If you missed any of this past week’s biggest headlines from around the NBA, we’ve got you covered with our Week in Review. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days:
Sixers star Ben Simmons will miss a critical part of the season because of a nerve impingement in his lower back. He will be re-evaluated in early March, but the team doesn’t expect him back on the court for a while. Teammate Joel Embiid was also injured this week, suffering a sprained shoulder, but his prognosis is much better.
Hornets guard Malik Monk was suspended indefinitely for a violation of the NBA’s anti-drug program. He won’t be allowed to play again until he is in “full compliance.” The team and coach James Borrego both expressed their support for Monk.
The Pacers lost Jeremy Lamb for the rest of the season with a severe knee injury. Lamb suffered a torn left ACL, a torn meniscus and a lateral femoral condylar fracture. No recovery timeline has been provided beyond this season.
The slumping Jazz shook up their starting lineup, replacing Joe Ingles with Royce O’Neale. Original reports had O’Neale taking Mike Conley‘s place, but coach Quin Snyder opted to move Ingles to the bench.
Former Heat guard Dion Waiters will meet with Lakers officials Monday to talk about joining the team. Waiters has been a free agent since being waived by the Grizzlies after a trade sent him there at the deadline.
Here are 10 more noteworthy headlines from around the basketball world this week:
- The Lakers already added some help for the stretch run by signing Markieff Morris after he cleared waivers Sunday. Morris agreed to a buyout with the Pistons last week.
- Two other veterans are hoping to catch on with contenders after being cut loose earlier today. The Kings waived Anthony Tolliver, and the Timberwolves reached a buyout with Allen Crabbe.
- The Knicks have a few players who could help contending teams, but they don’t plan to negotiate any buyouts this season.
- After nearly a month-long wait, Leon Rose will take over as the Knicks‘ president of basketball operations tomorrow. Rose has been finalizing things with his agency and helped plan Dwyane Wade‘s three-day retirement celebration.
- The Sixers will reportedly consider trading Al Horford this summer. Horford has been a disappointment after signing a four-year, $109MM deal.
- After joining the Rockets on a 10-day contract, Jeff Green has signed with the team for the rest of the season.
- The Grizzlies signed Jarrod Uthoff to a 10-day contract out of the G League, marking an early end to Dusty Hannahs‘ 10-day deal.
- Bulls center Luke Kornet may be out for the season after suffering a severe left ankle sprain and a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.
- The season is also in jeopardy for Suns forward Kelly Oubre, who has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee.
- The Mavericks filed a protest with the league regarding a loss in Atlanta.
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