Isaiah Taylor suffered a setback in his quest for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ final roster spot and could miss a month after a CT scan revealed a stress fracture in his left leg. Taylor said the injury likely occurred at some point during summer workouts and he played at “probably 50 or 60 percent” during training camp. Because of the pain in his lower leg, Taylor received X-rays and multiple MRIs, which didn’t show anything significant. Finally, the CT scan conducted on Thursday revealed the bad news.
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There is no timetable for his return, but Taylor told cleveland.com on Friday morning that a month is most likely. “He’s played so well, competed every single day even though he has felt this for a while,” head coach Tyronn Lue said. “To play the way he has played in feeling that is kind of crazy, unbelievable. Just feel sorry for the kid and the work he’s put in. Hopefully he can get through this and get healthy.”
Michael Cunningham: Budenholzer says Taylor (ankle) and Cavanaugh (ankle) available to play. Cavanaugh last played for Hawks on Jan. 17.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks list Taylor (ankle) as available to play vs IND
Michael Cunningham: Hawks say Taylor diagnosed with retina tear, out 1-2 weeks
Michael Cunningham: Taylor expected to miss few games. Budenholzer says he got poked in eye during Fri. practice. Will consider promoting Magette from G-League
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December 18, 2018 | 8:27 pm EST Update
As reported earlier this month, Houston has expressed exploratory interest in Cleveland’s J.R. Smith, who has been sent home by the Cavaliers as they try to find a new home for him via trade. But the Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is said to be the Rockets’ top target in their search for help on the wing, with Smith somewhere further down the list.
All signs continue to point to Anthony Davis’s future in New Orleans playing out in the summer. That’s when the Pelicans can offer Davis a contract extension worth well in excess of $200 million — and when they will know, in the dreaded event Davis declines it, that they realistically have to trade him. The long-held belief in this newsletter is that the notion of Davis being traded during this season is folly, mainly because that would likely require Davis himself to go urge the Pelicans to move him. That’s just not his style.
The teams most often mentioned as potential landing spots for Anthony — Philadelphia and LeBron James’s Lakers — have resisted the idea thus far. Charlotte has likewise passed to date, despite rumbles that the Hornets would naturally consider him given Anthony’s long association through with the Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan through Jordan Brand.
Ian Begley: Tyson Chandler on ex-Knick teammate Carmelo Anthony: “I hate for him to end his career this way. I’m pretty sure this is not on his terms. A guy like that, all he’s done for the game, you just hope he gets the opportunity to finish it the right way.”
Harrison Wind: Juancho Hernangomez (abdominal strain) is active for the Nuggets tonight vs. Mavs. I assume he’ll start like normal and Denver will keep an eye on his minutes.