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Mark Cuban: ‘Losing is our best option,’ for Remainder of Season

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban calls tanking “brutal” but acknowledged that he told his team that it would be best to lose for the rest of the 2017-18 season.

“I’m probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren’t competing for the playoffs. I was like, ‘Look, losing is our best option,'” Cuban said on the podcast. “Adam [Silver] would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again. This was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. But being transparent, I think that’s the key to being kind of a players owner and having stability.”

This season, the Mavericks (18-40) have the third-worst record in the NBA entering Tuesday but are among a logjam of seven teams with fewer than 20 wins. The team with the worst record will have a 25 percent chance of making the No. 1 pick in June’s draft.

Source: House Call with Dr. J Podcast via ESPN

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Sources: CJ McCollum Out at least One Week with Left Popliteus Strain

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Sources: Portland guard CJ McCollum has a popliteus strain in his left knee. He will be re-examined in a week.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Brandon Ingram Out Three-to-Four Months after Thoracic Outlet Decompression Surgery

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram underwent thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right arm Saturday, and sources told ESPN he is expected to make a full recovery in three to four months.

Ingram was shut down last week after a medical examination of his sore right shoulder revealed deep venous thrombosis — a condition caused by a blood clot. That clot was removed and Saturday’s procedure assured better blood flow in Ingram’s upper body.

“This couldn’t have been a better set of facts for a clot,” Ingram’s agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, told ESPN.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Sources: Malcolm Brogdon Out Six-to-Eight Weeks with Plantar Fascia Tear in Right Foot

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Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon has suffered a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot and will be out indefinitely.

Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot, league sources tell @malika_andrews and me.

Source: Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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