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Ian Mahinmi Had ‘minor’ Knee Procedure Done This Summer

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Wizards center Ian Mahinmi had a minor procedure on his left knee soon after the 2016-17 season, head coach Scott Brooks revealed on Friday following the press conference to announce John Wall’s new contract extension.

Brooks did not specify exactly what type of procedure Mahinmi had, but it amounts to another piece of injury news for Mahinmi in a season plagued with them. He missed 51 games this past season, his first with the Wizards, due to knee injuries.

Brooks, though, is optimistic about Mahinmi for next season. Training camp begins in about seven weeks.

“He’s actually talked to our [training staff]. He’s down to like 238, he’s in the best shape he’s ever been. He’s working hard and looking forward to coming back,” Brooks said.

Mahinmi first had surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 15. He later had platelet-rich plasma treatment on both knees in December after developing tendinitis upon his return.

Source: Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic

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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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