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Simmons, Embiid Building Off Court Relationship

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If their relationship on the court is anything like it is off, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid could be something special together for the Sixers. The duo’s budding friendship has been well-documented on social media over the past few weeks. During the team’s 17th annual Beach Bash at Jack’s Place in Avalon, N.J. on Saturday, the rookie pair was attached at the hip as eager fans showed their appreciation for what’s to come between the two.

Both are feeling good about what’s ahead. “He’s a great player, so I’m looking forward to playing with him,” Simmons said. “Off the court we’re like brothers. We have fun.”

“I feel 100% and ready to get started,” Embiid said. “My summer’s been great. We’ve been working out a lot.”

Source: Kyle Phillippi of the Metro

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Sources: CJ McCollum Out Four Weeks with Fractured Left Foot

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Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum has a fractured left foot and will miss an extended period of time, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

Portland Trail Blazers say CJ McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks with a small hairline fracture to the lateral cuneiform in his left foot and a mid-foot sprain.

Source: Shams Charania and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Rockets Want Three Second-Round Picks for PJ Tucker in Trade

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And how about P.J. Tucker? Numerous teams have already inquired about the stout versatile defender, and league sources say Houston is currently demanding three second-round draft picks for the upcoming unrestricted free agent.

Source: Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer

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Sources: Cavaliers Expected to Trade or Release Kevin Porter Jr.

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Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. is expected to be traded or released following an outburst Friday in the Cavs locker room, The Athletic has learned from several sources with direct knowledge of the events.

Porter, 20, who has not played this season due to personal issues, grew angry when he entered the locker room and realized the team gave his old locker to Taurean Prince, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade Wednesday.

Sources said Porter, whose locker was moved to the wall where the younger, end-of-bench players reside, began yelling and at one point threw food.

Source: Jason Lloyd, Joe Vardon, Shams Charania and Kelsey Russo of The Athletic

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