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  • Tyronn Lue
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Marc Stein is reporting that Tyronn Lue, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and current interim coach Jacque Vaughn are on the Nets' list of potential coaching candidates.

    It was floated last week that Lue and Kyrie Irving have mutual interest in reuniting, but it's still far too early in the process to name a favorite. The Nets surprisingly dismissed Kenny Atkinson after he helped rebuild the entire program and will need their next coach to be more to the liking of their star core. All of the names currently mentioned have previous experience as a head coach, with Kidd obviously starting out as a coach in Brooklyn before moving to Milwaukee, though Jackson and JVG are better known for squabbling on TV these days.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Although he has yet to be evaluated by the Hawks training staff due to the coronavirus pandemic, Clint Capela (right heel, plantar fasciitis)said that he has continued to make progress in his rehab.

    Capela admitted that he still isn't 100 percent healthy, but that that pain level has dropped to the 3-5 range. It seems unlikely that he is going to play again this season should the season resume, as he is still a little ways off. Capela will look to enter the 2020/21 season with a clean bill of health.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Jalen Green
    SG, International

    Jalen Green, the top high school prospect, has decided to partake in the NBA/G League professional pathway, per ESPN.

    The pathway is a G League initiative that will "pay elite prospects $500,000-plus and provide a one-year development program outside of the minor league's traditional team structure." With this decision, Green, the potential top pick in the 2021 draft, has chosen to bypass the NCAA and international routes. Recently the college game has lost top prospects to the allure of professional basketball overseas, but this now provides players an additional route to the pros that's closer to home and may prove to be more financially lucrative as well. It's a fascinating idea for the league, as teams will be able to keep much closer tabs on top prospects while also knowing the quality of coaches and competition that recruits are facing. It's reported that the league hopes to fill Green's team with other top prospects and veterans, with opponents consisting of NBA Academy teams, foreign teams and potentially 10-12 games against G League teams that won't count in the standings. Ultimately the goal is to help Green and similar prospects assimilate to NBA life.

    Source: ESPN

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    According to Ian Begley of SNY, Tom Thibodeau is the favorite to become the next head coach of the Knicks.

    It's almost a certainty that Mike Miller won't be brought back for next season,, and Leon Rose will look to bring in his own guy. Bagley mentioned that "several coaches and people with a vetted interest in Leon Rose's first coaching hire believe it will ultimately be Tom Thibodeau." Thibodeau, for his own right, expects to be a head coach somehwere next season, so there is smoke to this fire. Thibodeau isn't known for player development, so this will be quite an interesting pair for a team in the midst of a rebuild. If anything, Thibodeau loves defense and to ride his ponies into the ground, so Mitchell Robinson may be unleashed right off the bat if Thibs were to get the gig.

    Source: SNY

  • Donovan Mitchell
    SG, Utah Jazz

    In a story from The Athletic, it's reported that the Jazz are concerned about the relationship between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.

    Gobert was infamously the NBA's patient zero for COVID-19, and his cavalier attitude toward the league's distancing policies prior to his positive test has not helped his public image at all. Mitchell was the only other member of the Jazz to test positive, and he has been open about being frustrated with the role Gobert played in the saga. While Jazz officials have worked to remind Mitchell that it's unknown whether Gobert gave it to him or vice versa, one anonymous source was quoted as saying their relationship "doesn't appear salvageable." That's being credited to a reluctance on Mitchell's part, and when basketball does resume this will be the biggest question that Utah has to answer.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Zach LaVine
    SG, Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls will hire Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their new VP of Basketball Operations, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    A deal between parties is being finalized but Karnisovas has been considered the frontrunner since his name emerged as one of the candidates. Karnisovas is replacing John Paxson and will be tasked with hiring a GM and a number of lower level staff to help reshape Chicago's entire basketball hierarchy. It's a much-needed move for a franchise that's looked listless despite having some talented young players.

    Source: ESPN

  • Kobe Bryant
    SG, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett will be inducted into the 2020 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Formal announcements will be made on Saturday, but it appears to be a done deal. The three aforementioned players helped define and then redefine the sport during their primes, making the 2020 class one of the most star-studded since Michael Jordan was inducted. Bryant, especially, who was often compared to his "Airness" will be a bittersweet entrant as the NBA and the world is still dealing with his sudden passing.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Zach LaVine
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Bulls have begun their search for a top executive who will have full authority on basketball decisions.

    Interviews will begin next week, with Toronto GM Bobby Webster and Denver GM Arturas Karnisovas on Chicago's wish list. Ownership will have discussions with current GM Gar Forman about his place in the organization moving forward, whlie VP of Basketball Ops John Paxson is expected to move to an advisory role with the franchise. The Bulls have been lost in the wilderness for some time now, and it's mildly surprising that it's taken them this long to hunt for someone to take the power out of GarPax's collective hands.

    Source: ESPN

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Jonathan Isaac has been continuing his rehab work from a severe knee sprain amid the NBA hiatus.

    Isaac has been out since early in the calendar year after suffering a left knee sprain and bone bruise. The NBA denied the Magic a Disabled Player Exception earlier in the year, as doctors believed that Isaac wouldn't be out until mid June. Isaac was a long shot to return by the playoffs, but the hiatus has given him a better chance to return and potentially be ready for the start of the playoffs. This is an interesting watch as we continue to wait for the NBA, and life in general, to resume as normal.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    The Utah Department of Health has cleared both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, meaning they no longer pose a risk of infection to others.

    Both Gobert and Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19, and although Gobert mentioned that he briefly lost his senses of taste and smell, the duo seems to be fully recovered. This is great news as we wait for word on when or if the NBA season will be able to continue.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    The NBA has shut down all team facilities to players and staff beginning on Friday to mitigate the coronavirus situation.

    There still is no definitive news about whether the current NBA season will commence at any point this year. At this point, things are still up in the air. Stay safe, everyone.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • LeBron James
    SF, Los Angeles Lakers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, during a call with the Board of Governors on Tuesday, the league plans to increase its credit line from $650 million to $1.2 billion.

    The move is expected to increase cash flow over the course of what's believed to be an extended shutdown of the season. With the NBA planning for the worst and hoping for the best, it remains less and less likely that 2019-20 will be able to resume anytime soon.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Ian Begley of SNY is reporting that some inside the Knicks front office are "enamored" with pending free agent Christain Wood.

    The Knicks overhauled there frontcourt last offseason with the additions of Juluis Randle, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson joining Mitchell Robinson and Kevin Knox. The Knicks have since traded Morris and can decline Portis' 2020-21 team option if needed. Wood and the Knicks would make an interesting pairing, but this would once again curb the upside of Mitchell Robinson.

    Source: Sports New York

  • Christian Wood
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, Pistons big man Christian Wood has tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Wood is the latest NBA player to test positive for the virus. He is reported to be symptom-free and is doing well. Wood was in the midst of a breakout month following the NBA trade deadline, regularly setting new career-highs. For now, everyone has to take these news bits in stride. He might not be the last NBA player to come out as positive but rest assured that teams and the league as a whole is doing everything it can to work towards the protection of all its players, coaches and staff.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Serge Ibaka
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    The Raptors' entire traveliing party (players, coaches, staff) who were tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday have received their results and they are all currently negative.

    Results for one additional person is still pending. The Raptors recently faced the Jazz and Serge Ibaka, who guarded Rudy Gobert, tested negative. The organization will continue to be in close contact with publich health authorities and disease experts. This is a refreshing bit of good news.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter