NBA rumors: Latest news on injuries, contracts, more

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off the biggest comeback in the NBA this season on Tuesday, erasing a 21-point, first-half deficit to complete a 99–94 win over the Chicago Bulls. However, many around the league are focused on the off-court matter of a new collective bargaining agreement, as the NBA and NBPA have until Thursday's opt-out deadline to reach a new deal.

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.

• The Milwaukee Bucks will "more likely than not" trade big man Greg Monroe before the deadline, reports Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

• Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel is now willing to see how a three-center system would work, reports Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Noel had previously asked for a trade because he didn't believe he would receive ample playing time next to Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid.

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• Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors will return for Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, reports ESPN's Tim MacMahon. Favors has missed the last 12 games with a bone bruise in his left knee.

• Jazz point guard George Hill will miss his sixth straight game on Wednesday with a toe injury, reports MacMahon.

• Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay is listed as day-to-day with a hip flexor strain, reports ESPN's Chris Haynes.

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• The Chicago Bulls are hopeful that point guard Michael Carter-Williams will return next week, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Carter-Williams has been out since Nov. 1 with a knee injury. 

• Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins predicted that the team will win at least one championship by 2030, reports Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel.

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