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[October 16, 2017]  The Sports Xchange

10/16/2017 NBA Note - Boston Celtics Morris, Marcus

F Marcus Morris will miss Tuesday's season opener against the Cavaliers due to right knee soreness, Boston coach Brad Stevens said on Sunday. The loss of Morris will require some lineup shuffling as the 28-year-old was the player in line to guard Cleveland star LeBron James. First-round pick Jayson Tatum may end up with the starting assignment in his first NBA game. Morris averaged 14 points and 4.6 rebounds in 79 games last season.

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NBA Note - Philadelphia 76ers Fultz, Markelle

G Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, will open the season as a reserve, coach Brett Brown announced Sunday.

The 76ers open the season Wednesday against the Wizards and the star backcourt combo of John Wall and Bradley Beal, and that was one factor in the decision. Another is that Fultz played in just two preseason games after battling shoulder and knee ailments.

Fultz scored four points on 2-of-13 shooting in his first preseason appearance against the Grizzlies. He fared better in his second when he tallied 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting against the Celtics.

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NBA Note - Minnesota Timberwolves Towns, Karl-Anthony

C Karl-Anthony Towns and G Tyus Jones had their fourth-year options exercised by the Timberwolves , the team announced Sunday.

Towns, the top overall pick in the 2015 draft, averaged 25.1 points and 12.3 rebounds while starting all 82 games for the second straight season in 2016-17. The 7-footer set a team single-season scoring record with 2,061 points and recorded 1,007 rebounds. He became the youngest player in NBA history to total at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a season, the 15th player overall and first since Tim Duncan in 2001-02.

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NBA Note - Minnesota Timberwolves Jones, Tyus
 
 G Tyus Jones and C Karl-Anthony Towns had their fourth-year options exercised by the Timberwolves , the team announced Sunday. Jones averaged 3.5 points and 2.6 assists in 12.9 minutes in 60 games last season. Jones was originally drafted by the Cavaliers in 2015 and dealt to Minnesota on draft night.
 
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 NBA Note - Detroit Pistons Johnson, Stanley
 
 F Stanley Johnson and F Henry Ellenson had their team options for the 2018-19 season picked up by the Pistons, the team announced Sunday.

 Johnson, in his third season, has averaged 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 20.4 minutes in 150 NBA games, including seven starts. He was the No. 8 overall pick by the Pistons in the 2015 draft.
 
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 NBA Note - Detroit Pistons Ellenson, Henry
 
 F Henry Ellenson and F Stanley Johnson had their team options for the 2018-19 season picked up by the Pistons, the team announced Sunday.
 
 Ellenson averaged 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds 0.4 assists and 7.7 minutes in 19 games (two starts) last season as a rookie. He was taken 18th overall by the Pistons in the 2016 draft.
 
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