Nerlens Noel Headshot

Raptors are among the teams that have expressed interest in Philadelphia's big man Nerlens Noel.

Added 11/04/16 4:19 pm (EST)   Source
The 76ers are looking to trade some players not needed by their team after another down season last year, and Nerlens Noel is near the top of their list. Several teams are showing big interest in Noel, including the Raptors due to Sullinger's injury. However, Toronto initially wants to give their young men (Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl) a chance to fill in first. This news should not alter daily or seasonal play until we see where exactly Noel lands.
Dante Cunningham Headshot

Cunningham said Saturday that he intends to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

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The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Westbrook was set to make just over $3.1 million next season. The 30-year-old, who appeared in 66 games for New Orleans, will likely seek a longer-term deal as a free agent, and chances are he'll draw considerable interest after shooting nearly 40 percent from three in 2016-17.
Fred VanVleet Headshot

VanVleet was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.

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With the D-League season concluded, VanVleet will return to the Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against the Cavs. Expect the rookie out of Wichita State to simply provide depth at point guard.
Pascal Siakam Headshot

Siakam was recalled from the D-League on Saturday.

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Siakam helped the Raptors 905 take home the D-League championship earlier in the week, and he'll now rejoin the Raptors in advance of Monday's Game 1 against Cleveland. The rookie started at power forward for most of the first half of the season, but he all but fell out of the rotation after Toronto acquired P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka at the trade deadline.
Bruno Caboclo Headshot

Caboclo has been recalled from the D-League.

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With the Raptors 905 taking home the D-League championship earlier in the week, Caboclo will return to the Raptors as they begin Round 2 of the postseason Monday in Cleveland. Caboclo, who is still considered a developmental prospect, likely won't make an impact for Toronto against the Cavs.
Rudy Gobert Headshot

Gobert was removed from Friday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers in the fourth quarter with a mild left ankle sprain, but will be good to go for Sunday's Game 7, the Associated Press reports.

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X-rays conducted on Gobert's ankle came back negative, and though he may still be dealing with some residual soreness once Sunday arrives, it's not anything that will result in his workload being limited with the Jazz needing all hands on deck to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Prior to his departure, Gobert enjoyed another productive outing, tallying 15 points (5-10 FG, 5-10 FT), nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals across 33 minutes.
Austin Rivers Headshot

Rivers started at shooting guard and supplied 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one block across 35 minutes Friday in a 98-93 win over the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.

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Rivers was playing in just his second game after missing more than three weeks with a hamstring injury, but that didn't make coach Doc Rivers reluctant to move the younger Rivers up to the top unit and hand him major minutes. The 24-year-old looked far less tentative Friday than he did in his return to action three days earlier, as he provided some efficient scoring from beyond the arc, with one of his three treys helping the Clippers build a 14-point cushion with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Expect him to start again and see another significant workload in Sunday's Game 7.
George Hill Headshot

Hill compiled 22 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-9 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one block across 32 minutes Friday in a 98-93 Game 6 loss to the Clippers.

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A 80.1 percent free-throw shooter during the regular season, Hill is usually quite reliable from the charity stripe, but his four misses Friday proved costly in a game the Jazz had a chance to tie on their final possession. That won't prevent coach Quin Snyder from continuing to lean heavily on the point guard in Sunday's Game 7, as Hill remains the top sidekick to Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward. Hill is averaging 16.8 points (on 47.4% shooting from the field), 4.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 three-pointers in 36.5 minutes per game through the first six contests of the series.
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul recorded 29 points (10-20 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and two steals across 38 minutes Friday in a 98-93 win over the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.

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With Blake Griffin missing the last three games of the series with a season-ending toe injury, Paul has took it upon himself to carry the Clippers offense on his shoulders. He was once again masterful in Game 6 as both a scorer and distributor, providing at least 27 points for the third straight game and bumping his assist-to-turnover ratio up to 29:8 during that span. Paul should see another sky-high usage rate in Sunday's Game 7 as the Clippers aim to advance to the second round.
Gordon Hayward Headshot

Hayward provided 31 points (9-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 10-11 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two steals across 42 minutes Friday in a 98-93 loss to the Clippers in Game 6 of the series.

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The Clippers nearly ran away with the game after building their lead to 15 points with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter, but Hayward did his best to keep the final margin more respectable. He scored seven consecutive points for the Jazz during one stretch in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to three, but Utah was unable to draw any closer than that. Hayward has eclipsed the 40-minute mark in both of his appearances since recovering from a bout with the stomach flu and figures to be in line for extensive minutes in Sunday's Game 7 as the Jazz look to steal the series on the road.
DeAndre Jordan Headshot

Jordan amassed 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-11 FT), 18 rebounds and one assist across 38 minutes Friday in a 98-93 win over the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.

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It wasn't the prettiest of outings for Jordan, who recorded five fouls and a season-high seven turnovers while having another unsightly showing from the free-throw line. Despite those foibles, he continued his series-long dominance on the glass, and converted just enough of his free throws to help him earn his 11th consecutive double-double. The Clippers will need another big effort from Jordan in Sunday's Game 7 in order to advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
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