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Report: Joel Embiid Doubtful for Game 1 Against Nets

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Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid’s status for Game 1 of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets remains in limbo.

He was officially listed as “doubtful” for Saturday’s game withload management — left knee soreness.

“I have no idea,” Embiid told reporters when asked if he would be able to play against Brooklyn when the series begins Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Source: Tim Bontemps of ESPN

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Sources: Al Horford Expected to Leave Celtics in Free Agency

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Major change in the Al Horford situation:
Per source close to Horford, his side is no longer discussing a new 3-year deal to stay with the Celtics. He is expected to sign a 4-year free agent contract elsewhere…
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The belief making the front-office rounds tonight is that Al Horford already knows there’s a four-year contract worth in excess of $100 million waiting out there for him June 30 .. knowledge that led to Horford’s talks with the Celtics dissolving

Steve Bulpett and Marc Stein on Twitter

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Sources: Chris Paul Demanded Trade from Rockets, Relationship with Harden Deemed ‘unsalvageable’

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The delicate relationship between Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Chris Paul has been termed “unsalvageable” and the star players want a divorce, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Paul went to Rockets management and demanded a trade, and Harden issued a “him or me” edict following the Rockets’ second-round loss to the Golden State Warriors, sources said.

The backcourt mates went nearly two months without speaking to each other during the season, sources said, creating a tenuous environment for teammates and everyone involved with the franchise.

Source: Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports

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Sources: Lakers Trying to Expand Anthony Davis Trade to Clear Cap Space

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Lakers are trying to expand Anthony Davis trade and create ability to open max salary slot on July 6, sources tell @BobbyMarks42 and me. Lakers offering contracts of Mo Wagner/Jemerrio Jones/Isaac Bonga to additional teams, so LA can satisfy CBA rules on creating $32M in space.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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