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Gregg Popovich on Kawhi Leonard: ‘When he and his group feel he’s ready, he’ll be ready’

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard is continuing his injury rehabilitation in New York with his own team of doctors, but Popovich is unsure when the star forward and “his group” will clear him to play.

“I don’t know when he’s going to feel, he and his group are going to feel like they’re ready to go,” Popovich said Sunday before a game against Houston. “If I knew, he’d be here. When he and his group feel he’s ready, he’ll be ready.”

Leonard has missed all but nine games this season while nursing right quadriceps tendinopathy, an injury that flared up late in the offseason. He returned to the team’s lineup briefly but has not played since complaining of soreness in his injured thigh after the Spurs’ home win over Denver on Jan. 13.

The Spurs are competing for home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs despite a rash of injuries, to Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Rudy Gay, Danny Green and Kyle Anderson as well as Leonard.

Source: Associated Press via ESPN

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Sources: Timberwolves Meet with LaMelo Ball

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Projected No. 1 pick LaMelo Ball met with the Minnesota Timberwolves, owners of the top selection in the NBA draft, on Tuesday, a source told ESPN.

The meeting, conducted in Southern California, consisted of an interview and did not feature any basketball activity. It was attended by Gersson Rosas, the Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations, and head coach Ryan Saunders, the source said.

Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN

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Sources: Knicks Open to Using Cap Space on ‘undesirable contracts’

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A note on the offseason: several teams said the Knicks are open to using their cap space to take on undesirable contracts via trade, SNY has learned.

The Knicks would presumably acquire another draft pick and young player in this kind of trade. New York has the No. 8, No. 27 and No. 38 picks in the draft.

The idea of taking a bad contract into cap space could be one of several avenues the Knicks are considering this offseason. Depending on what they decide to do with the contract options for Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock, New York could have more than $60 million in cap room in the offseason.

Source: Ian Begley of SNY.tv

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Sources: 76ers, Daryl Morey in ‘advanced talks’ on Deal

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The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced talks on a deal to hire Daryl Morey to oversee the franchise’s basketball operations, sources tell ESPN.


A deal is expected to be finalized in the next few days, and Sixers GM Elton Brand is expected to remain in his current position, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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