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Paul Millsap (wrist) questionable tonight vs. LA Clippers

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* Tonight on TNT:  Nuggets vs. Clippers (10:30 ET)

The game notes for tonight’s Denver Nuggets-LA Clippers officially game list Paul Millsap as questionable. Based on Millsap’s comments to the media at today’s shootaround, it sounds like he’s more than ready to return to the lineup after a lengthy absence.

Millsap has been out since mid November after suffering a torn ligament in his left wrist that required surgery. He practiced with the team last week and has been inching closer to a return, all while Denver tries to stay in the thick of the Western Conference playoff chase. Per T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com, Millsap was at shootaround today wearing a big pad on his wrist and said he is a game-time decision.

The Nuggets’ staff, per McBride, is comfortable playing him and the decision on his status will be made pregame. 

“We’ll see. We’ll see. It is pretty much a game time decision,” Millsap said. “I’m feeling good right now and I’m ready to go.”

The last time Millsap suited up — on Nov. 19 — the Nuggets were 9-7 and still finding their rhythm to the season. They are 33-27 entering tonight’s game, making them the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. However, Denver is just one game ahead of the Clippers and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Utah Jazz for that perch.

The Nuggets have used a variety of players to fill in for Millsap during his absence, including Mason Plumlee, Trey Lyles and Wilson Chandler while also relying more on Nikola Jokic for scoring around the basket.



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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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