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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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Sources: Jimmy Butler Prefers Trade to Clippers, Interested in Knicks, Nets

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After registering a trade request with the Minnesota Timberwolves, All-Star Jimmy Butler is most interested in pursuing a future with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told ESPN.

Butler’s ability to partner on the Clippers with a second star player in a deep summer free agency market holds a strong appeal to Butler, league sources said.

The Clippers have two max contract slots available in July, and are emerging as a front-runner for Toronto’s All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard when he becomes a free agent in July, league sources said.

Butler told Minnesota president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau that he would like to be traded before reporting for Timberwolves media day on Monday and prefers the possibility of the Clippers — as well as the New York Knicks, league sources said. Butler told the Timberwolves that he planned to leave the franchise in free agency next summer, sources said.

The Brooklyn Nets’ ability to sign two max free agents in the summer will keep them in consideration for Butler, but he has prioritized the Clippers and Knicks over them, league sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Brandon Knight Had ‘clean up’ Procedure on Left Knee

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On @theathleticnba @watchstadium: Houston’s Brandon Knight underwent surgery on his left knee, considered a “clean up,” and will miss some time, per league sources.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Pelicans Waive Emeka Okafor

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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has requested waivers on center Emeka Okafor.

Okafor, 6-10, 252, appeared in 26 regular season games last season with New Orleans after signing with the team on February 3, 2018 and finished the season with averages of 4.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.

Source: New Orleans Pelicans

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