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Hip Surgery Ruled Out for Isaiah Thomas

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Hip surgery has been ruled out for Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on Wednesday.

Ainge said that Thomas, who severely aggravated an injury to his right hip during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, has resumed light on-court work and has been ramping up his cardiovascular training off the court.

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge said. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

Thomas originally injured the hip during the third quarter of the March 15 game against the Timberwolves and missed the next two games. The two-time All-Star aggravated the injury in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Wizards, yet pushed on. But following the Game 2 loss to Cleveland a week later, the pain was simply too severe for him to continue.

Source: Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe

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Report: Earl Watson Fired as Suns Coach

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Phoenix coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans

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Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.

Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight

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Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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