NBA rumors: Otto Porter remains out for Warriors

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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.”
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Kevin Durant has not spoken with the Nets in weeks?

Not much of Murdock’s take was optimistic if you’re a Nets fan. Indeed, he referred to the franchise’s current situation as “destruction” in the podcast and suggested perhaps more firmly than other pundits that Durant could indeed leave. “The vision is on the verge of crumbling,” he wrote. “It didn’t have to be this way,” he said, summing up. “This team … and it’s ironic. Kevin came to reconcile relationships, build relationships with his BFF’s and it’s not working out. It’s doing the exact opposite. And you juxtapose that with Golden State winning…” “Now, you have reports that Kyrie is looking elsewhere. I made some calls. Kevin Durant has not talked to the team in weeks. I don’t think Kevin is confident in the front office right now. I don’t know if he’s at the stage of leaving but there’s a big uneasiness from not only from the Kyrie side, but the KD side as well.”
At the center of it, Murdock pointed out multiple times is the Nets relationship with Irving. “His biggest beef is that he feels that the front office didn’t grow to understand Kyrie, whatever that means. I would push back on that when a guy leaves for two weeks at a time … Kyrie earns the lion’s share of the blame. But I think KD believes that ‘hey, you guys didn’t understand this guy. You didn’t try to figure out where he was coming from.’”
Still, Durant believes the Nets didn’t support Irving particularly when they decided not to play him at all in October, after he refused to get vaccinated like all but a handful of NBA players, then brought him back in October. “That’s just how he feels. ‘Hey man, I brought this guy in, him and Kyrie, and the front office didn’t do enough to support him at a time when we needed to support him.”
Moreover, Murdock pointed to the Nets decision to dump Adam Harrington, their long-time assistant coach and director of development, as a big negative for KD. Durant and Harrington go back to KD’s time in Oklahoma City when Harrington was his shooting coach. “And here’s another thing, KOC, the Nets got rid of Adam Harrington. who’s very close to Kevin. He’s one of Kevin’s guys. And that had a big ripple effect on how Kevin feels about this right now. He’s still in this figure-it-out mode but there is some fire to that smoke that he’s kind of reevaluating where he stands with this.”
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving won a ring together before, and it may not have been their last … ’cause Matt Barnes tells TMZ Sports the Lakers could be smelling champagne if Kyrie Irving joins L.A. Matt — who played for the Purple and Gold for two seasons — spoke about the recent Irving rumors out at LAX this week … and he told us if Uncle Drew ends up with the Lakers, it could result in the franchise’s 18th championship.

Hawks interested in Deandre Ayton, but wouldn't pay max money

The Hawks could still pursue Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in free agency. Sources tell The Athletic that the Hawks’ interest in the 23-year-old would be contingent on landing him for less than a max contract. That may not be an option, as the Pistons, who have the cap space for a max contract, are expected to be aggressive in their pursuit of Ayton in free agency.