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Silver: NBA Hopes to Reduce Back-to-Back Games

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NBA Commissioner’s Adam Silver again demonstrated his willingness to hear concerns and then act.

The NBA will reduce back-to-back games and four games in five days in the 2015-16 season with the goal of reducing those situations even more in future seasons, Silver said Saturday.

“We hear everyone loud and clearly – certainly our players and our teams – that there’s nothing more important than the health and welfare of our players,” Silver said before All-Star Saturday night at Barclays Center. “And ultimately we want to see players getting appropriate rest and playing at the highest level. That’s something we’re very focused on.”

via Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports

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Sources: CJ McCollum Out Four Weeks with Fractured Left Foot

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Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum has a fractured left foot and will miss an extended period of time, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

Portland Trail Blazers say CJ McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks with a small hairline fracture to the lateral cuneiform in his left foot and a mid-foot sprain.

Source: Shams Charania and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Rockets Want Three Second-Round Picks for PJ Tucker in Trade

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And how about P.J. Tucker? Numerous teams have already inquired about the stout versatile defender, and league sources say Houston is currently demanding three second-round draft picks for the upcoming unrestricted free agent.

Source: Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer

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Sources: Cavaliers Expected to Trade or Release Kevin Porter Jr.

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Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. is expected to be traded or released following an outburst Friday in the Cavs locker room, The Athletic has learned from several sources with direct knowledge of the events.

Porter, 20, who has not played this season due to personal issues, grew angry when he entered the locker room and realized the team gave his old locker to Taurean Prince, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade Wednesday.

Sources said Porter, whose locker was moved to the wall where the younger, end-of-bench players reside, began yelling and at one point threw food.

Source: Jason Lloyd, Joe Vardon, Shams Charania and Kelsey Russo of The Athletic

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