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Report: Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas goes to New York for hip evaluation

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The pain in Isaiah Thomas’s hip has not subsided, and the Lakers guard has reportedly traveled across the country to seek further medical evaluation.

According to Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell, the two-time All-Star guard has gone to New York in hopes of finding a solution for the injury that has compromised his ability to play since last year’s postseason. Thomas has played in just 17 games this season after initially suffering the injury with the Boston Celtics last spring.

Thomas has only shown flashes of the player that rocketed to stardom with the Celtics. Overall, he is shooting a career-worst 38.3 percent from the field while committing a career-high 3.2 turnovers per contest.

The Cavaliers, who dealt Kyrie Irving in exchange for Thomas during the offseason, quickly moved on from the 5-9 point guard once it became clear he was not the same player. Cleveland dealt him to Los Angeles in February, where he hoped to re-establish at least some of his value before hitting unrestricted free agency this summer. Potential suitors, however, will likely want to know exactly how healthy he is.

Thomas, it appears, would like to know that as well. 



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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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