Anthony Chiang: On latest Heat injury report, Wayne Ellington is listed as probable for Monday’s game vs. Lakers. Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson are questionable. Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters still out. Goran Dragic is not on the injury report after missing Saturday’s game for rest.
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Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Winslow, Jones and Ellington will play tonight. Duncan Robinson is not with the team tonight, on his two-way contract.
Ira Winderman: From Heat: INJURY UPDATE: James Johnson (hernia), Dion Waiters (ankle) & Justise Winslow (hamstring) have all been ruled out of tonight’s game vs the Wizards. Wayne Ellington (ankle) will be active but is not expected to play.
Anthony Chiang: Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington will not play tonight. Both expected to miss tomorrow’s game vs. Wizards too.
Tim Reynolds: No Dion Waiters, James Johnson or Wayne Ellington tonight.
Ira Winderman: Ellington says he is playing tonight.
Wayne Ellington is close to making his return, but he’s not ready yet. Ellington missed his fourth consecutive game Tuesday against the Wizards with a left quad contusion. He suffered the injury in the Heat’s win over the 76ers on Feb. 27.
Ira Winderman: Wayne Ellington is out tonight, with Tyler Johnson still questionable.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat: INJURY UPDATE: Wayne Ellington (left quad contusion) will not return to tonight’s game.
Anthony Chiang: Olynyk is not playing. Ellington is going to warm up with the intention to play.
Anthony Chiang: Kelly Olynyk will not play. Wayne Ellington is doubtful. Justise Winslow will play.
Anthony Chiang: Wayne Ellington making progress with his quad contusion. Started running in the pool yesterday. No timetable for return yet.
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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.