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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/18/15

NBA Player Updates 4/18: The Latest News from Around the League, Tonight's TV Schedule and More

April 18, 2015

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The 2015 NBA Playoffs get started in just a few hours, and we’ve got a full day of basketball to look forward to. In the meantime, let’s check out a few notable names out there and see who’s in the news this morning.

The Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha had surgery late this week, and the procedure was deemed successful.
Sefolosha had some fractures in his leg repaired; he’s expected to be fully healthy in plenty of time for the season.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 4/18/15

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The Magic’s Elfird Payton will be focusing on improving his jump shot this off-season, his first as a professional.
Payton posted a pretty good campaign in 2014-15 as a rookie, logging 8.9 PPG and 6.5 APG averages.
Still, his 26.2 percent 3-point attempts needs some work, as does his 55.1 percent of foul-shot attempts.

The Pacers’ Larry Bird, who is team president, made some comments on specific players yesterday, so let’s check out what he said and what it will mean to Indiana.

Bird said that center Roy Hibbert didn’t play that well and that he “can’t guarantee him anything” in regards to playing time next year. Hibbert has a player option in 2015-16 which would pay him a $15.5 million salary, but he could also leave for greener pastures.

As far as free agents, the Pacers sound like they’ll be bringing back both Rodney Stuckey and Luis Scola if at all possible. As for point guard C.J. Watson, who averaged 10 PPG and 3.6 APG in 57 games, Bird sounded like he didn’t foresee the team bringing him back.

For what it’s worth, both Bird and coach Frank Vogel seem convinced that forward David West will use his player option to return to the team in 2015-16.
If West does indeed choose to stay in Indianapolis, he’ll get $12 million in salary.

NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games on the NBA schedule, including the start times and TV networks you can catch the matchups on .

Saturday, April 18, 2015:

12:30 PM ET:
Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors (ESPN)

3:30 PM ET:
New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors (ABC)

7:00 PM ET:
Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (ESPN)

9:30 PM ET:
Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets (ESPN)

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