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March 20, 2023 | 12:42 pm EDT Update
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets recall TyTy Washington Jr. from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He was with the Vipers last week, but sat out the back-to-back with migraines.
Tommy Beer: The Knicks have removed Jalen Brunson from the injury report for tonight’s game vs. Minnesota – the surest sign yet that Brunson didn’t suffer any setback in return to action on Saturday. The Wolves are listing Anthony Edwards, Rudy Gobert and Naz Reid all as questionable.
Dallas: Tim Hardaway Jr (non-COVID illness) has been downgraded to questionable for Monday’s game against Memphis.
Shaquille O'Neal undergoes hip surgery
Shaquille O’Neal sparked concern after sharing a photo of himself in a hospital bed on Sunday … but TMZ Sports has learned the NBA legend simply needed to fix a nagging injury, and he’s now doing OK. Our sources tell us the 51-year-old went under the knife over the weekend to have an issue with his hip corrected — and everything went according to plan. We’re told he’s already on the mend.
March 20, 2023 | 11:35 am EDT Update
Both Lakers and Austin Reaves interested in re-signing
Austin Reaves’ surge is setting him up for a fascinating offseason. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, and will undoubtedly have multiple suitors looking to pry him from the Lakers — especially after stat lines like Sunday’s. Both the Lakers and Reaves’ camp have interest in Reaves re-signing in Los Angeles, according to multiple league sources who were granted anonymity so that they coud speak freely. The max the Lakers can offer Reaves is a four-year, $50.8 million contract if they chose to use his Early Bird Rights, but they also have the power to match any contract he signs with another team.
The coming weeks will ultimately determine how the situation plays out. The Lakers have 10 regular-season games remaining, and possibly some postseason games as well. In the meantime, Reaves is thriving as his role expands and his confidence grows down the stretch of this season. “It’s special,” Reaves said of playing for the Lakers. “I mean, I grew up a Lakers fan. To do it for this organization, especially, is surreal. Sometimes I gotta stop and really think about what I am doing. … All I’m really happy about is the win.”