"I'm definitely feeling a lot better," Carter said as the freshmen and sophomores prepared for practice. Continuously doing therapy. I want to be back the next game. That's what I'm shooting for right now. I don't know if that's going to happen; that's definitely what I'm shooting for." The Bulls are hoping that Carter as well as Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen will return to play during the next week or two and the Bulls can take a shot and make one final push for that long discussed playoff goal for this season. Carter still believes it's possible despite the season of setbacks and disappointments. Plus, Carter said after a shaky start he's on board with coach Jim Boylen.
Mike McGraw: Update: Otto Porter is now shooting on the move half-speed; seems to be moving well. #Bulls
Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. is aiming for a return around the All-Star break in February, according to league sources. Porter has played in only nine games and has not played since Nov. 6 due to a small fracture in his left foot.
JD Shaw: Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. will miss at least four more weeks with his bruised left foot, continuing his current period of immobilization and progress as tolerated, the team announced today.
Bulls: Otto Porter Jr. underwent a repeat MRI of his left foot on Wednesday which revealed continued bone edema. Following a brief period of immobilization, Porter will resume a program of non-impact activities and targeted therapy. Porter will be reassessed in two weeks.
Otto Porter Jr. underwent a repeat MRI on Tuesday, Nov. 19, of his left foot which revealed bone bruising not apparent on his original MRI and consistent with his ongoing symptoms. Porter will continue his current course of treatment and be reassessed in two weeks.
Eric Woodyard: Still no timetable on the return of Otto Porter Jr. (Foot). He will miss his 5th straight game tonight.
KC Johnson: Jim Boylen said Otto Porter has had “not much development” since leaving crutch. Still waiting for soreness to subside. Felicio hurt wrist. Seeing specialist.
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls announce that Otto Porter Jr. has a left foot contusion and will not return to tonight's game at Atlanta.
Mike McGraw: Boylen says Otto Porter (ankle) is good to go tonight vs Lakers; Chandler Hutchison expected to play 8-16 minutes. #Bulls
KC Johnson: Bulls exec VP John Paxson said Chandler Hutchison is out for season. Otto Porter Jr. and Zach LaVine are monitored day-to-day. Porter out vs. Jazz.
Mike McGraw: Boylen said Kris Dunn is questionable for Sat with back injury. Porter doubtful with shoulder. #Bulls
KC Johnson: Zach LaVine has landed on Bulls injury report as questionable vs. Wizards with right thigh contusion. Porter still doubtful.
KC Johnson: The Bulls have listed Otto Porter Jr. as OUT for tonight's Suns game with a strained right rotator cuff.
Mike McGraw: Boylen says Kris Dunn (migraine) will travel with team to Memphis today. Says both Dunn and Porter (leg strain) questionable for Wed. #Bulls
Malika Andrews: Kris Dunn and Otto Porter Jr. will not play against the Bucks tonight. Ryan Arcidiacono will start at point, Jim Boylen said.
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is considered questionable tonight vs. the Bucks due to his left toe sprain.
Chase Hughes: The Wizards’ injury report lists Markieff Morris as out and Otto Porter as questionable for tonight’s game. We will get official word from Scott Brooks shortly.
Fred Katz: Brooks says Otto Porter is "getting close" to returning. Porter hasn't played since Dec. 10 because of a knee injury.
Fred Katz: Brooks on what Porter’s been able to do with the knee injury: “He’s been on the court once and that’s about it. And it was very, very limited shooting.”
Fred Katz: Brooks said the team anticipates no Porter definitely for the Hawks and Rockets games. He’ll be re-evaluated after that. Porter still on the road trip with the team.
Candace Buckner: An MRI revealed that Otto Porter Jr. has a Grade II strain of his right Vastus medialis (muscle that’s part of the quadriceps and extends to the knee). Porter is expected to sit out about another week, The Post has learned.
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. is OUT for the third straight game due to a right knee contusion, Jeff Green will take his place
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is OUT tonight with a right knee contusion. Jeff Green will start instead.
Fred Katz: Otto Porter just walked out of the locker room with a noticeable limp. Porter exited the game with what the Wizards called a knee contusion.
Fred Katz: Otto Porter (toe) is playing and starting. Jammed his toe last game. Same starting lineup as last game.
Chase Hughes: Dwight Howard did not practice and may not travel on the road trip. Otto Porter practiced, but is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Fred Katz: Otto Porter told me this morning his left big toe is doing “way better”: “It’s a part of your body you don’t think about using a lot, but once you hurt it, you’re like, dang it affects a lot of variables.”
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is OUT tonight, per the team. He is dealing with a left toe injury. Beyond more time for Oubre, should open the door for Troy Brown.
Josh Lewenberg: Brooks said the leg injury started bothering Porter in Game 4. They thought they could manage it but after MRI today made decision to undergo the procedure and shut him down.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kelly Oubre Jr. will start in place of the injured Otto Porter Jr. Scott Brooks says Tomas Satoransky and Ty Lawson will see more minutes, especially when Toronto goes small.
Josh Lewenberg: Wall on Porter, who's questionable tonight: "You could tell when OP's been healthy and when he's not. When he's not slashing and cutting to the basket you could tell he's been dealing with something. He's probably been dealing with it for a while."
Candace Buckner: Kelly Oubre Jr. on possibly stepping into starting lineup tonight in place of Otto Porter Jr.: “Just got to take my energy drink a little earlier. Take my pregame caffeine pill and I’ll be good.” Porter did not participate in shootaround this morning
Otto Porter has played with a bone contusion in his left leg that has been monitored by the Wizards’ medical staff, according to a person close to the situation.
On Thursday, Wizards Coach Scott Brooks was vague about Porter’s status for Game 6, which is to be played Friday night inside Capital One Arena at 7 p.m. The Wizards trail the Raptors three games to two in the best-of-seven series. “Anything’s possible, but we hope for the best,” Brooks responded when asked if Porter possibly will not play Friday. “I know he’s banged up. That’s all I know as of right now.”
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks said that Otto Porter is "banged up." He didn't rule out Otto missing Game 6 and doesn't know if an MRI will be scheduled for his right leg strain. Doesn't sound likely he will miss Game 6, but it's possible.
Chris Miller: Mike Scott will play today. Otto Porter gametime decision. I’m told Otto is feeling better. #DCFamily #WizRaptors
Chris Miller: Positive sign seeing Otto Porter and @Mike Scott getting up shots after practice. #DCFamily #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/TEAt13U2oG
Candace Buckner: Porter went through some of practice and still listed of day to day. Scott still in NBA protocol and has to finish that before going through next step. Both are listed as questionable for Game 1.
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. OUT with that mild calf strain. He’s day to day and I asked if this was Game 1 of the playoffs would he be playing and Scott Brooks did not know, because he hasn’t played that hypothetical game.
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. (sprained right ankle) had an X-ray and the results were negative, said Scott Brooks
Candace Buckner: #Wizards announce Otto Porter Jr. has a sprained right ankle and is doubtful to return
Chris Miller: Otto Porter has a right thigh bruise. Medical staff is currently working on him. No official word on if he’ll return #DCFamily
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is heading to the locker room with trainers. He was getting his right leg stretched out by the training staff before he walked away from the bench.
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks said Porter's back spasms were "nothing too concerning." WAS just wants to sit him tonite & try to calm it down going into DET
Porter had been struggling in his previous four games before Wednesday, missing 20 of 29 attempts. But he refused to label the stretch a slump. Porter also refused to cast the blame on a previously undisclosed right foot pain that he has quietly been managing. “It was nothing serious. Nothing to worry about,” Porter said. “I didn’t miss a game or anything for it but it definitely was a nagging injury that I was able to treat and feel a lot better.”
August 10, 2022 | 9:55 am EDT Update
Michael Scotto: Sources: The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to an Exhibit 10 deal with guard Dakota Mathias, @HoopsHype has learned. Mathias had two 10-day contracts with the Grizzlies last season and was previously a two-way player for the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to NBA insider Brian Windhorst, after the news about the KD’s ultimatum became public, other NBA teams that are interesting in acquiring the superstar will lower their offers instead of increasing them which would further complicate the chances of the trade happening. “Doing it now is a maneuver, a maneuver that I don’t think worked because as I talk to teams out there, they don’t think this increased his trade demand. They think this hurt his trade value,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s This Just In.
“I want to point the second half of the Joe Tsai tweet. I think it’s obviously important to look at the first sentence which is that he’s not going to fire Sean Marks and Steve Nash. But the second sentence is really the sentence that the league paid attention to it. And it seems benign when he says ‘We make decisions for the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.’ “But I’m going to decode that for you. What he’s basically saying is despite what Kevin Durant is trying do here, we’re not going to change what our expectations are for a trade and if you are not traded, we expect you to be reporting to camp to continue the four years you have left on your contract.”
Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, M.A. : Kyrie Irving’s focus for this season is “all about killing it.” “He’s holding up his commitment and there’s an excitement.” Per source: “He’s opted in. He’s gonna play.” “He’s in the gym nonstop.”
Emiliano Carchia: There is no truth, as of now, of contract extension talks between Virtus Bologna and Nico Mannion, sources close to the team tell @Emiliano Carchia. Nico Mannion has one year left on his contract with EuroCup reigning champions
Victor Oladipo: I’m talking about God’s Revenge, because I’ve sat back, you know, they messed up my surgery, I sat back, I’m saying I’ve torn my quad. I sat back. But now is my time to rise. I truly believe that. So that’s the revenge tour. I’m saying that’s what it’s all about. So it’s one day at a time. It’s a constant grind every day, though. And that’s what I’m focused on doing.
“I think [projecting Lakers to be a Play-In team] is kind of generous,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s NBA Today. “That’s believing that the Lakers are going to get a mostly healthy season from Anthony Davis and LeBron James. “Unless those two are playing at a very high level, with the roster that they currently have, the Lakers are going to have to be great to get into that playoff situation.
“The supporting cast that they have assembled is just really kind of haphazard. They have a new coaching staff, they’re going to have a whole bunch of new players and new alignments. “They’re really going to need LeBron and AD to carry them to a bunch of wins in a Western Conference that is going to be highly, highly competitive.”