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The latest news and rumors from the NBA regular season.

December 14, 2016

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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