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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Payne, when asked about Fred Hoiberg has told him about his role/minutes moving forward: "He hasn't said much about it. I'm pretty sure it's all going to come out here, coming through practice. That's all I can really [control]. That's all I know."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Portis acknowledged that the process has been confusing for him: "A lot," he said. "I didn't understand why I had to go down [to the D-League], but at the same time I knew that it was all for a reason.''

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bobby Portis was asked today after practice if he understood why he wasn't getting minutes earlier in the year: "Nah, I didn't really know what I could do to get minutes," he said. "The one thing that I know that I always do is just come in here every day, work as hard as I can, let the dominos fall how they fall. Every day I come in here, just bust my butt for some minutes, but sometimes it wouldn't work. I always kept faith in God, knew that it would eventually come around. You know even when I went to the D-League I felt that it was helping me, having to go down there and get some confidence.''

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Victor Oladipo (back spasms) participated in a limited way in practice today, but Billy Donovan says he's progressing well. Will know more tomorrow following shootaround about his availability against the Jazz.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

According to Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, former New York Knicks point guard Brandon Jennings plans to sign with the Charlotte Hornets if he clears waivers. Jennings should be a substantial upgrade on Brian Roberts as the backup to Kemba Walker with Ramon Sessions sidelined by knee surgery. The Hornets are three games back of the eighth seed but could still mount a late run if they get Cody Zeller healthy. Charlotte is 22-17 when Zeller plays and 3-17 without him this season.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bobby Portis says his mom helped keep him grounded and keep his spirits up when he wasn't playing. Also says Taj Gibson always told him to "stay ready" for his opportunity.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

One team, league sources tell ESPN, with interest in newly released backup point guard Brandon Jennings: Washington.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets signed guard Isaiah Taylor to a three-year non-guaranteed deal. Thomas will stay with the D-League team and take one of the two open roster spots.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks formally announce that they've signed Chasson Randle and waived Brandon Jennings. People around the league believe this is the start of a youth movement over the final 20-plus games in New York. It seems like the playoff push has officially been abandoned.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

As of this morning, Kristaps Porzingis was unlikely to play tonight against the Toronto Raptors, according to a source. Porzingis suffered an ankle sprain Thursday against Cleveland and missed Saturday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers. If Porzingis is out, Lance Thomas will likely start against the Raptors.

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

Basketball gods need to make Richaun Holmes into a star or something. Give the Philly fans something fun.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on the Heat: "They've made an amazing turnaround. Erik [Spoelstra] has thrust himself into the Coach of the Year conversation without question." He added that he isn't sure he's ever seen a better drive-and-kick team in his 33 years in the NBA.

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Joakim Noah is having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today, per source. It's same knee as 2014 but I'm told it's a recent injury

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

An exact timetable for Joakim Noah's return from a knee injury hasn't been determined yet, according to a source. He will be examined by team doctors before a timetable is determined. Noah is likely to miss the rest of the season, according to a source. He is in the first year of a four-year $72 million contract.