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LeBron James: 2018 Brooklyn First-Rounder ‘might not even be that good’

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For LeBron James, the Nets’ 2018 first-round draft pick was not the centerpiece of what the Cavaliers received in return for Kyrie Irving.

“It might not even be that good of a pick,” James told cleveland.com.

The Cavs traded Irving to the Boston Celtics Aug. 22 for two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ first rounder. A week later, the Celtics added a 2020 second-round pick from Miami for the Cavs.

The Nets’ pick is so highly coveted because the upcoming draft is expected to be deep, and Brooklyn has been one of the league’s worst teams. The Nets ended up with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, but the Celtics owned that pick, too, and ultimately traded it to the Philadelphia 76ers.

There is plenty of time for things to turn south for Brooklyn, which finished with the worst record in the NBA last year. The Nets have already lost Jeremy Lin for the season to a knee injury. Nevertheless, they currently share the same record (3-2) as the Cavs.

Source: Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

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Report: Patrick Beverley to Miss Rest of Season

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After undergoing right knee surgery to repair a microfracture and a torn meniscus, LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley will miss the rest of the season, league sources told ESPN.

The microfracture recovery process is expected to take nine months, leaving Beverley with the expectation of a full recovery to return next season.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Paul Millsap (Wrist) Could Miss Up to Three Months

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Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap could miss three months due to surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist, league sources tell ESPN.

The All-Star forward suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Nuggets’ 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Bucks’ Teletovic Out Four Weeks After Undergoing Surgery

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Injuries are thinning the Milwaukee Bucks’ frontcourt as they begin a Western Conference road trip.

The team said forward Mirza Teletovic is expected to miss four weeks following arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair cartilage in his left knee. He has missed the past six games.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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