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Sixers’ Noel Makes Season Debut, Injures Ankle

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For the first time this season, Nerlens Noel appeared in a game. It didn’t take long before he was forced to exit. Making his much-anticipated season debut Sunday night, Noel scored eight points off the bench to help the Sixers take a 58-35 lead over the Pistons through the second quarter in Detroit. But the former first-round pick suffered a left ankle sprain and would not return.

It’s unclear when Noel may have tweaked his ankle, but there was a scare with less than a minute remaining in first quarter when he took a hard foul and fell awkwardly.“It’s a tough little break, but it’s a minor thing so I’ll probably be back by next game,” Noel said post-game.

Source: James Schmehl of CSN Philly

 

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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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