NBA Notes: Wade likely out until playoffs

NBA Notes: Wade likely out until playoffs
April 8, 2013, 7:30 pm
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With the Heat already clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, it's unlikely you'll see Dwyane Wade on the court until the playoffs begin.

Wade has missed six of the past eight games with knee issues, and expects to sit until he is healthy.

"The most important thing is to be healthy," Wade told ESPN (via ProBasketballTalk). "So when I feel it, then I'll get back on the court. Obviously, I want to play. But I have to make sure that I'm right. You have to get healthy.

"We took care of business so we were able to say, 'We have these injuries, so let's take care of it now and be smart. I would love to be playing right now. As a player, if you get a couple days off, you want to get back to it. But I'm just trying to be smart with my doctors. When I feel like I can get back on the floor, then I will."

Wade is averaging 21.3 points, five rebounds and five assists per game this season for the Heat.

Love has knee surgery
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, ending any small chance of him finishing an injury-filled season on the court.

The Timberwolves made the announcement on Monday night. Love is expected to be out four to six weeks after having a buildup of scar tissue removed from his knee.

It's the latest injury in a season filled with them for the Timberwolves and Love. After helping the United States win gold in London, Love played in just 18 games this season. He broke his right hand before the regular season, then broke it again 18 games into his return. He averaged 18.3 points and 14 rebounds this season.

The knee surgery is minor and he is expected to be ready for training camp.

-The Associated Press

Hornets still looking to move Eric Gordon
The New Orleans Hornets failed to trade Eric Gordon at the trade deadline, but they intend to see what interest the shooting guard has this summer.

Sources told the Times-Picayune that the Hornets "[are] still likely to remain open to trading" Gordon after the season ends (via ProBasketballTalk).

Gordon has had knee injuries and is owed $45 million over the next three seasons, so it seems unlikely that a team will be willing to make a deal for him.

In 37 games with the Hornets this season, Gordon is averaging 16.5 points, 3.2 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game.

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