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Stefan Bondy: Elfrid is out tonight. Taj is out.
Chris Iseman: Knicks say Marcus Morris (sore left Achilles) is doubtful for tonight. Taj Gibson (illness) is questionable. Wayne Ellington is still out.
Paul Garcia: Taj Gibson (sore right calf) is also questionable for Wednesday’s Knicks opener against the Spurs.
Rebecca Haarlow: Taj Gibson (sore right calf) and Mitchell Robinson (sprained right ankle) are questionable for tomorrow’s opener in San Antonio. @KnicksMSGN @MSGNetworks
Dane Moore: Karl-Anthony Towns is questionable to play tonight against Toronto with right knee inflammation, per the team. Jerryd Bayless is also questionable — right ankle contusion Taj Gibson, again, doubtful — calf strain
Dane Moore: Taj Gibson is DOUBTFUL to play this evening against the Clippers and Luol Deng is OUT. Ryan Saunders said Deng has not suffered any setbacks on the sore achilles that has sidelined Deng for the past 12 games.
Christopher Hine: Ryan Saunders said Taj Gibson is out tonight. He also said Derrick Rose’s injury/surgery will not likely require a long-term recovery
Dane Moore: Robert Covington, Luol Deng, Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague will all miss the Timberwolves Thursday evening game against Charlotte. Taj Gibson is also questionable to play — he missed the second half on Tuesday with a calf strain. Running out of 30 year-olds quick…
Jon Krawczynski: Taj Gibson is doubtful for the second half with a left calf strain
Harrison Wind: Official: Taj Gibson is available to play tonight for Minnesota.
Harrison Wind: Thibs says Taj Gibson “feels pretty good.” He went through shootaround and it sounds like he’s playing.
Taj Gibson did not take full part in Timberwolves practice Tuesday. According to coach Tom Thibodeau, Gibson “did a little bit” at the team’s workout as the Wolves prepared for Wednesday’s win-and-in game with Denver at Target Center. He is listed as questionable. Asked if he expected Gibson to play, Thibodeau was noncommittal. “We’ll see,” he said. “Based on what he did today, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. If he’s not [able to play] we have more than enough. We just need guys to step up and get it done.”
Jon Krawczynski: Thibs was noncommittal on Taj Gibson’s avail for tomorrow. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.” Of the utmost importance to Wolves.
Nick Friedell: Taj Gibson comes out of the game grabbing his shoulder. He is being checked out by the T’Wolves trainer right now. This team can’t afford to lose Gibson and his presence right now.
Brett Dawson: Taj Gibson (illness) is out tonight for the Thunder.
Brett Dawson: Taj Gibson: “I guess I slipped” and strained left hip. Says he feels OK, but that things like this tend to hurt overnight.
Mike McGraw: Taj Gibson will not play tonight vs Philadelphia due to sore left ankle. #Bulls
Chuck Garfien: Taj Gibson out tonight with sore ankle. Paul Zipser starts in his place.
Mike McGraw: Hoiberg says Taj is feeling about the same with his rib injury. Status is unclear, but seems unlikely to play Sat #Bulls
Taj Gibson always has been known as a warrior, someone who puts the team first and plays through pain. That reputation went to a new level Thursday when the Bulls announced Gibson has a fractured rib. Gibson, who missed Thursday’s game against the Rockets, later revealed X-rays showed the fracture following Monday’s loss to the Hawks. Gibson played the first half Tuesday in Indiana anyway. “We needed to get a win,” Gibson said.
Gibson continued: “Everybody deals with pain differently. I’m accustomed to it, I played with torn ligaments in my foot last year so I understand pain. But I just wanted to be out there and play for my guys. I understand we got a lot of people down, a lot of people are counting us out. I just wanted to go out there and play whatever minutes I can and give the guys and give the coach whatever I got. We got a W tonight. Whatever it takes.”
After not practicting Sunday because his right hamstring didn’t respond well to returning on Saturday, Taj Gibson participated in Monday’s shootaround and will play versus the Bucks. The Bulls will have everyone available but Joakim Noah and Cameron Bairstow as they attempt to go 2-0 since the return of Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic.
Nick Friedell: Fred Hoiberg says Taj Gibson is out tonight. Dr. Cole will evaluate him. Unclear if he will need MRI. Cam Bairstow will start.
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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.”