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Sixers’ Ben Simmons Participates in 5-on-0 Drills

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Philadelphia 76ers prized rookie Ben Simmons was on the court and went through five-on-zero practice drills Tuesday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot in the preseason.

Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters in Philadelphia that the top overall pick in the 2016 draft went through the scripted drills, described as very light and essentially a walk-through, at 80 percent. “The gym got a lift,” Brown told reporters, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “You could feel it.”

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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Sources: Tom Thibodeau Tried to Convince Jimmy Butler to Rejoin Team

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Minnesota Timberwolves President/Coach Tom Thibodeau met with All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on Monday and tried to convince him to eventually rejoin the team in the preseason, league sources tell ESPN. Butler is sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Report: Bogdan Bogdanovic Out 4-6 Weeks after Surgery on Left Knee

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Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee today in New York City. Performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the procedure was successful and Bogdanovic is expected to be on track for game action in approximately 4-6 weeks.

Source: Sacramento Kings

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Sources: HEAT Aggressive in Pursuit of Jimmy Butler

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So far, Pat Riley and Miami have been as aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN. Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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