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Luke Walton: Lakers ‘not going to rush’ Lonzo Ball in Return from Minor MCL Sprain

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Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball’s left knee injury, which sidelined him two weeks ago, is a minor MCL sprain that has a recovery timetable of up to three weeks, the Los Angeles Lakers said Saturday.

Ball was hurt in a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 13 and has missed six straight games. He has yet to go through a full practice but has recently been shooting, doing some treadmill work and lifting. The sprain limits his lateral movement. Ball has said that he won’t play until he can run.

Head coach Luke Walton said Ball will have to go through a full practice before returning to play. The Lakers are currently on a five-game trip that ends in Oklahoma City next Sunday.

“He will be back when he is ready to play,” Walton said. “When that is, I can’t tell you — whenever his knee feels good. … We are not going to rush him back. Once he gets cleared, it will be about getting him back to practice and then seeing how he feels after that.”

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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Sources: Nets Guarantee Spencer Dinwiddie’s Salary

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The Nets recently guaranteed guard Spencer Dinwiddie’s $1.65M salary for the season, league sources tell ESPN.


Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Mike D’Antoni: Carmelo Anthony ‘a lot better fit’ with Rockets

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Houston coach Mike D’Antoni, who walked away from the New York Knicks post because of Carmelo Anthony, now will welcome him onto his Rockets team that needs their sordid past to be, well, just that.

No more hard feelings over their infamous split in March 2012, when D’Antoni was so tired of trying to convince Anthony to play power forward that he resigned with more than a month left in the regular season. No more dissecting how it all went down, as D’Antoni has several times in recent years by sharing that it was Anthony’s ultimatum to Knicks management that inspired his exit.

“Back then, there wasn’t even analytics. I was going by my gut, and he was going by (his) gut, and it’s just, you know, styles clash. And I think now, things have changed and everybody is playing the same way. I think it’s a lot better fit and I think we have a really good chance to be really good.”

Source: Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports

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Sources: Bucks, Shabazz Muhammad Agree to Deal

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Free agent Shabazz Muhammad has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell Yahoo.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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