Five Key Stories: 12/30/17 – 1/6/18

Hoops Rumors has you covered in the event you missed any of this past week’s (Happy New Year!) headlines from around the NBA. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last 7 days.

Tomorrow is the last day for teams to waive players on non-guaranteed contracts before those players’ contracts become guaranteed for the remainder of the 2017/18 season. As a result, several teams have already come out and reported that they plan to retain certain players beyond the deadline, thereby guaranteeing (albeit unofficially) those players’ salaries for the remainder of the season.  As it currently stands, the following players will reportedly not be waived:

In other news, Isaiah Thomas made his return for the defending Eastern Conference Champions in the Cavaliers‘ win over Portland on Tuesday. Thomas came off the bench and, as part of his continued treatment, did not play Wednesday against his former team in Boston. However, Thomas is expected to start tonight against Orlando. In his first game back, Thomas went off for 17 points in only 19 minutes.

Rockets star guard and MVP candidate James Harden will be sidelined for at least another week, if not more, after suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain in the team’s double-overtime victory over the Lakers last Sunday. Despite the injury, Harden still managed to post 40 points and 11 assists.

Warriors point guard and two-time MVP Stephen Curry returned to action last Saturday night in the Warriors’ win over Memphis. Curry, who had missed 11 games with a sprained right ankle, scored 38 points in only 26 minutes of action in Golden State’s victory.

Here are 11 more headlines from around the NBA last week.

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