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nba rumors Isaiah Thomas called out DeMarre Carroll by calling him a nonfactor Friday night in the wake of Carroll's hard push to the back on a fast break that sent the Boston Celtics guard sprawling to the floor. Thomas immediately ran at Carroll to confront him after the second-quarter play. The ensuing fracas resulted in technical fouls for both players and for the Celtics' Jae Crowder, and Carroll ultimately earned a flagrant foul 1 for the initial shove. ESPN.com

"It was intentional. Did you see it?" Thomas said after scoring 20 points in the Celtics' 107-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors. "Yeah, that's not a basketball play by any means. Guys who aren't factors in games do that. It is what it is." ESPN.com

Thomas said the nature of Carroll's move didn't have a place in today's game. "It's not like back in the day where you can put your hands up and fight a guy," Thomas said. "You can't do that. But that was not a basketball play whatsoever, and that's not cool that he did that." ESPN.com

Cavaliers star LeBron James did not participate in shootaround for Saturday night's nationally televised game against the Chicago Bulls and is listed as questionable. The Cavs said James was sick. Since James returned in the 2014-15 season, the Cavs are 4-18 when the four-time league MVP does not play. Akron Beacon Journal

The Heat's next two road games had been scheduled for national television until the Heat's losing record got in the way. So Monday's game against the Dallas Mavericks was removed from TNT's schedule, with Friday's game against the Orlando Magic eliminated from ESPN's schedule, the league announced Friday. In the place of those games will be Indiana Pacers at Houston Rockets on Monday night and Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. The Heat's nationally stricken games remain available in South Florida on Fox Sports Sun, as well as NBA League Pass. South Florida Sun Sentinel

nba rumors The New Orleans Pelicans, who waived injured forward Omri Casspi earlier today, have signed free agent guard Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract. Williams, 6-6, 210, previously appeared in five games for New Orleans this season after being signed on December 10, averaging 5.0 points while shooting .500 from three-point range, and 1.2 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game. Inside Hoops

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Omri Casspi, who yesterday was diagnosed with a broken thumb and is out of action for the next 4-6 weeks. Inside Hoops

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Axel Toupane (tu-PON) to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Toupane, 24, has appeared in 28 games with Raptors 905 of the NBA D-League this season and has posted averages of 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.6 minutes per game. Inside Hoops

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nba rumors The Warriors have contacted Turner Sports about Shaquille O’Neal’s ongoing coverage of center JaVale McGee, a source confirmed to The Chronicle. The news was first reported by ESPN. Golden State reached out to Turner officials to voice concerns that McGee’s numerous appearances on “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” TNT’s bloopers segment on “Inside the NBA,” is unnecessarily hurting McGee’s reputation. San Francisco Chronicle

This comes after O’Neal and McGee engaged in a heated Twitter feud Thursday night. Long known for showing highlights of McGee’s absentminded follies on the court, TNT aired a “Doctor Strange” segment Thursday that focused exclusively on McGee bloopers. San Francisco Chronicle

That prompted McGee to tweet at O’Neal, telling him in explicit language to stop talking about him. At one point, O’Neal tweeted that McGee “will only be remembered” for “Shaqtin’ a Fool.” San Francisco Chronicle

nba rumors "I was happy that the trade deadline was over with and I knew where I'd be finishing the rest of the season," [Jahlil] Okafor said. "After the past couple weeks I couldn't wait until 3 o'clock yesterday would pass, which means I wouldn't have to worry about where I would be and have to deal with all the trade rumors. "It's a sigh of relief. I'm glad it's over with. I'm still a Sixer so I'm excited about playing tonight." CSN Philly

The biggest reason for Noel's departure is his contract. Noel is set to become a restricted free agent this summer. He's a desirable player in today's NBA as a big that can run the floor and offer elite rim protection. Okafor can't become a restricted free agent until 2019. CSN Philly

Colangelo said there was a market for Okafor, but he just couldn't find the right deal. "The market dictates what’s there and interestingly given our situation with the multiple talented bigs I think it's safe to say people view us as a place to come if they are looking for a big," Colangelo said. CSN Philly

nba rumors After a disappointing trade deadline, Knicks fans got a little reprieve Friday afternoon when Kristaps Porzingis said doctors detected no structural damage to his sprained right ankle and that it’s possible he could play as soon as Monday. “Feeling better,” he said. “There’s a lot of swelling, but I can walk around no problem and the swelling is going down, too.” NY Newsday

Asked about playing Monday, when the Knicks face the Raptors, he said he thought it was “a possibility.” “Right now again, I don’t want to say anything that’s gonna get me in trouble,” Porzingis said. “I don’t want to say that I’ll play. But it all depends on them. If they see that I’m ready and I can go, then I’ll play, sure.” NY Newsday

By waiving veteran point guard Deron Williams on Thursday, the Dallas Mavericks essentially have turned the key to their offensive over to rookie point guard Yogi Ferrell. And what a mighty responsibility is it for Ferrell, who the Mavericks originally signed to a 10-day contract on Jan. 27 after finding the diminutive playmaker with the Long Island Nets of the national Basketball Development League. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Mavericks are hedging their bets that Ferrell, who eventually signed a two-year contract with Dallas, can be their starting point guard for many years to come. By waiving Williams, that process stats immediately. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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