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Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA has awarded the Utah Jazz a $2.62M disabled player exception for @Thabo Sefolosha, league sources tell ESPN.
Utah Jazz PR: Thabo Sefolosha Injury Update
Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha will have surgery on his right knee Wednesday. The defensive specialist has decided to repair an avulsion of the medial collateral ligament after suffering the injury against the Hornets on Jan. 12. He was originally diagnosed with a knee sprain. The team did not give a timeline for his return, but there are fears it could be a long absence.
Tony Jones: The Utah Jazz have filed for an injury hardship waiver in the wake of losing Thabo Sefolosha for the season, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune. They expect to hear back from the league in the next few days
David Aldridge: Source confirms season-ending knee surgery for Thabo Sefolosha is likely (@Shams Charania first), but final decision to be made next week. Would be tough blow for Jazz; Sefolosha was shooting 49 from the floor and 38 from three this season. Injured knee vs. Charlotte on Friday.
Tony Jones: Source: while surgery is on the table for Thabo Sefolosha, he and his camp are still gathering opinions. Final decision in the coming days
Bobby Marks: Timing based on a Jan.15 deadline will be a difficult for Utah to file a Disabled Player Exception for Thabo Sefolosha. Getting the medical paperwork lined up and approval by a NBA designated physician presents a challenge.
Shams Charania: Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on an MCL injury in his right knee, league sources say.
Marc Stein: Preliminary estimates on Utah’s Thabo Sefolosha are that he will miss at least six months, league sources say
Kyle Goon: Quin Snyder said he was “surprised” that Thabo Sefolosha was subbed out by referee Ben Taylor yesterday, but ultimately glad that the officials are looking out for player welfare. As for Sefolosha tonight, says if he passes league protocol, he will play.
David Locke: Update: Raul Neto (right foot soreness) is OUT. Thabo Sefolosha is available to play.
Eric Woodyard: Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha is available tonight. He didn’t play last night with right knee soreness.
Tony Jones: Thabo Sefolosha has been ruled out tonight
Chris Vivlamore: Thabo Sefolosha will be active for Hawks tonight, won’t start. DeAndre Bembry and Ryan Kelly are inactives
Chris Vivlamore: Thabo Sefolosha told me he is “getting close” to a return from a right groin strain.
Rick Noland: Bazemore (knee), Millsap (knee), Sefolosha (groin) out for Hawks; Hardaway (wrist, knee), Schroder (foot) doubtful. TT out for Cavs
Atlanta small forward Thabo Sefolosha is not yet ready to return from his right groin strain. The Hawks say Sefolosha will miss his sixth straight game in Thursday night’s home game against Boston.
Chris Vivlamore: All indications still point to Kent Bazemore return tomorrow. Thabo Sefolosha will travel but doesn’t sound like he’s close.
Kris Willis: Hawks upgrade Thabo Sefolosha to “questionable for tomorrow’s game in Portland
Thabo Sefolosha will miss his sixth straight game with a left groin injury but the Hawks remain hopeful the starting forward will return before the All-Star break next week.
Kris Willis: Hawks list Mike Dunleavy (knee) as probable. Thabo Sefolosha (groin) as questionable and Tiago Splitter as out in updated injury report
Manny Navarro: Thabo Sefelosha out for the #Hawks tonight
It appears Thabo Sefolosha could make his exhibition debut on Wednesday, according to coach Mike Budenholzer. Sefolosha missed all last week, which included the Hawks’ first two exhibition games, while in New York for the trial that ended with his acquittal on three misdemeanor charges. The Hawks play the Spurs at Philips Arena Wednesday. “We’ll see how these next couple of days go but I’d say I am, we are, hopeful that he’ll at least be able to play a few minutes on Wednesday.”
Now he wants to get back to playing basketball with the Hawks. Sefolosha hasn’t fully recovered from the injuries apparently suffered when a police officer kicked his right leg. He has been cleared for all basketball activities and has participated in training camp before leaving this week for the trial. He hopes to be ready when the Hawks season opens later this month. “I hope I still have a long career,” he said.
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June 24, 2018 | 9:20 pm EDT Update
The Sixers say they aren’t shopping him. However, there was a report that they had internal discussions about packing him with Nos. 10 and 26 picks to move up into the Top 5 in Thursday’s draft. And multiple league sources have said that Fultz was available to be traded. But it’s hard to get equal value in return for someone relearning how to shoot. The Sixers know that. They also know that if things do come together, Fultz will be a special player.
Mainly, back in 1998 when the Mavs acquired Dirk Nowitzki in a draft day trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, many compared his game to that of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird. That didn’t go over too well with the Bird followers. So when the Mavs were asked last week who they fondly compare their latest prized rookie – Doncic – to, their lips were unilaterally sealed. Well, sort of. “I’m not going to make the same mistake we did 20 years ago, because (Doncic, like Nowitzki at the time) is a 19-year old kid that is going to have his rear end handed to him,” said Donnie Nelson, the Mavs’ president of basketball operations. “He is going to go against the elite of the elite, not only outside our walls, but within our training camp. Dirk and I had a long talk coming in. That’s why I want to remain guarded in my comments.”
Besides Nelson, coach Rick Carlisle also weighed in, adding that the comparison game is categorically unnecessary when it comes to describing Doncic and the skill set he’s able to bring to the court. “This kid has really carved out an amazing record of accomplishments,” Carlisle said. “I think he comes to the NBA on his own merits and I think going forward he should be judged on being the first Luka Doncic and not the second coming of this guy or that guy or the other guy, and I think that’s fair based on what he’s done.”
Just a few weeks after Sixers president of basketball operations Colangelo resigned when it was learned his wife used fake Twitter accounts to discuss team business and criticize players, the Heat’s president was asked if he has his own Twitter burner account. “I still have this kind of phone that flips,” Pat Riley said holding up a tape recorder following Thursday’s NBA draft. “Is that what a burner phone looks like? I don’t have any. I’ve tweeted one time. I do have a Twitter account. Only because I need to follow a lot of people like you, which is very interesting. I actually get alerts on all you guys. But I never tweeted out anything except one picture. My boss and his wife and myself and my wife and three championship trophies. I think it’s out there. I think I put it down as soon as I put it up.”