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Lakers’ Marshall Making Most of Opportunity

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(Kendall) Marshall is only 22 years old but already has been exposed to the cruel side of the business. The Suns considered him a poor fit virtually moments after he was drafted, a halfcourt point guard who lacked shooting ability and fast-break prowess. Not only have the Lakers given Marshall a chance to play in the NBA — a far cry from the Delaware 87ers — but he’s starting and playing major minutes because they are devoid of a floor leader. Marshall is averaging 12.1 points and 11.9 assists in his 12 starts for Los Angeles, and shooting 47 percent from the 3-point arc. What’s more, Marshall has converted 32 3-pointers in 16 games this season, compared with 23 in 48 games as a rookie.

“It’s been good. I’ve enjoyed it and tried to make the most of [my opportunity],” he said last week. “When that chance does come about, you have to be ready to help the team in any way possible. It was really tough [the last year] but I lean on the people really close to me — my sisters, my parents, my close friends — that know what I can do. That support system has been great for me throughout the process.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t tough. That’s what really kept me going.”

via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe

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Report: Jusuf Nurkic Out Indefinitely with Broken Right Wrist

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Jusuf Nurkic can’t seem to catch a figurative break when it comes to literal breaks.

The 7-0 center out of Bosnian and Herzegovina suffered a broken right wrist in the third quarter of Thursday’s game versus the Pacers Thursday night at the Moda Center.

The injury occurred around the 8:40 mark of the third quarter, as Nurkic fell after contesting a drive attempt by Pacers center Myles Turner. Nurkic took a hard fall to the floor and remained there for some time before getting up and immediately heading to the locker room with members of the team’s medical staff. X-rays taken taken during the game showed a fracture to his right wrist, which, depending on the severity and location of the break, could sideline the center for the foreseeable future.

Source: Portland Trail Blazers

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Sources: Rockets, Nets, Pacers, Cavaliers Agree to Four-Team Trade

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Reporting with @RamonaShelburne: Brooklyn is acquiring Houston’s James Harden in a blockbuster deal, sources tell ESPN.


The Indiana Pacers are moving Victor Oladipo to the Rockets for package around Caris LeVert, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.


Rockets are acquiring Caris LeVert in James Harden deal from Brooklyn and sending LeVert to Indiana to acquire two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo — in addition to the four first-round picks and four draft pick swaps, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Thomas Bryant Out for Season with Torn Left ACL

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Washington Wizards C Thomas Bryant has suffered a torn ACL to his left knee, source tells ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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