March 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Marvin Bagley Remains Away From Kings While Recovering From Broken Hand

Mar 30, 2021 5:15 PM

Marvin Bagley is remaining away from the Sacramento Kings as he recovers from a broken hand.

The Kings discussed a Bagley trade at the deadline with both the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. 

Bagley will rejoin the team once he is fully recovered and remains in constant communication with the franchise.

The Kings have already picked up Bagley’s $11.3 million fourth-year option for next season. 

Jason Anderson/Sacramento Bee

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Mitchell Robinson Has Successful Surgery On Fractured Foot, No Timetable For Return

Mar 30, 2021 1:11 AM

Mitchell Robinson had successful surgery on his fractured right foot, the New York Knicks announced on Monday.

The team gave no timetable for Robinson's return.

Robinson, who missed 15 games earlier in the season due to a broken hand, is averaging 8.3 points and 8.1 rebounds on the season.

New York Knicks

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Kyrie Irving To Return Monday, Kevin Durant Out At Least One More Week

Mar 28, 2021 5:25 PM

Kyrie Irving is set to return to the Brooklyn Nets lineup on Monday, according to Steve Nash.

Irving has missed the last three games due to personal reasons.

Kevin Durant will be out at least one more week with a hamstring injury.

Marc Stein/The New York Times

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Lu Dort In Concussion Protocol Following Celtics Game

Mar 28, 2021 2:09 PM

Lu Dort suffered a concussion on Saturday night against the Boston Celtics.

Dort, currently in concussion protocol, is averaging 12.6 points and 3.4 rebounds on the season. 

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Tags: Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

Mitchell Robinson Fractures Right Foot, To Be Re-Evaluated On Sunday

Mar 27, 2021 9:23 PM

Mitchell Robinson fractured his right foot against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.

Robinson will be re-evaluated on Sunday. 

New York Knicks

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Evan Fournier Out For Saturday Game Due To Health & Safety Protocols

Mar 27, 2021 3:23 PM

Evan Fournier, Romeo Langford, and Tristan Thompson will miss the Boston Celtics game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night due to health and safety protocols.

There is no timetable for Fournier or Thompson's return.

Langford, who has missed the entire second half of the season, is expected to return to the lineup next week.

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Tags: Evan Fournier, Tristan Thompson, Romeo Langford, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Anthony Davis Cleared To Increase On-Court Work, Remains 'Still A Ways Away' From Return

Mar 27, 2021 1:08 AM

Anthony Davis was cleared to begin advancing his on-court work by Los Angeles Lakers team doctors on Friday, including increasing his "volume and intensity in shooting, dribbling and position specific drills."

Davis has been out for nearly six weeks due to calf strain and tendinosis in his right leg.

The Lakers are 7-11 without Davis.

Frank Vogel added that Davis is still not close to returning to the lineup. 

"We're in the middle of a ramp up. But he's still a ways away, so nothing concrete from a days [until return] standpoint right now," said Vogel. 

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Hornets Optmistic LaMelo Ball Can Return From Broken Wrist This Season

Mar 26, 2021 1:56 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have grown somewhat optimistic LaMelo Ball could return from his broken wrist before the end of the season.

The prognosis post-surgery was that Ball would be re-evaluated in four weeks, which is approximately April 20. 

“We don’t know if LaMelo is out for the season or not,” Mitch Kupchak said in a conference call with Charlotte media Friday morning. “There is a possibility (of Ball playing again), just based on other players who have had this injury, that maybe he does come back for some portion of the year.”

Kupchak emphasized the team would do nothing to jeopardize Ball’s future for short-term gain.

“You do have to think it through” when Ball would be healed enough to safely play, Kupchak said. “The one thing we know we’re not going to do in any event is put his health in jeopardy.

“If we get to the end of the (regular season), and we’re in a playoff hunt, and he’s not quite ready — (where) we feel we could get him back on the court and push it — we won’t do that.”

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

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LeBron James Likely Out 4-6 Weeks With High Ankle Sprain

Mar 25, 2021 3:38 PM

LeBron James is expected to miss four to six weeks with his high ankle sprain, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic.

James suffered the injury last Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Los Angeles Lakers were already without Anthony Davis, who is expected to miss approximately two more weeks.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander To Miss Significant Time With Plantar Fasciitis

Mar 24, 2021 10:20 PM

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will miss a significant amount of time due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

“Obviously when we’ve got a guy out for maintenance or for rest, it’s easy to be in the moment and wonder why we’re doing that, but I think this makes it very tangible,” Mark Daigneault said Wednesday. “We were trying to avoid this, and obviously we didn’t on this particular case, but this is why we’re being so cautious. If you just look at the information objectively, there’s kind of red flags all over the place.”

Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 23.7 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds.


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Kevin Durant Not Traveling With Nets As He Completes 'Critical Last Part Of His Rehab'

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Stephen Curry Out At Least Three More Games With Tailbone Injury

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LaMelo Ball Undergoes Successful Surgery On Fractured Wrist

Ashley Stroehlein/WCNC Charlotte

Joel Embiid To Be Reevaluated This Week, 76ers Will Be 'Extremely Cautious'

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Landry Shamet MRI On Right Ankle Returns Clean

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LeBron James Likely To Miss Several Weeks With High Ankle Sprain

Shams Charania/The Athletic

LaMelo Ball Expected To Miss Rest Of Season With Fractured Right Wrist

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Blake Griffin To Make Nets Debut, Will Have Minutes Restriction

Malika Andrews/ESPN

Nets Upgrade Blake Griffin To Probable For Sunday Debut

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Kevon Looney Enters Health And Safety Protocols, Out For Saturday Game

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

LeBron James Diagnosed With High Ankle Sprain, Out Indefinitely

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Mitchell Robinson Questionable, Derrick Rose Out Sunday Due To Health & Safety Protocols

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Davis Bertans Out Two Weeks With Right Calf Strain


Steph Curry Doubtful For Saturday Game Due To Tailbone Contusion

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Marvin Bagley III Will Not Require Surgery On Metacarpal, To Be Re-Evaluated In Four Weeks

Sacramento Kings

Steve Kerr Says Steph Curry Will 'Be Fine Long Term' After Tailbone Contusion

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NBA, NBPA Agree To New Protocols For Vaccinated Players

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Kevin Durant Out Several More Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Malika Andrews/ESPN

Christian Wood To Return From Ankle Injury Wednesday

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Jared Dudley Will Not Have Surgery On MCL, Aims For Playoff Return

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