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76ers’ Embiid Undergoes Surgery to Fix Orbital Bone Fracture

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid underwent surgery to repair an orbital bone fracture around his left eye and, according to league sources, could return early in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Embiid could return in as soon as two weeks, sources said, based upon his recovery process. Doctors will evaluate his ability to return, and the Sixers plan to allow Embiid to return only if he’s fully healed.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Damian Lillard Playing with Separated Ribs

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Portland Trail Blazers All-NBA star Damian Lillard has separated ribs and is playing through the injury, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Lillard shot 5-of-18 in Game 3 loss to Warriors.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Teams ‘more wary’ of Signing Kyrie Irving in Free Agency

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Kyrie Irving is going to get paid. He’s going to get a max contract from someone, and the Celtics would still like to be the team that signs those checks. Let’s put that right up front.

But, man, is it getting strange out here on the Kyrie beat.

The most interesting bit of information from several sources that we’ve been able to consolidate and confirm is that some teams thought to have interest in Irving as a free agent are now a great deal more wary. Based on the way things played out with the Celtics this season and Irving’s role both off the court all year and on it in the playoff loss to Milwaukee, certain clubs are concerned about putting too many eggs in his basket right away.

Source: Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald

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Sources: Grizzlies Interview Igor Kokoskov for Head Coach

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Former Suns coach Igor Kokoskov recently interviewed for the vacant Memphis Grizzlies coaching job, sources told ESPN. Kokoskov was fired last month after one season in Phoenix.

Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

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