Basketball Wiretap

Jrue Holiday MRI Comes Back Clean

Oct 20, 2021 8:54 AM

When Jrue Holiday left the Milwaukee Bucks season opener with right heel soreness, there was cause for concern. Following the game, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said Holiday already had an MRI and that the results were encouraging. Budenholzer said, "Everything's good, positive" when asked about Holiday.

The injury designation is a heel contusion for Holiday. It's unknown how much time, if any, Milwaukee's lead guard will miss.

Holiday exited after playing only 18 minutes in the opener. He was effective in those minutes, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, but did seem to move gingerly at points.

Jim Owczarski/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tags: Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

Klay Thompson To Be Cleared For Full Practice Within Next Month

Oct 15, 2021 9:33 AM

Klay Thompson last played in an NBA game in the 2019 Finals after suffering a tear in his ACL and then a ruptured Achilles in November 2020. Thompson's exact return has not yet been determined, but Shams Charania of The Athletic reports he may return to practice in November.

"I'm told Klay Thompson will be cleared for full practice over the next month or so," said Charania.

Thompson's return date has been set at around Christmas.. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Zion Williamson Out At Least Two More Weeks

Oct 14, 2021 3:39 PM

David Griffin will be reevaluated in two weeks for his broken foot and there is no timetable for his return.

Williamson will not play in at least the first week of games as he continues to heal. 

Williamson's offseason surgery was revealed at the start of training camp.

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Mamadi Diakite Out With Left Hip Fracture

Oct 14, 2021 9:00 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced that Mamadi Diakite suffered a left hip facture. Diakite was injured after taking a hard fall against his former team, the Milwaukee Bucks, on October 10. Oklahoma City said there is no timetable for his return at this time.

The Thunder acquired Diakite off waivers from the Bucks in late-September. He was part of a large group of players competing for roster spots at the end of the Oklahoma City bench. This injury may take Diakite out of the mix to make the Thunder's roster.

Diakite's contract was guaranteed for just $100,000. As he was injured playing for the team, he'll likely receive his full salary of $1.5 million. The Thunder are below the salary floor and should have no issue guaranteeing Diakite's contract.

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Dillon Brooks Out 2-3 More Weeks With Fractured Hand

Oct 12, 2021 5:05 PM

Dillon Brooks will be out another two to three weeks due to the fracture in his left hand not healing as quickly as expected.

Brooks underwent new imaging this week before the determination was made.

The Memphis Grizzlies will reevaluate Brooks in two to three weeks.

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Talen Horton-Tucker To Undergo Surgery On Torn Ligament In Right Thumb

Oct 11, 2021 1:13 PM

Talen Horton-Tucker will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Horton-Tucker had averaged 12.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 23.0 minutes over three games in preseason with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Horton-Tucker re-signed with the Lakers on a three-year, $32 million deal.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Jason Preston Out Indefinitely With Surgery On Foot

Oct 7, 2021 2:53 PM

Jason Preston underwent surgery today in Los Angeles to repair ligaments in his right foot. Preston is expected to miss an extended period of time and there is no timetable for his return.

Preston was the 33rd overall pick in the draft.

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Nets Not Distracted By Kyrie Irving's Absence

Oct 7, 2021 9:07 AM

While social media is all abuzz about Kyrie Irving missing games and practices for the Brooklyn Nets, the team seems nonplussed by the situation. Nets players are unmoved by Irving's vaccination status.

Nets General Manager Sean Marks said, “It’s definitely out in the Twitterverse more than it is in our locker room, without a doubt. All I can tell you is what he’s told everybody: It’s a private matter, and he needs to talk to the right people and figure out in his close circle what he wants to do.”

With or without Irving, Brooklyn has championship aspirations. Many experts consider them to be the favorites, even if Irving doesn't play. Those expectations are something the Nets own. “We’re not going to shy away from what our expectations are," said Marks." But you have to own it in a humble way knowing that we haven’t done anything yet.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

Jordan Poole To Start For Klay Thompson

Oct 7, 2021 8:56 AM

The Golden State Warriors are going to be without Klay Thompson until sometime around the holidays. Steve Kerr says Golden State will replace Thompson with Jordan Poole. And it's a lineup move that's likely to stick for a while.

The third-year guard has gotten off to a hot start in the preseason. Kerr said, "“For now, he’ll be in that starting spot and he’s playing so well, it’s hard to envision not keeping him there.” In the Warriors first two preseason games, Poole has scored 47 points on 44 minutes.

Poole was pressed into action earlier than expected as a rookie in the 2019-20 season. He played 22 minutes per game, but shot poorly and generally seemed overwhelmed by the NBA game. As a sophomore, Poole found his shot and averaged 12 points in just 19 minutes per game. That solid play has him poised for a big role for the Warriors this season.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Tags: Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

Trevor Ariza Out Eight Weeks With Surgery On Ankle

Oct 6, 2021 10:26 PM

Trevor Ariza will miss at least eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.

Ariza has been out for most of training camp with the injury.

Ariza was a candidate to start for the Los Angeles Lakers if they start Anthony Davis at center. Ariza signed a one-year deal with the Lakers in the offseason.

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Chris Boucher Out 3-4 Weeks With Surgery On Dislocated Finger


Giannis Antetokounmpo Still Dealing With Knee Soreness

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Zach Collins Return To Come After Christmas

Tom Osborn/San Antonio Express-News

Austin Rivers Feels This Season Is His Last Shot

Mike Singer/The Denver Post

Rudy Gay To Miss Preseason For Jazz

Eric Walden/The Salt Lake Tribune

Giannis Antetokounmpo Reveals His Left Knee Still Not 100 Percent

Eric Nehm/The Athletic

Caris LeVert Has Stress Fracture In Back

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Zion Williamson Underwent Surgery For Fractured Foot In Offseason

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Devin Booker To Miss Start Of Suns Camp Due To Health And Safety Protocols

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Patrick Williams Out 4-6 Weeks With Severe Ankle Sprain

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Joel Embiid 'Full Go' For Preseason Despite Meniscus Tear In Playoffs

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Klay Thompson Making 'Good Progress', Exact Date For Return Still Not Determined

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