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Grizzlies’ Ben McLemore out 12 weeks after foot surgery

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Ben McLemore‘s two-year, $10.7 million contract with the Grizzlies isn’t off to the best start.

Grizzlies release:

Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace announced that guard Ben McLemore has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The injury occurred when he landed on another player’s foot after driving to the basket during a pick-up game in Los Angeles.

McLemore underwent successful surgery and will be out an estimated 12 weeks. He is expected to make a full recovery.

With the NBA season starting sooner, a 12-week timetable would sideline McLemore the first two weeks of the regular season. This a blow both for him and Memphis, which looks like an unlikely – but potential – playoff team in a stacked Western Conference.

McLemore, who never found his footing with the Kings, had a chance to become the Grizzlies’ starting shooting guard. At least Memphis has plenty of players who can play the position in his absence: Tyreke Evans, Andrew Harrison, Wayne Selden, Troy Daniels and Wade Baldwin. It gets easier to put one of the combo guards there if Mario Chalmers – who was very good in his last stint with the Grizzlies – is healthy enough to back up Mike Conley at point guard.

Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin insinuates Celtics are on Kyrie Irving’s list

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Kyrie Irving, who requested a trade to the Cavaliers, reportedly prefers to be dealt to the Knicks, Heat, Spurs or Timberwolves.

Might there be a fifth team on Irving’s list?

Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin – while commending Irving – twice alluded to the Celtics.

Griffin on ESPN:

This is a guy whose list included really good coaching situations – Brad Stevens and Popovich.

The teams on his list – Gordon Hayward in Boston and Kawhi Leonard in San Antonio – he would be accompanying other great players.

I still think it’s possible Griffin confused details during his first TV appearance, but he brought up Boston twice. That makes a mix-up less likely.

Griffin was already out in Cleveland before Irving requested a trade from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, but Griffin still knows people in the organization. He could have inside information.

The asset-rich Celtics will be linked to every star who becomes available. With Isaiah Thomas – three years older than Irving and seeking   max contract – entering free agency, it’d make sense for the Celtics to consider trading for Irving. A swap based on Thomas-for-Irving could help the Cavaliers win a title in LeBron James‘ last season before free agency and help Boston contend once Cleveland has fallen off.

Irving – locked up two more years and without a no-trade clause – holds little sway where he goes. But the more confidence the Celtics have that Irving would re-sign in 2019, the more they’d deal for him. If Irving wants to join Boston, that means something.

Robert Horry punches at man at son’s basketball game (video)

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Robert Horry said he left the Lakers with “so much hatred for that team.”

Back in Los Angeles for his son’s basketball game last weekend, Horry didn’t look happier.

TMZ:

Witnesses tell us a man affiliated with the opposing team was heckling Horry throughout the game when he approached R.H. and pushed him.

“The guy was trash talking the whole game. He shoved me. Where I’m from, you protect yourself.”

R.H. — a 7x NBA champion — says he ultimately decided to walk away rather than continue to fight, knowing he was “the only one who was gonna lose in this situation.”

Horry claims this isn’t the first time the guy has been verbally abusive … saying he’s trash talked his son’s team in the past.

It’s a shame nobody deescalated this situation, especially around children. It seems the other man (who pushed Horry first), Horry and tournament officials all failed in that regard.

Report: Timberwolves signing Marcus Georges-Hunt

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The Timberwolves are adding a guard.

No, not Kyrie Irving.

Marcus Georges-Hunt.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Georges-Hunt is a borderline NBA player. After going undrafted out of Georgia Tech last year, he signed a 10-day contract with the Heat then played for the Magic.

Orlando waived him, but the waiver process encapsulated his place in the league. Bobby Marks of ESPN:

I wouldn’t be surprised if Georges-Hunt is getting a standard contract or two-way contract from Minnesota. Either is plausible.

At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, Georges-Hunt is a big guard who shot 3-pointers well in the D-League last season. If he sustains that – even with limited playmaking and athleticism – he’ll stick in the NBA long enough to show whether or not his size can translate to good defense at that level. If either skill doesn’t hold up, he’ll wash out.

Is LeBron James subtweeting Kyrie Irving?

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Not everything LeBron James says and does is about Kyrie Irving.

But with Irving’s trade request the NBA’s predominant storyline, it’s hard not to read LeBron’s social-media postings (and Irving’s, for that matter) as indirect shots between the Cavaliers’ stars.

LeBron:

Is LeBron just posting a clean version of a lyric from Drake’s “Portland” because he likes the song? Maybe. Is it directed at someone other than Irving? Perhaps.

But might LeBron just be acting petty and passive-aggressive? That wouldn’t be out of character, either, and this response would fit what we know of the Irving-LeBron breakdown.