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Cody Zeller to miss significant time?

Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller suffered a fractured left hand in Wednesday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team said. He was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game, but it is too soon to tell how much time Zeller will miss, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “Cody is obviously going to miss some time and we need other guys to step up,” Hornets coach James Boorego said.

Rod Boone: Cody Zeller putting up shots. He’s out for 11th straight game. He said Malik inspired him to go with the headband look. Asked James Borrego if they’re shutting Zeller down. “We’re not there yet,” he said. “… At some point we may have to make that call but we are not there yet.”

Sunday morning, Clifford said it seems pointless to try to have Zeller play with five games left and the team eliminated from playoff contention. “I would say we’re at the stage now where it almost becomes, ‘Why?’” ask him to play, Clifford said. “It’s so hard to not play for long stretches off the season. Why, with five games left, would we even play him? It makes more sense to me to let him get back to 100 percent and then just start again next (season).”
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Here’s what Wojnarowski reported on ESPN’s morning show ‘Get Up’: “Philadelphia is still asking for a lot. Teams are not willing to be strip-mined to trade for Ben Simmons. They’re going to continue to try and find a way, to see if there’s a deal here as free agency starts. You kind of get another cycle of deal-making here. But he’s four years left on his deal, they’re not going to just give him away in Philly. Whatever they get back for him, they’ve got to believe it continues to make them a championship contender. But they’d like to get a deal done before training camp.”
That pushed Hield to the forefront. But even as the possibility of a deal built around Kyle Kuzma and Harrell began to form, the Lakers kept the door open to a Westbrook deal. Westbrook asserted his voice into the conversation, and per an NBA source, the Wizards pivoted. Just like that, the pieces the Kings liked for Hield were no longer available.