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Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler will likely miss 3-4 weeks because of a left elbow sprain, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Butler underwent an MRI on Monday, which revealed that surgery will not be necessary, league sources said.
Possibly missing Butler for a month is a significant blow to the Bulls, who are without Derrick Rose after he underwent surgery Friday to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee. Rose is expected to return in 4-6 weeks.
Butler, averaging 20.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists in a league-high 38.9 minutes per game, was injured during Sunday’s 96-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
An All-Star in his fourth season with the Bulls, Butler, 25, is considered one of the top restricted free agents available next summer.
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The National Basketball Referee's Association had no involvement in the NBA's decision to make public the league's evaluation of officiating calls in the final two minutes of close games, a union official told Yahoo Sports on Friday.
"We did not participate in the elaboration of this process and we cannot evaluate its effect until after it has been implemented," NBRA general counsel Lee Seham told Yahoo Sports in an email on Friday.
Beginning next week, the NBA will make public play-by-play reports involving all referee calls in the final two minutes and overtimes of regular-season and playoff games, the NBA announced on Friday. The NBA says each play will be reviewed by a senior referee manager of basketball operations manager and include a video link to the play.
The process will include correct and incorrect calls made by NBA officials. The NBA is calling it part of its "transparency initiative" connected to its officiating program.
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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson will likely face an NBA fine for publicly commenting on Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Upon leaving Ohio State’s game on Thursday night in Columbus, Jackson told Cleveland.com that Russell was a “great looking kid. Great prospect.”
The NBA forbids league officials from making public comments on draft-ineligible players, and sources told Yahoo Sports that the league office was beginning to look into the matter Friday morning.
After winning 11 NBA championships as a coach, this is Jackson’s first year as an NBA executive. The Knicks will have one of the highest picks in the 2015 NBA draft, and Russell is considered the No. 1 point guard prospect in college basketball.
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The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired forward Thomas Robinson through a claim in the NBA's waiver process, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Robinson had reached agreement on a deal with the Brooklyn Nets should he have cleared waivers and become a free agent. For the Nets to sign Robinson for a possible playoff appearance, the Sixers would have to waive him by Saturday.
The Sixers needed the sum of Robinson's remaining salary to honor the obligations of the collective bargaining agreement that dictate a team needs to reach within 90 percent of the NBA's salary floor before season's end – or pay out that shortfall amount equally among the rest of the players on the roster.
Robinson's $3,678,360 salary pushes the Sixers over the salary floor. Denver is no longer responsible for paying Robinson's salary. The Nuggets saved close to $900,000 on the balance of Robinson's salary because the Sixers claimed him.
The Sixers can use Robinson to reach the salary then waive him again. Nevertheless, their initial plan is to keep Robinson and take a look at him in the short-term, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
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The Los Angeles Clippers plan to sign forward Jordan Hamilton of the Reno Bighorns to a 10-day contract Tuesday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Clippers have been examining the buyout market, free agency and the NBA Development League for small forward depth and settled on Hamilton.
Hamilton, 24, has averaged 16.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season for Reno of the D-League.
Hamilton has had NBA stops with Denver (2011-14) and Houston (2014). He was the 26th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft out of Texas.
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Forward Thomas Robinson has reached agreement on a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Robinson, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, will sign a 10-day deal with the Nets, which is expected to lead to an agreement for the remainder of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Robinson will clear NBA waivers on Tuesday at 5 p.m. EST.
After Portland traded Robinson to Denver on Thursday, Robinson's agent requested he be waived because of a lack of playing time available to him with the Nuggets.
Brooklyn wants to take a long look at the 6-foot-10 Robinson with hopes of a potential future partnership. Robinson has played for the Kings, Houston Rockets and Trail Blazers without finding traction in his career.
Robinson, 23, averaged 12 minutes in 32 appearances for the Blazers this season.
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New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis has suffered no structural damage to his right shoulder and his return to the lineup has been termed day-to-day, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Davis, an MVP candidate, reinjured his right shoulder on Saturday night in a collision with Miami's Hassan Whiteside. The injury caused him to leave the game.
Davis withdrew from the All-Star game with the bruised shoulder last week.
"He got it in the same spot," a source with knowledge of the injury told Yahoo Sports.
Davis is averaging 24 points and 10 rebounds a game for New Orleans. The Pelicans are 28-27 and two games behind Oklahoma City for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has finalized a buyout agreement on the remaining three-plus years of his contract, clearing the way for him to leave the NBA and work on the personal issues that derailed his career, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
As part of the buyout, Sanders will leave with approximately half of the $44 million extension he signed in 2014, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Sanders has had repeated violations of the NBA's anti-drug policy and hasn't shown an inclination to immediately return to the league. Sanders could become a reclamation project for an NBA team next season, but his desire to play and ability to meet league requirements needs improving.
At his best, Sanders has proven to be a dominant defensive player and an emerging offensive threat. Sanders has been marginally productive since signing the extension. Nevertheless, suspensions and injuries have derailed his career over the past two seasons with the Bucks.
Sanders had been suspended for the final five games of the 2013-14 season for a positive marijuana test. Under league rules, his next positive test called for the 10-game suspension without pay.
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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad will undergo surgery for a torn ligament in his middle finger and miss the rest of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The recovery period for the injury on his shooting hand is expected to be eight weeks, a league source told Yahoo Sports.
Muhammad, 22, has made significant strides in his second season for the Wolves, averaging 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds.
He was the 14th overall pick out of UCLA in the 2013 NBA draft.
After completing a contract buyout with the Utah Jazz, center Kendrick Perkins plans to sign a free agent deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his agent Arn Tellem told Yahoo Sports on Saturday.
Perkins' reps and the Jazz reached agreement on the buyout on Saturday afternoon, and Perkins can sign with the Cavaliers once he clears waivers on Monday at 5 p.m. EST.
Perkins strongly considered the Los Angeles Clippers, too.
For the Cavaliers, Perkins will be a backup center to Timofy Mozgov.
Perkins’ talents have diminished in the past few years, but his toughness and leadership still makes him a valued presence in contending locker rooms. Perkins has played 13 NBA seasons, including eight with the Boston Celtics and five with the Thunder.