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Tim Bontemps: The Raptors say Norm Powell fractured his fourth metatarsal in his left hand. He is out indefinitely.
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse doesn’t expect Powell (shoulder) to return during the upcoming 4-game road trip. They had thought he was further along but his progress has stalled a bit recently. Nurse wouldn’t call it a setback though.
Eric Smith: OG Anunoby, CJ Miles, Norman Powell are out, according to Nick Nurse. Kyle Lowry is a game time decision.
Ryan Wolstat: While we don’t expect to see Kawhi in the back-to-back finales, Nick Nurse did say today that C.J. Miles could return for Orlando-Atlanta portion and Norm Powell is ahead of schedule. Green, Ibaka, VanVleet a bit banged up so wonder if they’ll play tomorrow.
Eric Smith: Nick nurse said that he expects Norm to be out for quite some time. He’s going to be reevaluated back in TOR when the Team Heads home on Thurs. But he did add that “it’s not good” … in terms of the initial reports on Powell’s shoulder. Nurse figures it’ll be “weeks” at least
Mike Ganter: Sounds like Norm Powell (shoulder) is goign to be out a while. From Nick Nurse: “They have looked at it and it’s not good. I think we will get him back in Toronto and make some more evaluations but I think he is going to be missing some weeks here.”
Ryan Wolstat: Raptors say Norman Powell a no-go after all tonight. Had been hoping he’d be back. Wright didn’t travel, as discussed yesterday.
Ryan Wolstat: Raptors updates: OG Anunoby is back and will travel with team for Wednesday’s game in Montreal. Norm Powell got hurt on a screen on Friday but says he’ll be fine.
Ryan Wolstat: Norman Powell has a right thigh contusion and will not return. Too bad for him, was in midst of best game in a long time.
Josh Lewenberg: More good news for the Raptors – sounds like Norm Powell (hip) will make his return in NYC tonight. Will be interesting to see if he starts or if they stick with OG
Josh Lewenberg: Ibaka (knee) returns today vs Wizards. Powell (hip) is out again
Michael Grange: Raps vs. Knicks: Delon Wright (shoulder) is out; Norm Powell (hip) is out; Serge Ibaka (knee) not expected to play.
Eric Koreen: Norm Powell sits again. OG starts again.
Mike Ganter: Norm Powell just left the arena on crutches.
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April 19, 2021 | 8:10 am EDT Update
Chema de Lucas: Mike James will play with the Brooklyn Nets until the end of the season. Immediate incorporation. Nets interest in the CSKA Moscow player was first reported by @Eurohoopsnet.
Reigning EuroLeague scoring champion Mike James has emerged as a candidate to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Eurohoops has learned via a source. James was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow in late March following an incident with team head coach Dimitris Itoudis and has headed back to his native United States. UPDATE: He will join the Nets, according to Chema de Lucas.
The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed forward Yuta Watanabe (YOU-tuh wah-tuh-NAH-bay) to a standard NBA contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Watanabe, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, is averaging 4.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 13.4 minutes in 39 games (one start) as a two-way player with the Raptors this season. He is shooting .448 (56-125) from the field, including .400 (24-40) from three-point range, and has scored in double figures six times. Watanabe recorded a career-high 21 points Apr. 16 vs. Orlando.
Hasheem Thabeet is looking to make an NBA comeback, his agent Jerry Dianis told me on Saturday. The 7’3″ big-man just won MVP honors while playing in Taiwan for the Hsinchu JKO Lioneers. “Bottom line Hasheem Thabeet was given a opportunity, and he killed it,” Dianis told me. “MVP performance with career highs in points, rebounds, minutes played, assists and steals. Thabeet averaged 18.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
To gauge who are the top international players, HoopsHype polled 15 NBA talent evaluators, including 10executives and five scouts. Each talent evaluator was asked to list his top five international players. The criteria included any player pro player not in the NBA right now. Some of the talent evaluators prioritized former NBA players and older veterans who are having an immediate impact on their team overseas. Others placed a higher value on younger prospects who are likely to come to the NBA in upcoming drafts. 1. Nikola Mirotic (Barcelona): The 30-year-old forward is shooting an astounding 59.7 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from beyond the arc while scoring 15.9 points per game. “He’s the guy that’s been most productive in the NBA, and someone you can put in an NBA game right now if you had to,” one NBA executive told HoopsHype.
2. Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers): “He has great size and excellent court vision,” an NBAexecutive told HoopsHype. “He sees the floor so well, and he’s probably too unselfish at times. His shooting will need a lot of work. He needs to become a consistent threat from three and he needs to improve at the line, but he’s playing in a tough league at a young age and he’s having success.”
3. Vasilije Micic (Anadolu Efes): The 6-foot-5 Serbian guard has his draft rights retained currently by the Thunder. While some have speculated he could make the jump to the NBA, his agent, Misko Raznatovic, denied having talks with any clubs for next season at this time. Still, Micic has drawn the attention of NBA teams with his play. “He’s almost an elite passer,” one NBAscout told HoopsHype. “He’s a good shooter, both on and off the dribble. He’s not athletic but has enough strength after his first step to get at the rim once he gets a runway. He’s very smart. His basketball IQ is off the charts.”