Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is scheduled to receive a salary advance of more than $24 million, according to multiple reports.
Bryant is owed $30.5 million this season. The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement allows players to receive up to 80 per cent of their salary upfront. Bryant’s amount of $24,363,044 is 79.7 per cent.
Bryant’s return from an Achilles tendon tear is still unknown, but his salary is guaranteed.
San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan is not scheduled to play in Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a chest contusion, coach Gregg Popovich said at the team’s shootaround.
Duncan was injured Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Duncan is considered day-to-day, but Popovich said he was not sure when he would return.
Jeremy Lin returns to the Houston Rockets’ starting line-up on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks because of a rib injury to point guard Patrick Beverley.
Beverley is out 10 to 14 days after sustaining the injury during the Rockets’ season opener Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Orlando Magic forward/centre Solomon Jones has a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
Jones will have surgery and is out indefinitely. He was injured during Wednesday night’s overtime loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Philadelphia 76ers has announced they exercised the third-year team options on forward Arnett Moultrie and guard Tony Wroten.