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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

LeBron James going around through his pregame routine in Milwaukee. Just let vet 90 minutes from tip.

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Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston, among other teams, have reached out to representatives of Jameer Nelson, league sources tell ESPN.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Point guard Jameer Nelson has cleared waivers and is free to sign with any team, league sources tell ESPN. He was released by the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday to clear room for Richard Jefferson.

Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN 

Sources: Houston's been on phones. feeling out agents on available point guards for a possible 2-to-4 week stretch without Chris Paul.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Derek Rose arrives for work

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Is it OK to call them freaks?

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson "is donating $1,000 for every point he scores over the three-game homestand between Oct. 25th-29th to benefit the victims and communities affected by the wildfires in Northern California. Klay is additionally encouraging fans to join him by pledging alongside him with a donation, of any amount, per point that he scores," says a statement by his representation. http://pledgeit.org/klay.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Newsday reporter Barbra Barker tweets that Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina hurt his ankle at Knicks practice today. The severity is unknown but Ntilikina was helped off of the court by a coach and a teammate, per a photo from Barker. Ntilikina, the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, missed four of five preseason games due to a knee bruise and missed the Knicks' summer league due to a knee injury suffered in the final game of his French League season.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The injuries to Alexis Ajinca, Rajon Rondo, Solomon Hill and Frank Jackson has the Pelicans eligible starting October 23 to apply for the hardship exception. The exception would grant New Orleans an extra roster spot. The Pelicans are currently $980K below the luxury tax and $1.55M below the hard cap. The Pelicans could also call up one of their two-way contracts, Charles Cooke or Jalen Jones.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says he has texted with Niko Mirotic. He says Mirotic is still sore after sustaining injuries in fight with Portis. It remains unclear when Mirotic will be able to return to practice.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine did not practice today because of knee soreness. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Bobby Portis apologized to his teammates in a team meeting.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Holiday says Bobby Portis practiced as hard as usual today. Holiday says Bulls will continue supporting both players.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls say Bobby Portis practiced today. He is not expected to address the media for a few days.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Thunder coach Billy Donovan, who coached Joakim Noah at the University of Florida, on Noah's frustration during his first season in New York: "Just in conversations I've had with him - he's a very very prideful guy and I think that based on him coming back to New York, growing up there, his love for New York, I think it really bothered him deeply that he didn't get himself healthy. I think he wanted to contribute a lot more, I think he wanted to help the team a lot more. I know being around him, when I was around him, he's all about winning. He's a total team guy. He's unselfish, he's a leader. But when you're in the position physically he was in last year, even talking to him after our game in New York, I know he was frustrated. He wasn't frustrated with the organization or his teammates or his coaches, he was frustrated with the fact that he couldn't help his team. And I think that really bothered him. And I know with the suspension right now, he's put a lot of work in this summer to get himself healthy and try to contribute to the best of his ability."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Morris said he believes he is still a week away from making his debut for the Celtics. Morris, late to camp while on trial in Arizona, is working through knee soreness. "Every day, [the knee is] getting better, work hard, and put more pressure on it. I've done a lot of conditioning, so my shape is better. Hopefully trying to get back next week."

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State forwards Draymond Green (knee) and Andre Iguodala (back) will both play tonight against New Orleans.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets PG Chris Paul will sit out Saturday against the Mavs due to his bruised left knee. It's the second straight game Paul will miss.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is "most likely out" from Friday's game vs. the Sixers after tweaking both his ankles against the Bucks. Smart watched Boston's shootaround Friday with his left ankle heavily wrapped and elevated. "[The ankle] was pretty swollen when I woke up [Thursday]. So we're just taking it easy. It's a long season." Smart isn't overly concerned: "It's nothing serious. That's the good thing. If I do not play [Friday], I should be back Tuesday [vs. the Knicks]."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Mindaugas Kuzminskas on what he gained from playing for Lithuania this summer in the European Championships: "I think this summer gave me a lot of self confidence because I was playing against players from the league (and) I think I did pretty well, we did pretty well so that gave me extra self confidence to go through the season," he said last week. Kuzminskas, who averaged 15 points and four rebounds in the Euros (re FIBA.com), isn't worried about possibly starting the season out of the regular rotation. He was inactive for the Knicks opener. "I think the season is long and we'll have a lot of things (that happen) during the season. What I learned from the first season is that you've got to be patient and just do your job. Your playing five minutes, your playing 7, your playing 30, you can always bring some benefits." Kuzminskas wasn't always a part of the rotation last year but produced well in stretches when he played.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was asked about Kobe Bryant's MVP challenge for Giannis Antetokounmpo this season: "Well, I think at the end of the day, it's all about team success. That's what we all want. I'm not here to piggyback on what someone else has challenged him on. That's for him and his teammates and the response that he had from Kobe. But he has the skill set, he has the talent and he has a great coach that can help him get to that point."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens called Frank Vogel for advice on how to keep Gordon Hayward engaged during long recovery. Vogel was head coach in Indy as Paul George recovered from his leg injury.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on Giannis Antetokounmpo: "He's a very dynamic player, very good player and on the path to greatness, that's for sure, if he's not already there."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart tweaked both his ankles vs. Bucks. He's uncertain vs. Sixers. Left ankle heavily wrapped at shootaround.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

These "Welcome to the Moment" shirts decorate seats at Wells Fargo Center for Philly's home opener vs. Boston.