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Lakers Keep Pick As They Do Not Fall Out of Top Three

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No team moved up in the lottery, but the Lakers left New York City probably feeling a bit like lottery winners too. After finishing a dreadful 17-65, the Lakers still were in danger of having to surrender their first-round pick to Philadelphia if it landed outside the top three, due to the protections negotiated into the 2012 Steve Nash trade.

The worst-case scenario did not happen, and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak can start the post-Kobe Bryant era with perhaps either Ingram or Simmons, depending on what the Sixers do.

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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Kawhi Leonard Probable for Tuesday Debut

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The Spurs listed forward Kawhi Leonard as probable for Tuesday’s road matchup at Dallas, which means it’s likely that the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year will make his season debut against the Mavericks.

The club originally targeted Saturday’s game at Phoenix as a potential debut for Leonard, but sources on Friday said the forward wanted “a couple more days” to recover from the right quadriceps tendinopathy that has kept him out of all 27 of the Spurs’ games thus far this season.

Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN

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Sources: Hornets’ Cody Zeller Undergoes Surgery, to Miss 6 Weeks

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Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He’s expected to miss six weeks.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Clips’ Danilo Gallinari Suffers New Glute Injury

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On the same night the LA Clippers will welcome back one starter, another starter re-exits the lineup due to injury.

Power forward Danilo Gallinari, who missed 13 games with a glute injury and returned to action this past Wednesday, will miss Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to what coach Doc Rivers says is a new glute injury suffered in Gallinari’s second game back Saturday against the Washington Wizards.

Source: Lawrence Murray of ESPN

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