Marc J. Spears: The Celtics are getting a lot of interest in guard Marcus Thornton, but teams are concerned about his $8.6 million salary, a source said.
October 1, 2016 | 5:56 pm EDT Update
Jeff Goodman: Simmons likely out until December or maybe even January, source told ESPN. Team expected to be cautious with the No. 1 pick.
Philadelphia 76ers prized rookie Ben Simmons is scheduled to undergo surgery next week on the broken bone he suffered Friday in his right foot, according to league sources. It remains unknown specifically how long the No. 1 overall pick will be sidelined, but sources told ESPN on Saturday that the Sixers and doctors involved believe Simmons suffered an acute injury — caused by landing on another player’s foot — and not a stress reaction.
Two sources with knowledge of doctor examinations of Simmons said Saturday that the injury is an acute fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone caused when he landed on the foot of teammate Shawn Long during a Friday scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey. The Sixers, wracked by injuries to several top draftees in recent years, were initially hopeful Simmons merely rolled his ankle.
To understand how much respect the 34-year-old has already garnered during his first week as a Bull, consider that Wade acknowledged Saturday that Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has given him carte blanche to stop practice whenever he sees fit in order to give his teammates feedback. “No question,” Wade said after Saturday’s practice. “That’s one of the reasons I’m here as well. One of the reasons they were interested in me is because of what I come with from the standpoint of being there. I’ve been to five Finals and have a lot of experience. Sitting down with [Hoiberg] talking about all our young guys and what they can learn from me and also Jimmy [Butler] as well and [Rajon] Rondo as well. As I said in my post, it’s about us policing each other, us three leaders but also passing it down to other guys. So, yes, he gave myself — and I’m sure he gave Rondo and Jimmy — carte blanche to be able to say the things we need to say, but at the same time respect what coach is doing and respect what coach is saying and find your times to talk.”
Whatever Wade has been doing early in camp has been working for the Bulls from a preparation perspective. Hoiberg called Friday’s practice “the most competitive practice we’ve had here in two years.” Hoiberg sounds pleased with the competitive banter among the teammates. “Guys have been able to talk to each other constructively and have taken it the right way,” Hoiberg said. “When you have that, when you have that type of leadership, I think it gives you a chance.”