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Ian Begley: The Knicks say that Michael Beasley (illness) is available to play tonight against Miami. Enes Kanter (back and wrist) and Lance Thomas (illness) will not play.
Lance Thomas was back with the Knicks on Monday wearing a protective mask, but coach Jeff Hornacek said the reserve swingman is about a week away from playing in games. According to the Knicks, Thomas is still suffering from headaches and concussion-like symptoms after fracturing his orbital bone one week ago. Thomas, who was putting up shots but did not go through shootaround Monday, has already passed concussion protocol.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said there’s no timetable for Lance Thomas’ return as he battles his way back from an assortment of injuries. Hornacek said, at the earliest, Thomas could be ready Tuesday against Portland but that’s a long shot. Thomas, who missed his third straight game, had his left foot in a walking boot. He has a bone bruise in his left ankle and plantar fasciitis in both feet. “I don’t think we have a timetable on it,’’ Hornacek said. “We’re making sure he’s totally healthy before he comes back. He’s a tough a guy, plays through lot of injuries. He’s gets healthy for a day and wants to be able to play and it’s sore again. We’ll be cautious with him.’’
Thomas, who left the locker room in a walking boot after missing a second straight game, told The Post the sprained ankle he suffered two weeks ago against the Rockets has turned into a bone bruise and he will be evaluated Thursday to determine a timetable. Thomas said he believes his subpar play was mostly due to his array of injuries. He had plantar fasciitis in his left foot over the summer and now has gotten it in the right foot. “I don’t want to be something that keeps me out for too long but when I come back I want to be effective to the team,” Thomas said. “I’ve been playing through the injuries. My teammates know I’ve been trying to do my best.’’
Glue guy Lance Thomas is likely done for the season, leaving the Knicks with 59 appearances to assess his value as a free agent.
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Do you get the sense that the Lakers are trying to make two separate trades using the firsts? One with Westbrook and one with Horton-Tucker/Nunn/etc.? — @crownroyalpapi_ Jovan Buha: Yes, insofar as I think the ultimate price to trade Westbrook will include attaching two first-round picks. If the Lakers can finagle an alternate outcome — be it a pick swap or two second-round picks — that’s a win for them, in my opinion. That seems unlikely, though, which is why there’s a possibility Westbrook isn’t traded. Between the two trades mentioned, the Lakers would prefer the Irving option. I think that’s a deal they’d eventually be willing to include two first-round picks for. I don’t think they’d be willing to do so in the Indiana deal.

Kyrie Irving agent: 'Kyrie does not hate Steve Nash nor Sean Marks'

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