January 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Jonas Valanciunas Enters League's Health And Safety Protocols, Out For Monday Game

Jan 17, 2021 6:40 PM

Jonas Valanciunas has entered the NBA's health and safety protocols, and will miss the Memphis Grizzlies' game against the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

The Sixers-Thunder game on Sunday has been postponed due to contact tracing connected with the Grizzlies. 

The Grizzlies played the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Karl-Anthony Towns announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. 

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Kyrie Irving Upgraded To Questionable Versus Bucks On Monday

Jan 17, 2021 5:47 PM

Kyrie Irving is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Irving has missed the Nets' last six games.

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Danilo Gallinari Increasing Activity, Doubtful For Monday Game

Jan 17, 2021 1:30 PM

Danilo Gallinari has been increasing his workload but remains doubtful for the Atlanta Hawks game on Monday.

Gallinari suffered a sprained ankle earlier in the season. The forward has only appeared in two games for the Hawks this year. 

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Kemba Walker Set To Play 20 Minutes In Season Debut

Jan 17, 2021 12:29 PM

Kemba Walker will play around 20 minutes in his season debut on Sunday, according to Brad Stevens.

"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," said Stevens.

After struggling with knee issues last season, Walker was put on a 12-week strengthening program in October.

The Celtics currently lead the Eastern Conference with an 8-3 record. 

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MRI Confirms CJ McCollum Has Sprained Left Foot

Jan 17, 2021 12:34 AM

An MRI confirmed that CJ McCollum suffered a sprained left foot, sources told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

McCollum suffered the injury on Saturday night against the Hawks.

There is no timetable for McCollum's return. 

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Tags: C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

Caris LeVert Out Indefinitely After MRI Reveals Small Mass On Kidney

Jan 16, 2021 6:14 PM

Caris LeVert is out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney.

The mass was revealed during a physical after LeVert was traded to the Pacers.

"On behalf of my family and myself, we want to thank the Indiana Pacers for their support and guidance. We are grateful for their extreme thoroughness during the physical process and I am looking forward to joining the team and being part of this great organization as soon as possible," released LeVert in a statement.

The Pacers received cash and an additional second-round pick to officially complete the trade. 

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Pacers Receive $2.6 Million, Two Second-Round Picks To Complete James Harden Trade

Jan 16, 2021 4:15 PM

The Indiana Pacers received $2.6 million from the Brooklyn Nets and future second-round picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets to complete the James Harden trade.

The additional assets were sent after a mass was discovered in Caris LeVert's kidney during his physical with the Pacers. 

LeVert is currently out indefinitely.

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Six Wizards Players Test Positive For COVID-19, Three More In Protocol

Jan 16, 2021 1:34 PM

The Washington Wizards have had six players text positive for COVID-19, with three more in protocol.

"If you follow our track really going back to when we played Chicago [Dec. 29 and 31], almost every team we've played, a player tested positive. The next day [and] the next day, multiple players at some places. It was inevitable," said Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard.

The Wizards, who last played on Monday, have had their next two games postponed. 

The team is hoping that if there are no new cases on Saturday, then players who are not in quarantine will be able to return to the practice facility. 

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Jusuf Nurkic To Undergo Surgery On Fractured Right Wrist, Out Eight Weeks

Jan 15, 2021 3:58 PM

Jusuf Nurkic will undergo surgery on his fractured right wrist and miss at least eight weeks.

Nurkic suffered the injury during the Portland Trail Blazers' 111-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Nurkic came back from a broken leg last season.

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Jusuf Nurkic Suffers Fractured Right Wrist, No Timetable For Return

Jan 15, 2021 12:55 AM

Jusuf Nurkic fractured his right wrist during the Portland Trail Blazers 111-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

The Blazers did not release a timetable for Nurkic's return. 


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Lonzo Ball Day-To-Day With Knee Injury

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Wizards Apply For $4.2M Disabled Player Exception For Thomas Bryant

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NBA Fines 76ers $25,000 For Failing To List Ben Simmons On Injury Report

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Russell Westbrook Out At Least One Week With Left Quad Injury

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Bogdan Bogdanovic Diagnosed With Fractured Knee, No Timetable For Return


Ben Simmons Day-To-Day Due To Knee Treatment

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Celtics Likely To Only Have Eight Available Players For Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday Games

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Avery Bradley Expected To Miss Time Due To Health And Safety Protocols

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Thomas Bryant Suffers Torn ACL, Out For Season

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Maxi Kleber Out 10-14 Days Due To COVID-19 Protocols, Mavs Shut Down Practice Facility

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Bradley Beal Out Saturday Due To Contact Tracing Exposure To Jayson Tatum

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Kevin Durant Probable To Return Sunday, Kyrie Irving Upgraded To Questionable

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Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Out Versus Nuggets, Mike Scott Upgraded To Available

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Jayson Tatum Out 10-14 Days After Entering Quarantine

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Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle, Vincent Poirier To Receive Quarantine Period

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Jonas Valanciunas Pulled Due To Health And Safety Protocols, Did Not Test Positive For COVID-19

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Seven Sixers Players In Health And Safety Protocol, Additional Staff Member Tests Positive

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Kemba Walker Cleared To Return To Practice

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Seth Curry Tests Positive For COVID-19, Sixers To Begin Contact Tracing On Friday

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Markelle Fultz Out For Season With Torn ACL

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