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Ten Before Tip: NBA news on Tuesday

POSTED: Feb 25, 2014 9:32 PM ET news services


• Rumors of a possible buyout for third-year guard Jimmer Fredette surfaced early Tuesday morning. Jimmer is still a member of the Kings franchise as we go to publish, but he will not be in attendance for tonight's game while his representation and the Kings brass work out the specifics of his release. "As a guy for your locker room, as a person, as an all around player, he definitely belongs in the NBA," Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro said when asked about Fredette during shootaround. "Someone's gonna get someone that will really help their team and we firmly believe that. When we get to that point, whether it's now or at the end of the season, he's gonna be a player in this league."

• "The one thing I give Jimmer great credit for, his three years have not gone the way he would have hoped, obviously. But I have a lot of respect for him as a man and how he's carried himself through some difficult times. Hopefully this will all be resolved soon and I will always wish Jimmer nothing but the best." -- Michael Malone on Fredette

• Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (back soreness), shooting guard Dion Waiters (left knee hyperextension), and shooting guard C.J. Miles (left ankle sprain) remain out and will not travel with the team to Oklahoma City for its Wednesday game. Cleveland coach Mike Brown said Varejao and Waiters have resumed light on-court work, but Miles has not performed any basketball activities since being hurt on Feb. 19 against Orlando. Leading rebounder Varejao is sitting out his seventh game in a row, while sixth man Waiters is sidelined for a fourth straight contest.

• Toronto, which leads the Atlantic Division by four games over Brooklyn, continues to hold down the third seed in the Eastern Conference by 1 1/2 games over Chicago. Power forward Amir Johnson (right ankle soreness), who was listed as questionable, will start. The remainder of the Raptors' lineup conists of point guard Kyle Lowry, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, small forward Terrence Ross, and center Jonas Valanciunas.

• The Wizards (28-28), fifth in the Eastern Conference, are on a roll with three straight wins. Then the team got rocked as they learned on Monday Nene will miss six weeks with a sprained left MCL. The power forward, who is averaging 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds, suffered the injury during the third quarter of Sunday's win at the Cleveland Cavaliers. "We're going to play the same way. Our philosophy doesn't change," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "There are going to be opportunities tonight for guys that maybe haven't played as many minutes to step up." Trevor Booker is expected to replace Nene in the starting lineup.

• Not be outdone on the injury front, the Magic will play without leading scorer Arron Afflalo (sprained right ankle) for a second straight game. Meanwhile point guard Jameer Nelson is a game-time decision due to a sinus issue, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. Orlando (17-41) has lost four of five games overall and 15 straight on the road games.

• Evan Turner can expect to play between 18-25 minutes off the bench in his debut with the Pacers tonight, said Indiana coach Frank Vogel. The shooting guard, acquired along with Lavoy Allen for Danny Granger at the NBA trade deadline, joined the team for a post-practice workout Sunday, had a full practice Monday and shootaround Tuesday morning.

• Nick Young will miss his seventh game in the past eight for the Lakers with a left knee fracture and bone bruise. "It's a little bit of a setback," coach Mike D'Antoni said, "but he'll come back and this gives us a chance to take a look at the other guys."

• Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap will miss Tuesday's game against the visiting Bulls, and is not expected to be available Wednesday at Boston, either, because the right knee contusion he suffered Feb. 21 at Detroit is still bothering him.

• Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler will miss his second straight game with a bruised rib. Rookie Tony Snell will start alongside Kirk Hinrich in the backcourt. Snell, who is 6-feet-7, figures to at times be matched with Allanta's Mack, who goes 6-3. Against the Heat Sunday, Snell shot just 2-for-10, but he had no turnovers, three assists and three rebounds in 37:33.

•The Timberwolves (27-29), though winning three of their past four, continue to be bogged down with injuries. Out again tonight are center Nikola Pekovic (ankle), guard Kevin Martin (thumb) and center Rony Turiaf (knee).

• The injuries have forced star forward Kevin Love to put in time at center. "It wears him out after awhile," coach Rick Adelman said. "It takes away from his rebounding because he has to box guys out."

• Backup Suns guard Leandro Barbosa will miss the game with a toe injury.

• Nuggets coach Brian Shaw is shaking up his starting lineup, inserting 7-footer Timofey Mozgov at center and bringing J.J. Hickson in off the bench. Hickson, who scored just one point in a loss to Sacramento on Sunday, has started most of the year at center despite being undersized. "(Mozgov) gives us that size in the middle, which J.J., to his credit, was doing the best he possibly could but night in and night out was overmatched in terms of size," Shaw said. "This gives us a more natural matchup to start the game as well as allow J.J. to go back to his natural power forward position coming off the bench." Hickson will serve as Kenneth Faried's backup at power forward.

• Denver will be without point guard Ty Lawson for the seventh straight game because of a fractured rib. The Nuggets are 1-5 since Lawson suffered the injury Feb. 8 in Detroit.