Lingering issues with his left knee have forced Derrick…

Lingering issues with his left knee have forced Derrick Favors to miss roughly one-third of the Utah Jazz’s games this season. But, after going through a full practice Friday, Favors was pronounced good to go for Saturday night’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets. “It feels good,” Favors said of his balky knee following Friday morning’s practice session at the Zion’s Bank Basketball Center. “The knee’s doing good. It helped (having several days off), got a lot of treatment and it feels good.”

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Favors, whose averages of 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game are his lowest since the 2011-12 season, said he doesn't think the persistent soreness will continue to be a problem beyond this season. "It's not," he said. "I'm just being smart with it, though. I missed a couple of games, it's been sore here and there, but we're taking the smart approach, thinking long-term, just being smart with it and making sure I'm a hundred percent healthy when we need it."
Utah Jazz power forward/center Derrick Favors will play Wednesday night after missing the previous 12 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee, league sources told ESPN. Favors isn't expected to play much against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he will be on a strict minutes restriction. He returned to practice this week and was a full participant Tuesday.
Utah Jazz power forward/center Derrick Favors will play Wednesday night after missing the previous 12 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee, league sources told ESPN. Favors isn't expected to play much against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he will be on a strict minutes restriction. He returned to practice this week and was a full participant Tuesday. "I don't want to try to do too much too soon," Favors told Utah reporters Monday. "I want to get back into a rhythm and get in shape."
Tim MacMahon: An MRI performed Wednesday confirmed a bone contusion in Jazz PF Derrick Favors' left knee, the team announced. He is out Thursday against the Bulls and could miss an extended period due to the knee, which has been problematic since the preseason. "Rest is the main thing and then treatment to the extent that he can do it, whatever that entails," coach Quin Snyder said. "Then hopefully in time he gets better."
Aaron Falk: Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors will be OUT tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz PF Derrick Favors on his problematic left knee: "It's just something I'm trying to fight through and deal with. It just keeps getting sore, really sore, on me. We'll see [if he needs to sit for an extended period]. I need to talk to the trainers and coach about it. We'll see. We've just got to figure stuff out with it. It's tough. I want to be there for my teammates, want to play, want to get wins. At the same time, I've got to be smart with it and just try to figure out how to make it better.
Andy Larsen: Quin Snyder told us that Favors had no pain on his back today, which obviously is great news for the team.
Mike Mazzeo: No Derrick Favors tonight. #Nets will face the other piece in D-Will deal, Enes Kanter, Sunday vs. OKC.
Derrick Favors likely will miss his 15th consecutive game, due to back spasms. But he was working on his post moves with assistant Tony Lang, and has been in better spirits this week, especially since he traveled with the team.
Jody Genessy: Chris Johnson (viral gastroenteritis) is probable vs. Kings, but Derrick Favors (back spasms) will miss his 12th straight game.
Kerry Eggers: PF Derrick Favors (back) will miss his 11th straight game for Jazz tonight. Quin Snyder: "I'd be surprised if he is healthy enough to play."
Andy Larsen: Derrick Favors did not travel with the team on their 2 game road trip. Rudy Gobert did. Favors looked like he was really hurting yesterday.
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LeBron James hopes to retire a Laker

On a recent edition of the “Smartless,” podcast, James’ legendary father said he hopes to retire as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. “I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers,” James said on the podcast, according to CBS Sports. “However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A. Being with a historical franchise like the Lakers is something … It’s like me being in ‘Space Jam’ — I never thought it would be possible. You think about Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), and Magic (Johnson), and Wilt (Chamberlin), and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe (Bryant), (Shaquille O’Neal) and all of them. The whole list goes on.”
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Abbott went through the details of the two’s public sparring on Twitter and the backlash he received before getting into the conversation with Lillard: “I published it and tweeted it, and then he like, retweeted it with the facepalm emoji, and then he talked to reporters and said that none of it was true. And then, I tweeted … after like a day of epic meltdown, everything in my mentions was a nightmare of people saying I’m a liar and making up stories, I’m bad at my job. And some of that just comes with the business. This was like a lot. I’ve been doing this for a long time. This was a lot. So, then I basically write what you just said Jarod. And then, Damian immediately replied to that saying he doesn’t lie. Then, he started direct messaging me and he’s in Tokyo at the Olympics, so we’re direct messaging, just like hammering away, trying to straighten it out. Then my phone rings and it’s Aaron Goodwin, who is Damian Lillard’s agent. I think I’ve known Aaron Goodwin longer than Damian has. Like, Aaron and I go way back. We’ve been through a lot of stuff, and I hold him in tremendously-high regards in a lot of ways.”
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Abbott said that he wouldn’t be transparent about everything he and Lillard discussed when he requested to speak with him. But, he did share a story of Lillard’s positive vibe, even in the middle of the discussion. “Most of what happened on the phone call I’m just not going to share. It’s private. It was Dame and I getting to know each other? Actually at one point, I will tell you this funny part. I’m like, you know, ‘This thing happened, this thing happened, Twitter’s like a warzone for me now, and it’s my birthday. And Aaron starts talking, everyone starts talking, and Dame’s just like, ‘Henry, Henry, Henry, happy birthday, man.’ I’m like ‘Thank you, Dame.’”
Outside of those anecdotes, Abbott said that he called the “Dream Team” of people who would know Lillard’s leverage and control, continually insisting that neither party lied. He noted that there’s only one way out of Portland in Lillard’s case, and it would be similar to James Harden, skipping training camp, having the front office question if he’s going to give 100 percent, etc. The link to the rest of the podcast, for those interested, can be found above.
Would DeRozan realistically consider a pay cut that steep this late in his career? Constructing a sign-and-trade is another avenue but also difficult. I’d be curious to see whether the Clippers would consider placing themselves under a hard cap that would be triggered by a sign-and-trade. BT: The Lakers need shooting. One name that is coming up is Patty Mills. He can shoot the lights out and would be great off the bench. Wayne Ellington is another shooter who has interest in rejoining the Lakers. Trevor Ariza and Andre Iguodala are veteran wings who are candidates.