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Deron Williams Headshot

Williams will not play Monday against the Bucks, but coach Tyronn Lue said he hopes the veteran guard will make his Cavaliers debut Wednesday in Boston, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

Williams officially joined the Cavaliers earlier Monday, but the 32-year-old will be held out of action as he and the team finalize the details of his acquisition. A debut Wednesday night seems realistic, though Williams' workload could be limited for a few games as he adjusts to a new system and new surroundings. Eventually, the plan is for Williams to run the second unit, which should coincide in minutes reductions for Iman Shumpert and Kay Felder.
5:38 pm (EST)
Kyle Korver Headshot

Korver (knee) will play in Monday's game against the Bucks, Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod reports.

Korver is dealing with some soreness in his knee, but after testing out the injury during pregame warmups, he feels comfortable playing through the ailment. He should continue to come off the bench as one of the Cavaliers' top bench options after combining to shoot a ridiculous 16-for-25 from the three-point line (64 percent) over the last three games.
5:33 pm (EST)
Andrew Ladd Headshot

Ladd missed practice Monday due to a back injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

The injury is not considered to be serious and Ladd is fully expected to play when the schedule resumes for the Islanders on Thursday in Dallas. After a terribly slow start to the season Ladd has picked it up of late with four goals in his last seven games.
5:33 pm (EST)
Travis Hamonic Headshot

Hamonic (knee) was able to practice Monday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Hamonic has missed the past 23 games for the Islanders with the knee injury but seems to have turned a corner with his recovery and is expected to play Thursday in Dallas. He hasn't been his usual steady self on defense this season but if the Islanders are going to make a playoff push they will need Hamonic as he is the teams best defender and is usually targeted with being on the ice versus the opposing team's top line.
5:28 pm (EST)
LeBron James Headshot

James (illness) has been cleared to play in Monday's game against the Bucks, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

James dealt with an illness over the weekend, which kept him out of Saturday's matchup with the Bulls. However, the few extra days off allowed him the chance to make a full recovery and he's officially been given the green light to take the floor Monday. Look for James to take on his usual role in the starting lineup and he's not expected to be on any sort of minutes restrictions, so fantasy owners can go ahead and activate him. The return of James should send Richard Jefferson back to a minor role off the bench.
5:28 pm (EST)
DeMarcus Cousins Headshot

Cousins could face a one-game suspension if the technical foul he was assessed in Sunday's game against Oklahoma City is not rescinded.

Less than a minute into Sunday's contest, Cousins got tangled up with Oklahoma City's Steven Adams and was given his 18th technical foul of the season. Per league rules, Cousins will face a one-game suspension unless the technical is rescinded by the league office. If it's upheld, Cousins will be forced to sit out Wednesday's game against the Pistons but would return to availability Friday against the Spurs. The NBA's technical foul policy dictates that after a player picks up his 16th technical of the season, he'll receive a one-game ban for every two subsequent technicals.
5:27 pm (EST)
Cal Clutterbuck Headshot

Clutterbuck (lower body) was able to practice Monday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Clutterbuck has tried and failed to come back from this injury twice over the past few weeks. He has missed 12 of the Islanders past 14 games but should once again be in the lineup versus Dallas on Thursday. The bigger question will be whether or not he can finish it. The Islanders will welcome him back as he is a valuable member of the team's fourth line.
5:24 pm (EST)
Chris Neil Headshot

Neil will miss approximately a week due to a broken finger, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Neil's absence won't hurt as much with both Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone back in the fold offensively. The addition of veteran Alex Burrows from the Canucks on Monday lessens the blow even more, though he likely won't be ready to draw into Monday's lineup against the Lightning. The earliest Neil will likely be available arrives either Saturday against the Blue Jackets or Monday against the Bruins, but his role remains unclear even when healthy despite previous reports that the veteran is back in the Senators' plans.
5:23 pm (EST)
Kristaps Porzingis Headshot

Porzingis (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Raptors, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports.

Porzingis was considered doubtful earlier Monday, so this latest update comes as no surprise. He's fully expected to be back for Wednesday's tilt with the Magic, but look for another update on his status following Tuesday's practice session. Lance Thomas figures to pick up another start at power forward after logging 37 minutes Saturday, while Kyle O'Quinn could see some added run off the bench as well.
5:22 pm (EST)
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