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Anthony Chiang: Tyler Herro (protocols) and Kyle Lowry (personal reasons) out for Heat tomorrow vs. Hawks. Markieff Morris, KZ Okpala and Victor Oladipo also remain out for the Heat,

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Andrew Greif: Luke Kennard has been updated to questionable for tomorrow vs. Denver, the team says. He hasn’t played since Dec. 31. He shot 48% from 3 in Dec. and Clippers need his shooting on this 8-game road trip.
Ryan Blackburn: Via Nuggets injury report, JaMychal Green is still OUT due to health and safety protocols. Austin Rivers is off the injury report and should be available tomorrow. So is Markus Howard, who was recalled from his G League assignment. Gonna be a fun roster for tomorrow IMO.
Kyle Goon: The Lakers say two-way contract player Sekou Doumbouya has entered the league’s COVID-19 protocols. He’s been with the South Bay Lakers.
Eric Walden: Elijah Hughes is AVAILABLE for the Jazz tonight. Hassan Whiteside and Jared Butler remain OUT.
Orlando Magic coach Jamahl Mosley expressed disappointment over the timing of his entrance into the health and safety protocols on Monday -- his first Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an NBA head coach. The Magic are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers, and two of the NBA's five Black head coaches who are in their first season -- Mosley and Chauncey Billups -- expected to be on the sidelines in Orlando on Monday night.
Ky Carlin: Wizards acting coach Joseph Blair says Bradley Beal is a game time decision today. He has cleared the protocols, but the team’s medical staff needs to make sure that he is ready to go.
Paul Garcia: Zach Collins has been sent to the G-League on assignment, a sign he’s close to returning Tre Jones out vs PHX (H&S protocols) Wieskamp, Cacok with Austin
Keith Smith: Marcus Smart remains OUT for tomorrow afternoon's game vs New Orleans. Smart is the only Celtics player on the injury report.
Brad Townsend: Porzingis will return tonight, Harrison confirms.
Dane Moore: Jordan McLaughlin has entered COVID protocols, the team says. In response, the Timberwolves have elevated McKinley Wright from the G League.
James Edwards III: Frank Jackson is OUT tomorrow against Phoenix as he works his way back from COVID. Rodney McGruder is back with the team but is OUT tomorrow, too.
Researchers found that among the 70 identified omicron cases detected two or more days after a negative or inconclusive test result, 39% were still infectious after five days, declining to 33% on day six and 22% on day seven. The paper used data from 10,324 PCR tests conducted among NBA players and employees between July 10, 2021, and January 10, 2022.
Marc Stein: The Mavericks are hopeful Jason Kidd can return to the bench Saturday to resume coaching against Orlando, sources say. Dallas is 3-1 with Kidd in NBA protocols under acting coach Sean Sweeney, ending win streaks for Chicago (9) and Memphis (11). More: https://t.co/A6ycVmnrjq
Jeff McDonald: Doug McDermott is available for the first time in 2022 after a 13-day stay in health and safety protocols, Pop says. Pop was unsure if McDermott would immediately return to his starting role tonight vs Cavs
Neil Dalal: Bradley Beal (protocols) remains OUT vs. Blazers Davis Bertans (left mid foot sprain) is questionable
Shams Charania: Sources: The NBA has informed teams that daily surveillance COVID-19 testing for players, coaches and Tier 1 personnel will not extend beyond Saturday. Individuals will remain subject to testing if symptomatic, exposed or enhanced directive by league office.
KC Johnson: As expected, Bulls officially list Alex Caruso out vs. Warriors. He remains in protocols. Derrick Jones Jr. also obviously out with knee injury.
Duane Rankin: Chris Paul isn't listed on Suns injury report. Paul wasn't at Thursday's practice as he received additional COVID-19 testing. Cam Johnson (ankle) questionable. Ish Wainright (return to competition reconditioning) questionable. #Suns
Chris Haynes: Minnesota Timberwolves say beginning Jan. 16 fans will be required to wear face covering inside Target Center. And effective Jan. 30 fans will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test administered by health professional within 72 hours of the game.
Adrian Wojnarowski: To be clear on the hypothetical ability for a team to pay a fine for an unvaccinated player to play in a marketplace that local ordinances forbid: NBA memo to organizations on September 1 says that teams must follow local laws and players who don't comply won't be able to play.
The Brooklyn Nets guard was asked about the matter by the reporters and gave his very clear view of the situation, explaining that rules should apply to everyone. "Yeah, I believe so. I won an Olympic medal and quarantined in a hotel for two weeks", Mills said.
Eric Walden: Norvel Pelle is OUT. Joe Ingles is AVAILABLE.
Tony Jones: Rudy Gobert and Rudy Gay are both out tomorrow night in health and safety protocols. Jared Butler, Udoka Azubuike and Malik Fitts and Elijah Hughes are also out Joe Ingles is questionable
Rob Schaefer: Alex Caruso’s cycling numbers are moving in right direction, but he still hasn’t cleared protocols, per Billy Donovan. Once Caruso is cleared, team will gauge how much conditioning ramp-up he needs. Caruso only had mild symptoms, but Bulls entering a 4-game-in-5-nights stretch
Scott Agness: Caris LeVert and Goga Bitadze have exited health and safety protocols. They are listed as questionable for Wednesday vs Celtics. Chris Duarte (personal reasons) is also questionable.
Neil Dalal: Bradley Beal will need two consecutive negative tests in a 24 hour span to exit health and safety protocols, per Wes Unseld Jr. In theory that means he will be out again tomorrow vs. Magic at a minimum
Paul Garcia: Thaddeus Young is out of H&S protocols. Landale is probable to play tomorrow per Spurs. White, Jones, Keldon, Vassell, and Doug are in H&S protocols. Collins out due to injury
Kyle Goon: David Fizdale and Mike Penberthy have missed a few games in the COVID-19 protocols; Frank Vogel says both were cleared and in practice today.
Josh Robbins: In their updated injury report, the Wizards have listed Bradley Beal as in the NBA's health-and-safety protocols and out for tonight's game against the Thunder. Beal missed 3 games from Dec. 23-28 in the protocols; when he returned, he said the absence was due to contact tracing.
Sarah K. Spencer: Nate McMillan is officially out of health and safety protocols, I'm told. He is coaching Hawks practice today.
Scott Agness: Chris Duarte returned home to Indy for a personal matter. He was expecting his baby daughter to be born any day. Torrey Craig is available after exiting covid protocols. Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) is out.
Kellan Olson: Cam Johnson is listed as out for the Suns tomorrow against the Toronto Raptors due to a left ankle sprain. Landry Shamet is out of health and safety protocols and is probable. Ish Wainright is now in the protocols and out. Justin Jackson is also out (not with team).
Chase Hughes: As expected, Montrezl Harrell will return tomorrow against the Thunder, the Wizards just announced. He had missed some time due to health and safety protocols.
Rod Boone: Kelly Oubre has been placed in health and safety protocols and is out for tonight's game against Milwaukee. Tough blow for the #Hornets. Makes their rematch with the Bucks that much more difficult, obviously. He has been playing really well.
Michael Singer: Can confirm @Shams Charania reporting: Barton has entered protocols, James Ennis will be signed to a 10-day COVID exception, and DeMarcus Cousins, later this week, will likely sign on a 10-day injury exception. One more: #Nuggets assistant Popeye Jones has entered H&S protocols.
Adam Spolane: Usman Garuba is out of Health and Safety Protocols Eric Gordon is out tonight with right groin tightness
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Ivica Zubac: 'I want to stay and I think the Clippers want to keep me'

The Clippers have until June 29 to exercise a $7.5 million team option on Zubac’s contract and they are widely expected to do it after the big man’s displays this last year and justified projections that he can improve further. “I want to stay and I think they want to keep me,” Zubac said. “I think I should be there and they’re going to pick it up. I like Los Angeles a lot and I like the Clippers. It’s like a family to me. Hopefully, everything is going to work out.”
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Zubac is fresh off his most productive run in his NBA trip so far. The 25-year-old center averaged career-highs in all statistical categories with 10.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 blocks over “I think I did better than the previous year,” Zubac, 25, said on his 2021-22 performances with the Clippers. “I think that I improved on some stuff. There was more opportunity for me offensively and I think I took advantage of that. We didn’t make the playoffs in the end but considering all the injuries and missing Paul George and Kawhi Leonard throughout the season, I think we did a pretty good job in the regular season. Fighting and finishing with a winning record.”
For those who want the Knicks to be a solid, respectable, playoff team a lot sooner than that, let me introduce you to Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon. The University of Virginia alum averaged 19.1 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds last season. He shot 44.8 percent overall (31.2 percent from 3) and is a terrific free-throw shooter. Now 29, Brogdon is set to make $22.6 million next season in the final year of his contract. And according to NBA sources, he is available in a trade for the right package, a possibility that has some members of the Knicks front office intrigued if they strike out on free agent Jalen Brunson.

Nikola Jokic comfortable with direction of Nuggets

Nuggets management has been in touch with Nikola Jokic in the days following Tim Connelly’s stunning departure, and the team’s franchise superstar is comfortable with the direction of the team, a league source told The Denver Post. The two parties have spoken over the phone, allaying concerns over Connelly’s exit for Minnesota, which became official Monday.
Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth is widely expected to assume responsibilities running the team, although nothing’s been made official from the organization. Nuggets governor Josh Kroenke is scheduled to address the media for the first time in years on Thursday. Jokic is close with Connelly, who helped orchestrate the Nuggets’ impromptu trip to Serbia two weeks ago to present him with the MVP trophy. Typically laidback and reserved, Jokic has generally deferred questions about roster decisions to team management. He’s often said he has trust in those tasked with filling out the roster around him.
This summer will mark Zubac’s return to the national team and it’s an ambitious one. “I think we have a really good chance to do something in the EuroBasket this summer,” Zubac said. “We got a lot of good players and I think that this is the year that we’re all going to come together. We can get a good result. Of course [I’m committed]. I’ll be there. Hopefully, everyone else will. I think we have a good team and this is a good chance for us to finally fight for the medal.”
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