NBA rumors: Otto Porter out for Game 4

Anthony Slater: Otto Porter Jr. is out for Game 4. Steve Kerr: “He’s still sore. Gotta make the wise decision here. This gives him a couple of days to prepare for a possible Game 5.”

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"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.
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: Dunn, Porter out vs. Raptors. LaVine doubtful.
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 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.
Rick Bonnell: No Otto Porter tonight for Wizards against the @Charlotte Hornets
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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Cavaliers very much interested in bringing back Ricky Rubio

One member of the organization said the Cavs had chances to move into the late first round if they desired, but any player selected there comes with a guaranteed contract. The Cavs are very much interested in bringing back Ricky Rubio, whose expiring contract was used as matching salary in the LeVert trade. If they do, it would give them 14 guaranteed contracts. They didn’t want to add any others at this stage. Rubio certainly won’t be ready for the start of the season as he continues rehabbing from a second ACL surgery, and likely wouldn’t be available until January. If the Cavs elect to bring him back, they’ll likely have to try and make do with LeVert and/or Collin Sexton sharing the backup point guard duties until Rubio is ready. It’s hardly ideal, but it illustrates how much this team still values Rubio.
And that, of course, is also assuming Sexton is still on this team next season. Sexton is a restricted free agent this summer. It’s worth noting the Cavs could also sign a veteran point guard to a league minimum deal with the understanding he could be gone when Rubio is ready in January. Navigating deals for Sexton and Rubio this summer will be complicated, particularly since the Cavs ideally would like to stay out of the luxury tax for one more year.
Zach Lowe, Woj’s ESPN’s colleague, didn’t mention numbers on his free agency podcast Friday, but described the Nets latest offer as “real.” “The Nets have made a real offer to Kyrie Irving. I don’t know the exact permutations. Probably several. This is not a case where there’s a one-year deal and that’s it. He’s been offered real stuff but I don’t exactly know what they are.”
Jaylen Brown just brought the Boston Celtics to within two wins of an NBA title, but he still feels he is not getting his due from the local fanbase. The Celtics star “liked” a notable tweet on Sunday, just over a week after Boston fell to the Golden State Warriors in the Finals. The tweet read, “Jaylen Brown is so disrespected by Celtics fans.” You can see Brown’s “like,” which remains visible on his public page, here. While it is not totally clear what prompted Brown’s “like,” former Celtics big man and current team analyst Brian Scalabrine had recently suggested that the Celtics trade Brown as part of a package for Kevin Durant. That spurred debate among Boston fans over Brown’s true value to the team.
From an unranked high school player to a top four pick, Murray’s rise has been meteoric over the last couple of years. He believes that he can play both forward positions, which could come in handy as the Kings attempt to add more talent to the roster. “I think I can play different positions,” Murray said. “Obviously it depends who is on the court and who we’re playing. I think I’m able to adapt to different positions, it doesn’t matter if it’s small forward, power forward spot. Whatever they need me to do is where I’ll fit in and where I’ll be my best at.”
“I think adding Keegan, somebody who he just said can play multiple positions, really helps us as we build it out,” McNair said. “But as always, we’re going to be aggressive and see what we can do to continue to add to this team.” McNair said that he feels the Kings are in a good spot in the coming days to add, be it through free agency or via trade. Murray is expected to play in the upcoming California Classic in the Bay Area, as well as Las Vegas Summer League. The Kings have been busy adding players on two-way and summer league contracts over the last few days and there is potential for the team to put up a nice showing during the summer schedule.