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  • Luke Kennard SG | LAC

    Clippers' Luke Kennard: Gets 20 minutes in return

    Kennard (calf) logged 20 minutes off the bench in Monday's 119-117 win over the Hornets, finishing with nine points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds and two assists.

    Kennard was on a minute restriction in his return from a nine-game absence, but it's unlikely that he'll see a dramatic increase in playing time now that the Clippers are at close to full strength. His return coincided with stars Kawhi Leonard (ankle) and Paul George (hamstring) also making their way back from multi-game absences, leaving fewer minutes available for the rest of the Clippers' wing and forward options. Norman Powell (groin) is also expected to rejoin the mix eventually, a development that could squeeze Kennard's playing time even further.

  • Karim Mane SG | ORL

    Karim Mane: Garners modest role in loss

    Mane mustered four points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and two rebounds in 15 minutes during Monday's 125-123 loss to Long Island.

    Mane continues to garner a modest reserve role for the Blue Coats. Across 11 appearances, the 22-year-old is averaging 5.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 16.8 minutes per game.

  • 76ers' Julian Champagnie: All-around performance not enough

    Champagnie recorded 38 points (8-21 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 9-9 FT), nine rebounds, four blocks and one assist in 42 minutes during Monday's 125-123 loss to Long Island.

    Champagnie fell one point short from tying his season-high point total and one rebound short of back-to-back double-doubles. Across seven appearances with Delaware, the 21-year-old is averaging 24.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 35.2 minutes per game.

  • Mike Muscala PF | OKC

    Thunder's Mike Muscala: Rejoins rotation Monday

    Muscala (finger) tallied five points (2-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and one steal across 14 minutes in Monday's 121-114 win over the Hawks.

    After missing the Thunder's final five games of November with a broken left pinkie finger, Muscala was cleared to play in advance of Saturday's game against the Timberwolves, but he went unused in the 135-128 win. The absence of Kenrich Williams (knee) in Monday's contest reopened a spot in the rotation for Muscala, who delivered a sold line during his limited time on the floor. With the likes of Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Aleksej Pokusevski and Darius Bazley all representing greater developmental priorities in the frontcourt, Muscala isn't a lock to be included in head coach Mark Daigneault's rotation every game even though he's healthy again.

  • Ousmane Dieng SF | OKC

    Thunder's Ousmane Dieng: Sent to G League

    The Thunder assigned Dieng to the team's G League Oklahoma City affiliate Tuesday, Andrew Schlecht reports.

    Dieng has recently seen a fair amount of action, logging double-digit minutes in each of the last five games and posting a season-high 15 points last time out. He will head to the G League to get in some extra work, but it seems likely he will rejoin the parent organization in short order.

  • Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen: Takes part in shootaround

    Allen (back), who is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Lakers, took part in the team's morning shootaround, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Allen has missed the Cavaliers' last five games, but his involvement in shootaround is a promising sign for his chances of ending his streak of absences Tuesday. The Cavaliers will likely provide more clarity on Allen's status in the hours leading up to the 7:30 p.m. ET opening tip. If Allen returns, the Cavaliers would have fewer minutes available for the likes of Mamadi Diakite, Robin Lopez and Cedi Osman.

  • Jaden Hardy SG | DAL

    Mavericks' Jaden Hardy: Lights up Suns in garbage time

    Hardy finished with 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 FT) in 2:25 of court time in Monday's 130-111 win over the Suns.

    According to Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News, head coach Jason Kidd said prior to the game that Hardy was deserving of more playing time with the Mavericks, after the rookie second-round pick had averaged 29.0 points (on 54.8 percent shooting from the field), 4.4 three-pointers, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 blocks and 0.7 steals in 34.1 minutes per game over his first nine contests with the G League's Texas Legends. Though Kidd didn't give any run to Hardy on Monday until the outcome was already in hand, the 20-year-old provided a glimpse of his immense potential. While sporting an absurd 107.7 usage rate, Hardy put up points efficiently, though he also picked up two fouls along the way. Hardy could get a look in the Dallas rotation at some point, but it may take a couple injuries to backcourt players before that materializes.

  • Wenyen Gabriel PF | LAL

    Lakers' Wenyen Gabriel: Out at least one week

    Gabriel (shoulder) will be re-evaluated in approximately one week and will miss at least the Lakers' next four games, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.

    Gabriel may have suffered his sprained left shoulder during the Lakers' win over the Wizards on Sunday, when he was limited to nine minutes. The 25-year-old has been a rotation player for the Lakers this season, but his playing time has dropped down of late following the recent return of LeBron James from a five-game absence.

  • Grizzlies' Kenneth Lofton: Sent to G League

    The Grizzlies transferred Lofton to the G League's Memphis Hustle on Tuesday.

    Lofton has played in only three NBA games this season, with his last appearance coming Nov. 25 against New Orleans. Across six appearances with the Hustle, Lofton is averaging 27.2 points in 33.7 minutes per game.

  • Grizzlies' Vince Williams: Transferred to G League

    The Grizzlies transferred Williams to the G League's Memphis Hustle on Tuesday.

    Williams saw a career-high 14 minutes in Monday's win over Miami, but he'll be sent to the G League, along with Kennedy Chandler and Kenneth Lofton, a day later. Across three appearances with the Hustle, Williams is averaging 11.7 points in 32.0 minutes per game.

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