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Grizzlies Exercising Jarell Martin’s Team Option

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The Memphis Grizzlies will pick up the fourth-year team option on forward Jarell Martin, league sources told Basketball Insiders.

Martin entered Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets averaging 7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game in 24.2 minutes per game. Martin has started every game since the season opener in place of JaMychal Green who sprained his left ankle.

Martin, the former 25th overall pick of the 2015 draft, has been slowed by injuries in his first two seasons. The most serious injury was a fractured left foot in September of 2015. Now, the 23-year-old forward hopes to fulfill some of the promise he showed at LSU where he averaged 16.9 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game as a sophomore.

For more information on Memphis’ salary cap situation, click here.

Michael Scotto is a Senior NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders in his sixth season covering the league. He also works for The Associated Press focusing on Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks game coverage.

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Jimmy Butler (Knee) Sits Out T-Wolves Win Over Raptors

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Jimmy Butler sat out Minnesota’s 115-109 victory Saturday night against Toronto with a sore right knee.

Butler is averaging 21.7 points per game for the revamped Timberwolves, who entered with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. Minnesota had lost two straight before hosting the Raptors. Nemanja Bjelica started in Butler’s place.

Source: ESPN

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Set to Return From Shoulder Injury

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Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving went through the team’s entire off-day practice Saturday and expects to return to game action Sunday against the Orlando Magic after missing one game due to a sore shoulder.

Irving sat out Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after undergoing tests on a shoulder that had been bothering him recently. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but Irving will continue getting treatment even as he returns to game action.

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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LeBron After Loss to OKC: We Can Get Bounced Early in Playoffs

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Following one of the most inept defensive performances in Cavaliers history, LeBron James said his team looked primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes.

The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, tying a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation. They are 3-9 since Christmas Day. “Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said. “We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began thinking about the postseason.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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