Lauri Markkanen, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Malcolm Brogdon Out 10 Days With Achilles Soreness

Jan 23, 2022 7:56 AM

The Indiana Pacers injury-plagued season continues to get even more difficult. Starting point guard Malcolm Brogdon was shut for at least 10 days to deal with soreness in his right Achilles.

Brogdon has missed considerable time over the last month. He was out for nine straight games in late-December into early-January. He's only been able to play in three of the Pacers last 17 games overall.

Indiana is also without fellow starters Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner and Caris LeVert, as well as sixth-man T.J. McConnell. In addition, T.J. Warren has yet to play this season as he rehabs from a foot injury. All of the absences have seen the Pacers tumble to 13th in the Eastern Conference, where they are six games out of the final spot in the Play-In tournament.

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Alex Caruso Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Right Wrist

Jan 22, 2022 3:58 PM

Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso will undergo surgery for a fractured right wrist in the coming days. Caruso is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks following the surgery.

Caruso was injured midway through the third quarter of the Bulls loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. Caruso was driving to the basket when Grayson Allen of the Bucks flagrantly fouled him. After being on the floor for some time, Caruso missed both free throws and was removed from the game. Allen was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game.

The Bulls are already without starting guard Lonzo Ball for 6-8 weeks after knee surgery. Zach LaVine is also out with knee soreness, but could return to the lineup next week. In addition, Chicago is without forwards Derrick Jones Jr and Patrick Williams due to long-term injuries.

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Didi Louzada Out Indefinitely After Torn Medial Meniscus

Jan 23, 2022 3:38 PM

New Orleans Pelicans guard Didi Louzada's frustrating season took another turn for the worse on Saturday. While playing with the Birmingham Squadron of the G League, Louzada tore the medial meniscus in his left knee. New Orleans announced Louzada will be out indefinitely.

Louzada has played in just two games with the Pelicans this season. In late-November, Louzada was suspended for 25 games due to violating the NBA/NBPA's anti-drug policy. Louzada tested positive for two different performance enhancing drugs.

That suspension ended recently and Louzada was assigned to the Squadron to ramp back up to rejoining the Pelicans. Now, it's unknown when that return to playing in the NBA will happen.

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Cam Reddish Ready To Make Knicks Debut

Jan 22, 2022 3:08 PM

Cam Reddish is poised to make his New York Knicks debut on Sunday. New York hosts the LA Clippers in a matinee matchup.

Reddish has been working his way back from an ankle injury suffered before the Atlanta Hawks traded him to the Knicks. New York acquired Reddish for Kevin Knox and a protected first-round pick the Knicks owned from the Charlotte Hornets.

Reddish agreed that he's ready to play. The third-year wing said, "That's the hope" when asked if he would play on Sunday. Reddish also confirmed Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau's assessment that he's healthy again.

Thibodeau did caution that even though Reddish his healthy, he may not see a lot of minutes right away. Thibodeau said, "We have a rotation, so he has to be patient and work his way through that."

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Pistons Sign Cassius Stanley To Third 10-Day Contract

Jan 22, 2022 9:07 AM

The Detroit Pistons have signed guard Cassius Stanley to a third 10-day contract via the hardship exception. Detroit continues to have several players out due to the health and safety protocols and injuries.

Stanley has appeared in seven games this season with the Pistons. The second-year guard has averaged 6.9 points per game for Detroit.

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Lakers Offered First-Round Pick, Talen Horton-Tucker For Jerami Grant

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Bulls Optimistic Zach LaVine Could Return Next Week

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Russell Westbrook Will 'Ride This Out As Long As We Can Toward Our Ultimate Goal'

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Rockets Would Trade John Wall To Lakers For Russell Westbrook, Draft Capital

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Thunder Sign Mamadi Diakite To Additional 10-Day Contract

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Nuggets To Sign DeMarcus Cousins To 10-Day Contract

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RJ Hampton Out 2-4 Weeks With MCL Sprain, Bone Bruise

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Daryl Morey: There Are Deals With The Sacramento Kings That I Think Would Work

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David Vanterpool, Nets Fined For Interfering With Ball In Play

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Knicks Sign Ryan Arcidiacono To 10-Day Deal, Waive Solomon Hill

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Daryl Morey: Trade By Deadline Less Likely Than Likely, Hopefully I'm Wrong

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Nets Will Try To Trade Paul Millsap

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Jabari Smith Jr. Has Become 'Pretty Big Favorite' Amongst Lottery Teams To Go No. 1

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Heat To Sign Chris Silva To 3rd 10-Day Deal

Ira Winderman/South Florida Sun Sentinel

LeBron James, Kevin Durant Likely To Be All-Star Game Captains

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Potential Top-5 Pick Shaedon Sharpe Can Apply For 2022 NBA Draft

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Lonzo Ball Out 6-8 Weeks With Arthroscopic Surgery On Left Knee

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Lonzo Ball Evaluating Treatment Options For Slight Tear In Meniscus

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Domantas Sabonis Likely Has 'Significant' Ankle Sprain

James Boyd/Indianapolis Star

Frank Vogel Doesn't Feel Like He's 'Under Siege' Amid Questions About Job Security

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