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Report: James Johnson Close to Return to HEAT Training Camp

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Heat President Pat Riley spoke pointedly Monday about moving past James Johnson’s conditioning suspension and moving forward behind the inspiring leadership of prime offseason acquisition Jimmy Butler.

Johnson, who has been away from the team since the Sept. 30 eve of training camp for failing to meet his team-mandated conditioning standards, will soon be back with the team and with coach Erik Spoelstra, Riley said.

“He’s already almost there again,” Riley said. “So I think in very short notice I’m going to turn this over to Erik. And it’s between Erik and him now.”

Source: Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Report: NBA to Suspend Season Indefinitely

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The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of Wednesday’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, Wednesday’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.

The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of Wednesday’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sources: Lance Stephenson, Pacers ‘in strong talks’ on Deal

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Lance Stephenson is in strong talks on a potential deal with Indiana, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. No agreement or decision is finalized. Stephenson would also need clearance from his Chinese team and FIBA.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Jontay Porter, Grizzlies Agree to Deal

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The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that the team has signed forward/center Jontay Porter. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Porter (6-10, 236) appeared in all 33 games (seven starts) during the 2017-18 season as a freshman at the University of Missouri and averaged 9.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.67 blocks in 24.5 minutes. The younger brother of college teammate and current Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., Porter shot 43.7 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line.

Porter was sidelined during his 2018-19 sophomore campaign after suffering a season-ending knee injury during a preseason scrimmage. The 20-year-old Columbia, Missouri native went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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