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Heat, Rockets Meeting with Jimmy Butler

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It appears as though Philadelphia 76ers superstar Jimmy Butler will be a busy man once free agency officially kicks off on Sunday.

According to ESPN’s Stefano Fusaro, Butler has an appreciation for the Miami Heat franchise and will meet with their reps once free agency opens.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler will meet with the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles early in the week.

While Butler has been heavily linked to the Rockets, via a sign and trade deal, there is growing belief that Butler is favoring a move to South Beach to play for the Heat.

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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