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LeBron James shouts out pending free agent Marcus Morris on Instagram

LeBron James shouts out pending free agent Marcus Morris on Instagram

Welcome to the NBA offseason, where no Instagram comment goes unnoticed.

Marcus Morris' 2018-19 season is over after the Milwaukee Bucks bounced the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs. Morris will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and based on his Instagram post Thursday night, he likes his chances of landing a solid contract, whether in Boston or elsewhere.

And wouldn't you know who chimed in to show Morris some love: Los Angeles Lakers forward and puller of NBA strings LeBron James.

There's nothing wrong with one player congratulating another on a strong season, and Morris did shoot a career-high 44.7 percent from the floor in 2018-19 while averaging 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

But considering Morris can sign with any team he wants this summer and he and James share the same agent (Rich Paul of Klutch Sports), LeBron's comment is worthy of at least a single eyebrow raise.

James wasn't the only NBA player to applaud Morris, as Celtics teammate Jayson Tatum ("My dawg!!"), Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (two fist emojis), Denver Nuggets point guard Isaiah Thomas ("Yessir cuz") and his twin brother Markieff Morris ("Big Benji..") also shouted him out in the comments.

Which of those players is recruiting Morris and which are just sending good vibes? We'll let you be the judge.

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Ex-Celtic Guerschon Yabusele fined by CBA for not looking at Chinese flag during anthem

Ex-Celtic Guerschon Yabusele fined by CBA for not looking at Chinese flag during anthem

Ex-Celtic Guerschon Yabusele, now playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, got himself in some hot water over the weekend.

The 23-year-old was fined $1,400 and received a "serious warning" for not looking at the Chinese flag during the national anthem before a game. According to TMZ Sports, a rule in the CBA handbook states players must look at the flag during the "March of the Volunteers."

Yabusele apologized for the incident with the following statement:

"I have the same routine, I've been doing this my whole career and I wanted to apologize for the people that took it Personnal [sic] because it was not my point," he said, per TMZ.

"I will show my respect during the Chinese national anthem and keep my head up for now on, Love you guys."

In 2017, a law passed that makes disrespecting the Chinese national anthem a crime that carries a maximum 3-year jail sentence.

Of course, Yabusele clearly meant no disrespect, so that explains the light slap on the wrist for the Celtics' No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers live stream: Watch NBA game online

Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers live stream: Watch NBA game online

Exactly one month after breaking his hand against the Spurs, Gordon Hayward could make his return to the Celtics lineup Monday night when the C's wrap up a three-game homestand against the Cavaliers. 

Hayward had surgery exactly four weeks ago, and after the procedure, his announced timetable was "up to six weeks," so a potential return to the lineup Monday would be a best-case scenario for the C's.

Boston has fared well in Hayward's absence, going 9-4 in 13 games (after going 7-1 in eight games with Hayward). Other players have stepped up with Hayward out, with Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum all averaging at least 20 points per game this season.

While Hayward might return, Marcus Smart is dealing with yet another health setback, as he's doubtful to play thanks to an eye infection. Robert Williams has already been ruled out with a sore left hip.

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