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Report: Isaiah Thomas Excused from Lakers to Evaluate Hip

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Isaiah Thomas has been excused from the Los Angeles Lakers to evaluate treatment options for his sore hip.

Thomas, who was ruled out of the Lakers’ games on Saturday and Monday due to his hip, left the team in Detroit. The team told reporters in Detroit, where the Lakers played the Pistons on Monday night, that the point guard flew to New York to evaluate options for his hip.

Thomas was shut down after two games in last season’s Eastern Conference finals due to a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. He rehabbed the injury and returned to play on Jan. 2 for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thomas has played in a total of 32 games this season for the Lakers and Cavaliers. He has averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 assists since being traded by Cleveland to the Lakers at the trade deadline.

Source: 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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