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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/18/14

NBA Player Updates 2/18: Cousins, Rondo Rumors, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

February 18, 2014

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After a well-deserved All-Star break, the NBA will be getting back to the regular season this evening, with a slew of games on the upcoming schedule. Before we get settled in and welcome our favorite teams back to the court, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy happenings around the league. Here’s the latest.

Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs: Good news for the Spurs this morning. Even though their practice was cancelled yesterday, Leonard was medically cleared for the session, which has intensified speculation that he may be available as soon as tonight’s game against the Clippers (or tomorrow in Portland, which sounds a little more reasonable).
Leonard has been out since late last month with a fractured hand, and if he’s able to come back in the next couple of days, he’ll beat his recovery timeline by a handful of days. He’s averaging 11.6 PPG and 6.1 RPG in an average of 28.6 minutes so far this year.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/18/14

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Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics: You can add another name to the hat of interested teams who have attempted to pursue Rondo. Yesterday, word came out that the Raptors were kicking the tires on the seven-year veteran. They’re reportedly looking to deal guard Kyle Lowry and would need a potential replacement.
That said, the price tag on Rondo is pretty significant, so it’s no wonder no teams have bitten yet. The Celtics reportedly wanted a pair of first-round draft picks (unprotected picks, at that), but reportedly would settle for one first-round pick and a young talent. It remains to be seen whether a deal will get done with Toronto--or anyone else--before the deadline on Thursday, but we’ll monitor the situation and keep you posted.

Ty Lawson, PG, Denver Nuggets: Now let’s move on to Denver and check in on Lawson. He’s reportedly still a few days away from being able to make his return from a rib injury, so we won’t see him tonight against the Suns. Thursday’s game against the Bucks is still technically a possibility, but doesn’t seem all that likely either.
The good news is that Lawson’s rib isn’t broken, so we’ll consider him day-to-day for the time being. In the meantime, you’ll see more Randy Foye and Evan Fournier.

DeMarcus Cousins, PF/C, Sacramento Kings: We may finally be getting a significant update on Cousins in the very near future. He missed out on the Kings’ practice session yesterday, undergoing an MRI on his injured left hip.
Cousins is considered questionable for tomorrow against the Warriors, and if he’s ruled out again, it’s the largest hole yet in the Kings’ sinking ship this season. They’re 0-7 without him so far this year.

NBA Daily Schedule: Today’s the day; We’re getting back to NBA business after the break. Here’s a look at what the schedule looks like tonight, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014:

7:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (FSI, SportSouth)
Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, FSOhio)
Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards (TSN2, CSN)

7:30 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit Pistons (SportSouth, FS Detroit)

8:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies (MSG, SportSouth)
Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks (FS Florida, Fox Sports Wisconsin)

8:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks (FSSW, Sun Sports)

9:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets (FSAZ, Altitude)

10:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers (Sportsnet One, FSSW, PRIME TICKET)

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