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Sixers’ Furkan Korkmaz Wants to Play

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Philadelphia 76ers second-year guard Furkan Korkmaz’s future with the team is up in the air as the organization is trying to decide whether or not to exercise his 2019/20 rookie scale option ahead of today’s deadline.

Korkmaz just wants to play.

“I just left my country to come here and to play here,” Korkmaz said, during an interview with Philly.com’s Keith Pompey. “I just want to play. Then I feel like I’m ready to play. That’s why I looking for an opportunity to play. This is my second year. I just need to play.”

A trade is also possible, but Korkmaz is playing it all by ear.

“First of all, I want to see what the team is going to say to me,” Korkmaz said. “I’m waiting for them to tell me, ‘We are going to pick up your option’ [or] ‘We are not going to pick up your option.’ Then I want to think about it. I want to play. I just want to play.”

Charlotte Hornets

Hornets Interested in Andre Drummond

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The Charlotte Hornets are interested in one particular big man during 2020 free agency, should he be available.

According to Havy.com’s Sean Deveney, the Hornets are expected to pursue Detroit Pistons’ center Andre Drummond if he reaches the free agent market after the season.

Armed with significant cap space, the Hornets are poised to be serious competition for the Pistons when it comes to Drummond and a long-term deal.

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Magic’s Nikola Vucevic Out with Ankle Injury

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The Orlando Magic will be without star center Nikola Vucevic for the next four weeks due to a right ankle injury, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Vucevic was injured during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptos when he turned his ankle during a fall.

The loss of Vucevic will be tough for the Magic, who are expected to turn to Khem Birch and Mo Bamba during his absence.

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Brooklyn Nets

Nets’ Caris LeVert Out Following Surgery

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The Brooklyn Nets will be without swingman Caris LaVert for the next several weeks following surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

LaVery suffered the injury during Sunday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns and then underwent an X-ray exam, followed by an MRI.

LaVert has averaged 16.8 points per game this season for the Nets.

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