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Sources: Kristaps Porzingis Day-to-Day with Ankle Injury

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An MRI taken Thursday on New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis’ injured right ankle was negative, revealing no damage, league sources told ESPN. Porzingis is considered day-to-day, ESPN sources say, after spraining his ankle Wednesday against the Miami Heat. The Knicks next play on Sunday against the Orlando Magic.

Porzingis was hurt on Wednesday when he and Justise Winslow were pursuing a loose ball on the baseline and Winslow stepped on Porzingis’ right foot. Porzingis’ foot turned during the first-quarter sequence and he appeared to roll his ankle. He stayed on the floor for several minutes before walking to the locker room, while being supported by a teammate and a team staffer.

Porzingis said afterward that he felt his ankle “touching the floor,” but he didn’t feel significant pain immediately after the injury. X-rays taken Wednesday were negative. Originally, the Knicks said Porzingis was available to return to the game. But the third-year forward said that he and team doctors concluded at halftime that he shouldn’t return, in part because New York led by double digits at the time.

Any missed time for Porzingis would be a significant loss for New York (11-10). The 22-year-old entered play on Wednesday ranked fourth in the NBA in points per game (27.0) and first in blocks per game (2.2). Porzingis, though, was optimistic on Wednesday night that he won’t be out for long.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN

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Sources: Jimmy Butler Trade Talks ‘mostly dormant’

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For now, Minnesota’s talks with teams around the NBA are mostly dormant, league sources told The Athletic. The Miami Heat have long been the most aggressive team pursuing Butler, having advantages with a young, promising wing in Josh Richardson, being a team not in Minnesota’s conference and holding other assets to add in a package. Yet days before their own season opener Wednesday, Miami president Pat Riley informed his locker room that the team would stick with the current roster to start the season in a show of loyalty the organization has for their current players, league sources said.

Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic

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Sources: HEAT, Pat Riley ‘pulling the plug’ on Jimmy Butler Trade

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In another rare confirmation of Miami Heat trade negotiations, a team spokesman confirmed shortly before Thursday night’s game that Heat President Pat Riley recently told the team’s players he was “pulling the plug” on trade negotiations regarding disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler.

Amid growing speculation of specific Heat players being offered for Butler, Riley, during a recent practice session, lined up the team’s players on the practice court at AmericanAirlines Arena and told them he was standing by them.

Riley, however, did not state that a trade was categorically off the table.

Source: Ira Winderman of The Sun-Sentinel

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Report: G League to Offer $125K Salaries to Elite Prospects

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The NBA G League today announced a Select Contract as part of a comprehensive professional path that will be available, beginning with the 2019-20 season, to elite prospects who are eligible to play in the NBA G League but not yet eligible for the NBA.  The contracts, which will include robust programmatic opportunities for development, are for elite players who are at least 18 years old and will pay $125,000 for the five-month season.

“Select Contracts are an answer to the basketball community’s call for additional development options for elite players before they are eligible for the NBA,” said NBA G League President Malcolm Turner.  “The supporting infrastructure surrounding these newly-created Select Contracts is designed to provide a rich offering of basketball and life skills developmental tools for top young players to grow along their professional paths from high school to the pros.”

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