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Report: John Wall expected to rejoin Washington Wizards’ lineup Saturday vs. Charlotte Hornets

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After two months, it appears the Washington Wizards are getting their primary playmaker back.

Five-time All-Star John Wall is expected to return to the Wizards’ lineup on Saturday as they host Charlotte Hornets, reports NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller.
 

It would be Wall’s first game since he had arthroscopic left knee surgery on Jan. 31. The Wizards managed to win 15 of 27 games during his absence.

The Wizards have three three back-to-backs in their final seven games, so Wall would likely play only a few games before the playoffs.

Wall told reporters earlier this week he’s ready to go, just waiting for the official clearance from team doctors.

“When I’ve had an injury in the past, I don’t think about it. I go out there and play the same way I played before, and that’s with a lot of aggression, a lot of attacking mode, a lot of fast pace. And I’ve been doing that,” Wall said.  “All I had to do was show that glimpse and that showed me I was being myself again.”

Wall is averaging 19.4 points, 9.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks through 37 games this season.



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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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