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Joel Embiid Yet to be Cleared for 5-on-5 Drills

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76ers center Joel Embiid has not been cleared for 5-on-5 drills, and the team will take a cautious approach in his return from his injured left knee.

Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries, and he missed his first two NBA seasons. Embiid played only 31 games last season and had surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Team president Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown said Wednesday the team will soon decide how to handle his playing time when training camp opens next week.

“If you walk in the gym, it looks like he could play 5-on-5 basketball,” Colangelo said. “But we’re going to take our cues from the people who know best.”

According to Colangelo, those people favor a “hyperconservative progression” for Embiid.

“Will he be ramping that up throughout the preseason?” Colangelo said. “Yes. How many games, we’re not certain. Is it every game? We don’t know. That will be based on what we’re told.”

Source: ESPN

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Sources: Nikola Vucevic Out at least Four Weeks with Right Ankle Injury

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Orlando Magic All-Star center Nikola Vucevic will miss a minimum of four weeks with right ankle injury, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: 76ers Never Offered Jimmy Butler Max Contract

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But on June 30, there was no five-year maximum offer for [Jimmy] Butler, multiple sources say. Perhaps the Sixers pivoted after learning of [Al] Horford’s interest in joining. Perhaps they were concerned about tension between Butler and some within the team, including on the coaching staff. Maybe those two things were interrelated. Like every team chasing Butler, they probably wondered how he would age.

Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN

 

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Report: Trail Blazers Waive Pau Gasol

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Portland has waived F/C Pau Gasol, per Gasol. He’s been unable to successfully rehab left foot following surgery. Blazers had protections in 1-year deal. Gasol, Blazers working on details of coaching role as future HOFer remains in Portland to rehab.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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