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New Orleans Pelicans’ Josh Hart out with torn UCL in right thumb

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New Orleans Pelicans‘ guard Josh Hart suffered a torn UCL in his right thumb in Thursday’s game, the team announced Friday evening.

While the team said a timetable for Hart’s return will be announced at a later date, a source told ESPN Hart is expected to miss significant time because of the injury. Hart underwent an MRI on Friday to confirm the tear.

Hart injured his thumb in Thursday’s game against the Orlando Magic and was seen grabbing at his thumb throughout the fourth quarter and overtime. When Hart spoke to the media post game, his thumb was heavily wrapped.

Hart has been a major contributor off the bench for the Pelicans this season averaging 9.2 points and 8.0 rebounds a game.

Hart is one of only three players in the NBA this season listed at 6-foot-5 or shorter to average that many rebounds per game joining Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Even with the thumb injury, Hart managed to tie his career high in rebounds against the Magic with 17.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Hart is the only player with multiple 15-point, 15-rebound games off the bench this season. All other players in Pelicans’ franchise history have two such games combined.

Hart is one of several Pelicans who will miss Friday night’s contest against the Atlanta Hawks. Zion Williamson (right thumb sprain), Brandon Ingram (right first MTP irritation) and Lonzo Ball (right hip flexor strain) were previously ruled out and the Pelicans added center Steven Adams (right ankle sprain) to the injury list just over an hour before tip off.

That means New Orleans will be without its top three scorers (Williamson, Ingram, Ball) and five of its top six rebounders against the Hawks.

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Philadelphia 76ers, Danny Green agree on two-year, $20 million deal, agent says

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Free-agent guard Danny Green has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers, his agent, Raymond Brothers of Roc Nation Sports, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday night.

The deal does not include any options, according to Brothers.

Coming off a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in the bubble, Green was traded to Oklahoma City and then flipped to Philadelphia in a subsequent deal, where he provided a steady outside presence to keep defenses honest against Joel Embiid.

Green is coming off a two-year, $30 million deal he signed to join the Lakers in the summer of 2019. The 12-year veteran had a steady regular season for Philadelphia, averaging 9.5 points while shooting 40.5 percent on 3s to go with strong defense.

However, a calf strain suffered early in the 76ers’ second-round series against the Atlanta Hawks cut his postseason short.

Green, a three-time champion with three franchises, was widely praised for his leadership in the locker room during Doc Rivers’ first year in Philly.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin contributed to this report.

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Former All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge seriously considering return to NBA this season, sources say

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After medical consultation, seven-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is seriously considering a return to the NBA this season, sources told ESPN.

Aldridge abruptly retired with the Brooklyn Nets in mid-April after heart concerns sidelined him, but he now is exploring the possibility of resuming his 15-year NBA career.

Aldridge is expected to have conversations with prospective teams in the coming weeks, sources said, and still ultimately needs an individual organization’s medical clearance to sign a contract. Nevertheless, Aldridge, 36, has yet to make a final decision on playing again.

Aldridge said he experienced an irregular heartbeat during a Nets game against the Los Angeles Lakers in April, after which his condition worsened.

“For 15 years I’ve put basketball first,” Aldridge wrote on Twitter at the time. “And now, it is time to put my health and family first.”

Aldridge signed with the Nets on March 28 after agreeing to a buyout with the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he had spent the previous 5½ seasons. He spent the first nine years of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers.

He has averaged 19.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in his career.



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