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Jason Quick: Noah Vonleh says he is out tonight vs. Lakers because of dislocated ring finger suffered last night vs. Denver.
Noah Vonleh on Sunday participated in one-on-one contact play at the practice facility in Tualatin, taking a step forward in his rehabilitation from a right shoulder injury. It’s the first time since Vonleh suffered his injury in September that he’s practiced with any contact and, barring a setback, he could be cleared to return Nov. 1 against the Utah Jazz.
Jason Quick: Blazers’ PF Noah Vonleh says he is on schedule to return in 3 weeks from shoulder strain. Has no pain and full range-of-motion.
Trail Blazers’ forward Noah Vonleh has suffered a right shoulder strain that will keep him out of training camp and likely the first two weeks of the regular season, CSN has learned. Entering his fourth NBA season, Vonleh is one of the Blazers’ better defenders and he was expected to be in the mix for the Blazers’ starting power forward spot.
Trail Blazers’ forward Noah Vonleh has suffered a right shoulder strain that will keep him out of training camp and likely the first two weeks of the regular season, CSN has learned.
Vonleh suffered the injury this week during pickup games at the team’s practice facility. The injury will not require surgery.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh underwent a successful procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh musculature today.
Dr. Evan Ellis performed the procedure at Rebound in Vancouver, Wash., and the expected recovery time is 3-4 weeks.
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June 19, 2018 | 7:14 pm EDT Update
Norman Powell is also a noteworthy trade chip. The Raptors have already been gauging interest in the 25-year-old guard ahead of the draft, sources tell TSN. After signing a four-year, $42-million extension in the fall, Powell turned in a disappointing third NBA season, losing his starting job in November and then falling out of the rotation altogether.
Chuck Miketinac: Manu Ginobili’s agent, Herb Rudoy, says his client still has yet to make a decision on whether or not to play a 17th season. Over the phone, Rudoy joked, “when Manu knows, then I’ll know.” Last year, Manu waited until mid July until he announced he was coming back.
Luka Doncic will fly to New York, USA, Wednesday (19/1) in order to attend the NBA Draft ceremony that will be held at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, Thursday (20/6). The 19-year-old Slovenian player and potential No. 1 pick in the Draft will board the first plane he can take from Madrid once the team returns from Vitoria, where he and the “Blancos” won the ACB title after beating Baskonia in Game 4 of the Finals.
For better or for worse, Adrian Wojnarowski’s Twitter feed will no longer be several picks ahead of the NBA Draft broadcast this year. A source tells Awful Announcing that ESPN has instructed its reporters to refrain from revealing picks on social media before they’re announced at Thursday’s draft, breaking with how the network has operated in the past.
Molly Sullivan: After six years as the sideline reporter for the @Philadelphia 76ers, I have been informed that @NBCSPhilly is moving in a ‘new direction’ that does not include me… heartbreaking. I plan to write more. (Soon). Until then, thank you all for the memories.
June 19, 2018 | 6:42 pm EDT Update
According to several league sources the Bulls have inquired about moving up from the seventh spot in the draft to either the third or fourth spot, positions currently occupied by the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively.
Team sources tell NBCSportsChicago.com there’s no truth to the speculation, nor would they entertain the notion of such efforts geared toward selecting Porter Jr., who only played three games this past season at Missouri, sandwiched between back surgery in mid-November.