NBA rumors: Marcus Morris could make season debut tonight

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Jamie Hudson: Clippers Injury Report: Kawhi Leonard (mouth; laceration) is questionable; Marcus Morris Sr. (right knee; soreness) is out vs. Blazers tonight
LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris is listed as out for Tuesday's season opener against the Lakers because of right knee soreness. Morris did not play in any of the Clippers' three preseason games this month, and coach Ty Lue had previously seemed pessimistic about Morris' chances to be ready for the regular-season opener.
Mark Murphy: Trainers told Brad Stevens they weren't comfortable clearing Brown to play tonight. Morris apparently felt better after extra shooting, and according to Stevens will be a game-time decision.
Jared Weiss: Celtics upgrade Marcus Morris to questionable for a seeding smack down tonight in Indy.
Matt Velazquez: Brad Stevens confirms Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes are all out tonight. Those three have all spent time guarding Giannis in the past, leaving Semi Ojeleye as one of the only C’s left with experience regularly covering him. Should make things interesting tonight.
Candace Buckner: Markieff Morris has cleared the concussion protocol and as Scott Brooks points out, the #Wizards have their "entire roster ready to play" for the first time this season.
Sean Grande: Marcus Morris and Al Horford will both return tonight. Jaylen Brown (toe) will play. Shane Larkin (ill) is out.
Adam Himmelsbach: Marcus Morris will play. Jaylen will start.
Marc D'Amico: #NEBHInjuryReport: Jaylen Brown is back and will start tonight against the Kings. Marcus Morris is out with a sprained ankle but should “be back sooner rather than later,” says Brad Stevens.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Both #Celtics Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving are expected to play tonight vs the Toronto Raptors.
Bill Doyle: Of the injured Celtics, Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris are the most likely to play Sunday against Portland, according to Brad Stevens. Marcus Smart and Shane Larkin aren't as close to returning.
A. Sherrod Blakely: The #Celtics Marcus Smart will start for Jaylen Brown who is out with leg injury. Also, no Marcus Morris (left knee) or Semi Ojeleye (back).
A. Sherrod Blakely: Marcus Morris said as of now, he’s not likely to be in the lineup for the #Hornets game on Wednesday. Also said there’s a chance he will get another prp injection sometime this week.
Marc D'Amico: #NEBHInjuryReport: Daniel Theis (broken nose) is questionable for Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat. Marcus Morris (sore knee) is ruled out.
“Really hoping to play Christmas [against the Washington Wizards],” he said before Friday night’s game against the Utah Jazz. “Maybe a game before that just to get warmed to it. I will probably be on limited minutes.” Morris said he still doesn’t know the source of the pain, which began shortly after he arrived at training camp upon being found not guilty in his assault trial in Arizona. He said it was almost pain-free when he sustained a bruise that forced him out of the lineup.
Marc D'Amico: Jaylen Brown (eye) will play tonight, according to Brad Stevens. Marcus Morris (knee) will go through his pre-game warmups with the hope of playing. #NEBHInjuryReport
Steve Bulpett: Jaylen Brown (eye) and Marcus Morris (knee) were both on the Celtics' flight here to San Antonio. They're listed as questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Spurs.
Mark Followill: Besides Marcus Morris being out with left knee rehab, Celtics have announced Jaylen Brown is out tonight (right eye inflammation)
A. Sherrod Blakely: Marcus Morris will likely have his minutes continue to be restricted through the end of this month. Still no word if he will continue to not play in back-to backs. @NBCSCeltics
Steve Bulpett: Strange that Marcus and Markieff Morris coming back from injury on same night? Marcus: "You got a better chance of hitting the lottery."
Jay King: Marcus Morris said his knee has "come along really well." He's gonna play whenever the training staff believes he's ready.
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NBA scout: Utah a first-round exit away from Donovan Mitchell going to New York

The incessant buzz around the league is that there are those in Mitchell’s circle who believe he is too big of a star for Salt Lake City. Further, some say it’s only a matter of time before he joins former Creative Artists Agency agent and current New York Knicks president Leon Rose “They’re a first-round exit from Donovan being in New York,” an Eastern Conference scout said.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: James Harden has repeatedly told management, ownership, you know, those in the organization that he is committed to being a Net that he wants to win a championship there and, and more than that, the Big Three in Brooklyn, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving… What they say publicly, they also say privately, which is, when they’re together, they believe they’re unstoppable and that the Nets are going to get that group back.
Harden can opt out of the 2022-23 season to become a free agent and sign elsewhere or the Nets could agree to a sign-and-trade deal in which Harden opts into the final year of his contract with plans to sign a long-term deal with his new team in 2023. ESPN’s front-office insider Bobby Marks projects only the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs to have cap space this offseason.

Aron Baynes not playing this season

As much as NBL teams would love to have Baynes clogging up the key, Hoops Heaven reached out to the Baynes camp and was told he is still hard at work building up his body and won’t be playing for anyone this season. Baynes has all his focus on playing in the NBA next season and isn’t considering the NBL. NBA teams would love to have a rim defender and rebounder of Baynes’ quality next season; let’s hope he can regain the match fitness and strength to make this a reality.